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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Legislators thrash Englewood Cliffs mayor for Black Lives matter security bill

Weinberg, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle want ACLU to help teenager who organized protest

By David Wildstein, August 28 2020 6:52 pm

A decision by Englewood Cliffs Mayor Mario Kranjac to charge a local teenager $2,500 for police overtime for a Black Lives Matter protest she organized is being slammed by three Bergen County legislators who said they were outraged over the move and have asked the American Civil Liberties Union to take a look.

“Students like Emily Gil should be celebrated and not be threatened with a bill for $2500 by her own local community for speaking out against racism and bigotry,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood).|

Kranjac invoiced the 18-year-old $2,499.26 “for the police overtime caused be your protects.”

This is the latest in a series of political problems for Kranjac, who became Englewood Cliffs’ first Republican mayor in 40 years after winning in 2015.

Earlier this week, the Democratic-controlled brough council censured him for a third time in an ongoing dispute over affordable housing.

Kranjac is not up for re-election until 2023.

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