Alan Zalkind

Mon
27
Jan

Unemployment, Food Stamp Usage, Crime Statistics Among New Indicators in Latest New Jersey Data Book

Image of New Jersey Legislative District Data Book cover

NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey’s unemployment rate may have hovered around an uncomfortable 9.5 percent in 2012, but many municipalities across the state – even in affluent Morris County –were reeling more harshly with double digit jobless figures, according to the latest edition of the New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, published this month by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

These figures, along with new data on preschool population, food assistance (SNAP), and crime in New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, help to paint a more detailed picture of the state, its residents, and the economy, according to CGS Director Alan Zalkind.

Fri
19
Apr

Checklist That Helps Towns Prepare for ‘Sandy-style’ Calamity Issued by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services

Flooded neighborhood

NEW BRUNSWICK – Last December, 30 municipal managers, many from towns battered by Hurricane Sandy and the November Nor’ Easter, gathered in New Brunswick to share experiences and lessons learned from dealing with two of the most devastating natural disasters in New Jersey history.

In that forum, sponsored by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS), participants candidly discussed their towns’ responses to the myriad and colossal problems and issues created by these historic storms and their aftermath.

The peer-group discussions and recommendations from that day were collected and distilled in a new pamphlet published this month by CGS for state and municipal leaders. Entitled, “Lessons Learned: Reflecting Upon Hurricane Sandy and the November Nor-Easter,” the publication provides a detailed checklist for preparing for, dealing with, and recovering from future “Sandy-style” disasters.

Fri
31
Aug

Rutgers to Offer New Certificate Program for County Administrators, Professional Staff

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS), in partnership with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), is launching a new certificate program for county government administrators and professional staff designed to enhance their operational knowledge in key areas of responsibility.

The two-day program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Fridays, October 12 and 19, at CGS’ headquarters at 303 George St.

Taught by experienced professionals, sessions will focus on four areas: public procurement, labor relations, county fiscal affairs and ethics.

Wed
04
Jan

Ernest Reock Jr. Still Hard at Work—20 Years Post-Retirement

Ernest Reock

One would be hard pressed to find a local government official in New Jersey whose career has not been touched by the work of Ernest Reock Jr. 

Tax assessors, borough clerks, township engineers, business administrators, zoning officials, code inspectors, public safety directors—pretty much all significant officials needed to run a city or town—obtain their professional imprimaturs through coursework developed, taught, or overseen by Reock during his six-decade affiliation with Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

Officially, Reock retired as CGS Director in 1992. Unofficially, he is still working nearly 20 years later. While he may have traded his suits and ties for flannel shirts and khakis, he is no less devoted to his projects. At 87, Reock puts in 25 hours a week in his New Brunswick office doing research and teaching part time.  

Subscribe to RSS - Alan Zalkind