There is NO PLACE FOR BIGOTRY AND HATE IN TEANECK, or anywhere else in our society. The Township remains committed to making Teaneck a safe community. Although the tragedy in Minneapolis, Minnesota occurred hundreds of miles away, the impact is felt all over the nation and world, especially in the African America community. As a previous member of the law enforcement community, I know that those in this profession, especially our brave men and women at the Teaneck Police Department, work earnestly to serve our community with fairness and sincerity. However, we cannot permit or accept those who stain the profession and promote distrust amongst our communities. This type of conduct will not be tolerated.
The Township of Teaneck will continue to work with our partner stakeholders to ensure that we are policing with fairness, transparency, and dignity.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of George Floyd and the citizens of Minnesota during this difficult time.
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…”
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.