Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Courier-Post:Riverside Joins the Rebellion - Approves Illegal Immigrant Ordinance The township committee, overcoming last minute opposition from Mayor Charles Hilton Jr., on Wednesday night approved a revised illegal-immigrant ordinance. Hilton called for the committee to essentially kill the ordinance, which is the target of two lawsuits, so that the immigration issue could be considered by newly-elected committee members in 2007. Hilton said it would be "morally and ethically wrong to ignore the views of the voters." The Republican mayor and his running mate Committeeman James Ott, were easily defeated Nov. 7 by Democrats Lorraine Hatcher and Thomas Polino. The Democrats, who will have a 3-2 edge on the committee, do not take office until January. But on Wednesday, committee members voted 4-1 to give final approval to the measure. Hilton cast the opposing vote. In his remarks, Hilton said the revised ordinance should be tabled "with the intent that it should expire." "I think our ordinance was the right thing to do and the problem still needs to be addressed," he said. But several residents urged the committee to approve the measure.