For the second year in a row, the Borough of New Providence received statewide recognition in the Annual Municipal Public Information Contest, sponsored by Rutgers Center for Government Services (CGS), the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and the New Jersey Municipal Management Association. The purpose of this contest is to highlight the use of successful and innovative techniques that increase government’s ability to meet citizen needs and improve access to government services. The awards also provide incentive for municipalities to develop or enhance their public information programs in order to be able to offer more innovative, responsive, and personalized services to citizens. This year the borough was awarded Best Special/Innovative Media. The entries were evaluated on the clarity, quality and completeness of the information provided. Awards were given for three classes of towns, based on population. New Providence won for Class B towns, which have populations between 5,000 and 20,000. The award was presented at the 102nd Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City.
CGS Director Alan Zalkind, said, “The importance of a local government’s ability to communicate with its residents cannot be overstated. The contest’s entries illustrated the serious commitment by the entrants to effectively communicate with the public. Moreover, the entries we received reflected transparency and a respect for the residents’ right to be informed about municipal operations.”
“We are very proud to have won this statewide honor for the second year in a row,” said Councilman Robert Muñoz. “Our Governing Body places high value on assuring that our residents know what is happening in the borough, and this award acknowledges those efforts. Cindy Reis, our Public Information Officer, produced the winning materials. She continues to do an outstanding job keeping our residents and visitors well informed about our town. Through her ongoing efforts, we are able to increase the public’s awareness of government operations and provide other useful and timely information to our citizens.”
Councilman Robert Muñoz and Public Information Officer Cindy Reis Accept Best Special/Innovative Media Award