The mayor has little more power than any other member of the Township Council. Most real authority over day-to-day matters rests with an unelected township manager.
The New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission is holding hearings, seeking public input as it considers redrawing the map.
Mayor Sean Spiller says progressives in Montclair can help lead the way for others.
Imani Oakley says combining the 10th and 11th Districts would compromise Black representation.
Councilman Peter Yacobellis writes: "Montclair, like nearly everywhere else, has significant opportunity to course correct."
David Cummings writes: "We know an appointed board results in placing individuals with diverse experiences and backgrounds — individuals who volunteer to do the work. We do not know what an elected board will deliver."
Dr. Renée Baskerville argues big, outside money is already influencing Montclair elections — and proposes a change to the school board appointment system, rather than eliminating it.
BY MARTIN SCHWARTZ Special to Montclair LocalLast week’s rushed, 4-3 council vote to modify Montclair’s downtown commercial parking zoning laws was just another sad display of our mayor and current Township Council’s "leading from behind"...
Rabbi David Greenstein asks: "Do we wish to return to systemic inequality and hatred or are we ready to build a better community and society?"
By SERGIO GONZALEZ Special to Montclair LocalThe upcoming referendum on whether Montclair should switch from an appointed to elected board of education model is very different from the other choices township voters face.Unlike the normal...