Governor James J. Florio and Lou Cappelli Spoke at New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual Conference

Posted November 22, 2019

  • Governor James J. Florio and Lou Cappelli Spoke at New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual Conference

On November 20, 2019, Governor James J. Florio and Lou Cappelli, of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, spoke at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The NJLM Conference 2019 gathered municipal officials together with a theme of “Igniting Local Engagement.”

Gov. Florio participated in a panel discussion, Murphy’s Marks: Year Two, with other former New Jersey Governors including Jon S. Corzine, Donald T. DiFrancesco, Dick Codey and John O. Bennett. The panel was presided over by James L. Cassella, Mayor of East Rutherford and moderated by John Weingart, Director of Eagleton Center on the American Governor at Rutgers University. The panel also included Brigid Callahan Harrison, Professor of Montclair State University and Benjamin Dworkin, PhD, Professor of Rowan University. They enjoyed a discussion of the Murphy Administration’s second year.

Cappelli served on a panel, Coordinating Opioid Response Resources, which discussed that even though tens of millions of dollars have been spent, the struggle to get the epidemic under control continues. The group told the audience about what resources are being coordinated and deployed effectively at the local level, State level, and county level and how the resources can make a greater impact on their local communities. The panel, led by James J. Perry, Sr., Committeeman of Hardwick Township, also included John Pellicane, Director of Camden County Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is a voluntary association created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information resources and brain power. It is authorized by State Statute, and since 1915 has been serving local officials throughout the Garden State. All 565 municipalities are members of the League. Over 560 mayors and 13,000 elected and appointed officials of member municipalities are entitled to all of the services and privileges of the League.

Governor Florio, based in the Cherry Hill office of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli, is Chairman of the firm’s energy, environmental law, government and regulatory affairs and the healthcare law groups. Serving as the 49th Governor of the State of New Jersey from 1990 through 1994 and in the United States House of Representatives from 1974 – 1990, Gov. Florio has enjoyed a long and distinguished career. He is a Senior Fellow for Public Policy and Administration at the Edward J. Bloustein Graduate School of Public Policy at Rutgers University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute, is Co-Chairman of the Regional Plan Association’s New Jersey Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees Fund for New Jersey. He holds numerous honorary degrees and was the 1993 recipient of the “Profile in Courage Award” by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2008, he was designated as a Lifetime Honoree Member of the New Jersey Short Line Railroad Association. Gov. Florio graduated from Trenton State College, received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship from Columbia University, and earned his law degree from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

Lou Cappelli, Jr, Managing Partner in the Cherry Hill office at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli, has extensive experience in education, governmental and regulatory affairs, labor, lobbying, real estate, family and personal injury law. Cappelli currently serves as Director of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He has served as a Freeholder since 2002 and as a Director since 2006. He previously served as a member of the Board of Commissioners in the Borough of Collingswood and as a member of the Collingswood Board of Education. Cappelli also serves as a member of the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cappelli received his B.S. from Albright College and earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC was founded in 1996 by New Jersey Governor James Florio after leaving public office and Michael J. Perrucci, well known as a litigation trial attorney in numerous million dollar federal and state cases. With offices in Phillipsburg, Cherry Hill and Rochelle Park in New Jersey; Bethlehem and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and New York City, the firm is recognized as one of the fastest growing law firms in the Tri-State area. For more than 20 years, the firm successfully represents public and private sector clients with legal strategy, government advocacy and business solutions.

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