The township’s Affirmative Action office began an investigation of the township manager in May.
The complaint contends that the township manager retaliated against Padmaja Rao after she says she blew the whistle on him and other senior and elected officials on a number of fronts.
They say they’re still not satisfied Montclair clearly lays out how it will investigate incidents involving race and identity.
Joanmarie Kalter says it’s time to focus on more tangible issues of racial justice and equity, like affordable housing and the achievement gap.
For weeks, officials stayed silent, even after an investigation was completed. Members of the Montclair African American Clergy Association say they wanted transparency.
The process will replace Ira Karasick, who left the post the same day he apologized for a racially insensitive remark.
Also: Council had report on Ira Karasick calling an official “three-fifths of a human” for weeks before he resigned, and some say it should have acted faster.
Hundreds of native trees are being planted at the preserve.
The resignation also comes on the heels of the township losing its lengthy legal fight over a rent control ordinance.
The Montclair Township Council hired an outside attorney to investigate, but the NAACP says it’s still waiting on that report.
The Montclair NAACP and the township’s Civil Rights Commission are demanding an investigation.
If you get a parking ticket, violate Montclair’s leaf blower, noise or loitering laws, don’t clean up after your dog, feed the geese, trespass on a railroad or don’t license your bicycle you could face jail time — at least theoretically — according to Montclair’s codes. The 90-day clause is attached to hundreds of small violations.
The new rules further restrict what times of year the blowers could be used.
The timing question is key, with a possible change in school district type coming in November.