Friday, November 19, 2010

BREAKING: 4th ward election criminal referrals now going to the Attorney General!

The Hudson Reporter just broke the latest bomb in the Tim Occhipinti election fraud scandal - the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office is now turning over the multitude of problems to the State Attorney General's Office!

Today, the Hudson Reporter reported the criminal referrals transfer from the County Board of Elections to the County Prosecutor will be moving on to the State saying:

“We have the materials from the Superintendent of Elections which has been reviewed,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio. “We intend to forward the matter to the Attorney General’s office for further review. And then where it goes from there, I cannot say at this point.”

Asked for comment Tim Occhipinti provided an emailed statement with a vague comment only saying, "I have every confidence in the process and I'm concentrating on doing what I was elected to do, serve the people of the 4th ward."

Monday City Council meeting: Frank Raia (l) was named in the Lenz for Council complaint suspected of vote buying.  Lane Bajardi (r) was seen in the Tim O midnight lair video at Occhipinti HQ when word of investigators in the Hoboken Housing Authority had surfaced earlier that day.  

Reporter Ray Smith published the late breaking news earlier today.

Talking Ed Note:  Hoboken, The Eagle has Landed!

Special shout out to Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Assemblywoman Joan Quigley,
"How do you like us now?"


4th ward special election - further investigation is proper step

The following is a letter submitted by Stan Grossbard who attended yesterday's investigation meeting at the Hudson County Board of Elections.

Yesterday, the Hudson County Board of Elections referred all of the evidence
of fraud provided to it by the Mike Lenz for Council campaign, together with
additional evidence developed through the independent investigation of the
Hudson County Superintendent of Elections, to the Hudson County Prosecutor.
The Hudson County Prosecutor will be responsible to review the evidence,
conduct any further investigations they deem needed and determine whether
criminal prosecutions are appropriate. The Board of Elections advised that
all Vote by Mail ballots have been impounded pending a determination by the
Prosecutor as to whether they are needed as evidence.

As one of the Vote by Mail challengers for the Lenz for Council campaign, I
am gratified that this matter is being handled with the seriousness that it
deserves.  This is not political. The race is over, and Tim Occhipinti is
our 4th ward City Councilman.  As a 4th Ward resident it is my sincere hope
that he will represent my neighborhood well.  But the decision of the Board
of Elections to take the highly unprecedented step of making this broad
criminal referral makes clear that there is real evidence that fraud may
have occurred.  The integrity of our democratic system requires that these
matters be seriously addressed regardless of whether they effected the
outcome of the election, and I am gratified that the proper steps have so
far been taken.

Come to Hoboken for the holidays, yes the holidays!

City of Hoboken announces:

Come to Hoboken for the Holidays

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken
invite you to the

Hoboken Holiday Crafts Fair
Sat. & Sun. Dec. 4 & 5, 18th & 19th • 11am to 5pm
New LOCATION: Monroe Center for the Arts, 
720 Monroe, 3rd Floor, Suite C-301
Elevator available

Unique Handcrafted Gift Items by over 50 local artists, photographers & crafters

featuring: art, photography, stained glass, mirrors & frames,
hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, baby sweaters & more
jewelry, baby clothes & blankets, holiday ornaments,
soaps & body lotions, candles and so much more.

Most items are one-of-a-kind, and if you don't see exactly what you want,
you can place a special order with the artist /  crafter.

Monroe Center is located just 1 block from the the Hudson Bergen Light Rail
or take the PATH, NJ Transit Trains & Buses or NY Waterway and 
hop on the City's FREE  HOP shuttle bus which will take you right there. 
Free parking is also available at Monroe Center.

for more information call 201-420-2207
or online at
Applications are still available

There will be lots of other events taking place at Monroe Center during the time of the Craft Fair, fun for the whole family. See below.
Also, many of the artists in the building will open up their studios for an Open Studio Day.
Stop by for some holiday cheer, live music, art, craft, theatrical performances, a visit with Santa Claus and so much more. 

Urban Arts Annual Student Art Show
Sunday Dec. 5th from noon to 6pm
2nd floor, suite E206
featuring student art work, live music & snacks
for more info: (201) 222-5400

The Theater Company present: Happy Holidaze 
Studio C413

The Santaland Diaries & Season's Greetings
THE SANTALAND DIARIES, featuring Brendan Applegate, is a brilliant evocation 
of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to 
become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch.
Season's Greetings, featuring Joanne Smith, is another funny, touching and 
twisted monologue about the season, told in the version of the "Christmas letter".
December 9 & 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm
December 18 & 19 at 3pm
Tickets: $20/adults; $15/students & seniors, $35/couples
Discover Jersey Arts cardholders: purchased online or at door
(performances not appropriate for young children)

Visit with Santa Claus, Storytime, and Caroling: 
Bring your own camera, do a craft, hear a story, and sing some songs!
Gifts given out to all good little boys and girls (while supplies last)
December 4 & 5 from Noon-5pm
December 18 & 19 from Noon-2pm 
Suggested donation: $5 at the door

Mile Square Theatre presents: 
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday story is brought to life in a tour de force solo performance by Lenard Petit. In A Christmas Carol Mr. Petit appears as the spirit of Charles Dickens, who in the reading of his classic novella, creates a magical world of characters, from past, present, and future, and brings to life this time-tested story of a cold-hearted miser who finds redemption on Christmas Eve.  
Sat. Dec. 4 & 18 at 3pm & 8pm
Sun. Dec. 5 & 19 at 3pm
Tickets: $20 • Students and Seniors: $12
For info about additional performances:
Reading of 
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
starring MST Artistic Director Chris O'Connor as Felix 
and Associate Artistic Director Matt Lawler as Oscar
Sun. Dec. 19 at 7pm, $5

Both at: Monroe Theatrespace, 
720 Monroe Street
2nd Floor
Reservations: 201.683.7014

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken 
invite you to the
Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday Dec. 7th  at 5:30pm 
in front of City Hall, 94 Washington Street
with special guests: Elvis the Elf & Santa Claus
Local school children & performers singing favorite Christmas songs
including Hannah & the M & Ms, Hoboken Cheer Dynamic Allstars,
and much more

Mayor Zimmer to host additional meeting on Waterfront Infrastructure

City of Hoboken announces:


On Monday, November 22nd, Mayor Dawn Zimmer will host the second community meeting to discuss waterfront infrastructure issues and concerns with residents. The meeting will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Hoboken Historical Museum1301 Hudson Street. Mayor Zimmer will also be available afterwards to talk with residents and answer questions about any other issues of concern.

Residents who have questions but are unable to attend may email

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Grafix Avenger speaks to the Jersey Journal, apologizes to any offended by satire

Grafix Avenger spoke to a member of the New Jersey Anti-Defamation League yesterday and after some heart to heart discussion issued an apology for any offense her satirical take on a 1934 movie poster may have had with people.

Katie Colaneri from the Jersey Journal got the scoop on everyone saying in part:

Following a conversation with Etzion Neuer, regional director for the New Jersey Anti-Defamation League, Pincus said later that she realized how her graphic may have caused offense and agreed to issue a letter of apology at Neuer's request.

"I welcomed and accepted Ms. Pincus' apology and from our conversation, it appears she understands why the incident was hurtful," said Neuer.

Neuer said he first heard about the graphic through Mason who pointed out it out to him last week before Bajardi's presentation before the council.

"I am genuinely sorry," Pincus said this afternoon. "I did not mean to hurt anyone who's genuine."

The Anti-Defamation League is a pre-eminent Jewish organization well known in the United States for its defense of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all citizens alike.

"I want the chair" in German.

Read the full story from the Jersey Journal:

The letter of apology is available at:

Graphic courtesy: