Ridgewood League of Women Voters hosts panel on good government

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Good government was the topic of conversation for an audience made up of community leaders and residents at a forum hosted by the Ridgewood League of Women Voters on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Members of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) were invited to present and educate the public on the Sunshine Law, also known as the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), and aid in an open dialogue about transparency in government.

“It’s the mandate of the Ridgewood League of Women Voters to educate the public about government,” said Crystal Matsibekker, president of the Ridgewood League of Women Voters. “And it is in this positive spirit of education that the Ridgewood League of Women Voters is hosting this event. Rather than discussing specific incidents or people or groups, we hope that tonight’s meeting would inspire a positive discussion about the future of our village.”

Walter Luers, the president of NJFOG, served as the keynote speaker for the forum. Luers also works as an attorney who often takes cases related to OPRA and OPMA. He presented the public with a basic background on the two laws and the ways he would like to see them amended.

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