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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dubious requirements for public office in Ridgewood

I think it's hilarious that in a recent Ridgewood Patch.com story about running for the Council or BOE, they say that Village Council candidates need 165 signatures, must demonstrate "moral turpitude" and must disclose past convictions. For the BOE the only requirement is 10 signatures and we must be able to read and write!

Which is worse -- "moral turpitude" (defined as "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals" -- is that really what Village Council members need?)...or the idea that BOE candidates can't possibly find 155 more supporters? (And I guess BOE candidates don't need to report convictions? hahaha)

Just a little smile to balance the gloomy budget talk. Have a good day.

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