Thursday, July 14, 2011

What me worry?

The barely there City Council meeting Wednesday night was a deflating affair.  One neutral observer gave a prediction for high drama and a two hour war but the actual meeting took only about an hour.

Even Councilwoman Beth Mason's minion crafted prepared speech fell flat, lacking the usual twisted plethora of distortions, half-truths and outright fabrications.  It doesn't help that she read it in a monotone as if she was herself seeing it for the very first time.

The sparsely attended meeting carried an air of anticipation but there was something very much missing from the room.  The gas was out of the tank before it even started.  Some are questioning why and Da Horsey is one of them.

Michael Russo - something on his mind.  He lobbed one of his
typical bombs but was it planned?  Accusing the mayor of "robbing" the taxpayers
was somewhat odd considering the Russo family's enrichment from same.

Councilman Mike Russo arrived late but that wasn't the heart of the issue for him in the short meeting.  He gave it a go trying to mix it up with Finance Director Nick Trasente but the Director has seen that routine and wasn't playing.  The spat didn't get far and for Councilman Russo, there seemed to be other issues weighing on his mind.

MSV did a brief interview with him on the Russo Civic Association's status.

More on that later.

City: Here's all the waterfront report information, Tea Building walkway reopened

City of Hoboken announces:


The City of Hoboken is releasing the final waterfront inspection report of all publicly-accessible, privately-owned sections of the Hoboken waterfront. In November, 2010, the Zimmer Administration requested and the City Council approved that a complete inspection of the Hoboken waterfront be performed by Boswell Underwater Engineering. In January, the City released the findings for the publicly-owned portions of the waterfront. Since then, the findings for the privately-owned portions were presented to the respective property owners since the cost for all repairs will be their responsibility.

In addition, the City is re-opening portions of the walkway around the Hudson Tea Building. The walkway was closed as a precaution after a preliminary review, pending a more in-depth investigation. While repairs are needed to sections of the waterfront walkway around the Tea Building, engineers have determined that it is possible to re-open some previously fenced off areas.

The City engineer has held a series of meetings with Toll Brothers and Applied, and the City is advocating for all necessary repairs to be completed as quickly as possible. Toll Brothers and Applied have begun the process for repairs. The City’s engineer will continue working closely with their engineers to ensure repairs are completed.

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Sign of the Times: Director takes Councilwoman Mason to school

Last night the finale to this year's budget saga ended but not without some typical Hoboken hijinks.  At one point, Councilwoman Beth Mason was complaining about a $4 million change and Finance Director Nick Trasente was explaining she was looking at the wrong line and most of the change was due to over $3 million in grants.

Finally, he decided to go help Beth Mason by pointing out what he was saying on the copy of her budget sheet.

Referencing the line under discussion wasn't working, so Director Nick Trasente went over to help Councilwoman Beth Mason understand what he was talking about on a page in the budget amendment.

We're not sure Mr. Trasente has any interest in teaching but he would make a fine part time substitute for 3rd grade math.