1. Abraham v. Teaneck Ethics Board: After hearings in 1993, the Teaneck Ethics Board found former Mayor John Abraham guilty of violations of the Township's Ethics Code and imposed a fine of $250. Mr. Abraham appealed the conviction to an Administrative Law Judge who confirmed the determination. Mr. Abraham has filed a Notice of Appeal to the NJ Supreme Court.
2. Bachner v. Teaneck: The Township, Mayor, Board of Education and a private bus company were sued for failure to provide school bus service to a Teaneck student for transportation to a religious private school in Oakland. At the end of 2001, the pleadings had been filed, but not much else had taken place in this case. If the Plaintiff moves the matter, it will be heard by the Commissioner of Education.
3. Gore v. Teaneck - The plaintiff is seeking to reverse an agreement with the Township to pay compensation for the lifting of a restrictive covenant.
4. Township of Teaneck et als. v. County of Bergen - The Township has joined with Ridgefield Park in suing the County of Bergen for failure to build/improve Overpeck County Park as agreed to when the Township donated land for the creation of this County park.
5. River Edge Wine & Liquors & Patel v. Teaneck - The Plaintiff is challenging the Township's denial of a liquor license transfer.
7. Various Self-insurance Fund cases - Since Teaneck is self insured for most accident cases (other than automobile), we defend claims involving damages alleged to have been caused on our streets, parks and other public property. At the end of the year 200 1 there were seven such cases being defended by the Township Attorney which will be tried throughout 2002.
8. Various State Tax Court Appeals - There are numerous State Tax Court Appeals being defended by the Township Attorney. Most of these cases involve commercial or industrial properties. Several of the cases are by institutions requesting exemption from all real estate taxes. At the end of 200l, there were nine such cases which will be tried throughout 2002.
9. Various Construction Cases - From time to time, when residents seriously violate Building Department regulations, it is necessary to take them to Teaneck Municipal Court to try and obtain compliance with the law. Teaneck is mainly concerned with having the violations removed and the unsafe conditions cleared up, but the law provides penalties and the fines for non compliance which can be quite high. In the event that compliance and payment of fines is not made, Teaneck has the option of enforcement in the Municipal or the Superior Court. These cases concern the failure on the part of the homeowners to obtain certificates of occupancy, building permits for extensions, required inspections, etc.
10. Various Labor Cases: Teaneck is involved in a number of labor and employment cases, such as several cases brought by Firefighter Brennan, by Police Lieutenant Mancini, as well as other employees and unions, all of which are being handled by labor counsel.
Further information, as available, may be obtained from the Township Clerk's office.