The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey's Open Governance Project filed a lawsuit on August 31, 2009 against the City of Hackensack to uncover information the city concealed from residents concerning the financial obligations of the town's emergency medical services (EMS).
Last year, Hackensack eliminated its emergency medical corps and entered into an agreement to contract with Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). Our client filed two public record requests in 2009 requesting documents regarding the contract between the city and its contractor, and both were denied. The ACLU-NJ Open Government Project stepped in to gain access to documents rightfully available to him under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act.
Current Status: In September 2009, the City of Hackensack released documents that Mr. Finley had originally sought under the Open Public Records Act. In December 2009, Hackensack and the ACLU-NJ formally settled the lawsuit in an agreement that awarded $1000 in attorneys fees to the ACLU-NJ.