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Friday, February 24, 2017

New Jersey Awakens: Dana Wefer to run for Governor, Meghan Dunworth Dodd to oppose Freeholder Romano

New Jersey Awakens announces:




IN NEW JERSEY, DARK HORSES RISE FOR 2017 ELECTION

Coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents launch movement to run for office and take on the political establishment- together

Jersey City, NJ   A Republican, a Democrat, and a bunch of Independents walk into a bar in Jersey City.   No, that’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s the launch of a political revolution, according to New Jersey Awakens founder, Dana Wefer.   “The number one issue facing our state and our country is the corruption of the political system,” Wefer says. “Our government officials go through the political system to become part of the government, so when the political system is corrupted, the government soon follows.”  Through New Jersey Awakens, Wefer and her allies have developed a five point election reform platform aimed at crippling party bosses, forcing accountability from elected officials, and amplifying unaffiliated and independent voices, or, as Wefer bluntly puts it “we want to break the machine.”  

Wefer has teamed up with Democratic gubernatorial candidate and seasoned corruption fighter Bill Brennan, best known for his dogged pursuit of bringing justice to Governor Chris Christie for his alleged role in Bridgegate.  A handful of independent legislative candidates have also signed on to the reforms, and Wefer hopes to have candidates running on this platform for every legislative seat by the June 6th filing deadline for independent candidates.

Wefer’s own candidacy, as a Republican candidate for governor, is unexpected in just about every way.  She’s been a Democrat her entire adult life, spent years working to build the Democratic Party in red Morris County, and campaigned for Bernie Sanders during last year’s primary.  However, her local battles with the Democratic machine in Hudson County and Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, pushed Wefer towards the belief that working to reform the Democratic Party from within is no longer a viable option for accountable government.  “If you told me 5 months ago that I would be running for governor, I would have thought you were crazy, never mind as a Republican!” she exclaims.  “It feels as if we’re living in some alternate universe, but our reality is that the Democrats and the Republicans together have rigged the political system against the People through gerrymandering and special interest money.  Only 14% of state legislative seats are competitive in November, which means most elections are actually decided by a small group of people in the primaries.  The politicians know this, which is why they feel more accountable to that small but vocal group over the electorate at large.  The fact is that if you want your vote to count, you have to vote in the primary elections, especially Republican primaries, because that is where most elections in the country are decided now.”

Candidates aligned with New Jersey Awakens vary in their top issues.  Meghan Dunworth Dodd who is running for Freeholder in Hudson County was driven to action after the 2016 election. “I feel compelled to run for office after this last election because local government matters and I can’t sit on the sidelines any longer,” she said.  “The county government intersects with a lot of these national issues and has a direct impact on our community.  That’s why I’m running for Freeholder.”  Sumantha Prasad, who is also new to politics, is running for state assembly in legislative district 22.  “I am passionate about social justice issues, and I believe firmly in intersectionalism. Healthcare is a human right, and residents will be free to live up to their potential when they aren't constrained by worries about insurance,” she said.  

“There are so many issues that we need to address as a state: high property taxes and cost of living, infrastructure issues, criminal justice reform, the pension deficit, healthcare, the opioid crisis, the legalization of marijuana, and much more,” Wefer says.  “The thing is, there’s no shortage of information on these issues and on what steps we need to take to start righting the ship, there’s just a lack of will on the part of our leaders, which is why we need new leadership.” 

New Jersey Awakens is launching its North Jersey kickoff at the Zeppelin Beer Garden in Jersey City on February 26th at 5pm.  The organization will roll out a values-based platform and introduce some of the local candidates running for office.  The program will begin around 5:30.  Press is welcome. 
                                         

Up for a new tree on the block?

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Community: Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting

Dear MSV readers,

In preparation for the Spring 2017 tree planting, the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a suggested $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well-watered.

The City planted has planted hundreds of street trees through the program in the last few years.

Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete the online request form at www.hobokennj.gov/boards/stc/treerequest. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding.

Each location requested will be surveyed by a professional from the Department of Environmental Services to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is a suitable one for a tree to grow and thrive.

Requests can be made for existing empty tree beds as well as paved sidewalk locations. If a tree well does not exist, one will be opened. Trees will not be planted on private property; only in sidewalk tree wells.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Is CNN about to get Wiki-Leaked?

That's the buzz for the last 48 hours and today is the day; the whistle is set to blow.

This is of course not an unusual story for "the Hoboken blogs" as typically there would be broader national coverage on say the formerly active Hoboken Journal and far less frequently here. Of course the revelations in the last election cycle have been illuminating to those who wish to see and not merely set for reflex to political partisanship. Unfortunately, so many were unprepared for the democratic election results in November as political operatives posing as reporters assured them there was only one inevitable outcome. That of course followed immediately with "protests" not a day after Election Day and some rather novel public displays of vagina costumes. At least the latter saw no violence.

The election cycle revelations are continuing with those who consider themselves above criticism while waving the First Amendment about to see their comeuppance. This is a dynamic anticipated story and the examples for quite some time are numerous, illustrative and sadly conclusive about the news business.

Should a horse deny you what so many will in another typical act of omission? No, the MSV charter revels in uncovering corruption and as some have come to understand, that's not changing. There's thousands of readers who continue to show up here week in and week out even if there's less of the Mile Square City's corruptive influences showing any dire threat in the near future.

Of course that too can change. But for the moment, we're awaiting some WikiLeak-like revelations. Some will shudder and turn their heads away in partisan fury. Others will pretend they never saw the truth seeking the comfort of safer, more limited vehicles of "information." As you like.

Ready or not, here it comes.


Associated Press confirms the news organization is CNN and conservative investigative reporter James O'Keefe who released undercover videos of political operatives planning to deploy violence and a NYC Board of elections official discussing election fraud operations last year is releasing CNN videos leaked to him. 


Update: James O'Keefe in a live DC press conference announces CNN whistleblowers have sent him a total of 119 hours of secretly recorded audio tapes at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta. The tapes from 2009 will be made available WikiLeaks style for the public to digest and uncover.

He notes that CNN admits to using fake and outdated polls and that this is a "new era of citizen journalism" holding the corporate media to account. O'Keefe is offering $10,000 for any whistleblower showing CNN, Fox, MSNBC "deceiving the American people" and says two additional CNN whistleblowers have come forward since the initial announcement.

The release is set to be available with more to follow on CNNleaks.com.
O'Keefe's most recent video stings showed planned terrorist attacks by "J20" on an inaugural ball's ventilation system and planned attacks to shut down the DC metro leading to the arrests of three suspects.

The video secretly recorded at Comet Pizza has been seen almost 1.5 million times.


A recorded segment from the CNN whistleblower on usage of dated polling advocated by a senior CNN Director:

CNN Whistleblower: "I read a CNN poll that was taken on June 26 and 28th, and I know that the hearing for the case, the fire fighters case was on the 29th, so the poll was done right before it, and those are still the poll results we're reporting, so I asked someone in DC who does the poll results about why we hadn't updated it, and said there were a few newer polls from last week and the week before and there's CBS news polls and a Rasmussen poll, and he said we don't use Rasmussen, and I said does CNN plan to do another poll if we're only using that. He said we're not going to be doing another poll, those are the results we'll be using. So I don't see how that's reporting all sides because that poll said hold for release until Friday the 10th."

Arthur Brice: "Who did you talk with?"

Miss X: "Paul [CNN's Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser]."

Arthur Brice: "Yeah, he's your director. Yeah, he's pretty high up in the food chain. I agree. I think it's dishonest to use outdated information if new information shows something that is in variance with what you're reporting. It's just, it's dishonest."


Talking Ed Note: CNN's Arthur Brice is no relation to this farm animal.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer fundraiser with NJ Democratic candidate for Governor Phil Murphy

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:


 
Save the Date!
 
You are cordially invited to join
A fundraising reception in support of
 
Mayor Dawn Zimmer's
2017 re-election campaign
 
with special guest
 
Ambassador Phil Murphy
Democratic candidate for Governor
 
Date: April 17, 2017
Location: Porter Collins
1426 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
 
Click here to RSVP and purchase your tickets online
 
 
As always, thank you for your support!
 
 
 
Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grist for the Mill: HoLa vs. the Hoboken BoE, round II

Ethics charges, the lowest form of NJ politics played out on the grand stage of the Soprano State is the latest riff in two of the Mile Square City's feuding public education institutions.

No one is talking on the record about the latest turn of musical chairs in the legal battle between the Hoboken BoE and the HoLa charter school but that doesn't mean it's not a public feud (or public information).

Ethics allegations likely involve three current and former members of the BoE district: Tom Kleupfel, Jennifer Evans and former BoE trustee Leon Gold. Those behind the sight unseen charges are connected to if not competing administrators at HoLA. The two sides have been embroiled in a years long legal battle over the charter school's expansion to seventh and eighth grade.

The Hoboken BoE considered the expansion encroachment and threw a red legal flag. Predictions of victory have fallen fallow as the proceedings have dragged on for years with no positive result. HoLa bruised but winning with its status quo expansion is retaliating for the bloodletting. Legal bills are into six figures all around.

Hoboken suffers from no dearth of public and private schools; it's more like a potpourri of options and with an exploding school age population, the education institutions are doing good business.

The HoLa expansion approved by the State of NJ back in March 2015 is the epicenter of the years long fight with mounting legal bills and bad blood flowing on all sides. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the BoE school district is thought underwritten by the BoE commissioners and spurred ethics charges in retaliation by HoLa forces.

Ethics allegations, legal bills and arguments on appointed lawyers covering legal bills for the BoE trustees are all part and parcel of the less than public debate. The weekend fish wrap mentions another unrelated case. It will probably require an OPRA request before sufficient details come to light.

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Last night, the unheralded but very unopposed for reelection Freeholder, one Anthony "Stick" Romano attempted to celebrate his line of potential Democratic Committee candidates in the upcoming June primary at the downtown restaurant Biggies.

The event turned out to be less committee and more a sequel to Invasion of the Body Snatchers as not one but two Hoboken City Council members crashed the proceedings. Did the event have a happy ending like say the less scary and entertaining movie Wedding Crashers? Sure, if you consider sabotage a successful end to a shotgun wedding.

Oh, the council members teaming up in a tag team duo of party pile drivers punking Romano were Ravi Bhalla and Tiffanie Fisher. They played their parts as gate crashers to perfection for the sequel but the cast is all Hoboken. Perhaps Will Farrell won't mind.

A newer member or less knowledgeable member of the public in attendance in the ways of Hoboken electioneering had a more naive idea of an election day assault asking if anyone had an organized plan to sign up Vote-by-Mail applicants. Stick Romano was said to be very entertained at the notion.

Now a horse will shaddup his face or be back later with more gristy chewables. We'll decide later.

Related: Grafix Avenger blasts the weekend fish wrap for a misleading headline on the ethics allegations noting this kind of deceptive Fake News is intentional.

A horse would highlight the deception but feels the Hudson Reporter is due an apology. After all, MSV never knew the responsibility of editors to perpetuate Fake News. Well as the saying goes, we've come a long way.

One day, the Hudson Reporter editors and publishers might work their way up the ladder to the top of their profession and get a gig at CNN, the leader in Fake News. For now, this horse hears another bomb is about to drop WikiLeak style on the a fake news leader later this week. It's going to be de-lish.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com. All email is kept confidential and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson County Superior Court. In farm animals we trust.

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.