Seats Still Open on New Committee


Student writer Alias Ragsdale wrote a previous version of this story. This version has been edited and includes some new information.

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rights was created as a response to a long strain of civil rights-related issues in Clifton, including the controversial mural painted on public property in 2021, city employees' reports of being targeted and harassed due to race, zoning obstacles related to a house of worship, and various acts of antisemitic graffiti. The committee will offer recommendations to the City Council through its council liaisons - Bill Gibson, Tony Latona, and Rosemary Pino.

The committee recently elected Maria Ramirez to lead the committee as the Chair, with Jeff Hoey as her Vice Chair. The diversity of Clifton is represented well, with members including an attorney, multiple realtors, human resources professionals, college professors, a high school student, a marathon runner, a public transportation advocate, and a member of the Board of Education. New citizens to Clifton, lifelong citizens of Clifton, Black American citizens, Hispanic citizens, and Jewish citizens are all active and present at these meetings. 

The advisory committee, which meets once a month, is hoping to add several new members with the goal of having at least one representative from each of Clifton's 16 neighborhoods. This story will be updated with the specific neighborhoods still in need of representation, but members from any area of the city are encouraged to apply.

You can read more about the committee HERE.

If you are interested in joining the Advisory Committee on Civil Rights, click HERE for the application. To submit it, email Nancy Ferrigno: with the subject line: Civil Rights Committee Application.

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