A new voice has emerged, one with dignity and strength and respect for our traditions. We're not talking about Hoboken's government traditions of theft, bribery, extortion, nepotism, etc., but of our Republic - the rule of law. It's T. Paine. (see below)
As former City Council President Carol Marsh said at the last City Council meeting during one brouhaha, "We follow the rules when we want," - the less than honorable Beth Mason presiding.
She was one fine Council President. Hoboken lost when Carol Marsh surrendered the gavel. The midnight power grab brought to you courtesy of Tim Occhipinti and his Beth Mason funded 575 paid 'campaign workers.' Thanks again Beth!
Tonight Hoboken gets an introduced budget and another 5% tax reduction from the mayor, a police union agreement, the POG ordinance final reading - less that pesky anti-wheeling provision Beth Mason really doesn't like to hear about - at all, and of course an endless display of bad governance, items rotated back to committees where they started meaning no additional outdoor cafe time as that's been stalled too. (Local businesses can thank Terry Castellano who is against them and enjoys kicking this one round and round.)
The Hoboken Journal is doing yeoman's work with live coverage beginning at 7:00.
Here's some notes from the mayor on the meeting tonight:
Until we meet, here’s some quick highlights:
- Budget introduction tonight includes 10 percent tax cut since FY 2010
(5% Transition year 2010 + 5% SFY 2011)
- Responsible cash surplus level of approximately $5 million - 5 percent of total budget (Any lower would be fiscally irresponsible and damaging to our bond rating. Beware of politicians falsely claiming that we have $25 million of available surplus – We Don’t!).
- Reached agreement with the Police unions that saves Hoboken $700,000 over previous agreement negotiated by Judy Tripodi.
The agreements also provide ongoing annual savings of an estimated $200,000. (In addition to multi-million dollar annual savings from restructuring of the Dept).
Finally, the agreement on the agenda tonight gives both our Police officers and our citizens the security of an agreement going into the future for the first time in many years.
- Parks initiatives: Tonight, we are proposing a $20 million bond, funded entirely by the Open Space Trust Fund that Councilman Cunningham and I sponsored a few years ago. This funding is crucial to enabling us to stop talking about acquiring new open space and actually move ahead and get it done