NJ mayor “absolutely disgusted but not surprised” at noose in tree in his town

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The mayor of a borough in Bergen County says he’s “absolutely disgusted but not surprised” by the sight of an apparent noose that was left hanging from a tree.

Local police and the county’s prosecutor’s office are investigating after the rope was found dangling in front of a home in Fair Lawn, according to Mayor Kurt Peluso.

“How do I feel about a noose hanging from a tree of a home in Fair Lawn? Absolutely disgusted, but not surprised,” Peluso said in a statement.

The noose was found by a resident on Saturday night and Peluso posted a photo to his Facebook page on Sunday. To protect the privacy of the homeowners, the mayor did not disclose the location.

The mayor told NorthJersey.com that chatter on social media indicated the rope may have been left by a utility company. But he said he spoke with representatives from Verizon and PSE&G and they told him it wasn’t them, according to the report.

Peluso said in the past year members of the Proud Boys, a far-right, neo-fascist organization, have marched in Fair Lawn and that people of color have been “treated differently” when they spoke at council meetings.

“When I speak up against (occurrences) I’m anti this and that,” Peluso said in his statement.

“I know these events do not represent the majority of Fair Lawn,” Peluso said. “There are some that want to see us fail, and go backwards instead of forward, they will not win. We will be better tomorrow than we are today.”
 
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CASE CLOSED: Ending speculation once and for all, Fair Lawn police said Tuesday that a length of string found tied to a tree that took a disturbing shape this past weekend wasn't a noose but, rather, was the type used by contractors.

"The rope in question was closer in size to twine (thinner than a shoe lace) that is regularly used by utility companies to either tie cables together or to pull new cables from pole to pole," Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

"It appears that the twine, found tied to the tree, had been attached to twine found in the overhead cables," Metzler said.

"It appeared that the portion of the twine attached to the overhead cables had become detached, possibly during the windy conditions present on Saturday and had fallen, becoming entangled into the branches of the tree," he said.

"Based on the totality of the circumstances, Fair Lawn police are confident that this was not a deliberate act," the sergeant said.

The resident, in a follow-up conversation with detectives, was satisfied with the outcome of the investigation and was relieved that this was not intentional," he added.

Metzler said detectives "spoke with representatives from multiple utility companies who stated that although they could not confirm who tied it or when the rope was tied to the cables, the rope that was found is consistent with rope that is regularly used by those companies.
" The loop on the end of the twine, that was apparently formed by the twine having been twisted in the wind, was approximately the size of a silver dollar," the sergeant said.

"Detectives were able to locate similar twine that was tying cables together near the residence, " Metzler said.

"With assistance from the Fair Lawn Fire Department, the twine was cut, allowing the cables it was holding to separate and hang low to the ground," he said. "The twine removed from the cables matched the twine that had been found tied to the tree."

Tree contractors and utility workers have said that similar rope is used to secure wires, among other purposes.

A former Optimum executive told Daily Voice that telecommunication companies "use that kind of rope to pull the new fiber lines in the entire footprint.
 

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CASE CLOSED: Ending speculation once and for all, Fair Lawn police said Tuesday that a length of string found tied to a tree that took a disturbing shape this past weekend wasn't a noose but, rather, was the type used by contractors.

"The rope in question was closer in size to twine (thinner than a shoe lace) that is regularly used by utility companies to either tie cables together or to pull new cables from pole to pole," Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

"It appears that the twine, found tied to the tree, had been attached to twine found in the overhead cables," Metzler said.

"It appeared that the portion of the twine attached to the overhead cables had become detached, possibly during the windy conditions present on Saturday and had fallen, becoming entangled into the branches of the tree," he said.

"Based on the totality of the circumstances, Fair Lawn police are confident that this was not a deliberate act," the sergeant said.

The resident, in a follow-up conversation with detectives, was satisfied with the outcome of the investigation and was relieved that this was not intentional," he added.

Metzler said detectives "spoke with representatives from multiple utility companies who stated that although they could not confirm who tied it or when the rope was tied to the cables, the rope that was found is consistent with rope that is regularly used by those companies.
" The loop on the end of the twine, that was apparently formed by the twine having been twisted in the wind, was approximately the size of a silver dollar," the sergeant said.

"Detectives were able to locate similar twine that was tying cables together near the residence, " Metzler said.

"With assistance from the Fair Lawn Fire Department, the twine was cut, allowing the cables it was holding to separate and hang low to the ground," he said. "The twine removed from the cables matched the twine that had been found tied to the tree."

Tree contractors and utility workers have said that similar rope is used to secure wires, among other purposes.

A former Optimum executive told Daily Voice that telecommunication companies "use that kind of rope to pull the new fiber lines in the entire footprint.
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What a shitty mayor. Even if it was a real noose, you don’t want your town to be considered racist. Then it turns out it wasn’t even a noose and this dude is talking shit about his town, acting like his town is full of people stringing up nooses
 
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NJ Mayor "absolutely disgusted, embarrassed, and feeling a little like a horse's ass" at what he took to be a noose in tree but wasn't

I don’t like this new generation of local politician. People who are “too into politics” are the ones likely to run these days, which is a shame.

People need to realize that being a mayor of a small town like this is not some path to a high powered political career. Its mostly just dealing with budgets. The “big issue” this guy is likely to face in his term as mayor is probably gonna be something very mundane, like whether to allow a CVS to be built even though it only has 50 parking spots and zoning says it should have 65.
 
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