Friday, January 7, 2011

Incompetence on Display - Mason-Russo politrickery dance shuts Hoboken down

The first order of budgetary business by the Mason-Russo majority has been to completely shut down the whole city's ability to pay its bills.  But legally, it's now learned that includes even payroll!

So if you Hoboken employees out there are hyperventilating with the grandstanding budgetary incompetence on display at Wednesday's meeting, look no further than Beth Mason and Mikie Squared.  MSV posted a key video clip of the disaster from that meeting earlier today.


Incompetence on display: Beth Mason and Mike Russo are good at ploughing money into a vote buying scheme installing Tim Occhipinti and giving them control over the City Council, passing a temporary budget not so good.  First order of business: they grandstanded on the budget and through pure ego shut Hoboken completely down.

Please contact Plan B.  This is an emergency!

Have a nice weekend.

(Emergency meeting called by the mayor Monday.  Get the professionals back in charge!)

Hoboken Patch has some quotes including ones from the Twilight Zone courtesy of Mike Russo.  Beth Mason is in hiding and wouldn't come out to speak!

Mayor calls emergency Council Meeting Monday at 8:00!


Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called for an Emergency Special Meeting of the Hoboken City Council to consider the authorization of Temporary Appropriations for Calendar Year 2011. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

At the Wednesday, January 5th Council meeting, the City Council failed to approve a temporary budget for 2011, leaving the City unable to authorize its payroll obligations which must be financially obligated on or before Tuesday, January 11.

"Our employees work hard for the City of Hoboken, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they are paid and that our City continues to operate effectively," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Passage of a temporary budget at the beginning of a new budget year is standard municipal practice. The Administration plans to introduce a proposed budget in early February for consideration by the Council.

Mayor Zimmer’s letter calling for the meeting is available at:

A letter from City Auditor Steven Wielkotz to Business Administrator Arch Liston explaining the City’s ability to pay bills and payroll is available at: Auditor-1-7-11.pdf

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Beth Mason and Mike Russo take Hoboken for a budget politrickery dance

At the coronation of Beth Mason's elevation to City Council President, the budget politrickery began immediately as her new 'majority,' led by Councilman Mike Russo sprang his own version of a temporary budget handwritten off the back of his napkin he had over dinner.

It's unclear who actually put together the information for him as he doesn't seem to understand the basics of how a temporary amended budget is put together based on a percentage of a prior year.

Beth Mason is witnessed incompetently along for the ride on Russo's plan to present a "budget by surprise," to everyone for the first time and then haggle over all the details leading to an absolute farce and shutdown of Hoboken's ability to pay any bills whatsoever.

Councilman Peter Cunningham notes they have obviously been working on this for days and it should have been relayed in advance of the meeting to the Director of Finance.  Mike Russo attempts to defray the obvious professionalism in that by claiming to be victimized by the administration withholding the budget information from him.  Nick Trasente clarifies his statement noting, it's not the case as he's asked for other unrelated information.

The farce was supported by the tag team of Beth Mason and Mike Russo along with Council members Terry Castellano, Nino Giacchi and Tim Occhipinti.

Watch this short five minute segment and you'll marvel at the magnitude of incompetence all in the name of budget politrickery, a Mike Russo specialty.  Watch also for the discussion and the bullying that is his trademark speaking over other members.

Last, thank you Beth.  Chalk this fiasco up to both Beth Mason and Mike Russo.

Talking Ed Note:  This is what happens when you allow massive voter fraud in the 4-4 to overthrow your government re: the City Council.  Although law enforcement at the County and State level are reviewing criminal referrals, the hands of justice take time.  Voters take note as the power to fix this abomination is in your hands this May.

Update: Friday - 2:00 PM

As it turns out the first order of budgetary business of the Mason-Russo regime has been to shut down Hoboken entirely - INCLUDING PAYROLL!

This special congratulations goes out to Tim Occhipinti.  Without you, none of this would have been possible.

Monday's Park Design Meeting Venue Updated

City of Hoboken announces:

LOCATION CHANGE: Community Meeting Scheduled For Design Of 1600 Park And Hoboken Cove


The City of Hoboken will host the first public meeting on January 10, 2011 to solicit community input on the design of two parks in northern Hoboken – 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove. The meeting will be held from 7-9pm at the Rue School gymnasium, 301 Garden Street, NOT at the Wallace School.

“This is an exciting opportunity to build more active recreation fields that we so desperately need,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We look forward to working with the community to design these parks.”

On December 15th, the City Council voted to approve a contract for Remington and Vernick for the design of both parks. The design phase is expected to be a 4 to 6 month process, including the preparation of bid documents for the construction work. Ideally, construction will begin in spring 2011 with completion early next fall. Any grass fields that may be constructed may need adequate time for seed/sod to take and therefore may not be immediately usable.

1600 Park is located north of 16th Street between Willow Avenue and Park Avenue, while Hoboken Cove is east of Park Avenue and north of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway just north of the Hudson Tea building. A related Hudson County project, Weehawken Cove, is an 800 foot stretch of Hudson River Waterfront Walkway adjacent to the Hoboken Cove area that will connect Weehawken to Hoboken and include a kayak and boat launch. Due to their proximity, 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove will be designed as one comprehensive, cohesive park.

Because the project had been stalled for many years, the City risked losing grant funding due to inaction. More than $1 million in site remediation funding which was nearly lost was saved when the Zimmer Administration jumpstarted the project in late 2009.

Environmental cleanup of 1600 Park is complete, and the City is awaiting approval from the DEP that the remediation is satisfactory. Remediation has been contracted out for Hoboken Cove, which includes more extensive remediation than 1600 Park.

To complete the design and development phase, the City has a $1 million Green Acres grant for Hoboken Cove and $237,000 of Hudson County open space funds is available toward the construction of the boathouse. An additional $1 million Green Acres grant will go to fund 1600 Park, along with a $700,000 Green Acres loan which may be forgivable and approximately $200,000 remaining from a Hudson County open space grant.

Residents interested in joining the “Friends of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove” group should email

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Snow coming, but not the blizzard kind

City of Hoboken announces:


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory which is in effect from 4 am on Friday morning through 1 am on Saturday. Snow may be heavy at times and accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are currently predicted.

The City is offering suggestions for residents to minimize the impact of the storm:

·        If you do not have to travel, stay home and do not drive. If you must travel, use mass transit.
·        Do not park on emergency snow routes. As soon as streets are snow-covered, cars along these routes may be towed. A state of emergency does not need to be declared for towing to occur. A list and map of emergency snow routes is also available on the City website:
·        Consider parking in a municipal garage. Due to the predicted storm, a special rate of $5 per 24 hour period is being offered in Garages B (28 2nd Street) and D (215 Hudson Street) to residents with a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard beginning at 8pm on Thursday, January 6 through 8pm on Saturday, January 8.
·        Monitor the City website, or sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City via Nixle by visiting or texting 07030 to 888777.
·        Download, review, and distribute to neighbors or post in common areas the storm parking information flyer:
·        It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants. Property owners or occupants are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow within 6 hours of the completion of a storm.
·        Alternate side parking regulations will be in effect and enforced to permit crews to properly plow the full street width.
·        Vezzetti Way from Washington Street to Willow Avenue has been designated for storing removed snow. Temporary no parking signs were posted on Wednesday.
·        Residents may contact the Emergency Operations Center as of 9 am on Friday by calling 201-239-6643/6644/6646/6647/6648.
·        Residents who wish to extend their stay in the garage and who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00. This rate is available in Garages B (28 2nd Street), D (215 Hudson Street) and Midtown every day of the year.

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