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IPFS News Link • New Jersey

N.J. town sues woman, 82, for 'voluminous' and 'burdensome' public records requests

•, By Steven Rodas

McDaniel, 82, was informed she was being sued for, among other reasons, filing over 75 requests for township information within a three-year span via New Jersey's Open Public Records Act.

Preparing to respond to the "voluminous OPRA requests has been unduly burdensome, time consuming and expensive," the township said in the Sept. 17 civil suit, which was first reported by NBC 4 New York.

The township also accused McDaniel of filing "frivolous" complaints about Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss' administration with the Office of the Attorney General and other state agencies. The complaints were submitted "with the sole purpose and intent to harass, abuse and harm Plaintiffs and employees of the Township, including its Mayor," according to the suit.

McDaniel — who was accused of several counts including defamation, harassment and malicious abuse of process — told NJ Advance Media on Monday evening that she has a "legal right" to know the information she has requested from the town.

Vauss did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

"The township does not comment or discuss pending litigation," said Harold Wiener, municipal clerk in Irvington whom — along with the township — is listed as a plaintiff in the suit.

Back-and-forth's with Irvington township and Vauss, who was elected as mayor in May 2014, have been common over the years, McDaniel said. It culminated with her attempted run against Vauss for mayor in 2018. That proved unsuccessful after a clerical issue surrounding the petitions filed in her favor, she noted.