Thursday, March 25, 2010

Phil and Da Mayor - You're invited Friday nite

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An Invitation From Phil Cohen

Friday night, March 26, we are hosting a gathering of friends and neighbors to meet with Board President Rose Marie Markle,  Board Trustee Irene Sobolov,  Jean Marie Mitchell and Leon Gold, four outstanding candidates on the Kids First ticket for the Hoboken Board of Education. 
In these tough fiscal times, now more than ever, we need committed public servants who can lead the Hoboken Public Schools to deliver better results in the classroom, while offering fiscally responsible leadership.

Please come to our home on
Friday March 26th,
from 7-9,
for some food, drink & a chance to meet and speak withRo, Irene, Jean Marie and Leon. Learn how they plan to address the challenges facing our city's public schools. 
We look forward to seeing you and having a great night.
Phil Cohen
206 11th Street
(between Garden & Park)
(201) 963-8586 

Big moves on Hoboken University Medical Center Board

City of Hoboken announces:

Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Appoints
New Chairperson and Vice-Chair

City of Hoboken, Thursday, March 25, 2010 – The Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority appointed board Commissioner Toni Tomarazzo and Assistant Secretary E. Norman Wilson as the Chair and Vice-Chairman respectively of the governing board at Wednesday’s monthly meeting. Tomarazzo joined the board as Commissioner at the beginning of this year and replaces Kevin Kramer who became Chairman in September of 2009. Kramer cited the need to spend more time with his family, as both he and his wife are expecting their first child in June. Kramer will remain on the board as a Commissioner. Wilson has served on the board since its inception in 2006.

Tomarazzo, a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, is an attorney and works for a financial services firm as regulatory counsel. E. Norman Wilson is a former Hoboken City Council member and is the former director of HOPES, a social services organization.

As an experienced health law attorney, Kramer  provided the Authority with guidance on the many complex financial, legal and compliance issues that hospitals face. As Chairman, he helped HUMC progress in a time of financial instability by building public support, ensuring greater oversight of the hospital’s operations, and charting a course for growth. 

During Kramer’s tenure, the Hoboken University Medical Center opened a state-of-the-art Emergency Department and expanded its Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

“It has been my focus since the first day I became Chairman to help this hospital remain viable and become vibrant,” Kramer said.  “I am proud of my time as Chairman and look forward to working with the Authority to continue this trend going forward.”

“I want to thank Kevin Kramer for his service as Chairman of the hospital’s governing board and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the new Chairperson and Vice-Chair,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. “The road ahead is challenging, but I am confident that the governing board, and the HUMC Administration can work together to implement strategies for the financial well-being of the hospital and Hoboken’s taxpayers.”

At last night’s meeting, the governing board approved moving forward with a process to hire special legal counsel for expert advice on strategies and opportunities that will allow the hospital to transition out of municipal ownership. 

The board will be interviewing various candidates at a meeting to be scheduled as soon as possible.  Chairperson Tomarazzo indicated that she expects the firm which is chosen to have health care expertise and to also help guide the hospital in all financially related matters.

Grist for the Mill: Peter Cammarano enters, stage right


Peter Cammarano apparently met with a counselor in a popular uptown Hoboken coffee shop.  Until now, questions have come from readers about the ex-mayor but not much is of broader public interest.  Some people know the wife left earlier with child in tow and that Hudson Realty is holding the exclusive for sale listing on the uptown Bloomfield brownstone.  But it's this conversation during the colder months that's the gist of this rumor fueled grist.

Although our heroes down in Newark at Club Fed are doing their fine methodical work with the recent conviction of the sultry Leona Baldini of Jersey City,  there's more going on behind the scenes.  Hopes Hudco held the boys of summer in Newark would see their star witness Solomon Dwek stumble before a jury fell asunder leaving the oddsmakers on future cases on the sidelines.

Any of Hudson County Crime Inc.'s hopes were pretty much dashed with that conviction.  A Soprano State ex-government official can crow how they were unfairly stung by the FBI until the cows come home now.  The only person who will listen will be in a nearby jail cell, a local sympathetic editor or a counselor which brings us to the point of this story.

Enter paid counselor, an elderly gentleman doing his level best to keep ex-mayor Peter Cammarano looking on the bright side.  Holding a meeting of this kind in public and talking way too loud is only the latest mistake.

A grand jury contemplating the envelopes of cash passed had not yet come to the fore at the time of this conversation.  The counselor asked if he had any idea on its commencing and Cammarano replied, "No idea."    Discussion about his lawyer arose with the counselor advising he "stay out of the papers" maybe get out of town entirely and "don't let anger" control him. This followed with an inquiry about the estranged wife where Cammarano said in some distress, "She hopes I will fold."  The conversation moved to a discussion about his need to "confide in a friend."  Ironically just last week another source emailed Da Horsey how Cammarano pointedly told them in a chance public meeting they weren't friends, they were never friends and would never be friends. (This after the source recounted an email a few years back where Cammarano discusses how he thinks of them as... you guessed it - friends!.)

The counselor goes on to discussing the very crime itself, suggesting the manner of the money being tendered "wasn't right."  Cammarano replies saying he was set up, this was a sting and all he was doing was "yessing" the guy.  Unfortunately he doesn't explain how this instance turned into several meetings of yes, yes, yes and tens of thousands in real lovely evergreen yes' all caught on tape.  Ignoring those unfortunate facts the counselor tells Peter, "How smart can you be?"  To this Cammarano responds, "Not too smart."  At this they both howled in laughter.

Next the current Governor's name (Chris Christie) comes up perhaps along the lines about an intermediary somehow interceding.  To that the counselor responds, "These people are not your friends."  Gee, how much is that hourly rate again?  This followed with some concern on the overall Cammarano state of affairs and some work perhaps of a volunteer nature and a job offer in some capacity for a NJ construction firm.

Inevitably the discussion turned to politics.  Cammarano spoke about his love of campaigns, "I feel like I was on the most violent roller coaster.  It was a lot of fun. I won't do it again though."  The counselor encouraged him to "do it from the sidelines." On behalf of what potential campaign, it was never stated, but hey this is Joisey right?

Before leaving together, the most apt line - what everyone already knows, "For $25,000, I ruined my life," Cammarano said.

On that final point, we wholeheartedly agree.  But then again, Jersey pols do often sell out for cheap don't they?  The only thing left is the final curtain call of justice.  On that note, the Feds should know that interest on that point in Hoboken remains high.

Talking Ed Note: This website's start came about due to the actions of The Contemptuous Prince.  Without Peter "The Great Condescender" Cammarano there would never be a Mile Square View.

Although "Grist for the Mill" is a rumor column information is sourced.  For this piece, precautions were taken to ensure the source's permanent anonymity.  Besides, Da Horsey will never tell.

Have a juicy carrot for Da Horsey? Well let Smarty know: and it may become grist for the mill.  This article may be reprinted only with written permission.

The Hospital: in line with revenue projections?

Last night the Hoboken University Medical Center held it's monthly board meeting.  Due to a late conflict, MSV missed the action.  And it sounds like something akin to a coup took place.  There was a 5-4 vote with Commissioner Toni Tomarazzo taking the helm on a legal review finance committee.  (We're not clear on what that really means but we'll find out.)

Mark Mauer at the Jersey Journal posted a story on the apparent overthrow of the status quo.  The mayor showed up and expressed concern on the projected figures for this year while CEO Spiros Hatiras expressed confidence the numbers were in line to break even or do better by year's end.  Mayor Zimmer also expressed an interest to privatize the hospital.  That's obviously the right direction to take.

Claire Moses reported on this story with more extensive quotes for  It's an absolute must read.