Law is hard

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…”

Source: NJSA 40:56A-1

Who does the appointing?

  1. The Mayor, Mohammed Hameeduddin
  2. The Council
  3. The Manager, Dean Kazinci

If you answered, the Mayor, you probably aren’t alone.  But you’d be wrong. Continue reading “Law is hard”

COVID-19 Testing – May 11th

All testing will be performed by Sunrise Diagnostic Laboratory between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. To enter the testing site, take North Umberland Road and follow the service road which parallels the river. Signs will be posted.
All testing performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be for Township employees, TVAC, and staff from FDU. You must have a physicians referral (prescription) to be tested. To schedule your screening, call 862-257-0718 or send email to You can also visit the portal at
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.”
Starting Monday, May 11th, testing will be open to all Teaneck residents.

Additional Rapid Flashing Beacons Added

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.

Continue reading “Additional Rapid Flashing Beacons Added”

Mail-In Ballot FAQs

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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
  1. 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.

  2. 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 where you may apply for and vote electronically.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Got another question?  Let me know and I’ll try to find you an answer…..
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Sussex Road Re-Striping Plan

As readers of the blog will recall, traffic calming measures to slow speeding cars require a lot of study and preparation.

After meeting with Police and reviewing data from Garrison Avenue striping, Deputy Mayor Schwartz and Councilman Kaplan are please to announce new striping plans along Sussex Road.  These plans will change the feel of the roadway, in order to slow down traffic and maintain parking for those living nearby.

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Teaneck Yom Hashoa [Call-In]

On Monday, April 20th at 7pm, the Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration program of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck will recognize Yom Hashoa – Holocaust Remembrance Day – via a town-wide conference call.

The dial in number is  (563) 999-1684

The Yom Hashoa program will serve to honor the memory of the 6 Million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoa (1939-1945) and recognize Survivors living in the greater Teaneck community.  The call will last approximately 35 minutes.

The Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration Committee thanks Deputy Mayor Elie Katz, who provided us with this opportunity to use his dedicated ‘call-in’ line and make this program available to the greater community.

Thank you very much.
Blanche Silver
Holocaust Commemoration Committee