Former Galloway Township Mayor Don Purdy responded forcefully today to Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small’s assertion that potential Galloway opposition to a proposed Atlantic City alternative school is racially motivated.

Purdy appeared this morning during the 8:00 a.m. hour on “Hurley in the Morning” program on WPG Talk Radio 95.5, the podcast is available on demand by using your WPG Talk Radio smartphone app.

Small held a press conference earlier in the week to address the issue. Small specifically called out Purdy by name during his public comments.

Purdy responded in kind this morning, criticizing Small about his allegations of racism in Galloway Township regarding the proposed Atlantic City alternative school.

Purdy also hit Small hard regarding his currently imprisoned relative, who is charged with various crimes allegedly committed against minors.

Purdy directly addressed on-air this morning that racism has played no role whatsoever. Purdy advised that their concerns center around the fact that there has not been any communication with Galloway Township officials about Atlantic City’s proposed plans.

Purdy was not able to address certain land use issues because he is a current member of the Galloway Township Planning Board; in the event that this issue potentially comes before the board is n the future.

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Tensions are now so heightened that this proposal appears to be dead before it even starts.

Galloway Township Councilman-elect Tom Bassford also appeared on-air this morning. He took great exception to Small’s allegations of racism.

I also spoke with one member of the Atlantic City Board of Education (off-air) today, who advised that Small is ready to pull the plug on the concept of an Atlantic City alternative school in Galloway Township.

This may be the only point of agreement, because Galloway doesn’t appear to want the Atlantic City alternative school to be placed in their community.

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that Atlantic City does need a new alternative school, as there have been students out of school for an extended time frame.

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