Statement of Councilwoman Montanez on civility and tolerance

Statement by Councilwoman Aida Montanez at the Regular Meeting of the Borough Council, October 1, 2018:

It has been brought to my attention, by 2 members of our audience, on two separate occasions, that a member of our audience has been overheard speaking both derogatorily and disrespectfully about members of our council.

With the exception of Tom Ford, each member of this current council has stepped forward to place themselves on the ballot to ask our community to allow us to be your voice and to fight for the things you care about.

We each were elected by our neighbors into the positions we currently hold.

We may not look alike or be a member of the same political party but we are all members of the same community.

We meet publicly twice a month with additional meetings based on committees we are placed on, and receive and respond to countless emails, and we are compensated with a taxed $900 a year.

You can’t force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected

I stand before you to ask that you refrain from using our meetings as a place to cowardly speak disrespectfully about our council members.

I would like the support of our council and members of our community to ask anyone in our audience who says derogatory, sexist, or racist comments about our council members to LEAVE and not return.

This is MY COMMUNITY and yours- Our current Council is a real life reflection of the community we serve and represent.

Tolerance only for those who agree with you, and look like you, is not tolerance at all.

Thank you for your time