Bipartisan Group of 234 Mayors Joins Governor Christie’s Call for Legislature to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Pass Real Sick & Vacation Benefit Reform

Trenton, NJ – Today, a bipartisan group of 234 mayors joined Governor Christie’s call for the legislature to end its delays and pass real sick and vacation pay reform to save taxpayer dollars and deliver critical budget relief to municipalities. Eleven mayors joined the Governor at a press conference in Teaneck, including Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan and Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, to demand action on critical, common sense reforms that will provide significant taxpayer savings and give mayors the tools they need to manage their budgets and hold down property taxes for New Jersey families.

Today, liabilities facing taxpayers across the state for unused sick and vacation day benefits total more than $825 million. In Teaneck, taxpayers have nearly $4.4 million in total sick and vacation liabilities owed to public workers today. For Bergen County as a whole, municipal liabilities total nearly $91.8 million.

“After having specific bills to act on for nearly 19 months, it is past time for the legislature to stand up and give mayors the tools they are asking for to provide savings to taxpayers, including a complete end to the inexplicable practice of paying scarce taxpayer dollars for unused sick days,” said Governor Christie. “Like the other tool kit bills, real sick and vacation benefit reform is a common sense reform that has bipartisan support of mayors, local elected officials and lawmakers from communities all across our state – urban and suburban, shore and inland, Democrat and Republican. There is no excuse for the legislature’s continued failure to deliver savings to our cities and property taxpayers.”

Mayors understand that the inaction of the legislature has a real, meaningful impact on the major cost drivers in their budgets and how effectively they can control property taxes under the 2 percent property tax cap. Without reform, sick and vacation benefit liabilities will continue to accrue at the expense of property taxpayers all across the state, including those taxpayers already facing some of the highest accrued liabilities today:

Estimated Total Accumulated Sick and Vacation Time Owed to Public Workers

New Brunswick: $14.5 million in accumulated payouts $1,330 per taxpayer
Jersey City: $74 million $1,174 per taxpayer
Hackensack: $18.9 million $1,030 per taxpayer
Newark: $46.1 million $770 per taxpayer
Atlantic City: $34.6 million $426 per taxpayer
Camden: $23.2 million $770 per taxpayer
Elizabeth: $18.3 million $691 per taxpayer
Edison: $14.6 million $352 per taxpayer
Union City: $14.6 million $493 per taxpayer

Mayors from every New Jersey county are standing up to demand action in this legislative session on these reforms to comprehensively address the property tax crisis and provide local government savings.

234 mayors from every corner of the state and across political parties have joined Governor Christie’s call for the legislature to pass real sick and vacation pay reform, real civil service reform, and to finish the tool kit.


ATLANTIC COUNTY

Mayor Philip Guenther, Brigantine
Mayor Carol Foster, Corbin City
Mayor Joseph Kuehner, Egg Harbor City
Mayor Joe Venezia, Estelle Manor
Mayor Don Purdy, Galloway
Mayor Amy Gatto, Hamilton
Mayor Stephen DiDonato, Hammonton
Mayor Michael Becker, Margate
Mayor Vince Mazzeo, Northfield
Mayor Gary Giberson, Port Republic
Mayor John Glasser, Somers Point

BERGEN COUNTY

Mayor Vince Barra, Allendale
Mayor Paul Tomasko, Alpine
Mayor William Roseman, Carlstadt
Mayor Sophie Heymann, Closter
Mayor Benedict Romeo, Cresskill
Mayor James Cassella, East Rutherford
Mayor Richard Mola, Elmwood Park
Mayor Mark Sokolich, Fort Lee
Mayor Frank Bivona, Franklin Lakes
Mayor John van Keuren, Glen Rock
Mayor Rose Heck, Hasbrouck Heights
Mayor John DeRienzo, Haworth
Mayor Max Arnowitz, Hillsdale
Mayor Thomas Randall, Ho-ho-kus
Mayor Joseph Monahan, Midland Park
Mayor Roger Fyfe, Montvale
Mayor Ann Subrizi, New Milford
Mayor Victor Polce, Old Tappan
Mayor Christopher Botta, Ramsey
Mayor Margaret Watkins, River Edge
Mayor John Hipp, Rutherford
Mayor Karen Chamberlain, Saddle Brook
Mayor Samuel Raia, Saddle River
Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Teaneck
Mayor Peter Rustin, Tenafly
Mayor Russell Litchult, Waldwick
Mayor Joseph LaPaglia, Woodcliff Lake
Mayor Kevin Rooney, Wyckoff

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Mayor James Lynch, Bordentown City
Mayor Jim Fazzone, Burlington City
Mayor Kathy Fitzpatrick, Cinnaminson
Mayor Kate Fitzpatrick, Delanco
Mayor Randy Brown, Evesham
Mayor James Conway, Lumberton Township
Mayor Arthur Puglia, Mansfield
Mayor John Button, Moorestown
Mayor Jim Keenan, Mount Laurel
Mayor Dennis Roohr, New Hanover
Mayor William Tilton, North Hanover
Mayor Karen Scheffler, Palmyra
Mayor James Young, Southampton

CAMDEN COUNTY

Mayor John Armano, Berlin Borough
Mayor Phyllis Jeffries-Magazzu, Berlin Township
Mayor Dana Redd, Camden City
Mayor Bernie Platt, Cherry Hill
Mayor Michael Blunt, Chesilhurst
Mayor William James, Gloucester City
Mayor Scott Alexander, Haddon Heights
Mayor Tish Colombi, Haddonfield
Mayor John Gentless, Stratford
Mayor Ralph Condo, Waterford

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Mayor Marty Pagliughi, Avalon
Mayor Carl Schupp, Cape May Point
Mayor Ed Mahaney, City of Cape May
Mayor Michael Beck, Lower Twp
Mayor Bill Henfey, North Wildwood
Mayor Jay Gillian, Ocean City
Mayor Lenny Desiderio, Sea Isle City
Mayor Suzanne Walters, Stone Harbor
Mayor Richard Palombo, Upper Twp
Mayor Ernie Troiano, Wildwood City
Mayor Carl Groon, Wildwood Crest
Mayor William Pikolycky, Woodbine

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Mayor Albert Kelly, Bridgeton
Mayor Bruce Hankins, Hopewell Township
Mayor Kathy Ireland, Maurice River
Mayor Jim Crilley, Upper Deerfield
Mayor Bob Romano, Vineland

ESSEX COUNTY

Mayor James Gaspirini, Fairfield
Mayor Peter Hughes, Glen Ridge
Mayor Sandy Haimoff, Millburn
Mayor Joe Alessi, North Caldwell
Mayor Joseph Tempesta, West Caldwell
Mayor Robert Parisi, West Orange

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Mayor Jeff Radio, Clayton
Mayor George Shivery, Greenwich
Mayor Lou Manzo, Harrison Township
Mayor Michael Batten, Pitman

HUDSON COUNTY

Mayor Raymond McDonough, Harrison Township
Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken
Senator Brian Stack, Union City
Mayor Richard Turner, Weehawken
Mayor Felix Roque, West New York

HUNTERDON COUNTY

Mayor Harry Fuerstenberger, Alexandria
Mayor John Graefe, Bethlehem
Mayor Mark Peck, Bloomsbury
Mayor Kevin Cimei, Clinton Township
Mayor Ken Novak, Delaware Township
Mayor Ron Sworen, Frenchtown
Mayor Stanley Kovach, Glen Gardner
Mayor Mark Desire, High Bridge
Mayor Kenneth Vogel, Holland
Mayor Phillip Lubitz, Kingwood
Mayor David DelVecchio, Lambertville
Mayor John King, Raritan
Mayor Frank Gatti, Readington Township
Mayor Peter Melick, Tewksbury
Mayor Bill Bischoff, Union Twp

MERCER COUNTY

Mayor John Bencivengo, Hamilton
Mayor James Burd, Hopewell Township
Mayor Anthony Persichilli, Pennington Borough
Mayor Dave Fried, Robbinsville

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Mayor Winthrop Cody, Cranbury
Mayor Robert Seader, Dunellen
Mayor Nancy Martin, Helmetta
Mayor Robert Sherr, Middlesex
Mayor-Elect Owen Henry, Old Bridge
Mayor Wilda Diaz, Perth Amboy
Mayor Kennedy O'Brien, Sayreville
Mayor Matthew Anesh, South Plainfield
Mayor Raymond Eppinger, South River
Mayor Thomas Barlow, Spotswood

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Mayor Ed Johnson, Asbury Park
Mayor Frederick Rast, Atlantic Highlands
Mayor Julie Schreck, Bradley Beach
Mayor Jim Schatzle, Colts Neck
Mayor Mike Halfacre, Fair Haven
Mayor David Salkin, Freehold Township
Mayor Scott Aagre, Hazlet
Mayor Frank Nolan, Highlands
Mayor Patrick Impreveduto, Holmdel
Mayor Bob Walsh, Howell Township
Mayor Andrew Lucas, Manalapan Township
Mayor Tony Fiore, Middletown Township
Mayor Susan Howard, Monmouth Beach
Mayor Michael Mahon, Oceanport Borough
Mayor John Ekdahl, Rumson
Mayor Mark Clemmensen, Sea Girt
Mayor Michael Skudera, Tinton Falls
Mayor Paul Smith, Union Beach
Mayor LoriSue Mount, Upper Freehold

MORRIS COUNTY

Mayor Cyril Wekilsky, Boonton Town
Mayor Nicole Hagner, Chatham Twp
Mayor William Cogger, Chester Township
Mayor James Dodd, Dover
Mayor Marshall Bartlett, Harding
Mayor Russell Felter, Jefferson
Mayor David Runfeldt, Lincoln Park
Mayor Nan Harrington, Long Hill
Mayor Mary-Anna Holden, Madison
Mayor Neil Henry, Mendham Borough
Mayor Frank Cioppettini, Mendham Township
Mayor James Sandham, Montville
Mayor Frank Druetzler, Morris Plains
Mayor H. Scott Rosenbush, Morris Township
Mayor Arthur Ondish, Mount Arlington
Mayor David Scapicchio, Mount Olive
Mayor Joe Nametko, Netcong
Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills
Mayor Richard Phelan, Pequannock
Mayor William Budesheim, Riverdale
Mayor Louis Sceusi, Rockaway Township
Mayor Jim Rilee, Roxbury
Mayor Kenneth Short, Washington Township
Mayor Bill Chegwidden, Wharton

OCEAN COUNTY

Mayor Jeffrey Melchiondo, Barnegat
Mayor Kirk Larson, Barnegat Light Borough
Mayor Chuck Maschal, Beach Haven Borough
Mayor-Elect Carmen Amato, Berkeley
Mayor Stephen Acropolis, Brick
Mayor Jonathan Oldham, Harvey Cedars
Mayor Michael Reina, Jackson
Mayor Gary Quinn, Lacey
Mayor Minashe Miller, Lakewood
Mayor Walter LaCicero, Lavallette
Mayor Raymond Gormley, Little Egg Harbor
Mayor Joseph Mancini, Long Beach Township
Mayor Mike Fressola, Manchester
Mayor George Nebel, Mantaloking
Mayor Paul Kennedy, Ocean Gate
Mayor Joe Lachawiec, Ocean Township
Mayor Ronald Dancer, Plumstead Township
Mayor William Huelsenbeck, Ship Bottom
Mayor Leonard Connors, Surf City
Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Toms River

PASSAIC COUNTY

Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy, Bloomingdale
Mayor James Anzaldi, Clifton
Mayor Richard Goldberg, Hawthorne
Mayor Michael DeFrancisci, Little Falls
Mayor Katie Cole, Pompton Lakes
Mayor Chris Vergano, Wayne

SALEM COUNTY

Mayor Wayne Pelura, Carneys Point
Mayor Ellen Pompper, Lower Alloways Creek
Mayor Donald Asay, Mannington
Mayor William Miller, Oldmans
Mayor Kevin Eachus, Pilesgrove
Mayor Linda DuBois, Pittsgrove
Mayor Jack Cimprich, Upper Pittsgrove

SOMERSET COUNTY

Mayor John Malay, Bernards Township
Mayor Lee Honecker, Bernardsville Borough
Mayor Carey Pilato, Bound Brook
Mayor Patricia Flannery, Bridgewater
Mayor Brian Levine, Franklin
Mayor Gloria McCauley, Hillsborough
Mayor Mark Caliguire, Montgomery
Mayor Edward Zimmerman, Rocky Hill
Mayor Brian Gallagher, Somerville
Mayor Gary DiNardo, Warren
Mayor Gerald Mobus, Watchung

SUSSEX COUNTY

Mayor John Morgan, Andover Borough
Mayor Paul Crowley, Franklin Borough
Mayor Joe Barbagallo, Montague
Mayor Jim Oscovitch, Ogdensburg
Mayor George Harper, Sandyston
Mayor Diana Kuncken, Stanhope

UNION COUNTY

Mayor Joseph Menza, Hillside
Mayor Kathi Fiamingo, Kenilworth
Mayor Richard Gerbounka, Linden
Mayor Joseph Accardi, Roselle Park
Mayor Nancy Malool, Scotch Plains
Mayor Andrew Skibitsky, Westfield

WARREN COUNTY

Mayor James Cote, Allamuchy
Mayor Tom Charles, Frelinghuysen
Mayor Tanya Segal, Greenwich
Mayor Michael Lavery, Hackettstown
Mayor Kevin Duffy, Hardwick
Mayor Tim McDonough, Hope
Mayor Robert Giordano, Independence
Mayor Doug Steinhardt, Lopatcong
Mayor Ted Tomaszewski, Mansfield Township
Mayor Jim Kern, Pohatcong
Mayor Samir Elbassiouny, Washington Township
Mayor Sam Race, White Township
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