Christie Nominates New DCA Commissioner

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in General Information

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Governor Christie has nominated Lori Grifa as the next Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Grifa, a resident of Montclair, is currently a partner in the government and regulatory affairs group at Wolff Samson, and was previously a prosecutor in New York and Chief of Staff to former New Jersey Attorney General David Samson. Ms. Grifa is subject to confirmation by the New Jersey Senate.

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Ex-Governor Corzine Acts (and Fails to Act) on Legislation in Final Full Day in Office

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in Distressed Housing Market, Legislation, Permit Extension Act

By Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
In his last full day in office, ex-Governor Jon Corzine signed legislative bill A-4347 that extends all permits and approvals that were subject to the Permit Extension Act of 2008 (“PEA”) through 2012. Corzine did not sign legislative bill A-4345 that would have extended the requirement of wastewater management planning agencies to establish or update wastewater management plans, and extended validity of sewer service areas and wastewater service areas, until April 7, 2011.

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Christie Picks New DEP Commissioner

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in DEP Rules, General Information

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Governor-Elect Chris Christie has selected Bob Martin, a retired utility consultant, as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Martin, formerly of the consulting firm Accenture LLP, served as Christie’s energy and environmental policy advisor during last year’s gubernatorial campaign.

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Bill to Delay Adoption of Wastewater Management Plan Awaits Governor’s Approval

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in DEP Rules, Legislation

By Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
The Legislature adopted A-4345 that extends the requirement of wastewater management planning agencies to establish or update wastewater management plans, and extends validity of sewer service areas and wastewater service areas, until April 7, 2011. The bill just needs the endorsement of the Governor to become law.

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