Joseph Bertoni named acting N.J. transportation chief
Joseph Bertoni, a deputy commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, has been named acting transportation commissioner, according to a memo sent to agency employees Tuesday afternoon.
Bertoni is filling the slot left vacant by Jim Simpson, a former Federal Transit Administration official who Gov. Christie selected to run the agency when he first took office in 2010. Simpson stepped down last Friday, saying he wanted to return to his private sector business.
Bertoni, according to the NJDOT site, jointed the transportation department in 1988 in the bridge division, and has worked as a project manager in the Capital Program Management unit where he was responsible for managing the design and construction of major bridge and highway projects. He also held the position of chief of staff.
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF SANDY DISASTER RELIEF GRANTS
FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES
GRANT FUNDING FOR HISTORIC SITES DAMAGED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY
(14/P54) TRENTON – The Christie Administration today announced that Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties are now available to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey’s historic places. Approximately $8 million in federal funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service for Sandy-impacted properties that are either listed in the National Register of Historic Places or identified as eligible for this listing.
Expressions of Interest are being accepted until June 30, 2014, from non-profit organizations, county or municipal government, and places of public accommodation.
“It is vitally important to preserve our state’s history, and to restore and protect important links to the past that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy so that future generations will be able to enjoy and treasure them as well,’’ said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, whose agency oversees the State Historic Preservation Office. “Sustaining our state’s heritage and architectural legend improves the quality of life for all residents of New Jersey,’’ added Commissioner Martin.
Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties will fund up to $500,000 to repair historic and archaeological resources that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Only storm-related damage is eligible for grant assistance.
To qualify for the grants, a property must be listed or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This includes individually listed properties as well as those contributing to a historic district. All repairs must be completed consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Properties owned or operated by religious institutions are not eligible to apply for this program.
Guidelines and applications are available at the Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties website at www.njht.org/resources/sandy. Completed applications will be used to determine if the property is eligible for funding and if the project meets the guidelines. Grant funds are paid to grantees on a reimbursement basis according to the progress of completed work and approval of all work by program staff.
No match is required for these grant funds. The funds can only be used for pre-approved, eligible non-construction and construction activities. Grants will be awarded based on funding availability, scoring criteria and a review by program staff and an Evaluation Committee.
The DEP’s State Historic Preservation Office is partnering with the New Jersey Historic Trust, which is an affiliated agency of the state Department of Community Affairs, to administer the Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties.
The State Historic Preservation Office’s mission is to assist the residents of New Jersey in identifying, preserving, protecting and sustaining New Jersey’s historic and archaeological resources through the implementation of the State’s historic preservation program.
The New Jersey Historic Trust’s mission is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.
ACECNJ Delegation Advocates Before Members of Congress
(L/R) Joe Fiordaliso, Matt Murello, Jim Twomey, Congressman Leonard Lance, Rick Martino, Sanjay Naik
(WASHINGTON DC) – ACECNJ members descended on Washington D.C. this week as part of ACEC’s 2014 Annual Convention & Legislative Summit. Advocacy before Congress is an important component of the Annual Convention and attendees met with Members of Congress to discuss issues of importance to the engineering profession.
"ACEC's Annual Convention & Legislative Summit is an important opportunity to lobby Congress on critically important issues facing the engineering profession," said ACECNJ Chairman Sanjay Naik. "I'd like to thank the New Jersey Congressional Delegation for meeting with ACECNJ members this week."
Naik led ACECNJ's contingent in meetings with New Jersey's Congressional Delegation on Tuesday to discuss several issues including the renewal of MAP-21. This bill authorizes federal spending on highway and transit projects and is set to expire in September 2014. Without action by Congress to pass a long-term reauthorization at an increased spending level, investment New Jersey's transportation infrastructure will come to a halt.
ACECNJ also urged Congress to complete its work on the Water Resources Development Act reauthorization. This bill provides critical investment in our ports, water systems and flood control infrastructure.
ACECNJ also discussed important tax reform measures to protect the business interests of member firms. Preserving cash accounting and opposing measures to require accrual based accounting is an extremely important issue for ACECNJ member firms. Since firms often wait months to be paid by clients, forcing them to switch from cash to accrual would create serious cash flow problems and could lead to debt financing to satisfy tax obligations and even lead to layoffs.
"The opportunity to directly engage Members of Congress about important issues affecting my firm is invaluable," said Matthew T. Murello, President of Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates and Chairman of ACEC's Small Firms Council. "ACEC is an especially important advocate for small firms who don't necessarily have their own lobbyists but need to have their voices heard."
ACEC's annual convention includes many valuable networking, business and continuing education programs for attendees. It culminates in ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards gala. The convention is a worthwhile event that all ACECNJ member firms are encouraged to take advantage of.