August NJSPE Update
NJSPE's Featured Platinum Sponsor
Puharic and Associates, Inc is an insurance and risk management firm based in Monmouth County. For over 16 years, Puharic has been the trusted choice for engineers, architects, environmental scientists and other licensed professionals. As a risk manager, the firm takes a 360-degree view of the insurance needs and risk management practices for each customer. No call centers, no 800 numbers, just trusted, experienced insurance advice.

Fall Continuing Education Webinar

3 PDH Credits

Friday, September 29


Fender Systems Design: A Technical Approach
Eduardo Rodero, Managing Director
ShibataFenderTeam Spain
Professional Engineering Ethics 101
Lawrence P. Powers, Co-Chair – Construction Law Department
Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP
Inland Flood Protection Rule
Vincent Mazzei, State Floodplain Administrator
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
NJSPE is a New York State Education Department Approved Sponsor of Continuing Education for Professional Engineers.The live Continuing Education webinar is eligible for
3 PDH credit for NYS.

$65 - Members | $135 - Non Members
Legislative Update
New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Shelia Oliver passes away.
Shelia Oliver, Essex County Democrat was the first woman of color to serve as Assembly Speaker, and to win a statewide election. Sheila Y. Oliver, the trailblazing two-term lieutenant governor who became the first woman of color to serve as Assembly Speaker and the first to win a statewide election, died today after a long illness. She was 71.

Oliver spent 27 years in public office as a fierce advocate for social justice, affordable housing, opportunities for women, and New Jersey’s economically disadvantaged communities. In 2017, Phil Murphy, then the Democratic nominee for governor, picked Oliver as his running mate. They defeated Republicans Kim Guadagno and Carlos Rendo by a fourteen-point margin. Murphy also picked Oliver as Commissioner of Community Affairs in his cabinet.

“I knew then that her decades of public service made her the ideal partner for me to lead the State of New Jersey,” Murphy said. It was the best decision I ever made.” Murphy said that Oliver “did not view these issues in the abstract because she lived with them every day of her life.”

“She brought a unique and invaluable perspective to our public policy discourse and served as an inspiration to millions of women and girls everywhere, especially young women of color,” he said. “She was an incredibly genuine and kind person whose friendship and partnership will be irreplaceable.”

After legislative redistricting in 2001 created a solidly Democratic 34th district represented by Republican State Sen. Norman Robertson (R-Clifton), Oliver became a candidate for the State Senate. But Essex Democrats backed Assemblywoman Nia Gill (D-Montclair) instead, and Oliver lost the primary by a 78%-18% margin and a plurality of 8,243 votes.

Two years later, when the Essex County Democratic organization tossed Gill from their ticket and backed former Assemblyman LeRoy Jones, Jr. (D-East Orange), Oliver became a candidate for State Assembly. Democrats also withdrew party support for freshman Assemblyman Willis Edwards (D-East Orange), and Oliver ran with Jones and Assemblyman Peter Eagler (D-Clifton). While Gill narrowly edged out Jones for the Senate, Oliver was the top vote-getter in her race, running 1,469 votes ahead of Gill’s running mate, Helyn Baltimore.

She became the Assistant Majority Leader in 2006 and chaired the Assembly Human Services Committee. A Senate legislative coup in 2009 led to Oliver’s meteoric rise in power. As part of a deal for Steve Sweeney to take out Richard Codey as Senate President, Oliver became the new Assembly Speaker.

She became the first Democratic woman to serve as Speaker – Marion West Higgins (R-Westwood) held the post in 1965 – and the first Black Speaker – S. Howard Woodson (D-Trenton) served from 1974 to 1976.

Oliver became New Jersey’s second lieutenant governor in 2018, a position created nearly a decade earlier after New Jersey watched two consecutive governors resign and be replaced by the Senate President. As head of the Department of Community Affairs, Oliver managed the state’s takeover of Atlantic City. She also championed tax incentives for neighborhood revitalizations, urban enterprise zones, and programs to prevent homelessness.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey is Retiring.
The longest-serving legislator in the state's history said Monday he's retiring at the end of his term in January. Codey has served New Jersey for 50 years as an assemblyman, state senator, and as governor nearly a decade ago. The following is an excerpt from Codey’s social media retirement announcement. “I’m not gonna lie, this is a tough day for me. An emotional day.

But here it is: After a half-century in the Legislature, it’s time for me to say goodbye. My service to the state of New Jersey and its great people will end when this legislative session concludes at the end of the year.

Now, listen, before you get any ideas, no, I am not dying … but if you or someone you know is, please call Codey Funeral Home in Caldwell or Codey & Mackey in Boonton. (What, you thought I was gonna stop telling jokes on this of all days?)

Seriously, it has been an incredible run and I’m lucky and grateful to have my health. I won my first race in November of 1973 and was sworn in the following January, making it a perfect 50-year circle we’re closing.

I’ve been your Assemblyman, your Senator and your Governor. Now, it’s time to trade all those trips to Trenton for more time as a husband, father and grandpa. I’ll still be running my businesses — an insurance agency and those funeral homes — but I’m ready for something different.

Why? Because it’s time. Time to step aside and watch the next generation do their thing.”
NJSPE Would Like to Welcome Its New Members. Thank you for your membership!
Kamran Durrani
Durrani Total car Care

Sadee Gock, PE
ARH Associates

Brian Charles Hartzel, PE
EI Associates

Kenneth McGoldrick, PE
New Jersey Turnpike Authority

Brad Dylan Yac-Diaz (Student)
Stanford University
Jeffrey Laux, P.E.
Carolyn Feigin, P.E., P.P.
Erica Vigliorolo, P.E.
Gregory Stolowski P.E.
Darren Ferlazzo, P.E
Tejal Patel, P.E.
Brian Van Nortwick, P.E.
Matt Lunemann, P.E., P.M.P, ENV SP.
Lawrence Powers
Patrick Stewart
Vice President
Immediate Past President
NJSPE Director at Large
NSPE Delegate
Executive Director