Mayors and healthcare professionals team up

We Work for Health, a coalition of consumers and employees of the health care system has announced a new partnership

We Work for Health, a coalition of consumers and employees of the health care system has announced a new partnership with the State League of Municipalities.

The new partnership, called the “Mayors Committee on Life Sciences” seeks to promote economic development and innovation in the state as well as educate policy makers and citizens about the importance of the life sciences industry to New Jersey and local communities.

“We are excited to be instrumental in this new partnership,” said Bill Dressel, Executive Director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  “The life sciences industry here in New Jersey recognizes that Mayors play a critical role in helping create an environment where we can sustain these good paying jobs and provide growth opportunities for related industries.”

Mayor Joseph Pannullo of East Hanover has agreed to serve as chairman of this new committee.

A recent study released by Rutgers showed that New Jersey based biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies added an estimated $23 billion to New Jersey’s Gross Domestic Product in 2009-10.  The industry was responsible for $42.8 billion in operating expenditures that supported more than 200,000 jobs and generated $7.5 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue. The life sciences industry spent a total of $1.51 billion on construction projects in 2010.

Members of the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences


Mayor Carey Pilato, Bound Brook Borough, Somerset

Mayor Robert Bouwman, Branchburg Township, Somerset

Mayor Patricia Flannery, Bridgewater Township, Somerset

Mayor Michael Blunt, Chesilhurst Borough, Camden

Mayor Joseph Pannullo, East Hanover Township, Morris

Councilwoman Rozalyn Sherman , Franklin Township, Somerset

Mayor Karen Sasso, Hackensack City, Bergen

Mayor Kristine Peterson, Hampton Borough, Hunterdon

Mayor John Sheridan, Hanover Township, Morris

Mayor Wayne Smith, Irvington Township, Essex

Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Jersey City, Hudson

Mayor Richard Gerbounka, Linden City, Union

Mayor Michael Powers, Lawrence Township, Mercer

Mayor Mary-Anna Holden, Madison Borough, Morris

Mayor Richard Martel, Mahwah Township, Bergen

Mayor Mark Caliguire, Montgomery Township, Somerset

Councilman Gregory Gallo , Moorestown Township, Burlington

Councilmember Laurie Fu, Morris Plains Borough, Morris

Mayor Arthur Ondish, Mount Arlington Borough, Morris

Mayor James Cahill, New Brunswick City, Middlesex

Councilwoman Ellynn Kahle , Oceanport Borough, Monmouth

Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Morris

Mayor Peter Cantu, Plainsboro Township, Middlesex

Mayor Gary Giberson, Port Republic City, Atlantic

Mayor Gerard Shamey, Readington Township, Hunterdon

Mayor William Budesheim, Riverdale Borough, Morris

Mayor Brian Gallagher, Somerville Borough, Somerset

Mayor Suzanne Walters, Stone Harbor Borough, Cape May

Mayor John Gentless, Stratford Borough, Camden

Mayor John Coiro, Totowa Borough, Passaic

Mayor Clara Nuss, Wantage Township, Sussex

Mayor Victor Sordillo, Warren Township, Somerset

Mayor Joseph Tempesta, West Caldwell Township, Essex

Councilman Jeff Hoffman, Woodcliff Lake Borough, Bergen

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