Wednesday, September 13, 2006

You CAN Tape City Hall

Martin O'Shea

We were always under the impression that members of the public are entitled to videotape public meetings but last night yours truly was stopped mid-frame by Bloomfield Planning Board Chairman, Alan LaQuaglia. Board attorney Michael Rubin gave no legal basis for his ruling so we wondered if there were any precedents. Is it ever possible with or without prior permission?
We queried Martin O'Shea, New Jersey's Guru on Sunshine laws, and received a fast response:
"Bottom line: We all have an absolute right to videotape every public meeting in the state. The source of the information in the attached is the New Jersey Press Association. I think your problem can be fixed with a simple letter to the planning board lawyer."

stay tuned...

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