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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lowdown on the City Council Showdown: Beth Russo will get nothing


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Here's the lineup for this evening:
Agenda: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/agenda11/ccm-06-01-11.pdf
Resolutions: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/respack11/revised-respac-06-01-11.pdf

Tonight is the last meeting before the finale later this month of the Beth Russo 'majority,' as they take one more shot at doing the only thing they actually know how to do, and that's playing politics or as Councilman Mike Russo says "politrickin."

It's a steady diet they've been on since installing Tim Occhipinti and clearly old habits die hard.  This one isn't going to either.

Back on the list of items is the witch hunt for emails of two mayor staffers.
Why?  Because they work for the mayor and do a good job.

Desired outcome: End their livelihood and destroy their careers.
Secondary desired outcome: Destroy Hoboken411's and local editor's local media reform counterparts who are telling way to much truth on way too many things, especially about Beth Russo and their ghostwriting attack mutt who needs a PIO job.
Likely outcome: Beth Russo will get nothing but the emails delivered by anyone who feels like it to the meeting.  The FBI on the other hand will get all the emails, identify the parties who illegally obtained them from suspected person(s) of interest re: the Beth Russo political apparatus: Hoboken411, and their man/minons.
(Final frog marching list TBD.)

Predicted winner:  The FBI


Another highlight is reducing the mayor's and director's salaries (again).  Both were reduced and that reduction was led by the mayor herself who also has reduced the Office of the Mayor's budget from about $650,000 to $420,000 last MSV heard.

Mayor's salary was reduced to $115,000.  Beth Russo new goal: $100,000.
Director's salaries reduced to $103,00.  Beth Russo goal: $70,000 - $90,000
Proposed Council salary reduction: $0  Current about $25,000.  

Desired outcome: End current roster of professional directors.  Run them out of town.
Secondary desired outcome: Show everyone what bitter losers Beth Russo can be
Likely outcome: TBD.  Councilman Nino Giacchi is sadly placed in a position to determine his legacy after ten years on the council, and this will play into it.  MSV wishes him luck.

Predicted winner:  Hoboken's professional directors, because it's fun to root for the good and competent guys.

The final showings of the Beth Russo hypocrisy politrickin circus begins at 7:00.

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Sign of Tim's Times: NJ Transit, the constituent that matters most

Last night's meeting on the downtown redevelopment with NJ Transit was a good mixture of people although not quite jam packed as it was a community meeting where no final decisions would be made.

The mixture on both sides was on the lower side, about 100 people total but the breakdown especially before the meeting was akin to the Hatfields and the McCoys each on different sides.

Those skeptical of NJ Transit on the reform side of the fence sat on the right side of the room while those who might be deemed sympathetic appeared to be on whole sitting on the left.  MSV remarked on this odd circumstance with Director Brandy Forbes before the event and she gazed around the room but didn't remark to agree or disagree.

If that view was in error, the observation with breakdown into groups later certainly wasn't. People who might be described as friends of Tim, re: NJ Transit sympathetic were spread out at different tables but nothing seemed too overt.  The folks talking to Councilman Tim Occhipinti eyed the crowd with a look in the eye of adversaries, it was unmistakeable to most but if you really looked... 

After the city's presentation on the plans it sees as optimal, the audience broke down into groups.  After going to several tables and listening in to the folks participating, it was clear the audience was going through everything with a fine tooth comb. MSV overheard similar questions on what type of stores would make it into the commercial rental locations at two different tables.

While other Council members present: Carol Marsh, Dave Mello, Peter Cunningham and councilwoman-elect Jen Giattino mixed with the crowd, took the printed survey and/or chatted it up with their neighbors on the different charts floating around the room, one Councilman was focused entirely on a different constituency:

Tim Occhipinti (l) speaking with NJ Transit's John Leon as a table in the background was one of several where residents shared ideas on the different aspects of a potential redevelopment.

Tim Occhipinti appeared glued to the NJ Transit people including its head John Leon for an inordinate amount of time.  While his colleagues were mixing it up with the people, Tim Occhipinti remained with the NJ Transit crowd.  Eventually, the party would break up but we don't recall if Occhipinti spent any time with the folks.  He may have, it was just glaringly obvious where he spent time parked so unlike his colleagues.



Talking Ed Note: MSV wasn't the first or only one to notice Tim Occipinti's constituent focus.  It was not just a momentary thing although one could argue such from a photo.  Take our word for it, it's representative.

Later we had a chat with activist Jim Vance.  He questioned the camerawork of MSV in a wide ranging discussion and we vigorously defended it.  See the photo above Jim?  It's called photo journalism; for those who wish to see.

Later Jim shared an interesting rumor of a photo MSV has never taken.  We find it interesting how some are taken in by the stories of others who have a record of being challenged when it comes to the truth.  They have medicine for such delusions. 

Anyway, we'll have more photos on the community meeting later but tonight's the City Council meeting and it's going to be a long night at the big dance.

Come see the Beth Russo show.  There's only one more meeting with the bad guys before they have to give up the ghost.  You may not get another chance to see the bad guys like this again.

That's no metaphor.  That's from the movie Scarface, except it's fictional and Tony Montana at least had some redeemable qualities.  He didn't try to destroy a city because he couldn't control it.

Beth Russo on the other hand are giving it a try.

Related: Hoboken Patch has its news story up.
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