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Opra Request For Non Profit Project Report

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Dear New Jersey Economic Development Authority,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:

Please provide electronic copies of pre project and post project completion applications / reports submitted for the 1M grant to "feed the Front Liners" initiative in Ridgewood, where restaurant owners were paid 1M dollars to provide meals to the needy.

Looking for copies of all grant applications, and project reports submission that shows which restaurants were paid the money, which communities received the food, and how much money was paid to the administrators of the grant management team.

Time period for the reports is from Jan 2021 to August 2021.

Yours faithfully,

Anonymous

David Russak, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Hello,

This OPRA request remains in process and requires a three-week extension.

Best,
David

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Dear New Jersey Economic Development Authority,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Open Public Records Act reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of New Jersey Economic Development Authority's handling of my OPRA request 'OPRA Request For Non Profit Project Report'.

Hello, with all due respect, I feel this delay of 3 weeks, in addition to one week that's already passed is unreasonable and I am requesting an internal review so the rationale for this delay can be looked at.

Also, I will be reaching out to the NJ office of the attorney general to make them aware of this deliberate delay on NJEDA's part to provide time sensitive information (2M$ is currently being spent by this group, and unless the press notifies all stakeholders how the prior 1M was spent, this new 2M grant may also go to same route, and it's very important that timely disclosures are made, and the public is made aware of where the first 1M was spent. After all, it's tax dollars).

A full history of my OPRA request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://opramachine.com/request/opra_req...

Yours faithfully,

Anonymous

Marcus Saldutti, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Hello. Below is a corrected link to the documents responsive to this request. Redactions were made to personal identifying information, Tax ID #s, EINs, social security #s, and account information. Should you have difficulty with the download, please reach out so that we may assist. This request is completed and closed.

https://njeda.sharefile.com/d-s62cab64b6...

Regards,
Marcus

Marcus J. Saldutti, Esq.
Senior Legislative Officer
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
1 Gateway Center | Suite 1410 | Newark, New Jersey | 07102
Office: 973-855-3452
[mobile number]-414-1423
For information about NJEDA's products and services, please visit us on the web: www.njeda.com

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Dear Marcus Saldutti,

Thank you for the documents provided. Can you please provide copies of two additional documents. If this will be considered a new OPRA request, I am fine with waiting for 7 days.

1. Copies of "payment" receipts to the restaurants. What's provided earlier is invoices, before the grant money was disbursed to HealthBarn, but it does not include copies of proof of payment from HealthBarn to the Restaurants once the grant was received by HealthBarn. Their account statements submitted don't show they had enough money to pay to the restaurants before receiving the grant from NJEDA. So, there must be copies of payments that were made after the grant money reached to them?

2. Copies of any documentation that shows where the food was delivered to. What's provided is invoices from most restaurants that they supplied the food, but where was this food delivered? The name of the initiative suggests that it was supposed to go to feed the front lines.

3. Lastly, can you provide any documentation that shows the purpose of this program / who created the program at NJEDA and what was it's purpose. If the purpose was "economic development", then it's hard to believe that anyone would authorize 3M dollars of tax payer dollars to go to 20 RICH restaurants in a RICH town, especially where 104 restaurants exist in town. How does hand picking 20 or less restaurants and awarding them 150k each is part of "economic development" at state level?

Yours sincerely,

Anonymous

Marcus Saldutti, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

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Hello.  Please see responses to your inquiries below in bold red along
with documents responsive to item #3.

 

1. Copies of "payment" receipts to the restaurants. What's provided
earlier is invoices, before the grant money was disbursed to HealthBarn,
but it does not include copies of proof of payment from HealthBarn to the
Restaurants once the grant was received by HealthBarn. Their account
statements submitted don't show they had enough money to pay to the
restaurants before receiving the grant from NJEDA. So, there must be
copies of payments that were made after the grant money reached to them? 
Based on the design of the program as approved by the NJEDA’s Board we do
not request proof of payment as part of Sustain and Serve, only invoices
documenting the meals that were purchased.

 

2. Copies of any documentation that shows where the food was delivered
to.  What's provided is invoices from most restaurants that they supplied
the food, but where was this food delivered? The name of the initiative
suggests that it was supposed to go to feed the front lines. Based on the
program’s guidelines, we do not track where meals were delivered as part
of our monitoring, only that the meals were purchased from eligible
restaurants.

 

3. Lastly, can you provide any documentation that shows the purpose of
this program / who created the program at NJEDA and what was it's purpose.
If the purpose was "economic development", then it's hard to believe that
anyone would authorize 3M dollars of tax payer dollars to go to 20 RICH
restaurants in a RICH town, especially where 104 restaurants exist in
town. How does hand picking 20 or less restaurants and awarding them 150k
each is part of "economic development" at state level?  Attached is a copy
of the November 2020 NJEDA Board memo (including Program Specifications)
establishing the program along with the corresponding press release and a
copy of the December 2020 Notice of Funding Availability for the program.

 

This request is completed and closed.

Regards,

Marcus

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Marcus J. Saldutti, Esq.

Senior Legislative Officer

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

1 Gateway Center | Suite 1410 | Newark, New Jersey | 07102

Office: 973-855-3452

[mobile number]-414-1423

For information about NJEDA’s products and services, please visit us on
the web: [2]www.njeda.com

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