Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mourning in America

Today a holiday of some reputed national import encourages reflection and honorarium for a young nation. By any collective measurement, America outgrew its awkward adolescence stage in the 1960s when the collision of the Greatest Generation came smack up against the Selfish Generation.

Here's a video taken by the American Legion of a self-acclaimed anti-police group who who are really the usual group of commie anarchists who've adopted yet another reason to be hating on America.

People don't get mad at them as they used to which is unfortunate because after hating themselves, these are the same people who refuse to love America and its great freedoms unique to the world its advanced as a young nation. They are driven to its utter destruction any way possible.

The sad truth is as Americans become ultimately less educated and understanding on what America's freedoms, Constitution and sacrifices stand for, they are being dumbed down and replaced with a foreign ideology hostile to America's very existence.

Which brings us to this video where a group of Americans of all colors and creeds banded together individually inately knowing the people burning the flag need to be met with an equal or stronger First Amendment voice.

Too bad the country didn't wake up sooner.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

5th ward Councilman Peter Cunningham on big county tax increases, new stops and Southwest Redevelopment Plan

From the desk of Hoboken 5th ward City Councilman Peter Cunningham:

This second edition of Councilman Peter Cunningham’s e-newsletter focuses on county taxes, provides information about changes at nearby intersections and urges residents to weigh in on Southwest Redevelopment. Future editions will continue to focus on issues of importance to the 5th Ward and Hoboken as a whole.

Cunningham Blasts Big County Tax Increase
Peter Cunningham blasted Hudson County government for socking Hoboken with another big county tax increase. The county tax levy as a whole is increasing by an unacceptably high 4.49%, but the increase for Hoboken is nearly 12% due to the county formula that is based on property values. More than 1-out-of-5 tax dollars to pay for county government now come from Hoboken taxpayers, despite the fact that less than 1-out-of-ten county residents live in the City. That is simply unfair.

Councilman Cunningham said, "We tightened our belts in Hoboken and held the line on taxes. It is long past time for Hudson County government to do the same. In a more than $500 million county budget there is plenty of room to find cost-efficiencies and to root out waste." Cunningham was one of the leaders in passing a recent measure to keep the city tax levy completely flat.

Nearby Intersections Now All Way Stops
As part of a citywide effort to make Hoboken a safer place to walk, bike and drive, two nearby intersections now require all way stops: the corners of 9th Street and Willow Avenue as well as 15th Street and Bloomfield Street.

Other improvements underway include widening bike lanes and adding curb bump-outs at intersections. Improvements are being made to the intersection of 14th and Garden, and all intersections on Clinton Street north of 10th Street. To ensure our children are safe walking to school, a traffic assessment is being conducted for our elementary schools, which includes a review of school crossing guard placement, and increased deployment of traffic control officers during rush hours. This systematic approach to pedestrian safety is informed by the success achieved in reducing accidents and injuries by putting in place targeted traffic control and calming measures at the Hoboken Path Station.

The City is also working with New Jersey Transit to implement changes to reduce the long lines at bus stops heading out of the north end of Hoboken on Clinton Street through skip stops and other proven techniques. Peter Cunningham said, "Ensuring Hoboken is a safe and inviting place to walk and bike is essential to our quality of life. This requires constantly making improvements. That is exactly what I am working hard on to make sure we continue to do."

Cunningham Urges Residents to Provide Feedback on Southwest Redevelopment Plan
Peter Cunningham is urging interested 5th Ward residents to complete an online survey about the Southwest Redevelopment Plan at "While this redevelopment effort is not taking place in our neighborhood," said Cunningham, "how it proceeds will have a substantial impact on the whole city. I urge 5th Ward residents to take this opportunity, for our voices to be heard."

Cunningham noted the feedback provided by residents made a big difference in improving the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan taking place in the City's northwest, ensuring the decisions made about that area factored in the interests and needs of all Hoboken.

The Southwest Redevelopment Plan Area consists of nearly 18 acres, bounded, roughly, by Paterson Avenue and Observer Highway on the north and the Jersey City boundary on the west and south. According to the City, "The redevelopment plan will address the various land uses, appropriate density and height of buildings and opportunities to encourage neighborhood goods and services. Finally, the plan will also strive to increase public parks and open spaces."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chris Christie: "I'm in!"

NJ Governor Chris Christie made it official he'll be joining the more than dozen other Republican candidates seeking its nomination for President.

Gov. Chris Christie on his first visit to Hoboken as NJ Governor
announcing a 2.5% tax cap plan. He's announced he's running for President.

He joins a core of current US state governors and senators, 14 in all vying for the top prize.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, the controversial former US Secretary of State who received tens of millions of dollars to her family "foundation" from foreign sources/governments as she held office is considered the heavy frontrunner.

So far, Clinton is scantily opposed by the socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Another added competitor  is the former governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, a beloved liberal icon after hiking almost $10 billion in state taxes and who made the state nationally infamous for a "rain tax."

Beth Mason sends out petitioners "for mayor"


Many in Hoboken took off for annual vacations around the July 4th holiday but some uptown in the Mile Square faced a scary Halloween proposition. 

Residents walking around on the street last weekend report being asked to sign a Beth Mason petiton "for mayor."

Are the petitions real? Are these petitions for second ward council or has Mason descended completely into madness and begun an absurd plan to obtain the top seat at City Hall?

Were the hired petitioners (intentionally) misinformed or is Beth Mason making noise with a second Hoboken Democratic Party meeting expected next month to select Vice Chair(s) and possibly an honorary chair?

Petitions for City Council are available to gather signatures for City Council ward races this fall. The deadline for filing petitions is August 31, a long way off in the distance.

Has Beth Mason gone completely out of her mind sending petitioners out to collect signatures for mayor?
Some eyewitnesses report being asked uptown to sign petitions for "Beth Mason for mayor."

Talking Ed Note: If these petitions are real documents from the City Clerk's office being collected for second ward council; there could be another problem to add to Beth Mason's lengthy list:  P-E-R-J-U-R-Y.

More to come.

Related: 600 people showed up at a Jersey City fundraiser garnering over $140,000 for Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

The political NJ dignitaries drew from Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Bergen and of course Hudson County but there was no Beth Mason from nearby Hoboken.

She wasn't missed.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ruben Ramos prepares to join the party in the Hoboken fourth ward council race

And they're off!

Former Assemblyman and Hoboken City Councilman Ruben Ramos is about to join the party for the fourth ward council seat.

The long anticipated entry reported by PolitkerNJ late Friday would make the fourth ward council seat a full on battleground reminiscent of its legendary 2007 race.

In 2007, three fourth ward elections were required in a legendary battle between then upstart and unknown Dawn Zimmer and hometown favorite Chris Campos.

Ramos' anticipated entry into the fourth ward council race puts him on a collision course with challenger Dana Wefer and current occupant Timmy Occhipinti.

Ramos served previously as at-large City Councilman elected under the banner of former mayor David Roberts back in June 2005.

He went on to become NJ Assemblyman under the tutelage of Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack for one two year term and was the top challenger to Mayor Zimmer's re-election in his bid for mayor in 2013.

Let the games begin!

Ruben Ramos (r ) at his 2013 mayoral kickoff party in April 2013. He's close to making official what
every Hoboken politco's expected and join Dana Wefer and Timmy Occhipinti in a battle for the fourth ward
council seat up for election this November.  He may have company on a coalition ticket with the extremely
controversial outgoing Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, aka "The Wire" and "Ethic Cleanser" who is expected to take on Councilwoman Jen Giattino in the sixth ward.

Talking Ed Note: Ruben Ramos most recently the loyal opposition leader running for mayor in 2013 will look for a repeat of his support in the fourth ward come November.

With a hometown advantage, there's only one person who can possibly take him on in the fourth ward and overcome the odds. It won't be Tim Occhipinti who saw the support of the Hoboken Syndicate vanish to Ramos months before he made his soft launch for re-election at Northern Soul.

Only one Hobokenite could possibly beat the odds: Dana Wefer.

In the face of a similar uphill climb to see the Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners regain its oversight powers, she first illuminated millions of dollars in illicit spending at the agency. The unauthorized spending by then Executive Director Carmelo Garcia was further compounded when several of the vendors paid turned out to give monies to his election committee.

That followed with the termination of Carmelo Garcia's contract last August before a mob of (paid?) protestors where this editor staved off assault but not robbery of gear partly seen in this now infamous video called The Fracas. (The stolen items were never returned.)

As Dana Wefer is continuing efforts to clean up that agency; several subpoenas were issued by the Feds in the HHA over recent months but the investigation's destination is yet unclear.

Wefer will see the full backing of the Reform Movement in Hoboken and Mayor Zimmer. Her kickoff saw two prominent reform minded council members in attendance: former City Council President and Councilwoman Jen Giattino and Councilman Jim Doyle.

Dana Wefer who announced her
candidacy for fourth ward Hoboken
City Council appears to have spurred
on Ruben Ramos who is expected to join
the fray soon.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Source: Beth Mason "ain't getting honorary anything"


Former Beth Mason allies turn their backs on her family checkbook as she makes public threats

Mere weeks ago, Beth Mason the controversial and unpopular occupant of the Second Ward council seat released a public threat to her Old Guard allies via her typical route via the Hudson Reporter.

By way of its political column, she threatened to run her own slate of Democratic Committee candidates who would win a majority and give her what she desperately sought: Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Committee.

Besides the threat coming after the candidate filing deadline, the Mason threat made public revealed that behind the scenes, her Old Guard allies were turning their backs on her demands and the family checkbook even as a decisive November council election looms not far in the distance.

Last week, Beth Mason made known to the public her newest threat. After the fiasco of the Hoboken Democratic Committee meeting, Mason left in a huff but she hasn't given up her quest to be handed a local party title.

Now Beth Mason is desperate to get a purely ceremonial title: honorary chair.

Hoboken's Old Guard factions differ on who should run and lead heading into November council elections but there's apparent agreement on disposing of the Beth Mason problem. They've tired of her endless tantrums for a title in the local Hoboken Democratic Party. They are in agreement she gets nothing and her threat to run herself and a council slate in the fall is equally a non-starter. One outside observer concludes, Beth Mason is "learning" what money can't buy. Even what Beth Mason  thought she bought and paid for already?

With the top prize of Democratic Chair already voted to the compromise candidate in Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano, Mason reportedly attended the meeting expecting to be given the title, "Honorary Chair."

Initial reports elsewhere claimed she was handed the position, at least one suggesting she shared the title of co-chair with the equally toxic and controversial Carmelo Garcia, Hoboken's outgoing Assemblyman.

MSV however refused in its extensive series on the local party activities to concede any such action had been voted upon or taken. Romano eventually confirmed the issue was open to evaluation either by an upcoming vote or assignment in a future meeting after legal review (unscheduled at the moment).

All of this out in the open push and pulling with her very public humiliation has Beth Mason seething.

Several people who had once been allies independently spoke to MSV on the condition their names not be made public. To a person they all showed disdain for Beth Mason's latest threat to obtain the title of "Honorary co-chair" and run her own council ticket this fall.

In the near term, the Hoboken Democratic Committee will hold another get together to vote at least for one if not more positions of Vice Chair. Most importantly, it'll act to satisfy the condition of its bylaws requiring one man and one woman to sit atop the two top positions.

One reliable source grew agitated when asked about what Beth Mason might expect to get at an upcoming meeting. "Listen, Beth Mason ain't getting honorary anything!" Their tone was definitive, exasperated and without question final.

While last weekend's "Between the Lines" column declared this the most contentious issue in a continuing factional political battle, the finality of the statement appeared apparent.

Another independent source intimate to the wrangling over months by Mason to be handed a party title saw last weekend's HR column as nothing but Beth Mason and her people "feeding things" in a desperate attempt to make herself look "more relevant" echoing the words of an early shot taken by the former Hoboken Chairman when MSV first reported the battle royale for Hoboken Democratic Party itself last April.

That source also expressed disdain for any council election effort Beth Mason would mount: either for herself or a council slate in November. Concluding on the entirety, this long time political player in Hoboken was non-pulsed about the matter.

"No shot," said a third source who viewed any Beth Mason ticket mounted in the fall as a complete non-starter. The view being if there's one way to energize Reform and the Hoboken public against you, it's having a campaign and candidacy with Beth Mason's name attached.

As far as the Old Guard is concerned, Beth Mason is kaput and her earlier bluff already called.

One observer removed from both the Old Guard and Hoboken Reform noted Beth Mason's series of tantrums saying she remains on the path to learning there are things money can't buy.

Clearly, that includes things (and people) Beth Mason thought she'd already bought.

One can only wonder if Beth Mason and the family checkbook are currently vetting another of her infamous lawsuits. But if she sues the Old Guard for a refund, she's only likely to get a big yawn.

Hoboken's Old Guard has moved on.

Talking Ed Note: On Beth Mason's Facebook page, she takes credit for a newly installed 'STOP' sign uptown at 15th and Bloomfield St.

Communications at the Hudson Tea Building, the location of the new stop sign however paint a different picture to the alternate universe Beth Mason would have the Hoboken public believe.

According to an email circulating in the Hudson Tea, it was their resident voices working with Mayor Zimmer and the administration which drove the outcome leading to the new STOP sign.

Among those credited in the Hoboken Tea Building residents email other than Mayor Dawn Zimmer who is described as making pedestrian safety "one of her priorities," the building's email credited at-large councilman Ravi Bhalla, Fifth Ward Councilman Peter CunninghamJohn Morgan, Director of Transportation and Parking, Gary Holtzman, Chair of the Hoboken Planning Board, Stephen Marks, Hoboken Municipal Manager and Andy Hipolit, an engineering consultant to the Hoboken Planning Board.

Nowhere is Beth Mason mentioned as doing anything to aid in obtaining the stop sign. Mason certainly may have made comment in a recent council meeting but doing any actual work - based on the residents email - the answer is zero.

One can imagine the Hudson Tea residents remembering all this and more come November.

Related: The Beth Mason tantrums.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rebuild by Design kickoff at Stevens

Stevens Institute hosted the first meeting of the $230 million Rebuild by Design project planning on protecting Hoboken, Weehawken and surrounding areas of Jersey City from major flooding events last night.

The following video report comes courtesy of Jeannette Josue of the Hudson County View:

The complete original report is available at the Hudson County View:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mayor appoints Battalion Chief Anton Peskens as Provisional Fire Chief

Office of the Mayor announces:


Mayor Dawn Zimmer has appointed Hoboken Fire Department Battalion Chief Anton Peskens as Provisional Fire Chief effective June 19, 2015. He is currently the Hoboken Fire Department's most senior Battalion Chief, having joined the Fire Department in 1986 and serving as Battalion Chief since 2011. Mayor Zimmer recently interviewed all Battalion Chiefs prior to selecting a Provisional Chief.

"We are fortunate to have great talent and many qualified leaders in our Fire Department," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "I thank Chief Peskens for agreeing to take on this major responsibility for the next several months as we begin the process of identifying a permanent Chief to lead the department in the years ahead."

A swearing in ceremony will take place ­­­­­­­­­­on Tuesday, June 23rd at 3:00pm in City Council Chambers. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Blohm retired on June 1, 2015. The department has been operating with an officer in charge for several weeks. Once Civil Service administers the Fire Chief’s exam and publishes the results, the Administration will interview candidates for the position of permanent Fire Chief.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mayor Zimmer to Stick Romano: 'What you're doing to Hoboken Dems is a disgrace'

November elections arrive in Hoboken summer as political rhetoric heats up

The leaves and sunset hour indicates we're in the kickoff to summer but the bickering and lancing of political opponents says Hoboken is moving to fall election mode.

As flaring tempers, raging egos, booming ambition, and shady power plays erupt among the Old Guard, Hoboken's Reform supporters watch from the sidelines as the local Democratic Party mimics a pinata whacked about with the goodies falling.

At least that's the view from the Hoboken public who have become increasingly disenchanted with the state of the new Hoboken Democratic Party witnessing its bylaws trampled so severely, Mayor Dawn Zimmer has exercised her voice as both a local committeewoman and mayor calling out the new Chairman, Anthony "Stick" Romano to account.

The recent videos of the Hoboken Democratic Committee meeting perfectly reflect the chasm between Hoboken's Old Guard and the Reform Movement. It's a reminder of past vs. present and a possible precursor to a 2017 mayoral showdown between Mayor Zimmer and Freeholder Romano for the second floor office at City Hall.

In a late Friday email, Mayor Zimmer blasted Romano on multiple fronts as exclusive video of the event has brought into question Hoboken's Old Guard once again, the self-styled "leaders" vying for control over Old Hoboken and feel entitled to the spoils of any budget they wrest control.

The mayor slammed Freeholder Romano who assumed control as the self-styled "compromise candidate" quelling concerns about Beth Mason being handed the position of chair both in Hoboken and Hudson County where her carpetbagger status has made her persona non grata.

Romano hosed that fire but saw himself in the middle of another storm as the Ruben Ramos-Michael Russo faction attempted to stomp the Frank "Pupie" Raia opponents out of existence for the latter's 2013 mayoral run ruining any chance at Ramos' efforts to unseat Mayor Zimmer.

The mayor however is focused on the damage being done presently to the local Democratic Committee and she's seen enough. After a rather tepid critique from Romano offering 'politics as usual,' the mayor laid down the gauntlet writing in withering fire:

“This is not about politics, The diversity requirements included in the Hoboken Democratic Party by-laws reflect the core principles of the Democratic Party, something Chairman Romano clearly does not understand,” she said.

“It is a disgrace that Mr. Romano, who is not only Democratic Party Chairman, but an elected Democratic Freeholder, does not understand either the importance of having women in party leadership roles, or the importance of telling the truth.” 

All of this is a precursor to the fall showdown where legislative control in Hoboken and six ward seats on the City Council is on the line in November elections.

What it means now and then is the fodder for further Horsey analysis and prognostication.

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Anthony "Stick" Romano is being blasted by Mayor Zimmer for the woeful state of the
Hoboken Democratic Committee recently taken over by the Old Guard with him atop.
The bylaws flouted at every turn led to Mayor Zimmer, a committeewoman blasting
Romano for the indiscretions under his watch just two weeks old.

Talking Ed Note: While the antis, the voices virulently against Mayor Zimmer and Reform are fighting to elevate themselves some rabid voices are laying countering fire over on Hudson County View.

See if you might have a minute to comment and square the record there.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tropical Depression Bill puts Hoboken on Flood Watch

City of Hoboken announces:


The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our region from June 20, 8pm until June 21, 8pm. Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Depression Bill is expected to impact the area tonight through Sunday evening. The heaviest rain is expected during the overnight hours tonight into Sunday morning, with rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches and up to 3 inches possible in some areas. 

Residents are advised to monitor weather forecasts and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets.

Residents who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5 every day of the year in Garages B, D, and Midtown.

Barricades have been pre-positioned in case flooded streets need to be closed. For their own safety and to protect property, drivers must obey barricades and not drive through flooded roads. The wake generated by vehicles can cause additional flood damage to homes and businesses. Pedestrians should also not walk through flooded roads as manhole covers can become dislodged and flood waters contain a mixture of rainwater and sewage.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website:

Friday, June 19, 2015

HCV: Mayor Zimmer derides illegal Hoboken Democratic Committee actions

Chairman Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano confirms Michael Russo "vacated" Vice Chair position 

HCV confirms MSV's earlier story - Romano: Neither Beth Mason nor Carmelo Garcia honorary chairs

Emails from Mayor Zimmer slams Romano for improper meeting actions

In a late-breaking exclusive feature, the Hudson County View confirms in an interview with Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano the position of Vice Chair held by Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo is vacated.

MSV earlier this week wrote in an exclusive "Grist for the Mill" column Michael Russo would be stepping down from the Hoboken Democratic Committee position of Vice Chair.

Video of the Hoboken Democratic Committee meeting published by Hudson County View also shows committeewoman Ines Garcia Keim objecting to the nomination of Councilman Michael Russo. On the video she can be heard during the nomination of Vice Chair saying,

"the Vice Chair needs to be a female if the chair is a male."
Committeewoman Ines Garcia Keim

After those words are stated aloud, Michael Russo goes directly over to Garcia Keim who promptly falls silent.

Later in the video a question of the necessity of the Vice Chair being an elected committee member is raised. After time is taken for review, it's Carmelo Garcia telling Romano the bylaws are "amended" allowing Russo to assume the position although not an elected committeeman.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer in an email exchange with Romano (and an elected committeewoman in the 4-5 committee district) objects to the secrecy of the actions taken by the executive committee. She calls for a public meeting of the Democratic Committee members to rectify the issues.

Carmelo Garcia, the controversial former Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority refused to confirm Chairman Romano's stipulation there was no honorary chair action taken. He claims he was named and holds the position.

This story is breaking. For the complete details and late-breaking story, please see the Hudson County View:

Additional video of last week's Hoboken Democratic Committee meeting comes courtesy of John Heinis and the Hudson County View:

Talking Ed Note: Thanks to the Hudson County View for this breaking story and additional follow-up confirming MSV's Grist for the Mill piece.

For more on the HCV story and exclusive emails between Mayor Zimmer and Freeholder Romano see: 

ISIS alleged conspirator arrested from Hudson County for conspiracy

Office of the US Attorney for NJ announces:

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, New Jersey, man was charged today with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, and Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel of the FBI’s Newark Division announced.
Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was arrested at his home on June 17, 2015, and is charged by complaint with one count of conspiring with others in New Jersey and New York to provide services and personnel to ISIL. He made his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court and was remanded without bail.

Samuel Rahamin Topaz's Facebook page contained these photos
with a reference to being an assassin. 

See also: the Hudson County View: