NUTLEY, NJ — Just prior to the start of the July 1 Planning Board meeting in Nutley Township, Board attorney Barry Kozyra told Township resident Pennie Landry, who had a camera set up and running, that she couldn’t video-record the Board’s workshop meeting that night.
Feeling pressured, Landry turned off her camera, but not before recording a 25-second exchange with Kozyra.
“The…law says that public meetings can be recorded,” Landry said.
“Workshop sessions are not considered public meetings,” Kozyra told her. “We allow people to be in here,” he said, seeming to imply that the open-door policy is a courtesy rather than a legal requirement.
“The only meetings that can’t be recorded are executive sessions, Sir,” she replied.