Highlands nominee slated to appear before Judiciary

A nominee to the Highlands Planning Council whose appointment environmentalists oppose is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Thursday.

The nomination of James Rilee, who also is mayor of Roxbury, was held up previously in the Judiciary.

Other nominees approved previously are James Mengucci of Phillipsburg and Robert Walton of Hampton, and they also were opposed by environmentalists who fear a pro-development tilt to the Highlands council.

The Highlands covers 1,250 square miles in parts of seven counties: Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, and Bergen, and includes 88 municipalities. Approximately 859,359 acres make up the Preservation and the Planning Area where activities are regulated by the state.

The 2004 Highlands law was designed to protect hundreds of thousands of acres from overdevelopment and preserve clean drinking water for more than 5.4 million residents, but some Democrats are concerned the Christie administration wants to undermine that goal.

Rilee said Wednesday afternoon he would not comment in advance of his appearance before the committee.

Other nominess scheduled to be considered or interviewed Thursday:

Francisco Allende
to be a member of the State Board of Agriculture

Considered

Victor Amato
to be a member of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Board of Trustees

Considered

Eric Arauz
to be a member of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Considered

Reverend Michael L. Braden
to be a member of the Board of Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

Considered

Bradley Brewster, Esq.
to be a member of the College of New Jersey – Board of Trustees

Considered

Joseph Cantalupo
to be a member of the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

Considered

Michael L. Carter
to be a member of the Montclair State University – Board of Trustees

Considered

Tung-Lung Steven Chang, Ph.D.
to be a member of the New Jersey City University – Board of Trustees

Considered

Craig U. Dana
to be a Judge of the North Warren Joint Municipal Court

Considered

Craig U. Dana
to be a Judge of the Green/Fredon/Andover/Hampton Joint Municipal Court

Considered

Craig U. Dana
to be a Judge of the Wantage/Sussex/Stillwater Joint Municipal Court

Considered

Karen DeSoto, Esq.
to be a member of the New Jersey City University – Board of Trustees

Considered

James C. Finkle, Jr., Esq.
to be a member of the New Jersey Transit Corporation

Considered

Arthur M. Haney
to be a member of the Middlesex County Board of Taxation

Considered

James E. Hanson, II
to be a member of the State Investment Council

Interviewed

Robert J. Hariri, M.D., Ph.D.
to be a member of the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research

Considered

Mary-Anna Holden
to be a member of the Historic Sites Council

Considered

Clarence C. Hoover, III, Ed.D.
to be a member of the Richard Stockton State College – Board of Trustees

Considered

Robert A. Ivker, D.O.
to be a member of the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research

Considered

Melonie Krisza Marano
to be a member of the Somerset County Board of Taxation

Considered

Sharon K. McGahee
to be a member of the Ramapo College of New Jersey – Board of Trustees

Considered

J. Thomas Presby
to be a member of the Montclair State University – Board of Trustees

Considered

Paul Ressler, CPA
to be a member of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Considered

Honorable James Rilee
to be a member of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council

Interviewed

George W. Shivery, Jr.
to be a member of the State Mosquito Control Commission

Considered

Dianne Solomon
to be a member of the South Jersey Transportation Authority

Considered

Herbert E. Spiegel, Ph.D.
to be a member of the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force

Interviewed

David S. Steiner
to be a member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Interviewed

Candace L. Straight
to be a member of the Rutgers University – Board of Governors

Considered

John A. Young, Jr.
to be a member of the State Real Estate Appraiser Board

Considered

Raymond L. Zawacki
to be the Deputy Commissioner for Veteran Affairs

Considered

  Highlands nominee slated to appear before Judiciary