Urgent Message from Mayor & Council

Urgent Message from Mayor & Council
Posted on 09/04/2020
Urgent Message from Mayor & Council


Yesterday, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Beacham, over our strenuous objection, ordered the Township to turn over a “list of electronic addresses used to send emails (email addresses) and text messages (texting numbers)” to a group of plaintiffs that seeks to persuade voters to sign a petition to repeal the Township’s rent control law. Your name, address and other information  is on that list. The Township’s intense efforts to protect you from a blatant invasion of your privacy from this group, called the Montclair Property Owners Association, were summarily rejected by the judge. Our attempts to stop the order and file an emergency appeal were also denied.

You can be sure that we are all outraged by the Court’s decision.

You may be contacted by someone asking you to sign a petition concerning rent control. Please be aware that the petition seeks to repeal Montclair’s reasonable rent protections and put our tenants at risk. While the petition is not unlawful, it is not authorized or supported in any way by the Township. If you are contacted more than twice or are harassed in any way, please email Township Attorney Ira Karasick at [email protected].

We hope you will join us in helping to keep Montclair the diverse township we all love by preserving rent control.

Mayor Sean M. Spiller
Deputy Mayor William L. Hurlock
Councilor-at-Large Bob Russo
Councilor-at-Large Peter Yacobellis
Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager
Third Ward Councilor Lori Price Abrams
Fourth Ward Councilor David Cummings