About Mayor James M. Cahill

The Honorable James M. Cahill is the 62nd Mayor of the City of New Brunswick. He has served continuously as Mayor since 1991. During his tenure, New Brunswick has experienced an unprecedented wave of growth and investment that has transformed this once declining industrial City into a thriving 21st Century Urban Center. Mayor Cahill spurred collaborations among the private sector, the City’s health institutions, Rutgers University, Middlesex County, and the City’s redevelopment partner, the New Brunswick Development Corporation, to propel the New Brunswick Renaissance forward with more than $3 billion invested in the construction of new residential, retail, office, educational and healthcare facilities. Today, these projects provide significant tax relief to homeowners by generating over $22 million in annual revenue to financially support government and community services and public schools. Mayor Cahill also worked to create new housing and home ownership opportunities throughout the City and provide funds for low and moderate-income residents to make needed repairs to their existing homes. Since Mayor Cahill took office, over 4,600 market-rate and affordable homes have been built or rehabilitated citywide, helping New Brunswick become New Jersey’s fastest growing urban center, according to the 2010 Census. These economic successes have fueled tremendous job growth in New Brunswick. With over 7,000 new jobs created for New Brunswick residents over the past 10 years, the City’s annual unemployment rate is the lowest for New Jersey’s urban centers, despite a national recession.

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About the Award: Caren S. Franzini was one of New Jersey's greatest economic development advocates, evidenced by her incredibly effective leadership of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and her work with Greater Trenton. In 2017, NAIOP New Jersey established the Caren S. Franzini Public Partner Award, to be presented in her memory and to honor local champions of development that inspires and transforms our communities.



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Offer your congratulations! We hope you will join us in recognizing Andrew Merin's accomplishments with a congratulatory placement in the Gala Journal. The award recipients are showcased in the Gala Journal, a lasting keepsake of this special evening. This is your opportunity to offer your congratulations to Andrew and promote your business to the real estate industry's most influential decision makers. The Gala Journal deadline is April 12, 2019. For inspiration, view the 2018 Gala Journal.

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Event Details
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • The Palace at Somerset Park, 33 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873 Directions 
  • 4:00 PM Red Carpet Arrival / Champagne Toast
  • Welcome Reception
  • Opening Ceremony & Awards Presentation
  • Grand Reception
  • Attire: Black Tie
  • Tickets must be presented for admittance. No tickets will be available for sale at the event.
  • Parking: Upon arrival, you will be directed to valet or self parking, depending upon availability.

All inquiries about the Gala and membership status should be directed to Donna Laterza (732-729-9900).

Deadlines & Dates to Remember 

  • April 12, 2019  Gala Journal Deadline (print-ready material and payment) and Gem Sponsorship Deadline.
  • May 16 The 32nd Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala.



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