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Ben Spinelli

Ben is the creator of Politics of the Environment and the chief contributor. He currently is an adjunct professor of political science at William Paterson University and Kean University, both in NJ.  He also works as an independent consultant on issues of the environment and land use. Ben’s career includes 20 years as a trial attorney where he handled a wide array of litigation matters as well as representing clients in the areas of municipal law, land use, real estate and planning.  He was the executive director of the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth, the former executive director of the Westchester Land Trust and served three terms as the mayor of Chester Township, NJ where his accomplishments included the permanent preservation of over 3,000 acres of environmentally important open space and farmland.  He was an original member of the NJ Highlands Council, the founder and president of the Raritan-Highlands Planning Compact and is currently  Senior Policy Adviser to the President’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force and a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program in Washington D.C. . He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Political Science and History and received his J.D. from Seton Hall University-School of Law.

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