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.
At this point, every level of law enforcement has looked at this issue and determined serious enforcement problems exist.
For those just tuning in, the Township has claimed scores of Hasidic Jews from neighboring Rockland County have started using their parks and enacted an ordinance to keep them out, which was ruled unenforceable by their own Chief of Police. You can read about that here.
The town responded by trying to create a police director position which would make the Chief subordinate in order to force him to commit these violations. Then the Bergen County Prosecutor, Gurbir Grewal weighed in stating this was still not kosher.
Undeterred, the council has continued trying to ban those they dislike from crossing the border. Now, the State AG is taking notice.
And how does the Council react to the scrutiny of their “bans” on (((people they don’t like in their town)))?
They advocate a new ordinance requiring arm/wrist-bands to be able to use their parks and they issue a vote of no confidence in the Mayor, who has been advocating for Constitutional principles and standing up for the rule of law.
Council-President Robert Hermansen — you have a problem.
The “Vote of No Confidence” that took place last night against the Mayor of Mahwah, Bill Laforet, while symbolic, is a clear indication that dedicated public officials willing to stand up for the Constitutional values they swore an oath to uphold, are anathema to you and your desired methods of exclusion.
We have seen this movie before.
Do not continue down this path.