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NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Ray Cantor will be honored with a 2022 NJBIZ ICON Award, which recognizes business leaders over the age of 60 for outstanding work done throughout their careers, not only in their respective fields, but for the state’s larger business community as well.

Cantor, an attorney whose career included positions in both the legislative and executive branches of state government before joining NJBIA in 2019, will be honored with 40 other distinguished business leaders at the NJBIZ ICON Awards program on June 28 at the Palace at Somerset Park.

At NJBIA, Cantor handles legislative and regulatory issues related to energy, the environment, as well as cannabis legalization and workplace safety. He advocates for policies that will grow jobs and businesses while also working to protect companies from harmful and overly burdensome laws and regulations.

Earlier in his career, Cantor was a former assistant commissioner and later chief adviser to the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. At DEP, Cantor oversaw the offices of Legal Affairs, Dispute Resolution, and Economic Analysis in addition to advising the DEP commissioner on policy, legal, management, and economic matters.

Cantor was also responsible for policy formulation related to all DEP regulations, including site remediation, NRD, air quality, water regulation, and land-use management.

A graduate of New York Law School, Cantor began his career working at the state’s Office of Legislative Services as senior counsel in the Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources section. He later served as the assistant commissioner of Land Use Management & Compliance at DEP until 2002, and also worked as a project consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Cantor’s previous lobbying experience also includes five years as director of Government Affairs for the Medical Society of New Jersey and then executive director of the New Jersey Apartment Association. He returned to the state DEP in 2010, where he served as chief adviser to former DEP Commissioner Bob Martin for eight years.

Go here to view the complete list of NJBIZ ICON honorees.