Saturday, June 30, 2012

Celebrate the 4th with the Museum on 14th St. Pier
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Join the Museum for the Macy's Fireworks on the Hudson
14th Street Pier, July 4th, starting at 6 pm

Watch the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks from the best seats on the Hudson: the 14th Street Pier! The Museum is hosting a family-friendly barbecue with hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and beverages.
Admission is $50, which includes food and beverage. Kids admitted free. We also ask that you bring a side dish or dessert, and your own lawn chair. The evening starts at 6 pm, and wraps after the grand finale.
Advance reservations are required.Call 201-656-2240 or stop by the Museum this weekend to reserve your spot. Remember, we are closed for a month to install our next exhibition after Sunday. If you can't reach us by phone during our open hours (12-5 pm Sat & Sun; 2 - 7 pm on Tuesday), send an email to info@hobokenmuseum.orgwith your phone number and a good time to call. 
On View thru Sunday at the Museum...
Holland and Lincoln Tunnels - click on the image to read more at
Holland and Lincoln Tunnels - click on the image to read more
If you haven't seen the Museum's current exhibition, "Driving Under the Hudson," you have just one day left!For the rest of the month, the Museum will be installing our next exhibition, "I Belong: A History of Civic and Social Clubs in Hoboken." We reopen July 29 with a free reception from 2 - 5 pm.
"Driving Under the Hudson"
This year the Holland Tunnel turns 85, and the Lincoln 75. The Museum invites you to explore the tunnels’ back story and cultural significance in our current Main Gallery exhibition, Driving Under the Hudson, The History of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, which will be on view through July 1. Come check out the "catwalk car" on loan from the Port Authority, along with many fascinating historic documents and artifacts that illustrate the struggle it took to build these two engineering marvels.

Thanks to a bitterly cold winter in 1917-1918 that froze the Hudson, followed by a marine workers' strike the following year, officials in New York and New Jersey quickly mobilized to build the country's first vehicular under-river tunnel in 1919. Opened i
n 1927, the Holland Tunnel, named for its chief engineer Clifford Holland, was called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It was another decade before the first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opened, in 1937, and the second and third took another two decades.
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Beth Lucas's Art Show, "Ta-Da!"
Also on View Through July 1

Macy's Parade Studio head scenic artist Beth Lucas uses brightly colored acrylic paints to translate familiar shapes-- from architectural details to the common paper coffee cup--into larger-than-life images on canvas and linoleum that can hang on walls, or even serve as floor-coverings or table tops, once they're coated in tough polyurethane.

The resulting artworks are whimsical and fun, which is not surprising, considering Lucas' job for the last 25 years has been decorating the floats that entertain millions on Thanksgiving day. Come see her exhibition Ta-Da! Artworks by Beth Lucas in the Museum's Upper Gallery, before it closes on July 1.
Uptown Storytime on Summer Break
Penny enthralls her fans
Penny enthralls her fans
Storytime Will Return in Sept.
Uptown Storytime will go on summer break for July and August, returning in September to its regular first and third Thursday schedule through the end of the year. Toddlers and their parents or caretakers are invited to join librarian and Museum trustee Penny Metsch every other Thursday morning at 10 am for the popular Uptown Storytime. Penny chooses old favorites and new books sure to please kids ages 2 - 5 years. Suggested donation for adults is $2; free for members.
Fire Department Museum Open Weekends, 12-5 pm
Family fun at the Fire Dept. Museum!
Family fun at the Fire Dept. Museum!
Have you visited the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield Street, lately? Come see how generations of fire fighters have battled fires in this dense urban environment. Memorabilia, including photos, hats and equipment, are arrayed floor-to-ceiling, and the fire fighters welcome visitors to climb up on the vintage fire truck.
Admission is free for children, $2 for adults. The Hoboken Historical Museum is happy to help the department staff the Museum on weekends from noon to 5 pm.
Fun and Games at the
Garden St. Mews Market

Discover Hoboken's latest farmer's market: On Saturday mornings from 9 am - 2 pm, the Garden Street Mews, between 14th & 15th Sts., is buzzing with vendors selling fresh produce and other treats. The Museum will have a booth there every weekend, with our books, historic prints, t-shirts and mugs. We also have a toy chest full of traditional street games to lend out to young and old, including hula hoops, bean bag toss, jacks, pinky balls and more. 
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A note on service and family from Richard Tremitiedi

“You always forget the one you love”

At the June 20th Council Meeting, it was very rewarding to be presented with a proclamation from Mayor Dawn Zimmer for my selection as “2012 Hoboken Outstanding Senior Resident” in a program administered by Hudson County. I thanked Mayor Zimmer for nominating me with the suspected help of Leo Pellegrini, Director of Health and Human Services and Tom Foley, Division Head of Senior Services.

After my retirement as fire chief, I am privileged to continue to serve on the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment and to help as a proud member of the Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team [C.E.R.T.], which is always at the ready, when called upon, to assist our Police and Fire Departments, and the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps in times of great emergencies such as floods, hurricanes and acts of terrorism.

All these activities take some time and this letter is to thank my wife Mary for putting up with me. I hope to continue to contribute as long as I can.

Richard Tremitiedi

Talking Ed Note: MSV joins with Hoboken in thanking Richard Tremitiedi for his decades of service to Hoboken.  

We'd also like to extend a happy anniversary as Richard and his wife Mary are celebrating their 22nd wedding anniversary today. 


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MSV usually posts this annually and did so in January under the story, "Horse Sense: From the Mayan angle, 2012 is transformation and Hoboken's looms large, but for those of an inquiring mind here it is again:

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Random thoughts from the Hoboken Horse on the Mile Square

It's going to be a lovely summer Friday in the mile square and it feels good to breathe its air.  Today there will be no looting of monies at City Hall, no ton of quarters will be rolling out the back door to a mob related firm in South Jersey, no groundbreaking will take place on a massive tower in any part of town and no jobs will be given out in a back room deal without a resume at the expense of the local taxpayer.

Today the City of Hoboken will not be run like a crime family.

Today the good guys are wondering what next they can do to make Hoboken better.

Today taxes are lower and spending has been significantly reduced several years running.

Today Hoboken has a parks plan and park space coming online.

Today Hoboken will not be a joke on any TV comic circuit.

Today there is no municipal employee making over $200,000 a year while looting the City's most sensitive communications in the mayor's office on a daily basis and writing diatribes on under the screen name "loveyourtaxmoney."

Today the bad guys are looking over their shoulder hearing footsteps.

Most important, today the mayor in the City of Hoboken will not be trading on the office.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer - delivering to make ALL of Hoboken better.

But of course here's a few laughs too:

Today Ruben Ramos and Tim Occhipinti think they can be mayor.

Today Beth Mason thinks she should be taking the Acela Express to Washington D.C.

Today Michael Russo thinks he should have his own shore house on the Jersey Shore.

Today Terry Castellano thinks "On the Waterfront" is a misunderstood Hoboken movie.

Today a bunch of MORTe's friends are fearful, angry and on the run.

Today some minions awoke from a nightmare and wish they were still asleep.

A few more on the plus side of the ledger...

Today the City of Hoboken will not declare bankruptcy succumbing to the shuttering of the largest business in town, Hoboken University Medical Center.

Today 1,000 people will show up to work at the hospital serving our town and well beyond.

Today the City of Hoboken will not be holding a special City Council meeting in need of approving emergency expenditures and raising taxes.

Today the City of Hoboken has a surplus for the most dire of emergencies.

Today we're grateful for everyone who has taken it upon themselves to make Hoboken better, whether you consider yourself Old Hoboken, a reformer, a family or individual doing a little extra for your neighbor or your community.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sign of the Times: Italy KO's Germany, faces Spain in European Cup Final

A family dressed in Italy's national colors enjoys a late Sunday afternoon in Hoboken. 

Italy defeated Germany 2-1 only surrendering a late goal in injury time and will face defending European and World Cup Champions Spain in the final.

Germany joins England, France, Portugal with the Neverlands exiting the European Cup.
Italy and Spain will square off for the championship Sunday afternoon in Kiev, Ukraine for all the marbles.

Italy had previously eliminated Germany in front of its home crowd in the 2006 World Cup semi-final.

The Obamacare Tax - the NJ View

Two NJ State Senators released statements on the narrow 5-4 ruling in the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare, rejecting it under the Commerce Clause but approving it as a tax:

Senator Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex and a member of Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, made the following statement today after the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act:

"The American people are the true winners today, as the Supreme Court has affirmed the Democrats' sensible efforts at health care reform.  New Jerseyans with pre-existing conditions are the true winners, as they will no longer live in fear of being denied insurance.  Young adults are the true winners, as they will be able to remain covered under their parents' insurance plans and they seek out their first full-time jobs in this hard economy.  The chronically ill are the true winners as there will no longer be a lifetime cap on health benefits.  And every other American is a true winner as health insurance will become more affordable as we expand coverage pools, reduce administrative costs and remove co-pays and deductibles for preventative care.  Today the rule of law triumphed over political attacks looking to deny millions of Americans more affordable health care."


Middletown, June 28...State Senator and Candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Kyrillos released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

"Today’s Supreme Court decision may have confirmed the constitutionality of the legislation, but one fact remains: the massive, expensive health care overhaul voted for by Senator Menendez is bad policy.

Government run healthcare spends money we don't have, loots Medicare, limits patient choice, and continues to place a cloud of uncertainty over our economy. Congress can and must repeal and replace it with more sensible reforms like providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Here in New Jersey, we've seen how the Corzine-Menendez pattern of raising taxes, spending more and leaving the bills to future generations does not work- it left us nearly bankrupt.

We need change in Washington. Real, meaningful change. The same kind of change Governor Christie is bringing to New Jersey. And I intend to deliver that kind of change as your Senator."

Mayor Zimmer sounds alarm on legislation giving zoning override for Stevens on the waterfront

In a letter to Hoboken's senate representative Brian Stack, Mayor Dawn Zimmer sounds the alarm on legislation on the table in the NJ Senate allowing private colleges to bypass local zoning rules in construction.

This legislation if passed in the Senate, Assembly and signed into law would allow Stevens to build a tower on their property near Sinatra park as big on the Hudson as the one NJ Transit or the Rockefeller Group have proposed.

Avoiding a huge tower on the Hudson River waterfront is an objective of Mayor Zimmer opposing legislation that would allow Stevens to bypass local zoning rules on their property including one on the Hudson River.  Above, she's battled to protect Hoboken's southern flank from NJ Transit.

NJ State Senator Stephen Sweeney- Senate President 

Tell him "NO to bypassing local zoning laws!"

Please consider expressing your concern by taking two minutes to make a call to the Senate President: 

(856) 251-9801(West Deptford)  (856) 339-0808 (Salem).

Email is a second choice:

Talking Ed Note: It's not often Da Horsey asks folks to take direct action.  This is one of those rare instances.
Let Hoboken's voice be heard!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Boys of Summer: new bats and balls, in Hoboken "let's play two!"

The old Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is famous for saying, "It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!"  Well for the Boys of Summer in Newark, the games are getting longer and a daytime double header looks more like a long twilight double header when Hoboken is in the mix.

Former Public Safety Director Angel Alicia leaving a Ruben Ramos fundraiser
at the Elysian last April.  The weekend paper highlighted public safety in 

the FBI's ongoing Hoboken investigation.

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Did Beth Mason's Weehawken fish screw the pooch on the FBI?

It's not even grist worthy as in MSV's Grist for the Mill column but there's been a rumor flying around that the weekend fishwrap FBI story wasn't the one a Mason Civic League board member had in mind.

Said fish, a wannabe shark from Weehawken is rumored to have commissioned his latest masterpiece, this one planting a story on the Boys of Summer in Hoboken would be a swell idea.

The US Attorney's Office responded to the inquiry on their Hoboken investigation by saying, 'What that investigation?  Yes, that's quite the ongoing investigation.'

Only problem is the answer came back different than what his counte$$ wanted.

Oops!  No good bill of health for Nurse Ratchet!

Talking Ed Note:  Hey Beth, did you scrub your computer at 921 Hudson Street yet of any emails "mistakenly" sent to you from your charitable Mason Civic League employees looted out of the mayor's office?

Well I'm sure you can deny culpability and say you never use that computer and it's only there for the help.

We all know you had nothing to do with it.  It was the help's doing and you are perfectly clean but if you need to hire some new political operatives for the Mason Civic League well what can you do?

Hoboken's least favorite nurse doesn't like to get her hands dirty or answer questions.  Remember this inquiry in City Council from last summer?  Da Horsey sure does:

(Notice Councilwoman Terry Castellano who finds this absolutely hilarious until she doesn't.)

In the famous words of Beth Mason...

"unless there's proof I'm going to say I've NOT seen those emails and maybe Mr. Brice should release the emails between you and the mayor's political aides that I asked so we can really see what has been a coordinated effort as a smear campaign..." 

As an aside, MSV has no problem releasing its limited emails to City Hall but would note like many others we're on the receiving end of the vast majority.  Da Horsey will not release a single one until the Boys of Summer give us the green light.

At the same City Council meeting, a rather morose Councilman Michael Russo declined to answer whether he had seen any of the emails.  Way to go Mikie, listen to the suits!

Did you know...

There was this national case where a man was convicted and sent to jail for breaking into then VP candidate Sarah Palin's email.

Hoboken IT Manager Patrick Ricciardi is facing multiple five year counts for his systematic ransacking of all the communications in and out of the mayor's office for more than a year.  He shouldn't feel lonely when the wheels of justice reach their destination.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

State Senator Joe Kyrillos aims to take on Senator Menendez for New Jersey's US Senate seat

November's national election may not pose much drama for New Jersey which many expect to see in President Obama's electoral votes column but the larger drama could come in the form of its US Senate race.

Incumbent NJ Senator Bob Menendez will be facing State Senator Joe Kyrillos on the ballot and unease is showing up where Mendendez falls short of the 50% danger line based on polling in late spring.  Incumbents falling below 50% approval are thought with reason to be very vulnerable to defeat.

Kyrillos began his political career as a two term NJ Assemblyman (13th district) in 1988 and has served in the NJ Senate since 1993.  He's known for marshaling Governor Christie's efforts for tax, benefit and pension reform through both legislative branches, a notable and historic feat.

Like Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Kyrillos was a strong advocate for the Governor's Tool Kit, providing a basis for local municipalities to begin reigning in the growth of spending and slow tax increases to two percent or less.

State Senator Kyrillos (R) is in striking distance just as Chris Christie was in his race against former Governor Jon Corzine at this point in their respective races.  As the former chair of the Christie for Governor Campaign, Kyrillos is looking to common sense solutions to structural financial problems.  It's a formula that worked very well in seeing bi-partisan support getting behind Chris Christie's successful run for NJ governor in 2009.

Last weekend, Kyrillos made a return visit to Hoboken generating strong, enthusiastic interest in Bob Menendez's backyard.  The response he received at the Hoboken festival in May was so strong the local political group in opposition at the next table admitted to being shamed in comparison. A second visit into Bob Menendez's notoriously corrupt Hudson County home base brought an opportunity for MSV to conduct a short interview last Saturday.

NJ State Senator Joe Kyrillos urges the reform prescription he shepherded for Gov. Christie in NJ for America.

The economy is of course at the forefront of everyone's mind.  Kyrillos addressed the concerns directly saying, "We see how our country's trending and we know what's happened in Europe.  It's not a mystery what we can become if we don't go back to the historic underpinning of what made America great, competitive to begin with."

Kyrillos endorsed the bipartisan recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission to reverse the course the US is heading, adding, "You don't hear Senator Menendez addressing it or telling residents his ideas on fixing the economy."  He's very critical on that front especially regarding Sen. Menendenz's "talk" but as his campaign says he's also hurting the middle class.  His campaign released a statement in part writing:

“ can’t hide from the facts. Bob Menendez has been consistently making things worse. He is making it harder for businesses to expand, and create more jobs. He is making families insecure about their financial decisions because of the frailty of the economy. He is hurting our friends, families, and neighbors, who have worked hard to succeed but have fallen on hard times. Those that want a better job, and to make a better living for their families. His constant talk about making things better for them is just that—talk.”  

On taxes he advocates reform in the current code removing loopholes while protecting entitlements concluding, "I believe we should lower rates on everyone."  He notes the lack of competent governance and burdensome regulations is stifling the country and keeping the nation stuck at unemployment for forty months at 8% or worse.

Kyrillos summed up his overall optimistic prescription saying, "I want everyone to do better, across the board," and noted Senator Menendez and his incompetence having failed to pass a budget in the US Senate over the last three years.

His campaign released this YouTube commercial earlier today:

Talking Ed Note: State Senator Kyrillos is looking to catch the same fire among New Jersey voters this November as Gov. Chris Christie did against Jon Corzine.  Things haven't gotten any better nationally since and it's very possible if voters learn there's a real alternative, Menendez may join his friend the ex-governor - in the private sector.

The new website launched today is available here:

The Kyrillos for Senate website can be found at the link here:

For the complete release from the Kyrillos for Senate campaign today, see the jump:

Mayor alerts City Council on additional damages at Sinatra Park

The Office of the Mayor announced in a letter to the City Council Monday:

6 25 12 Memo Mayor Zimmer to Council

Talking Ed Note: The City Council was briefed on the impact to the south wall of Sinatra Park. Boswell was contracted to scope the additional damages in a 7-0 unanimous vote. Council members Michael Russo and Beth Mason were not present.

Pier A and the 9-11 Memorial are also in memo.  The memorial has $150,000 remaining in a fund raised by a 9-11 committee.  Securing the panels in the design will require up to $200,000 in additional funding.

Some photos showing the additional damage incurred last month.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ex-mayor Russo price tag never ends: More damage at Sinatra Park

Live at City Council:

 MSV believed most of the special meeting would be closed session but this was before learning of the added damage to Sinatra Park just earlier. The price tag already $7.8 million will see millions added in the end but we can't provide the exact figure yet as it will need to be tallied before becoming public.

 Mayor Zimmer has advised the council a legal investigation for the on-going damages to Sinatra Park will likely be fruitless and costly. A memo to the council advising any efforts seeking out members of the Mayor Anthony Russo administration will probably not yield any gain to Hoboken taxpayers.

 Once again the cost for the culture of corruption to Hoboken is boosted and the final tally from one Mayor Anthony Russo is not even in going back to the 1990s.

Deep Dish from the Deep Throat, uhm Uvula

Here's a snippet from Grafix Avenger's Deep Throated Uvula:

There are plenty of pissed off folks behind the scenes. That is why you saw the ones that are out in front so desperate – this could get ugly. 

Gotta love the excuses about her being a poor old disabled lady. And Russo said that crap with a straight face. Pretty impressive. 

You thought 300k for new floors in the elevators was wild, that is peanuts compared to what people are planning to take out of the tear down of the HHA. That is what last Wednesday was all about. 

Sure the votes had something to do with it as well, but the idea is to keep just enough HHA units spread out in the new buildings to keep the lock on the fourth ward. But it may not be for Occhipinti ... 

Grafix Avenger's source behind the Russo clan lines, Deep Uvula came in from the cold 
to talk about the millions at stake for many unhappy folks with the new HHA appointment.  
The Feds still worry him but the Old Guard is bracing for that hit too.
Hopes to protect the HHA redevelopment from the Feds may be over as well.

Talking Ed Note: Darn, that's some juicy dish there Uvula.  Apparently, the warbling dangling bit of flesh has no stake in the millions sure to be going around with a massive reconstruction expanding the HHA and the surrounding areas with it.

MSV saw clearly the expanded HHA voter fraud angle but now understands we entirely missed the money pit here.  For that Da Horsey wishes to apologize to our readers for not getting all the story.  Okay two mea culpas and we're ready to go back to more back room dealing, scamming and going safari in the HHA.  There's lots of Old Guard loot at stake here.

Maybe there will not be another Russo shore house built after all.  That's a shame.

There's millions to be made in razing the HHA buildings alone.  See more at Grafix Avenger: 

Under the radar HHA plan: Massive Construction for huge, expanded HHA projects with Old Guard bigger $40 "voter base" with $$$ galore!

According to a story on Grafix Avenger, the act of desperation on behalf of former HHA commissioner Marianne Camporeale had nothing to do with her "disability" and everything to do with holding on to an area for the Old Guard's skimming via a massive construction project and Tim Occhipinti's "base."

Camporeale not a shy violet after her screaming outbursts at the last City Council meeting was a sure rubber stamp for a "redevelopment" plan flying under the radar to the public and the HHA.  She's believed to have thought of her HHA role as a way to support "her boy" Carmelo Garcia.

Over the weekend, the Hudson Reporter did ask the question, why is there so much scuttlebutt over one HHA seat?  MSV noted its importance as a swing seat on the seven member HHA.

Now we learn why the Old Guard was going to the mattresses.  According to Deep Uvula, an Old Guard source connected to the Russo clan, they saw a bigger HHA project with huge buildings as a gold mine Reform couldn't lay a finger on.

The HHA is regulated by state and federal agencies.  City Hall wouldn't be able to stop the Old Guard from building a bigger army of $40 voters and profit handsomely from the massive structures coming in.

The four reform oriented members of the HHA just got a big job to do and they better hop to it.  This "redevelopment" is being quietly, if not secretly being moved along by its Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

It's all being done under the cover of darkness.  Just as the Old Guard likes it.

Back in May 2011, the Hoboken Journal uncovered proposed plans for the bigger, grander projects expanding in the 4th ward:

Here is the latest gem from Carmelo Garcia who is the head of the HHA. He is rewarding his loyal voting base (loyal for the $40 a vote) by razing the projects. Of course there are assurances that no one will be displaced. Yeah right! Oh yeah, increased density too! Winner winner chicken dinner! Where is David Liebler to pump up this project? Fi fi fo fum, I smell a political operative to make me a deal/meal.To my knowledge this plan wasn't presented to the residents of the Housing Authority first. Talk about a lack of transparency by Beth Mason supported candidate Carmelo Garcia. ...

Hoboken Housing Authority Vision 20/20 Plan, Hoboken.......


Hoboken Housing Authority; Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects and Planners

Hoboken's rebirth from a former industrial working-class city to a more affluent, modern, bustling, comeback city has made it a poster child for 21st-century urban revitalization. But the city’s success has not come without consequences; popular demand has diminished the availability of affordable housing, as many older apartments have been converted to market-rate rentals and expensive luxury condominiums. As a result, Hoboken's low-income residents have had to rely increasingly on the availability of housing in the public housing projects. 

The Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA) is the largest provider of low-income housing in the city. Like other older, urban public housing agencies in New Jersey, the HHA has a housing stock that is obsolete, below current safety and environmental standards and costly to maintain. The main campus of the HHA, constructed in 1949, contains 806 family-oriented public housing units in 25 separate buildings on a 17-acre site in the southwestern portion of the city. The buildings are poorly configured, isolated at the back of town and challenged by issues typical of World War II-era public housing projects: concentration of poverty, wasteful energy consumption, inability to serve handicapped residents, lack of opportunity for upward migration and poorly planned placement of buildings, creating hidden outdoor spaces giving rise to crime-related safety issues. 

When evaluating whether to renovate or to rebuild its housing stock, the HHA determined that rebuilding was the only option. Over time, the cost to upgrade, repair and maintain the existing buildings would exceed the cost of providing new modern, sustainable, affordable housing in a mixed-income neighborhood. Two recent developments gave the housing authority an extraordinary opportunity to proceed with a rebuilding plan. Completion of NJ Transit’s Hudson Bergen Light Rail, with stops at Second Street and Ninth Street directly adjacent to the HHA campus, greatly improved access to the neighborhood. This, together with relatively high property values associated with the recent influx of new market-rate luxury housing directly adjacent along Jackson Street, created a unique set of conditions ripe for total transformation. 

The combination of its own equity in the property along with the capacity for more dense redevelopment on site, gave the housing authority confidence that it could attract public and private investment for the transformation of the HHA campus into a sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood. The Vision 20/20 Plan adopted by the HHA calls for phased development, with residents relocated into new buildings in order to vacate the older buildings one at a time. Each empty building would then be razed to create a development site for a new residential building that would mirror the style of the surrounding residential neighborhood. At the completion of each phase, the number of new units would exceed the number of decommissioned units, ensuring that existing residents will not be displaced and, at the same time, providing for a variety of mixed-income housing options, allowing for upward mobility within the neighborhood and a deconcentration of poverty. 

While most areas of the country rescale public housing into smaller, more manageable buildings, the under wraps plan here is to make it far larger, far bigger and spreading its footprint in the 4th ward and all of Hoboken.

The neighborhood redevelopment plan also allows for the extension of the city street grid through the site and includes facilities for recreation, transit, early childhood education and charter schools, retail space, shops and restaurants, and community program space for job skills training. ◦

There's a lot more on this and why it was so critical to keep Reform out of the HHA

The actual blueprint of the Old Guard and developer's wet dream: the 20/20 plan:

From the actual plan, not smaller lower density, but a bigger and expanded HHA!
This is a plan to create far more concentrated development. 

Talking Ed Note: We're nothing without an Uvuala. The cat's out of the bag and Reform is now in place to get to the bottom of this.  Pronto!

The plan clearly calls for more buildings, more construction and density and more of the Old Guard development dreams to put money into the right hands.  Theirs!

Mayor Zimmer calls special City Council meeting tonight

Office of the Mayor announces:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Guest of the Stable: Joshua Henne on the ACA

(NEW JERSEY) –  44,998 New Jersey consumers will receive $7,670,066 in health insurance rebates as a result to the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 standard. Checks will be in consumers’ hands by August 1st – along with a notice that the rebate is a direct result of the health care law.
Consumers owed a rebate will see their value reflected in one of the following ways:
·         a rebate check in the mail;
·         a lump-sum reimbursement to the same account that they used to pay the premium if by credit card or debit card;
·         a reduction in their future premiums; or
·         their employer providing one of the above, or applying the rebate in a manner that benefits its employees           

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurance companies spend at least 80% of premiums on patient care. This 80/20 provision guarantees that consumer premiums are going back to the consumers themselves – and not use for CEO bonuses or corporate retreats. Insurance companies who do not meet this 80 percent threshold must pay rebates to consumers. The amount depends on the extent to which the insurer fell below the 80 percent.

Every New Jersey consumer will receive a notice from their insurance company informing them of the 80/20 rule, whether their company met the standard, and, if not, how much of difference between what the insurer did or did not spend on medical care and quality improvement will be returned to them. 

The 80/20 standard is just one of the ways that the Affordable Care Act increases transparency and extends new protections to American consumers. 

“This year, New Jersey consumers will actually be getting money back from their insurance companies,” said Joshua Henne, New Jersey spokesman for Know Your Care. “Such a rebate would have been unheard of just a few years back, but thanks to ObamaCare we can now come to expect this sort of transparency and consumer protection. It’s nice to have someone on our side who is looking out for the best interests of consumers.”

The average New Jersey family will receive a $300 rebate. New Jersey is also one of the states whose health insurers have the highest average rebate in the large group market - at $359. For those consumers who are not getting a rebate, it means that their insurance companies are already spending 80% of their premiums on patient care.

For many consumers, the 80/20 rule motivated their plans to lower prices or improve their coverage to meet the standard.  This is one of the ways the 80/20 rule is bringing value to consumers for their health care dollars.

For a detailed breakdown of these rebates by state and by market, please visit:
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23rd, 2010. Over the past two years, it has been a tremendous help to millions of Americans as this real reform lowers costs and guarantees more choice for consumers.  As additional provisions are implemented, ACA will continue to benefit millions more people. 

Talking Ed Note: With a Supreme Court decision due any day this week, this guest piece is timely. For many constitutional scholars - American ones now, the question is if the whole law will be struck down as unconstitutional or if the mandate itself will be struck down leaving other pieces if unfunded in place.

The national media was stunned with the Supreme Court's critical questioning on the constitutionality of Americans being born not free but with a price tag attached to their toe in the delivery room. 57% of polled former Supreme Court clerks anticipate the mandate will be ruled unconstitutional. What is surprising here is that figure strikes MSV as remarkably low and that four Supreme Justices will likely argue the government imposing a bill on Americans for breathing is perfectly acceptable.  In regards to the lamestream media, their surprise at the critical questioning of the Supremes strikes us as on target. They don't know anyone who would differ with Americans being born into serfdom among their chattering class.

Whatever the ruling this week, President Obama has gone ahead and reversed his earlier statement on acting to de facto legalize a group of illegal aliens without legislative approval. You know that Constitution thingy again; the one he swore to uphold when he took office. It's notable the national media applauds this action which will not be qualified.

If you are a "child" appearing around 30 entering illegally into the US who will be checking your undocumented documents and saying you can't stay? Or that they can't vote? No doubt that's the idea too, which is of course anything but American. The "transformation" of America, Amerika continues. ¿Cómo es tu español en estos días?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Marianne Camporeale's threatens violence as MORTe deals dirty

The interest in the last story on former HHA commissioner Marianne Camporeale was off the charts but the story isn't quite over. MSV will have more on that later but let's look closer at Camporeale's threats and MORTe joining in dirty dealing from the bottom of the deck.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla objects to "injecting age and disability," into the State's letter  announcing there is a HHA vacancy due to Camporeale's failure to complete mandatory coursework with her last attendance going back to 2010.

Council members Michael Russo and Terry Castellano ignore the law and State letter and continue to insist disability is a reason with Castellano sniping, "it's a factor."  Russo complains about "circumstances" as Marianne Camporeale snipes from the crowd.

None of this has anything to do with the NJ statute.  The NJ Department of Consumer Affairs notes it can not grant any extension and has no authority to do so.  The exact same law led to then Councilman Ruben Ramos being forced off the HHA

Marianne Camporeale yells from the first row with much not being picked up on the microphone including her now infamous threat to "wring that gavel around your neck."  It case the Council President didn't hear it, she repeatedly screams, "Get a hearing aid."

Council President Bhalla notes her behavior is in line with her fitness to serve as Terry Castellano ignores the former HHA commissioner's behavior and snipes, "You have no respect" as Bhalla attempts to get Camporeale to settle down.

Councilman Michael Russo would later deny a similar occurrence had happened previously in Hoboken specifically involving then Councilman Ruben Ramos' removal from the HHA.

His claim is factually untrue as a Hudson Reporter story reported the exact same circumstance impacting Ramos.  According to that story in December 2003 at an HHA meeting:

"I do have one thing to note," Washington addressed the board and the audience. "The DCA has indicated to me that Commissioner Ramos has not completed two courses that are required [to remain commissioner]. Therefore, as of today, Ramos is considered to have resigned his position."

The story details Ramos attempted to circumvent the law before yielding and announcing he was resigned to it under the exact same circumstances from the State of NJ DCA.

Talking Ed Note: There's one safe way to distinguish what's true from Michael Russo.  He's not lying if his mouth is not moving.  Other than that, let the listener beware.

The Hudson Reporter had this story covered but failed to mention the State statute being enforced in New Jersey and previously in Hoboken.  Their own archives are the source of the 2003 story.  The question is why don't they want to go there?

Unrelated: Grafix Avenger has a real mystery on her hands.  Who is leaking confidential BoE information on a personnel matter to the Hoboken411 minions now operating out of Edgewater, NJ in Bergen County?

Yet another Data Theft Conspiracy?  This one looks like a simple game of clue.  MSV would note that the current BoE commissioner on the outs who could not find a ticket to support her for another term - Maureen Sullivan, has been previously accused of leaking confidential information.

Mason's paid minions now in Edgewater were also active in backing Maureen Sullivan's Real Results ticket two years ago along with the failed backing of both Ricky and Beth Mason and the website running their political operations Hoboken411.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Push Poll time as developer "pushes" for Northwest deal

This is a special telephone poll alert!  

This is an APB to be on the lookout for a telephone push poll attempting to get useful information from you in order to "take back" Hoboken for the developers, the steak eaters who wish to dine on your dime at the BoE and those who want to go back to the good old days of "I do for you and you do for me," back room zoning deals.

One MSV reader submitted the interesting news last night during the council marathon:

Just got a classic push call...all about development in the NW.

Started off as the previous election (related) ones, are you registered, do you like the mayor, are you happy with the direction that Hoboken is going in...

Knew something was going on when they asked me what I thought of the W Hotel ("meh").

It started, how do you feel about development of a new office building the same size as the W Hotel?  These offices would be green, lower (your) taxes, bring your kids to school...

10-15 questions about what I think about a new development over there...

Hoboken's corruptocrats: Beth Mason and the Russo clan ranked #1 and #2 in reader telephone poll.

Here's a little insight into the reader's answers on two other questions:

Q: What's the worst thing about Hoboken?

A: Beth Mason

Q: What's the second worst thing about Hoboken?

A: The Russo Family


Another resident confirms they to received a call too.

"They asked do I approve of what (mayor) Dawn Zimmer is doing, the choices were: agree, disagree, strongly disagree.

Basically (seemed) trying to feel me out in a way where (the pollster) wanted to know if Zimmer was doing good for the town.  Seemed like it was someone (behind the polling firm) who didn't like her asking the questions.

All the questions had a lot to do with why the town is not doing well with a few Zimmer questions.

One was what would I suggest she do to better Hoboken or along those lines.

What are three things Zimmer is doing that bothered me or what three things she can improve to make the town better?

I said there are things the town needs and Zimmer is doing okay so far."