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State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus). (Photo: Courtesy of the Assembly Majority Office)

District 38 Dems attack Hasbrouck Heights Republicans over Pride Flag vote

Borough shot down resolution to fly Pride Flag in 4-2 vote along party lines

By Nikita Biryukov, April 30 2021 12:06 pm

Democrats in the 38th district attacked Republican elected officials in Hasbrouck Heights after the borough council voted against raising a gay pride flag along party lines.

“Elected representatives should practice and promote inclusive government. Council members Christopher Hillmann and Steven Reyngoudt understand this and are advocating for displaying the Pride Flag,” State Sen. Joe Lagana (D-Paramus), Assemblywoman Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn) and Assemblyman Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield) said in a joint statement.

Hasbrouck Heights council on Tuesday shot down a resolution to raise a Pride Flag outside the borough hall in a 4-2 vote. Each of the council’s four Republicans voted against the measure. Hillmann and Reyngoudt, the panel’s Democrats, voted yes.

The proposal would have seen the flag raised during June, which is Pride Month.

The legislators said they intended to join the two local Democrats at a separate flag raising ceremony.

“Standing by our ideals and principles requires leadership and strongly supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Hasbrouck Heights and across the state,” they said.

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