Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2nd ward City Council Candidate Tom Greaney launches TV ad and website

2nd ward City Council candidate Tom Greaney launched his new website along with an advertisement featured on CNN.  His opponent Councilwoman Beth Mason previously announced her candidacy for the May council election along with an ad previewed in the fall prior to the 4th ward City Council special election.

So with her ad out first, Tom Greaney has now responded in kind.  Kaboom!  The race is on in what promises to be the highest profile and costliest council race.  Beth Mason will uncork a checkbook not only likely to make this the most expensive council race of all the wards this election, but perhaps setting a record of any Council race in Hoboken's history.

Here's Tom Greaney's introducing himself to the voters of Hoboken's 2nd ward:


MSV will be adding the website links on the right at no charge to any candidate for the duration of the election race through election day in May.  In addition, all press releases sent to smartyjones@me.com will be posted in their entirety with no editorial comment in the release.

Talking Ed Note: One consideration under review and the sole exception: Tim Occhipinti.  That decision and an explanation will be made at a later time.  As many residents know, the NJ Attorney General's office has not made a statement on the criminal referrals or comment on the review presented from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.  MSV believes an investigation is warranted and needs to be comprehensive addressing the installation of Tim Occhipinti in the fourth ward seat.

Occhipinti will be facing Rami Pinchevsky for the fourth ward council seat this time.  That is if law enforcement doesn't have a say in the matter sooner.

Hoboken Republicans Sixth Annual Lincoln Dinner features political pundit Bill Pascoe

Hoboken Republicans announce:

Date: Sunday, February 13
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: Puerto Spain Restaurant
Location: 116 14th Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

Our featured speaker is campaign veteran and renowned pundit Bill Pascoe. As it's been said of Bill, "he is nothing if not entertaining." Bill has worked for the State Department on Latin America, smuggled money and computers across the Iron Curtain, and later served as chief spokesman and speechwriter for the RNC. In more recent years, he's advised political campaigns across the country and even right here in the Mile Square. Bill now serves as Executive Vice President of Citizens for the Republic, a PAC founded by Reagan himself.

This year's dinner comes at a modest price of $45, which includes the following:

Drinks Sangria, Wine and Soft Drinks

Appetizers Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, Grilled Spanish Sausages, Fried Calamari, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Mussels Marinara, Chicken Villaroy, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, and Portobellos with Mozzarella

White Beans with Escarole

Main Course
Paella Valenciana, Chicken in Garlic Sauce, Veal Extremena, and Salmon in Mustard Sauce, Served with Rice, Vegetables, and Potato Chips

Spanish Caramel Custard, Coffee and Tea

Link: http://hobokenrepublicans.eventbrite.com/


Chief Falco lays down the law on St. Patrick's Day festivities

The Office of the Hoboken Chief of Police announces:

Dear Residents and Visitors of Hoboken,

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, the City of Hoboken will be hosting the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade is very popular and draws tens of thousands of people to our city. At times, some of our residents and guests become disorderly and unruly making it a difficult day for our residents who do not celebrate the day. In order to keep our city under control and create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone, I will have most of my officers working on that day, out on our streets, on patrol. My officers will be strictly enforcing all criminal and motor vehicle laws as well as all city ordinance violations. The following are four violations where there will be a zero tolerance policy in effect for the day:

1) City Ordinance 145-23 A/B (Consumption of Alcohol/Open Container in Public)- Any person seen possessing an open container of alcohol in public faces maximum penalties of a fine up to $2,000, and the possible sentence of having to perform Community Service.

2) City Ordinance 145-22 (Urinating in Public)- Any person observed urinating on public streets, sidewalks or in parks faces maximum penalties of a fine up to $2,000, and the possible sentence of having to perform Community Service.

3) City Ordinance 145-18 (Disorderly House)- House parties have become our largest problem on the parade day. Last year my officers responded to 533 calls for service, with most of those calls being disorderly house parties. This year, when a party is deemed to be unreasonably reckless, disorderly and unsafe, the renter or owner of the apartment or house will be charged with this ordinance. Along with the issuing of the summons, the Hoboken Police Department will shut the party down and clear out the apartment or house if it is determined that it is a hazardous or reckless condition. The maximum penalties for this violation is a fine of up to $2000 and the possibility of having to perform Community Service.

4) New Jersey State Statute 2C: 33-2a (Disorderly Conduct, Improper Behavior)- A Person is guilty of disorderly conduct if “with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he, 1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior, or 2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.” This offense carries maximum penalties of a 30 day prison term and a fine not to exceed $500.

I ask all the residents and guests of our city to please be considerate to everyone on this day, and to inform all family and friends to act respectful and orderly. Once again, we want this to be an enjoyable, but more importantly, safe day. The Hoboken Police Department will do everything within their powers to keep it as such. Finally, Do Not Drink and Drive. You may injure yourself or others, and if caught, you will be arrested.


Chief Anthony P. Falco, Sr.

Quality of life meeting at Garden of Eden tonight


Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites residents to a community meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 to discuss quality of life issues. Topics for discussion will include Mayor Zimmer and Police Chief Falco’s plans to implement a revised noise ordinance to address noise concerns, a proposed change to the sidewalk cafĂ© ordinance, and other resident concerns. The meeting will take place at 7:30 pm in the upstairs room at the Garden of Eden, 226 Washington Street.

Link: http://www.hobokennj.org/news/mayor-zimmer-to-host-community-meeting-on-quality-of-life-issues/

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NY Times comes to Hoboken reporting 'On the Waterfront'

'The New York Times posted a feature story on the woes of the Hoboken waterfront and it wasn't surrounding the landmark film of the same name.  The feature quotes Mayor Dawn Zimmer who declines to point fingers at her predecessors for the incompetence in creating and maintaining the jewel of Hoboken.

Not long ago, there was a political operation to pin the blame for problems of the waterfront on Mayor Zimmer.  Inane remarks began appearing on local internet websites such as the NJ.com Hoboken Forum, where rumors and less than savory (or truthful) political attacks go to germinate.

The City not long after having extensively researched the issue going back to the 1990's released a comprehensive history for the public showing all the history known to that point.  Councilman Mike Russo took the fight and political task to the City Council where he complained about the waterfront problems and pointed a rhetorical finger saying, "What did she know (Zimmer) and when did she know it?"

When it became clear problems stemmed in part to the time of his father's "stewardship," - Mayor Anthony Russo, he stopped bringing it up.

Here's a key part from their story:

Weeks after Ms. Zimmer took office — she was elected in her own right in fall 2009 — a chunk of Sinatra Field slumped into the river. The park, with a heavily used soccer field and riverfront walk, sits on century-old timbers that were riddled with shipworms, or teredos, tiny mollusks that bore into wood. Engineers had warned of this problem when the field was being developed in the 1990s and had recommended replacing the pilings, but that advice was disregarded.

“I think the attitude was, ‘Well, we’ll fix it later,’ ” Ms. Manogue said.

Last February, another small piece of the promenade collapsed, near Weehawken Cove.

The city hired engineers to examine the damage, develop a repair plan and, while they were at it, take a look at Pier A, where another park was built in the ’90s. That pier, just north of the train station and ferry terminal, sits on more than 1,000 steel beams that were encased in concrete down to the mud.

“We didn’t have an inkling there would be a problem” with the pier, Ms. Zimmer said, but the city decided an inspection would be prudent. “Honestly, we expected it to be fine.”

It was not. The mud had receded below the concrete jackets, exposing the steel to corrosive salt water. There is no structural danger yet, but inspectors say that without repairs, there will be.

For the complete story:


Talking Ed Note: Reader p1ywood notes a suspect Mazin push poll Sunday:

Got a call from an 800 number Sunday, asking about our upcoming municipal elections, was I favorable or unfavorable, or extremely so on each incumbent running for re-election, etc. Enough questions about Ms Mason to have clear suspicion it was paid for by our 2nd Ward Councilperson, or one of her "wheel"s.

My favorite question I was asked during the phone poll: "We hope you are aware that Hoboken is having problems with failing infrastructure such as costly water main breaks and a crumbling waterfront. Do you attribute these problems to Dawn Zimmer, or a prior mayor?" Wow, I guess they think it's possible to get people to believe 50 year old pipes and 20 year old piers have been compromised to the point of failure in a year and a half due to a change in administration.

So it seems there is actually push-polling going on 4 months pre-election to perpetuate this line of thought.  And I guess the premise for the line of thought is as the old saying goes "whatever works".

The near-total disconnect from reality and the level of desperation is scary.
And stay tuned for more. I think it's safe to say "you ain't seen nothin' yet".