West Orange Changes Public Comment Rules After 'Zoom Bombing'

February 26, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Want to make a public comment during the Feb. 27 meeting of the West Orange Town Council? You’ll need to attend in person, township officials say.

Several callers blitzed the public comment portion of the West Orange Town Council meeting on Feb. 13 with antisemitic and racist comments. The calls were made in reaction to a proposed resolution supporting a ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine war. Read More: Bigots ‘Zoom Bomb’ West Orange Town Council Meeting With Hate Speech

Authorities are investigating the incident, which was condemned by several community groups and local officials. Read More: Cops Probe Racist Virtual Invasion Of West Orange Council Meeting

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The Feb. 13 meeting was held remotely via Zoom due to a snowstorm.

When the council gathers again for their meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 66 Main Street, it will require anyone who wants to make a public comment to be in attendance inside the building.

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Anyone attending the meeting via Zoom will not be allowed to participate in public comment.

Participants can sign into the Zoom meeting online here, with the following login info:

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