Reporter to Cami, Cerf: “Open those files;” appeal imminent?

TRENTON, N.J. – A veteran newspaper reporter – fed up with the administration”s stonewalling over disclosing Turnaround for Children Inc.’s finances in its cozy government relationship – is threatening to file a denial-of access complaint with the New Jersey Government Records Council here for an open-records request from the Newark Public Schools.

Ted Cohen said that before he files the appeal, he is “exhausting all legal remedies.”

Cohen has refiled an open-records request to give government officials one last chance to make good on their refusal to come clean.

“If it becomes necessary to appeal, I will name the chief records custodian – Newark schools Superintendent Cami Anderson,” Cohen said.

Cohen said that, if an appeal becomes necessary, he will insist that Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf recuse himself from review of the complaint.

“He sits on the council,” Cohen pointed out, “so he would be in clear conflict by ruling on his own department’s business.”

Cerf serves as one of four council members.

Cohen added: “Anderson reports to Cerf and I have without success filed numerous open-records requests. It’s high time for some accountability.”

-From staff reports

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