Sunday, June 17, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday at Choco Pain

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors:
Tuesday, June 19th from 730am-9am at Choco Pain at 15th and Washington.
Please join me as I host Mayor Bhalla, Hoboken Police Chief Ferrante, Captain Campbell, Lieutenant Miskulin, Sergeant Butler and Officer Montalvo on Tuesday morning for a great conversation and a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry from new to the 2nd Ward Choc O Pain Bakery.  
Come to discuss any and all public safety concerns you may have and / or thank our Hoboken Police for all that they do to ensure our safety.  Based upon feedback from last year's event at La Isla, we made it earlier this time at 730am (it started at 830 last time) so that you can stop by on your way to work or before or after taking your children to school.  As a council member, I would say that the number one issue I hear about the most are safety related concerns.  So if any of the following (or others) are areas where you have questions and / or would like to know more, please join us!  
  • safety and traffic enforcement at our intersections and cross walks
  • bicycle and pedestrian safety on our streets and sidewalks
  • package thefts  
  • parking garage thefts 
  • how they see and are handling our local opiod issues
  • the state of those homeless in our community
  • safe installation of car seats (a service HPD do that many do not know about)
At the same time, I also hear people tell me how lucky and how secure they feel in our community.  And this is because of our many public safety teams and in particular our Hoboken Police.  So even if you don't have any immediate concerns, please also join us to say hello, meet our Police Chief, introduce your children, or to just say thank you for keeping us all safe.

And as always, if you have any questions or want to discuss this or anything else, please feel free to call me at 201/208-1674.  Please also forward to anyone you know who might like to learn about this or other important updates!
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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Friday, June 15, 2018

And the HudCo winners

The HudCo civil war is unofficially over but the payback for the insurrection will likely go on for years.  So, here are the winners who can count on benefiting as they hold the reins of the machine.

HudCo - the biggest winner is the machine itself. One party rule is assured for years to come with no significant challenge from anyone daring to show up on Line B. Transparency, good government initiatives and cutting taxes will never make it atop the agenda. Ever.

Amy DeGise - she broke the glass ceiling by winning the post of HudCo Democratic Chair. She's making some changes bringing on new faces as she gets underway but what real change will it mean? That's an open question but there's not going to be any significant change in the system's methodology. What's next for her? Her name is going to show up on something in an election.

Tom DeGise - the 18 years long County Executive is beaming with pride the family's political name will continue on and he's locked in for another term in office next year with no viable opposition. It's a HudCo tradition living on and on. He's making all the right calls and working with all the mayors to continue long-established relationships. Some calls will be returned slower than others. "Ravi, I just got your voicemail from last week.... No, we can't send you more police for SantaCon but you can get Westfield police with their double-overtime rates I hear."

Nick Sacco - the status quo means the song remains the same and Uncle Nick has an original album pressing of the Led Zepplin classic. He's vowed to play it every single day as he decides who's up and who's down. He'll be sorting this out for some time while he's rocking out. No longer on the Brian Stack birthday card list.

Ruben Ramos - the biggest factor in undercutting Ravi Bhalla's count out of the Hoboken Democratic Committee was his efforts reaching out to its members. He won't admit it but that's the word on the street and the double-digit numbers delivered proved significant. Combined with the dozens who defected in Jersey City, the Brian Stack insurrection was doomed from the start. The insiders all know it and now so do the readers here.

Mike DeFusco - reportedly worked supporting his council colleague Ruben Ramos in the HDC vote efforts. Making the effort as he did publicly puts him in the winners column. It also salves a bit of the pain with the phony "terror flyer" used against him in the closing days of the Hoboken mayoral election. Maybe Ravi Bhalla could have been a bit nicer to him after the election about that.  

Michael Russo - the ultimate Hoboken politician, it's Russo who put his chips on the counter and said "I do for you, you do for me" and is slated to win two chits. He's up to get County Freeholder and Executive Director of the North Hudson Community Action Corp. Oh wait.... Uncle Nick will remember Russo at Christmas and he's got the most gnarly bags of coal with his name on it.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Winners and Losers in the HudCo Civil War

With an annual budget more than half-a-billion strong, HudCo is a massive patronage slush fund where the trough keeps many fed.

Let's start with the losers because they are the ones who won't be getting their beaks wet, courtesy of HudCo.

Brian Stack - coexistence and a decade-long detente with his arch-rival Nick Sacco became untenable in his mind. He opted to go for the gold and seize the reins of the HudCo Democratic Chair as a path to winning the HudCo County Executive with his man (Steve Fulop) in 2019.

A massive mathematical error ensued as his main allies, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla did not hold his boss like control over their local Democratic committees. The results were fatal as Fulop saw dozens of key defections and Ravi Bhalla saw approximately 25% of the HDC refuse to toe the line.

Other HudCo municipalities had no problem turning opposition out as everyone agrees Brian Stack only takes care of Union City and Brian Stack. A gauntlet bussed in to create an atmosphere of intimidation had no discernible impact other than strengthening the resolve of Amy DeGise's voters. Like watching a Boss Hague black and white documentary on political bosses fast-forwarded to present Technicolor without the tools to back it up.

Stack has already thrown in the towel on the HudCo civil war and confirmed he isn't going to put up a candidate for HudCo County Executive without controlling the line. Vote Line A, Senator Bob Menendez hopes HudCo delivers numbers as he faces a tough re-election bid this November. That corruption thing.

Steve Fulop - The Jersey City mayor is taking a beating before and since the election and gets the bulk of the blame on a numerical basis for lost committee votes. MSV sources outside Hoboken detailed a number into triple figures of Jersey City Democratic Committee members who held their seats over years and were not closed to DeGise. Fulop had no way to force them to toe the line since there was going to be an actual election with voting machines and a curtain.

Combined with confirmed double-digit defectors in Hoboken, they guaranteed Stack's defeat. Fulop's name is mud in HudCo and his stock has fallen rapidly since he bowed out of the NJ governor's race last summer. He's gone from being HudCo's savior to reach the promised land of the Trenton trough to disfavored stepchild.

The words recall and vendetta come up most around his name along with inert. HudCo may allow him to bleed out and then see him go away. Either way, he's a nowhere man.

Ravi Bhalla - Mr. 32% redeemed himself with Brian Stack by diving into a losing cause and trying to produce his allotment of 60 votes for the boss' ascension. He got in the ballpark so Stack is happy but his HudCo boss won't be able to deliver on all aspects of the deal. No US Congress seat for Ravi after Albio Sires retires in two years but Brian will send his crew down in 2019 to help in the council ward races. Aspiring to be a party boss has its privileges.

The downside and it turned out to be a big one; among the magical 80 theoretical Hoboken Democratic Committee votes, double digits did not go along with the "Vote Stack for Ravi/Hoboken Plan." The question, "What has Stack done for Hoboken?" was answered with "A vote for Stack is good for Ravi" and that wasn't cutting it. For some, that was an incentive to get down to Kearny and vote Amy DeGise.

MSV confirms the Hoboken defectors numbered well over a dozen in the range of 20 or more of HDC voters who quietly showed up and went behind the curtain and rejected Boss Stack. Ravibots are trying to spin the failure as a victory. Well, let's give them one.
Ravi Bhalla adapted to HudCo like a fish tossed into water.  HudCo deals were cut so fast and furious in his first few months as mayor, no one among his former Reform allies recognizes him.

In his first few months as mayor, Ravi Bhalla concocted a second job with a NJ Republican land use law firm, cut deals with Michael Russo and then with the HudCo boss of bosses, Brian Stack.

Does Ravi even remember how to spell Reform?

John Allen - one of the two taxpayer paid political aides in the Hoboken mayor's office, he reportedly took the entire week off from working inside City Hall to try to help his boss see political dreams come true. It didn't work out but not because of any lack of effort. Ravi, at least give him a steak knife.

Sybil's Cave - what happens when you combine fanaticism with a cult of personality backing on a scale rivaling Brian Stack's Union City voters who get turkeys at Thanksgiving? It's Syb's dark and dank cave, operating beneath sewer level dishing out the insanity, feeding misinformation and lies swallowed lustily to a small group of rabble, political operatives and Bhalla insiders. The temper tantrum crybaby whining is so bad, the head cave-dweller is blaming the good government Councilwomen Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher for HudCo tax increases. One commenter even voiced a desire to drown Amy DeGise and was met with nothing approaching human decency in response.

Jim Doyle - sat back and watched Hoboken's upper level of government being turned into a HudCo party boss fiefdom without a murmur. Shades of the silence when he watched his former friend Councilwoman Jen Giattino trashed in a vicious Bhalla campaign assault last year. Et tu Jim?

Emily Jabbour - was being fast-tracked to replace Ravi Bhalla's early exit as mayor but that grooming will have to wait as the national candidate mayor will be among us for a while. Mommies against the Second Amendment in Hoboken can cool their jets. In the interim, read some George Orwell.

More to come.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

And now the winners & losers

In the HudCo civil war, it was all about the politicians, their ambitions, hunger for power and patronage jobs. That's HudCo.

New glass ceiling breaker Amy DeGise, however, said last night to one committee member she wants "Hoboken to have a seat at the table."

Ironically, this was part of Mayor Ravi Bhalla's pitch to the Hoboken Democratic Committee. It aided his efforts to get HDC votes but not everyone on the "bus" to Kearny yesterday voted for Brian Stack.

Amy DeGise cracked Hoboken for approximately a couple of dozen votes, thus ensuring a 40 vote swing. Coupled with a few dozen in Jersey City (60 vote swing) and that imploded Brian Stack's insurrection to an ash heap of an abysmal failure.

Last night Amy DeGise finally spoke to Ravi Bhalla. He followed his political tactic in Hoboken of refusing to speak to those who don't support his political ambitions not returning her phone call.  Councilmembers have noted this same problem in earlier meetings this year.

However, Amy DeGise is expected to be a lot more professional. No doubt she'll ask Ravi what he prefers, Line B or Line C when he tries to exit Hoboken for another political office.

Meanwhile, Ravi Bhalla is getting scorched on Twitter for leaving the scene immediately after the vote yesterday without even staying a few minutes to hear Amy DeGise's remarks.

Dejected Ravibots departed Kearny and his family was reportedly in tears. All the self-serving deals cut for aspiring political ambitions were sliced and diced to ribbons. The wailing crybaby tears in the Cave are pointing the finger at HudCo's annual tax increases and trying to blame that yearly ritual on councilwomen Tiffanie Fisher and Jen Giattino. As if.

Batshit crazy. Anyone who thinks Brian Stack is a tax cutter and would EVER reduce Hoboken's tax burden hasn't been paying attention. The millions flow INTO Union City every year up the hill not down to the Mile Square City.

MSV will return with the Winners & Losers list. There's going to be lots.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

HudCo Chair-elect Amy DeGise: "Thank you so much for breaking the glass ceiling in Hudson County"

Video courtesy of InsiderNJ:

From the story:

“Jersey City did not deliver,” he groused. “Do the math. If Stack had 73 and he got 30 out of Hoboken, give him another 25 anti around the county. That’s 128, which means he got 232 out of JC. That means 61 people from Jersey City screwed them.”

Breaking News: It's Amy!



Amy DeGise is the new HudCo Democratic Chair seen in this
earlier photo with NJ Governor Phil Murphy

Upstart Amy DeGise, a late entrant to take on Hudco powerhouse Brian Stack for HudCo Democratic Committee Chair won a smashing victory in Kearny High School tonight.

The margin of victory: 452 vs. 360 votes as she tallied over 400 Democratic committee members. There are 24 provisionals believed to be added to Brian Stack's final numbers but it will not alter the outcome.

Brian Stack is "Chasing Amy" no more.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla was there and saw the defeat firsthand as the Stack insurrection was defeated.

Kearny HudCo Rumble: 'It's pure insanity'


The assemblage of party insiders are arriving in Kearny for the Hudson County Democratic Chair vote and the scene is best described in G rated terms as a political circus.

An observer described it saying "it's pure insanity."

Union City Mayor Brian Stack has brought down dozens of his supporters with astroturf signs reading, "Brian Stack for Chairman" in English and Spanish.

Does he think this is a rally in Union City?

One observer asked if they had ever seen anything like this, Hudson County or not quipped, "No, Stack is just an asshole."

A tense Brian Stack surveys the scene in Kearny outside where the HCDO Dem chair vote is being held.

Attendees must walk through what is described by one on-looker as a "shit show."

County Executive Tom DeGise (right) greets committee members as the gauntlet chanters chant: "Brian!'

A video truck on the scene for Amy DeGise has a message

Brian Stack has some pointed words with a finger for emphasis to Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner:

County police are on the scene.

Inside before the vote, described as being "105 degrees in the room."

Chasing Amy finale & the Ravi-Russo plan to see Michael Russo freeholder

The finale to this sequel of "Chasing Amy" sees the upstart but intrepid Amy DeGise giving political powerhouse Brian Stack fits as the election tonight ticks off the final hours.

Amy DeGise is bucking the HudCo boys club, something former Mayor Dawn Zimmer never was able to dent but a historic opportunity lies on the horizon.

More whispers in recent days say the Ravi-Russo alliance is growing into more neotransactional deal-making as part of the Stack insurrection. Councilman Michael Russo who fought all manner of reforms in the last decade is rumored to be ticketed to be Hoboken Freeholder replacing Anthony "Stick" Romano.

MSV planned to reveal more details of this Ravi-Russo deal with Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack but a commenter entered the fray first pointing to how an anti-Stack Hoboken Democratic committee member flipped her vote for him as part of a larger Ravi-Russo Freeholder deal.

The comment:

Hoboken's neotransactionalist mayor, Ravi Bhalla with Councilman Michael Russo (c). The latest in the Ravi-Russo alliance details how a plan is hatched to see Russo made Freeholder as part of the Stack insurrection.
A vote was flipped to Brian Stack for the HudCo election tonight as part of the deal.