Legislative Action Teams

New Jersey Legislative Action Committee

Founded in 1993, the CAI New Jersey Legislative Action Committee is a volunteer committee consisting of homeowners and professionals serving community associations. They advocate in New Jersey by identifying community associations issues, monitoring pending legislation, and setting legislative priorities. In addition, they build relationships with and educate state legislators, providing invaluable advice when community association issues arise.

About Our Political Action Committee

CAI New Jersey’s Political Action Committee is the fundraising arm of NJ-LAC.  

Decisions by legislators can have a big impact on millions of people who live and work with community associations. Our PAC allows us to support candidates for office that advocate for well-reasoned legislation and oppose legislation that creates unnecessary burdens on the governance and operation of community associations.

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NJ-LAC ALERT: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
To Get Immunity Legislation for Planned Real Estate Developments Passed into Law in New Jersey

We have important news about legislation introduced by Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato and Senator Greenstein. You all are quite aware of the liability issues that contributed to preventing the vast majority of all community association pools, gyms and other amenities in New Jersey from opening last year. As a means of helping avoid that difficult situation again this year, this new legislation will render it easier for executive boards to make the important decision whether to open community association pools and other amenities.

Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato from Atlantic County have introduced A4979. Senator Greenstein, from Mercer and Middlesex Counties, has now introduced the identical bill in the Senate, S3584, which is modeled after language which your CAI Legislative Action Committee (LAC-NJ) recommended.

These bills provide that any illness, injury or death from or related to exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 on the premises of a planned real estate development shall not give rise to any cause of action. This immunity would not apply to acts or omissions constituting a crime, actual fraud, actual malice, gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct

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Please See Our 2021 Committee Members Below

LAC Chair
George Greatrex, Esq.

George C. Greatrex Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Hill Wallack, LLP in their Cherry Hill, New Jersey office where the majority of his practice is devoted to community association law. Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania since 1983 and New Jersey since 1985, he first served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, then in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. For the past twenty-nine years he has been a civil litigator in his home state of New Jersey. A former President of the Board of Trustees of his community association, he has served as a legal consultant to condominium and community association boards and individuals living in common interest communities since 1989.

PAC President
Liz Comando, CMCA, PCAM

Liz Comando is the Chief Operating Officer for Taylor Management Company, which is a leading professional management company, currently managing over 260 properties in New Jersey.

Treasurer
Joseph Chorba, CPA

Joseph Chorba, a Principal at WilkinGuttenplan, divides his time between working with clients in the real estate industry and closely held businesses. He is a Co-Practice Leader for the Firm’s Homeowners & Associations group. As part of his real estate expertise, Joseph works with a multitude of common interest realty associations throughout New York and New Jersey. His work with them includes audits, compilations, forecasts, and consulting. He also assists real estate clients with sponsor transition procedures and project management. Joseph also provides closely held businesses with audit, review, compilation, tax planning/compliance, and other miscellaneous consulting services. In addition to working with the real estate industry and closely held businesses, Joseph is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Barbara Drummond, PCAM

Barbara Drummond founded Prime Management, Inc. in 1990 to provide superior management service without excessive cost to community associations. As an accomplished educator she has spoken at the Senior Summit, the Annual Conference and the Legislative Update Events. She previously served on the Membership Committee and is currently serving on the Legislative Action Committee. Barbara’s involvement includes working on the task force chosen to help define “adequate reserves” and volunteers to assist with other regulatory concerns as needed.

Eric Frizzell

Eric F. Frizzell co-founded Buckalew Frizzell & Crevina in 1988 and established the firm’s Community Association Law practice at that time. During the past thirty-three years, he has managed the firm’s growth in that field, with BFC having represented more than 400 condominium associations, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations throughout New Jersey.

Eric works closely with association boards and management on diverse legal issues: guiding boards through the critical “Transition” process from developer control; negotiating with developers to settle claims for construction defects and financial deficiencies; interpreting associations’ governing documents and drafting amendments to them;  running annual meetings;  advising boards on issues of proper corporate governance; drafting resolutions; preparing contracts; and related services.  Eric also has extensive experience in corporate law, appeals, and litigation.

Eric graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick with Highest Honors, with a Bachelor of Arts in English with Highest Distinction, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Rutgers Law School, Newark, where he was a member of the Rutgers Law Review.

Sue Howe, AMS, PCAM

Sue Howe has been a CAI-NJ Homeowner Leader member since 2012. Ms. Howe is an experienced association management professional for 25-plus years. Her background is in property management, operations, project management and finance. She has been a member of the NJ-LAC since 2013 and a member of the CA-PAC since 2017. She has also had her CMCA since 2005 and her AMS since 2009.

Christine F. Li, Esq.

Christine F. Li is a partner in the Real Estate Department of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in Woodbridge, New Jersey. She is co-chair of the firm’s Community Association Practice Group and of its Planned Real Estate Practice Group. Ms. Li focuses her practice in real estate, with a concentration in planned real estate development law and condominium law. Ms. Li is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and of the National College of Community Association Lawyers. Ms. Li received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Thomas Martin, Esq.

Thomas C. Martin concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of community association law, transportation law and commercial litigation. Mr. Martin is also counsel to a substantial number of community associations and is actively engaged in a wide range of unique and complex areas of litigation and regulatory practice. He has extensive knowledge of all aspects of this increasingly complex field. Mr. Martin is admitted to bar of the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court, for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits. Mr. Martin is also a benefactor of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni/Scholarship Association. He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and is a Certified Civil Mediator.

Richard Milder

Richard Milder is a proud member of the Board of Trustees of The Views at Hudson Pointe Condominium Association, Inc. in North Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey, with a perch overlooking the Hudson River. In his spare time, he is a Vice President and in-house counsel at Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., one of the largest private owners of commercial real estate in the U.S., based in Secaucus, New Jersey, where he has been employed since 1992. Richard has practiced law since 1983, specializing in commercial real estate law. Richard is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

J. David Ramsey, Esq.

David Ramsey is a shareholder in the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, LLP, in Morristown, New Jersey. David has practiced law since 1976, with his areas of specialty in community association law, land use and development. David is a Past President of the Community Associations Institute and a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of CAI. He served as the chair of CAI’s Government and Public Affairs Committee from 2008 through 2020 and remains a member. He previously chaired the New Jersey LAC and the UCIOA Implementation Committee. David has frequently written and lectured on matters of importance to community associations. For numerous years he has been peer rated as a Super Lawyer, listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America and ranked AV (highest possible rating) by Martindale Hubble.

LAC Vice Chair
Matthew Earle, Esq.

Matthew Earle is a partner with the law firm Kates, Nussman, Ellis, Farhi & Earle, LLP and concentrates his practice in the areas of community association law, real estate tax appeals, construction law, general equity, and commercial litigation before the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Earle has extensive experience acting as general counsel to community associations and providing legal services relating to, among other things, assisting with the transition from developer to owner control, review and amendment to governing documents, preparation of rules and other corporate documents, managing association risk, resolving insurance coverage issues, assisting with compliance with federal and state laws, advising boards on fiduciary duties, dealing with resident disputes, and handling annual meeting and election issues.

PAC Vice President
Paul Raetsch

Paul Raetsch has been a member of both the New Jersey and Delaware Valley Chapters of CAI since 2015. He is the past President of the Horizons at Woods Landing Homeowners Association in Mays Landing, NJ. He serves as a member of the New Jersey Chapter’s LAC and the Del Val’s New Jersey Council. He has written several articles that have appeared in chapter magazines and have made presentations at Chapter and National conferences. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a volunteer docent at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Secretary

Michael Pesce, PCAM

Michael Pesce is the Branch President of Associa Community Management of New Jersey and a PCAM. Mike has been involved in the management of community associations since 1987, and before that, was a practicing attorney. Mike has been an active participant in CAI, as a frequent lecturer, author and longtime member and past Chair of the CAI-NJ Legislative Action Committee. He was also a Past President of the New Jersey chapter of CAI and is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, teaching a full semester course on the Management of Community Associations.

A. Christopher Florio, Esq.

A. Christopher Florio is a Shareholder and Chair of the Community Associations Group. Mr. Florio has substantial experience in the negotiation of loan transactions, collections, workouts, and real estate law, including foreclosures. Mr. Florio has served as a member of the New Jersey Assembly Task Force, commissioned to study community associations in New Jersey. He was appointed to the position by General Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian and again by General Assembly Speaker Jack Collins. Mr. Florio is the Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of CAI (2010). Mr. Florio is also a frequent contributor to Association Help Now and the New Jersey Law Blog.

Vincent Hager, CIRMS

Vinnie Hager joined JGS Insurance in 1989 after graduating from Villanova University’s School of Business with a degree in Finance. As President he has overseen the growth of JGS from a small family agency to being recognized by Insurance Journal’s Top 100 Property/Casualty Agencies in the US. Vinnie is a member of CAI-NJ’s Legislative Action Committee. He is a Past President of CAI-NJ, Past President of Monmouth County Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of NJ, Past Chair of CAI National’s Insurance & Risk Management Committee.

Karyn A. Kennedy Branco, Esq.

Ms. Kennedy Branco is a partner with the law firm of Cutolo Barros, LLC. where she specializes in complex civil litigation and mediation including construction defect and director and officer liability litigation. Ms. Kennedy Branco focuses a large part of her practice on the defense of nonprofit corporations and volunteer board members. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar and the U.S. District Court, State of New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University and her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She has participated on the National Amicus projects, as a speaker and as an author for Community Association Institute and its Annual Law Seminar and Conferences. Ms. Kennedy Branco has served as the Chair of the Community Association Institute National Attorneys Committee, a member of the National Telecommunications Task Force committee, Government and Public Affairs Committee, Fair Housing Advocacy Task Force and the Nominating Committee.

Jim Magid, CMCA, PCAM

Jim Magid, CMCA, PCAM is a Vice President at FirstService Residential, providing leadership and operational oversight to a diverse portfolio of Clients. Jim has been active in the community association management business for over 25 years. In addition to being a member of the Legislative Action Committee, Jim is currently a Commissioner on the Community Association Managers International Certification Board, CAMICB.

Glen Masullo,  PCAM

Glen A. Masullo is the Senior Partner of Preferred Community Management, AAMC in Somerset, New Jersey. He has a PCAM designation and has been involved in many aspects of common interest communities. In addition to currently serving on the New Jersey Legislative Action Committee (LAC), Mr. Masullo has served on numerous other CAI committees during his career. In his current role as a member of the NJ-LAC he has traveled several times to Washington D.C. to meet with our federal representatives and their staff to express our concerns and educate them on where we need their assistance. In addition, he has done the same on a state level. He has also been involved in turning around communities that have gotten themselves into economic difficulties; infrastructure projects and legal issues that confront today’s communities.

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Edward San George, PCAM

Edward San George, MPA, PCAM – Ed, is the President, Owner and CEO of INTEGRA Management Corp. located in Mt. Arlington, NJ. For CAI-NJ, he is a past president, regular speaker and committee member, earned the Hall of Fame Award, chaired the Past Presidents Group, and currently serves on the Legislative Action Committee. For CAI National, he continues to serve on the CEOMC Planning Committee and is the past Chairperson organizing and hosting the 2018 conference, which was largest attended program in the 30-year history of CEOMC. He is an inaugural member of the Advisory Board for the Rutgers Center for Real Studies and teaches the first ever property management course to undergraduate and graduate students in the Rutgers Business School.

PAC Committee
Jim Rademacher

Jim Rademacher is founder and CEO of Rezkom Enterprises, Inc., a porter, maintenance and construction company based in Ocean Township, NJ. He oversees the day-to-day operations of his company, and together with his staff, has provided maintenance and renovation services to hundreds of Community Associations throughout NJ for over thirty-one years.
Jim served on the CAI National Board and the CAI National Business Partners Council, positions that allowed him to positively influence the educational and networking expe-riences for the entire CAI membership base. Additionally, he became one of the nation’s first to earn his CAI Educated Business Partner distinction and also co-created a module for the educational webinar. Jim served as the President of the CAI-New Jersey chapter in 2009. Rezkom currently an Ultimate Partner of CAI-NJ and has been a proud, top tiered sponsor in the Partnership program since the program’s inception.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rider University where he served as the President of the Alumni Board of Directors. Rezkom Enterprises, Inc. is a New Jersey licensed Home Improvement Contractor and a New Home Builder.