Friday, August 26, 2016

Act of God, the Hoboken Spaghetti western

There weren't any actual miracles allowing Hoboken's annual spaghetti dinner last night but a rumor had spread after the mere twinkle of a mist soon departed.

Director Leo Pellegrini was the unofficial master of ceremonies for mustering a truce on the threatening skies. At least that's the one job under environmental services he's not listed with making.

An alt-farm animal received a late invitation and gratefully attended what's become one of Hoboken's finest late summer events for the community to come and enjoy a spaghetti western dinner, semi-Italian at its premier waterfront. Year to year many Hoboken officials attend rubbing shoulders with residents.

This year was no different although the blood rushing and heart stopping "On the Waterfront" politics has reached the lowest ebb in some years. The onslaught of local political glitterati showed to mix and mingle in a casual, friendly late summer atmosphere.

Random sightings included Mayor Dawn Zimmer who gushed about a vacation out to the western frontier. How does customs handle re-entry from out yonder?

Mayor Dawn Zimmer made the rounds chatting with residents after returning from a family vacation.
We're not clear if we overheard her say she rocked or hoofed it. 

This farm animal was luckily stationed at the Fisher second ward council table, a first with Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. She had a gaggle of her campaign team assembled from last year.

The Ms. Fisher kiddie campaign team included sister duo campaigners charged with distributing campaign signs on Washington Street and her communications coordinator with a sky blue bonnet hairpin who graciously waves at farm animals going by.
Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher posed with a gaggle of campaign munkeez for this photo. Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham is seen rear right.

First Ward Councilman Mike Defusco attended again but for the first time as an elected official. The gregarious councilman circulated at a slightly less frenetic pace than last year but the graciousness to all continues unabated.

First Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco made the rounds seen here chatting it up at a table with Hoboken Housing Authority commissioner Hovie Forman.

The Hoboken Board of Education is well represented at the dinner with BoE trustee Tom Kleupfel who was joined by colleagues past and present.

BoE Trustee Tom Kleupfel arrived late but in time to have a plate and join the party.

BoE Trustee Irene Sobolov and Reach Higher slate mate Sheillah Dallara stopped to strike a pose with Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. 

The star of the show, it's the Hoboken waterfront with the blocks long diners enjoying all the sightlines.

Among other local officials, Councilman Jim Doyle was briefly seen jogging past the blocks long length of tables. Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham attended with family as did City Council President Jen Giattino who showed some of her family photos on a recent trip to Antigua. Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer and her husband brought along baby Josephine who while only a year old attended her second Hoboken Spaghetti dinner.

Geri Fallo and others who spearheaded another great event with many others pitching in from Leah Healey to Stevens students and this Horse's old neighborhood friend Nick. They really outdid themselves as hosts to one of Hoboken's best annual events.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

BoE trustee - applications now accepted

The summer resignation of BoE trustee Monica Stromwall not only falls in the down time of the school season; it means a full year term for an unknown replacement.

The timing of the resignation means whoever fills the trustee chair will get to see a full year of work on the Board of Education without facing voters. It's like extending a full year of spring training and making a Major League baseball roster.

With the November election, there's actually four seats at stake on the nine member board in the immediate future.

An advertisement per the BoE bylaws is required in several publications this week including the Star Ledger, the Jersey Journal and the Bayonne based Hudson Reporter in the coming week.

Part of the ad will detail the following: 

If you are a registered voter seeking to serve in this position, please submit your one-page resume and/or a one-page cover letter explaining why you should be chosen to the Board Secretary by Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Applications can be delivered by hand or mailed to 158 Fourth Street, faxed to 201-356-3642 or e-mailed to the Board Secretary ( All those who submit applications as above may be interviewed at a future board meeting at which time they will be able to speak on their own behalf.

For those interested in the trustee seat on the Board of Education, this is an opportunity. The pay is not very good - there's no pay at all.

The position offers no health benefits, no free phones, lunches, dinners or NJ pension benefits.

The application process replacing Monica Stromwall on the Board of Education
means a one year tryout. Applications are being accepted.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Olympic fencing medalist Dagmara Wozniak honored in Hoboken

Hoboken resident Dagmara Wozniak, an Olympic fencer who won the bronze in the team competition in Brazil was honored yesterday at the W Hotel.

Dozens were in attendance, Mayor Dawn Zimmer among them, to celebrate Wozniak's lifetime efforts as an Olympian fencer. Wozniak was born in Poland and came to the US as a baby with her parents previously living in Avenel, NJ. She's been a resident of Hoboken the last two years.

This video report comes courtesy of Jeanette Josue of the Hudson County View.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NJ Attorney General: Hoboken man received $213k in fraudulent Superstorm Sandy aid

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View.

A Hoboken man was among nine individuals that were charged with filing fraudulent applications to receive Superstorm Sandy relief from the federal government, Attorney General Chris Porrino announced. 

Hoboken resident Jerry Gustoso

Jerry Gustoso II, 44, of Hoboken, is charged with second-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree unsworn falsification, officials said.

Gustoso stands accused of filing fraudulent applications for FEMA assistance, a low-interest SBA disaster-relief loan, state grants under the Homeowner Resettlement Program (RSP) and the Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) funded by the state Department of Human Services.

As a result, he received a total of approximately $213,234 in relief funds. Gustoso allegedly falsely claimed in his applications that a home he owns a Bayville home, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy was his primary residence at the time Sandy struck.

However, according to authorities, his primary residence was in Hoboken, and the Bayville home was a seasonal vacation home.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Who's the pick for NJ Governor?

Next year's mayoral election in the Mile Square City is expected to get lots of local attention but Mayor Zimmer will be making a big choice before that race.

Next June, New Jersey is anticipated to see at least three contenders in the Democratic Primary for governor.

Three likely contenders are Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney and former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy.

Who will Mayor Zimmer support?

It's the subject of MSV Premium out later today.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop appeared at this Pilsener Haus fundraiser last June for Mayor Zimmer but will he be her pick for New Jersey governor?

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Election Day - 80 days out

Count them any way you like, from November or to November but Election Day is officially 80 days away.

So with the spectacle of eMedia coverage and "weighted" eMedia polling what do you know about the respective major economic or tax plans?

There's not too much in the way of focused media coverage on the monumental issues of import or the economic advisors and their historical ideas on making an economy work.

Why do you think that is?

Here's the top national candidates's campaign schedules.

Donald Trump official campaign schedules:

Friday, August 19: Dimondale, MI
Saturday, August 20: Fredericksburg, VA
Monday, August 22: Akron, Ohio
Tuesday: August 23 Austin, Texas
Wednesday: August 24 Jackson, MS

Hillary Clinton official campaign schedule:

Sunday, August 21: Provincetown, Massachusetts
Sunday, August 21: Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, August 22: Las Vegas, Nevada
August 28, Charlotte, North Carolina
August 31, Cincinnati, Ohio

Candidate events are often available for viewing streamed live and recorded  YouTube.
Fundraising events are typically not available to the public.

One caveat, Republican candidate Donald Trump is anticipated leaving the campaign trail today to visit Louisiana, suffering the worst US flooding since Hurricane Sandy.

13 people have died and 40,000 homes have seen damage. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BoE Trustee Monica Stromwall announces emotional resignation

At the August Board of Education meeting last night, BoE trustee Monica Stromwall issued her resignation in an emotional delivery of prepared remarks.

Indicating her departure after three years is due to a family move to Connecticut, Stromwall urged her fellow trustees to continue to work to improve the school district and do what's best for the children.

"I have been part of a wonderful transformation of the school district" and "as a parent of two children," saluted the program changes implemented in recent years she said in her remarks.

She also thanks the unions who she worked with in recent contract negotiations and her colleagues, the superintendent Dr. Johnson, parents and voters.

Scroll ahead for Stromwall's complete comments beginning after the 45 minute mark. Remarks from others on the surprising resignation follow hers.

Talking Ed Note: The eight remaining BoE trustees will have the option of making an interim appointment and most expect they will.

One name expected to be in the mix is second time Reach Higher candidate Sheillah Dallara.

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