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Old 03-06-2014, 11:52 AM
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Paff vs. Cliffside Park

Very short story is that both John Paff and the Record had to sue Cliffside Park to get a copy of Police Chief Keane's termination agreement after the borough declined to provide it to them. The Record also sued for violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). Decision in their favor is attached. Record article on the $263K payout is here.

Decision is attached. I liked this:
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Originally Posted by Paff vs Cliffside Park
It ill behooves a municipality or its counsel to attempt to subvert the legislative purposes of OPRA by contrived machinations attempting to seal from public view records the public has the right to see. Legal legerdemain, artificial parsing of words, clever legal efforts attempting to avoid OPRA’s mandates, cannot and will not be successful. The “spirit” of the OPRA legislation is clear – transparency in government operations is statutorily required. The people have the right
not only to know how their government operates, but how their monies are being spent. It is with these thoughts in mind that the issues presented are to be considered.
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