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Wyckoff Committee Opposes Sanctuary State Status for New Jersey

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Wyckoff NJ, The Republican-led Wyckoff Township Committee approved a resolution this week declaring its opposition to the creation of sanctuaries in New Jersey for illegal aliens. The resolution also states that Wyckoff will not budget money for unfunded state or federal mandates related to sanctuary cities.

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Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips , “When you pass a budget where we had 18 new tax increases built into that budget, you scare the daylights out of people,”

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Wyckoff NJ, Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips joined Jill Horner on Comcast’s Newsmakers last week to discuss capping state spending each year at the same 2 percent placed on local government tax levies. Municipalities have a two percent cap, which is credited with helping to slow the rapid growth of New Jersey’s notoriously high property taxes; but the state is not subject to that cap.
“The towns have been largely living within the two percent cap without a problem,” DePhillips (R-Bergen) explained to Horner. “I think it would be hypocritical for us not to do this when we are imposing the same requirement on towns.”

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Wyckoff Home Hit by Car

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August 9,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, A 4-door BMW sedan crashed through the front wall of a home on Harding Road, Wyckoff early Wednesday afternoon, 08/08, and became completely wedged in a first floor room of the structure. Wyckoff Police, Wyckoff Fire Department, and Wyckoff EMS responded to the scene. A flatbed tow truck winched the vehicle out of the structure and up onto the truck’s tow bed. At least one (1) person was reported to have been injured in the crash; no word from police at the scene as to whether the injured party was an occupant of the vehicle involved, or an occupant of the home. A representative from the Township of Wyckoff’s Building Department was also on scene.

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Water Main Break Closes Franklin Avenue Near Boulder Run in Wyckoff Yesterday

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July 21,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, Yesterday Friday July 20, a water main break occurred on Franklin Avenue in the vicinity of the entrance to Boulder Run. Franklin Avenue in both directions (East & Westbound) was closed between Main Street and Godwin Avenue. Ridgewood Water and Wyckoff traffic officers were on site.

East-bound & West-bound Franklin Avenue have been reopened between Main Street & Godwin Avenue .

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Wyckoff Committeemen Madigan And Shanley Lead The Way With Pot Sales Prohibition

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July 20,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, With Township Committeemen Thomas Madigan and Timothy Shanley leading the way, Wyckoff’s governing body approved an ordinance this week banning the sale of marijuana in the township.
The ordinance, which supplements the town’s existing zoning code, prohibits the sale of marijuana, it’s derivatives and paraphernalia throughout the town. The ordinance does not prohibit the sale of medical marijuana prescribed by a physician and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.

The ordinance was approved in a 4-0 vote of the township committee; Mayor Brian Scanlan was absent from the meeting. The ordinance has the support of the local police department and the Wyckoff Planning Board.
Republicans Madigan and Shanley said they acted now to prevent retail marijuana sales in the township because they are anticipating that Trenton politicians, including Gov. Murphy will legalize marijuana sales after the November election.

“We wanted to take preventive action before someone began investing in setting up a shop to sell marijuana in town,” said Madigan, a long-time resident and community volunteer.
“Retail marijuana sales are likely to bring with it an element of the drug culture that will not fit our community and could cause crime problems,” added Madigan.

Committeeman Shanley, the father of three young children and a baseball coach, said the ordinance is necessary “to protect the township’s children from exposure to the negative influences that will likely arise from the retail sale of marijuana in our town. If the legislature makes pot legal, we don’t want it sold in retail establishments in our town. I believe we can protect our neighborhoods by prohibiting the retail sale of marijuana in our town.”
“While many residents of New Jersey want marijuana legalization for a variety of reasons, it nevertheless brings with it some negative social concerns that have to be dealt with. Tim and I thought it was in the best interest of Wyckoff to get out front and begin addressing some of the concerns of legalizing pot for retail sales,” said Madigan.

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Orange & Rockland Warns Customers of Green Dot Bill Payment Scam

July 18,2018
by Michael W. Donovan

Wyckoff NJ, Orange & Rockland today warned the public about a phony-bill payment scheme in which imposters pose as utility company representatives and call customers, demanding immediate payment for what they fraudulently claim are delinquent electric and gas bills.

Unsuspecting utility customers across the nation, most recently at in Orange & Rockland’s service territory, have been bilked by these bogus claims by crooks who insist on payment the day of the contact.
Here is how the scam works:

A Spanish or English-speaking individual posing as a utility company employee calls customers saying their service would be disconnected if they do not make an immediate payment using a prepaid debit card. In some cases, the call is pre-recorded.
Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money onto the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their service will be turned off that day.
Typically, after the customer provides the MoneyPak number, the scammer steals the customer’s money by transferring the funds from the MoneyPak to a prepaid card and then cashing it in at an ATM.
O&R urges anyone who is contacted in this fashion to break off contact with the crooks and call O&R Customer Service at 1-877-434-4100.
If you are contacted by someone who says they represent O&R and you wish to verify their identity, either ask for their photo ID card, if they are at the door, or call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to verify their identity and the nature of their business with you. Orange & Rockland employees are trained to cooperate with this request and happy to comply with an identity verification request.
Remember, when in doubt, hang up the phone or break off contact, and call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to verify that the person you are dealing with is an Orange & Rockland employee conducting legitimate business.

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Orange and Rockland Power Customers Hit by Payment Scam

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June 1,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, the Wyckoff police have again issued a warning to Orange and Rockland customers .The latest rash of phony-bill payment schemes in which imposters pose as utility company representatives and call customers, demanding immediate payment for what the crooks fraudulently claim are delinquent electric and gas bills.
These scammers pose as utility company employees and call customers saying their service will be disconnected if they do not make an immediate payment using a prepaid debit card or even a credit card.
Orange and Rockland does not accept payment from prepaid debit cards.
Orange and Rockland urges anyone who is contacted in this fashion to break off contact with the crooks and call O&R Customer Service at 1-877-434-4100.
If you are contacted by someone who says they represent O&R and you wish to verify their identity, call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to verify their identity and the nature of their business with you.
Remember, when in doubt, hang up the phone or break off contact, and call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to verify that the person you are dealing with is an O&R employee conducting legitimate business.

Orange & Rockland and its subsidiary, Rockland Electric Company, serve approximately 300,000 electric customers in New York and northern New Jersey, and more than 130,000 natural gas customers in New York.

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WYCKOFF POLICE PARTICIPATE IN STATEWIDE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT “CLICK IT OR TICKET”

May 29,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, From May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018, the Wyckoff Police Department will be participating in the New Jersey Department of Highway Safety’s “Click it or Ticket” Campaign. The Wyckoff Police Department will be taking a zero tolerance approach to enforcing this law which provides a safety measure for motorists and the occupants in their vehicles. The enforcement shall include fixed check-points and roving patrols. This enforcement occurs on all roadways in the Township in order to enforce compliance of seatbelt usage.

Enforcing seatbelt laws plays a critical role in the WPD’s effort in keeping motorists traveling on Wyckoff roadways safe. WPD’s participation has helped increase New Jersey’s seat belt usage from year to year: Currently New Jersey’s seatbelt usage stands at 94.07%, the highest usage rate for New Jersey to date.
“CLICK IT OR TICKET”… BUCKLE UP!!!

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Wyckoff Police Post Results of Distracted Driving Campaign

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April 28,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, the Wyckoff Police Department recently completed the Distracted Driving Campaign and they were kind enough to post all the results for the time period.

Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today. Distracted drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves: they’re a danger to everyone else on the road. The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education.

An alarming trend is that traffic deaths in New Jersey have increased to 635 last year from a low of  542 in 2013.

From April 1st to April 21st the Wyckoff police department conducted a Distracted Driving Campaign. The Police established check points to make sure motorist were operating safely in Wyckoff  . 262 summons were issued by police.:

33 were for cell phones, 10 for careless driving ,9 for speeding , 8 for driving with a suspended license , 6 for failure to wear a seat belt , 5 for reckless driving , 5 criminal arrests , 4 DUI’s and 4 traffic warrant arrests.

These details are in place to make sure vehicles traveling in Wyckoff remains safe, drive carefully.

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Wyckoff Police Comment on Police and Bergen SWAT response to Home on Martom Road

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April 21,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, Wyckoff Police Chief David V. Murphy reported that the police department received a report at approximately 12:41pm, from the Bergen County Mental Health Screening Agency (262-HELP). They requested an officer respond to a home on Martom Road with them to assist in a mental health screening of an adult male. Officers arrived on location and attempted to make contact with the male. The male came to the door and made several concerning comments and then barricaded himself in the home.

Wyckoff officers took a tactical position and contacted the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team for a response. The SWAT Team is under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo, Chief of Detectives, Robert Anzilotti and Bergen County Sheriff, Michael Saudino. With the assistance of the SWAT Team and negotiators, the adult male exited the home and was safely taken into custody at approximately 3:17pm. He was evaluated on scene and then transported to a local medical facility to receive treatment. Chief Murphy is grateful for the successful and safe conclusion, and the cooperation and patience of all residents in the immediate area. Chief Murphy would like to thank the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, Sheriff’s Department and all of the regional team members that responded.