Mahwah Council is under Civil Rights investigations by the NJ Attorney General’s Office

As was reported Wednesday by the Bergen Record’s Tom Nobile, “the State Attorney General’s Office is investigating how the township came to adopt a controversial parks ban, which local law enforcement has said could violate parkgoers’ constitutional rights.”

I have obtained a copy of the subpoena issued by the State Attorney General posted it below.

These are very serious allegations, which echo the allegations made by the Township’s decades long Chief of Police and the Bergen County Prosecutor.

At this point, every level of law enforcement has looked at this issue and determined serious enforcement problems exist. Read More “Mahwah Council is under Civil Rights investigations by the NJ Attorney General’s Office”

Short Take: Is Mahwah Team Evil or Team Stupid? (UPDATE)

This Thursday, the Mahwah Township Council will have a meeting to discuss various items on the Agenda.

Among them will be:


UPDATE (9/27/17):

Someone had enough brain power to determine that the allusions to (a certain group that used arm bands to denote acceptable members of society who should have access to places like parks) was inevitable and has changed the discussion about mandatory “Arm Bands” into “Wrist Bands”.

This, as they say, changes everything!


 

  1. A Discussion about Township Parks including the issuance of Badges and Arm Bands
  2. Peddling and Solicitation Ordinance
    – to prevent Jews with suitcases of cash from trying to buy homes, despite the fact this isn’t a real thing.
  3. Unlawful Use in Parks Ordinance
    – including such gems as “no stringing utilities over parks” and “no aiding and abbetting ball playing”.  I wonder which will have a zero tolerance policy?

So, after the acknowledgment from the Council President that the Township is “under the microscope” from the State Attorney General and that Civil Rights subpoenas have been issued, the first and best course of action they can come up with is to issue mandatory “arm bands” for the people using parks in order to keep out (((undesirables))).

Are you Team Evil or Team Stupid, Mahwah?

Tune in Thursday, to find out.

 

When Teaneck met Lord Chesterton (on reducing bureaucracy)

For several years I’ve been working at revising certain sections of our Township code. One of the sections I’ve focused on, concerns our sign ordinance and specifically, “uniformity”.

Teaneck’s Code Sec. 33-18(c)(5)(e)(6) reads:
Uniformity. Business signs for each occupant in a building with multiple occupancies shall be uniform and compatible in height, placement and design and to the extent possible color and letter font type.

In the back of my mind whenever I ask to remove or alter a statute or ordinance that we have on the books is the parable of Chesterton’s Fence1.  The ordinance was created for a reason, after all.  And unless one understands the history and background, removing it may make you understand that the alternative to bad can sometimes be worse.  This wasn’t something taken lightly. Read More “When Teaneck met Lord Chesterton (on reducing bureaucracy)”