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Do Borough subcommittee meetings comply with the “Sunshine” Act?

I wrote today to High Bridge Borough (Hunterdon County) Mayor Mark Desire and the members of the Borough Council asking two questions about how meetings of the Council’s three-member committees (e.g. the Planning & Engineering Committee) are held in a manner consistent with the Open Public Meetings Act. My letter is on-line here. Originally distributed […]

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State v. Federal Court dockets and records

As I’ve stated in previous postings, I use OPRA to determine how much money is paid by government entities to settle civil suits filed against them. I have put the results of some of the settlements I have found here. I became aware of nearly all of these settlement agreements through using the PACER system […]

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Township to charge 7c per copy

Andover Township’s willingness to lower its per-page record cost from 75c to 7c might help convince other local public bodies do the same. Please consider sending the following article to your local mayor and/or school board.New Jersey Herald – Newton, New JerseyJanuary 27, 2009 Andover to cut cost of public records By SETH AUGENSTEIN ANDOVER […]

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Seminar on e-mail retention for municipalities

On February 24, 2009 (in Holmdel) and February 26, 2009 (in Mount Laurel) an organization that is apparently affiliated with the New Jersey League of Municipalities will be holding a seminar entitled “Managing Government E-Mail Risks: OPRA, E-Discovery, and Retention ­ and Developing Solutions.” The half-day seminar costs $75 for League members and $150 for […]

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How do I report the Mayor for doing something unethical?

I am often asked how, exactly, one goes about reporting a municipal official to the proper authorities when that official has done something unethical. The object of this article is the explain the process the best that I can. FIRST STEP: DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE ENFORCEMENT AGENCY For the vast majority municipalities, the enforcement agency is […]