Government

Letters to the Editor

Vernon Officials Violate O.P.R.A.

3d1adfd24c5365b115d5_5b0969680de0a2b560de_letter_to_the_editor.jpg
3d1adfd24c5365b115d5_5b0969680de0a2b560de_letter_to_the_editor.jpg

Government is of the people, by the people, and for the people- but not in Vernon. The State of New Jersey has recognized that the public has the right to public information. The Open Public Records Act is a law that enables public access to public information and requires governments to release public information requested by the public in seven days.                                                                                                                        

On July 9, 2012, the Vernon Council voted and approved a developer’s agreement that was negotiated by the mayor. As of that date, the agreement became a public document. I submitted an O.P.R.A. request on August 31, 2012 for the document and the response in writing, from Vernon’s clerk, stated the document had not yet been signed by the mayor so it couldn’t be released. I responded that the document, according to law, does not need to be signed to be released so please fulfill my request. On September 11, 2012, she responded again, in writing that, “The document remains unsigned at this time and therefore not available to the public”. On September 12, 2012, I asked her by e-mail again to release the document and again, in writing she said, “As I previously stated, the document remains unsigned at this time”.

No less than three times, in writing, the clerk said the document was unsigned. On October 11, 2012, at a Vernon council meeting, I asked about the document and why the clerk was not releasing it. The mayor clearly said, on the record, “It’s not signed”. The council president said “It’s not signed yet”. I then questioned the council as to why they weren’t concerned about the fact that they voted on a matter on July 9, 2012 and the mayor had not yet executed their decision by October 11, 2012. I was met with complete disrespect from the council president as he accused me of being difficult. It was at that time councilman Kadish yelled out, “Then why do I have a signed copy? The attorney said it was done!” The mayor responded, “You do? I haven’t signed it yet”. Councilman Kadish questioned the mayor again about signing the document and the mayor said, “No, no, it’s not signed”.

Sign Up for E-News

After I exchanged some argument by e-mail with Kevin Kelly regarding the document and he being aware I possessed a letter from his office dated August 10, 2012, which he sent to the developer’s attorney stating the developer’s agreement was fully executed, Kelly finally sent me the agreement on November 19, 2012.

I returned to the November 26, 2012 Vernon council meeting with the document finally in hand. I played the recording of the October 11, 2012 meeting demonstrating the repeated lies told to me by the mayor and council president Lynch. Not only was the document signed by the mayor on July 31, 2012, but the clerk signed her name right next to his name, as his witness. It was at this time the mayor saw fit to attack me personally.

Not only did the mayor, council, and clerk conspire to violate O.P.R.A., but they disgraced their oaths of office. Why does this matter? When laws are not followed by elected officials and employees, we the people, are cheated of our right to be treated respectfully and honestly. If this is how they can so comfortably violate the law, they didn’t just disrespect me. They have completely broken the trust of all who expect the truth.

 

Sally Rinker

Former Vernon Mayor

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Double Vodka Before Driving Earns a DWI

February 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to help a Branchville woman who appeared to have broken down at the side of the road.  Sparta Police Officer Brian Perter and Arlene Lippencott went to see Wynter Garrett on the side of the road on Route 15, police report.

On February 15 around 11:30 p.m. the officers found Garrett standing outside her car because she said her windshield wiper ...

Sparta Police: Pot Arrest for Man Laying Down in Parked Car

SPARTA, NJ – Two people sitting in the back seat of a car parked on Indian Trail made someone suspicious enough to call Sparta Police Department.  On February 15 around 12:50 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to investigate the red Dodge Caliber police report.

A man and a woman were lying down in the back seat when the officer arrived.  Finley asked them both for ...

Sparta Police: Stop for Broken Light Ends with DWI for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man caught the attention of Sparta Cpl Rubino when he drove passed him on West Shore Trail with a broken license plate light.  Alexis Obolensky was stopped in his gold Subaru on February 15 around 7:45 p.m., police report.

When the officer was stopping the 28-year-old driver he saw him flick a cigarette out the window.  As Rubino spoke with him he smelled ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 7:00 PM

The Prudential Center, Newark

Sparta Education Foundation Night Out with the NJ ...

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_2f5911ae032b7193cdd2_girlscout_logo

Tue, February 27, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Fri, March 2, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_563fe88c2c7424a0dce9_newton_rotary

Sat, March 3, 7:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Newton

Newton Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Sat, March 3, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

Paterson's Poet Laureate

February 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The City of Paterson has given birth to famous athletes, business leaders, actors, and now, a poet laureate.

Born and raised in Paterson, Talena Lachelle Queen told TAPinto Paterson that she has been writing since she was five-years old, and, as she grew older, realized that when it came to pursuing studies and a career in writing, she “didn’t have a choice.” ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling in NJ

Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ...

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

Journal ...

Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video 

 

Sparta Education Foundation Offers Dragon Boat Races Sponsorships

February 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ—February 19, 2018--- The fourth annual Sparta Education Foundation Dragon Boat Festival announces new sponsorship levels and team divisions for this fun-filled event on Lake Mohawk taking place Sunday, May 20.

The new sponsorship levels for 2018 include:


Dragon Sponsor: $7,500 (Limit One Sponsor)


Platinum Sponsor: $ 5,000 (Limit One Sponsor)


Awards ...