Bayonne says it handled OPRA request properly in response to lawsuit

The lesson here is that “if no records responsive to an OPRA request exist, we must tell the requestor that in no uncertain terms,” said Paff. Had Bayonne’s attorney done that, Paff claims he would not have filed the suit.  Paff had submitted an OPRA request for records that would provide the terms of a settlement agreement and was initially denied the records, leading him to argue for their release.  -NJFOG


UPDATE (3/1/16): The City of Bayonne has agreed that its response to Paff’s OPRA request was “unclear” and did not allow him to “properly assess” the matter. The City has agreed to pay Paff’s legal fees. Read more here.


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