Thursday, December 2, 2010

City of Hoboken announces:


Mayor Dawn Zimmer will host a public meeting on Monday, December 6th to discuss parks and open space issues with the community. The meeting will take place at the first floor gymnasium at the Rue School301 Garden Street, from 7pm to 9pm.

Topics will include an update on planning for 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove, the reconstruction of the soccer field at Sinatra Park, and a discussion on other open space issues of concern to the community.

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BREAKING: Street money king and queen: Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti

The new fourth ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti's NJ ELEC report after the election is out and it's a harsh statement on street money.  Before the election, MSV broke the story of "the anomaly," - every single Occhipinti campaign worker requested a vote by mail ballot and 78 of 79 had returned their ballot and received a $40 payment minimum almost a full week before the election.

Now the worst fears about Occhipinti's massive street money operation are revealed with page after page of $40 payments to residents of the back corner of the fourth ward in numbers exceeding anything in the history of fourth ward elections!

Councilwoman Beth Mason who tried to launch a vicious attack from her seat during the Attorney General resolution against MSV (we'll get to that later) now will find her own ELEC violations surpassed in the massive operation revealed here.  The question: will Beth Mason's funneling of over $13,000 in a quasi-legal and surely unethical distribution to Tim Occhipinti mere days before the election surface as the source of the massive street money operation to Tim Occhipinti's "campaign workers?" 

Beth Mason's massive unethical at a minimum $13,400 to Tim Occhipinti enters a new light with his ELEC released to the public.  A review by the Attorney General's office will certainly finds this information interesting.

A reader doing a cursory review of Tim Occhipinti's post election ELEC report notes:

"73 pages of $40 votes= roughly 445 $40 votes on top of the 79 other $40=roughly  524 $40 votes."

- The 79 is a reference to "The Anomaly," in the earlier ELEC report as described by Occhipinti spokesman David Cruz.  (See articles at the top of the page.)

Related: Beth Mason's ELEC violations are an open, confirmed matter as stated by NJ ELEC itself and reported on MSV (also the Jersey Journal and Hoboken Patch) in May.

Mason's payments of multiple people against one check are documented and a matter of record.  She claimed after much shucking and jiving to the media a self-investigation would occur.  Since that statement to the Hudson Reporter, no explanation has come.

You won't be seeing any of this on Hoboken411!  Instead Beth Mason's Hoboken411 minion is now writing over there about plans for new character assassinations on citizens.  What a surprise, not.

Here's the story in May the media reported on extensively.  It's a HUGE problem that surfaced last night in MSV's rebuttal to Beth Mason.  It's now dwarfed by the all out power grab evident in massive monies put into Tim Occhipinti's street money campaign.

Hoboken please welcome your new Street Money Champions: Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti.

Hoboken we now have "The Anomaly," squared - make that ad infinitum.

Update: Another reader of Tim Occhipinti's post election report notes:

Approx 95 pages of workers @ 6 workers a page: 570 workers + 78 from first elec = 648 workers (if all unique) for an election where he only won 1200 votes.


"Emergency" Power Grab by Mason-Russo

In a move to overthrow the current City Council President Carol Marsh, a resolution introduced by Councilwoman Terry Castellano was put on the table and declared an "emergency" by Councilman Russo not minutes before midnight at last night's City Council meeting.

With no public notice on such a power grab, Councilwoman Beth Mason who speaks about transparency constantly as her calling card threw down in favor of the staged move  by the "new majority." An earlier story by the Hudson Reporter claimed Councilwoman Beth Mason sought power as Council President.  MSV also reported on and confirmed their exact story.

Councilwoman Beth Mason - backed the transparent power grab.  She also funneled over $13,000 in the closing days of the fourth ward election to Tim Occhipinti.  Legal and/or ethical?  The public's right to notice and transparency means nothing to her now.  She also attacked MSV by name during council discussion during the resolution supporting an investigation by the State AG.

The new 'majority' exists due to new council member Tim Occhipinti - who is under a black cloud as criminal referrals and questions of voter fraud surrounding his campaign were forwarded from the Hudson County Board of Elections after their independent investigation to the county prosecutor.  In the very same week, the county prosecutor sent on the matter to the New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow's office for review.  

Earlier the Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the efforts for an investigation by the Attorney General after a similar comparison to a 2007 resolution was amended to the proposed one.

The first item on the agenda, parking spots for Corner Cars turned into a long, multiple hours battle.  Close to two dozen members of the public spoke, almost all in favor of the resolution and ordinance to support the City run program contracted through Hertz Connect.  The program has already amassed close to 1,000 members in a short time with more members submitting parking permits than parking spots required.

Corporation Counsel Buzak who was filling in advised the City Council body to approve the parking spots by ordinance as is done by all five hundred plus council bodies in the state of New Jersey.

The new council majority ignored that legal advice voting down the ordinance.  Voting no: Council members Castellano, Russo, Giacchi, Occhipinti and Mason.
Voting yes: Council members Cunningham, Bhalla, Marsh and Mello.

Instead, Corner Cars was extended on a temporary 200 day resolution.

The several plus hours spent on Corner Cars was not just due to the public support present.  The Council of No fought against the program and pretended their 4-4 vote against the program with no explanation at the last City Council meeting never happened.

Councilwoman Terry Castellano claimed the public was being deceived the program was threatened.  Her remarks denying the reality of their earlier vote was echoed by Councilman Russo and Councilman Tim Occhipinti.

Councilman Peter Cunningham gave a rousing defense of the program resulting in spontaneous applause from the audience that seemed to go on for two minutes.  He cited the record as evidence of the deception pointing to Councilman Russo's action as his claim. 

Talking Ed Note: On the second resolution regarding investigation of the Attorney General into the recent 4th ward special election, Councilwoman Beth Mason went off topic to attack MSV by name!

City Council President Carol Marsh then gave permission later for a reply to her false and defamatory allegation.  Councilwoman Mason protested and was told she had called out a member of the public and time would be given to respond.

More on that to come.

If anyone thought the questions surrounding Tim "independent" Occhipinti would lead to an amicable working City Council, the truth has proven otherwise.  His independence is anything but and his investors are collecting their spoils.

The bill is now being paid - at the expense of all of Hoboken.