Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hudson Reporter: Tim Occhipinti flipped on MORTe

In the crucial vote last Sunday night with the hospital not days but hours from running out of money, Councilman Tim Occhipinti made the move to change his vote and save the day for both the hospital and Hoboken - this according to a report by Al Sullivan in today's Hudson Reporter.

The "Between the Lines" column has taken a lot of hits for its inaccuracies but MSV can confirm and wishes to give credit where due - on this one Al Sullivan got it right.  While this information reached us and could not be confirmed before the meeting, MSV did report the deal would pass based on high level hospital sources.

With all the chips on the line: 1200 hospital jobs, massive layoffs for Hoboken along with massive taxes sure to follow and Hoboken tattered beyond belief, Tim Occhipinti was the one who pulled the hospital and with it Hoboken away from the abyss and said to MORTe, "I'm out."

It was that action which led to a desperate MORTe pushing the phony "deal" with Holdco.  The action was so desperately transparent, it was met with derision by the public at the Sunday meeting.

Al Sullivan correctly states that Tim Occhipinti was the one responsible for stepping up to save the hospital.

The move by Occhipinti against the Beth Russo hydra represents a major shift where the members of MORTe could not compel all of its members to stand fast and see through Hoboken's destruction.  It's unclear if Occhipinti held the line what MORTe would have in the end done.

During the discussion leading into the critical vote for the hospital, Tim Occhipinti acknowledged for the first time Holdco was contracted to keep the hospital open seven years.

At the last City Council meeting, MORTe voted down the parking refinance of the midtown garage.  This time Tim Occhipinti voted the measure down but this is a first of two votes and he did so after speaking about the benefit to Hoboken of lower interest rates.

A week from Monday, the City Council will hold a second and final vote on the $19 million refinance of the midtown garage.  It requires six votes for passage and the mayor stated if it fails the City will commence a layoff program  that becomes effective January 1.

With all the marbles in and the chips down, Tim Occhipinti finally went on his own for the benefit of Hoboken.

Talking Ed Note:  Give credit where credit's due.  Tim Occhipinti stepped away from the MORTe insanity and did what was the simple and right thing for Hoboken.  If he hadn't it's not certain what MORTe would have tried to do.  Until Sunday they had voted down every single piece of legislation on the hospital put before them this year.

Another dozen volunteers slated for GOTV Monday

Kurt Gardiner is looking to add another dozen volunteers to hand out campaign literature on Monday and Election Day Tuesday.

If you are available and would like to stick it to the Hudson County Tax Machine please contact him:

On behalf of those who are and will give them hell, Da Horsey says "Thank you!"

Bet endorses: I'm with Stick, cuz Stick would stick it to me

For those of you who he has boinked, no words are required.  For those ladies he's tried to boink, sometimes over decades, no words are even necessary.

At my swearing in, Anthony "Stick" Romano asked if I would uphold the laws of the Mazinic Temple of Hudson Street and be mayor of Hoboken.  I graciously accepted and am awaiting a terrorist action by my Hobroken411 minon that will fulfill the Mazinic prophecy.

For years, Anthony Romano has boinked Hoboken well.  He continues to serve underprivileged residents of Hoboken in Marine View choosing to accept inferior subsidized housing when his means permits him to live almost anywhere in Hoboken even if he is two or three levels beneath me.

While Romano has voted repeatedly for tax increases in Hoboken, he allowed me to take credit for repaving County roads in Hoboken without being foolish and complaining to me about it.  Besides if taxes go higher, I'll be able to get new neighbors.  The ones I have now are not up to my standards and don't vote for the right people, like me Bet Mazin.

Last while Stick may be sticking it to the taxpayers and not just the ladies, some have refused to accept his offer over decades and continue to cry about it.  They're just jealous because Stick told me he'd stick it to me but alas I'm married to a wonderful bottomless checkbook.  I ain't giving that up.

But Stick is wonderful and I know he loves me as do you all.

I'm with Stick cuz Stick would stick it to me!

Looking down upon you with all my benevolence,

Council VP Peter Cunningham: 'On Tuesday - Vote Gardiner'

From the desk of Council VP Peter Cunningham:

Time for a change – vote Kurt Gardiner for Freeholder

Dear Editor,

It is with great pleasure that I endorse candidate Kurt Gardiner for Hudson County Freeholder. 
We are in need of a Freeholder that will truly fight for lower taxes and efficiencies in County government by first, giving up the County car and requesting operational audits; recommending a salary cut to Freeholder salaries and a hiring freeze; and finally voting NO on any tax increases!
Kurt’s website lays out his plan for proposed changes to reduce our county tax burden at   Please visit Kurt’s website, and consider this Independent candidate for Hudson County Freeholder for HOBOKEN.

Peter Cunningham
Councilman, Hoboken’s 5th Ward

Talking Ed Note: This letter was originally submitted for publication in the Hudson Reporter.
MSV understand it will not be appearing before the election.

Guest of the Stable: Freeholder Candidate Kurt Gardiner

Dear Horsey,

My name is Kurt Gardiner and I am running for Hudson County Freeholder in District 5 which comprises Hoboken and a section of Jersey City Heights. I decided to run in June this year when I found out that there was no opposition to the current incumbent Anthony Romano in the November General election. I thought it was important to give voters a choice then and I still do now.

Since moving to Hoboken in 2003 I have been an advocate for good government in Hoboken following both municipal and school Board issues. The third component of our property tax that is often overlooked is the County Government. For years Hoboken has not only been overtaxed by the county but has not received back the services it pays for. This has not changed very much since my opponent took office in 2008.

In 2010, Hoboken paid nearly $46 million dollars to Hudson County. Our city is only one square mile. We are one of 12 municipalities in Hudson County and represent 6% the County’s 600,000-plus total population. Yet, we pay 17% of the overall county tax levy! This was actually posted on one of my opponents’ political allies’ websites last year and I feel it is very instructive as to the shortfall in services that Hoboken in particular has been getting over the last two decades.

My position is not only should taxes by lowered by reducing unnecessary expenses but Hoboken should get more for services in terms of road repairs, senior services, grants for parks and bonding for land acquisition for more parks. Residents in Jersey City Heights will be happy to know that I advocate for an open community process to address the multi-sport ball field in Washington Park.
This project is too important to not get the appropriate community input.

To get to the goal of lower taxes I advocate conducting operational audits for all departments and ten acting on those recommendations. I support a service based view of governance that does not believe jobs should be created to create jobs but rather to align the right skills towards providing essential services. Patronage in New Jersey is way too rampant and needs to be curtailed.

Hoboken can get back more from Hudson County by having them take back Washington Street as a county road and repaving it with brand new traffic lights. Hoboken should also look to getting more County Parks by having the County fund the acquisition of the Henkell Site. That site would give Hoboken the ball fields (not passive park space) it desperately needs. We can also get more grants from the County for the Jubilee Center, Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp, and other worthy charities in Hoboken and Jersey City Heights that deliver vital services to the needy and aged.

Please consider voting for me, Column C Row 6 on November 8th for Hudson County Freeholder. If elected I will strive to lower taxes and increase services for Hoboken and Jersey City Heights and I will not “stick” it to the taxpayer. My website is for more information about my candidacy and campaign platform.