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J. Peter Jost, Executive Director 
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Dear Colleagues – It’s my honor to serve as Executive Director of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys. I am also privileged to act as NJILGA’s “Webmaster.” We are pleased to present our revised and updated website, which we hope will enhance your membership experience. In the meantime, if you need any assistance in accessing your membership information or benefits, please feel free to contact me at 908-735-8876 or Send us an Email
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Municipal Law Year-End Review 
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Local Government Law Review
The Local Goverment Law Review is a comprehensive review and analysis of legislative and court cases in NJ affecting municipal law. By joining NJILGA you too can have access to the information you need regarding New Jersey local goverment law and recent court cases
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NJILGA Diplomate Certificate
Diplomate in Local Government Law is awarded by NJILGA. The Diplomate Program is a voluntary educational program that consists of six separate courses. The courses cover a broad area of municipal practice and are taught by attorneys or licensed professionals in their respective disciplines. The courses are...
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The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys has been an affiliate organization of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities for many decades.
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Pre-Registration Beginning for NJLM Annual Conference

    Pre-Registration Beginning for NJLM Annual Conference New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Director Michael J. Darcy has announced that the League is moving ahead with arrangements for the 105th Annual Conference in Atlantic City November 17, 18, and 19, 2020. Pre-registration begins on August 1. As in previous years, the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is planning a full slate of CLE programs to be held at the Atlantic City Conference Center, with special provisions for Covid-19 guidelines compliance.
  • NJILGA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS

    NJILGA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
    NOTE: In order to avoid duplication of resources, we recommend that our members utilize the COVID-19 resource page located on the New Jersey State League of Municipalities website njlm.org.

    This content is for members in good standing. Please log in.

    If you would like to become a member, please click here.
  • Renaud Wins in NJ Supreme Court

    Renaud Wins in NJ Supreme Court NJILGA Past President, Robert F. Renaud, and the Renaud DeAppolonio firm have successfully overturned a decision of the Appellate Division, in a New Jersey Supreme Court appeal filed on behalf of Union Township (Union County). The issue in the appeal was whether a high-end restaurant operated by a for-profit entity but housed in a building on the Kean University campus qualifies for exemption from local property taxation. In its June 30, 2020 opinion the Supreme Court unanimously held that the accomplishment of a public purpose must be the paramount factor in an arrangement with a private entity's use of public property, and for a tax exemption to apply, any private advantage must be incidental or subordinate. The Supreme Court agreed with the Tax Court that the restaurant's interest in the property was accordingly not tax exempt. Mr. Renaud was assisted on the brief by Adam J. Colicchio. NJILGA congratulates Mr. Renaud and his firm on this important Supreme Court win. Read More
  • ZOOM CONFERENCE CALL FOR MEMBERS JUNE 25TH AT 12:00 NOON

    ZOOM CONFERENCE CALL FOR MEMBERS JUNE 25TH AT 12:00 NOON The Legal Assistance Committee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will be hosting a Members Zoom Conference Call Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 noon to continue discussions regarding local government legal issues and problems related to the Covid-19 health emergency. Log in here.



  • Successfully Conducting Remote Municipal Land Use Public Hearings

    Successfully Conducting Remote Municipal Land Use Public Hearings Frank Scangarella, Esq.
    June 1, 2020

    New Jersey municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment (“Planning and Zoning Boards”) have struggled to meet their legal obligations in conducting public hearings during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their obligations to conduct public meetings remotely in response to emergency orders requiring social distancing (Emergency Orders), has presented unique challenges for their compliance with the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) and the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”). This article provides guidance to Planning and Zoning Boards in navigating the legal and technical issues necessary to successfully conduct remote meetings with a focus on public hearings of municipal land use applications pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10 (“Public Hearing”). LOG IN TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
  • Provided with Permission of Parker McCay Blog

    Provided with Permission of Parker McCay Blog From Courtroom to Court Zoom--Serving Justice Virtually duringCovid-19By Steven Goodell, Linda Galella on May 21, 2020



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  • NOTICE!! Due to the Coronavirus the Spring Seminar is being converted to a Webinar to be held on Friday morning, May 29th. Details to follow.

  • NJILGA SPRING SEMINAR CONVERTED TO WEBINAR

    NJILGA SPRING SEMINAR CONVERTED TO WEBINAR The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, in conjunction with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, will present a half-day webinar on Legal Updates for New Jersey Local Government Attorneys at the Conference Center on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Webinar will include “Employment Law Update,” with NJILGA Trustee Leslie Parikh, Esq. of Gebhardt and Keifer PC in Clinton, “Eminent Domain and Land Bank Legislation Overview” with NJILGA Trustee Joseph M. Wenzel, Esq. of Clifton and “Ethics Overview for Municipal Attorneys” with Catherine M. DeAppolonio, Esq., of Renaud DeAppolonio, LLC in Cranford. Attendees will receive 3.6 CEU’s including 1.2 in Ethics. See attached flyer for sign-up details. Read More
  • Message From the President

    Message From the President Dear NJILGA Colleagues:

    In these most extraordinary and uncertain times, local government attorneys are challenged to offer solutions - - often untested, given the circumstances - - to clients responsible to service the general public. Read More
  • Joseph J. Ragno Jr. – In Remembrance

    Joseph J. Ragno Jr. – In Remembrance Former NJILGA member, Joseph J. Ragno, Jr., 69, died March 2, 2020, after a five-year battle with cancer. He lived most of his youth in Baltimore County before settling his adult life in New Jersey, with the last 33 years spent living in West Milford. Joseph graduated from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland in 1968. He obtained his Bachelors in Science in Engineering Physics in 1972 from Loyola University, and his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University, School of Law, with Honors, in 1984. He served our country as a Captain in the United States Army. Joseph had a notable practice of local government law throughout Northern New Jersey with his office located in Riverdale. He previously served as the Township Attorney for Vernon, Zoning Board Attorney for Fairfield, Public Defender for Bloomingdale, and Acting Prosecutor for West Milford. At the time of passing, he was serving as the Borough Attorney for Pompton Lakes. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on the District XA Ethics Committee, and he was appointed by Governor Kean to serve as a Trustee for the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital where he served for many years. He was elected to serve on the West Milford Board of Education, and multiple terms to the Republican County Committee. He was a volunteer attorney for the Lenni Lenape Girl Scouts and served on the finance committee for St. Joseph's Church in West Milford, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Trouble Receiving NJILGA E-mails?

    Trouble Receiving NJILGA E-mails? Dear Colleagues – Some of our members have reported that they have not been receiving e-blasts from NJILGA, or have been finding our e-mails in their “Junk Email” folders. To facilitate receiving our e-mails, please add the following address to your “E-mail Contacts” list: This should eliminate the problem.

    Thanks,
    J. Peter Jost
    Executive Director
  • Free Employment Listings on NJILGA Website

    Free Employment Listings on NJILGA Website Dear Colleagues – This is just a reminder that the NJILGA website has a listing of Employment Opportunities for local government attorneys in the Members Section. If you are seeking a local government attorney to fill a position at your firm, please feel free to place an ad in our Members Section. It’s free!

    Ads may be submitted to our Executive Director, Peter Jost at

    Cordially,

    John C. Gillespie, President
  • STEVE GOODELL’S INSPIRING TALK

    STEVE GOODELL’S INSPIRING TALK NJILGA Officer Steven Goodell, Esq. was the guest speaker at the New Attorney Admissions Ceremony, December 4, 2019 at the Old Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, in a ceremony sponsored by the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Vicinage and the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Bar Associations. Steve discussed his incredible journey to return to what he loves, the practice of law, following a horrific bicycle accident that left him permanently disabled. His story is truly inspiring. Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (see articles below). Watch Steve’s talk at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm0ydo4Hf2U
  • NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage

    NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage Any NJILGA member interested in being considered for nomination as a Trustee of the Institute from Atlantic-Cape May is invited to submit a resume or biographical information to Robert F. Renaud, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee at . Trustee candidates must have an office or reside in the Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage. Trustees serve a term of two years. There are two trustees from each vicinage. Trustees are members of the Board of Directors of the Institute, the body which operates the Institute between annual meetings. The Trustees generally meet four times per year, in the evening. For additional information, contact Mr. Renaud.
  • ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL EVENT HELD IN ATLANTIC CITY

    ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL EVENT HELD IN ATLANTIC CITY NJILGA’s Annual Business Meeting was held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, immediately following the conclusion of the Institute’s CLE Programs at the Convention Center in Atlantic City. Agenda items included the election of one half of NJILGA’s Trustees from all vicinages in New Jersey and other regular business.

    The following Trustees were elected for a two-year term from their respective vicinages: Donald Scarinci (Hudson), John Morelli (Mercer), Dennis Galvin (Ocean), Michael J. Baker (Middlesex), Dominick M. Manco (Monmouth), John P. Jansen (Morris/Sussex), Joseph M. Wenzel (Passaic), Jolanta Maziarz (Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren), Bruce H. Bergen (Union), Richard J. Allen, Jr. (Bergen) and James Burns (Camden), David Frank (Burlington), Niki A. Trunk, (Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem), Edward Purcell (At-Large Trustee), and Jonathan E. Drill (Essex).

    Following the Annual Meeting, the Institute’s Social Event was held at Ceasar’s Palladium Ballroom. The agenda for the Social Event included the swearing in of newly elected Trustees and enjoyment of the Institute’s famous lamb chops and other refreshments. The Institute thanks First Vice President and Event Chair Richard Cushing and his Committee for their efforts in providing a comprehensive offering of successful CLE programs and a very enjoyable social event. Special thanks also to our many speakers who contributed their time and energy on behalf of NJILGA and NJLM to make our CLE programs a success.

    (Picture: Senior Trustee Bill Kearns prepares to swear in Trustees: (L-R) Bruce Bergen, John Jansen, Jon Drill, Jolanta Maziarz, Dennis Galvin and Dominick Manco.)
  • SUCCESSFUL CLE PROGRAMS IN ATLANTIC CITY

    SUCCESSFUL CLE PROGRAMS IN ATLANTIC CITY The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, in cooperation with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, provided an extensive selection of CLE programs at the State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 20 & 21, 2019. A complete listing of the programs given, as well as the CLE credits available, is shown at the link below. All CLE programs were free to registrants of the League Conference. Attendees are reminded to log onto the League’s CEU tracking system to print out their certificates of attendance.
  • Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s 2019 Local Government Law Year-End Review

    Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s 2019 Local Government Law Year-End Review

    Dear Members – This is to advise that Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s 2019 Local Government Law Year-End Review has been posted in the Member Section of the NJILGA website.Selected highlights from the 2019 Year-End Review were presented by Trishka and Steven P. Goodell at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Annual Conference in Atlantic City on November 21, 2019. The Institute thanks Trishka for her preparation of the Year-End Review and Trishka and Steve for their presentation in Atlantic City. If you have any difficulty in accessing the Member Section, feel free to contact the undersigned for assistance.

    Cordially,
    J. Peter Jost
    Executive Director

    (908) 735-8876
  • Steven Goodell to Speak at Admissions Ceremony

    Steven Goodell to Speak at Admissions Ceremony NJILGA Officer Steven Goodell, Esq. will be the guest speaker at the New Attorney Admissions Ceremony, Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Old Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, in a ceremony sponsored by the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Vicinage and the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Bar Associations. Goodell will discuss his incredible journey to return to what he loves, the practice of law, following a horrific bicycle accident that left him permanently disabled. His story is truly inspiring. Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (see articles below). Assignment Judge Benjamin C. Telsey will preside over the ceremony, and representatives from the Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem bar associations will offer remarks. Civil Division Judge MaryBeth Kramer will administer the NJ Oath of Admissions, Criminal Division Judge Robert Malestein will administer the PA Oath and Family Division Judge Gangloff will recite the lawyers pledge. The families and friends of the new attorneys are invited to celebrate this momentous occasion.
  • Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. – In Memorium

    Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. – In Memorium NJILGA Past President Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. of Lexington, Kentucky formerly of Ridgefield Park, NJ passed away on October 17, 2019 at the age of 88. Martin had a distinguished career as a New Jersey attorney and was the recipient of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys’ Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award for his contributions in the area of municipal law. In keeping with his passion for protecting the rights of municipal entities and the residents they serve, Martin was counsel of record in numerous cases on behalf of Ridgefield Park and nearby municipalities in his 50+ year career. Most notably, Martin (along with co-counsel from Teaneck) successfully enjoined Bergen County from allowing the county to operate a landfill on land that had been donated by Ridgefield Park and Teaneck for use as a park. This land now comprises Overpeck County Park, regarded as one of the top ten parks in NJ. A man of strong faith and ethics, he was a graduate of St. Cecilia’s High School in Englewood, St. Peter’s College and NYU Law School. Over his life he was on several local boards and committees and believed strongly in service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s University, 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306 and St. Francis Church RC, Ridgefield Park, NJ.

    Visitation November 8th, 4-7pm at Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home, 59 Main Street, Ridgefield Park. Funeral mass November 9th at 11am at St. Francis RC Church, Ridgefield Park, NJ, followed by burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Tenafly, NJ.
  • NJILGA Mourns William J. Hamilton, Jr.

    NJILGA Mourns William J. Hamilton, Jr. NJILGA Trustee, William J. Hamliton, Jr,. former Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly and state senator representing parts of Middlesex and Somerset Counties, died Oct. 10, 2019. He was 86. Bill lived most of his life in New Brunswick, where he served as city attorney from 1986 until he retired, and later as special counsel to the law department. He also served as local government attorney for Highland Park, South Brunswick, Winfield Park and Carteret. He graduated from St. Peter’s High School (1950), Rutgers University (1954) and Georgetown University Law School (1960). In 2009, he earned a master’s degree in history from Monmouth University. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy (1954-1958) and later in the reserves, rising to the rank of captain. In 1962, he was appointed First Assistant U.S. Attorney in Jacksonville, by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He prosecuted civil and criminal cases including a landmark civil rights case.

    Bill was a distinguished political leader serving in the General Assembly from 1972-1978 and New Jersey Senate 1978-1982. He held various leadership positions in the assembly, rising to Speaker of the House in 1977. In 1981, he sought the Democratic nomination for governor. He was a valued Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, serving as its legislative chairman and was beloved by all the Officers and Trustees.

    Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Peter The Apostle, Somerset Street, New Brunswick. Interment to follow mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Eagleton Institute programming/scholarships in memory of Senator Bill Hamilton. Contributions should be written to the Rutgers University Foundation, PO Box 193, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901.
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