Author: Angelo Auteri

What NJ Municipalities Need to Know About the SCOTUS Decision in Shurtleff v. City of Boston

What NJ Municipalities Need to Know About the SCOTUS Decision in Shurtleff v. City of Boston

The U.S. Supreme Court continues to issue decisions impacting New Jersey municipalities. In Shurtleff v. City of Boston, 596 U. S. ____ (2022), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it rejected an application to fly a Christian flag on one of

Local Government Water, Sewer, and Electric Service Shutoff Moratorium Extended

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation into law extending the shutoff moratorium for residential customers of local government water, sewer, and electric services. The moratorium, as well as the grace period for water and municipal electric charges, will now last until March 15, 2022. Extension of Grade Period for Water,

CRC Releases Cannabis FAQs for New Jersey Municipalities

As the regulatory picture begins to get clearer, many New Jersey municipalities are likely reconsidering whether to give cannabis businesses the green light to operate within their borders. To help guide the process, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) recently published the answers to several frequently asked questions. Municipal

NJ Attorney General Adopts Revised Use of Force Policy

NJ Attorney General Adopts Revised Use of Force Policy

Last month, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced significant changes to the statewide “Attorney General Directive Establishing the Use of Force Policy and Procedures” (Use of Force Policy) that must be followed by all state, county, and local law enforcement officers in New Jersey. This is the first time that

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NJ Appeals Court Upholds AG Directive on Release of Police Disciplinary Records

In In re Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive Nos. 2020-5 and 2020-6, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld directives issued by the New Jersey Attorney General requiring the state to release information about police officers subjected to major discipline. According to the appeals court, the Attorney General

DLGS Local Finance Notice Regarding New Certification Requirement for Municipal Budgets

New Jersey municipalities and counties have new compliance obligations in the New Year. The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently issued Local Finance Notice 2017-27, which addresses a new law requiring local government units to certify compliance with certain federal hiring requirements when submitting approved annual budgets. Pursuant to P.L.

Bill Transfers Transfer Management of PFRS to Board of Trustees 

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees. Under Senate Bill 3040, the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System would be tasked with overseeing the operation of the retirement

Gov. Christie Sign E-Waste Bill

Gov. Christie Sign E-Waste Bill

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation amending the Electronic Waste Management Act into law. The E-waste bill shifts the burden of recycling electronic devices from local governments to device manufacturers. The Electronic Waste Management Act previously mandated that each manufacturer provide for the collection, transportation, and recycling of its “return