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Residents ask Ridgewood BOE Candidate Mohammed Mahmood to verify his claims

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Reader says that we have an incumbent running for the Ridgewood Board of Education whose claims cannot be verified.  Mr. Mahmood has ignored or sidestepped questions from the residents—- which is opposite his claims of transparency. He needs to answer the questions with substantiation, because this role is too important.

Reader Abadi asked –  Did he vote in any elections in Ridgewood before getting appointed to the board?

Did he attend any board meetings except two, to advocate for religious holiday, before getting appointed on the board?

Mr. Mahmood responded, “I am pretty new in town but have volunteered/served with other non-profits and with my local Travell school before joining the Board as well.”

In other words, he means he never voted in a local election and records show that he was not even a registered voter in town up until 10 days before his appointment to the board. He showed up for only two meetings before his appointment and that was to ask for a religious holiday.
Mr. Mahmood was not even in attendance at the meeting when he was appointed.  Essentially, he was completely uninvolved until he was appointed.

Another reader pointed out that Mr. Mahmood claims that he took strong action and asked for a second opinion for Orchard remediation.  However, a second opinion contract to LAN Associates was awarded in August, when he was not even on the Board. He has yet to offer proof of his claim that he was the one who pushed for a second opinion, which again, would have been remarkable since he was not on the Board.

The upcoming Board of Election will determine whether the $95 million referendum is pursued, have oversight over the Orchard soil remediation, while always serving the community of 5,792 students.  We need a Board member who is fully transparent and accountable, and we should assess the qualifications and depth of commitment of anybody who wants to serve on the Board.

51 thoughts on “Residents ask Ridgewood BOE Candidate Mohammed Mahmood to verify his claims

  1. He’s toast.

  2. Saurabh Dani should explain his anti-Muslim accusations. his racist comments have no place in our town. why are the other candidates on his slate staying silent? they must support his racist bias. STOP THE HATERS.

  3. Saurabh Dani should explain his anti-Muslim accusations. his racist comments have no place in our beautiful community. why are the other candidates on his slate staying silent? they must support his racist bias. STOP THE HATERS.

  4. Saurabh Dani a hater? Wow, Rurik Halaby and Jeanne Thiesen are really digging deep in the shit pile. Saurabh is one of the kindest, most accepting, tolerant people I have ever met. Get over it, Saurabh is going to win BIG time

  5. It’s very interesting, in all my personal experience with numerous people, you know who the real haters are, they are people who pretend to help and are always nice (there are actually very few exceptions to it)
    So when I see someone like Jeanne, Jan, Siobhan, Paul, Vince (there are many who can be added to this list) , who talk about caring communities and bringing people together, these are the people who I have encountered hate from, where as people who have asked me direct questions, have been upfront with their insecurity or doubt about me have been the nicest friends that I have made.
    The above comment about the anti – muslim accusation, is no doubt from one of these haters, who loves to pretend that they are welcoming, inclusive, they will also throw in an abuse or two on Donald Trump, to sound very convincing, deep inside this person has very less tolerance, deep inside they cannot see Saurabh winning, the hate is so overwhelming that false accusations, divining people on an everyday basis is what he/she thrives on.

  6. Is it true that Mohammed was not a voter in Ridgewood when and while he applies and got interviewed for the board selection

  7. I am still not sure if the question has been answered, did Mohammed get involved with anything in Ridgewood other than the religious holiday, there must be something else?

  8. Mohammed has hired high school democratic committee students to campaign for him. This is wrong at multiple levels:
    1. He should not be involving High School kids in campaign when he is a current school board member for the same school where these kids go to school.
    2. Ridgewood is a non partisan town. Election is not about democratic or republican (may be he doesn’t know this as he just moved here?)
    3. These kids are promising PAC and more enrichment days in their texts to their fellow high school students and asking for their parent’s vote. Where is the money coming from for PAC and where is extra time coming on calendar to add more enrichment days? He has already used up three extra holidays since he came on board with an agenda for holiday.

  9. What a scumbag this guy is. Don’t vote for him if your life depended on it. The worst.

  10. Crazy. I would like to see proof of Dani’s racism. Likely another unsubstantiated attempt to throw shade on one who has been nothing but kind and diligent resident of this town trying to keep local cronyism in check.

    As for anyone making claims in either direction, please provide a link to your source. Otherwise I’ll consider them false and disregard them.

  11. Saurabh feels like a friend even though I have only seen him once. The amount of contribution oand dedication I have seen from him toward critical town issues is immense. I love the guy.
    Mahmoud is another implant just like that Alexandra lady that was pushed for VC 2 yrs ago.
    I would support someone like Saurabh for BOE, VC or even POTUS. Highest respect for this awesome human being.

  12. If you’re looking for racism here it is. Mr. Dani commented, “ Right, this is second opinion for referendum, not for Orchard which you claimed above. For LAN, you agreed with us initially that LAN estimates need to be cross checked as they are different from EI’s – but then you changed your opinion and you were comfortable with LAN – what transpired that change? Did it have anything to do with shortening of review process for religious holidays?”
    The end of this quote was completely irrelevant to the subject matter of the discussion. It was an attack on Mr. Mahmoud and his attempts at increasing the number of days off with regards to certain religious holidays.

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  13. You can check the Facebook thread started by Muhammad Mahmoud’s campaign. It quickly became an unreasoned assault on his motives for running for BOE.

  14. How is this racist?? Mahmoud openly advocated for the religious holidays on the board and he changed his vote on LAN’s 96M proposal after the superintendent changed original one year timeline to few weeks, regarding a decision on these holidays. I don’t see any reference to any specific religion in this question from Dani to Mahmoud?
    ” but then you changed your opinion and you were comfortable with LAN – what transpired that change? Did it have anything to do with shortening of review process for religious holidays”

  15. 1. Saurabh Dani is not a racist. This is the most ridiculous assertion I have seen.

    2. Mahmoud wanted those religious holidays, they gave him what he wanted, and he flipped like a pancake on LAN.

  16. Saurabh Dani is one dedicated, selfless and tireless person who has worked hard against all odds to help channelize the BOE towards child-focussed progress in the true sense and not just do what works for the elitist group. alone. He thinks of the mass population of the kids and not just red-tapism. What has he got in return? nothing but backlash and ridicule but nothing. deters him. He is on a mission to show transparency to the public, the kindest soul, and the most inclusive. Just because he is an Asian, the while elitist don’t want him to stand up and dilute their hidden agenda. The other group is doing negative propaganda against him since they dont have any substantial to offer to Ridgewood. We need him. He is one of us and speaks on everyone’s behalf. in Ridgewood . The most selfless and hardworking guy

  17. Mohammad’s wife was delivering their 5th child the night he was appointed to the BOE. Ask him. He is very approachable. We met for coffee He has good ideas, very positive and open to all views.
    Dani blocks my posts on his FB pages. Don’t assume that attending meetings is ‘volunteering’ as he claims. I go to many council meeting but don’t consider that ‘volunteering’. Mohammad has my vote. Fresh ideas.

  18. “Mohammad’s wife was delivering their 5th child the night he was appointed to the BOE”.
    Join the party. He will be contributing less to the tax pool; using more for next 18 years.
    Year 19, he will move out of Ridgewood.

  19. Saurabh does much more than simply attend meetings. He asks great questions, he always offers ideas and suggestions. He is extremely informed and well prepared. And unfailingly pleasant and polite. He does so much for this town. I am proud to vote for him. Long overdue

  20. Good to see the RIDGEWOOD blog bullies are already harassing anyone Knudsen doesn’t approve of.

  21. James, I see you’re playing from the same playbook that has failed the Village for decades. Be better.

  22. So Mohammed has 5 kids who will be using the school systems, Mohammed also approves of all the big spending items including PAC, he also feels that some people are unnecessarily worried about the taxes, when I make some calculations, it turns out that to recover just Mohammed’s expense items, he needs to be invested in the town for 90+ years, is this what the fiscally prudent guys like Saurabh are fighting against?

  23. Is the machine really so desperate that they have to paradrop ‘minority’ candidates into town to try and maintain their grip over the money machine?

    Could they could not source one marginally involved village resident who sees things the way they do?

    This guy is clearly a cutout – no involvement no engagement – simply plucked out of thin air by the machine and placed on the board.

    But dare not criticize him – because they picked someone with (what they think) is an all purpose shield against criticism.

  24. You don’t think Dani and crew will dismantle everything that makes the schools great? That’s what I see in that guy, he focuses on conspiracy, corruption but makes no effort to support the good. And his side kick S. Kim (aka, Mr. Kwak) You realize there’s a teachers contract in the near future, that’s more pressing than the possibility of a referendum or some overblown PAC. And, yep, I see the hand of Knudsen in this group. Remember we want people to move here for the schools ya fools that’s good for property values. We can’t afford to chase people away.

  25. In one of Mr. Mahmoud’s latest videos, he mentions the Ridgewood cost per pupil is lower than our surrounding towns and quite frankly competing school districts. I would love to hear from all the candidates about whether this is acceptable?

  26. Personally, I need to vote for the candidates that are most fiscally conservative. I am a 27 year resident who was here well before I had my two kids and has now been here for several years after. If this crazy referendum gets passed, I will be selling my house and a family with several children will be moving in. Empty nesters like me WILL move if we do not choose candidates who embrace some fiduciary constrainst. Then you will be left holding the bag for an even larger tax burden. Good luck with that.

  27. I am disgusted to read the attacks on Mr. Mahmoud. He is a civil servant who will do great things for the village.
    The attacks by Mr. Dani and Ms. Kwak are disheartening. They should be disqualified from contention. This is no way to run a BOE. Their hatred is the reason why our schools are dropping in the rankings.

    1. specifics , otherwise comments will be banned

  28. A disgusted citizen, don’t get it twisted… there haven’t been any attacks by Mr. Dani or Ms. Kwak. Show proof or link to prove your claim, go ahead we’ll wait.

  29. wingnut,halabooby , jan,hans are a bunch of bigots who point fingers at everyone else

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  30. when you cant win yell racism

  31. I’ll be honest. Mr. Dani is simply the pied piper leading his supporters. Hooban, Weber (bender), they are the ones causing this whole mess. No reason to attack anyone running. But they choose to spend their time doing that. This forum and some of the Facebook groups are an echo chamber. They enjoy putting people down and watching people fail. Just read about the online learning. Weber (bender) is cheering on failure just so she has someone to blame. Disgusting

    1. love the phony comments

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  32. Hey “When u can’t win hell racism”, Dani brought up the religion card for no reason whatsoever except he felt the need to bring it up because that’s the best he got. Someone can change their position on something for many different reasons. Stop making assumptions

  33. “In one of Mr. Mahmoud’s latest videos, he mentions the Ridgewood cost per pupil is lower than our surrounding towns and quite frankly competing school districts. I would love to hear from all the candidates about whether this is acceptable?”

    His missed point: For each dollar spent, a smaller portion goes towards kids’ education in Ridgewood than in many other towns. He should look at the definitions of total spend per pupil and budgetary spend per pupil, and find out why that wide gap exists.

  34. Mr.Mamoud seems to decides based on what his own kids want. BOE needs to look at the whole picture because there are close to 6000 kids in the district.

  35. Hey “When u can’t win hell racism”, Dani brought up the religion card for no reason – That’s why Common Core is needed, Comprehension skills should be tested so that when these students become adults, they know the meaning of words. #Failure
    Dani asked a reasonable question and his haters have nothing to respond other than yelling Racism.

  36. James not every comment you disagree with is “phony.” People are tired of Dani’s racism and fearmongering and you and the other sycophants rushing to support any of his smears. But I bet you’re too much of a scared bitch to leave this comment up anyway.

    1. only racist call everyone a racist , that loser line has been tried before by the same bunch of bigots who called OLMC a Nazi church , and off course the same group of “people” who wanted people SILENCED, it is pathetic cowardise and needs to go back where it came from

  37. Telling a minority to go back where I came from? Wow James, you’re a racist bully just like your idol Saurabh Dani! Yes, but I’m the bigot and coward, not the guy who started the anonymous blog so that he could pry into people’s personal lives and trash hard working ridgewood residents. By the way, anonymous blog handles won’t add 6 inches to your height, short stack.

    1. trying to SILENCE more people ???

  38. MAYBE if you PUT MORE words in ALL CAPS you’ll sound like less of AN IDIOT

  39. Thank you demosthenes for standing up for the silent majority (and minorities) of our communities who are forced to endure the constant cyberbullying from the James and the rest if the racist Dani “always online” Facebook trolls. Ridgewood used to be a place of understanding and reasonableness. Hopefully after their defeat it will be again

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  40. These pages endorse Dani and these pages advocate defunding education in Ridgewood. A vote for Dani is a vote AGAINST our teachers and a vote FOR defunding our schools and DECIMATING our property values.

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  41. lol love it these losers are going to try the same tone as Harwin who spent $50 grand and got creamed ? not a good strategy

  42. I agree with you PJ the group “Ridgewood Moms and Dads” that wants to SILENCE their neighbors is calling everyone racists lol

  43. by “SILENCE” what did they mean ???????????????? sound like its was a threat , was the PD notified ?

  44. Wingrad,halaby, Jan ,hans ,harwin, gwen all the usual suspects did any of them answer what was meant by “SILENCING” someone

  45. its that low element the aronsohn dragged into town , and did he sleep with anyone else beside gwen ?

  46. Just thinkin’ … it’s curious that the mailer of the three amigos for the BOE comes on the same day as ballots arrive. Can you smell the Democrat’s Machine behind this one? And, yes those three will dismantle the schools. Just wait. Who’s funding that campaign -2 glossy mailers? Endless Facebook self promoting. Oh right, Mr. Kim’s deep pockets.

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  47. I am sure you most have a copy of Han’s bigoted commentary and anti catholic rhetoric

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