Media Contact: 
William G. Dressel, Jr., Treasurer,
NJLM Educational Foundation
609-695-3481 ext 122

For Immediate Release

“How to Restore Civility in Public Discourse”

TRENTON, NJ (June 6, 2013) ) More than fifty public officials, community leaders and corporate decision makers gathered at The Conference Center at Mercer County College to learn how to restore civility in public discourse.  Incivility impedes getting things done.  It models destructive behavior and discourages new people from getting involved in public issues.   

The panel of local and State Legislative leaders and subject experts showed the audience how to achieve the benefits civility has to offer.  Attendees learned through practical examples from both the public and private sector including how to foster civility in public discourse and how to restore civility when confronted with disruptive behaviors.  Examples included public government meetings, political caucuses, corporate customer service techniques, and psychological approaches to fostering civility.

Led by FiOS 1 News political analyst Richard French, the panel included a keynote presentation from New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, District 3. 

Additional presentations were made by:

  • William J. Kearns, Esq., General Counsel, NJ League of Municipalities
  • Dr. Bart Rossi, CEO, Rossi Psychological Group. 
  • Hon. Arthur Ondish, Mayor, Mt. Arlington; President, NJLM Educational Foundation
  • Raymond R. Wiss, Esq. Past President, NJ School Boards Association                  
  • Jim Messina,  Customer Service Expert, Verizon

Conference Agenda

Presentation Remarks by Raymond R. Wiss

This NJLM Educational Foundation event is made possible by the generous support of Verizon, New Jersey Natural Gas, Capital One Bank and The American Petroleum Institute.

Foundation Program Partner


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