Below is the settlement between Mahwah and the NJ Office of the Attorney General. This closes the lawsuit brought last year by previous Attorney General Christopher Porrino over what he saw as a civil rights violation and attempt to ban Orthodox Jews from the township’s public parks.
Mahwah agrees to:
- Not violate NJ’s Law Against Discrimination in any future decisions
- Notify the AG before introducing any new laws affecting access to township parks.
- Notify the AG before introducing any new laws affecting posting on utility poles.
- Modify township code to make it clear that devices on utility poles other than signs are unregulated
- Make a public statement against discrimination and harassment of others in township parks
- Keep records of complaints related to existing ordinances governing township park use and present a quarterly report on their enforcement to the AG.
- Allow lechis to be installed on utility poles in the township and investigate any damage to them as a criminal offense.
- Make a suspended payment of $350k to the AG for legal fees and penalties. The payment will be cancelled after four years if no evidence of further discrimination is found, at which point notifications and quarterly reports will no longer be required.