Friday, October 21, 2011

State of NJ issues required "Certificate of Need" paving way for sale of HUMC to Holdco next week

Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority announces:


-- Important Hurdle Cleared Toward Completion of Sale to HUMC Holdco LLC --

HOBOKEN, NJ, October 21, 2011 -- The Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority (HMHA) has learned that New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services Mary O’Dowd approved HUMC Holdco LLC’s Certificate of Need (CN) application to acquire ownership of Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC).  Today’s decision is the final State approval needed to complete the sale of HUMC and meets one of  the  goals of the HMHA to keep open an acute care medical center in the City of Hoboken.

“Today’s development is great news for the city of Hoboken.  There are so many who worked tirelessly to make this transaction a reality.  I want to thank my colleagues on the Authority, HUMC Holdco LLC and Mayor Dawn Zimmer,” says Toni Tomarazzo, chairwoman for HMHA.  “Without the Mayor’s single-minded approach to solving our hospital dilemma, we wouldn’t have reached this point in the process. She knew that privatizing HUMC was the only way to preserve it for our residents.”

“Today’s approval has brought us even closer to the end of a long journey,” says Mayor Zimmer.  “Within the next few days, we anticipate finalizing the sale of HUMC.  It won’t be long after the transaction is completed that citizens of Hoboken will begin to see its benefits.  We have saved 1,200 jobs and our hospital will be able continue to provide quality healthcare to our City.  In addition, our municipal fiscal situation has improved significantly, as our $52 million bond guarantee obligation will have ended.  This will dramatically improve our ability to fund both short- and long-term improvement projects for our long-neglected infrastructure.”

The State Health Planning Board held two public hearings -- one in Hoboken on July 21, 2011 to allow city residents to comment regarding the Certificate of Need application submitted to the Department of Health and Senior Services for the transfer of ownership of Hoboken University Medical Center to HUMC Holdco LLC.  The session attracted more than 200 residents -- with the vast majority expressing support for the transaction.
Approval for a hospital’s “change of ownership” in New Jersey is a comprehensive process requiring the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to issue a Certificate of Need.  The State Health Planning Board must hold a public hearing in the hospital’s service area, consider the Certificate of Need application at an open public session, and then make a recommendation to the Commissioner.  The Board recommended that the change of ownership to HUMC Holdco LLC be approved.

“HUMC operates in a dire financial position and is dependent on continued State subsidies to cover operating expenses.  The change of ownership to HUMC Holdco LLC, an entity with private capital and a proven track record,  offers the best opportunity for the hospital's long term financial stability and sustainability, as well as quality enhancement and new program development,” Tomarazzo adds.  “This sale is in the best interests of our City and what we’ve worked long and hard to achieve.”

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"Fake" Ricky Mason to Horsey: "Stop blowing up my wife, please"

From the desk of Citizen and Hoboken Taxpayer Kurt Gardiner:

Dear Editor:

I wish to comment on Mr. Roman Brice’s video that he posted on his  Internet blog Mile Square View earlier this week. My wife, Councilwoman Beth Mason, and I were in an important Machiavellian plot to overthrow Dawn Zimmer type of meeting with the Russo’s, Raia, and Ramos clan and other disgusting elements of the Hoboken political underworld earlier this week and so now is my first opportunity to react publicly.

In his video Mr. Brice depicts my wife in a car with Mike Russo being chased by a bunch of Zimmer Zombie Zealots. As if that image wasn’t frightening enough to my children the video continues with their car being blown up at the end of the video. Now, I  presume that is a threat to my wife’s body (I admit she has no soul) and I demand an apology from Roman Brice. Lane Bajaradi and I feel very vulnerable right now and we are considering getting gun permits for our own protection. These Zimmer bloggers are really starting to scare us with these not so veiled threats.

The United States Constitution allows each and every one of us to say the greatest, or the most appalling, words. Our First Amendment right of free speech is what sets this country apart from, say, Syria, where you can be shot in the street for calling on the president to resign, or North Korea, where if you complain about hunger you can go to prison for life.

But with our First Amendment right, comes a responsibility of the same order, especially if the speaker is a political blogger with the same or greater amount of traffic as, like Mr. Brice. We may all have sharp disagreements on political issues, but we should never suggest to resolve them by blowing up our opponents. Mr. Brice’s video available for all to see on the Internet, violated the most basic trust that the public puts in our leaders, to speak and behave in a manner that does not encourage or incite violence. Hoboken 411 would never stoop to such a level, my wife would never allow it!

Mr. Brice is a close ally of Mayor Zimmer and the council majority. He is a member of the local press, and he wields influence over the Hoboken electorate that can’t be bought out like people in Applied Housing that got my wife re-elected. His video demonstrates that, at a minimum, he does not have the demeanor or temperament to blog in favor of my wife’s positions unlike Hoboken 411 which is kept on retainer. I am appalled that neither the mayor nor the majority have lifted a finger to publicly censure him, nor have they said anything about his public hankering to imply that my wife will explode into tiny little bits to then be consumed by Zimmer Zombies, other than, in the case of the council majority, to laugh it off as a joke. The mayor herself has said not a word.

Mr. Brice says that his video was satire. But let me ask this: what if the same video was written by a high school student, who said on-line that he would love to blow up a teacher and feed her remains to zombies? Would we think it was funny then? Would we sit by and do nothing?

"Fake" Ricky Mason

And now a word from Bet: Layoffs will make us stronger!

From the Mazonic Temple on high looking down benevolently over all of you:

As you have recently heard, Mayor Zimmer in her incompetent trying to keep the hospital open worst has issued layoffs across the board for the City of Hoboken. This unnecessary and cruel action reflects her continued unreasonable willingness to lower taxes and refusal to hike them after our noble efforts to create an immediate but necessary $4.5 million deficit.

Let me say to you with all the compassion I am able to muster in my heart, we will starve Hoboken before we allow Zimmer and Lenz to rule you one more day in their unholy untaxed actions.

As Mikie Squared and I stand solidly with you in the face of this horrid action, you can be sure we will be doing everything possible to ensure you are cared for to the maximum allowed by law and NJ unemployment benefits.  In this dark hour, some of you are deeply troubled by this radical turn of events and are even more worried what might happen to us.

Let me assure you, we will get through this together and in the end I will hold more power than anyone can even imagine today.  The sacrifice these little people are making on our behalf today will not be in vain, on this you may rest easy.

We are coordinating a winning strategy right now.  Peter Cammarano will be coming to Hoboken this weekend to rally our "locked in" voters and extend support on how they can apply for unemployment benefits.  A special "Let them eat cake" program is being planned with the Cake Boss in the alley behind his store.  We are promised all cakes unsold beyond their expiration date will be distributed exclusively to our people.

We will hold a protest against all Zimmer Zombies and announce my official 2013 campaign for Mayor this Sunday at Elysian Field.  All city workers both the employed and soon to be unemployed are required to attend.

At that time I will share with you how we are going to get them.  This in the end will be a joyous and happy occasion.

I'm also proud to say Peter Cammarano will be awarding me the 2011 Grand Poobah Over All of Hoboken Award and you as part of our invitation only audience will be so fortunate to witness it.

Okay, this is really an exciting time for me and my family.  I'm tearing up a bit.  Talk amongst yourselves.

Looking down on you all with my abundant mercy,

P.S. There's still time to counter this alliance between Gov. Christie and Mayor Zimmer having Holdco buy the hospital.  P3, JNESO and I will continue to work to close this hospital before something even worse happens with it staying open.

Please know that P3 and I are working diligently even now to step in and save our community from Holdco taking over the hospital next week and turning it into Coma Storing Condos.  That's right, they are planning on storing people in comas in newly renovated condos.