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Public Information » E-Newsletter » E-Newsletter Apr 11

New Era, New Span --- Bridge Commission's E-Newsletter --- April 2011


Bridge Commission Swears in New Member:

James D. Fattorini to Serve Three-Year Term

At the Burlington County Bridge Commission’s April 14th meeting, James D. Fattorini was sworn in as its newest member. Currently in private law practice in Moorestown, Fattorini was appointed on April 13th to a three-year term by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Chairman John Comegno welcomed Fattorini:  “Jim will be a great complement to our team and an asset to the Commission.  His commitment to making the community a better place will fit perfectly with his new role as Bridge Commissioner. I look forward to working with him.”  

In his own law practice since 1994, Fattorini primarily handles criminal defense cases but also provides representation in civil and criminal cases in Superior Court.  He currently serves as Public Defender in seven Burlington County towns and formerly held the position of Prosecutor in Riverside, Maple Shade, Palmyra, and Riverton.  Mr. Fattorini is also a member of both the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks of the USA and Knights of Columbus, community-service oriented organizations he has been involved with for more than 20 years.

"I appreciate the Freeholders' confidence in appointing me to this position and will bring my best to the position of Bridge Commissioner, said Mr. Fattorini. I'm impressed by the work of my fellow Commissioners to provide property tax relief to Burlington County taxpayers and I’m eager to be a part of that service to the community.  And of course I’m excited to learn more about how the Commission operates and maintains its bridges and facilities,” Fattorini added.

Appointed by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Commissioners are responsible for general oversight of the Burlington County Bridge Commission.  Commissioners are involved in decision-making as it relates to governance of the agency. They also have oversight over all senior management of the Commission, general oversight over the implementation of appropriate management and financial controls, and maintaining procurement policies and procedures consistent with governing law. 

Troy Singleton, the Commission’s lone Democrat, said of Fattorini’s appointment:  "I would like to congratulate Commissioner Fattorini on his appointment and welcome him to the Commission. Although he has enormous shoes to fill with the departure of Commissioner Anderson, I am sure that he will adopt the same team approach to managing the affairs of the Commission."

"We have said that we are committed to do whatever we can to provide property tax relief to the people of Burlington County,” said Comegno, “and now we have a new member to join us in that mission.”  “And that’s all while remaining true to our core mission, providing safe and efficient travel for the loyal customers who use our bridges, which are still the best bargain around.”

The Burlington County Bridge Commission manages the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges, and through its economic development and improvement authority powers, assists Burlington County municipalities in economic development and community revitalization projects and extends pooled financing options to local governments and nonprofits in Burlington County. These initiatives have resulted in a savings of approximately $14 million dollars and nearly $13 million dollars in grant monies for municipalities.

Commission Writes the Applications, Towns Get the Funds

Two Burlington County towns received $700,000 in grants to restore houses and make intersections handicapped-accessible.   Palmyra received $500,000 from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Small Cities Public Facilities program.  Funds will be used to make ALL intersections in the Borough ADA-compliant.  That means that 372 ADA-compliant curb cuts will either be installed or brought up to standard.  Riverside was awarded $200,000 from the NJDCA Small Cities Housing Rehab program for housing rehabilitation. 

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“Through the Bridge Commission’s work with Community Grants, Planning, and Housing (CGP&H), we have brought $12.9 million to cash-strapped towns in Burlington County,” said Commission Chairman John Comegno. “The Commission is investing in our towns, saving our taxpayers millions of dollars. Now more than ever, our taxpayers need the relief this kind of shared service brings.”   

Municipalities receive help with grant applications from CGP&H of East Windsor, a service sponsored by the Bridge Commission in its efforts to provide Burlington County residents with property tax relief.

"We appreciate the commission's ongoing shared services partnership with the county and towns, especially when it comes to identifying and securing grant dollars that lighten the load for local taxpayers," said Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio. "Credit should also go to the towns for their efforts in seeking outside grant dollars for needed projects."

How can the Bridge Commission help your town?  Contact Marie Ozalis (856-829-1900, mozalis@bcbridges.org) to find out more about grants that could bring tax relief to your residents.

Making Changes Today For a Better Tomorrow

How can families and nature enthusiasts help protect the environment and improve the quality of their region, nation and world?  Come learn at Palmyra Cove’s 3rd Annual Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Free and open to the public, this fun-filled, rain-or-shine educational event showcases goods and services that promote a sustainable lifestyle.

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Learn about alternative energy sources, composting and wildlife gardening and how small energy efficient changes can save big bucks.  Participate in the annual Adopt-a-Beach Spring Clean-up along Palmyra Cove's river coastline. 

Children will enjoy meeting animal ambassadors promoting wildlife conservation from Pompeston Creek Watershed Association and Turtle Lady Cindy Pierson. Falconer Jennifer Penna will be back with her spectacular birds of prey demonstration. Children’s author and illustrator Andi Green will be reading from her Worry Woo series of books.

Don’t miss a special keynote presentation at noon by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which will focus on the consequences of overfishing and hunting in our oceans.

Other exhibitors will include Nogginhaus LLC, Busy Bees Farm, Stormwind Alpacas, Insideout Design Studio, Authentic Wild, Charles Street School's Environmental Club and Powell Energy and Solar, LLC. Delicious food and beverages will be available from neighborhood vendors including West Broad Street Luncheonette. 

Make an impact by bringing your no-longer-used cell phones, batteries, and accessories to be donated to HopeLine from Verizon Wireless, a positive reuse for the more than 100 million cell phones that are discarded annually, according to EPA reports.  Phones will be refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way and then provided (along with 3,000 minutes of wireless service) to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. 

For more information call 856-829-1900, ext. 267.

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