Mayor: Bloomfield subpoenaed in councilman’s bribery case

Following news of bribery charges involving a Bloomfield Councilman, the Council is planning to adopt a local pay-to-play law (hopefully stronger than the state law) and form a local Ethics Commission. Ethics is a hot topic these days. Search our website Continue Reading →

Disturbing signs from Sussex-Wantage board

This editorial concerns an unauthorized purchase that a board of education subsequently voted to pay for after initially voting against the purchase at a prior meeting.  The editorial raises important questions.  For instance, why are public documents that would answer simple questions, Continue Reading →

Activist seeks to force Passaic County to disclose cost of civil rights settlement

Settlement agreements entered into by governmental agencies are public documents.  That is well-established.  (See our Knowledge Corner HERE.)  This OPRA case is interesting in that it concerns disclosure of the terms of the settlement before its final drafting and adoption by the governing body. Continue Reading →

Oceanport police punt records destruction investigation to school lawyer

Prosecutor’s office declines to pursue charges against a records custodian, despite a certified statement by a subsequent custodian that the prior custodian destroyed public records without authorization. -NJFOG Nov. 25, 2015 by John Paff NJ Open Government Notes (John’s blog Continue Reading →

Does An OPRA Request Constitute Harassment?

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release November 24, 2015 Does An OPRA Request Constitute Harassment? On Friday, October 30, 2015, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (“NJFOG”) attended a hearing in Kaplan v. Kratovil at New Brunswick Family Court.  The Continue Reading →