Looking for Transparency in Small Town NJ
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It’s been a good week for small town editors digging for information in New Jersey.Rebecca Abma of Midland Park Press has been trying to discover since March why the town’s budget went down but taxes went up.”It has taken months and hundreds of Open Public Records Act documents, but I have finally gotten to the bottom of the largest tax exempt property in town,” wrote Abma.
Speaking of OPRA requests, Bill Bowman of the Franklin Reporter also filed an OPRA request to find out more about a separation agreement that the local school board president helped negotiate with the former schools superintendent. The problem is that the school board president faced ethics complaints filed against her by the superintendent. Read the story here.
In its ongoing in-depth reporting on a luxury development in New Brunswick that received Sandy aid, New Brunswick Today reports that Port Authority Chair David Samson’s law firm counseled the developer for the building in question.
And what about the weather? Westfield TAP reported that, despite the shortage, Westfield had road salt for the latest storm. Not so in Paterson, where Joe Malinconico of the Paterson Press reports a massive shortfall of salt as well as a rapidly diminishing snow removal budget. And on Jersey Shore Hurricane News, Justin Auciello is crowd-sourcing the weather and plowing efforts across New Jersey.
Our full roundup:
Midland Park Ranks Third in Region for Tax Exemptions Midland Park Press
Kentshire Tax Exemption Set To Expire in 2034 Midland Park Press
Despite Denials, Attorney’s Bills Show School Board President Was Consulted On Agreement Mandating Withdrawal Of Ethics Charges Against Her And VP Franklin Reporter
Local Residents Support Cycle for Survival Event TAP Livingston
Historic Buildings Spur Residential Development in Newark NJ Arts News
Foodie Events: Valentine’s Edition Jersey Bites
A-Rod’s transgressions don’t make The Yankees dirty More Monmouth Musings*
*Asterisks are vailable for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.
Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.