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(Mahwah) – A panel of state and municipal government leaders will participate in a symposium, Campaign Finance Reform: Can the Culture of Corruption” Be Abolished? on Monday, May 9 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The Honorable Robert H. Franks, former Republican State Chairman; the Honorable Dennis McNerney, Bergen County Executive (invited); and the Honorable Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman (District 37) and Majority Conference Leader (invited) will discuss campaign finance reform.

Following their discussion, GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Honorable Todd Caliguire, Esq., former Bergen County Freeholder; the Honorable Paul DiGaetano, Assemblyman (District 36), the Honorable Steve Lonegan, Mayor of Bogota; the Honorable John Murphy, Freeholder Morris County; and the Honorable Robert Schroeder, Washington Township Councilman, will have the opportunity to outline their proposals to end what has been called the culture of corruption” in New Jersey politics.

The Honorable Gary S. Stein, a former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice is the guest speaker during the dinner, which begins at 6:45 p.m. He is the former associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, appointed by Governor Thomas Kean. Stein served on the court from 1985 to 2002. During his 17 years on the bench, he authored over 365 opinions including 220 majority ones. Among his prominent decisions are State v. Novembrino (1987), State v. Pierce (1995), State v. D.R. (1988) and State v. Brunson (1993). He also authored many significant dissenting opinions, including those in Abbott v. Burke (2002).

A native of Irvington, Justice Stein graduated from Duke University and with distinction from the Duke University School of Law where he was associate editor of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif. He practiced law until being appointed by Governor Thomas Kean to the position of director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning, which he held from 1982 to 1985. Stein is currently counsel to the Hackensack firm of Pashman Stein.

The symposium is offered without charge as a community service by The Ramapo College Foundation and the School of Administration and Business in conjunction with the Center for Business and Public Policy. Registration and refreshments begin at 4:30 p.m.; the program is scheduled for 5 p.m. Advance registration will be accepted by calling 201.684.7373, faxing 201.684.7957 or e-mailing cbpp@ramapo.edu. The Center for Business and Public Policy at Ramapo College provides a nonpartisan forum for the examination of issues that affect the economic well being and quality of life of New Jersey’s citizens.

The Center’s focus is on taxation, health care, education and business regulation. The Center hosts colloquia, workshops, conferences and other programs, and publishes journals and papers.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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