NUTLEY, NJ - Mayor/Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci made a statement on behalf of the Nutley Board of Commissioners condemning the acts of insurrection on the Capitol on Jan. 6 during the Tuesday, Jan. 19 public meeting.

Tucci offered condolences to those who died and well wishes to those injured. “Regardless of affiliation, what went on at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was not only dangerous but unlawful. All protests must remain peaceful and not violent,” he said.

He went on to say we must be able to speak to one another and respect others' opinions in agreement or not.

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“Everyone needs to know that the Nutley Board of Commissioners swore an oath and support the Constitution of the United States, its protocols, traditions and the orderly succession of power concerning the office of president,” he said.

Tucci and the BOC offered best wishes to president-elect Joseph Biden and vice-president elect Kamala Harris. He ended his statement with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Public Affairs Commissioner John V. Kelly III added his thoughts to the statement by Tucci. Kelly said the acts of civil disobedience date back to the Revolutionary War, the Boston Tea Party, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

 “America is and always has been a great country. The events of Jan. 6, 2021, do not change that. […] Even in modern times, protests against our government have taken place in a numeral amount of time on the Capitol grounds. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to assemble and freedom to petition the government to address grievances are all civil liberties enshrined in our Bill of Rights; however, such freedoms are not without limitation,” he said.

He went on to say these acts of violence, theft and vandalism cannot be condoned and those involved should be charged and prosecuted for their crimes.  “I strongly condemn the tragic events and acts of violence masquerading under our First Amendment freedoms. It is important we as Americans make the distinction between those who simply exercise their First Amendment liberties and those who engage in crimes going far beyond supporting their civil liberties,” Kelly said.

According to Kelly, it is more important not to confuse the act in expressing oneself with the content of one’s expression. “We as Americans should support our fellow Americans' right to express their ideas and beliefs, by at the same time we can criticize attack and debunk the content of those beliefs. In situations like this education and honest dialogue is key; not violence.”

Kelly said he supports peaceful protest on the Capitol grounds. “[…] I believe the content and reason those Americans were marching for was misguided. Joseph R. Biden Jr. is the president-elect of the United States and became the president-elect of the United States in accordance with the United States Constitution through a free and fair election confirmed by the states and the courts and certified by the United States Congress,” said Kelly.

Kelly ended his statement by saying, “America, is, was and continues to be a great country and because of our Constitution, we should be mindful of our actions today so that we don’t weaken the Constitution for future generations. […] For over 230 years, the Constitution worked, and will continue to be a beacon of hope and freedom for all. We should all strive to keep it that way.”

For Commissioner Kelly's full statement read: Township of Nutley Commissioner Kelly Responds to Jan. 6 Attack on US Capitol

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 via Zoom. To gain access to the meeting go to Password: 876956. For those without computer access or mobile device you may dial into the meeting at:  (number based on your current location) US: +1 929 205 6099; +1 312 626 6799; +1 301 715 8592; +1 346 248 7799; +1 669 900 6833; or +1 253 215 8782. Meeting ID: 988 0592 1694.

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