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Reader asks why no current member of the Council seems at all bothered by this subversion of the election process.

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Reader asks why no current member of the Council seems at all bothered by this subversion of the election process.

Funny that no current member of the Council seems at all bothered by this subversion of the election process. One would imagine that our elected leadership might want to maintain some level of integrity to the election process where those that seek public office aren’t personally harassed on the very day that their candidacy is certified. After all, this is the very same process that put them into office in the first place. One might imagine that as human beings they might have expressed some sympathy for what a bum deal this young man got for answering the call to public service.

Even the most cynical among us would expect at least a superficial statement from our elected officials condemning this brutally unfair and potentially illegal tactic, the timing of which is highly suspicious. So why the deafening silence?

8 thoughts on “Reader asks why no current member of the Council seems at all bothered by this subversion of the election process.

  1. The Council and members of the public are concerned and are following up on with legal advice to Mr. Sedon..

    Mr. Sedon will be elected by a huge majority and will serve with distinction for the Village.

  2. Even if it was not illegal they should have condemned what was done.

    Silence=approval

  3. It tradition that the largest vote getter becomes Deputy Mayor unless he or see doesn’t want it. Let see how this is handled.

  4. If Mr. Sedon pursues legal action the identity of the individual or individuals involved in provoking trouble with his employer can readily be determined by the court through standard discovery techniques.

    Tortious interference with a business relationship is an actionable offense in the common law, the standard remedy being legal damages (i.e., money). Whether criminality is involved, for example under New Jersey statutory election law, is another matter that may be worth pursuing at some point. But a timely-filed civil case can go a long way toward unraveling this tangled web. I hope he gets his questions answered because this has become a crucial public issue. Intimidation of taxpaying citizens offering their comments at public meetings of governing bodies or submitting their name as candidates for elected office is a growing problem that needs to be addressed head on.

    In the meantime I will vote for Mr. Sedon this fall. He showed guts in taking up the mantle of civic responsibility when he fulfilled the procedural requirements to place his name on the ballot for Ridgewood Village Council, but it was his steadfast bravery in sticking with his candidacy despite the immediate fusillade of slings and arrows hurled in his direction that convinced me he is the kind of person we should support and encourage to run for local office.

    I suspect someone in an elected or appointed office in Ridgewood either fears Mr. Sedon politically for their own personal reasons, or believes that the overall integrity he embodies and will carry into office will upset one or more of their patrons’ profitable applecarts.

  5. Well put #4. Keep in mind though that the election is in May.

  6. Mr. Riche is taking a stand. Did you listen to the meeting last night?

  7. Aronsohn Aronsohn Aronsohn. Who else?

    He should leave town in shame. He’s a newcomer anyway. What a nerve.

  8. Oops! Thanks #5…well, you know what they say, vote early, vote ________! (fill in the blank)

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