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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bogota pays $115,000 to settle police assault case.
On September 29, 2008, Bogota Borough in Bergen County and/or its insurer paid $115,000 to three men who claimed the Bogota police assaulted them after a May 2005 bar fight that involved an off-duty officer. The settlement agreement, which contains a confidentiality clause, is on-line here and the lawsuit is described in a May 15, […]
Paterson pays $10,000 to settle vaguely worded police abuse case.
On May 28, 2008, the City of Paterson paid $10,000 to a local man who had sued the City and Paterson Police officers John Plelan and Frank Motta in August 2007 for an alleged police “assault” occurring on October 6, 2005. In his cryptically worded civil lawsuit, Alex Lopez claimed that the officers, along with […]