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Blog Category: Municipal Government

New Law Amends Construction Inspection Process

Jan 13, 2023 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

On January 5, 2023, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed Bill A573 amending the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in an effort to streamline and speed up the construction permitting process.  Under the...

Appellate Division Limits Access to Certain Public Employee Settlement Agreements Under OPRA

Sep 29, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) exempts from disclosure "the personnel or pension records of any individual in the possession of a public agency, including but not limited to records relating to...

NJ Court Holds That OPRA Requests Must be Submitted to Public Entity’s Records Custodian, Even If Parties are Involved in Pending Litigation

Aug 12, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

Most records custodians for public entities have undoubtedly encountered an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request from an individual plaintiff or attorney engaged in a lawsuit against the public...

NJ District Court Provides Guidance to Municipalities Seeking to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Jun 17, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

The regulation of short-term rentals has become controversial in recent years as an increasing number of municipalities seek to enact ordinances.  Litigation throughout the State of New Jersey has...

NJ Courts Uphold the Use of Video Conferencing Software for Public Meetings

Apr 18, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In two recent cases, New Jersey courts have validated municipalities’ use of video conferencing software to conduct remote meetings in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”)....

NJ Supreme Court Requires Release of Police Internal Affairs Records in Certain Circumstances

Apr 13, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In Rivera v. Union County Prosecutor’s Office (March 14, 2022), the New Jersey Supreme Court held that police internal affairs records may be subject to public access in certain circumstances under...

NJ Supreme Court Confirms Employment-Related Settlement Agreements Can Be Redacted in Response to OPRA Requests

Mar 11, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently clarified a public agency’s obligation to produce a settlement agreement resolving a personnel disciplinary action pursuant to the Open Public Records Act...

Appellate Division Finds Municipal Records Custodian Acted Reasonably in Conferring with IT Consultant on OPRA Request

Mar 2, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In McMorrow v. Borough of Englewood Cliffs, A-3192-19 (decided Feb. 25, 2022), the NJ Appellate Division confirmed a records custodian’s right to consult with professionals with regard to an Open...

Tax Court Requires Evidence of Assets and Liabilities to Justify Relaxing Tax Payment Requirement

Mar 2, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In Branchburg Hospitality LLC v. Twp. of Branchburg, Tax Court Docket No 11494-21 (Feb. 25, 2022), the Tax Court upheld the County Tax Board’s dismissal of a complaint where the taxpayer had failed...

Appellate Division Determines Planning Board Can Properly Consider Variance from “Building Coverage” as Bulk Variance

Feb 25, 2022 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In MSO, Inc. and 208 Glen Rock Assoc., LLC v. Glen Rock Borough Planning Board, et al. (Docket No. A-3430-19; decided Feb. 18, 2022), the NJ Appellate Division upheld the decision of the Glen Rock...