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Judge Tosses Rule Closing Roads To Non-Residents In Leonia

August 30, 2018 - 7:29 pm

LEONIA, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A controversial road closure rule in Leonia, New Jersey has been invalidated by a judge.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, the policy may have seemed logical.  Officials in Leonia argued that non-resident drivers looking to get around George Washington Bridge traffic should not be able to use local roads during rush hours.

Those roads are near State Route 93, and Leonia wanted them closed to people who don’t live in the borough.

But a judge said Thursday that the state would need to approve the closure plan.

Jacqueline Rosa is an attorney who lives in Edgewater, New Jersey. She sued Leonia because she said she uses the side streets – not to get to the bridge, but simply to navigate the area.

“It started out as something that I was, ‘OK, this stinks for me, I can’t use my roads,’ but the longer it went on, people started calling me and telling me, ‘Well, I take my grandkids to school and I don’t live there,’ or, ‘I have my doctor in Leonia and I don’t live there,’” Rosa said.

Leonia attorney Brian Chewcaskie said an appeal of the decision is likely.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “We disagree with the judge’s decision.”