$17,000 in Fines for Mt Sinai Construction Group’s Safety Violations

An OSHA report just obtained by a Laurel Ave construction site resident details the numerous safety violations the construction company has been issued and already paid. This has been an ongoing issue reported numerous times to West Orange township officials, to no avail. Shame!

Laurel Ave Contractor retaliates against concerned resident

Summons for Trespassing

Summons for Harassment

Hits the Blotter

West Orange senior citizen and OGWO member, Robert Daniel, PhD was issued two summons' by the WOPD this summer. His crime? Dr. Daniel was concerned about safety issues at the Laurel Ave construction site, and brought those issues to the attention of the West Orange Planning Board, Zoning Board, and OSHA.

Mr. John Bertoldi, of the R.J. Michaels and Company, Inc. construction company called the police when he saw photographs on the Our Green West Orange website depicting the Laurel Ave construction site, as well as received calls and messages from both Mr. Daniels and (presumably) the Township of West Orange.

Although the photos (as seen below) can not be confirmed as those taken by Dr. Daniel, the judge ruled Dr. Daniel have no contact with the construction company for a set period of days. Dr. Daniels spent $1,500 on attorney fees and missed one day of work, while the Township and R.J. Michaels company continue to operate as if there are no safety concerns. (OSHA issued citations, which OGWO is in the process of understanding more about.)

OGWO legal fund

Laurel Ave House of Worship Construction Site

Accident Waiting to happen: Un-Protected Construction Site in WO Neighborhood

Along Laurel Ave, as one begins traveling south from Eagle Rock Ave, there has been an ongoing, dangerous, and illegal construction project happening in West Orange. Just who purchased the property, owns the property, and applied for construction permits? Who approved the permits, and when? Who is monitoring the site as it remains open for children to frequent and explore rock crushers, front loaders, and bulldozers. Playing amongst rebar, foundation pits, and enormous irrigation tubing as the township of West Orange remains quiet and unconcerned...until possible tragedy strikes.

Open Pits. No construction fencing.

Open Site. Boulders to climb on.

Continued Safety Issues

The Only Security System Present

Pedestrian safety: issue #1 for many West Orange residents

NJ Sustainability Study Presents Issues & How to Improve Township Safety

Stay Tuned! Documents coming soon!

West Orange Zoning Board v. child in wheelchair

On June 21, 2018 the West Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment voted to approve a residential variance so 15-year Ethan can have a wheelchair ramp built at his home. It took three (3) evening meetings, attorneys, architects, engineers, planners, CBS news, and MANY of Ethan's friends, family members, neighbors, and disability advocates to help the Zoning Board approve his ramp. 

CBS News Airs Story exposing Zoning Board's Ethical, Unlawful, & Discriminatory Practices

CBS News Story

Videos From Ethan's Hearing Demonstrate Legal and Moral Disconnect by WO Zoning Board

Sunshine Law, American with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing, NJ Common Law...the list goes on.

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