Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order 142, which rolls back some of the previous measures that were put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19.
I’ve reviewed the order and compiled the list below. This is not legal advice and I would strongly suggest anyone operating a business to review the rule in its entirety and seek legal guidance before changing any operations.
As the rate of infection decreases, the following changes take effect:
Constructions projects not designated as essential may resume (subject to restrictions)
Some vehicular based gatherings are permitted (subject to social distancing restrictions).
Leaving your home to participate in such a gathering is no longer a violation of Executive Order.
Certain Recreational and Entertainment events are now permitted (subject to social distancing restrictions).
Non-essential retail businesses are permitted to reopen to the public, but only where they adopt specific policies as outlined in section 9.
Curbside pickup only
Limited employees required to effect curbside pickup
Emphasis on contactless payments
Arrangements for scheduling are encouraged
Employees will place goods in vehicles
Mall businesses can operate with curbside pickup (subject to social distancing restrictions)
The order tasks the State Director of Emergency Management with discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the terms in the order.
Municipalities are prohibited from any contrary rules.
As mentioned a couple week ago, the Township has been working on several safety projects. In addition to the installation of Pedestrian Flashing beacons on West Englewood Avenue in the area of Jefferson Street and traffic calming measures, such as the striping of Sussex and Garrison Avenues, we have now installed Pedestrian Flashing Beacons on West Englewood Avenue in the area of Pennington Road.
You can see the new systems below.
The council and manager are committed to ensuring that appropriate safety precautions are made in various areas of the Municipality.
If you have any recommendations, please feel free to reach out and we can ask the Teaneck Police Department Traffic Bureau to investigate the possibility
When one starts to review laws, either on a local or state basis, the complexity factor is readily apparent. There are many layers, tweaked over the decades (and sometimes centuries) which make legal counsel a requirement, even to understand what otherwise look like simple words.
Take this example:
“The commission shall consist of not less than five nor more than seven members, appointed by the mayor of the municipality…”
All testing will be performed by Sunrise Diagnostic Laboratory between the hours of9:00 AMand5:00 PM. To enter the testing site, take North Umberland Road and follow the service road which parallels the river. Signs will be posted.
Please bring your physician’s order (prescription), your ID, and insurance card at the time of testing. All major insurances are accpeted, including Medicaid, Medicare and cash. See attachments for additional information including “Frequently Asked Questions.”
This Tuesday, at 9am, the Township Council will meet (virtually) to discuss an extension of the tax deadline.
May 1st taxes are currently due (with a 10 day grace period until May 11th). The Governor has recently permitted municipalities to extend the deadline until June 1st (with a 10 day grace period until June 11th).
The Township has been working to analyze potential areas for safety improvements. As mentioned, a new striping plan (including crosswalks at Billington for Belle Ave bus users) is currently being finalized.
In addition, as per the results from several Police Studies and in conjunction with input from residents and organizations, we have been deploying Automatic Rapid Flashing Beacons at busy intersections.
The latest appear on Queen Anne Road by Edgemont in the vicinity of Congregation Beth Aaron.
Here are answers to some of the questions I’ve received so far based on my calls with election officials at the County Board of Elections
What happens if I tore the certificate off of my envelope? As you can see in my instructional video, the mail-in ballot contains two envelopes. The ballot goes in the first (with a voter certification and then that goes in a larger envelope to mail back. If the certification rips off, simply put it with the smaller envelope inside the larger envelope. Do NOT attempt to tape it back.
What happens if my family is away and cannot sign their ballot? In America: If the registered Teaneck voter is America (e.g. sheltering in place in NY or FL), they must obtain and sign the physical ballot. Outside America: If the registered Teaneck Voter is sheltering in place overseas (e.g. gap year program or in Europe), there is a Federal Program called the Federal Post Card Application (FCPA) available at https://www.fvap.gov/ where you may apply for and vote electronically.
What happens if my application doesn’t arrive at the County by May 14th?
The date for acceptance of ballots is set by the State and the County Board of Elections does not have discretion to move the deadline. Ballots may be brought to the county, but the building is not open to the general public and an appointment must be made in advance.
What happens if I damage or throw away my ballot? You may call the County Board of Elections at (201) 336-7020. They are capable of generating and sending a new ballot, but you must call with enough time for it to arrive. The clerk suggests at least 6 days in advance.
Got another question? Let me know and I’ll try to find you an answer…..