WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Six local Chambers of Commerce, including Millburn-Short Hills, North Essex, West Orange, Maplewood, South Orange, and Livingston, are joining the League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Montclair area and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities as hosts of the annual “Meet the Mayors” Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell. The snow date is April 16th.

Mayors from all 22 communities within Essex County and Little Falls and Clifton have been invited to attend. Business owners, employees, and residents are invited to network with state and local officials and Chamber members.

Meet the Mayors Committee Chair Denny Klein of Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC said, “We are honored to have the newly elected President of the NJ State League of Municipalities Joseph Tempesta, Jr. as the moderator of a panel of key leaders from New Jersey government. The panelists will address important topics including: COAH (Council on Affordable Housing), the Transportation Trust Fund and Health Care/Pension Benefit reform, among others.

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Confirmed panelists to date include:  

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D), District 3. Mr. Sweeney has served in the NJ State Senate since 2002;

(Invited) Republican Conference Leader Assemblyman David Rible (R), District 30. A former Minority Whip, Assemblyman Rible has served in the General Assembly since 2008;

Commissioner Charles A. Richman  State Department of Community Affairs. Commissioner Richman has worked with the New Jersey Department of Community  Affairs for almost three decades, and has more than 40 years of experience in NJ State government;

Michael J. Darcy, CAE, Executive Director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mr. Darcy has been with the NJSOM for 26 years.

Additional panelists are being confirmed.

William Edge of the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area, which has members in most of the participating towns stated: “We are proud to continue our support for this important forum that allows state and local representatives to communicate with each other and the public. Each of the topics being discussed can affect those who live and work in all of the towns who are invited to participate in the Mayors breakfast.”

Louis LaSalle, Senior Vice President, Corporate External Affairs at Barnabas Health added: “Barnabas Health understands the need for state leadership to communicate with local municipalities in today’s fast-changing environment, especially in New Jersey’s Pension and Health Benefit reforms”.

Exclusive event sponsors include ACIEM Studios, Barnabas Health, BCB Community Bank, Brach Eichler LLC, New Jersey State League of Municipalities, PSE&G, Rand, Feuer & Klein LLC and  Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.

Media sponsors are:  TAPinto, Suburban Essex Magazine and Vicinity Magazine.

Meet the Mayors is one of the events planned by the Inter-Chamber Coordinating Council of Essex County.  The Council, comprised of leadership from six area Chambers (Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn-Short Hills, North Essex, South Orange & West Orange) acts as a sounding board and communications forum for its constituent members as a means to better coordinate joint programs

Early registration is strongly suggested as seating is limited. Admission is free with advanced registration by March 31 and includes a full hot breakfast.  To register, please contact the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce at 973-379-1198 or info@millburnshorthillschamber.org.