Citations and arrests for Emergency Order violations (Newark Police Department)

Michael Tracey filed this request with the Newark Police Department of Newark, NJ.
Multi Request Citations and arrests for Emergency Order violations
Due May 12, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Michael Tracey


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any records or data compiled cataloguing the number of citations issued, and arrests made, pursuant to violations of Emergency Orders closing state, county, and municipal parks in Newark from March 1, 2020 to May 3, 2020.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Tracey

From: Michael Tracey

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any records or data compiled cataloguing the number of citations issued, and arrests made, pursuant to violations of Emergency Orders closing state, county, and municipal parks in Newark from March 1, 2020 to May 3, 2020.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Any response can be emailed to me at mtracey8@gmail.com, or alternately by mail to the following address:

M.C. Tracey
149 Bentley Ave, Apt. D3
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Sincerely,

Michael Tracey

From: Newark Police Department

Good Afternoon:

The Office of the Clerk of the City of Newark has assigned your OPRA request tracking number PD-20-0467 CV-19.

Please be advised that on March 20, 2020, Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2020, c.10, which provides that OPRA’s statutory deadlines do not apply for the duration of a Governor-declared state of emergency pursuant to the Disaster Control Act (N.J.S.A. App.A.9-33 et seq.), a public health emergency under the Emergency Health Powers Act (N.J.S.A. 26:13-1 et seq.), or when a state of local disaster emergency is declared by a county or by a municipality.

Since that date, this Office has made “reasonable efforts” to respond to the OPRA requests we have received. However, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, amid the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and growing numbers of residents who have tested positive for the virus, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced a strict Shelter in Place mandate for the City of Newark. In order to protect not only the citizens of our city but also our public employees, all municipal agencies have vastly reduced operations and personnel.

In order to gather the documents responsive to your requests, the OPRA unit sends your requests to the respective City Departments which actually created, received, or retained these documents. Given the Executive Order and the Shelter in Place Mandate, the deadline by which you will receive a response to your request will be 60 business days from the conclusion of the Governor's state of emergency with requests processed in the order in which they were received. The current state of emergency is set to end on June 5, 2020; thus, August 31, 2020, is the current deadline by which the response to your request will be due.

The Office of the City Clerk respectfully requests your understanding and forbearance as we navigate this uncharted territory.

Sincerely,

Samora Noguera

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