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Making an OPRA request – The basics

If you want to follow the activities of your local officials, I recommend reading the meeting minutes of your Governing Body, Planning Board, et al.  These minutes are government records.  They are also public records – and, by law, they are available to you Read more…


2006 M&C Minutes – Not very public

This video details my 9/11/16 visit to the Allendale Borough Hall to look at the minutes of all 2006 Allendale Mayor and Council meetings. These 2006 minutes are stored on paper and contained in a 2 glue bound-binders – stored in a walk-in vault.  They are public Read more…


Common Law Right of Access

NJFOG 2012 Workshop: Session 1 (OPRA & OPMA) – Published on Apr 18, 2014. This YouTube segment defines the Common Law Right of Access and how it can increase your access to public documents.


Deliberating behind closed doors

NJFOG 2012 Workshop: Session 1 (OPRA & OPMA) – Published on Apr 18, 2014. This YouTube segment discusses how public bodies sometimes make little attempt to deliberate in public.


Availability of DRAFT minutes

Published on Apr 19, 2014 – NJFOG’s 2012 Open Government Workshop: Session 6 discussed OPMA (Open Public Meetings Act). This YouTube segment discusses the fact that minutes do not have to be approved and that the Records Custodian can make Read more…


Municipal Clerk as gatekeeper

Published on Apr 19, 2014 – NJFOG’s 2012 Open Government Workshop: Session 6 discussed OPMA (Open Public Meetings Act). This YouTube segment discusses how the Municipal Clerk is the gatekeeper for minutes- and can determine when they are available.