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Mahwah Council President Says He's Being Targeted By Vandals, Slams Mayor

July 05, 2018 - 1:23 pm

MAHWAH, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A bizarre feud is underway in Mahwah, where the council president is accusing the mayor of being involved in vandalizing his home, slashing tires on his car, and sending in police to raid his house.

WCBS 880’s Steve Burns tried to sort it all out Thursday.

Mahwah Council President Rob Hermansen said whatever games are being played have been taken too far now.

“I'm standing here before you because I believe that my family now has also been attacked.,” he said.

Hermansen told reporters that someone purposefully hooked up a hose to flood his basement last week.

That was preceded by police barging into his home after getting an anonymous tip.

He said his house was “checked for a potential runaway who had lived here in Mahwah at one time.”

Hermansen said he is not harboring any missing kids.

He said the tires of his daughter’s car were slashed last year too. He stopped short of directly blaming Mayor Bill Laforet.

But he did say, “I believe the mayor right now is trying to start this, to try to go in, and for whatever reason – whether it’s to save his political career or whatever, I don't know.”

Laforet denied any involvement to the Bergen Record. He is in the middle of fighting back a recall effort that he believes was orchestrated by Hermansen.

Hermansen said he had nothing to do with it.