OPRA Denied

Note: This blog was almost entirely written as of 10:40 this morning.  It is posted now with only a change in the second work of the blog title (it could be either Denied, Delayed, or Completed) and the link (or lack of one) in the last word of this blog in anticipation of receiving some communication from the NJ Government Records Access Unit (GRAU).

New Jersey has an Open Public Records Act that allows you to get immediate access to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts (including collective negotiations agreements and individual employment contracts), and public employee salary and overtime information.  For other records, like how much the New Jersey state Pension and Benefits Commissions has spent to date, it takes more time.  A lot more time.

January 11, 2015: OPRA request

January 21, 2015: GRAU request for more time

January 28, 2015: GRAU request for more time

According to the FAQs for OPRA requests:

18. What happens if I cannot fulfill a request within the required time frame to respond?
Custodians may seek extensions of time beyond the seven (7) business day deadline for legitimate reasons (such as the record is in use or in storage).  Custodians must notify the  requestor in writing, within the statutorily mandated seven (7) business days and provide an anticipated deadline date upon which the records will be provided.  The length of the extension must be reasonable under the circumstances.  The Custodian’s failure to grant or deny access to the requested records by the extended deadline date results in a deemed denial of the request.

Today is the extended due date in the second GRAU letter for a response and in an email a few minutes ago I just got this response.

9 responses to this post.

  1. When will the Cola case be handed down?   thank you, Joel L. Frank

         

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    There’s no money to pay a court ordered pension payment in this year’s’ budget probably not available next year.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on February 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      No judgements will be paid, nor will “scheduled” pension contributions be made during the balance of Gov. Christie’s term.

      He will leave the HORRIBLE choices to the next (likely Democratic) governor, And since they can’t get even remotely close to the necessary funds via a “millionaires tax”, we’ll see how the big-mouth Democratic Legislature fairs with the choice of a massive MIDDLE-CLASS tax increase (which will throw many out of office with the next election) or betraying their Public Sector Union meal-ticket and materially reducing their pensions & benefits.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        TL have a snickers you start biting public employees when frustrated. The Christie Administration is a failure embrace that fact.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on February 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          Christie has “failed” to find a “solution” because the mess he inherited defies ANYTHING but unacceptable choices …. either (A) untenable tax increases, and/or (b) very material reductions in pensions & benefits for CURRENT workers.

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  3. Posted by Javagold on February 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    When does Christie pay out the property tax rebates ?? (That he already manipulated twice out four times)

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  4. Posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Hey John,
    Pretty unprofessional reply to Joel. Is this what readers of your blog can expect?
    No wonder your stories are low rated. What’s next? Tough Love on staff…? Lol

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    • Posted by Tough Love on February 13, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Who says they are “rated low” … you ?

      I think he’s doing a great job … and with a LOT more patience than I would have for the clear greed and to-hell-with-the-taxpayers attitude exhibited by most Public Sector commentators.

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