On Dec. 6, we shared John Paff’s post about the Port Authority’s failure to comply with the Open Public Records Act, a law it first became subject to in late June. Now, some six months following the effective date of the new legislation, the agency plans to adopt procedures for handling OPRA requests. -NJFOG
Dec. 16, 2015
Port Authority to comply with OPRA
NJ Open Government Notes blog
by John Paff
In response to my Denial of Access Complaint filed with the Government Records Council (GRC), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey conceded that it is subject to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) as a result of legislation passed by both the New Jersey and New York legislatures earlier this year.
In her December 16, 2015 submission to the GRC, Authority Secretary Karen E. Eastman wrote that the Authority’s duty to comply with OPRA has “been under close review” since the enactment of the bi-state legislation and that the Authority’s Board of Commissioners will vote to implement procedures to handle OPRA and New York Freedom of Information Law requests at its next meeting.
According to the filing, Eastman is the Authority’s designated OPRA custodian and records requests may be submitted to her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(John’s blog post can be found here.)