Friday, December 23, 2011

Mayor Dawn Zimmer on John Corea: 'I demoted him and cut his salary'

In an interview early Friday afternoon, Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke at length about her coming into City Hall as mayor in the summer of 2009 and inheriting the Director of Parking John Corea who pled guilty last Friday to taking $600,000 in Hoboken parking meter quarters.

Mayor Zimmer discussed the process she undertook as Acting Mayor regarding that troubled department.  "When I came on board, one of my first actions was to move John Corea to another department and to lower his salary."

A story on Hoboken Now confirms the mayor's account noting John Corea was offered a job in the Department of Environment Services with a big reduction in salary: from $114,265 to $50,000.  Corea was not happy with the new mayor's action.  He's quoted at the time saying, "It's not fair...I don't believe I should be punished."

Although he wanted to work things out with the new Acting Mayor, it didn't turn out that way.  While Mayor Zimmer admitted there were conversation with Corea, it didn't stop her from taking action.  "His salary was lowered within legal guidelines according to civil service."

That directly led to Corea's departure as an employee of Hoboken.  "The end result was he chose to resign," the mayor stated.

Focusing on her policy to not sit on situations where the lawbreaking is in question, the mayor said, "If you have any evidence you turn it over to law enforcement and let them do its work," adding, "The authorities acted on that evidence."

For Corea's role in the massive looting of the Hoboken parking meters, the NJ Attorney General's office has recommended a sentence of eight years with no less than serving three before any consideration of parole.

John Corea is scheduled for sentencing in February.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer in her City Hall office

Talking Ed Note: Has anyone else noticed that Corea's replacement Ian Sacs has been treated like a criminal by Councilman Michael Russo since taking over from Corea, but the real criminal was given support in what can only be described as a coverup by the Russo clan?

While Council members Michael Russo and Terry Castellano tried to cover up the revelation they stumbled upon, both tried to stop its progress with the City Council probing the matter and saying "it's been cleared up."

It will be cleared up in February at Corea's sentencing.

MSV's comparative calculations which are not scientific show well over $900,000 disappeared from the Hoboken Parking Utility but as Eric Kurta says, "It was a cash business.  It may never be clear how much money was taken."

Mayor Zimmer: on corruption, Hoboken fire fundraiser, and more

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

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Dear Friends,
We’ve made some great strides for our City, and seen our community come together to support one another. 
I write to share some news and wish all of you and your families a very happy holiday season!
Right: National Guard helps us during Hurricane Irene.
  Happy holidays & thank you to our troops at home and abroad!
Addressing Corruption:
Former director John Corea pled guilty to stealing $600,000 in quarters from our Parking Utility. This case demonstrates that the process for holding people accountable for their actions really can work.  
As soon as I became acting mayor I moved Mr. Corea to another Dept., and lowered his salary.  As a result, he immediately resigned.  I also provided the authorities with access to the Parking Utility records and the results of an external audit. I urge all of you to watch the video below so that you understand why this matter, which was discovered in 2007, was not addressed until I became Acting Mayor in 2009.  

The short excerpted video shows Councilman Russo and Councilwoman Castellano first questioning the missing money at one meeting, and then at the next meeting coordinating with John Corea, the man responsible for the theft, to explain that the matter had been a “mistake” that had been “cleared up” warranting no further investigation.
Fundraiser for fire victims
on First Street/update:
Four young women were displaced and lost everything as a a result of the recent fire.  Our community has come together to support them with a fundraiser December 30th at Room 84. I especially want to thank Rory Chadwick of Midtown Authentic for taking the initiative to organize this event, and Joe Branco for hosting it.

My office is still trying to help find an apartment through the Housing Authority and other sources for two of the young women.
Please email if you have suggestions. The 97 Jackson street property owner has been advised that he needs to demolish the remaining structure and clean up and fence in his property immediately. If he fails to do so the City will take thenecessary steps to ensure that this is taken care of.

Donations can be made through a paypal account with Jake Stuiver (I have known him for years, and thank him for taking the initiative to help others in our community).
Capital investment bond passes!
Thank you to Councilpersons Bhalla, Castellano, Cunningham, Giattino, Marsh, and Mello for passing a  bond for desperately needed repairs to our Police and Fire stations, technology upgrades, and equipment.
I want to particularly thank Councilwoman Castellano forchanging her mind and providing the necessary 6th vote, after repeatedly opposing the bond  in the past.  This is the 4th time I have asked the Council for this over the last year. 
Bonding for capital expenses such as these is the only fair and responsible way to finance projects that will provide benefits to Hoboken’s residents not just this year but for years to come. 

The rusted equipment shown in the pictures linked to below was placed
in front of City Hall Wed. night to
provide the Council and public with
the chance to understand firsthand
the extent to which our infrastructure has been permitted to decay and why these improvements are so critical
to maintaining and improving our quality of life.
On a personal note, I am glad to report that my dad is home from a major surgery, so we are looking forward to heading to New Hampshire (not Vermont!)  to celebrate the holidays with them. 
Arch Liston will be the go to guy while I am away.
The skier in me wants snow, as long as the storm misses Hoboken!
Please try and stop by the fundraiser, Friday, Dec. 30. 
Wishing you all the best in the New Year! 


City: Park & Shop till you drop

City of Hoboken announces:

City Hall/Parking Utility Holiday Closure & Parking Enforcement Information

City Hall will be closed on December 23 & 26.

The Parking Utility is closed through December 26. Street sweeping and permit parking rules will not be enforced during that time, but will resume on December 27.

Parking meters will not be enforced through January 2, 2012.

Special Guest Interview

Like most, MSV is winding down for the holidays but there's one special interview this week that's been delayed due to time constraints but it should be wrapped up this morning with a feature to follow.

Check back shortly as we round the corner into 2012.  Does that sound funny to you too?
Here we are well into the second decade of the 21st century but we're still discussing corruption like it's 1952.

Talking Ed Note:  Before most head off on holiday travels, MSV would like to wish the FBI - the Boys of Summer and their families the most Merry Christmas and best through the holidays along with their devoted colleagues in the US Attorneys Office and of course our fine Attorney General Paula Dow and her team.

Thank you kindly for your service to our city, state and Republic.