Sunday, October 31, 2010

Illegal Occhipinti stickers defacing private property, Lenz campaign blamed

Some reports have come in about some oddity of Occhipinti stickers being placed on the private property of resident's homes.

Reader Occhocincoblowz sent in these pictures showing some inappropriate placement of Occhipinti "bumper stickers" plastered over people's lockboxes on lower Madison Street.  

People on the block are complaining and the Lenz for Council HQ is on the same block.  One person apparently came into the office and said it took him forever to scrub one off on his property.

The man then goes to Tim Occhipinti's HQ and complains about the invasion on his property.  So the Occhipinti campaign tells him they aren't responsible - it's the Lenz for Council campaign doing it!

Have you ever heard of a campaign promoting another campaign placing stickers with the actual voting column listed as a ruse?  Represent!

Hey, this is the same crowd that vehemently complains about "bounties" placed for information leading to the arrest and conviction for vote by mail fraud.  One Occhipinti campaign person who is also part of a small fanatical group of Mason backers described Hoboken residents backing the law as "voter intimidation" on their facebook page.

Don't be surprised if the next time the FBI visits Hoboken to break up some politician's criminal enterprise they demand the agency's top ten most wanted list be banned along with the organization.  You know, the FBI being a danger to the well being of innocent politicians caught up in the harsh and cruel world.

Tim Occhipinti may not be Peter Cammarano but scratch anything on or near his campaign and it's a who's who list of the same people.  From contributors to even the lawyer for his campaign.  The theme uniting them with the Russo clan is the antithesis of Hoboken Revolt's "Love your town."  Theirs is "Loot this town."

An Occhipinti worker in Tim's t-shirt believed to be the offender
Of course everyone knows there's major problems with the special election 4th ward paper ballots too.  There's 559 of them potentially out there with massive vote by mail fraud already alleged.  The anomaly on Tim Occhipinti's ELEC is merely a taste of what's coming.  It looks like the there's going to be in the ballpark of 400 or more vote by mail ballots coming in for Tim Occhipinti. 

When this record haul of vote by mail fraud surfaces, you will see all these people twist themselves in knots explaining it away.  Every single one of them will look at you and tell you how this is just a mere anomaly; it's nothing.

Defacing your personal property to illegally advertise Mr. Integrity, Tim Occhipinti, well as they see it, you should be thanking them.

Tim Occhipinti is on a record pace run of law breaking even as a recent ad trumps his personal integrity.  This with alleged massive voter fraud, defacing private property and an illegal campaign ad already in the can.  What's next?

Talking Ed Note: MSV doesn't do endorsements as policy but we're going to need to come up with a way to address this criminal enterprise before election day.  It needs to be on the record before the election.

In the meantime, if Occhipinti people place these stickers on your property defacing it, you should call the police and ask their assistance.  If Hoboken is lucky, perhaps Occhipinti will actually stop breaking one law before the election.

He looks like he's already hundreds ahead at this point.  What's one more law broken here and there?

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Senior Shuttle Bus hours extended, improvements made

City of Hoboken announces:

Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini announced today that starting Monday, November 1, 2010, the Senior Shuttle bus will begin its daily schedule one hour earlier.  The Senior Shuttle route, which shares a bus with the Red Hop, will now begin at 9:10 am departing the Multi-Service Center on its regular route.  The only difference will be that instead of starting at 10:10 am, it will begin an hour earlier at 9:10 am. Accordingly, the Red Hop route in the morning will end an hour earlier. The Senior Shuttle will continue to operate throughout the day until 3:45 pm, with its last stop at the Multi-Service Center.  The only interruption of this service is during the driver's lunch break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

"We heard that seniors really needed that additional hour, and we were able to make it work," said Director Pellegrini.

In addition to the extended hours, close tracking of schedule and route performance has resulted in significantly improved reliability. Based on feedback Mayor Zimmer and Council Members Peter Cunningham, David Mello and Michael Lenz received from seniors, many of the major concerns about punctuality and staying on-route are being resolved.  City Hall staff have been monitoring punctuality via the on-board GPS systems and on-street corroboration. Nonetheless, Director Sacs acknowledged that there is a continuing need to improve these services.

"I recognize it's a slow turnaround, but we're working this out,” said Director Sacs. “I'd like to thank all the seniors for their patience and understanding as we step carefully through the process of restoring a critical senior amenity.”

On Thursday, October 28, Directors Sacs and Pellegrini stopped in at the Multi-Service Center during bingo to deliver the update and answer questions. Drivers are now required to radio in to the Parking Utility whenever they are taken off-route by road closures or if they get delayed by traffic.

Seniors may ride all Hop buses for free and can call in to the Parking Utility (201-653-1919) or the Senior Services office at the Multi-Center Center (201-420-2054) to find out about any schedule delays or changes.


City notes openings for crossing guard positions

City of Hoboken announces:

The City of Hoboken is hiring to fill vacant positions for crossing guards. All residents are invited to apply. Click here to view a flyer with additional information.


Hoboken University Medical Center makes important privatization step

City of Hoboken announces:

Hoboken University Medical Center Releases Financial Statements

The City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority continue to make progress towards the goal of privatizing the Hoboken University Medical Center.

In August, an RFP was issued seeking proposals for transforming the hospital from City auspices with the goals of keeping an acute care hospital open in Hoboken with essential inpatient and diagnostic services under ownership that has access to capital, retaining hospital jobs, and replacing the current City $52 million bond guarantee.  

A number of interesting proposals were submitted, and last week Mayor Dawn Zimmer and HMHA Chairwoman Toni Tomarazzo held two Stakeholder meetings to get community input on the core services of the Hospital. Approximately 30 Hoboken residents and hospital staff members participated in each of the meetings.

“Upon taking office, my Administration immediately began the process of pursuing strategic opportunities to take advantage of the market place so that we can maintain an acute care facility within our City,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Equally important, we want to relieve the Hoboken taxpayers of the approximately $52 million in bond guarantees. I also want to thank all of the volunteers for participating in the community discussions that will inform the Board’s ultimate proposal for the sale of the hospital.”

The hospital experienced a net loss of approximately $16.3 million in 2009, compared with a net loss of $21.7 million in 2008. Previous operating losses have been stemmed, and the hospital is on track to meet its budget for Fiscal Year 2010.

In the past year, the hospital, through the contribution of management and staff, has introduced a variety of enhanced services including the STEP (Senior Treatment and Evaluation Program) Unit, and increased the utilization of the Emergency Room, which saw a more than 700 patient increase for the month of September, 2010 compared to 2009.

On October 27, 2010, the HMHA board reviewed the initial proposals for strategic opportunities from interested parties in closed session, and three committees have been established to consider the proposals: one to consider the quality of the other hospitals that are bidding, one to examine bond-related issues, and another to coordinate continued review of the submitted bids. The board will return with a final proposal which will then be introduced to the community in a public meeting for comment. A state representative from the Department of Health is fully involved in the process.

“The long-term sustainability of the hospital is best achieved by moving forward with the plan to privatize the hospital -- ending the city's ownership and transitioning governance to a new non-governmental entity,” added Mayor Zimmer. “The transition process is now well underway.”


Permit surrender program for Corner Cars motors along

City of Hoboken announces:


Director of Transportation and Parking Ian Sacs announced today that as of last Monday, the recently implemented "Surrender Your Permit" program designed to encourage residents to live car-free reached its first milestone of 21 residents giving up their car and surrendering their parking permit. This means that more than half of the spaces reserved for Corner Cars are already accounted for in just a few short weeks' time. Since then several additional residents have also surrendered their permits.

As residents learn that using Corner Cars can cost $3,000 to $5,000 less than owning a car, the City is realizing fewer cars parked on-street, and those who need their car for daily commutes are enjoying the benefits of a less stressful hunt for a parking space. In addition, residents who move in to Hoboken are much less likely to bring a car with them thanks to the availability of Corner Cars.

"It might not be intuitive that adding car-sharing vehicles on our streets would make the parking situation better, but the results speak for themselves. I'm excited that residents are making the economic decision to sell their cars and eschew the burden of owning a car in Hoboken," said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. "If you don't commute by car every day, we make it easy and enjoyable to live without the hassle and high cost of owning a car. When you do need a car, our Corner Cars program provides cars for rent starting at $5/hour."

“Surrender Your Permit" and Corner Cars are part of the Zimmer Administration's strategy to address the parking problem by also reducing demand for parking instead of simply building more expensive structured parking and encouraging higher rates of car ownership. The programs have received considerable attention worldwide for their innovative approach to chronic urban parking and traffic concerns, including features in the New York Times, University of California Berkeley's Transportation Journal, Discovery Channel's Planet Green website, and the Urban Transportation Monitor, a highly respected industry journal. 

Although Corner Cars membership is very high city-wide, there are few residents in the Housing Authority, who could benefit from the low-cost alternative to owning a vehicle, signed up for the program. During a recent visit by Mayor Zimmer to the Housing Authority to promote the program, more than a dozen residents registered on the spot for Corner Cars.

“I'm proud to support Corner Cars because it's more than just a creative solution to our parking and congestion problems – it’s also about giving all residents, regardless of income, access to the mobility they need,” said 4th Ward Councilman Michael Lenz. “I applaud Director Sacs for the success of the program in Southwest Hoboken and Mayor Zimmer for her initiative to sign up residents in the Housing Authority.”

A common concern about the Corner Cars program is that these cars, placed on-street for visibility and convenience, make it more difficult for residents to find parking. In fact, statistics for car-sharing programs both nationwide and in Hoboken consistently show the opposite. Based on nine years of car-sharing in Hoboken, statistics have shown that for each car-sharing vehicle available in Hoboken, more than 17 households choose to give up their car, and an additional 20 households postpone or choose not to buy a car due to the convenience of car-sharing. Not included in these statistics are the thousands of residents who move to Hoboken and choose to not bring a car with them because of the availability and convenience of car-sharing.

"Surrender Your Permit" is a complementary campaign designed to make the benefits of Hoboken's alternative transportation options evident by offering a host of incentives to residents who choose to give up their cars and surrender their permit to the Parking Utility. Residents in lease agreements with their cars may have to wait a few months before participating, but the program will continue so that the City can make it as easy as possible for residents to live car-free.


Guest of the Stable: Jake Stuiver

I stand by my statement of two weeks ago:  Mike Lenz is the best choice for City Council and essential to getting a southwest park.  While there’s still much to be done to make the park a reality, the one thing that would destroy the prospect forever would be a return to the willy-nilly distribution of zoning variances that have come to a screeching halt under this administration and council majority. 

With three Zoning Board seats up in December that could move that board in a very different direction, the importance of a continued reform council majority to the goal of a southwest park could not be clearer. It came as no surprise to me to be attacked last week by Occhipinti campaign operative Sara Stojkovic for making the fully accurate statement that the park initiative is heading in the right direction thanks to the policies of the Zimmer administration and Councilman Lenz.

I’d like to at least be able to say that Ms. Stojkovic, who supported Peter Cammarano in last year's mayoral runoff, is sincerely and honestly engaging in a debate about an urgent need in our community, with a positive outcome being her primary agenda. However, despite her allegations to the contrary, I am not in the practice of misleading the public with false statements.

Ms. Stojkovic, who pointed to my role as a volunteer bookkeeper in the Lenz campaign but conveniently failed to disclose her own activity on Occhipinti’s team, such as a nearly $1,100 in-kind donation and being listed as an administrator on his campaign’s Facebook page, has become an obstacle to park progress.

From 2004 through 2006, I helmed the Hudson County arm of a grassroots
community-organizing network and used to forward Ms. Stojkovic’s informative Southwest Parks Coalition emails to my volunteer list, and had her speak at some of our monthly meetings.

That all changed in 2007 when Dawn Zimmer, a City Council candidate fielded by the Southwest Parks Coalition with Ms. Stojkovic as campaign manager, disagreed with some of Ms. Stojkovic’s decisions and decided to make a few of her own. One such choice was to include Mr. Lenz in the campaign, prompting Ms. Stojkovic, along with Lane Bajardi and others, to storm out and embark on a personal vendetta against Zimmer and Lenz that continues to this day. Ms. Stojkovic essentially took her bat and ball and went home, starting her own splinter group, the Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition. To anyone who’s seen Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” film, with its Judean People’s Front, People’s Front of Judea and other similarly named factions (Q: “What ever happened to the Popular Front?” A: “He’s over there!”), or read George Orwell’s “Homage to Catolonia,” with its countless four-letter-acronymed competing anti-Franco groups, this maneuver played right into historical hilarity.

Sara Stojkovic was with Tim from day one at his HQ kickoff but is not a 4th ward resident
Ms. Stojkovic set up the new “organization” simply as a vehicle to confuse the public and diseminate e-mail bulletins that served as poorly disguised political propaganda pieces for the Mason-Russo contingent. One particularly bizarre screed I received March 25 actually lamented the rejection of a 12-story high-rise at 511-521 Newark Street -- an area in which the group had previously objected to high-rise construction to preserve space for the park. Ms. Stojkovic, who no longer lives in the Fourth Ward, has repeatedly proven willing to adopt any position so long as it opposes those of Dawn Zimmer and Mike Lenz -- even to the extent of actively opposing park progress --and is more concerned about wielding ownership of the park issue and pursuing a revenge fantasy than actually getting a park.

The real Southwest Parks Coalition recognized the urgency of curbing variances in a July 18, 2006 email headlined “Zoning Board continues variances on park land,” and a January 8, 2007 one stating “Mayor Roberts’ planners presented a redevelopment plan for the southwest area of the city. The plan calls for blocks and blocks of 12-story residential towers with a small park with grass on rooftops.”

Once again, the choice voters face this Tuesday is between continued change in the right direction or a sharp, swift reversal to the ways of the past. Please vote for Mike Lenz this Tuesday for continued progress.

Jake Stuiver is the campaign treasurer for Lenz for Council.  The Occhipinti for Council campaign said it was submitting an article several weeks back but did not and instead sent out a press release accusing others of placing "bounties" for the names of vote by mail applicants.  

Tim Occhipinti was invited in August to submit an article on the surplus when Mike Lenz had submitted a guest piece on the topic.  Tim declined to do so.  His campaign was originally told they would be given a second opportunity to submit an article before the election.  They have not responded to emails including one most recently from my attorney, Alex Booth demanding they not use my image and likeness in their political advertisement.  Such use without consent is illegal.