West Orange Hosts 'Building ONE' Meeting with Other Area Towns

Mayor Rob Parisi of West Orange Credits: Mary Ellen Morrow
Assemblyman John McKeon with West Orange architect Gerry Gurland Credits: Mary Ellen Morrow
John McKeon, Sandra Mordecai of WOBOE, Brynn Whittle of WOAHO Credits: Mary Ellen Morrow
West Orange Councilperson Susan McCartney Credits: Mary Ellen Morrow
WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Wednesday evening, May 23, Assemblyperson Mila Jasey hosted a Building ONE New Jersey meeting at the Marriott Courtyard in West Orange. The crowd, comprised of Mayors, Councilpersons, Board of Education members, and townspeople representing various organizations from West Orange, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley, South Orange, Maplewood, and Newark, was standing room only.
The purpose of the meeting was to draw attention to the plight of 'older' communities that are struggling with a fiscally stressed middle class due to property taxes that must fund their local governments and school districts, and the changing demographics that challenge our towns. The keynote speaker was David Rusk, author of Inside Game/Outside Game, which the Government Finance Review called “a must-read for all practicing local government officials,elected or appointed, working in a metropolitan area.” Rusk, now an independent consultant on urban and suburban policy, has consulted in over 120 US communities as well as abroad. Rusk shared the information about affordable housing, changing town demographics and the unsustainability of the current funding formulas in New Jersey.
Additionally, Governor Christie has proposed modifications to current law that will affect school funding. He has also proposed to take monies from town accounts being withheld by the state for affordable housing and put it back into the general state budget. In West Orange alone,  $27 million dollar deficit exists due to the state not fully reimbursing municipalities their Energy Tax & Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief referred to as CMPTRA (=State Aid distribution) . The Fair Housing accounts would add up to millions more in lost revenue.

On June 12, a meeting will be held at Bloomfield High School at 7:00 pm: "How Will the Proposed State Budget Impact our Public Schools"; on June 13 there will be a local Building ONE NJ meeting at the office of Assemblyperson Jasey in Maplewood at 9:30 am; and on Sunday, September 30 a statewide rally is planned from 4:00-6:00 pm, location to be determined, to press state and national policy makers to act on bi-partisan solutions to issues impacting our communities.
For more information, please visit www.njregionalequity.org or call (8620854-2550.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, August 15, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness


Sat, August 25, 2:00 PM

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), West Orange


Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

West Orange PAL Spring Travel Baseball Teams Wrap Up (Championship Team Photos Included)

The West Orange PAL Spring Travel Baseball season started with a cold front. Practices began indoors in January with teams practicing two nights a week working on conditioning and baseball fundamentals. Once the snow had melted teams began battling the cold and working outdoors, with three or four practices a week in addition to their games. 

And the hard work and dedication paid off! All ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?


Enough already.  


I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.


“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.