STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR AND TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF CEDAR GROVE

By now, many of you have become aware of the vandalism that occurred yesterday at South End School.  We appreciate all of the members of the community that have reached out to us about it.  Residents, religious leaders, business owners and community activists have contacted us demanding answers as to what is being done as a result of the racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was left behind there.  We want you to know that we hear your voices.

While the vandalism is an ongoing police investigation, please understand that we cannot discuss the matter publicly.  However, we can say that the Township of Cedar Grove and the Township Council denounces racism, bigotry, antisemitism and hate in all its forms and places.  Just like you, we are appalled, angered and saddened by the events that took place in our Town yesterday.  There is no place for this in Cedar Grove.

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As representatives of the Township, we want the public to know that this behavior will not be tolerated or ignored.   In addition to the police investigation of this incident, as a Township Council, we will work with the stakeholders in our community toward protecting civil liberties and promoting social justice for all races and religions.   We value each and every resident as equal members of our great community, and we stand together to denounce hate in any form. 

We encourage you to reach out to any one of us for an open dialogue.