On Tuesday, January 23rd, several residents from Mahwah, NJ came before the Englewood Council. Mahwah residents Elaine Musco and Bob Lockwood called out residents Michael Cohen and Lisa Wisotsky of Englewood for coming to Mahwah with the “alarming” message that the laws they have passed are “anti-semitic”.
(If that made her upset, she REALLY should not read the press release from the NJ Attorney General)
Then, Mr. Lockwood said there was no need for citizens from another town coming and “agitating the public” and “agitating the council”.
One might argue there is no need for council-members like Robert Hermansen or David May, to get agitated when you call out their bigotry. If you’re prone to be agitated when people call you out for ordinances local, county and state officials feel are discriminatory, perhaps being a council-man is not the right job for you.
You can watch the video below. I hope they come to Teaneck next (January 30th at 8pm; 818 Teaneck Rd). The lessons on how to appropriately run a meeting can continue.
Mahwah Council Still Doesn’t Get It: Diligence Necessary [by Lisa Wisotsky and Yossi Mandelbaum]
Federal Judge: 6 Reasons Why USR, Mahwah and Montvale Should Be Trying To Settle Their Eruv Litigation As Fast As Possible
Bob Lockwood was incorrect when he spoke at the Englewood Council meeting. My exact words were: “As the elected officials of Mahwah you are accountable and should accept responsibility for bringing a stain on Bergen County”.
This distinction is important. I’ve met many wonderful people in Mahwah and think it’s a wonderful town. My argument is with Rob Hermansen and the council, the ordinances it has passed and the environment of hatred they allowed to take root and indeed–at times even fostered.