Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mayor Zimmer to State: 'Council Minority' holding Hoboken 'hostage'

Letter Zimmer Neff 11-15-11

Mayor Dawn Zimmer presents her letter to the State of NJ on the failure of MORTe to approve simple financial line items move putting the City of Hoboken into a financial crisis and unable to pay the City Firemen at the end of November.

MORTe is inducing a financial crisis in Hoboken for reasons only they can explain.  MSV has documented the continual sabotage of Hoboken before and leading into the hospital sale.  One that Tim Occhipinti outlined last night that he himself and done everything possible to see happen - before flipping his vote.

The mayor describes the actions by the "council minority" as holding the City "hostage."

Talking Ed Note: Oh how MORTe love sabotage.

Mayor announces Thursday home fundraiser

Dear Friends,

Let’s celebrate the saving of our Hospital this Thursday at my house!
(See invite).

Recent events have made clear that there is much work still to be
done.  As many of you know, the City’s former IT Administrator has
been arrested by federal authorities and charged with stealing
confidential e-mails and distributing them to others, including
unnamed current and former City officials.

Last night, the City Council minority continued its strategy of
attempting to harm our City’s interests in the misguided hope that
this will somehow benefit them politically.

Here’s a recap:
First, the Council Minority refused to approve routine line item
transfers.  Line item transfers are done every year by every
municipality and the City Council had already been directed to approve
these transfers in a letter sent to the Council President by the
State.  They knowingly voted NO even when they were told that my
Administration would not be able to pay our fire fighters for the rest
of the year.

Second, the Council Minority refused to refinance the
midtown garage. Instead of voting to save taxpayers $50,000,
they chose to cost taxpayers $4.5 million for no legitimate reason
whatsoever. As a result of their vote, my Administration is forced
to implement staff reductions and may not be able to avoid a
tax increase.

In addition, the Council minority has taken the position that
no bonding should occur for capital expenses.  Unfortunately
we’ve got a Police station and Fire stations in complete disrepair.  
We do not have enough street sweepers to keep the streets clean
because they refused to bond after being asked 3 times over the
last year for this crucial equipment.

The bottom line:  They want to force a tax increase and decrease
your quality of life in hopes that the public will blame me for the
consequences of their intentionally irresponsible actions. This is
a sad reality, and a direct violation of the sacred oath that every
elected official has taken.

Hope to see you on Thursday.  Feel free to invite your friends.
The minimum contribution of $250 is just a recommendation  all
supporters are welcome and can contribute whatever amount they
are comfortable with - the more the merrier.


Sign of the Times: Is the Big Man on tap?

Gov. Chris Christie had to already slap MORTe down once for what one Hoboken resident accurately called their acting in a "pathologically obstructionist fashion."  The sabotage on financial housekeeping is forcing Hoboken into an artificially induced crisis.  Will it take a combination of both the State and Federal law enforcement to save Hoboken?

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is interfacing with the State to find a remedy to last night's latest MORTe sabotage.

Flashback: Video proof of MORTe trying to interfere with FBI investigation on massive looting of City Hall and Mayor's Office

Last night, Councilwoman Beth Mason attempted to make an argument there was no interference by her and Morte with the  FBI's ongoing investigation into a data breach in City Hall.

Here's the original video from June 14th showing the discussion where the lame duck council majority headed by Beth Mason consisting of MORTe and the soon to be departing Councilman Nino Giacchi does exactly that.

Note early in the discussion where the Corporation Counsel Mark Tabakin says their attempts to jeopardize an FBI investigation will be on their heads:

"To the extent that these emails and their release taint the FBI investigation or otherwise corrupt that investigation, that's on you guys, that's not on me."

Councilwoman Beth Mason and Michael Russo both sponsored the resolution attempting to put into the public domain thousands of emails, likely tens of thousands of emails in an ongoing FBI investigation.

This even after the FBI had contacted the Corporation Counsel and asked him to impart a message to the City Council in a closed session.  Instead of listening to the City attorney, MORTe fights to go to a vote and not hear anything from the FBI.

Why were they so adamant in doing so? The more you know...

Talking Ed Note: Here's the original June 12th video from a City Council meeting where Council members Beth Mason and Michael Russo were asked about if they had seen any of the emails they were asking for in their co-sponsored resolution.

They both refused to answer the question.

Got emails?

Tim Occhipinti tries to explain MORTe sabotage and chaos ensues

Here's a segment from last night's meeting exposing MORTe showing their sabotage in full throe:

Talking Ed Note: This is the "discussion" leading into a straight forward refinance of the midtown garage.  The fix is in and Tim Occhipinti exhibits his usual petulant behavior joined by Councilman Michael Russo.

It's a travesty and a cryan shame.

MORTe doesn't like the spotlight on their email activities

Last night in public portion, the sabotage of Hoboken was reignited.  So there was no reason not to highlight the elephant in the room - the outrageous systematic looting of Hoboken's communications in the mayor's office.

Councilman Michael Russo made a decision to leave the dais and not return during comments by MSV. He wisely avoided the spotlight and publicly addressing the question of his role (The councilman quietly was standing at the back of the room near the door as MSV exited the council chambers.)

Those comments highlighted the inability of MORTe and specifically the remarks of Councilman Tim Occhipinti to come up with a real financial reason to vote down the refinance of the midtown garage.

But the comments that provoked MORTe most during and after were on the questions previously unanswered by Council members Michael Russo and Beth Mason.  The latter was not able to contain herself on the matter.

MSV lost count of her interruptions on the matter.  What was Mason's operative's line?  "Where there's smoke there's fire."

Watch the fire burn ever so bright.

 Talking Ed Note: MSV let everyone know the story on the sabotage regarding the line item budget transfer was already online here.

Council members Michael Russo and Beth Mason had declined to answer the questions posed repeatedly surrounding their uncanny requests for thousands of emails in their April resolution they both sponsored.

Now the public is expected to believe their sudden claim in Hoboken Now last Friday is to be believed.
So MSV asked the question.

Councilwoman Beth Mason did not like the question raised again.  Later she'll voice some complaints about libel and evidence and make charges on emails with the mayor's staff claiming a "smear."

Where's that evidence Beth Mason?

MORTe runs successful sabotage against City: Beth Mason gets unglued during public portion

The Mason paid political operative looks like a psychic genius.  He correctly predicted that MORTe would not provide a sixth vote to pass a simple budget line transfer.

The line transfer did not involve any overspent funds as Councilwoman Beth Mason tried to claim.

After 90 minutes of tedium led by a late arriving Councilman Michael Russo where it was obvious to everyone in the room, the vote as magically predicted was 5-4 lacking the needed sixth vote.

On the critical issue of refinance of the midtown garage, Michael Russo arbitrarily is asking for a reduction in the bond.  The refinance of the bond will as written end as the current bond and save the taxpayers $50,000.

The meeting last night degenerated at one point into voice over voices with MORTe making it clear they will play games with everyone including public safety if they can get an opportunity to hurt the mayor - no matter if Hoboken gets hurt.  There's question now where funds will come from to cover public safety.  The amount in question is about $2 million.

The tell in Russo's question led to his comment on the parking utility funds available.

The obvious goal here is to deplete every possible nickel available to theCity and force the budget into a deficit, and lead to tax increases, layoffs or both.

Director Nick Trasente corrected Councilman Tim Occhipinti on his claim that the garage is legally not permitted refinancing.

Tim Occhipinti pantomimed to us that he is looking forward to voting no and putting the City in an immediate hole - opening a $4.5 million hole.  

Occhipinti is complaining about the parking utility budget that he wants to use that money.  Occhipinti comes up with an incorrect idea for savings and is corrected on the interest rates.  

Director Nick Trasente tries to correct Occhipinti on fact of interest rates to no avail.

It was a banner night for MORTe.  They sabotaged Hoboken on two financial areas: a simple line item budget transfer and refinancing the midtown garage.  They say there will be no layoffs for their action to starve the City.

Councilwoman Beth Mason claims "professionals say there will be no layoffs" and why not pay down the bond and deplete the City's available funds - likely in the parking utility. She doesn't say who or how.

Councilman Dave Mello notes the sabotage is intended to force tax increases.  He also states Councilman Michael Russo doesn't care since he pays no taxes.  

Councilman Mike Russo says he is proud to be born and raised in Hoboken and Councilman Mello  "can't say that."  He adds he is proud of his resume. (It's unclear what any of his response has to do with taxes.)

Councilwoman Terry Castellano complains she hasn't spoken again but to the shock of no one in the room votes down the savings to the City and taxpayers.

With not one sound argument to vote down the midtown garage refinance, MORTe does exactly that.

Council President Ravi Bhalla warns the repercussions will lead to the layoffs of City workers.  Councilman Michael Russo is laughing at this.

The Council President says the results for the irresponsibility will be on MORTe's heads.

All this versus saving the City $50,000.  For the second time MORTe said no.
MORTe is in full sabotage glory.  

Bring on the Feds!

The Russo Civic Association was shut down during the summer.  But although Mike Russo said they lost their lease, items have stayed in place for months since.  FBI related?  One can only hope that proves true.

Talking Ed Note: After this sorry display Da Horsey signed up for public portion.  We spoke some truth on the elephant in the room (the Data Theft Conspiracy) and asked some very obvious questions.  Beth Mason didn't like it and kept interrupting even appealing to the Corporation Counsel for help during our remarks.

This is the same Corporation Counsel they ignored earlier who tried to get the Beth Russo hydra not to vote on their resolution to force tens of thousands of emails between the mayor's staff and local media into the public square due to an FBI investigation.

Former Councilman Nino Giachhi a lame duck at the time would not agree like MORTe to discuss the matter in private session.  Councilwoman Beth Mason has attempted to interfere with the FBI investigation along with ALL of Morte!

That's not conjecture.  That's a fact and it's on video.  You want to scream libel Beth Mason, go ahead and try.  The questions are NOT going away.

Not until the FBI completes their work and MSV wishes them godspeed.


MSV left before the end of public portion.  While on the phone outside City Hall not one, not two but three police officers separately arrived and went inside.  Why?  Can't say but someone contacted them and/or at a minimum had them go to the City Council meeting at the end of public portion.

Why were four police officers with three arriving at the end of the council meeting required?
Looks like Da Horsey hit a nerve.

Who called for additional police?  It's not clear who or how?  One officer was inside the Council chambers late in the evening and he didn't have any work to do.  During public portion Councilman Michael Russo left the dais and then stayed in the back of the room watching during MSV's comments.

If it was that easy to escape the heat...