Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mayor Zimmer details critical importance of Corner Cars

Office of the Mayor announces:

Corner Cars Memo to Council

Talking Ed Note: This comprehensive presentation from the mayor to the City Council details the legal aspects of Hoboken's contract with Hertz along with the 1,000 residents who have already signed up for the program.

Page six shows a color coded map of the users throughout the city.
Page 52 details the ordinance with the 4-4 vote where it failed on first reading.  Those voting no: Terry Castellano, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti and Mike Russo.  Councilman Nino Giachhi was not present and did not vote at the last meeting.

The next step lies not just with the City Council but with the people of Hoboken who need to have their voices heard.  The next City Council meeting is December 1st.

This document is available for download or email.  Just click "download" on the top right or "share" on the right.

You can also download the complete pdf by clicking on the pdf link below:

The money behind the shill

As we wind down to Thanksgiving and surprisingly although we thought many were already doing so, the final tally of visitors yesterday was shockingly high, telling us some are focused on Thanksgiving and others are still focused on Hoboken.

In keeping with the theme of giving thanks, a reliable unconfirmed source provided some additional details on late arriving monies on behalf of Tim Occhipinti in the fourth ward council race.

Councilman Tim Occhipinti - his campaign is the focus of an investigation at the County prosecutor level but has also reached the State Attorney General's Office the same week as his first council meeting.

Some of you with great memories and histories in town will know these names, others may not, but it's indicative in many respects.  One can sell out but it's more important not only to know what someone sells out for, but who they sell out to.

On that note, here's a partial listing as we await the posting of the ELEC reports.  Now Councilman Occhipinti decried the use of "street money," but it's his use of money that has risen all the way to the desk of the State Attorney General.

$15,000 insta street money dollars breakdown as follows:

Ricky Mason, husband of Councilwoman Beth Mason
  Literature, etc, in kind contributions - awaiting final four figure tally
Viken Manchkian   $2,000
Peter Eagle             $2,000
Wendy Cherry       $2,000
Robert Lugano       $2,600
Ken O'Neill            $2,600
Louis Carbone        $2,000

Related: A poll worker alleged to walk voters into the polls and the voting machines is now under investigation also at the state level with the Attorney General's office.

Reports of a certain Assemblyman's mother on election day in the 4th ward eerily sounds like exactly like what occurred in Patterson.  

One can only hope the much admired State Attorney General Paula Dow will find the manpower to do a full blown investigation on the numerous voting irregularities already arrived in her office.

Based on the comments reported in the Jersey Journal by the Hudson County Prosecutor DeFazio there is currently no criminal investigation, just a review of the county superintendent's report.  Why he felt it necessary to describe the matter in such a limited way before the actual work is done is compelling.

Then again, this is Hudson County.  When the FBI comes up from Essex County for their regular roundup of political crooks here, they are careful to never contact Hudson County's law enforcement institutions.  

Smart guys, those boys of summer down in Newark.  Come back soon guys.

Board of Education: Superintendent update candidate named

From a BoE source:


The Board of Education and Dr. Mark Toback have agreed that Dr. Toback

be identified as the board's choice to serve as our next superintendent of
schools, even though we continue to await final approval on the proposed
contract from the Department of Education.

Dr. Mark Toback will be in district tomorrow, Tuesday November 23rd touring
our schools and meeting our principals.  He will also be available to meet
with the community in the high school cafeteria from 1:30-2:30 pm and
from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Please come and join us.

Talking Ed Note: Kurt Gardiner at the Hoboken Journal has an interesting feature up on the candidate.  Take a look: