Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Christie Files Many Nominations, Appointments

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie filed nominations and appointments for various State boards, commissions, and authorities. Among the nominations made were three new members to the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (NJDWSC), which oversees the largest water supply system in the state, serving over two million North Jersey residents.

Governor Christie’s nominations to the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission include Hackensack attorney Alan S. Ashkinaze, Esq. (Oradell, Bergen); Hampshire Real Estate Companies Executive Vice President Norman A. Feinstein, Esq. (Caldwell, Essex); and Garofalo & O'Neill Managing Partner Robert C. Garofalo, Esq. (Brielle, Monmouth). These nominations filed by the Governor require the advice and consent of the New Jersey State Senate.

In February, as part of an ongoing effort to increase transparency and disclosure in the activities of the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, the Christie Administration requested information relating to the hiring practices at the NJDWSC, as well as all relevant information concerning compensation awarded to individuals or companies in connection with the activities of NJDWSC.

Following up on the action taken at the NJDWSC, Governor Christie in March introduced “Shadow Government Reform” legislation to protect New Jersey taxpayers by extending or expanding the Governor’s veto authority to prevent waste, abuse and unethical conduct before it occurs. The legislation put forward by Governor Christie will establish or enhance oversight and accountability at twenty-one various entities. The legislation will also ensure public funds are appropriately used and that ethical standards are followed by members of the authorities.

Governor Chris Christie yesterday also filed the following nominations and direct appointments with the State Senate and Secretary of State’s Office. The Governor’s nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.


New Jersey Transit Corporation
Nominate for reappointment Myron P. Shevell (Long Branch, Monmouth)

New Jersey state council on the arts
Nominate for appointment Marilyn Harkett Dore (Montclair, Essex)

New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research
Licensed Physician
Nominate for appointment Shonola S. Da-Silva, M.D. (Moorestown, Burlington)

Public Member - Person with Brain Injury
Nominate for appointment Robert Marlin, Ph.D. (Parsippany, Morris)

Public Members
Nominate for reappointment Meiling Chin, M.B.A. (Summit, Union)
Nominate for appointment Philip A. De Fina, Ph.D. (Chester, Morris)
Nominate for appointment Daniel J. Keating, Ph.D. (Downing, PA).
Nominate for appointment Mark Evan Stanley, Ph.D. (Manasquan, Monmouth)

Casino control commission
Nominate for appointment Donna M. Taylor, Esq. (Linwood, Atlantic)

New Jersey Educational FAcilities Authority
Nominate for appointment Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr., Esq. (Mantoloking, Ocean)
Nominate for appointment Katherine Munson Ungar, CPCU (Mendham, Morris)
Nominate for appointment Alan De Rose, CFP (Westfield, Union)

New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority
Nominate for appointment Elisa Charters, CCIM (Cedar Grove, Essex)

board of the Higher education student assistance authority
Nominate for appointment Elaine Papas Varas (Ringoes, Hunterdon)

Public Members
Nominate for appointment George Louis Garcia, Esq. (Jersey City, Hudson)
Nominate for appointment James P. Allen, CFE (Tinton Falls, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Sam Della Fera, Jr., Esq. (Westfield, Union)
Nominate for appointment Anthony J. Falcone, CPA (Lincroft, Monmouth)

New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Nominate for appointment Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. (Ocean, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Daniel F. Becht, Esq. (Manasquan, Monmouth)

state board of education
Nominate for appointment Joseph Fisicaro (Marlton, Burlington)

New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority
Public Member / Trade Union
Nominate for appointment Gregory Lalevee (Bridgewater, Somerset)


New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention advisory council
Public Member – Current Member of a County Mental Health Advisory Board
Appoint Wendy DePedro (Belmar, Monmouth)

Public Member – With Personal or Family Experience with Suicide
Appoint Scott Fritz (Beach Haven Park, Ocean)

Public Member – Current or Former Member of a Local Board of Education
Appoint Mario Tommasi, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. (Lumberton, Burlington)

Public Member – Psychiatrist
Appoint Theodore A. Petti, M.D., M.P.H. (Edison, Middlesex)

Current or Retired Primary or Secondary School Teacher
Appoint Daniel J. Martin (Egg Harbor City, Atlantic)

Experience Collecting and Reporting Social Science Data
Appoint Dr. Julie A. Phillips (Westfield, Union)

New jersey unemployment insurance task force
Senate Member
Appoint the Honorable Steven V. Oroho (Franklin, Sussex)

New Jersey reading disabilities task force
Public Member / Expertise
Appoint Dr. Deborah A. Ciapanna (Medford, Burlington)

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