BGR finds progress on: environmental coordination, pay-to-play, muny meeting broadcasts

See/hear what the Hackensack Riverkeeper told BGR about why he advocates making the Hackensack a Superfund site?  click here
Bergen County just created an important Inspector General position to pursue fraud, waste, misconduct and abuse click here
See what Amanda Neshiewat taught us about the dramatic environmental and fiscal benefits of municipal environmental cooordinaton after BGR, Inc. gave her its North Jersey Young Environmental Innovator Award  click here

BGR’s Latest Focus: the steady expansion of municipal broadcasting/taping of public meetings in Bergen County –

Schwager & Goldsmith

We found out on June 15 why/how/where public meeting broadcasting works and produces better governance from the Mayor of Oakland, whose borough has done it for years, and from the Mayor of Woodcliff Lake whose borough has just started broadcasting. You can see the video in which Woodcliff Lakes Mayor Jeffrey Goldsmith described his borough’s broadcast policy and how it developed by clicking the picture below.

We also  got an update from Jared Lautz, Director of Communications and Policy for the Bergen County Freeholders on the county’s current and planned broadcasting  & website videos of Freeholder meetings. And we reviewed the research results of BGR’s George Bumiller on the broadcasting & video practices of other Bergen municipalities.

Today at least 15 of the County’s 70 municipalities broadcast and/or make available video tapes of their Council meetings. Some of those 15 have done so for less than 2 years. However, most municipalities do not do so.  And if our research is right, today only 6 of the 10 Bergen municipalities with the largest populations do any public meeting broadcasting or videotaping. Most of those 10 do 1) not video all of their Council meetings; and/or 2) video none of their town’s other public meetings. And yet some of the smaller municipalities (Woodcliff Lake, population 6K, for example) now broadcasts its council statutory board meetings.

Our major finding: there is no common thread or approach. Permutations and combinations abound! The issue remains controversial in some towns. Residents will be as hard pressed, as our researchers have been, to find broadcast times and locations.

On this municipal broadcasting topic, The Record’s John Ennslin interviewed Mayor Schwager, George Bumiller and Chuck Powers on his blog radio  program found at:

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   What happened when Bergen Grassroots, Inc. gave its North Jersey Young Environmental Innovator Awardee on May 18

Pic from Poster

Watch and  listen as Ms. Nesheiwat describes how her work as Secaucus Environmental Coordinator developed and what specific environmental challenges and ideas she believes should be pursued to protect the environment  here in North Jersey.  She descried a myriad of environmental innovations in Secaucus and described how dramatically tax payers have benefited from those innovations She suggested that many municipalities town should have environmental coordination as Secaucus does although only seven municipalities in New Jersey have them. click here  Watch/Listen to the Secaucus town administrator, David Drumeler, discuss why he and his colleagues in Secaucus view Ms. Neshweiwat’s  work and position as so important to effective town governance. click here Watch/Listen to BGR Steering Committee member Jaklin Girgis explain why the BGR organization has developed this new award and how and why she identified Ms. Nesheiwat for the award. click here.

And listen as John Ennslin, Bergen County reporter for the Record, interviews Ms. Nesheiwat about the award and her work on his North Jersey Bergen Beat radio program at


Bergen Grassroots Inc., P.O. Box 2070, Teaneck, NJ 07666  – A Non-profit Corporation
more info? email  or call Chuck Powers, BGR President, at 201-214-4937