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Ridgewood will no longer donate to charitable groups

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Ridgewood will no longer donate to charitable groups

OCTOBER 22, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014, 12:23 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER | 
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Ridgewood will no longer be donating thousands of dollars each year to local charitable organizations, a process the village manager said is illegal.

The public disclosure that the village was making these donations for a long period of time was made by Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld at a council meeting on Oct. 8.

Sonenfeld told the public that she could not specify for how long the donations have been made, but that they likely went on under several different administrations.

“I will tell you that it was probably somewhere in the range of maybe $10,000 [a year]… to sports organization, as well as to some Ridgewood charities,” she said.

Last Wednesday, Sonenfeld told The Ridgewood News that the donations had been going on for “much more than 10 years” (the technological records only go back that far). She also said that no state government entity had told the village to discontinue the donations.

She believed that the village wanted to support Ridgewood residents by making the donations, and had apparently not realized that they were illegal.

“Municipalities, by state law, cannot make donations to charitable institutions; there are very few exceptions to this,” she said. “I think it’s the idea that as a taxpayer … you’re not spending your money for someone else to determine what charity to give to.”

– See more at: https://www.northjersey.com/news/state-law-requires-ridgewood-to-stop-donations-1.1114768#sthash.PnhqFHmx.dpuf