HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Monday, March 16, Mayor Richard Goldberg addressed the borough:
If you found it unusual that you haven't heard from me this past week, it was because I was away. Although I monitored the situation, I felt it was important to have boots on the ground before making decisions that will affect the life of our residents. That being said, the Borough was under the leadership of an Acting Mayor.
Firstly, the COVID 19 is a serious problem. Estimates are that eventually as many as one third of the country may be infected. These are staggering numbers and the National, State County and Hawthorne officials are taking steps, some rather drastic, to protect you.
It is important to note that no person living in Hawthorne has contracted the virus. Besides our own resources, the Paterson Health Department's strike team is monitoring us as well.
The Governor has declared a curfew from 8:00 pm until 5:00 am bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms, if open, must close by 8 pm. In order to help our local establishments, I am hoping that you will order take out to help ease their economic burden. Some of our local businesses will be severely affected. The key to coping with chaos is staying calm.
You will find that the Borough is taking drastic steps to help you “socially distance”. The closing of Borough Hall, the Library, and many other Hawthorne programs and Boards have had their meetings canceled. More detailed information is available on our website www.hawthornenj.org
While these actions may cause problems for some of you, they will keep more people safe than if we did nothing. I want to hear from you during this crisis; I will be in my office daily from 1 pm - 4 pm and available by phone 973-427-1168.
Together we will persevere and as a community we will overcome all obstacles. God Bless you, the Borough of Hawthorne and the United States of America.
Richard S. Goldberg