Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beth Mason abuses public trust, Council Prez powers

Monday night at the emergency meeting, Councilwoman Beth Mason acting as the Hoboken City Council President demonstrated her idea of impartiality in the position abusing the public trust and the President's powers by manipulating the short speakers list during the public portion so her ubermensch political operative, Lane Bajardi of Hoboken411 (or Mason411 as some now call it) could have the last word.

Using some secret Masonic code, (texting during the meeting is not readily possible with Beth Mason front and center) the plan was to bump up yours truly on the list. At the previous City Council meeting having signed up at the very end, it came as an odd surprise to hear one's name called second.

As there was only five names listed in the public portions both before the agenda item was heard and after, it was pretty difficult to mess it up unless of course you are running a political agenda while holding the City Council Chair.

In this clip, yours truly refuses to take center stage and Beth Mason tries to coax Da Horsey to the microphone except she lacks any organic carrots to do so and the jig is most certainly up. Former Councilman Mike Lenz sitting on the other side of the room detects the political operation and blurts out what's going on, "Lane Bajardi wants to go last and Beth Mason is helping him..."

Hey, it's the least she can do for all his hard work attacking people in the City Council on her behalf, whether elected or public official, or just a member of the public even speaking to the Council for the very first time.

The political operation collapses when Councilman Peter Cunningham asks the City Clerk for the list. At that point, Beth Mason quickly folds and calls Lane Bajardi to take the microphone. He screams out from the audience claiming his victimization (he's always a victim) about the injustice of it all, that this has been done before. Moments later, he'll go on a screed so vile of slander and defamation the Corporation Counsel interrupts, concerned the Council is being made a witness to his criminal actions in a live broadcast. Beth Mason defends the vile bile from Lane Bajardi claiming the Council "can't control" him.

That's some political operation they have going at Mason411. Beth Mason is up for re-election in the 2nd ward this May. People may not take too kindly to her abuse of authority at the expense of the public.

Da Horsey didn't and decided to hold fast like a donkey.

Correction: What the minion did at the City Council microphone is slander, what he usually does at Mason411 is libel. Da Horsey apologizes for a desire to rhyme and get ahead of ourselves. The minion only threatened to break the law further at a later time.

90 Washington Street: Mind Control HQ

There's a ton of material to review and present to the public from last night but with all the missteps of the Mason-Russo junta, it's going to take a mucho effort to illustrate their reign of terror against the Hoboken people.

The obsession for anyone speaking their mind publicly by their little attack minion is disturbing but par for the course for the deranged and mentally disturbed who can convince themselves in an eyelash free speech means they have the right to say whatever invective they wish in City Council meetings (or on Hoboken411) and everyone else who dares to say otherwise is some sort of Oswald conspiracy participant.  Sadly, Councilman Nino Giacchi has now enlisted into the idea of mind-bending drugs traveling on the airwaves from City Hall to several websites and commenters.  (Da Horsey hopes he gets better, because he's far better than that.)

Michelle Russo (c) and Lane Bajardi share an intimate moment
hugging it out at last night's Romano-Ramos event

Grafix Avenger lays out some of the hilarity in superb satirical fashion producing more laughs per line than anyone in town.  If there was more time, Da Horsey would try to take up the challenge to meet her halfway.  But why bother?  Grafix Avenger has been doing the best satire in Hoboken for a good long while.  Some of it is hilarious, some borderline dangerous and some of it well, let's just say everyone has their own favorite soft drink.

This one well, it's a direct hit.


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City: 2010 Comprehensive Transportation 2010 Report

City of Hoboken announces:


Productivity and Services Up, Operational Costs and Waiting Lists Down

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is releasing an annual report highlighting the progress of the Department of Transportation and Parking.

“As the department with the most direct, daily interaction with residents, I have asked Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs to report on his department's progress over the last year,” said Mayor Zimmer. “As this report makes clear, Director Sacs has been successfully operating under strict budget conditions, all the while improving enforcement, generating more revenue, and reducing overhead. It's great to have a true professional running this Department. Residents will benefit from the enhanced services and responsible fiscal management.”

With more than a full year managing the department, Director Sacs announced that there have been dramatic improvements throughout the department.

“This year was a real coming together for more than 60 dedicated City employees in my department,” said Director Sacs. “Our successes are a direct result of their hard work and sincere desire to make Hoboken a better community for all residents.”

During 2010, the department increased parking enforcement productivity by 11%, boosted revenue from new multi-space meters by 40%, reduced costs through efficiencies and by recruiting more than 50 student and professional volunteers, made more efficient use of existing resources including parking garage space, and realized nearly 20% more in revenue than initially projected. This does not include revenues associated with issued parking summonses since these monies go directly to the City's general fund and are not considered when preparing the department's budget.

Newly introduced programs have been a success, with Corner Cars attracting more than 1,000 residents and “Surrender Your Permit” resulting in 60 fewer residents competing for limited on-street parking. The expanded Hop system received state-of-the-art tracking technology improvements and reached record ridership levels, while garage waiting lists that were previously years long have been nearly eliminated.

With a focus on pedestrian safety, the City recently completed sidewalk widening construction and safety improvements along Hudson Place - the highest pedestrian traffic area in Hoboken -- and installed “daylighting” poles at 38 intersections throughout the City to improve visibility between vehicles and pedestrians. An additional 140 bicycle parking spaces were installed, including 48 more near the Terminal, and Hoboken became only the second City in New Jersey to receive an honorable mention as a bike friendly city.

The City's progressive policies and initiatives have been widely praised by transportation and environmental advocates and received local, national, and international attention in news and academic publications.

Click here to view the Department of Transportation and Parking 2010 Report:


Transportation and Parking Department 2010 Report

Productivity and Services Up, Operational Costs and Waiting Lists Down

BoE crosses the threshhold on hiring Dr. Mark Toback!!

Tonight's Board of Ed meeting has big news:


The Hoboken Board of Education hereby approves the following resolution:

 RESOLVED:  the Hoboken Board of Education hereby approves a contract of
employment with Dr. Mark Toback for the position of Superintendent of Schools, as
reviewed and approved by the Department of Education as provided by law, with Dr. Toback to commence employment as soon as possible following his release from his current contract with the Sussex County Vocation-Technical School Board of Education.