Friday, February 25, 2011

6th ward candidate Jen Giattino launches new campaign website

Jen Giattino the 6th ward City Council candidate challenging long time incumbent Nino Giacchi launched her new campaign website.

Here's a bit from the website on Jen:

Entrepreneur and local businesswoman Jen Giattino today announced that she is running to represent Hoboken’s 6th Ward.
“Hoboken has made a lot of progress in the past year and a half but there is much more work to be done. I look forward to working constructively as a member of the Council and focusing on solutions, not politics,” Giattino said.
A former specialist at a major brokerage firm and current real estate sales associate, Giattino is the founder and President of Fun Well Done, a web-based business that markets education arts and crafts projects for kids.
She was instrumental in creating the uptown Farmer’s Market and the Community Supported Agriculture program at the United Synagogue of Hoboken. She also spearheaded a free goods exchange program that allows local organizations to recycle items and thereby reduce waste.
A dedicated mother of three, Giattino coordinated the after-school Arts and Open Play Program at Calabro Primary School and for the past three summers she has run Hoboken’s popular Art in the Park Program.
Committed to helping Hoboken’s residents in need and promoting the importance of volunteerism in our schools and among our youth, Giattino helped create LOTS (Lunch on Thursday) which encourages parents to send their children to school with an extra lunch every Thursday. The extra lunch is then donated to neighbors at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. LOTS now provides more than 100 lunches each week and involves three schools and St. Peter and Paul’s CCD camp.
“As someone who spent years in the business world, I know firsthand the importance of fiscal responsibility and holding the line on taxes,” Giattino said. “My goal is to ensure that Hoboken remains a great place to raise a family.”
The new website can be found at:

BREAKING: Mayor Zimmer announces additional 5% tax cut, savings on agreement with police unions

Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a letter to the Hoboken City Council announcing her budget proposal with an additional tax cut of 5% for this fiscal year.

In addition, an agreement with the Police Unions will save an additional $700,000 over the previous plan proposed by Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi.  Compared to the fiscal monitor's proposed collective bargaining agreement, an additional savings of $200,000 annually is expected moving forward.  The savings are a comparison including the necessary retroactive pay to the police who have operated without a contract the last several years.

A political battle has been brewing for months on how to treat the budget surplus, even as the figure was politicized with an inaccurate $20 million figure being stated by Council members Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti in the last budget.  The budget surplus in this fiscal year reached $14.7 million and last year's totaled $10 million after two million was returned as part of Mayor Zimmer's initial 5% tax cut.

As Hoboken heads into council ward elections this May, a game of chicken was being played out with the Mayor asking the Council what figure they had in mind to retain.  Beth Mason refused to answer saying in an earlier letter the mayor was charged with presenting a budget.

Mayor Zimmer is now looking to deliver a full 10% tax cut to Hoboken taxpayers while finalizing a union agreement with the police unions.

Now that budget is on the table for the next Council meeting Wednesday night, Hoboken will see what value the City Council can bring.  Two workshops are scheduled for March but there's been no discussion or proposal of additional cuts to provide any substantial savings.

The letter and City Council documents for next Wednesday's meeting are available at the City of Hoboken website:

Mayor's Budget Letter 2-25-11

BREAKING: Hoboken Democratic Party assails illegal fundraiser, points to Maurice Fitzgibbons

 The Hoboken Democratic Party announces:


The Hoboken Democratic Party is surprised to learn that an unregistered PAC, known as the “Real Democrats of Hoboken”, has scheduled a fundraiser on Monday February 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Clinton Social, honoring the previous Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.  This event, which is being actively promoted by Maurice Fitzgibbons, another prior Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party and a former Freeholder, is intended to raise money from developers to support candidates running against the incumbent committeemen and committeewomen who presently serve the Hoboken Democratic Party.

“It is surprising and disappointing that Maurice Fitzgibbons, who was recently found by ELEC to have violated ELEC’s campaign finance disclosure requirements, resulting in a fine of several thousand dollars against Mr. Fitzgibbons, is at it again.  Hoboken has seen what happens when its politicians fail to abide by the letter of the law when it comes to campaign fundraising,”  said Gary Holtzman, Treasurer of the Hoboken Democratic Party.

Photo of the original illegal fundraiser by a group not registered to do so.  The Old Guard is back to its old tricks.
It is against New Jersey state law for an unregistered PAC, like the “Real Democrats for Hoboken” to spend money or raise money in support of candidates for political campaigns, such as the event that the “Real Democrats for Hoboken” is advertising for Monday February 28th.

Vice Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party, and Chair of the By-Laws Subcommittee, Phil Cohen, added, “We are proud of the changes that the Hoboken Democratic Party have made, instituting by-laws that prohibit the funneling of funds through the Hoboken Democratic Party to support candidates for non-partisan elections, like Hoboken City Council races or Hoboken Mayoral Races.  Back when Mayor Russo and Mayor Roberts controlled the Hoboken Democratic Party, developers funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Hoboken Democratic Party to support their Mayoral campaigns.  We don’t ever want to return to those bad old days.”

Today, the Hoboken Democratic Party’s reformed by-laws are used as a model for other Democratic Party Organizations throughout the State of New Jersey and promoted by good government organizations.

Talking Ed Note: Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano noted the Lincoln Dinner was originally a prestigious, non-partisan event, "If I'm well enough I'll present Ruben with an award.  That's it,"  He added he had been under the weather and just learned about the event the other day.

Maurice Fitzgibbons may be facing questions on his role surrounding the problems in arranging such an event without following the required ELEC procedures.  Then again, he's had these kind of problems before and he was the person who brought you Tim Occhipinti.

Some habits die hard.

Rami Pinchevsky Kickoff draws 80 supporters - resistance in the 4th ward begins

Last night, 4th ward candidate Rami Pinchevsky kicked off his campaign at Northern Soul and 80 people turned up to get behind the battle for the ward election this May.

A good enthusiastic crowd for Rami Pinchevsky's kickoff

Pinchevsky an active resident years before Tim Occhipinti showed up in Hoboken clearly energized a strong resistance as the election campaign is heating up.  Someone forgot to tell these people about yesterday's Hudson Reporter story.  Beth Mason is proud of her monies circumventing campaign finance law and she's happy to fund Tim Occhipinti and his 550-575 invisible army of 'campaign workers,' - re: voters.

For some reason, all these people along with Rami Pinchevsky still think they can win.
Are there enough people in the 4th ward available to vote and overcome those selling their vote for $40?


Rami Pinchevsky at Northern Soul Thursday night
Related: The Hoboken Journal attended and covered the event.
Photos courtesy the Hoboken Journal