Wednesday, December 16, 2009

City Council - Live Stream

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Censor free chat, as always.

Dance Happy

Here's another Hoboken dance related event and it has all the earmarks of a real community spirit to it as well.  You just can't beat this town during the holiday season.

Grist for the Mill - BOE Edition


In a development many missed with the well deserved 500K surprise from Interim Superintendent Carter, the Board of Education Secretary David Anthony has resigned effective June 30, 2010.  That's 45K of a quite rich and some would say not quite legal lifetime contract being removed from the gravy train, excuse me the cost to Hoboken children's education.  Some features of this "value added" contract included:

  • Immediate tenure  (For just being a swell guy.)
  • Pay similar to a full time teacher for at best a part time position (if that)
  • Vesting completely outside the bounds of the NJ formula 
  • A termination clause giving an attorney to the contractee if needed on the taxpayer dime
  • A lifetime contract!  Is that even legal?  cough, cough.  
Now how many computers can $45,000 buy not including the overinflated bennies:
That's maybe a couple of thousand computers for children (at a grand a pop) with a decent service contract, countless textbooks, a tutoring program or maybe a downpayment toward some new space for a rapidly expanding school age population.  Moving on to the big picture...

Next stop on "The Cartel" targeted gravy train: a $125K administrator position will be up with elections next April. That is if the two trustee positions change hands from the Kids First coalition.  And from there, back to business as usual baby!

A reader Janis noted, there's been 500K in savings without touching a dime from the classroom since Kids First took the helm as the majority coalition.  Someone get Bob "The Cartel" Bowdon on the line.  The machine called and they want their own 500K check for Christmas.

Sorry guys.  Maybe now it will really be about Hoboken's kids.

Here's David Anthony's contract but don't read it on an empty stomach or it'll induce the dry heaves.
(Click on the fullscreen button.)

Update:  There's been some crying over at Hoboken Now by a reader about holding interviews in executive session of the candidates, but the sunshine is still shining this morning.  The New Jersey School Board's Association along with some expert legal beagles have deemed it so.  Who would want to be interviewed in front of a hundred or more spectators anyway?  The idea this would "taint" the superb pick last night is shall we put it nicely specious but hollow.

Gristy Chewable: A reader emailed asking if the tenure was really true.  Yes, it's true.  And the pay is for a part time job equal to the cost of a new teacher too.  In addition, no BOE trustee can take a paid position after resigning without a 60 day grace period.  In this case, David Anthony resigned as a trustee and took the paid role THE SAME DAY.  The State Department of Education chimed in on the matter saying "if your board is stupid enough to do this and no one files a complaint, so be it."

Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey?  Send an email to or drop a dime on the varmint at 
(201) 683-0250.  All confidences remain, well confidential (as many of you now know.)

$532,240.51 Booyah!

How often is it we can say there's been a discovery in Hoboken and it's not going to cost the town more money? You wouldn't be alone in drawing a blank and in this case, some blank checks have been filled in quite nicely by the interim school superintendent Mr. Peter Carter. (Shown above holding up the checks or Santa's early gift to the town.) Hoboken Now's Amy Sara Clark reported on the surprising event last night.

You'll hardly believe this part either. The monies have not been budgeted as receivables so it's pretty much a Christmas present from Mr. Carter to the town. That's one big bag of Santa's booty he just hauled in, courtesy of the Hoboken Charter Schools rent payments going back to 2006.

If one wasn't too careful, you'd think a new Dawn had arrived. Perhaps it has.

Interim Superintendent Carter photo courtesy Amy Sara Clark / Hoboken Now

The Show

Tonight it's back to Assumption Hall at 7:00 pm for the monthly hospital board meeting.  There's some new blood coming based on the agenda listed earlier to the 11 member group, two Hoboken residents, Domenic Segalla and Toni Tomarazzo should be making their debut the next meeting in January.

Photo courtesy Jhnny Newman, All Rights Reserved.

City Council Meeting Last Shot in 2009

Last shot for city business with the final regularly scheduled 2009 meeting of the City Council at 7:00 PM tonight.  Here's the full agenda:

And the resolutions.  Note the area top right for primary and secondary sponsors.