Wednesday, August 24, 2011


City of Hoboken announces:

The City of Hoboken is making preparations for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irene, which is currently forecast to reach the Northeast as a Category 2 hurricane between late Saturday and Monday. Residents are strongly urged to be prepared.

“If we are hit by a hurricane – even a Category 1 – the flooding can be very widespread and severe,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Even areas of Hoboken that don’t normally flood could be under many feet of water, so residents need to prepare now and be ready to move their vehicles to higher ground or out of town if necessary. We will continue to monitor the situation as the storm progresses, and if conditions warrant it, will call for an evacuation, but at this time we are asking residents with family or friends in the area or the ability to stay elsewhere to consider leaving town early for the weekend. This is a threat that residents must take seriously.”

Emergency evacuation shelters at the Wallace School and Hoboken High School are stocked with water and cots. Generators are in place for running emergency operations if needed. North Hudson Sewerage Authority is inspecting pumps and clearing catch basins. Evacuation plans have been reviewed and are in place if necessary.

Residents are advised to monitor conditions and be prepared for the possibility of severe flooding, high winds, and loss of electricity. Residents should seriously consider moving their vehicles outside of Hoboken and should be prepared to evacuate if an evacuation order is issued. At this time, the City is asking residents with the ability to stay at another location outside of Hoboken to consider doing so.

·         A hurricane or tropical storm will result in very severe and widespread flooding in Hoboken, including in areas that do not typically flood during heavy rains. Vehicles parked on streets or garages may be inaccessible for several hours or days until flooding recedes. Residents are urged to park their vehicles on higher ground or in upper levels of garages, however in the case of a tropical storm or hurricane, the safest option to avoid flood damage to vehicles is to park outside of Hoboken. Residents who are able to stay with friends or relatives are urged to consider leaving town early for the weekend.
·         Due to the possibility for high winds, residents should bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
·         Residents are suggested to maintain 72 hours of non-perishable food and water in their homes and any necessary medication in the event of an emergency.
·         Senior citizens and others with special needs (such as the need for electrical medical equipment) who many need assistance with evacuation are asked to notify the Emergency Operations Center as soon as possible by calling 201-239-6643/6644. The EOC will be open 24 hours a day as of 9am on Thursday, August 25th. For emergencies, residents should call 911 or the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 and Hoboken Fire Department at 201-420-2005/2007.
·         Residents may sign up for email or text updates and alerts from the City of Hoboken by visiting:
·         The Federal Emergency Management Agency has additional information on preparing for hurricanes:

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Vindictive politics on tap in City Council @ 7:00?

Tonight is a long agenda in the City Council's sole August meeting but a lot of drama will revolve around Councilwoman Beth Mason's proposal to cut all benefits to council members.  Oddly, she held the gavel and controlled the agenda for months prior to July 1st and even when she aggressively pursued cutting the mayor's salary a second time in short order, the idea never crossed her lips.

The question is why now?

 As it turns out MSV has learned there's more than one council member who is expecting a baby in the family.  Surely, Beth Mason has that information too. So is this more about inflicting financial pain on another's family and others who don't have access to their spouse's wealth or high mindedness on the budget?  While Tim Occhipinti is along for the ride, (he gets benefits through his job and is following his paid marching orders) this is interesting as Councilman Mike Russo, no friend of the taxpayer may be forced to place his vote with his own self-interest at stake. As someone who has lived in subsidized housing his whole adult life and who has seen his family exploit the lay of the land over many years, that can't be what he has in mind.

Last January, Russo appeared at the hospital board meeting when exclusive negotiations were announced with a bidder.  Did Mike Russo speak about the $52 million bonds hanging over the taxpayers or seek assurances they would be protected?  No.  Russo spoke about his personal insurance Blue Cross Blue Shield plan and his reservations that there could be some higher cost to him if the sale went through.  He also said the HMHA had no legal authority to sell the hospital.  (Local media never reported it either.) If there is no clear majority voting to retain council benefits how will Mike Russo vote?


Local media rises to defend Frank Raia's Petititon

The City Clerk approved the petition submitted to put on this election day ballot whether voters wish to have municipal elections on the traditional November Election Day or keep them in the spring.

The City recently moved to fix a half-century problem and codify its charter.  The move to correct the longstanding error caused alarm among the Old Guard and its new soldiers who thought such a move was a counter to their goal of keeping lower turnout elections in the spring.

Frank "Pupie Raia and his petition drive "get no respect."
He's bankrolled it but the local media doesn't mention him and his money behind it.
What's up with that?

Both the Hudson Reporter and Hoboken Patch acted swiftly when this was brought to their attention and immediately questioned the City's codification of the 1952 code.

As for the Boys & Girls Club and the problems stemming from decades old lack of accountability in the use of a taxpayer paid building bringing in a charter school and  forcing out underprivileged children in the most vulnerable part of the community, nothing but crickets.

Heres's the City Clerks letter.  Notice who's on the list of the committee and who goes completely unmentioned as part of the petition effort although he bankrolled it minutes after the City Council passed its resolution moving municipal elections to November:

Frank Raia.

Neither the Hudson Reporter or Hoboken Patch has even mentioned Raia's name.  Who do you think was paying all the people from Bayonne on Hoboken's streets and telling people the petition was for opposing PATH/toll hikes?

Both publications were clearly "reached" by the Old Guard.  Hoboken Patch doesn't name the concerned party while the Hudson Reporter describes them as "local activists."

Look at the City Clerk's list of who is notified in the letter.  You have Jamie Cryan, Franz Paetzold, Jennifer Grace and Frank Raia.  If you read the Hudson Reporter and Hoboken Patch, you'd never know it.  More importantly, you'd never know who was bankrolling the petition.
The more you know...

Talking Ed Note: Lucky for Hoboken, we have the enlightened, compassionate people running the local press.  What would we do without them?