Friday, October 22, 2010

Hudson Reporter asks 4th ward candidates about clean campaigns

Update: The Lenz for Council campaign issued the following comment: Your current story on clean campaigns does not accurately reflect Mike Lenz's comments on Matt Calicchio. We ask that you review the tape and correct your story.

(MSV has issued a correction.)


The Hudson Reporter covered a lot of ground and their debate also featured an element missing at the one hosted at the Jubilee Center - rebuttals. This alone makes this debate more valuable as it gives a further opportunity to see the candidates engage.

In this clip, the candidates discuss concerns about how a clean campaign should be run. In and of itself, this is a news story. Councilman Mike Lenz takes a number of strong positions on running a clean campaign and asks for Tim Occhipinti to agree on taking basic steps to prevent electoral fraud. Occhipinti declines the request but there's a lot more to it than that.

Councilman Lenz says in the video above:

"What I'm not in favor of, is Matt Calicchio collecting a hundred absentee ballots, from people, face to face with them having him watch them as they seal them in the envelope and carrying them to the city.

I want Tim Occhipinti to say that he is not going to hire people, pay them money only if they turn in absentee ballots. I want Tim Occhipinti to say that he is not going to allow people on his campaign to require people to hand them the ballot.

Absentee ballots should be secret and sacred as a regular ballot."

For the complete debate go to the Hudson Reporter:

Corrections: Our story initially noted the ballots being collected were done so as an illegal bearer. This is in error as there's a distinction on ballots handled to the County Board of Elections and picked up.

This story was changed to accurately reflect quotes in the video.
MSV apologizes for any earlier error.

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Matt Calicchio was mentioned by name collecting vote by mail/absentee ballots in the Hudson Reporter debate.  He's pictured here in a green hat at the Jubilee Center debate.  To his right is Sandra Ramos and Occhipinti Campaign Manger Jamie Cryan.

Assemblyman Ramos proposes credit for commuters

The office of Assemblyman Rueben Ramos announces:

Bill Would Also Encourage Use of Mass Transportation

            (HOBOKEN) – Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. has introduced legislation to help commuters besieged by increased transportation rates.  The New Jersey Commuter Pass Credit Act (A-3414) would provide a temporary gross income tax credit for eight percent of the amount a taxpayer spends on qualified commuting passes up to $100 per taxable year.
“This bill is designed to provide some measure of financial relief to New Jersey taxpayers who rely on train, bus or ferry to get to work,” said Ramos (D-Hudson).  “We also hope this will alleviate congestion and provide incentives for us to reduce our carbon footprint.”
The credit would be available for the three taxable years beginning on or after January 1 following the date of enactment of the legislation. A qualified commuting pass includes passes for train, bus or ferry service which taxpayers purchase for their use at a price of no less than $30. Qualified commuting is limited to travel between the taxpayer’s home and work, or terminals near those places, one of which must be located in New Jersey.
“This is a logical, short-term, three-year stimulus measure designed to help those that are struggling to stay afloat and allow us to see just how effective this policy will be in the long-run,” added Ramos.  “Hopefully this measure will help ease a little bit of the strain on the average commuter.”
The bill would also require the Director of the Division of Taxation to complete a report on the credit, which is to be submitted to the Governor and Legislature in August of the third year of the credit in order to determine if the incentive should be renewed or allowed to expire.

Yet more debate...

If you aren't drained by the fourth ward election scheduled for November 2nd, there's more to hear from the candidates via the Hudson Reporter.

The candidates are asked a number questions on local issues and the discussion is broken up into segments.  Journalist Ray Smith moderates the debate.

Here's a link to one part of the discussion.  MSV advises that you watch the segment on the Municipal Garage only if you have a strong stomach.  Tim Occhipinti is going with the Hoboken411-Bet Mazin lie the Municipal Garage would generate $25.5 million in a sale on a property the developer themselves said is now worth less than $15 million.

Got credibility?

Community notes from Councilman Peter Cunningham

From the office of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Neighbors, Family and Friends,

A couple of events of interest this weekend: Jubilee Center Fundraiser, Jersey City Lacrosse clinic, and supporting Michael Lenz for council...
Many of you know about the Jubilee Center, and the great work they do for Hoboken's children in public housing.  The Jubilee Center is an after school and summer safe haven for children in Hoboken's public housing  neighborhood.  The Center provides quality after school programming for over 70 students from K-6th grade, it provides needed activities full time during school breaks throughout the year.  In addition to education and activities, the Jubilee Center provides warm meals to its students daily.

Tonight at the Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street,  parents of our community will host an annual fundraiser to benefit of the Hoboken Jubilee Center.  The event starts at 8pm and ends at 11pm and includes an open bar, light food and dancing.  Dinner in advance would be a good idea, so make it a night out!
The price of admission is $50 in advance (either register at Rubee's Closet at 1028 Washington Street or online at the Jubilee Center web site or $60 at the door. 
We all know the over programming of our children is a constant challenge, however, lacrosse is a great team sport and potentially another outlet or choice to add to the mix for consideration.  I spoke to the organizers recently, as well as the City's Director of Health and Human Services (Hoboken's Recreation), about promoting lacrosse in Hoboken and throughout Hudson County.

This Sunday Jersey City's St. Peter's Prep will host a lacrosse clinic for boys and girls by Jersey City Lacrosse (local non profit) with the assistance of Steven's Institute players and coaches.  The clinic is Sunday at 2pm at St. Peter's Prep field at sussex and van vosrt streets, one block south of Grand.  The following note provides additional details and their website for registration.  Hope to see you there.
Hello Jersey City Lacrosse Folks:
We are looking forward to the upcoming clinic on Sunday. Among some familiar faces, there will be assistant coaches and players from Stevens Institute of Technology's Men's Lacrosse team and possibly players from the Women's lacrosse team as well.

A few practical details:
1. Rain: forecast for Sunday is 68 degrees and 30% chance of a "few showers" so we should be OK. However, please check your email on Sunday at 12 noon to see if there is a cancellation (in that instance we will try to reschedule.)
RAIN on SUNDAY: Check your email at 12 noon

2. We will have both boys and girls lacrosse sticks available for purchase for $25.00 -- that price is at or below store/online prices and all proceeds go to Jersey City Lacrosse.
3. Please remember to dress your children appropriately for lacrosse and the weather.
We look forward to seeing you and/or your lacrosse playing children on the field at St. Peter's Prep at 2 pm Sunday!
Jersey City Lacrosse
Questions? Call: 201-951-0478
Lastly and just as important, we have an election November 2nd for Hoboken's 4th Ward council representative.  As I said last week, SW Hoboken is a critical part of our City.  All of Hoboken and especially the Fourth Ward needs representation that's experienced in tackling all the issues such as infrastructure (flooding), development, finance, quality of life and public safety.

Mike Lenz has a demonstrated track record over the last 12 months of achieving solutions to these very important issues.

We need Mike, the Fourth Ward needs Mike, the City of Hoboken needs Mike.  It's time to get involved, and we need your help today with just over two weeks left to campaign.  Please read up on Mike Lenz, and consider volunteering your time, and/or making a contribution.

Here's the debate from last week courtesy of Hoboken People for Open Governmentt

Let's keep Hoboken moving forward and do all that we can to support Mike Lenz for Fouth Ward Councilmen.  We cannot afford it!

Any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out, and kindly consider passing this note onto neighbors, family and friends.  Enjoy the weekend!

Peter Cunningham

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Councilman Peter Cunningham

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