NORTH BERGEN, NJ. (May 8, 2020) – Dennis A. Daggett, Executive Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Association and president of the union’s largest local, ILA Local 1804-1, today was named by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to serve on the Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, a group of New Jersey business and municipal leaders who will help organize plans to restart the state’s economy. Executive Vice President Daggett, who lives in Sparta, New Jersey, will serve on Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee.
“I am deeply honored to be named by Gov. Murphy to help New Jersey recover from this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dennis Daggett. “My appointment is a reflection of the respect that the Governor’s office has for the ILA, its membership and the importance of what our members do.”
In addition, the council will also begin the task of creating a framework for the long-term recovery, Murphy said.
Murphy said the council will be made up of nine committees: Facilities and Construction, Government, Health Care, Main Street, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Professional Services, Social Services and Faith, Tourism and Entertainment, and Transportation and Infrastructure, with virtual meetings set to begin next week.
“We understand that we need a smart and granular approach to recovery. Reopening the restaurants and boardwalk shops down on the Shore is far different, for example, than restarting retail in downtown Morristown, Lambertville or Collingswood, or anywhere else,” Murphy said. “The advisory council will not only help us gather the local intelligence we need to get our economy running again, but it’s members will help us create a framework for coping with our new long-term economic realities.”