Appellate Court rules transparency, Rice Notice required

The Appellate Division has ruled that the absence of discussion about a person’s employment prior to a vote does not relieve the board of its responsibility to advise the employee of his/her right to have the matter publicly discussed. The published decision states: “…[T]he fact that the board voted…without discussion in order to avoid sending…Rice Read More …

Leonia Borough another example why OPMA reform is needed. New Mayor pledges improvement.

A recent exchange between NJFOG’s John Paff and the Borough of Leonia, a Bergen County borough with a population of about 9000, concerns the municipality’s various shortcomings with regard to the Open Public Meetings Act. Paff was notified by resident Roland Weimer about a letter from Borough Attorney Douglas M. Bern that claimed that minutes from Read More …

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 North Jersey Media Group attorney advised the township prior to the vote “that North Jersey Read More …

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 Watch Nutley, NJ — Two video cameras ran at the August 17 meeting of the Read More …