Kudos both to Courier News reporter Mark Spivey and local citizen activists for uncovering the scope of Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority spending on conferences and business lunches.
With most public entities admitting they can no longer afford even what was possible two or three years ago for travel, conferences and restaurant tabs, the seeming excesses of the PMUA are all the more egregious. In the case of the PMUA, expenses are passed on to the ratepayers. Citing layoffs on one hand and authorizing pricey outings on the other? Almost sounds like the Jersey salute one gets on the highway.
Municipalities and authorities were never meant to have Cadillac tastes, although my last assignment before retiring from the Courier News was on Plainfield cell phone use that turned out to be quite extravagant by some elected officials. Now folks are forced to be in the Yugo, Segway or shoeleather mode to get by.
The Open Public Records Act is proving to be a very good tool for holding officials accountable and making them face the economic realities of the times. Keep up the good work!