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Ridgewood Village Council’s Push to Curtail Public Comments Silenced

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Ridgewood NJ, at the June 26 Village Council meeting, Councilwoman Winograd was PUSHING to have the first public comments session permanently moved way down the agenda, Councilwoman Perron was not in attendance, but Mayor Vagianos and Councilman Weitz agreed with Winograd.  Councilwoman Lorraine Reynolds was completely opposed and clearly stated that public comments should be at the beginning and at the end, not at the middle and the end, of each meeting.  Ms. Winograd got it moved forward to be on the agenda for a vote at the July 17 Village Council Public Meeting.

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No Transparency: Village of Ridgewood Mayor Squelches Public Comment

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Ridgewood NJ, at the July 12, 2023 Village Council meeting, a presentation by a so-called “expert” talked about how he plans to get the historic designation of the Schedler Park property reversed.  As if this whole charade wasn’t bad enough, the man droned on and ON for close to an hour and a half.  The Mayor, who is the presiding officer, did nothing to make the guy bring his excruciating monologue to a conclusion.  And the Mayor himself has publicly stated that he wants presentations, such as this, not to exceed 15 minutes. 

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Ridgewood Deputy Mayor Pamela Perron says “no” to waiting public comments

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Ridgewood NJ, ehen informed that there were three (3) members of the public waiting to make public comments via “hybrid access” during Wednesday night’s Village Council Public Work Session, Ridgewood Deputy Mayor Pamela Perron said this: “I need to go home.”

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Commenting at the Ridgewood Village Council meetings via remote access – the bad news

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Ridgewood NJ, the bad news very simply is that our mayor controls who gets the opportunity to speak. If he sees a name on the queue list that he doesn’t like, he can bypass that individual. The public doesn’t get to see who is waiting in queue; only the mayor and his IT support employee can see the list. We suppose if you’re booted and complain, a mysterious technical difficulty will be offered up as an explanation.

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Village Council Special Public Meeting Monday, August 16, 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

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Ridgewood NJ, the purpose of this Special Public Meeting will be for the Village Council to consider a resolution for adoption to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters, to include interviews for Boards and Committees, as well as “other allowable items” as may be necessary.

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Village Council Caves on demands for a Second Meeting to hear public comments on the multi-family housing

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Ridgewood NJ, The Mayor Paul Aronsohn and the Village Council has given in to the public outcry for a Second Meeting to hear public comments on the multi-family housing . On June 24 at a public meeting the Mayor basically told resident Boyd Loving to sit down and shut up when he suggested that more than one public hearing was in order.

Boyd was adamant that one night would make it difficult for some people to attend and that this one-night plan was completely contrary to the manner in which the Valley hearings were conducted.   At that time the Mayor was unwilling to listen to this reasonable suggestion.

Perhaps recent events such as the lawsuit brought by the CBR, as well as intense public outcry about the single meeting, and even the Ridgewood News editorial,  have caused a change of heart.   Boyd it seems, was dare we say it, RIGHT.

Now perhaps you will listen to Boyd’s other suggestion to secure a larger venue for the hearings, so that overflow citizens are not sequestered in the basement of Village Hall and are somehow shuttled up and down stairs to the microphone.

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Jersey City BOE limits public comments at meetings – Will Ridgewood follow suit?

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Jersey City BOE limits public comments at meetings – Will Ridgewood follow suit?
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

The Jersey City school board approved a measure this week that significantly curtails when residents can speak at board meetings and stops recording those comments on video, actions critics say are an effort to silence them.

The changes force all speakers to notify school officials at least one day in advance if they want to make general comments or speak on a specific agenda item. Previously, notice was only required for general comments.

The measure also prohibits any speaker from speaking more than once, as opposed to once for an agenda item and once for a general comment. Instead of two sessions of public comment that act as bookends to the monthly meetings, there will be one instead.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/01/jersey_city_school_board_seeks_to_limit_public_comments.html#incart_river_default