Mayor Statements

March 20, 2021

Stop Asian Hate

Statement by Mayor Angie Devanney

Over the last year and certainly more recently, we have witnessed the rise of hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across many communities. Our neighbors in the AAPI community are our Berkeley Heights sisters and brothers. I stand today to lend my voice in condemning hate and racism against the AAPI community.

Unfortunately, our Township is no exception, as early in the global Covid-19 pandemic, adults and children alike were targeted and even blamed for the Coronavirus. Unthinkable. Heartbreaking. 

Our Asian neighbors responded with generosity and compassion for our community as they raised funds and donated personal protection gear to our first responders when they needed it the most and more recently raising money for the BHPD. They are our business owners and business patrons and have launched community organizations geared to giving back to Berkeley Heights. The true definition of “neighbor.”

The actions of a few despicable people have caused pain and anguish over the last months, weeks and days. Hate has no Home in Berkeley Heights. Please report any bias incidents to our police department detective supervisor All reports are confidential. Officer Pooja Patel can assist residents who speak Hindi or Gujarati with any language barriers to help file a report. We are also identifying volunteers who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam and other Asian languages to assist the Township. 

Inclusion, diversity and creating a welcoming community is the priority of the BHPD and the Township. I ask every resident to join me and pledge to work together to #stopasianhate.

March 15, 2021

Statement by Mayor Angie Devanney 

“Residents may be aware of a social media post that detailed a reported racist event over the weekend. As a Hate has No Home community, everyone of every color, gender, nationality, sexual identity, sexual orientation and religion is welcomed in our community.

Our Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Taskforce continues to discuss how we can be more intentional about inclusion and integration into Berkeley Heights. 

I take very seriously how our values and morals - our love and respect for our neighbors and visitors alike - are represented. And I strongly condemn any actions that involve racist or bias behavior of any kind.”

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