August 24, 2009


Wildes Press Office 201.871.6666

Englewood, NJ -- Please note that I have spoken with our Police Chief who has confirmed the likelihood that Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi will in fact be
staying at the Libyan Mission property within our city limits. Construction for his arrival is well funded and underway. I have been assured by our Zoning Officer and Code Enforcement Official that the Mission is in full compliance with all paperwork and is being judiciously monitored. Local Police and Federal Law Enforcement Agents (State Dept/U.S. Secret Service) have commenced their preliminary work
to protect his entourage and our community. The date(s) still remain in
question. It is assumed he would remain from a few days to 2 weeks (at a
considerably expensive cost to each of us: overtime itself for police
personnel could be in excess of $20k per day!)

To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. Our federal elected officials have, to date, not succeeded in preventing the issuance of a visa nor has the State Department confirmed his schedule. We need to therefore prepare for the inevitability that he may indeed visit us and see that we are prepared for the challenges this will present. A community wide demonstration voicing our opposition to his visit (and his recent "hero's welcome" to a convicted terrorist) is being planned for Sunday (details as they stand: 11 am Sunday at Rabbi Boteach home: 394 East Palisade Ave.: next door to mission).

All security concerns will be coordinated by our Police authorities. I have full confidence in their ability to protect us from outside visitors as well ensure the safety of both our "guest" and all City residents. It is my prayer that we stand strong and unite as a community in solidarity with the memory of the 38 souls who once lived in our State and who perished on Pan Am Flight 103.

Mayor, City of Englewood



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