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Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia Issues Statement on Sanctuary Cities


BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Mayor Michael Venezia issued a statement today regarding sanctuary cities: 

I'm sure you have heard about President Trump's recent immigration executive orders and you may be wondering what they mean for BloomfieldNJ, particularly on the question of Sanctuary Cities.

Here in New Jersey, the term does not apply like it does elsewhere, because all local police departments follow the same guidelines from the NJ Attorney General that say only people arrested for indictable offenses are to be checked for immigration status.

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This means that if an undocumented immigrant is charged with a serious felony he or she will be reported to the federal government. But it also means that people charged with minor criminal offenses or traffic violations, or people who are victims of crime or witnesses who are undocumented do not need to fear deportation and can interact with law enforcement without fear.

In order to keep our community safe, residents need to trust the police and feel like they can go to them to report crime without fear. That's why policies like this one are so important, because they send a message to residents that they don't need to stay in the shadows here in Bloomfield.

Bloomfield is a welcoming community and diversity is one of our best assets. People from many different cultures come together here to live and raise their children, and all of them should feel valued and respected.

That is why the current political atmosphere and rhetoric is so troubling. Please know that our local government believes firmly that everyone deserves a chance to make a life here and we will do everything in our power and under the law to protect our residents. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Bloomfield. TAPinto Bloomfield is the only locally owned news organization in the township. TAPinto Bloomfield is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BloomfieldTAP.

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police announced that the investigation into a "concerning" comment made by a Memorial Middle School via social media in late February has concluded and no charges have been filed.

According to police, the comment, which was reportedly made on Instagram Live, could not be substantiated and there was no probable cause to file a charge.  Police ...

Bloomfield Commemorates Restoration of Historic Theodore Ward House at 41 Park Place

March 20, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Township Council presented a proclamation to Lou and Cynthia Mandarakas for their restoration of the Theodore Ward House at 41 Park Place. The Mandarakases purchased the 130-year-old home in 2008 and financed the cost of interior and exterior restorations.

Built in 1887 by Theodore Hastings Ward, an early president of the Bloomfield Saving Bank, the Victorian ...

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March 15, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ- The following blotter was issued by the Montclair Police Department on  March 13, 2018. 

03-07- 2018 (Orange Road) Attempted burglary to a residence. The suspect was not successful in gaining
access to the residence. The suspect vehicle was described as a white Dodge Ram pickup truck.
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Will Your Air Travels Be Impacted by Our Fourth Nor’easter (Fourth? Is it the End?)

March 20, 2018

TAPintoTravels - After three Nor’easters, you would think we could catch a break. They do say the fourth one is always the best.  This time, we should be very well practiced.

By now, you know the drill. This article has advice on local and airline support services. You may want to bookmark the page for future reference. 

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