Mason leaves NJ FOG Presidency
Councilwoman Beth Mason is stepping down from her statewide leadership post at the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government.
Following Hoboken411’s longstanding policy of publishing information from any council member who requests it, here’s the press release sent out by Mason today:
Mason to focus on Hoboken’s financial crisis
Transparency Advocate Will Remain On Board of Open Government Group
HOBOKEN NJ — Councilwoman Beth Mason will step down as president of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government to devote more of time and energy to addressing the city’s financial crisis, she said this week.
Mason, a noted open government advocate, and the founder of the government transparency watchdog group — We the People Reports — will remain as a member of the NJFOG Board of Trustees.
In a letter to the NJFOG members, Mason said she remains more committed than ever to fighting for government transparency in New Jersey. Mason noted that President Barack Obama’s demands for more government transparency, have signaled a clarion call for citizens and elected officials to work harder at creating more transparent government at all levels.
“My decision to relinquish the presidency of NJ FOG was a tough one, but one that I knew I had to make to devote more of my time and focus on helping the citizens of Hoboken at one of the city’s bleakest moments in recent history,” said Mason.
“I believe the circumstances that propelled Hoboken to the point of a state takeover of the city’s finances serve as clear example of why we need more open government in the city and throughout New Jersey,” said Mason.
Mason has battled the city administration for several years to obtain government records and her efforts have resulted in greater access to government information for city residents.