Thursday, January 29, 2015

No. 5, No. 5, No. 5 - Mayor to give fifth State of the City address


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January 28, 2015

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Community: Public Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her fifth State of the City address. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. Seating is open to the public and tickets are not needed to attend.

The main entrance is on 5th Street directly across from the Stevens Park. The wheelchair entrance is located in the rear entrance of the building on River Street with handicapped parking located behind the two buildings (McLean & Babbio) located directly across the street from the ramp. For additional information, visit: http://ugstudentlife.stevens.edu/org/debauncenter/DeBaun_Auditorium_Directions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Peace breaks out all over Hudson County

Well not quite, but the shades of differences among the varied corners of Hudson County are uniting for the re-election of County Executive Tom Deguise.

Deguise is the executive over a budget of more than $500 million dollars and his interface with government above and below is critical to the smooth operation of government on both ends. 

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced her support for what appears to be an unopposed bid for re-election. The mayor's nod to the inevitable comes after almost every single Hudson County mayor endorsed Deguise in an early strategic bid to retain the role. Mayor Steve Fulop is the sole Hudson County mayor who has not come in from the cold.

The video of the announcement comes courtesy of John Heinis of the Hudson County View.





Talking Ed Note: Hudson County is already conquered as far as the re-election bid for County Executive but MSV does not agree with it nor Mayor Zimmer.

Until Hudson County begins to make the professional reforms seen here in Hoboken and based on 21st century governance standards, no backing for existing leadership is warranted. Hoboken is vacuumed annually tens of millions of dollars, the effectiveness being very much in doubt.

Hoboken is being pulverized year after year with Hudson County's tax increases and it now comprises the largest portion of Hoboken taxpayer's local bill. It's unacceptable and the county machine is sleepwalking through any overhaul in cost cutting and streamlining its operations.

While the political reality suggests a good working relationship is in order and understandably so, MSV does not support and will not endorse any re-election of any official who doesn't move the ball on change bringing much overdue reform.

Previously, Freeholder Bill O'Dea was considered a likely opponent in a bid for County Executive. He would have been a novel choice. If only.  Mayor Fulop of Jersey City is the last Hudson County mayor not to endorse the county executive.

The wheels of the machine continue spinning to its own music. Hoboken is not an isle, if only...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard fizzle: City & State lift travel restrictions

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Tuesday January 27, 2015, 7:48 AM

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Advisory: Travel Ban Lifted; No Parking on Snow Emergency Routes

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice. Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended today. All other parking rules remain in effect.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Shut it down: City orders cars off streets at 9:00 pm

City of Hoboken announces:



HOBOKEN TRAVEL BAN IN EFFECT AS OF 9:00 PM

For the safety of all citizens, a vehicular travel ban will be in effect for the City of Hoboken as of 9:00pm on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Vehicular traffic will be restricted only to public safety personnel, medical professionals, mass transit operators, and public works and sanitation personnel. Vehicular travel by all others is restricted until further notice.

Stranded vehicles will hinder emergency response and plowing operations.

The City appreciates the community's cooperation with moving cars from snow emergency routes. Parking in snow emergency routes remains prohibited until further notice.

As a reminder, all non-emergency questions and concerns can be reported to Emergency Operations Center by calling 201-239-6644.

Talking Ed Note: New York City has put a similar restriction in place starting at 11:00 PM.

No cars graphic courtesy of Da Horsey

Shock Report: Hoboken leads in affordable housing stock

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE




CITY SHOCKER: HOBOKEN #1 IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON A PER CAPITA BASIS


In a publicly issued memo from Mayor Zimmer to the City Council last August, the City of Hoboken is stunningly revealed as a county, regional and statewide leader in affordable housing units. 

The report has seen scant attention since publicly issued as some residents and officials complain about the lack of existing and new affordable housing in the Mile Square. Affordable, or subsidized housing has been a point of public discussion over many months and highlighted repeatedly in recent City Council meetings. 

The jaw-dropping report first published in this MSV exclusive (see below) and unreported by any other media shows Hoboken currently has 3,532 existing affordable housing units

Further details based on objective statewide data are equally astonishing. The thousands of affordable units places Hoboken atop the list of 45 urban aid municipalities on a per capita basis. The report states, "Hoboken is a leader in providing affordable housing units and that achievement places Hoboken in the forefront of providers in the State." 

Hoboken ranks seventh overall but when listed against similarly sized NJ municipalities and the Mile Square outpaced every Hudson County municipality except neighboring Jersey City with 11,433 affordable housing units. Hoboken's neighbor however has a far larger land area and population as the second largest city in NJ. 

In yet another phenomenal revelation: on a per capita basis, Hoboken also leads Jersey City.

In the chart illustrated below, Hoboken's 3532 affordable housing units easily surpasses West New York's 2338 affordable units which has almost an identical population. The Mile Square soundly thumps Bayonne's 2100 units although the peninsula city registers approximately 13,000 more residents. 

Hoboken easily topped Hudson neighbor North Bergen Township and its 1773 units although its population of over 60,000 exceeds Hoboken.

The chart below compares 13 NJ municipalities of similar population with designated ranking.


The statewide urban aid leaders in affordable housing units listed in the report are: Newark (22,468), Jersey City (11,433), Trenton (7,777), Camden (6,185), Paterson (5,381) and East Orange (4,252).


Hoboken tops the list on a per capita basis and ranks seventh overall right behind those cities.

The report presented to the City was authored by Shirley M. Bishop who relied on the New Jersey Guide to Affordable Housing listings for all income-restricted low and moderate income housing in New Jersey by municipality and county. She indicated the guide was the reference used to calculate affordable units in 45 municipalities.

The data comparing affordable housing units in Hoboken and across NJ is sure to surprise people on all sides of the affordable housing discussion. Some additional units are coming online with others being removed but the figures overall are far higher than anticipated.

The report does not provide any tax impact analysis. It concludes however, the City is well positioned to meet potential state standards "whenever an obligation is forthcoming," due to its credits of affordable units in excess of 700. 

Hoboken taxpayers are likely to question additional costs in any systematic government led effort to increase subsidized housing units seeing revenue losses impacting the City budget. 

The full unedited report from Mayor Zimmer to the City Council last August and available to the public since last summer is provided below.



Talking Ed Note: While the Hoboken Housing Authority and its buildings officially have income based standards, much of Hoboken's affordable housing stock does not. Lacking comprehensive accountability on the existing thousands of affordable housing units, political wrangling (or worse) featuring class warfare, birther "credentials" and political bomb throwing should be expected.

The Old Guard political class relies heavily on subsidized housing residents as its voter base. Old Hoboken is shifting, looking for value in city services, government accountability and true bang for the buck as many are business and homeowners paying city taxes.

While Hoboken has seen approximately a 10% reduction in taxes since Mayor Zimmer took the executive seat, Hudson County taxes rise annually sometimes in double digits and have overtaken municipal taxes as the highest portion for taxpayers with no relief in sight.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BIANCAMANO'S DYNASTY WITH THIRD MUTZ FEST VICTORY!

For the third year in a row, the winner of Mutz Fest is:

M&P BIANCAMANO
Mr. Biancamano and family with the trophy for best mutz in Hoboken.
Let it snow mutz! Ma, the mutz!

Friday, January 23, 2015

City: Mayor Zimmer's Chief of Staff moves on to private sector

Office of the Mayor announces:



MAYOR ZIMMER’S CHIEF OF STAFF TO PURSUE PRIVATE SECTOR OPPORTUNITY

After more than five years of dedicated service to the City of Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer's Chief of Staff, Daniel Bryan, has decided to pursue a new career opportunity. He is joining Beckerman Public Relations in Hackensack, where he will be a senior member of the public affairs team.

“Dan has been a key member of my team from the beginning and has played an important role in all that we have achieved,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I am confident that he will be as much of an asset in his new position as he has been to the City of Hoboken. Dan has played a critical role both in the day to day business of the City and in helping to manage the many crises our City has faced. He has become a good friend both to me and to his colleagues in City Hall. We wish him the very best in his new career.”

“I want to thank Mayor Zimmer for putting her trust in me to serve as Chief of Staff to her and her administration over the past five and a half years," said Bryan. "I’m proud of all that we’ve achieved, and I know that the Zimmer administration has many great accomplishments still on the horizon. I’d also like to thank the entire Hoboken community for the ability to work together to make our City better.”

Beckerman, headquartered in Hackensack, is one of the largest independent full-service public relations firms in the industry with clients from industry sectors including real estate, environmental, financial, health care, technology, consumer products, public affairs and corporate political reputation.


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Tiffanie Fisher appointed to Zoning Board in 7-2 vote

Tiffanie Fisher returns to Hoboken Zoning Board as Second Alternate through end of 2015

The City Council overwhelmingly voted Tiffanie Fisher back to the Hoboken Zoning Board in a convincing 7-2 vote Wednesday night. A vote for Fisher came up short at the previous council meeting.

The vote total comes amidst the backdrop of much politicking and varied political agendas on the critical board tainted with corruption in recent years.

Fisher via email offered a statement writing, "I was really proud to be part of the Zoning Board last year and mainly because I felt like each decision was made by a group of people who asked all the right questions, exercised discipline in a difficult environment and always acted in the best interest of Hoboken residents."

Tiffanie Fisher returns to serve on the Hoboken
Zoning Board as a second alternate to year's end
with a one year appointment.
In July 2009, the City Council took back the reins of Zoning Board appointments with the full backing of then Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer in the wake of former mayor Peter Cammarano's arrested for trading on his office and zoning variances with a FBI informant for $25,000.

Now a convicted felon, disbarred in NJ from practicing law, Cammarano's corruption ghost hovered over the council proceedings as competing political agendas politely clashed on the process for nominating and voting on Hoboken Zoning appointments.

Councilwoman Terry Castellano one of the two votes cast against the appointment stated she was not convinced by Fisher's answers on affordable housing saying they were "not something I can support." She did not elaborate further.

The only unexplained no vote came from Fisher's own council ward representative, Second ward Councilwoman Beth Mason who has a history of public antagonism against professional women who become active in local Hoboken issues. That antagonism goes back years when Mayor Dawn Zimmer became a councilwoman and Mason urged her election be investigated.*

Fisher has been publicly active in recent months and led the fight with her Hudson Tea Building neighbors against Ironstate (re: Applied Housing) and its proposed Monarch project on the northwest piers. She has voiced no interest however in municipal elected office.

Some complain Hoboken Zoning Board appointments no longer should first and foremost look at integrity in applying the law following Hoboken's Master Plan arguing for a "diversity" standard.

Mike Evers, a former Hoboken Zoning board member who served a full term but was not re-appointed has recently been critical of "white people" with property values in the seven figures like himself being appointed to the board.

Evers has been voicing support for minority candidate appointments to the unpaid Hoboken Zoning Board and opposed Fisher's appointment Wednesday asking no vote be taken.

Evers suggested at the meeting the vote be postponed and then any future vote take place after a potential nomination be publicly written on a resolution 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Some council members explained the proposed idea was not appropriate or legal. Evers himself is a fundraising consultant and is believed by some professionally connected to affordable housing projects outside of Hoboken.

Talking Ed Note: Affordable housing was a topic mentioned often by some council members leading into the zoning board vote. A report by City Hall attempting to quantify the number of affordable housing or subsidized units in Hoboken was undertaken months ago. Some reliable sources believe the report is complete and when available to the public will reveal the Mile Square City has a large amount of subsidized affordable housing units in comparison to some of its surrounding neighbors.

It's unknown if the report will include any tax impact analysis for existing subsidized affordable housing units in Hoboken.

Update/Turf Track: MSV hears Mr. Evers' business focus is on hospital and other similar non-profits. As most know, Mr. Evers is keen to bring people to the public square in favor of more Hoboken affordable housing. The idea of imposing by ordinance 20-30% mandatory affordable units in Hoboken is not tenable to any existing business model with the ensuing results in evidence.
MSV welcomes all discussion on public policy including Mr. Evers should he choose to voice it directly in comments or in a separate guest piece.

In the interim, a little read website letter casts some long winded comment interpreting incorrectly, the policies covered here and identified MSV as an "OPBLOG." If that designation means Old Guard opposition, Da Horsey pleads guilty as charged. Thank you very much air crash mode.  This is a reform based news website with no censorship and eager and willing to take on all takers. Like Tom Brady, bring your own balls.

Related: A report examining affordable housing in Hoboken, surrounding areas, the county and similar sized cities and population reveals the Mile Square City an undisputed leader.


* A well known Beth Mason paid political operative was also cited in 2012 for perjuring himself on the stand in a Union City Municipal Court case for allegedly harassing a woman and former BoE trustee with her kindergarten age daughter on the street outside the Wallace School. While no conviction was issued, the judge made clear this behavior was inappropriate and part of "Hudson County dirty politics."

Beth Mason refused public comment for her employee's behavior and kept him on her payroll although he's testified in court he worked for Beth Mason's "family" at the Mason Civic Association, a listed 501(c)(3) charity.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Paul Somerville honored in mayoral proclamation for outstanding service and dedication to Hoboken

Paul J. Somerville, a Hoboken resident born in St. Mary's hospital, (now HUMC) was honored for his outstanding service and dedication to the City of Hoboken by Mayor Zimmer at the City Council meeting last night. He kindly submitted these remarks appearing here.




Although not without its challenges and triumphs, battles lost and won, it has been my sincere honor and pleasure to have served as a Historic Preservation Commissioner in Hoboken for fourteen years.  In that time, part of which was spent as the Chairman, many of the initiatives I was involved with have begun to bear fruit, including adherence to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties; the expansion of the historic districts and; the revamping of the Historic Preservation Ordinance component of the City of Hoboken’s Zoning Code.  The Preservation Commission is now populated with professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, archiving, archaeology and historic preservation, ensuring that the application process is smooth and objective.  This makeup of the Commission also enables Hoboken to attain Certified Local Government Status and in so doing, access heretofore unavailable state funding for Hoboken for a variety of programs.

“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.”   William Murtagh, first keeper of the National Register of Historic Places
While I’m stepping away from my seat on the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission, I am committed to preservation efforts in our City, region and nation and will always remain involved in those endeavors that help define who we are and who we wish to become.  By understanding our past, our present is greatly enriched and through preservation, our future has a context that we can shape in the most life-affirming ways.  That is the goal of preservation; not merely to enhance the dining and shopping experiences of a privileged few through a murky lens of a misleading nostalgia, but to work to ensure that we, as stewards of our cultural resources, protect them for the future, and through this work, foster the crucial understanding that these efforts are relevant and that the “eyewitness objects”, structures and places of our shared history matter.

Many who have moved to Hoboken as adults, and those who have been here their whole lives, speak about Hoboken’s scale, its walk-ability, safety and charm.  They will describe the friendly feel, the pleasant interactions with independent shopkeepers and impromptu meetings with neighbors.  The settings for these encounters are the streets, stoops, parks, farmers’ markets and other gathering places in our tiny, diverse, urban village.   Whether they realize it or not, they are describing the positive outcomes of historic preservation.  The continuation of these elements that serve to attract and retain many of our residents and businesses cannot be taken for granted and deserve our utmost vigilance and the implementation of excellent and thoughtful zoning ordinances.

Much of the work and focus of the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission is transactionally driven through the application process and largely concerns the built environment of the more conventionally beautiful structures. However, Hoboken’s rich industrial past, its unique geological formations, its view sheds and view corridors are also historic and worthy of protection.  A pro-active emphasis for these elements can and should be at the core of preservation initiatives as much has already been lost and what remains has never been more threatened.  When and if new structures are to be built, archaeology, which has been largely ignored in the preservation process, must play an expanding role.

Although it’s difficult to step away from this work in the city I love, where my father’s maternal ancestors settled five generations ago, I am confident that my fellow commissioners will continue to improve the functioning of the historic preservation commission and its important role in shaping our City’s future by preserving its past.

Paul J. Somerville


Talking Ed Note: The mayor also issued a proclamation honoring Mark Mouton as the current New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hoboken City Council @ 7:00




A typical early year business agenda for Hoboken's City Council so no fireworks expected. In Hoboken however, there's always something about to explode (and usually does).

The mayor however will be issuing two awards early to noteworthy Hoboken citizens.
(The awards are shown early in the meeting.)

Tonight's agenda is available here.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer: 'I'm here to stay as mayor'

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


Mayor Dawn Zimmer who finished the first year of her second term is not resigning for unstated reasons repeatedly published by the Hudson Reporter.

A reliable source at City Hall pointed to recent remarks by the mayor and dismissed the repeated unsourced utterings that Mayor Dawn Zimmer is resigning.

The mayor's public comments however, point to the possibility of a third term.

Last fall, Mayor Dawn Zimmer was a presenter on the issue of urban resiliency in Detroit and made the following remarks.

"This is a tremendous opportunity and I want to stay and see this through," the mayor said adding, "that may take me into my next term."

Last night, a Hoboken Patch report said the implementation of the $220 million Rebuild by Design flooding plan will be a 7-10 year project. For Mayor Zimmer to see through winning the award and its implementation, a third term as mayor would be needed.

The second flood pump installation in Hoboken however will begin early this year and is estimated to be online in approximately 16 months. The second pump will focus on the area of west Hoboken around Shoprite.

MSV has made an official request and inquired if HR Editor Caren Matzner will be publishing a retraction.




Mayor Zimmer speaks on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency in Urban America at Meeting of the Minds from Hoboken NJ on Vimeo.

21:10 - Audience question: When are you running for congress?

23:00 - Mayor Zimmer: I'm here to stay as mayor. I want to get this done. So that's my focus. 

http://vimeo.com/108731980#t=23m22s
23:22 Mayor Zimmer: This is a tremendous opportunity and I want to stay to see this through, and that may take me into my next term.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rebuild by Design meeting tonight @ 7:00

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Tuesday January 20, 2015

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Community: REMINDER: Community Invited to Rebuild by Design Outreach Meeting - TONIGHT, 7pm, Multi Service Center

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

Members of the community are invited to a public outreach meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 regarding the Hudson River (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) Rebuild by Design flood resiliency plan. The meeting will take place at 7:00pm at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Rebuild by Design, City of Hoboken, Township of Weehawken, and City of Jersey City will be in attendance to discuss the project and listen to community feedback.

The Rebuild by Design project would protect Hoboken, Weehawken, and northern Jersey City from flooding. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive the $230 million in funding from HUD and manage the project. Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the DEP.

“I invite members of our community to come out to the meeting on Tuesday so that State and Federal representatives can hear directly about why this project is so important,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the $230 million in federal funding will support implementing coastal surge protection, the City is moving forward in parallel on various projects to address other elements of the plan.”

“I’m looking forward to working together with everyone to get this project completed,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.

The City of Hoboken’s flood resiliency initiatives include:

• A contract to build Hoboken’s second flood pump to alleviate flooding in western Hoboken is expected to be issued within a few weeks.
• The City is finalizing plans for the Southwest Park which will include green infrastructure to reduce flooding, with construction expected to begin later this year.
• The City has issued an offer letter and is in negotiations with BASF to acquire a 6 acre property in Northwest Hoboken for a multi-purpose resiliency park, underground parking, and large-scale underground stormwater detention chamber.
• The City is in negotiations through the redevelopment process to acquire a one acre property at 7th Street and Jackson Street for park space with stormwater detention.
• A bid for construction of the City Hall sustainable stormwater demonstration project, which will include rain gardens and cisterns to hold rainwater, is expected to be issued in the spring.
• A community meeting for the First Street streetscape improvements project, which will include rain gardens, will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center. The meeting will also focus on a city-wide wayfinding system and branding for the City. The project is funded by an $880,000 post-Sandy grant.
• The City’s repaving projects scheduled for the spring, will include the installation of four new rain garden curb extensions.
• The City recently installed 64 street trees which help to retain stormwater runoff, with approximately 50 more scheduled for installation in the spring.
• The City is completing a post-Sandy disaster recovery plan which will include design guidelines for flood-proofing structures, stormwater management plan, and a hazard mitigation plan.



COMMUNITY INVITED TO REBUILD BY DESIGN OUTREACH MEETING
Federal, State and Local Officials to be in Attendance

Members of the community are invited to a public outreach meeting tonight, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 regarding the Hudson River (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) Rebuild by Design flood resiliency plan. The meeting will take place at 7:00pm at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Rebuild by Design, City of Hoboken, Township of Weehawken, and City of Jersey City will be in attendance to discuss the project and listen to community feedback. 

The Rebuild by Design project would protect Hoboken, Weehawken, and northern Jersey City from flooding.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive the $230 million in funding from HUD and manage the project. Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the DEP.

“I invite members of our community to come out to the meeting on Tuesday so that State and Federal representatives can hear directly about why this project is so important,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the $230 million in federal funding will support implementing coastal surge protection, the City is moving forward in parallel on various projects to address other elements of the plan.”

“I’m looking forward to working together with everyone to get this project completed,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.

Old Guard misery leads to continued rumormongering Mayor Dawn Zimmer will resign

Old Guard beseeches Mayor Zimmer: please resign, led by the Hudson Reporter


Hoboken's political gestalt is not roused midway through January and no national, statewide or local scandal is energizing the rollicking post season holidays. Oddly, there's one "story" which has circulated and recirculated and refuses to die.

Mayor Zimmer is resigning goes the tired refrain. Sources close to City Hall have been laughing about the Hudson Reporter's mythology repeatedly issued week after week since before the holidays.  No one at the pro Old Guard rag picks up the phone and is willing to accept the truth they're worse than a bad drug dealer selling polluted, life threatening heroin to their clients. Accountability in Hoboken, as always is a sore spot for the Old Guard "community," see: Beth Mason.

The Old Guard soldiers often put out this trope for many reasons. It's been used when the FBI is in Hoboken investigating... well the Old Guard and its adherents of a certain brand of crooked government as status quo. There's an unofficial annual celebration the conspiracy ended with one arrest and conviction.

In May 2011 when Mayor Zimmer and her senior staff learned it was not coincidence when matters only discussed within a handful via electronic communications were finding their way to the public and inexplicable inquiries in the form of OPRA requests landing on the desk of the Business Administrator the following day, a festivus miracle was not concluded.

The Hudson Reporter is swinging blindly for weeks regurgitating unsubstantiated rumors Mayor Zimmer is resigning. It's yet to give a reason but talks about revolving replacements from the City Council Presidency.

Equally, when confidential and sensitive information concerning public safety and contract negotiations was discovered "in the wild" faster than a lightning strike, it was clear something was very wrong.  Add to it, appearances of similar themed information and "stories" on the Beth Mason sponsored website Hate411, where barking at clouds and shaking a fist towards the heavens yelling "Mayor Zimmer" is a common delusional occurrence and City Hall became alarmed. What went unexplained was the odd Pentagon Papers defense issued by Beth Mason's minions when the FBI investigation hit Hoboken full throttle.

What became clear in short order: the FBI was not "here for Zimmer," not here to investigate her staff for stealing their own emails and not in Hoboken "to protect" her staff from wrongdoing. That willful lie turned out not to be a Hoboken "Watergate" after all just another reckless, knowing lie proven false as soon as it was uttered.

Medication of the psychotropic variety can aid these delusions of the Mason lunatic fringe in some circumstances but Hoboken had a major electronic intrusion of a DTR (Data Theft Ring) on its hands. The conspiracy led to one arrest of former city IT Manager Patrick Ricciardi who automated downloads of every single email coming and going to the Hoboken mayor's office for well over a year starting in early 2010 when the Zimmer administration was yet in its infancy. Attempts to make legal the theft by automatically declaring all the emails automatically public failed when Beth Mason in her brief tenure as chair of the council saw that political operation fall by the wayside.

So the Old Guard is suffocating for lack of "On the Waterfront" oxygen. There's no easy paydays, not even free gas or tire repairs at the Municipal Garage let alone millions of quarters to truck off to south Jersey. Short of having a sleepy electorate hand back the reins, it's emasculating to have a popular mayor lead reform victories one after another and pile up the wins not for herself and a select group of job seekers or wannabe contract holders but for all of Hoboken.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer seen here at the 2014 inaugural has successfully led a reform movement in Hoboken driving the anti-Zimmer forces crazy. Whether its cutting municipal taxes in the double digits, making government more effective and leading a City victory for flooding solutions, it's anything but business as usual.
The pro Old Guard Hudson Reporter is left rumormongering she resign for unknown greener pastures elsewhere.

Hoboken's self-entitled, old political class is suffocating with each passing breath as more of Old Hoboken moves toward embracing progressive governance. For other critics on the periphery who are not a bastion of the Old Guard's self-anointed "leadership," now is the time viewed to plant a seed and posture how they can get inside and reclaim a mantle for what they believe is their due. The mantra, "Mayor Zimmer wouldn't be mayor without us" is the first conscious thought on awaking in the morning and the unpaid bill in their minds torments them through each and every hour of the day. It's of course a miserable place to dwell.

Back on the front lines, the Hudson Reporter and its pro Old Guard stance takes every opportunity to aim barbs at Mayor Zimmer and lacking any credible evidence hears the continual wailing of pain from the Old Guard and its pro big development allies and how Mayor Zimmer is bad for business. There's nothing left in the quiver; the tank is empty. Implying racism as a follow-up to scurrilous "ethnic cleansing" charges at a progressive, left of center mayor who hires minorities and women at the drop of a hat and reaffirms it publicly with an affirmative action plan leaves them bereft of credibility.

The mayor is resigning joke in reform circles enjoyed the end of year doltishness Mayor Dawn Zimmer would depart in the holiday spirit. The Old Guard kept repeating the "rumor" she would be arrested by the Feds by the end of the month to anyone who would listen. The HR's political columnist Sully, perhaps thought it entertaining but the meme now is obviously bad spirited repeated in the New Year in the obvious hope to see unravel the mayor's effectiveness along with her reform oriented majority. Reform living not up to its word but well beyond it since 2009 is grating on them and caused much gnashing of teeth no dentist can ably repair.

Since the repeated rumormongering Mayor Dawn Zimmer is submitting her resignation for some unknown job elsewhere and for reasons unstated to date, the objective is to create any turmoil to the existing effective alliance. In its place, the anti-Zimmerites and the Hudson Reporter are praying to Old Guard gods, if you can't beat them at the voting booth, try and incite an internal riot. Human nature being what it is, ambition has dethroned many blindly from the path of political righteousness.

Reform to date hasn't seen anyone in its ranks take flight in an Icarus bid of inevitable crashing. The mayor is clearly the head of the movement, lived up to the billing (and then some) and crushed the biggest vestige of complaint winning more than $200 million in federal assistance in the Rebuild by Design competition toward a real flooding solution. That plan fully realized will take years to implement and Mayor Zimmer has not said she doesn't want to be around to see it to completion. It would require a third term to do so.

With the rotation of a new City Council President, the Hudson Reporter narrative the mayor would resign to allow Councilwoman Jen Giattino assume the reigns pending a special election fell by the wayside. As the new Council President Ravi Bhalla is elevated to Council President for another run, the Hudson Reporter is left scrambling once again pushing him as the replacement for the replacement. This is like an old bad movie, it's so Hoboken411 wrong (the 2011 and earlier vintage).

It's all quite comical and not fitting to a community newspaper but perfectly well-suited to the Old Guard rag which hates reform, reform "bloggers," anti-corruption voices of all stripes and colors in Hoboken whether "newcomers," Old Hoboken or people of good will who had enough of being fleeced.

What's unclear is whether the Old Guard will put forward a new plan and just refrain from repeating the "Song Remains the Same" which is not appealing to voters give sway to the old, dark ways at City Hall.  Stripped of access to every public budget in the Mile Square, what's left is a sense of desperation things will never be what they were. Some recognize that political reality and are moving accordingly, while others think Hoboken can be mobilized for one last Hoboken Sopranos hoorah.

Until the November municipal ward races, we're stuck with the lamest rumormongering in recent memory. Somewhere Mayor Zimmer is giggling about all this but she's too busy doing the real business of Hoboken to care.

It's another reason she's earned the trust of so many in the Mile Square. Up the Republic!

Reform stalwart: former Business Administrator Arch Liston
held the line for Hoboken during his tenure cleaning up waste, decay
and corruption. He testified to the DTR (Data Theft Conspiracy)
in October 2012 and the revelations of same.

Related: Former Business Administrator Arch Liston blew the lid off the DTR (Data Theft Conspiracy) back in October 2012, testifying to confidential information disseminated into the ranks of public safety.

Other than former IT Manager Patrick Ricciardi, the FBI and US Attorneys Office has announced no further arrests.
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