Brian Stack and Union City Police Department FILE #18-042166

After the New Jersey Department of Transportation finally produced responsive records for my OPRA request related to JCPD off-duty billing, maybe Union City Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack can be transparent about UCPD FILE #18-042166?

Union City Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack (D-33) speaking in front of City Hall, Jersey City.

Mission Accomplished!

Ok, it might not be that serious, but after writing about an outstanding Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and finally receiving responsive records, I’m definitely feeling good about myself for no logical reason.

Of note, the response by the NJDOT related to the Jersey City Police Department’s (JCPD) off-duty billing was voluminous to say the least. It’ll take time to review, but some of my questions may have been answered.

Although this website is Real Jersey City, and most of the focus is on the JCPD, Union City Mayor Brian Stack is also a state senator representing half of Jersey City. His representation of Jersey City in the New Jersey Senate makes all of his actions as an elected official relevant to this website.

That’s why I’m writing about Union City Police Department (UCPD) FILE #18-042166.

I don’t know about the exact contents of that file, but I have reason to believe it has potential value to the general public. When I first filed the request, on June 13, 2018, the City of Union City responded over a week later that “pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47: 1A-3a, the records are subject to an ongoing investigation and not subject to disclosure at this time.”

As I wrote a few days ago about the NJDOT, “it’s my hope this piece spurs the Murphy Administration to produce invoices I already have, plus any other relevant documents.” It’s now my hope this piece encourages the Stack Administration to produce relevant records related to my request.

Nearly two months since their formal response, I just sent an email seeking an update from Union City officials. Let’s hope they’re transparent about the situation, assuming the investigation is over. If it’s still ongoing, I hope Stack can reach out to Real Jersey City and quell any potential concerns related to UCPD FILE #18-042166.

In a nutshell, if there’s nothing scandalous regarding UCPD FILE #18-042166, Stack should want to be as transparent as possible about the investigation.

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