Section: General rules of construction
1. a. The Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission, a body corporate and politic with corporate succession, is created in the Department of Environmental Protection. The commission is an instrumentality exercising public and essential governmental functions. Exercise by the commission of the powers conferred by this act is deemed to be an essential governmental function of the State.
b. The commission shall consist of nine members to be appointed and qualified as follows:
(1) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or the commissioner's designee; and
(2) eight residents of the State, who shall be recommended by their respective governing body and appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, among whom shall be one representative each from the County of Bergen, the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, River Edge Borough, and New Milford Borough; and two representatives each from the Bergen County Historical Society and Teaneck Township.
Each member in office on the effective date of P.L.2009, c.45 (C.13:15B-5 et al.) shall serve for the term of the appointment and until a successor shall have been appointed and qualified.
Each member appointed by the Governor shall serve for a term of five years; provided, however, that of the members first appointed, the representative from the County of Bergen shall serve a term of four years, one representative from Teaneck Township shall serve a term of three years and one shall serve a term of four years, one representative from the Bergen County Historical Society shall serve a term of four years and one shall serve a term of five years, the representative from the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation shall serve a term of five years, and the representatives from River Edge Borough and New Milford Borough shall each serve an initial term of three years. Each member appointed by the Governor may be reappointed upon completion of the term.
Each member shall serve for the term of the appointment and until a successor shall have been appointed and qualified. Any vacancy or reappointment shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
Members of the commission shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The members of the commission shall elect annually a chairman and vice-chairman from their number, and a secretary and treasurer who need not be members of the commission. The same person may be elected to serve both as secretary and treasurer. The chairman of the commission shall be its presiding officer and the vice-chairman shall serve as chairman in the absence of the chairman. The commission shall organize and adopt procedures for the conduct of its business. Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum and the concurrence of five members of the commission shall be necessary to validate all acts of the commission.
c. Any member of the commission may be removed by the Governor, for cause, after a public hearing.
d. Each member of the commission, before entering upon the member's duties, shall take and subscribe an oath to perform the duties of the office faithfully, impartially, and justly to the best of the member's ability. A record of the oath shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
e. The commission shall prepare, adopt, and implement a master plan for the physical development of the property under the commission's jurisdiction, hereby designated as the Historic New Bridge Landing State Park, or a portion thereof; review State and local actions that impact on the park to insure that these actions conform as nearly as possible to the commission's master plan; and coordinate and support activities by citizens' groups to promote and preserve the park.
f. On or before December 31 in each year the commission shall make an annual report of its activities for the preceding calendar year to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature. The report shall set forth a complete operating and financial statement covering its operations during the year. The commission may, in addition, at any time request the Governor and the Legislature to appropriate funds for commission purposes.
g. The commission shall cause an audit of its books and accounts to be made at least once in each year and the cost thereof shall be treated as one incurred by the commission in the administration of this act, and a copy thereof shall be filed with the State Treasurer, the State Comptroller, and the State Auditor.
h. (1) No member, officer, employee, or agent of the commission shall be financially interested, either directly or indirectly, in any project or any part of a project area, or in any contract, sale, purchase, lease, or transfer of real or personal property to the Department of Environmental Protection for inclusion in the Historic New Bridge Landing State Park.
(2) Any contract or agreement knowingly made in contravention of this section is voidable.
(3) Any person who shall willfully violate any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit his office or employment and shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.
L.1995, c.260, s.1; amended 2009, c.45, s.1.
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