Nutley commission sets recording guidelines called “overreaching”

On 9/15, Nutley’s governing body adopted video recording guidelines meant for all township boards. We haven’t seen the new resolution yet, but the below article lists some criteria that look similar to prior provisions. The article also notes that a Continue Reading →

Part II: Citizens challenge Nutley Zoning Board’s video recording policy

Saul Qersdyn of NJFOG and Lee Dorry of Essex Watch brought their video cameras to the Nutley Zoning Board’s August 17 meeting. The following post reflects their account of discussion with the board’s attorney. -NJFOG   by NJFOG and Essex Continue Reading →

EDITORIAL: Put openness on government’s agenda

Interpreting the term “agenda” in the the outdated OPMA, the Appellate Division ruled on Aug. 18 in Opderbeck v. Midland Park Board of Education that the board does not need to provide supplementary documents with its meeting agendas. However, the Continue Reading →

N.J. school district did not violate Sunshine Law, judge says

The Appellate Division on August 18 reversed a lower court ruling that required the Midland Park School Board to provide more documentation with its meeting agendas.  The upper court said the outdated OPMA law did not require it but called Continue Reading →

Roselle Park MLUB To Eliminate Public Comment Portion

The Roselle Park Municipal Land Use Board announced on July 20 that it will be doing away with the public comment portion of its meetings starting in September.  The move takes away the public’s ability to speak on land use Continue Reading →

Lumberton public records go missing … a second time

UPDATE (8/17/15) – Judge Marc M. Baldwin will preside over the hearing in Paff v. Lumberton.  The hearing is currently scheduled for September 4, 2015. UPDATE (8/18/2015) – Click here for a Burlington County Times news story on this topic.  According Continue Reading →

Gloucester Township Council suppressed citizen’s speech, apparently based on its content.

In this excellent blog post, John Paff describes how the Gloucester Township Council cut off a speaker from talking during public comment and then immediately closed the public comment period, which almost certainly violated that person’s First Amendment right to Continue Reading →

Lawsuit claims that Bridgeton violated Open Public Meetings Act

NJFOG posted last fall about the financial trouble and mismanagement at the Bridgeton Port Authority, which has not been operating for some time.  The Authority’s board was re-formed in recent years with appointees consisting mainly of city council members, who Continue Reading →