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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Crosstown Traffic: 'Observer Highway failure harms Newark Street'

The following guest submission comes from Hoboken resident Sean Iaquinto and was originally published on his website, Philly2Hoboken.

Newark Street Redesign Is An Example Of How 

Mayor Zimmer Failed


Residents who live along Newark Street can all agree on one thing - the road between Willow and Jackson has turned into a high speed mess. Ask anyone trying to cross Newark and you are literally playing with your life, cars constantly ignore pedestrians at crosswalks and zip down the street often breaking our 25 per mile speed limits. Cars ignore stop signs constantly, and it is only getting worse.
What's changed?
First, the changes to Observer Highway has caused residents to realize that it is easier to speed down Newark Street than use Observer. Observer Highway is a failure. It is an example of Dawn patting people on their heads with her stats and telling us "We know better than you". It smacks of something from the Clinton Playbook, how they tell us how the world works. We all know that we need to scrap the single lane solution on Observer. It isn't working Mrs. Mayor.
Second, there's very little police presence on Newark Street - a perfect example is how I have been reporting buses parked on the Neumann Leather sidewalk since July 2014, and very little has been done about it. I told the police, just go there at 6:45am - 7am every morning and you will see buses parked on the sidewalk. I'm a huge fan of Kenneth Ferrante, and I just feel our police need a special unit dedicated to traffic. I wrote about this before, and I believe we need more police who have one job - traffic enforcement, like the California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) - we have two officers on motorcyles that patrol the city and write tickets on double parked cars, performing speed traps, stopping jaywalking pedestrians (especially by the PATH station and Starbucks on Newark!), and so forth. I asked Dawn Zimmer last night why it was taking so long to get parking bollards up there - we keep talking and talking and nothing gets done. TWO AND A HALF YEARS. The crowd murured with approval when I mentioned how long its taking.
Third, why does 14th and Bloomfield get two dedicated people to work that street every day from 5pm to 7pm? I agree that is a busy spot, but why isn't Newark Street getting some love, especially for the folks at 415 Newark Street. They are trying to cross the street on a daily basis, and no one cares about them. Put a crosswalk guard out there, at least temporarily, until we can fix Newark Street.
Fourth, the solution that Dawn presents involves installing 24 hour a day 7 day a week flashing Pedestrian cross walk signs. I think we need to look into RRFB Pedestrian walk signs which flash on demand. Look at Newark Street at Adams and Grand and they are an eye-sore. The Zimmer plan is to install more at Willow, Clinton, Grand, Adams, Jefferson - the whole street is going to be a mess of flashing lights 24/7. What we need along Newark are better street lights and having lights that flash on demand. I have stood at Grand and Newark with Rocco and people are desensitized to the constant flashing light. They don't understand i'm trying to cross at that moment. Wheras if you push the signal, the light begins to flash, warning cars that someone wants to cross the street - at that moment. We have it at my office at work for employees to cross from the parking lot, and it works perfectly. 
I rarely come out and disagree with Dawn Zimmer, but she needs to take a serious look at fixing Observer Highway, fixing the situation at congestion on Newark and Harrison/Jackson. Her solution is making one-way streets, when the real solution is to WIDEN THE ROAD. Here's a perfect example of that at Newark between Grove and Marin. Narrow the sidewalk, create a lane of traffic.

2016-12-27_9-21-19.jpgTraffic coming from Jersey Avenue and Newark is too narrow. Did you hear about the planned construction on our borders at the old Emerson Radio Factory? They want to build 26 story buildings there. Think about all the new traffic on Jersey Avenue on our same narrow roadways. It is going to be hell to get off the turnpike and traffic will be backed up even worse.
We need less talk and more action. I fully get how Dawn Zimmer includes the public in plans, but the people last night were loud and clear. The problem is...I fully expect Dawn will pat us on our heads tell us "We know better than you" and not listen to our suggestions.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Celebrating Deep State McCarthyism on President's Day

It's President's Day, the combo package where individual greatness gets wrapped in a participation prize. If you made it to US President, you get a mention, a picture on Mount Rushmore or your photo blended in on a holiday circular.

If you're not a past US President, you qualify for a different type of sale: selling out the US Constitution. The question in the form of a narrative goes, "Have you or have any members of your family, friends and political campaign aides ever watched Dr. Zhivago and not rooted for the winning red team?" 

The Deep State motto: "I'll be watching you. Here, there, it's all the same. If watching doesn't work, we'll just make it up and say we saw. "Russ-ya! Russ-ya!" they bray or is it the new McCarthyism without any evidence? 

"Do you denounce all forms of Russian aggression devoid of the hammer and sickle, kulak attacks on the reset button and our glorious new world order where your First Amendment rights are protected by a half-dozen statist corporate media entities who will provide you the correct path to right thinking? Do you denounce as racist all who stand in our way?"

Remember the good old days when Vladimir Putin was a mere misunderstood KGB social justice warrior with bosses who slightly erred deploying socialist brotherhood and the communist utopia breaking 100 million or so eggs? It's not the erasure of a hundred million lives decried but the failure of the well meaning experiment being lost to competing oligarchs not our Soros led no borders team.

If one can put down the "Russia hacked the election" hysteria and the succeeding conspiracies with no credible evidence following Election Day for a moment, you might want to ask exactly who is eligible under the Fourth Amendment if not the current US President and members of his earlier campaign. 

Eli Lake recently dared to throw the red flag, but it's not on behalf of the previous novel utopian version.


Meanwhile the political operative lamestream press is crying its feelings were hurt at a presser because they got called out on the carpet by someone else's First Amendment expression. Their political operative bylines were fouled up and this so soon after its tragic and collective failure last November. Some excuse about racist palomino pony privilege. And this without a single palomino ever making the Budweiser Clydesdale team

The Russian threat is extending to our undocumented friends who push our strollers around the Mile Square, clean the condo and help Buffy with his HOLA! homework. Isn't it our Constitutional right to have someone else pay the bill for the undocumented's hospital, education and social services bill? Hey, the Mile Square City remains an Abbott district but that deal is now under a bit too much social justice warrior scrutiny and we're not even going to delve into unpaid social security payroll taxes.


Alright we've wandered off the path of Russia McCarthyist hysteria enough. No matter what our UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says with other US officials about the Bear's illegal aggression, let's pretend it never happened and stick to the "Russya! Russya!" conspiracy theories.


Hey, as the leftovers at the national listening agency would urge, you have to publish what they say because hey, they say they got a tape. They have lots of tapes. Boy oh boy, they're always taping. It's for your own good. Just maybe not the current person in the oval office. They're working on that Constitutional exclusion, trust them.


Lemmings are already lining up to denounce in support of the latest nouveau unreleased tapes. We now return you to your regularly scheduled deprogramming of reality on the lamestream media and CNN, the leader in Fake News.

Related: Author, screenwriter and former Time Magazine music critic Michael Walsh weighs in: "Enough with This 'Spy Game."

Friday, February 17, 2017

Third suspect in Hoboken murder arrested

Breaking developments in the murder of Adrian Rivera

SPRINGFIELD - An 18-year-old New Jersey man, wanted in connection with the Jan. 24 homicide of a man in Hoboken, was arrested Friday morning at a home in the McKnight neighborhood, officials said.
217 nj guy.JPGKeyshaun Wiggins
Keyshaun Wiggins was arrested by U.S. Marshals and local and state law enforcement after he was trailed to an apartment at 43 Bowdoin St. He had been staying at the apartment of his girlfriend, according to Marshals spokesman Dave Milne.
He was charged with being a fugitive from justice.
Wiggens is one of three suspects wanted in connection with the shooting death of  18-year-old Adrian Rivera in his family's apartment at the Andrew Jackson Gardens public housing complex in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Rivera was shot during an armed break-in at his home. The two other suspects are in custody.
The complete story:
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/new_jersey_fugitive_keyshaun_w.html


The City of Hoboken offered this official release:

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Community: Hoboken Murder Suspect Arrested In Massachusetts

Dear MSV readers,

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office announced today the arrest of the third suspect in connection with the January 24, 2017 murder of Adrian Rivera. Keyshaun Wiggins, age 18, of Jersey City was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Springfield, Massachusetts.

"I thank the detectives of the Hoboken Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor's Office for their tireless work to solve this tragic crime and the U.S. Marshalls for the arrest this morning in Springfield, Massachusetts,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I hope this provides a measure of comfort and closure to the Rivera family. We are working with the Hoboken Housing Authority on multiple security initiatives because all of our residents deserve to be safe. I thank the City Council for their support to fund new front doors to make the Housing Authority safer. By next week, the Hoboken Police Department will have remote access to the surveillance cameras within the Housing Authority. We will also be exploring additional possible funding through Community Development Block Grants to help with additional needs of the Housing Authority."

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office issued the following press release earlier today:

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Keyshaun Wiggins, age 18, of Jersey City was arrested without incident by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force at a residence in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is currently being held at the Springfield Community Corrections Center pending extradition proceedings. Wiggins was wanted in Hudson County for the murder of Adrian Rivera, age 18, of Hoboken.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the U.S. Marshals Service for the arrest. The Prosecutor also credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Hoboken Police Department for their part in the homicide investigation.

On January 24, 2017, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Hoboken Police Officers were dispatched to 300 Marshall Drive in Hoboken on a 911 call of possible gun shots in the area. Upon arrival officers found the victim in an apartment at that location with a gunshot wound to his torso.
Rivera, who lived in the apartment, was immediately transported to Jersey City Medical Center by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 3:50 p.m.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Khalif Geiger, age 20, of Jersey City and a 17-year-old juvenile from Jersey City were arrested by detectives from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit for the murder of Rivera. They were each charged with Murder, two counts of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Hindering Apprehension and several Firearm offenses.

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Wiggins was charged with Murder, two counts of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Hindering Apprehension and several Firearm offenses and has been wanted on those charges since that date.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Michele Russo passes away

Michele Russo, the wife of former mayor Anthony Russo and mother to Councilman Michael Russo passed away early this morning after a long illness. She was 67.

Michele Russo at a 2012 Hoboken City Council meeting

Michele Russo was the former head of the previous entity of the Hoboken Parking Utility and most recently held a position with the Union City Board of Education. She had been a real estate agent in Hoboken prior and led a cheer group supporting Hoboken girls for many years.

As part of an active political family, she was involved in municipal and BoE elections over decades.

She lived with her husband at 10 Church Towers and is survived by her husband Anthony and her sons.

INSIDERNJ: Stick Romano will not run for Hoboken mayor

Yesterday, Insidernj.com a new online publication wrote Freehold Anthony "Stick" Romano will not be a candidate for Hoboken mayor.

Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano (r) won't be running for mayor
as MSV has written earlier according to Insidernj.com.
It's another three year term as freeholder he's aiming.

MSV late last month reported the same and shared those details with its premium members and highlighted part of it in a public portion of the story, "Hoboken elections, peace in our time?"

Insidernj attributes the news to an unknown Hudson source and further adds Romano will get the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) line with his reelection bid for freeholder.

The article pointedly notes Romano won't oppose Mayor Dawn Zimmer's bid for a third term as mayor.

The brief story concludes the HCDO won't be backing any potential mayoral bid for first term councilman Mike DeFusco

Talking Ed Note: MSV did not contact Freeholder Romano for comment at the time of publishing. We'll do so and provide a timely update.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

City Council reconvenes @ 7:00 with Pier A bond

Tonight's City Council meeting is mostly normal business operations and approvals. One item of strong interest is a major bond for repairs to Pier A park:

  1. BOND ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR THE REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF PIER "A" IN THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, COUNTY OF HUDSON, NEW JERSEY; APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $4,000,000 THEREFOR; AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OR BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES OF THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, COUNTY OF HUDSON, NEW JERSEY, IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF UP TO $3,800,000; MAKING CERTAIN DETERMINATIONS AND COVENANTS; AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN RELATED ACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING

    The meeting is available for live viewing here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beta-council-meeting
Hoboken Municipal Judge Michael Mongieallo

Talking Ed Note: A passing item of interest, the Hoboken Municipal Court reports generating revenues for the City to the tune of $456,782.67.

Some years ago, this figure was well below $400,000 on a monthly basis. Judge Michael A. Mongiello runs a tight efficient ship but these are vastly significant revenue figures.

As an aside, I've stood before Judge Mongiello on too many occasions. The appearances were always due to phony criminal charges filed by some perjuring political operative or tool of the counte$$'s wannabe evil empire.

Since local politics was always somehow connected to the falsified criminal charges, the cases were immediately moved out of Hoboken. In doing so, Judge Mongiello always handled the matters with professional aplomb. One time he admonished both a horse and a Masonista wrestlemania loon on departure for not aiding anyone by misbehaving. This Horse did not have the stomach or the fool's gene to tell the judge his thoughts were well taken if inappropriate to the actual abuse of the NJ criminal code. Thou shall not bear false witness and all that old hat.

At one hearing, his dry sense of humor toward a certain employee of an uptown Washington St. "art gallery" trying to keep the case before him was deftly and swiftly booted pointing to the family owners of said art gallery. (You had to be there to appreciate it.)

Then when the head honcho herself appeared in an abuse of process attempt while still serving as a council member, he seemed genuinely saddened by the course of events before him even before routinely referencing the alleged harassment out of his Hoboken jurisdiction.

Now judge, just for the record if anyone claims this Horse committed suicide with two bullets to the back of the head, don't believe it. The top suspects would be the Iranian non-Italian unibrow who feigns being Jewish and a stinkin' rotting fish up the road - and of course their commanders.

Tight ship Judge Mongiello runs, a very tight ship. Someone should thank him for his infinite patience and service to the Mile Square City. Hey, how about a plaque honoring ceremony that really matters.

Just a thought. No one asked a farm animal.

Hoboken adds to its statewide per capita lead in affordable housing stock: how residents can apply

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Wednesday February 15, 2017

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Community: Hoboken Announces Procedures for Over 100 Units of New Affordable Housing to be Constructed Soon

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

In the near future, 115 new units of affordable housing are planned to be constructed in Hoboken and made available to the public under new procedures to ensure that housing is available to those most in need:
  • 15 affordable housing units will be included within three different projects in Hoboken, the first such units required by Hoboken’s affordable housing ordinance. The three projects are at 600 Harrison Street (5 units), 1410 Grand Street (4 units), and 721 Clinton Street (6 units).
  • 42 affordable housing units will be constructed at 7th Street and Jackson Street as part of a recently-approved redevelopment agreement.
  • 6 affordable housing units for homeless veterans will be created as part of the redevelopment of American Legion Post 107’s headquarters at 308 2nd Street.
  • 52 affordable housing units are required by the affordable housing ordinance in three recently-completed projects. The City has prevailed and is continuing in litigation to ensure that the developers provide the units as soon as possible.
“Creating affordable housing has been a priority for my administration, and in fact we may be the only city in the state to proactively and voluntarily implement an affordable housing requirement in new residential construction,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Our affordable housing ordinance along with newly adopted procedures will help ensure that Hoboken remains a mixed income community and that affordable housing is available to those who need it the most.”

The City of Hoboken adopted an affordable housing ordinance that generally requires a 10 percent affordable housing set-aside for residential construction over 10 units when an increase in density is provided. The City also recently adopted the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan and a guidebook entitled “Administration of Affordable Units: Policies & Procedures Manual” to set forth the policies and procedures for placing eligible individuals and families into the City of Hoboken’s affordable units. The Affordable Housing Program will provide opportunities for both affordable units for rent and for sale. Additional announcements will be made when the first rental units are marketed, which is anticipated this spring (to sign up for announcements, visit www.hobokennj.gov/alerts). Applications will be collected through a website that will be made available at that time.

In addition to the units required by the affordable housing ordinance, all redevelopment plans approved during the Zimmer administration, including Hoboken Yards, Neumann Leathers, and Western Edge, require that at least 10 percent of new residential units be affordable.

Affordable Housing Program Frequently Asked Questions 
As the first units become available, they will be “affirmatively marketed”. What does “affirmative marketing” mean? 
It means that the City will advertise the units throughout the region to attract renters/buyers. The City has adopted a specific Affirmative Marketing Plan (as required by law) to make sure the “word” gets out to as many qualified and interested persons as possible.

What does it mean to be “qualified”?
To be eligible for a unit, an interested person must submit a pre-application to demonstrate that he/she meets a number of requirements as set by the State, such as maximum income limits based on household size. While there is no set minimum income level, there are maximum income limits and limits on how much of the household’s income can be spent on housing expenses. Maximum income limits and minimum income requirements can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dca/services/lps/hss/admin_files/incomelimits.pdf. In addition, whenever possible, the household must include at least one person for each bedroom in the unit selected.

How does an interested person apply?
Interested renters/buyers will be able to apply on-line at a website operated by Community Grants Planning & Housing (CGP&H). Visit www.hobokennj.gov/alerts to sign up for announcements which will be made when the website is available for applications. For those who do not have computers, CGP&H will work with interested applicants by phone and mail.

What happens after I apply?
The City will maintain two separate waiting lists – one for ownership units and one for rental units. When the first affordable units become available for rent or sale, a lottery will be conducted of those on the specified waiting list.

What happens after the lottery is held?
In general, eligible households with the highest lottery number will be contacted and given 24 hours to respond. If they do not want the unit or fail to respond within the 24 hours, although they will not continue to be considered for that unit at that time, they also will not be removed from the waiting list and will be notified of the next available vacancy. The lottery list will be retained for future re-rentals or re-sales, or as new units become available.

So my lottery number is picked! What’s next?
The interested household will be referred to the landlord/seller to view the unit(s) and pay an application fee, if required. The landlord may establish its own non-discriminatory criteria for tenant selection. However, such tenant selection criteria are permitted only to the extent allowed by State and Federal law, and must be the same for both affordable rental units and market rate rental units.

So I have found an affordable unit that I like – what happens next? 
CGP&H will “income certify” the applicant, which involves a review of the total gross income for the upcoming 12-month period of all adult household members who will reside in the affordable unit. Gross income includes, but is not limited to: pre-tax wages, salaries, tips, commissions, alimony, overtime, pensions, social security, unemployment compensation, TANF, child support, disability, interest and dividends from assets. Child support & alimony will be calculated from decree stating amounts, whether payee is current or in arrears. All income information will be verified during the formal application process. The Manual reviews and describes all possible sources of and exclusions from – income as well as details the documents that need to be provided.

After that - For Rentals?
Once the applicant is fully income certified, the landlord is notified that it may execute a lease with the new tenant. CGP&H, as the Administrative Agent, will calculate the maximum rent allowable as permitted by the State, including lease renewals.

After that - For Sales?
Upon certification, the buyer will enter into negotiations with the seller and execute a Purchase Agreement that stipulates the terms of the closing (cost, items to be included in sale, etc.). All these terms are then set out in the Contract for Sale, the legal contract between the buyer and seller, finalizing the negotiations and setting out all material terms of the transaction. The parties then proceed to a closing whereby title to the property is transferred from seller to buyer and the affordable housing deed restriction, recapture note, and recapture mortgage are executed.

Both rental and sale units created under Hoboken’s Affordable Housing Program will be deed restricted for at least 30 years (for units required by Hoboken’s Affordable Housing Ordinance, deed restricted for 40 years) in order to ensure that the units remain affordable to low and moderate income persons wanting to live in Hoboken. While the units may be re-sold or re-leased, the affordability controls will continue to apply to the new tenants/owners. The applicant must maintain the affordable unit as their primary residence and they are not allowed to rent their home. When ownership units are sold in the future, the owner must contact CGP&H who will calculate the maximum restricted sale price and find a buyer off the waiting list.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla: Good news on parks, parking and Trader Joe's

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am excited to share good news about what is happening locally in Hoboken. We have broken ground on new parks in western Hoboken, made historic progress in reducing flooding in Hoboken, and are getting ready to welcome the first Trader Joe’s neighborhood grocery store in Hoboken!

New Parks & New Parking Garage for Western Hoboken
The City is working successfully to double the size of the one acre Southwest Park currently under construction. I helped lead the successful fight to win City Council approval for negotiating a fair price to purchase the vacant property currently owned by Academy Bus, by eminent domain if needed. This larger park will contain storm-water detention to help prevent flooding, a dog run, and WiFi powered by solar power, among other highlights.  And progress continues on a planned large park in Northwest Hoboken to be located on the former BASF property.  The details of a temporary pop-up have been finalized and will be ready for use this summer!  Additionally, recognizing the pronounced need for more parking, the City is building a new municipal parking garage on 13th and Adams, right near the Park.  At this garage, there will be an option for valet parking and ground floor retail amenities for visitors to the park and surrounding neighborhood.

Flood Pumps Working as Envisioned
I am pleased to report that in recent storms, our newly-built H-5 11th Street flood pump worked as envisioned, providing relief from flooding to northwest residents. This pump complements the first one completed in 2011, which has reduced the flooding in southwest Hoboken.

When Mayor Dawn Zimmer was first elected to office, part of her platform was to reduce chronic flooding in Hoboken.  It’s truly a proud moment for the Mayor and many others that after years of hard work, we have seen measurable progress in achieving this goal.

Additional coastal flooding protection measures are central to Rebuild by Design, the City’s comprehensive flood protection plan   The plan is going to be paid for by a $230 million federal grant that Mayor Zimmer actively sought and successfully secured.  To protect Hoboken from future intense storms that are predicted because of climate change, the plan includes building flood protection barriers integrated into the urban landscape to resist coastal flooding, strengthening the electrical grid, and implementing green solutions, such as rain gardens and green roofs, in addition to more flood pumps.

Trader Joe’s To Open this Spring
Hoboken's first Trader Joe's neighborhood grocery store is scheduled to open in May, providing a quality supermarket for City residents.  The nearly 12,000 square foot grocery store will be located at 1350 Willow Avenue and will take up the first floor of the seven story Harlow apartment building.

It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as one of your Council Members, and play a small role with so many others in continuing to make Hoboken even better every year.  If you every have any questions, want to provide feedback, or have a constituent service request, you can always reach me via email at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com or call me at 201-647-6090.

Sincerely,
Ravi S. Bhalla
Councilman-at-Large
City of Hoboken

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MSV featured on The Still Report

One of the intriguing aspects of "the internets" is the traffic of people frequenting MSV from locations near and far from the Mile Square City.

Yesterday's public portion of MSV Premium found one such person from the Still Report, a YouTube national news channel on the economy and Washington run by Bill Still.

Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher having written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post and Los Angeles Times Syndicate among others. Here is the report filed late yesterday: