NJ Supreme Court to consider whether Fire Cos. are subject to OPRA

The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which the Appellate Division held that Millstone Valley Fire Department is an “instrumentality” of the Franklin Fire District #1 (Somerset County) and is therefore a “public agency” subject Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: NJFOG v. Little Egg Harbor Fire District #3

  Case Name:  NJFOG v. Little Egg Harbor Fire District #3 Docket Number: OCN-L-714-16 County / Vicinage:  Ocean Filing Date:  February 23, 2016 Presiding Judge:  Lynch Ford, Marlene Status:  closed   Overview: The complaint alleges violations of the Open Public Continue Reading →

Fire department has responsibility to town

This editorial concerns disclosure of a fire company’s revenues, including those from independent sources. Courts have exclusively held that volunteer fire companies are “public agencies” under OPRA, thus their revenues should be part of required financial reporting that allows towns Continue Reading →