Dear Nutley Township,

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:

"OPRA's clear purpose . . . is 'to maximize public knowledge about public affairs in order to ensure an informed citizenry and to minimize the evils inherent in a secluded process.'" Educ. Law Ctr. v. N.J. Dep't of Educ., 198 N.J. 274, 284 (2009) (quoting Mason v. City of Hoboken, 196 N.J. 51, 64 (2008)).

This OPRA request is directed to, Ceci Tramontana, RMC, Nutley Deputy Municipal Clerk. There is a no-contact ORDER between Elli Pettas and Rory Moore. Complaints have been filed. I still have my right to file an OPRA request.

I seek the contract, the payment schedule, any and all related documents, and the notice of appearance for the special counsel of Inglesino, Webster Wyciskala Taylor

Yours faithfully,

Rory Moore

Ceci Tramontana, Nutley Township

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Mr. Moore,

 

This correspondence shall serve as Nutley Township (the “Township”)’s
response to your request for access to government records pursuant to the
Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq. (“OPRA”), which was
received by the Township on February 17, 2021 during regular office hours.
The Township sent you an extension notice via email on February 26, 2021.
Below is a list of each request for access and the Township’s response to
the same:

 

“I seek the contract, the payment schedule, any and all related documents,
and the notice of appearance  for the special counsel of Inglesino,
Webster Wyciskala Taylor” Please see the attached records which have been
redacted to protect confidential personal identifying information pursuant
to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5, and information which is deemed confidential under
the Attorney-Client Privilege. See N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1. Please be advised
that a search of Township files did not reveal a Notice of Appearance
responsive to this request. However, a Notice of Appearance is a pleading
filed in court, which would not be in the Township’s custody.

 

To the extent that you have also requested access to the above government
records under the common law, your stated interest in obtaining the
records must be balanced against the Township of Nutley’s interest in
nondisclosure. See Loigman v. Kimmelman, 102 N.J. 98 (1986).  The
foregoing response to your request for access to government records
incorporates the aforementioned balancing test. Please note that "a
party's status as a litigant does not enlarge its access to government
records under OPRA”.  MAG Entm't, LLC v. Div. of Alcoholic Beverage
Control, 375 N.J. Super. 534, 545-46 (App. Div. 2005). The Township of
Nutley reserves the right to raise any other grounds for denial not raised
in this response.  Failure of the Township of Nutley to assert an
exemption or privilege does not act as a waiver of any grounds for
denial. Furthermore, a reviewing Court or the Government Records Council
("GRC") may deem a denial of access to be authorized on grounds other that
those advanced by a custodian. See Paff v. Twp. of Plainsboro,
A-2122-05T2, 2007 WL 957289, at *2 (App. Div., Apr. 2, 2007), affirming,
Paff v. Township of Plainsboro, GRC Complaint No. 2005-29 (March 2006). If
your request for access to a government record has been denied or
unfilled, you have a right to challenge the decision by the Township of
Nutley to deny access. At your option, you may either initiate a
proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with
the GRC by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact
the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819,
Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at [1][email address], or on its website
at [2]www.state.nj.us/grc. The GRC can also answer other questions about
the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should
be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ceci Tramontana, RMC

Deputy Municipal Clerk

Municipal Clerk’s Office

Township of Nutley, NJ

(973) 284-4951 x2233 Office

(973) 284-5668 Fax

[3]www.nutleynj.org

 

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