Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reminders: Two meetings on tap tonight

City of Hoboken announces:


Public Hearing for 9/11 Memorial: 7:00 pm
The City of Hoboken will hold a public hearing to discuss planned improvements to Pier A on the Hoboken waterfront at the end of First Street and Sinatra Drive. Members of the public are invited to attend the hearing to discuss the installation of a 9/11 Memorial on the north side of the pier. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the basement conference room at City Hall, 94 Washington Street opposite the violations department.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Public Information Center: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Public Information Center (open house-style) for the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be held on Tuesday, November 30th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Multi-Service Center124 Grand Street. The public is invited to this final public meeting to provide feedback on the strategies developed as part of Hoboken’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to enhance bicyclist and pedestrian travel within HobokenClick here to download a flyer for the event. For additional information, visithttp://hobokennj.org/bikepedplan 

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

Here's a classic video clip from the previous wars between Chris Campos and Dawn Zimmer in their 2007 fourth ward election battles.

Notice the classic themes repeated in the video this past election about voter suppression as we lead into tomorrow's discussion on Resolution no. 2 - supporting the Attorney General investigating Hoboken's fourth ward election.  (And look who is standing with then Councilman Chris Campos in the video.)

There will be some strange utterances coming out of people's mouths tomorrow on resolution no. 2.  Be prepared to hear lots of interest in including the 2007 fourth ward election in the resolution from the usual small cadre of Beth Mason fanatics, but one thing you can be sure, they won't be interested in the anomaly in the election earlier this month nor will they have any interest in the street money distributed in the Beth Mason campaign in 2009.  In that mayoral campaign last year, checks for one amount were paid out and distributed in different amounts to multiple people - clear and obvious electoral violations.

When this came to light, Councilwoman Beth Mason told the Hudson Reporter she would conduct a self-investigation on the matter.  It's been radio silence ever since and that goes double for her band of merry fraudster loving Occhipinti campaign crew participants.

Some have taken to erasing their comments online in an attempt to not have a Cammarano II event occur where they were the most vocal defending the corrupt king.  Or maybe they just don't want to be too close to the expected investigation.  (Sorry guys it's too late for that.)

Be prepared for a mountain of hypocrisy tomorrow led by an organized cabal of truth avoiders - yes, that means an organized political circus featuring the little angry Hoboken411 minion.  At 6:00 pm tomorrow, when the wife comes home after a hard day, he'll be getting dressed and putting on a suit to "go to work," spreading lies, distortion and disinformation, re: propaganda. 

At the Board of Elections everyone spoke about various concerns in the process and problems illustrating examples in the most recent election.  Except for the Hudson St. toady who urged the investigation be about the 2007 election.  Yes, he bypassed the open issues of the 2009 street money cash distributions.  What did you expect?

Watch Accusations Fly in Fourth Ward Race |  Video courtesy of the Wiley Coyote, Eric Kurta.

This video not seen in some time is a window into the fourth ward. The same issues come up with the same charges and the same corruption avoidance. Only this time, all the evidence points to massive, systematic violations of electoral law with the fraud on one side of the ledger.

Although Tim Occhipinti's campaign says they welcome any investigation, their true sentiments clearly lie elsewhere. It was obvious to an astute observer at the last City Council meeting, joy was not in the air with Tim Occhipinti being sworn in and taking ex-councilman Mike Lenz's chair.

It was the subdued anticipation of a shoe about to drop.  By week's end two did.
The City Council's resolution is non-binding, the only question is how Team Occhocorrupto will handle it.  They could just vote to approve it and quickly move on or they may try to table it or anything in between.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This time with Paula Dow the Attorney General though, maybe not.

Monday, November 29, 2010

City: Corner Cars puts Hoboken in positive light regionally, nationally and beyond

City of Hoboken announces:

Mayor Zimmer urges Council to put good policy above politics

Despite its local status as a political football, the City of Hoboken has received a large number of accolades for the implementation of the Corner Cars program from transportation and environmental advocates, local organizations, the academic community, and independent news sources.

Most recently, Mayor Dawn Zimmer was “thanked” by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a critical transportation advocacy organization in the region, for her innovative stance with Corner Cars, among other transportation solutions. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.3 million members, featured Corner Cars in an article published last week in their “On Earth” magazine. In addition, Corner Cars and Hoboken’s transportation solutions are featured as the cover story of the November issue of the League of Municipalities Magazine.

“It’s great that Hoboken gets so much local, national, and even international recognition for our efforts, but what's most important to me are the benefits that Corner Cars and other transportation programs provide to our residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I urge the City Council to put politics aside and ensure the continuation of this successful and widely-praised program which benefits all residents – those with cars and those without.”

At the November 14th Council meeting, the City Council voted 4-4 and failed to introduce an ordinance to establish on-street parking spaces for Corner Cars, a contractual obligation of the contract previously awarded to Hertz Connect by an 8-1 vote of the Council. As a result, the Zimmer Administration is again placing the same ordinance on the December 1st Council meeting agenda along with a resolution to temporarily establish the parking spaces since the prior temporary authorization will expire before the ordinance can take effect.

“We should all be proud of the success of these programs,” added Councilman David Mello, Chair of the Transportation and Parking Committee. “I am confident that Corner Cars will continue to take cars off the street and assist in relieving the pressure felt by residents who are looking for parking each day.”

“You simply don't get this kind of attention if it doesn't work," said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. "Our integrated transportation solutions featuring Corner Cars and the Hop have made it far easier to live in Hoboken without a car. The success of Corner Cars is proven by the numbers; with nearly 1,000 participants and 46 residents already giving up their on-street parking permits, Corner Cars is irrefutably taking cars off the street and improving the City's parking situation.”

Independent advocates, academics, and news organizations praise for Corner Cars:

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Corner Cars program under duress

The successful Hertz Corner Cars program is under duress and will be facing a critical vote on the parking spaces spread around town this Wednesday as the first item on the City Council meeting's agenda.

Councilman Mike Russo says he needs more information but he's been given all the answers to his often hostile line of questioning to Director Ian Sacs on the program at almost every City Council meeting of late.

If he needs more information, no doubt it's available. The mayor also sent a detailed communication to all City Council members last week.  Perhaps the councilman will get the outstanding answers he seeks before the vote on the matter at this Wednesday's meeting.

One can only hope.

The Hudson Reporter detailed its story and now has an online poll to go with its story.

Those interested can participate in their new poll.


Hertz Corner Car in Hoboken - the program's success continues in the face of a CC threat to end it.

Talking Ed Note: Although the almost 1,000 users of the program lead very busy lives as many in town, it's going to be important that some detail their experience with the program at the City Council meeting Wednesday night.

Recently Da Horsey had a first look with using a Corner Car and can say after owning a car in Hoboken almost all the time, it's one great option for those who need one less than daily.

Frankly, it's baffling such a successful program would be finding such curious reluctance in the City Council.  It reminds those active viewers of the Council proceedings of the county bond discount vote.  The opposition to the low cost county bond on purchasing the Municipal Garage was reducing the lease cost of about $100,000 to a mere fraction.  Until the deadline, the Council of No stood united against doing so.  Then sanity prevailed and voila, the bond passed unanimously.  Let's hope similar sanity prevails here and the people's business moves forward.

Related: Grafix Avenger provides an interesting analysis of the program in the wards where Council members in a most curious first reading vote, bravely said no to the 1,000 Hoboken residents already signed up and the innovative program.

Link: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2010/11/corner-car-killers.html

Hoboken caught in the crunch of Superintendent reforms

With the State of NJ determined to reign in Board of Education Superintendent contracts at $175,000 - the same salary as its Governor, Hoboken is now caught between a rock and a hard place trying to hire its final choice for the district.

Although it's not public knowledge, the likelihood the maximum length four plus year contract exceeds the State's compensation limits expected in place by February is very likely if history is any indicator.

Dr. Mark Toback recently visited Hoboken
The previous selection Frank Romano was tabbed in the $185,000 ballpark.  Hoboken's final district candidate Dr. Mark Toback is then in conflict with the State's desire to limit pay for those positions.

The State's acting education commissioner has declined to renew any new Superintendent contracts above the expected limits while final legislation moves ahead.  The Assembly just passed an overhaul on Superintendent compensation 78-0.  State Democrats carry the majority in the Assembly, the place where a roadblock to spending curbs would typically face opposition but there wasn't a single vote against.

The Trentonian filed a story last Monday detailing the statewide efforts to reign in Superintendent compensation.

“This legislation is needed now more than ever,” said the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, a Republican who represents East Windsor, Hightstown and parts of Monmouth County.

“When it comes to school superintendents’ pay, it has been divide and conquer property taxpayers. School administrators have been allowed to dictate their own outrageous terms to school boards, leaving taxpayers with the highest property tax bills in the nation,” Casagrande said.

Casagrande’s bill, A-406, would require school districts to use a model contract developed by the state Department of Education. The templates would also set “reasonable standards” for salary, health and pension benefits, and sick and vacation days.

Casagrande said the inspiration for writing the bill came when former Keansburg Superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski attempted to claim $741,000 upon retirement, including unused time and a contracted severance payment.

The motivation to pass the bill grew when Parsippany-Troy Hills Superintendent LeRoy Seitz received a contract extension earlier this month that would have paid him an average annual salary of $225,064 over the next five years — well above Christie’s upcoming cap of $175,000.

Morris County’s executive schools superintendent, Kathleen Serafino, declared Seitz’s new contract null and void and Christie said school boards can’t renegotiate a superintendent’s contract unless it complies with his upcoming salary cap regulations, which are supposed to take effect February 2011.

The complete story from the Trentonian at the link:

Related: Ray Smith at the Hudson Reporter detailed their story on the current standoff.

Talking Ed Note: The candidate Mark Toback is clearly caught in the same spending net as any other potential Superintendent hire in the state with the Education commissioner believed to have the ability to set limits on pay for the position as the February deadline set by the Governor looms.  

The legislation including a package of reforms setting Superintendent compensation limits looks likely to move ahead with the passage in the Assembly.  It may clear the State Senate and arrive on the Governor's desk sooner than later.

So who has more responsibility a Governor of the State of New Jersey or a district Superintendent?  Should the biggest public servant position set the standard for salaries or not?

Photo courtesy NJ.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sign of the Times: Timmy gives thanks

Once again, on lower Jackson St. art depicts life with a message from the fourth ward.  In this latest episode, Tim Occhipinti gives thanks.

This photo just arrived and so without further due Episode II of Where's Timmy:

The question in this latest installment of where's Timmy features thanks for the smiling dollar signs.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Breaking: Mason Money flushed Occhipinti coffers with more than $13,000!


Councilwoman Beth Mason and her husband Ricky made the maximum $2,600 contribution each to Tim Occhipinti's "independent" run for the fourth ward council seat but that's not the biggest surprise.

In addition to maxing out in their family contribution, Beth Mason used a loophole in the law to circulate monies from her established PAC (Political Action Committee) - Friends of Beth Mason for City Council in the amount of $8,200 bringing her total contribution to Tim "I'm independent" Occhipinti to $13,400!

Although New Jersey law allows such political action committees to make contributions exceeding the limits per individual of $2,600 such practices above and beyond in cynical applications as this one is frowned upon by good government advocates who do not look kindly on such contributions.

Mason Contributions to Tim Occhipinti

Similar shadowy practices by political action committees have made their impact in other Hoboken elections, most recently the Cammarano for Mayor campaign where real estate developers bundled monies through one to attack Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer in her spring 2009 mayoral run.

It will be interesting to see how reformer groups and individuals respond to this late massive cash infusion into the Tim Occhipinti campaign reported at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission website.

The massive donation from Beth Mason dwarfs monies from other political insiders such as Mike Novak's $1,500 and Councilman Mike Russo's $500.

Got transparency?

Just days before the 4th ward special election, Beth Mason used her PAC to make a huge cash injection into Tim Occhipinti's campaign, exceeding the maximum individual donations in the the names of her and her husband's $2,600 each.  She used her PAC to circumvent the individual maximum to the tune of another $8,200.

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Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Mile Square Theatre

New Jerseyians, avoid the tolls!
New Yorkers, see what Hoboken has to offer!
December @ MST: A Christmas Carol
and other amazing events!

A Christmas Carol,
Told by the Spirit of Charles Dickens
Conceived by Meg Pantera and Lenard Petit
Performed by Lenard Petit
with music by Sean Hagerty

December 2 - December 19
Thursday thru Saturday @ 8pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 3pm
$10 preview on
December 1 @ 8pm
Lenard Petit
Photo by 
Craig Wallace Dale
Lenard Petit
Photo by
Craig Wallace Dale
Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday story is brought to life in a tour de force solo performance by Lenard Petit, known to Mile Square Theatre audiences for his stunning portrayal in the title role of MST’s 2003 production of Cyrano. In A Christmas Carol Mr. Petit appears as the spirit of Charles Dickens, who in the reading of his classic novella, creates a magical world of characters, from past, present, and future, and brings to life this time-tested story of a cold-hearted miser who finds redemption on Christmas Eve. With original music composed and performed by Sean Hagerty.
Recommended for audiences 8 and up
Special Opening Night Benefit
20% of our box office donated to Project Play
Monroe Theatrespace,
720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ
2nd Floor

Tickets: $20 • Students and Seniors: $12
Reservations: 201.683.7014
or order online @ www.milesquaretheatre.org
Lenard Petit is a director/actor who resides in New York City. He has been working in the theater for 30 years, collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage, cinema, and television. He has performed in works of such notable directors as Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. Mr. Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. As one of a handful of teacher/students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov's Theater School, his knowledge of the technique coupled with his gifts have brought him to be recognized as one of the foremost teachers of this technique in the world. As a member of the international Michael Chekhov Association, he has been invited to teach master classes at the Moscow Art Theater, The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as acting workshops in Denmark, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, London, Riga, and Irkutsk, Siberia. For the past 20 years he has been teaching Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA acting programs at Rutgers University. Mr. Petit is the author of The Michael Chekhov Handbook; for the Actor, published by Routledge Press. His direction of The Frog Bride was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2006. For MST, Mr. Petit appeared as Cyrano in Cyrano and directed Melanie Marnich’sA Boy A Bat A Ball for the 2005 7th Inning Stretch.

Meg Pantera (Director) was Artistic Director of the Theatre Of Youth Company in Buffalo, New York, and Artistic Director for RAPA Theater Arts Center in Rochester. New York. Directing credits include. Macbeth, Fool for Love, (Franklin Street Theatre) Henry IV, PART I (Shakespeare in Delaware Park), Equus, Gyspy, and Annie (Artpark) Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tarfalmador CafĂ©) To Kill a Mockingbird (Kavinoky Theatre), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Franklin St Theatre) Desire Under the Elms (Irish Classical Theatre), Huck Finn, Beauty and the Beast (Center Theatre) and Cinderella, an English Pantomine (Shea's, Buffalo). It is with great joy that A Christmas Carol brings her back to the theatre.

Sean Hagerty (Music) is a sound designer, violinist, and composer specializing in live electronics and music for theater and dance. As a sound designer, he has worked on Losing Something, Windup Bird Chronicle, and Milk N Honey, at 3LD, and ran sound for Langston in Harlem, Cabaret Nights, Rewrite, and Re-Entry at Urban Stages as well as Exit / Entrance and End of Lines at 59E59 Theater. He has written violin and electric violin dance scores for Collective Body Dance Lab, premiered at the Baryshnikov Art Center, and for Norte Maar's Ballet Y Bushwickconcert. Interactive works include a tap-dance collaboration with Andrew Nemr, performed at the NYCEMF festival and at Webster Hall, and Chopin's Minute Waltz in 30 Minutes, performed with Dave Soldier at Le Poisson Rouge. Sean has performed at the Bowery Ballroom with the Broadway cast of Sweeney Todd,lead the chamber rock ensemble the Freedom Haters, and has played with many local artists including Rad Unicorn, Kris Kelly, Julia Price, Kyle Jarrow, Rebecca Cherry, John Carlin, Will Hanza, and Ben Magnuson. www.seanhagerty.com
December Readings
of Great Plays
with Great Actors
Medal of Honor Ragby Tom Cole
Cole's gripping Vietnam drama
about a traumatized soldier.
Starring Ralph DeMatthews
and Landon Woodson
Directed by Matt Lawler

12/6 @ 7:30pm $5
by Kathleen Cahill

Directed by Marc Weitz
Cahill’s comedy of manners
about the great American
thinkers of the 1840s
12/13 @ 7pm $5
The Odd Couple
by Neil SimonMST Artistic Director
Chris O'Connor
as Felix and
Artistic DirectorMatt Lawler as Oscar
in Simon's hilarious comedy
12/19 @ 7pm $5
A Dramatic Reading of
The People with No Camel

Based on a true story
by Roya Movafegh
Accompanied by Mehr Mansuri & Anthony Blunda on the Daf
The People With No Camel weaves two journeys of freedom: a ten year old girl escapes Iran in 1981 with her family, due to the heavy persecutions they face as Baha’is, carrying nothing but three little handbags, new identities, and their Faith. The novel then takes a turn. The girl has become a woman, and the narrative shifts into parable. Infused with Persian mythical characters, the woman’s quest to save her dying forest turns into her own spiritual journey – the search for ultimate freedom.

A Benefit for Elysian Charter School

Tuesday, December 7 @ 7pm
Free to the Public
“What a beautiful book, gently written yet deep. Movafegh’s journey was so painful it brought tears to my eyes. If we are to deal with some of the horrors we are forced to endure because of hatred and injustice then perhaps writing about them helps. And she has done a mighty job in presenting her truth. Those fortunate enough to read her book will be forever changed and the truth of the Baha’is suffering in Iran will become known to the world.”
—Betty Williams (Nobel Peace Laureate, President and Founder of WORLD CENTERS OF COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL)

"I was deeply transformed and touched by this unusually told tale of courage and perseverance. Unsentimental and yet with uncanny accuracy, her journey captures the conflict and confusion of our former Iran and still emerges with the grace of a true Persian woman. Interwoven between flights of fantasy, Movafegh speaks of freedom untasted in the East or the West."
—Shohreh Aghdashloo (Emmy winning actress and Oscar nominee of House of Sand and Fog)

"Against the backdrop of the Islamic Revolution, Roya Movafegh carries us with one unforgettable young woman and her family on a gripping journey into the unknown, opening a brilliant prismatic window on the power of faith and delivering a deeply affecting tale of memory, culture, and identity".
—Neda Armian (film producer, Rachel Getting Married)

The Annual Hoboken
Holiday Crafts Fair

Not sure what to get Aunt Irene for the holidays? Need that special piece of jewelry for the holiday party? Looking for something unique and artistic for a hard to shop for loved one?
Then come to the Monroe Center for the Arts and browse the huge variety of arts and crafts on sale throughout the building. A popular Hoboken tradition for years, this fair has moved to its new location at the Monroe Center. Come pick up a bargain and catch a matinee of A Christmas Carol after you've filled your stocking.
Saturday and Sunday:
December 4 and 5
December 18 and 19
11am to 5pm

Monroe Center for the Arts
720 Monroe Street, Hoboken

Brought to you by:
Mayor Dawn Zimmer
and the City of Hoboken
Cultural Affairs,
Geri Fallo, Division Head

Monroe Center for the Arts
Special thanks to our 2010 Sponsors:
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Bijou Properties
Provident Bank Foundation
TD Bank Foundation
Applied Development
Beth Mason and Family
Haven Savings Bank
Hoboken Brownstone
Hudson Reporter
Monroe Center for the Arts
Paula Ohaus
Frank Raia

Thursday, November 25, 2010

On this Thanksgiving

Some thoughts this Thanksgiving, in the end there is only one one meaningful and true:

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Though our mouths were full of song as the sea, 
and our tongues of exultation as the multitude of its waves,
and our lips of praise as the wide-extended firmament;
though our eyes shone with light like the sun and the moon,
and our hands were spread forth like the eagles of heaven,
and our feet were swift as hinds,
we should still be unable to thank thee and bless thy name,
O Lord our God and God of our fathers,
for one thousandth or one ten thousandth part of the bounties which thou has bestowed upon our fathers and upon us.
- from the Hebrew Prayer Book

Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
- Galatians 6:9

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Transportation Group takes time to give thanks

 The Tri-State Transportation Campaign's blog on the things they have to be thankful for:

There are still some progressive leaders in New Jersey. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, for example.  In just the last year, Hoboken has implemented city-wide car sharing, passed a complete streets policy, rewarded residents who turn in their parking permits, and embraced cycling; Zimmer happens to bike around town herself.

For the complete website see:


City announces additional Western Edge community meetings

City of Hoboken announces:


Two additional community meetings have been scheduled to provide further opportunities for public input on the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan.

The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks lodge, 1005 Washington Street

The second meeting will take place on Thursday, December 9th from 6-8 p.m. at the Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Avenue.

These meetings are in response to the public’s request for additional meetings to provide feedback to the draft Western Edge Redevelopment Plan. The most recent version of the plan is available on the City website: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/community-development/redevelopment/

The format is workshop style, and residents may come in at any time during the meetings at their convenience. There will be a brief discussion at the beginning of the meetings to go over the main issues that have been raised. Tables will be set up so residents can provide input on each of those issues.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mayor Zimmer details critical importance of Corner Cars

Office of the Mayor announces:

Corner Cars Memo to Council

Talking Ed Note: This comprehensive presentation from the mayor to the City Council details the legal aspects of Hoboken's contract with Hertz along with the 1,000 residents who have already signed up for the program.

Page six shows a color coded map of the users throughout the city.
Page 52 details the ordinance with the 4-4 vote where it failed on first reading.  Those voting no: Terry Castellano, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti and Mike Russo.  Councilman Nino Giachhi was not present and did not vote at the last meeting.

The next step lies not just with the City Council but with the people of Hoboken who need to have their voices heard.  The next City Council meeting is December 1st.

This document is available for download or email.  Just click "download" on the top right or "share" on the right.

You can also download the complete pdf by clicking on the pdf link below:

The money behind the shill

As we wind down to Thanksgiving and surprisingly although we thought many were already doing so, the final tally of visitors yesterday was shockingly high, telling us some are focused on Thanksgiving and others are still focused on Hoboken.

In keeping with the theme of giving thanks, a reliable unconfirmed source provided some additional details on late arriving monies on behalf of Tim Occhipinti in the fourth ward council race.

Councilman Tim Occhipinti - his campaign is the focus of an investigation at the County prosecutor level but has also reached the State Attorney General's Office the same week as his first council meeting.

Some of you with great memories and histories in town will know these names, others may not, but it's indicative in many respects.  One can sell out but it's more important not only to know what someone sells out for, but who they sell out to.

On that note, here's a partial listing as we await the posting of the ELEC reports.  Now Councilman Occhipinti decried the use of "street money," but it's his use of money that has risen all the way to the desk of the State Attorney General.

$15,000 insta street money dollars breakdown as follows:

Ricky Mason, husband of Councilwoman Beth Mason
  Literature, etc, in kind contributions - awaiting final four figure tally
Viken Manchkian   $2,000
Peter Eagle             $2,000
Wendy Cherry       $2,000
Robert Lugano       $2,600
Ken O'Neill            $2,600
Louis Carbone        $2,000

Related: A poll worker alleged to walk voters into the polls and the voting machines is now under investigation also at the state level with the Attorney General's office.

Reports of a certain Assemblyman's mother on election day in the 4th ward eerily sounds like exactly like what occurred in Patterson.  

One can only hope the much admired State Attorney General Paula Dow will find the manpower to do a full blown investigation on the numerous voting irregularities already arrived in her office.

Based on the comments reported in the Jersey Journal by the Hudson County Prosecutor DeFazio there is currently no criminal investigation, just a review of the county superintendent's report.  Why he felt it necessary to describe the matter in such a limited way before the actual work is done is compelling.

Then again, this is Hudson County.  When the FBI comes up from Essex County for their regular roundup of political crooks here, they are careful to never contact Hudson County's law enforcement institutions.  

Smart guys, those boys of summer down in Newark.  Come back soon guys.

Board of Education: Superintendent update candidate named

From a BoE source:


The Board of Education and Dr. Mark Toback have agreed that Dr. Toback

be identified as the board's choice to serve as our next superintendent of
schools, even though we continue to await final approval on the proposed
contract from the Department of Education.

Dr. Mark Toback will be in district tomorrow, Tuesday November 23rd touring
our schools and meeting our principals.  He will also be available to meet
with the community in the high school cafeteria from 1:30-2:30 pm and
from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Please come and join us.

Talking Ed Note: Kurt Gardiner at the Hoboken Journal has an interesting feature up on the candidate.  Take a look:


Monday, November 22, 2010

Mayor Zimmer on the waterfront - Video

Part 2, much shorter - (this was not in high definition but audio is very clear).

This meeting is important and part of the important record of Hoboken's precious resource, its waterfront.

Hudson Reporter: a blog post too far?

The Hudson Reporter like others has delved into the arena of whether parody has gone too far in the punditry of a graphic featured on Grafix Avenger.

The story appeared on page one along with the big news of the State Attorney General seeing the arrival of the stacks of alleged election fraud problems put forward from the Hudson County Prosecutor's office surrounding Tim Occhipinti and his campaign earlier this month.

As MSV rarely does online polls, if you wish to vote on this here's how they framed it:

To vote on their poll go to the link:


The poll closes on Thanksgiving.

Waterfront meeting tonight, Western Edge, and a shadowy developer group

Councilman Peter Cunningham sent this email out last night and it's notable for the heads up on the revisited Western Edge meetings in December and tonight's waterfront meeting:

Good evening everybody,

This is a friendly reminder that tomorrow night the Mayor will host a community meeting with regards to our waterfront infrastructure issues.  Please attend if you can. 

I will also be announcing in the next day or so the first set of community workshop meetings on Western Edge Redevelopment.  Those meetings will be held the week of December 6th.

Stay tuned...


On Monday, November 22nd, Mayor Dawn Zimmer will host the second community meeting to discuss waterfront infrastructure issues and concerns with residents. The meeting will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street. Mayor Zimmer will also be available afterwards to talk with residents and answer questions about any other issues of concern.

Residents who have questions but are unable to attend may email waterfront@hobokennj.org.

Talking Ed Note: The shadowy developer group "Citizens for Sensible Growth," after some very odd telephone polling in early October during the fourth ward special election made a public appearance of sorts at the swearing in ceremony of Tim Occhipinti.

A horde of young people were seen wearing their stickers and appeared to be there in support of the new councilman Tim Occhipinti.  As we noted the strangeness of them assembled and the stickers and before questions could be asked about their presence, some signal was made and just like that, poof - they just all got up and left.

Kurt Gardiner at the Hoboken Journal was actually someone among those who were hit with a telephone poll from this developer outfit.  His story on it linked here:

All the worst concerns about Tim "personal integrity" Occhipinti are coming to pass with his campaign now being reviewed for numerous criminal referrals at the State Attorney General's office and this show of force from a shadowy developer group at his swearing in.

Last, this is ELEC day, so later this week, more of "Tim's Truth," will be revealed.

Frank Raia (c) found himself like others surrounded by a horde of shadowy developer zombies with the oddly named group, "Citizens for Sensible Growth."  How much do you wanna bet "they" are against the Western Edge development plan?  They have something more profitable in mind no doubt.

A group of wandering zombie developer types wore these stickers
at the last City Council meeting

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4th ward already souring on Tim 'money mouth' Occhipinti

TheBankRobber a 4th ward resident sent in this artwork from lower Jackson Street with the following thoughts:

A drawing of Tim Occhipinti shows him happy, missing but with smiling dollars

Just sending you this picture as a heads up of the missing 4th ward representative. I know Timmy has some other problems on his mind these days, but I'd like to point out that I've never seen Timmy in my beloved 4th Ward!

O.K., I saw him once, and that was after he finally figured out where to vote on election day. I understand that being the 4th Ward representative doesn't necessarily mean that Timmy has to constantly walk the mean streets of the 4th Ward, but he did say at the most recent council meeting that he's voting against the Corner Cars because of the people he's spoken to in the 4th ward. That is when I realized that I've never seen him here!

Also if he'd actually walk past the Corner Cars on Harrison and 2nd he'd see that those cars aren't there a lot of the time! Or maybe Timmy should even talk to me or all the other folks that are actually using the Corner Cars in the 4th Ward. So yeah, Timmy already completely misrepresented this ward by not knowing how many people are using the Corner Cars. Off to not a very good start as our representative. The drawing that accompanies this email is in the little park on Jackson between 1st and 2nd....If Timmy was really part of this ward, he might of actually seen it.

Talking Ed Note: Silly BankRobber, if Tim Occhipinti was independent he'd really care what you and other residents using the Corner Cars really think but that decision was made already and as we well know, the mayor introduced this program so the Council of No is against it.

Name another program in Hoboken that has generated this kind of success in such a short time. Doesn't matter, they abhor the idea of losing one or two parking spaces near them in addition to wanting to see the mayor's idea fail. Short of failure, they'll just work to kill it.

There's some additional problems with the Russo-Mason-Castellano hopes to see the popular program gone. They may also be putting the city in legal jeopardy. More on that to come.

Think of it this way, if you are and your family gave up your car and your resident parking permit because you signed on to this winning program and now the new "independent" Councilman Tim Occhipinti joins with the hostile Council of No to kill it off, how angry would you be? Dozens of people have already done so just about outpacing the spots needed for the program's introduction. Add to that almost 1,000 residents who have signed up.

Enough maybe to join in a class action suit? Think about it and after you do, you can blame Tim Occhipinti who has already voted against the program out of the gate in his very first City Council meeting. Way to be independent Tim. Represent!

Paula Dow, paging Attorney General Paula Dow...