Saturday, February 20, 2010

'Maureen First'

We came across a story from a Board of Education regular and it's worth a read.  It's quite an insightful view on the current situation on the Board of Ed and it sums up the thoughts we are hearing on the street.

We'll have more to say on the BoE but still hoping that maybe the repeated invitations to speak to Maureen Sullivan will actually be accepted.  To this point, we are getting nothing but emailed references to a discussion with her husband, even after a public offer to speak was posted on the Hoboken Journal the other day along with the several emails offering same.  Maureen had complained that the Hoboken Journal did not give her a chance to offer her perspective.  Well MSV has, repeatedly.

Full disclosure: Da Horsey met the author of the linked story at a BoE event.  It was actually the one on the topic of parents providing suggestions on the selection process for the Superintendent.  Have not spoken to the writer since and came upon this post much by accident.  The article is very well done and worth your time.  Just click on the story title or the link below:

Update: Maureen Sullivan has posted over in Red Elephant land and we've extended another invitation there to chat.  The thread there is also worth a read on the recent BoE events.


Providing aid and assistance to Councilman Russo

The police audit has yet to be made public but it's already creating quite a bit of discussion over in the Hoboken forum, even with its unreleased arrival.  Not everyone can let go of their pet idea about it.  Some are launching personal attacks on its supposed author and another theory posits the incomplete report should have been illegally released just as Councilman Mike Russo advocated.  As part of that suggestion, it's stated Dave Mello transgressed with ye gods of grandstanding in his comments Wednesday night.

So in a salute to our neighbor and colleague jhowe, here is Councilman Dave Mello's comments on the police audit in their entirety.  You can then decide on the moral equivalence of bad behavior to the sins of Councilman Mike Russo.

CEO Budget Presentation 2010 - Budget

This is the second part of the presentation by CEO Spiros Hatiras on the 2010 budget for the hospital.

CEO Spiros Hatiras - on rebuilding trust

Apologies the audio is somewhat low as this was a backup camera.  A woman in the audience asked about how the hospital can build trust in Hoboken.

Here's resident Leon Gold asking for details on the bond.

Here's new commissioner Toni Tomarazzo speaking in response to an earlier disagreement on the roles of oversight vs. management. It was a bit heated earlier but was now moving to a clearer basis on all sides. The area of concern was specifically on learning more and reviewing information on the $4 million cost annually for Information Technology. There are almost two dozen contracts covering that area, not one for the record and CEO Hatiras has obtained 10% reductions. At the same time, the oversight role of the Authority Commissioners still remains.