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Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney to chair North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Bergen County Freeholder Dennis McNerneyNEWARK, N.J. – Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney was elected Chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

The NJTPA oversees regional transportation planning and annually authorizes more than a billion dollars in federal surface transportation funding for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey.

"Transportation is critical to the quality of life in Bergen County and the rest of our region," McNerney said. "During these uncertain economic times, transportation investment can create jobs and spur sustainable development. This agency steers critical federal dollars to key transportation projects in North Jersey and gives local officials a voice in how those dollars are spent."

The NJTPA Board also selected its Executive Committee at the meeting. In addition to McNerney, the elected members of the Executive Committee are: Morris County Freeholder Gene Feyl, First Vice Chairman; Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Second Vice Chairman; and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Secretary. In accordance with NJTPA By-Laws, McNerney appointed Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt to the position of Third Vice Chairman.

McNerney joined the NJTPA Board of Trustees in January 2003 following his first election as Bergen County Executive. After serving on the NJTPA Board for three years, he was elected to its Executive Committee in 2006. He served as First Vice Chairman of the NJTPA and Chairman of the Project Prioritization Committee in 2008 and 2009.

Prior to becoming County Executive, McNerney was twice elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1998 and 2001. McNerney is a lifelong resident of Bergen County. He graduated from Bergen Catholic High School, attended Bergen Community College, the University of Delaware, and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. Prior to his election as County Executive, McNerney was a vice president for a municipal finance firm.

The NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey Counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region's current and future transportation needs. It establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.

The NJTPA Board consists of one local elected official from each of the 13 counties in the region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren), and the cities of Newark and Jersey City. The Board also includes a Governor's Representative, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Executive Directors of NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a Citizen's Representative appointed by the Governor.

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