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Local Finance Board Hears Consolidation Study Commission Application

Both sides of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood consolidation debate testified in front of the Local Finance Board last Wednesday.

The hearing, held at the Department of Community Affairs building in Trenton, lasted about an hour and saw a comprehensive discussion about the proposed Municipal Consolidation Study Commission.

According to the Local Option Municipal Consolidation Law of 2007, three public hearings were mandated before Courage to Re-connect, the organization in favor of consolidating Scotch Plains and Fanwood, could move forward with a consolidation study. These took place in mid-June and early-July and elicited an impassioned reaction from residents.

Prior to the public hearing, Courage to Re-connect had to get 10 percent of voters in Scotch Plains and Fanwood who voted in the last general election to sign the petition, as well as a committee of five petitioners from each municipality to sign the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Municipal Consolidation Application, which was presented to the Local Finance Board Wednesday.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the board heard testimony from Executive Director of N.J. Courage to Connect Gina Genovese, Courage to Re-connect Founder Fred Lange, and Don Parisi, a member of the coalition.


Genovese testified that if approved by the Local Finance Board, this would be the first time that citizens from two communities in New Jersey would use the Municipal Consolidation Law of 2007 as part of an effort to pursue municipal consolidation.

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