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Park calls for Basch’s resignation over Facebook post

Call follows another over a lawn sign dispute

By Nikita Biryukov, May 31 2019 3:18 pm

Tenafly Councilman Daniel Park is calling for Councilman Maxim Basch to resign following a racist post the latter made on the Facebook page of Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park.

“This comment made by Councilman Basch is extremely inappropriate, hurtful and deeply offensive especially for an elected official of a borough with a diverse Asian population and deeply offensive to all residents of Tenafly and Bergen County,” said Daniel Park, who is also a Korean immigrant. “It has been difficult enough for immigrants to integrate into American society, let alone into politics. Councilman Basch should be ashamed of himself and resign his seat.”

Ellen Park posted a picture of herself and others at a Korean American Day celebration in New York City. Under the post, Basch asked “was it good Chinese food?”

Basch recently also came under fire over an altercation with a Tenafly resident over one of his campaign signs.

The resident had posted a lawn sign bearing the names of Basch and Adam Michaels, who is seeking a seat on the council, but taped over Basch’s name.

Basch rang the resident’s door bell at around 9 p.m. and asked the resident to remove the tape. The resident refused and called the police.

Daniel Park, a Democrat, called for Basch to resign from his seat on the council and from his role as vice chair of the municipal Democratic Committee over the incident.

“Ringing a resident’s doorbell at nine at night is rude enough, but to try and bully someone into taking down a lawn sign is just absurd,” Daniel Park said. “I don’t understand why the Democratic Party defends his actions.”

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