Saturday, October 23, 2010

Newark Councilman endorses Tim Occhipinti

Put this in the "there's so much you know what flying, Da Horsey couldn't keep up" file.  Ron Rice a Newark Councilman visited Hoboken for the machine gathering at West End Station of Cammarano ex-patriots to support Tim Occhipinti.

The Newark Councilman goes on a passionate advocation of Tim and courage.  He talks about the bravery required in making cuts and the strength required to cut police and other services as was recently done in Newark.  Listen for his statement of stark reality at the 7:45 mark.

Someone apparently forgot to tell the Newark Councilman, that's not Tim, it's the other guy.  Tim was the guy grabbing the bullhorn outside City Hall and rabble rousing to the crowd of police and their supporters outside City Hall.

Councilman Mike Lenz leading into the accomplishment of working with the Hoboken Police Department to obtain sufficient retirements to avoid layoffs stood down against a couple hundred of Hoboken police and their supporters and explained the realities of Hoboken's budget problems in a heated packed City Council meeting.

The ironies in this town never cease.

Here's the short version of the above clip showing just the portion described.  Notice that the applause line is met with complete, utter silence.  Oops!  That's the wrong guy you're talking about Councilman Rice.

I hate when that happens.

Project Play incentive plan spreads wider in Hoboken


Project Play is now working with even more local Hoboken stores and restaurants bringing discounts to more people as part of a plan to raise money for improving children's playground equipment.

$5 for the card gives you all the discounts across the listed stores and restaurants above.
Mile Square View endorses this initiative and asks for your kind consideration.  The City has said there may be a matching of funds raised for the project.

Pick up your card at any of the above listed Project Play business participants.  You can print or download the above graphic for easy referral to get savings all over town.

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Rainy Day Savings a good thing

Hoboken Budget Surplus is Healthy
For unforeseen, plus

The surplus in the Hoboken city budget is an emergency fund for unforeseen events was one of my comments at the Hoboken council meeting of Oct. 6th .  Little did I know that a collapse would occur at North Sinatra Drive and that this would be declared a state of emergency by Hudson County and by the City of Hoboken. At this time it appears to be the responsibility of the county but it is good to know we have funds to quickly hire engineers and contractors to deal with this unexpected situation, if necessary.

Additionally, it’s fiscally prudent to have this surplus to improve our bond rating which will save us many thousands of dollars in interest when we may have to bond for capital improvements of city buildings, apparatus, emergency equipment and other necessary costs. These may include, but are not limited to the expected earned pay raises for all of our municipal employees, unfunded liability for contractual terminal leave and vacation pay for retiring employees, for property tax appeals and the ramifications of the decisions and legal costs of the many lawsuits and legal actions pending.

In conclusion, I am glad to see that our governing body of nine councilpersons has passed a budget that is looking forward to a better future for Hoboken. It is a good start to finally have a savings account for a ‘rainy day’.


Richard Tremitiedi

Retired Fire Chief
2nd Ward Candidate – 2007
Civic Activist
Tax Payer 

Talking Ed Note: Rich Tremitiedi is featured prominently in the quarters scandal linked to Ed Mecka's classic "Entertainer" review of the scam.  He is a caring advocate for Hoboken and submitted his timely observation on the necessity of a usable surplus.