Thursday, April 29, 2010

Things that make you go huh?

Patricia Waiters made an appearance at the BoE last Tuesday and started by saying she wasn't a sore loser but then proceeded to do everything possible to convince the viewing audience otherwise.  She complained about broken machines (repaired but she claims it remained broke till the polls closed) and stated seniors were turned away.  Somehow she ignores provisional and emergency ballots although they were added to the tallies at the end of the election.  If she feels there's some problems worth investigating she'll need to follow up with the County.

Somehow though Patricia sees no issue with the hundreds of ballots she benefited from due to the Pupie Raia Absentee Ballot Express.  The saddest part is that media folks follow up with her as the Jersey Journal did and no one seems to ask her about these relevant questions or her lack of ELEC filings.  Apparently, since Patricia Waiters has been running for positions since 2006, she doesn't file any.  Of more substance though is the support she received this time around.  To generate fully a third of your vote via absentee ballot is not only disproportionate, but a big red flag when you combine it with no ELEC filings.

As for the audience, she received some heckling and then continued on a full minute and a half past the normal five minute allotment.  MSV has seen the same thing happen in City Council but that was worse coming past midnight.

Okay, you remember Mel Gibson, but here's Patricia Waiters in Conspiracy Theory 2:

Hoboken Health Fair - Saturday 1-5 pm

“Family & Friends”  Event Saturday to Feature Array of Participants

HOBOKEN -- Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Freeholder Anthony Romano Jr., Fourth Ward Councilman Michael Lenz and other members of the Hoboken City Council, Hoboken Housing Authority and representatives of the Police Department will participate, in various capacities, in the Family & Friends Health, Nutrition and Fitness Fair this Saturday.

The event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mama Johnson ballfield at Fourth and Jackson streets, will feature a cooking contest in which Mayor Zimmer, Assemblyman Ramos and other officials will participate as judges. Mayor Zimmer will also lead a bike ride around the neighborhood, in conjunction with some bikes and scooters that will be given away as prizes. Assemblyman Ramos and Freeholder Romano are also supplying food for the event. Ramos, a former City Councilman, once ran a series of Housing Authority nutrition programs similarly designed to promote good eating habits and exercise.

The health fair, which will be the latest installment in an ongoing series launched by Housing Authority Commissioner Jake Stuiver in September, will focus on the theme, “You Are What You Eat.” Local caterer Eric Rodriguez will run the cookoff, and Councilman Lenz, who recently lost over 150 pounds through improving his diet will speak about the benefits of good nutrition. Ian Rintel of Hoboken Golf will supply a mini-golf course on the ballfield.

Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini will also be on hand supplying audio equipment for music entertainment, city employee Paul Drexel is helping coordinate various health-screening services that will have tables on the field, as will education-, vocation- and job-seeking service HOPES and the Save the Youth Academy teen-assistance program, whose co-founders, Luis Acevedo and Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, will coordinate many of the event’s athletic activities.
Those who wish to participate in the cookoff must prepare the food in advance and bring it to the event. For the recipe every participant must use, please contact HHA Commissioner Jake Stuiver at

July 4th on The Hudson - Play it again Sam

The Macy's July 4th fireworks will again be set on the Hudson this year meaning Hoboken finds itself a primary viewing area for the sights and sounds. Last year's event was a family atmosphere and a police officer we know and ran into leading into the start said it had been a very peaceful day. The biggest problem was later when folks who came to watch were trying to drive out.

Here's a video clip of the show from last year.  Although the sound was low on the camera, it did capture the finale quite well.

Rent control heats up and with it potential problems for Hoboken

Update: 4.29.10 - The rent control issue has commanded a lot of discussion.  But the heart of the issue seems to be what the city will do to counter what it's risking - a class action lawsuit.  What will Hoboken do in the existing rent control ordinance to minimize the exposure and keep the town from facing very large penalties?

Hoboken is under pressure to update and properly attend to its rent control ordinance most recently highlighted in a Jersey Journal story announcing a class action lawsuit representing owners for 8,000 units.  The law as presently administered is problematic and opened the door to the action when an earlier case declared its application in one specific instance "arbitrary and capricious" last October.  Since then, the battle lines have been forming both inside and outside the court room.  The heat can be expected to rise as the pressure for the town to address limitations of the existing ordinance comes to a head.  The last City Council meeting had several members speak on behalf of the existing ordinance in an ongoing public relations war to earn attention and stymie the forces aligned against it.

The BankRobber submitted the latest salvo on the war, this mailer that spells more trouble yet to come.  Corporation Counsel Kates suggests the resolution is to fix the ordinance.  But will that in the end be the final outcome?  If this town could just get a chance to catch its breath.