New Milford First Municipality to Pass Anti-Semitism Resolution

Mayor and Council unanimously approve anti-semitism resolution

The Mayor and Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism during Monday's work session, making New Milford the first municipality in Bergen County to pass such a measure.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Hedy Grant, is a response to a string of anti-Semitic incidents that recently occurred in Bergen County. Among them:

  • December 10th incident where anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on the property of the Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel in Maywood.
  • December 21st  incident that occurred on the first day of Hanukkah where swastikas and other offensive markings were found spray-painted on the façade of Temple Beth El in Hackensack.
  • January 3rd  incident where arsonists used an accelerant to start a fire in the rear of Congregation K’hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus.
  • January 11th incident where an incendiary device was thrown through the window of Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, a synagogue and rabbinic residence. 

The resolution acknowledges that the residents of New Milford have a rich history of being tolerant to all faiths and religions and that "an attack on one faith or religion is an attack on all."

According to the document, the Mayor and Council condemn all forms of hatred and anti-Semitism and encourage the use of law enforcement resources of Bergen County "to apprehend the perpetrators of these heinous acts." 

Grant told Patch that she is appalled by hate crimes.

"Such crimes show a lack of compassion, understanding, tolerance and acceptance for those who are perceived to be 'different' in some way."

"Clearly the acts perpetuated against Bergen County synagogues — and in one case directly against a rabbi and his family — should not and must not be tolerated or accepted. I am proud that New Milford is the first municipality in Bergen County to publicly condemn such crimes," Grant said.  

Mark Smith February 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Jim, It is obvious that your dislike of Councilwoman Grant has clouded your mind on this issue. First, it is wrong to describe the prisoners at Aushwitz as martyrs. They weren’t championing for a cause, but thrown in prison camps for their religious preference. And it is people like you that would have waterboarding legal in the United States. Just because an individual commits a heinous crime, it does not mean that our government should stoop to their level and commit criminal acts. How is the word "tolerance" condescending and demeaning? I am pretty sure the definition of the word exemplifies everything that the word demeaning is not. Also, just because Councilwoman Grant did not swear on the Bible, it does not restrict her credibility on religious issues. Atheists are people too, and deserve the same TOLERANCE as all others. The fact that she may not believe in god makes her condemnation of this act even more praiseworthy. She is fighting for people that do not share the same belief system as her, which shows her true religious TOLERANCE. Again, I think you need to look up the word TOLERANCE in the dictionary and ponder its meaning for awhile.
Ulises February 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
FYI... John Quincy Adams served as the sixth President of the United States from March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829. He took the oath of office on a book of laws, instead of the more traditional Bible, to preserve the separation of church and state. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Quincy_Adams
John DeSantis February 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Well said Mark. Hate crimes have been committed in surrounding communities. Councilwoman Grant spoke out against these crimes and proposed a resolution to condemn them. Mr. Drake somehow feels that Ms. Grant and her beliefs should also be attacked. Mr. Drake's attack on Councilwoman Grant is all part of the same kind of intolerance and hate that her resolution condemns.
Ulises February 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Jimmmy, you need to move on from DeBari... BTW, how is Mr. DeSantis being played?
Ulises February 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Jimmy, I'm not following you. I'll have to borrow the TB news from my neighbor to get an idea what you may be referring to. Have a great weekend everyone! I'm glad the town passed this resolution.
Ulises February 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
It's a Democratic town, but I'm a registered Democrat, however, so Independent (I) in local elections - and I'll support Subrizi in 2014, just like I did in '10 (balance in power is all I seek). I won't vote for DeBari, if he runs, and I do hear all your implications loud and clear.
John DeSantis February 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Mr. Drake, I went to the the 38th district mobile office meeting at the high school to meet with our representatives or their aides. I have reached out to both Assemblywoman Wagner and Senator Gordon on previous occasions. I wanted help in trying to get laws or ordiances passed either locally or at the state level to freeze rent increases for senior and disabled tenants who are dependent upon social security. I'm still pursuing that endevor. Assemblywoman Wagner is going to sponsor a bill that will address these issues at the state level. I have seen the first draft. Senator Gordon has written a letter to the rent leveling board in support of a draft of an ordinance that I have submited to that board. It's probably a long way off before it becomes law in either the borough or the state, if ever. That was one of the items I was discussing with Senator Gordon the evening the photo you are refering to was taken. I had asked him if he could sponsor a similar bill to Ms. Wagner's in the Senate. He said he would consider it. The other item that I discussed with the Senator that evening, and the Assemblywoman by a letter and phone, was flooding. I Knew they could probably do nothing to help New Milford in our current situation, but, I asked them to sponsor a bill that would prevent any future development on any river floodplain in the state of NJ. The Senator said he will consider it and the Assemblywoman said she will produce and sponsor such a bill. (continued...)
John DeSantis February 18, 2012 at 03:10 AM
(...continued) Frank DeBari had nothing to to do with any of that. I am a member of the Democratic club and was recently voted vice president. I consider Frank DeBari and all the other members of the club friends. That does not mean that we agree on everything. I resent the fact that you imply that I'm somehow involved with an unscrupulous plot. I got involved with the Democratic club soon after I was appointed to the rent leveling board. I chose the Democratic party because historically they have been the party that supported the poor, the elderly, the underprivilaged, and the middle class. Ideas like public education, social security, medicare, medicade, workers right to organize, child labor laws, the 40 hour work week, the concept of time and a half, women's rights, civil rights, environmental protection, these are all ideas that have been supported by the Democratic party and at their concept opposed by Republicans. We live in troubled times. I would like to see our club become a think tank. Developing ideas to make life better and more affordable for everyone in town.
Tony February 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Pay no mind to this guy Drake. He's still bitter that his son got trounced in the election, due in a large part to the nonsense he posts on the Patch.
Ann Piccirillo February 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Ok, back to our regularly scheduled program--comments relevant to the subject at hand. I'm happy to report that this article is being picked up by many outlets, awarding New Milford the recognition it deserves.
Armstead Mealy February 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
New Milford needs to first define a semite,before passing anti-semitic leg.


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