Observer Corps Reports
About the Observer Corps
The LWV Ridgewood Observer Corps program is a structured way to keep League members up to date on what the Village Council is doing. We provide a valuable service, reporting what happens at Village Council meetings. Our goal is to ensure that citizens are aware of the local governmental actions that affect their lives while promoting government transparency and accountability at the same time.
Observers generally attend meetings in pairs to monitor what our elected officials are doing. We also stay alert to see that the procedural requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act are followed. After each meeting, the two reporters view the videotape and draft the wording together to ensure accuracy. The report itself goes through several layers of editorial review, resulting in an end product that is strictly factual, concise, timely and informative.
The Observer Corps empowers LWV members to participate actively in government because members learn in advance when issues of particular interest will be heard so that they can plan to attend and give their views during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. Although Observer Corps policy prohibits reporters from speaking at meetings that they write about, they are free to speak—and often do!—at other Council meetings.
Serving as an observer is something that anyone can do. Participation benefits not only the League but also the individual. It is an opportunity to meet our leaders and get in touch with our neighbors. Keeping “the sunshine” in Village government is a personally gratifying achievement one can be proud of in and of itself.