Let’s give Montclair mayors some real power (Town Square)

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.

An argument for putting Montclair in just one Congressional District (Town square)

The New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission is holding hearings, seeking public input as it considers redrawing the map.

Keeping New Jersey blue starts in Montclair (Town Square)

Mayor Sean Spiller says progressives in Montclair can help lead the way for others.

We must save Black representation in Montclair (Town Square)

Imani Oakley says combining the 10th and 11th Districts would compromise Black representation.
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Montclair needs a new stormwater management plan (Town Square)

Councilman Peter Yacobellis writes: "Montclair, like nearly everywhere else, has significant opportunity to course correct."

Are you voting against Mayor Spiller? Or against your best interests? (Town Square)

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."

Protect Montclair’s values: Select the BOE with a caucus, then appointments (Town square)

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.

Preventable downtown Montclair parking crisis (Town Square)

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"...

Reflection on High Holy Days in the pandemic: Don’t repeat the errors of the...

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?"

Give Montclair an elected school board, for accountability and transparency (Town Square)

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...