As Secretary of the Governing Body, The Village Clerks Office is required to uphold the OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT;
Introductory Statement - Assembly No. 1030 - L. 1975 c. 231 "This bill requires that the public and the press have advance notice of and the opportunity to attend most meetings, including executive sessions of public bodies, except where the public interest or individual rights would be jeopardized. The public's right to know the process by which governmental decisions are made and to witness that process in full detail may be obstructed by needlessly barring members of the public and the press from certain policy making meetings of public bodies. If the public and the press cannot attend, they cannot learn of many positions that are considered or taken at such meetings by individual officials serving the public. Lack of information can lessen public confidence in governmental decisions and impair the public's function of holding officials accountable in a democracy."
This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Senator Byron M. Baer Open Public Meetings Act." [N.J.S.A. 10:4-6] 9/15/06