The public is invited to take advantage of free training on how to understand a government budget and using the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to obtain public documents. This event will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 beginning at 7pm, at the Cranford Community Center, Room 200, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ.
This free event is sponsored by the Union County Watchdog Association in response to requests from local residents seeking information on how to understand and participate in their local governments.
Walters Luers, Esq., Understanding the OPRA and OPMA
Walter Luers is the president of the The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, a state advocacy organization dedicated to open government. Topics will include an overview of the OPRA, enforcement policies, how to make an effective OPRA request to avoid common
mistakes, and much more. The Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) will also be discussed.
Gerard B. Gruenfelder, Understanding a Government Budget
Gerard Gruenfelder is a board member of the New Jersey Taxpayers Association and a former Chief Financial Officer for the East Orange Board of Education. Among Gruenfelder’s numerous credentials is a M.B.A., And Finance And Economics, The Stern Graduate School Of
Business At New York University and a M.Ed. And M.Phil., Public Finance And Administration, Columbia University.
“Hosting these events in Union County gives us the opportunity to educate the public on their rights and give them the necessary knowledge and tools to watch over their government” explained Tina Renna, President of the UCWA.
Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Reserve your seat early by email at info@UnionCountyWatchdog.org or phone 908-709-0530.