Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mayor Zimmer: The Comprehensive Interview pt. 1

In this first part of the audio interview Thursday afternoon at City Hall, Mayor Dawn Zimmer begins on the challenge of moving from a legislator to executive, the "crises after crises" when she became Acting Mayor and the efforts on transparency in the hiring process and obtaining the police audit.

Governance, specifically Hoboken's efforts to become independent is the next area and hiring a Business Administrator comes up as a crucial part of that effort.

(This segment is somewhat shorter than desired due to a phone call interruption.)

Talking Ed Note: Although some charge there's a relationship between the mayor and Mile Square View, this is actually the first real conversation of note between Mayor Zimmer and Da Horsey.  For the record, MSV has been at a few events, and actually spoken more with her husband on a couple of occasions, easily surpassing the brief total time with Dawn Zimmer herself.

Similarly to the interview with the fiscal state monitor Judy Tripodi, we'll refrain from offering any commentary until a later date in order to allow readers to draw their own conclusions. Like that interview, all questions here were asked live, unrehearsed and the Q&A is complete and unedited.

Going to the show show...

There's a full day of activity at City Hall today in the second part of the Budget Workshop.  Most people will spend the day doing any number of things but you can always come back and watch as you like via the magic of internet streaming courtesy of our technical friends running the cameras.  Their doing a good job of capturing the players in action.  Watch how the first Finance/Administration portion is hijacked from budget to arguments about the critical statistical data of gnat fly reproduction and the wails of pain how every year another council person asks for this and that and dee odder thing and yet it never happens. If you can stay alert through that maybe something good happens.

Really, there's limits to this process.  The City Council along with the mayor don't yet have the tools to look at efficiency yet: not in Public Safety and not in the other various municipal departments so really they are kicking each other around making a show of pushing one another with unspecified prodding as they stare at the floor and look for spare change.

It'll be interesting however to see if any other Director can match Director Pelligrini in producing an introductory budget document with lower costs.  So far, he was the only one to do so to his credit.  An A to the Director for not needing to be prodded on the realities of the day.  (Schedule and presentations available after the jump.)