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Blog Category: Municipal Government

Appellate Division Addresses Township Liability for Falling Tree Limbs

May 23, 2016 | Written by: Richard P. Cushing, Esq. |

A recent Appellate Division case, Connor vs. Township of East Brunswick, determined two interesting issues pertaining to the dangers presented by publicly owned Bradford Pear and other ornamental and...

Legislative Summary: Selected Bills Recently Enacted as Public Laws That Relate to Local Units of Government

May 18, 2016 | Written by: Richard P. Cushing, Esq. and Kelly A. Lichtenstein, Esq. |

Following is a brief summary of bills that were enacted as public laws by the New Jersey Legislature in late 2015/early 2016 and may be of interest to our municipal and public entity clients:

Municipalities Are Not Required to Create Email Logs in Response to OPRA Requests

Apr 20, 2016 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In April 2016, the Appellate Division unanimously held in the case of Paff v. Galloway Township (Docket No. A-0125-14T4) that the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) does not require a records custodian to...

Do You Have the Right to Take Cellphone Videos of Police Activities?

Mar 2, 2016 | Written by: Richard P. Cushing, Esq. |

Citizen witnesses have sometimes been known to videotape and thereby expose police misconduct. You may wonder whether, if you thought the police were misbehaving, you would have the right to videotape...

Municipalities Should Review Their Landlord Registration Ordinances in Light of Timber Glen

Feb 19, 2016 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

Recently, the Appellate Division issued an opinion regarding a municipality’s authority to license residential rental properties pursuant to the New Jersey Licensing Act, N.J.S.A. 40:52-1 et seq. ...

Records Custodian Not Obligated to Respond to Duplicative OPRA Requests or Accommodate Overbroad OPRA Requests

Dec 22, 2015 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

The Appellate Division in Lagerkvist v. Officer of the Governor of the State of New Jersey, et al., Docket No. A-0250-14T3 (Dec. 17, 2015) held that a records custodian did not violate the Open Public...

Gebhardt & Kiefer Successfully Defends Municipality’s Use of N.J.S.A. 2C:34-7 to Regulate Location of Sexually Oriented Businesses

Dec 4, 2015 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

On November 24, 2015, the Appellate Division issued its decision in favor of Gebhardt & Kiefer’s client, the Township of East Hanover.  Richard Cushing, Esq. argued the appeal on behalf of...

OPRA’s Applicability to Volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads

Sep 4, 2015 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

New Jersey Courts have recently issued decisions regarding the applicability of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to volunteer fire departments and rescue squads in Brooks v. Tabernacle Rescue Squad,...

NJ Supreme Court Redefines Meaning of “Agenda” Pertaining to Open Public Meetings Act

Aug 19, 2015 | Written by: Richard P. Cushing, Esq. |

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided a very important case for municipalities and other public entities in Opderbeck v. Midland Park Board of Education. In this case, the Court addressed and...

Social Media and OPRA: Tips for Complying in the Digital Age

Aug 4, 2015 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

Municipalities may be finding that their residents are more likely to turn to social media for news and updates instead of the traditional newspaper.  However, posts by municipalities and elected...