This post is a bit more personal than the others I’ve written, about the situation going on in Mahwah, NJ.
You can find my previous posts here and here.
In this post, I’d like to talk about the civic violations taking place in Bergen County, where I live. How my rights and the rights of others have been and continue to be violated, and exactly what that means for society when these types of infringements go unchecked.
On July 27, the Town Council in Mahwah held a hearing (the video for a portion of the meeting can be found here and here) in which the public portion of the meeting, which by statute is “for public comment on any governmental… issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the municipality” was censored for several speakers. Nylema Nabbie, Mahwah’s attorney from the law firm of Gittleman, Muhlstock & Chewcaske, LLP stated:
“I do not want a situation where I sit here and I allow comments to come in to create a record that can then be used against this body in a subsequent litigation. That is the purpose of restricting comments.”
With that, she cut off comments that were disapproved of by the governing body and wouldn’t allow people to voice comments on several governmental issues that they felt may be of concern to residents of the municipality. If she felt it may lead to litigation or problematic outcomes, it was verboten. Read More “Robert Hermansen and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Censorship”