Montclair town council called a special emergency meeting at 10 a.m. this morning, with the agenda item being legal matters and council to comment on the fatal shooting at 25 William Street. The council was unable to get four council members at the meeting, but Mayor Jackson spoke briefly and addressed comment from one of a few residents who attended the meeting. Mayor Jackson, along with members of the council, Sean Spiller and Rich McMahon, were present as well as town attorney Ira Karasick and town manager Marc Dashield.
Mayor Jackson confirmed that the emergency meeting was to address legal matters related to the William Street shooting and although only three councilors were in attendance, those assembled, including town manager Marc Dashield and town attorney Ira Karasick would be able to meet as a special committee in executive session after the public portion of the meeting. There was a public comment from William Scott, who organized the Montclair Residential Preservation Group, who asked about the need for more community policing, cops walking the beat, in Montclair, especially in light of what occurred last night on William Street.
Mayor Jackson said that in the last two weeks, more street lighting and other changes were implemented in the Mission Street area as a response to the deadly shooting on Mission Street in February. “This is an action-oriented council and we will be taking action in this case,” Jackson said, of the William Street shooting. He added that other councilors could not make today’s meeting because of the short notice, but he echoed sentiments he said he voiced last night about the sadness and loss of life in regard to the William Street fatal shooting of a Ridgefield, Connecticut man, Brian Schiavetti.