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CivicStory Forum To Weigh State Budget Components


Finance, ethics, and urban infrastructure experts debate civic aspects of funding

Great schools, lower taxes, green infrastructure, and reliable state pensions are important to New Jersey residents.  How can New Jersey's budget manage competing priorities, and what trade-offs or adjustments will be made now and in the future?

These issues and challenges will be explored at a free public forum entitled, Financing Our Future: Balancing Education, Environment, Pensions, & Taxes as Caring Communities on Monday, October 30, 7:30 pm in Summit.  The forum venue is the auditorium of Central Presbyterian Church at 70 Maple St.

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Forum speakers include Andy Kricun, Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA), Nicole Miller, Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green), Guy Haselmann, NJ State Investment Council; Peter Humphreys, finance partner, Hogan Lovell, and Rev. Chuck Rush, Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Summit.    Forum co-moderators are Lisa Allen of HomeTowne TV, and George Lucaci, Partner and Senior Advisor at Mercury Capital Advisors.  

"This is a unique opportunity to face the complexity of the state’s budget in a thoughtful environment with ample time for questions,” says Susan Haig, Creative Director of CivicStory.  We're grateful for the experts in our midst with deep experience to share. 

To attend, register at CivicStory Fall Forums-Register.   Free parking is available in the Elm St. commuter lot behind the church, and light refreshments will be served at 7 pm.            

Panelist Bios:

Guy P. Haselmann has served on the NJ State Investment Council since 2010, and is Managing Director for OpenDoor Trading LLC, a start-up FinTech company.  He was previously Director of Capital Markets Strategy for Scotiabank and served 10 years as Co-Chief Investment Officer of Capra Asset Management. Guy received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and an MBA with a specialization in finance from the University of Chicago, and joined the board of CivicStory in 2017.

Peter Humphreys is a partner in the New York office of international law firm Hogan Lovells, and serves on the Advisory Board of Wall Street Without Walls.

An Associate of King's College, London, he received a JD from Northwestern University Law School, BCL from Oxford University, and LLB from the University of London.  Peter is associate editor of Senior News, a publication of Union Senior Citizens Council and Secretary of the Board of CivicStory.

Andrew Kricun is the Executive director and Chief Engineer of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, operators of an 80 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant in Camden.   He has over 30 years of wastewater and biosolids management experience.   He graduated with honors from Princeton University ‎with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  

Nicole Miller is Principal of MnM Consulting, a media and marketing communications consultancy based in Newark, NJ.   Through her work serving on the Newark Environmental Commission, on the Newark Green Team and as a member of NewarkDIG (Doing Infrastructure Green), Ms. Miller addresses environmental justice concerns and solutions in Newark and the region and relates them to our everyday lives as citizens

Reverend Dr. Charles T. Rush has been the Senior Minister at Christ Church in Summit since 1993. He received a B.A from Wake Forest University, a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has conducted post-doctoral research at Cambridge University Reverend Rush served as an ethics professor at Rutgers University from 1990 to 1998. He has authored the book Let This Cup Pass, Lenten Meditations, along with articles that have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and other periodicals.

CivicStory is a nonprofit solutions-based news site highlighting sustainability and creative growth in NJ cities and beyond.   A 501 (c) (3) based in Summit, NJ, its mission is to advance solutions-based news through short videos about citizens and organizations transforming their communities.   View videos and forums at

Event Details:

Public Forum: Financing Our Future: Balancing Education, Environment, Pensions & Taxes as Caring Communities?

When:  Monday, October 30, 7:30 pm to 9:05 pm

Where: Auditorium, Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St., Summit, NJ

How to attend: Register at CivicStory Fall Forums-Register 

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