CRANFORD, NJ - The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Each November over 500 municipalities from across the state converge on Atlantic City, this year the conference runs from Nov. 17 through Thursday, Nov. 19.

Mayors, township administrators, fire and police officials visit the conference to discuss and learn more about topics such as pensions and emergency management. There is also a Mayors Luncheon and a Women in Government Breakfast, among other special events.

This year, representing Cranford, Mayor Andis Kalnins, Deputy Mayor Mary O’Connor, Commissioner Thomas Hannen, Commissioner Patrick Giblin and several department heads. Kalnins views it as a “great opportunity to meet with state officials, other municipal officials and other influences, all in one place. The lectures that are offered have been excellent and cover a broad range of important topics.”

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Kalnins expects to bring back some new ideas on providing better service at lower costs.

In terms of specific workshops of interest Kalnins adds, "I want to go to some workshops on shared services, downtown marketing, and flooding mitigation. The great thing about the NJLM conference is that there are several workshops on each topic.”

In addition, on Wednesday Nov. 18 during the conference, CEO and Publisher, Mike Shapiro, will be participating in a panel discussion, "Tips on How to Keep your Citizens Informed." Shapiro will be serving on the panel with Mayors from across the state.