Friday, November 30, 2012

Saturday Hoboken Volunteer effort to get word out on aid

From the City of Hoboken Facebook page:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: On Saturday, December 1st, we will continue canvassing the city by foot, hitting every city block affected by the flooding, to post flyers with information regarding where to seek additional assistance. FEMA is still here, as well as other organizations such as AmeriCorps, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, and Small Business Association (SBA). They are located at 59 Washin
gton Street next to Office Depot and are open 7 days a week from 9AM-7PM.

Because many in our community do not have access to social media and may not be aware of all the resources available, a team of trained volunteers will also being going door to door over the next week to assess the unmet needs of our residents whose homes were affected. If you or a neighbor are seeking assistance, please stop by 59 Washington Street or speak with the AmeriCorp team that will be knocking on doors. The team will also be reminding everyone to register any damage with FEMA, even if you made repairs on your own. The more accurate the accounting of total losses to the city, the more we can advocate for Hoboken to receive additional funding.

Help us spread the word. We will be meeting at 10:30AM Saturday morning at the High School (800 Clinton Street) to have a brief training on what needs can be met at the Disaster Resource Center (DRC) and what areas we will be canvassing. Then we will hit the streets to hang flyers. This is a “kid friendly” event for those looking to involve their children in helping our community.

Recovery continues and getting aid information to all residents is the current effort.

City: It's a free ride to Newport on Light Rail!

City of Hoboken announces:

Community: NJ Transit to Cross-Honor PATH Tickets On Light Rail Service Between Hoboken & Newport

** NJ Transit Ferry Service to Continue Until Hoboken PATH is Restored; Additional Bicycle Parking Available at Newport ** 

Until the transportation network in Hoboken is fully restored, the City is continuing to work with all transit agencies to provide alternatives for commuters. 

In order to accommodate commuters who are traveling to Newport for PATH service, Mayor Zimmer asked NJ Transit to offer free light rail service between Hoboken and Newport until PATH service is restored to Hoboken, and NJ Transit has agreed to cross-honor PATH tickets effective Monday, December 3, 2012. 

"NJ Transit has been working tirelessly under very difficult conditions to restore normalcy to our transportation system," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "I am so thankful that they have agreed to cross-honor PATH tickets on their light rail service between Hoboken and Newport in order to make commutes a little bit easier during this difficult time." 

Commuters can take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail from 9th Street, 2nd Street and Hoboken Terminal directly to Newport. Until PATH service is restored to Hoboken, PATH tickets will be cross-honored between these stations. 

In addition, since many commuters are bicycling to Newport, there has been an increase in demand for bicycle parking at Newport, which Mayor Zimmer has also requested. 

"I appreciate Mayor Healy and Jamie LeFrak's willingness to work with us to provide additional temporary bicycle parking at Newport," added Mayor Zimmer. "The Port Authority has also been accommodating of the large increase in bicyclists." 

NJ Transit will continue operating the subsidized ($10 round trip) ferry service between Hoboken Terminal and Pier 79 at 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan until PATH service is restored to Hoboken. The service operates Monday through Friday, 6am-10am and 4pm-8pm. 

NJ Transit has added 200 extra bus trips per day on the 126 bus line to accommodate an increase in ridership from 4,000 daily customers to more than 9,000 customers. They continue to work with the Zimmer Administration to make adjustments to service based on rider feedback, including running empty express buses to begin pickup mid-route. 

As a result of construction work by Spectra Energy on the Newport waterfront, the waterfront walkway between Hoboken and Jersey City will be closed from Friday 8pm until Monday 5am. Free 24 hour shuttle service will be provided every 20 minutes while the walkway is closed. The shuttle will stop at Hoboken Terminal, 14th Street & Washington Boulevard in Jersey City, and Newport PATH. 

The Port Authority has hundreds of employees working to restore PATH service following nearly $300 million in damage to the PATH system. 

"We recognize the Port Authority faced a historic level of damage and they are working around the clock to restore PATH service as quickly as possible," added Mayor Zimmer. "I know their employees worked during Thanksgiving to make repairs, and we appreciate their dedication and sacrifice."

Sign of the Times: Kids First Celebrates the Sweep

Last night dozens of Hobokenites came out to share in the grassroots victory of Kids First sweeping the BoE election against the monied Move Forward slate backed by Frank "Pupie" Raia and Beth Mason.  

Even with word a recount request is expected on December 5th by fourth place finisher Liz Markovitch, spirits were high and laughter was in the air.

How sweep it is!

BoE trustees Irene Sobolov and Theresa Minutillo hugged it out
with trustee-elect Jean Marie Mitchell.

Talking Ed Note: There was nothing but positives shared through the night with Mayor Zimmer and council members Ravi Bhalla, Peter Cunningham and Jen Giattino joining dozens of other Hoboken residents toasting the win.

No fear and trepidation was spoken by anyone regarding the recount request and it's viewed as perfunctory nothing more although a real lawyer will be paid.  If it isn't part of a retainer in Beth Mason's allowance money, well bill her hourly for the impending defeat anyway!

Kids First is done with the broom and is handing it over to Beth Mason cuz she just got swept!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

BoE election rivals weigh in on the results in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

The Board of Education election results are official and the battle over its $63 million budget is over for this election cycle.  Some of its trustees: new, returning and existing reflected on the election and the circumstances surrounding the challenges, unique to any other in living history.

Part of the change had to do with the calendar. A bruising battle over holding November elections saw Hoboken join the vast majority of NJ school boards approving a move to Election Day in the fall last February.  The charged differences saw almost the entire City Council minority show up with other of their backers to oppose the move when the decisive 5-4 vote approving the move was held.

The battle between Old Guard forces and the reform oriented Kids First majority played out as the first battle in a pre-election 2013 skirmish for Mayor Zimmer's office and three at-large council seats.  The BoE election has been viewed as a precursor to the larger citywide municipal election in recent years.

With a pitched battle set for 2013, the BoE election became a focus with large stakes for all sides.  
Then Hurricane Sandy slammed into town and curtailed most election efforts freezing the support as power came back barely in time for the polling stations to set up for the City's voters.

Jean Marie Mitchell who served in a previous one year term on the BoE, came back after a loss the previous year and remarked on some of the differences in this election cycle:

"The first two elections I canvassed in April. For this November's election, people were much more receptive. I was appreciative of the increased interest in the School Board election.  While intending to vote for the President, many more people participated in making a difference in Hoboken's local elections too."

The Hoboken Board of Education's nine member body will see a six vote Kids First coalition come January.
Their victory means continuing efforts to put money into the classroom and elevate the entire district.

Boe Trustee Commissioner Trustee Peter Biancamano backed the Move Forward slate and offered his view as a current member. "I supported three exceptional candidates in this race, each would be a superb board member. To say I am disappointed in the results is an understatement." He added he was ready to work with all the members of the board for the betterment of the Hoboken school district.

The sole returning board member, Ruth McAllister looked at the results with her re-election as vindication for several years of effort.  When Kids First became the majority in 2009 it uncovered and addressed numerous audit violations going back over several years.  The election was tinged with trepidation a change in the majority would see pre-election bluster against the current superintendent Dr. Mark Toback ousted in favor of a patronage selection.

McAllister said in a statement, "Personally speaking, as an incumbent who was running for re-election, this victory is more rewarding then my election in 2009.  Re-election means that the public believes I have proven that I deserve to be on the Hoboken Board of Education."

Speaking of her fellow running mates McAllister added, "They are going to be great assets to the board."

Joe Branco the co-campaign manager for the vanquished Move Forward slate, offered a sanguine perspective saying by phone "Good luck to the newly elected Board trustees. I hope they do a great job for the district and in representing Hoboken as a whole."

In the end, it's not clear how much money was spent on the BoE election and based on whispered reports, the true figure may never be known but it may surpass six figures on the Move Forward side alone.  Some observers on both sides noted the true costs can't be totaled with the SLAPP launched last August against a dozen Hoboken residents.  

Close observers on both sides suggest the move to November elections and the timing of the lawsuit was not coincidental and in part designed to level the playing field for the Old Guard, silencing strong voices against corruption and the problems in the BoE's history.  That gambit clearly failed along with the now infamous Nazi Truck.

Councilwoman Beth Mason has not addressed the role multiple independent sources say her paid political operatives played in producing the Nazi Truck's five appearances in Hoboken.  Both the Nazi Truck and a failed internet strategy against Kids First, Grafix Avenger, MSV and on Hoboken Patch all contributed in leading to an embarrassing defeat.

The Move Forward Nazi Truck rumbles uptown on the night of the election playing the TV commercial
 for its candidates exposing the thinly veiled denial of its connection to the campaign.

Related: A Grafix Avenger story says Move Forward candidate Liz Markovitch is asking for a recount.  A reference to ballots found in the Zimmer-Cammarano race back in 2009 is mentioned but MSV recalls those ballots were legitimate and besides, no change is likely to occur in the BoE race.

It's more of an official request to review and check the result.  It's a Kids First sweep folks.

Hoboken Fair Housing Association thanks supporters

Hoboken Fair Housing Associations announces:

Dear Friends and Neighbors;

What can we say but THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts? The verdict took 22 nail-biting days, but the results are finally in and we can DECLARE VICTORY. Defeating this attack on rent control will take its place in Hoboken’s election-history books, and we could not be prouder of, or more grateful to, our community.

Thank you one and all for contributing to a very hard- fought win. Thank you for volunteering to make calls, for distributing flyers, for participating in our fundraisers, for tabling, for designing our posters, for sending out emails, for wearing our t-shirts, for writing letters to the paper, for commenting on blogs, for making some very generous donations to the effort and for making others aware of this critical vote. 

Please JOIN the Hoboken Fair Housing Association (HFHA) on Friday November 30th at CORK CITY, 239 Bloomfield St., and raise a glass to our sweet sweet Victory! 

We looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling face Friday at 7:00. 

With gratitude to every one of you.

Related: The Jersey Journal story on the rent control ballot question is here:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

City Council: Looks to pass $4.2 million note to cover hurricane

UPDATE: The City Council passed the initiative to raise $4.2 million to cover costs related to Hurricane Sandy 8-0.

The approval was part of two resolutions with authorization in another for $3.5 million in expenditures.  Both FEMA and the City's insurance are part of this recovery process but it's believed a one to two year timeline will be needed in recovering most of the expenditures related to costs in the storm.

Business Administrator Quentin Wiest said most of the FEMA related costs are reimbursed at 75%.

Hoboken Patch also covered the story and has a summary here.  Meeting tape below:

Video streaming by Ustream

Hoboken continues to push through the Hurricane Sandy aftermath with a post disaster oriented agenda including a proposal for $4.2 million in notes to cover the clean up effort.

Bad enough the Old Guard council members have repeatedly fought to the death to eliminate any City surplus.  That's correct, they've tried to set the City of Hoboken up for failure and tax increases for political gain.

Now the City Council gets to act in Hoboken's interests.  Let's hope.

The Council agenda is at the link:

Meeting will be delayed at start with closed session.

Talking Ed Note: Hopefully, the City will not be placed into a bind with the Councilman-in-limbo Jim Doyle awaiting results from a Superior Court hearing next month.

Kids First thanks Hoboken, Thursday victory party set

Dear Friends,

The results are finally in and it's a sweep for Kids First! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this grassroots campaign. Thank you for volunteering to hit the streets and get out the vote. Thank you for making a donation. Thank you for talking to your friends and neighbors and putting a sign in your window. Thanks to everyone for your continued commitment to improving Hoboken's Public Schools!
Join the Kids First team at our victory party Thursday, Nov. 29th at the Wicked Wolf, 120 Sinatra Drive at 8:30 PM. Beforehand consider joining us at the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps fundraiser at Trinity, 306 Sinatra Drive at 7 PM.

Talking Ed Note: More than 24 hours after the main election results were announced on MSV and there's an odd silence from the other media not even mentioning the certified numbers from the Hudson County Clerk's Office.

Are the other medial awaiting instructions from the Old Guard as they prepare to make some hail mary attempt dragging Hoboken to court.  Again?  Perhaps someone should ask Beth Mason.

The media blackout on the Hoboken elections is beginning to look suspicious.

Update: The Hudson Reporter posted its story on the election results.  At least someone finally did.  Maybe everyone else is just seeing red and that's not their favorite color.  How odd.

Tonight there's a council meeting and much of it will deal with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

Titanic swan song: Nearer to hell in the Nazi Truck for Beth Mason and the MFers

The aftermath of this election with the demise of the Nazi Truck is a secret to some Hoboken residents, as commenter InfotainMe wittingly put it, the BoE (and Hoboken) election results remain unfulfilled in local reports.  It's coming and they'll be good efforts among them but will they ask Beth Mason about the BoE campaign and her fellow Move Forwarders?

After all, backing the Move Forwarders, the Nazi Truck production and its five trips into the Mile Square doesn't come cheap and some reports said the Mason family invested $60,000 into the whole shebang.

Well Da Horsey isn't completely alone as Grafix Avenger joined us yesterday afternoon announcing the results and yes they are real results; let no Nazi Truck denial be sold.

Nevertheless, it's not too soon to shed a tear and give Beth Mason and her highly paid team of low rate political operatives a hanky for their fine rendition of Hoboken's titanic Nazi Truck campaign: a political race that will long live in Hoboken infamy.

The Move Forward campaign did make history (and national news) with limp denials from co-campaign manager John Castellano who while denying responsibility embraced the Nazi Truck message; Joe Branco who said he knew nothing about any of it until everyone else knew but the five time Nazi Truck schedule of appearances he kept a bad secret and Beth Mason's wunderkind FinBoy the maestro in the rank political smear flashing a Nazi swastika all over town.

Da Horsey would like to congratulate them and the Old Guard folks including the OG council who embraced the Nazi Truck right up to election day when it rolled into Hoboken broadcasting the Move Forward commercial.

You didn't hear any words of protest from any of the MF candidates or its campaign did you?  Obviously they were hijacked with Beth Mason by space aliens.  Yes, she's a victim, someone get her a county job.

Surreal and yes, truly awful.

MSV would retitle the Beth Mason effort "Nazi Truck - nearer to hell am I with thee."  Congratulations Beth!


Talking Ed Note: MSV will have more on the BoE election, the never say die rent control wars and the 2013 mayor's race.  Hoboken won't be interested in a mayor's race but there's plenty of posturing begun. 

Some would be candidates maybe staying on the sidelines with lack of funding, others getting a checkbook out and yet others who think the "Third Way" is viable as they push forward naive innocents to join their cynical face time charity efforts to propel stalled re: dead political futures.

Tony Blair would blush at the craven empty vessels but it's Hoboken.  When it comes to ego, wanton power lust and self-promotion, they just can't Deleay.

Say goodbye to Beth Mason's latest fail as the Nazi Truck made national news for Hoboken but not in a good way.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The official numbers will be released later today but the news is all but official - the Kids First BoE slate has swept the election over the Move Forward challengers.

The race for third and fourth place grew from the six vote lead for Jean Marie Mitchell over Liz Markovitch but came in at a difference of less than 100 votes.

The majority for Kids First was not fully in doubt in the battle for the BoE but the sixth seat was in play by most close observers who looked at the outstanding ballots attempting to decipher where the votes came in the provisionals.

In addition, the rent control question failed in a very tight final count - unofficially less than three dozen votes but the final spread is in the area of 50 votes!  The final numbers will be updated here later today.

The Move Forward Nazi Truck underwritten by Beth Mason goes down in flames!

Update - 4:10 PM:

Here are the certified totals from the Hudson County Clerk's Office:

Jean Marie Mitchell of Kids First increased her lead winning the third seat by 78 votes.
She will join Ruthy McAllister and Thomas Kluepfel being sworn in on the BoE in January.

Rent control advocates win by 52 votes! (Question #2)
November elections wins easily and runoffs are eliminated.  (Question #3 and #1)

Hoboken Election charts courtesy of TheBoken.

Sign of the Times: Kids First Day?

Three weeks ago the Kids First grassroots campaign took to the streets united in spirit to face down an opponent with signs of heavy expenditures against it visible everywhere.  In the battle of Reform vs. the Old Guard, there was no bigger showdown since Dawn Zimmer vs. Peter Cammarano in 2009.  On that day, Hoboken looked like it had been overtaken with backing for Cammarano as his signs and street workers were seen in every corner of town.

If you were there and didn't think Cammarano was a safe reasonable option, it appeared the election wasn't in doubt.  A chance passing on the street with MSV Executive Publisher Jimmy the K said the opposite as he headed to the airpot, "It's going to be close," he stated matter of factly.  So it was.

Today as then, we're into overtime heading to extra ballots and word of some decisive partial count is likely today.  It's not election day in Hoboken, but some folks could be getting elected.

Stay tuned.

One Hoboken Dad shows his spirit on Election Day on uptown Washington Street for Kids First.

Monday, November 26, 2012

County self-promotion Beth Mason's objective in midst of massive Hoboken losses

Councilwoman Beth Mason in her usual pattern of doubling down when exposed in unsavory acts ran a second page three ad in the weekend paper via the Mason Civic League on behalf of her Hudson County recovers website. The ad further demonstrates her investment in self-promotion even as Hoboken struggles to overcome the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

That exposure comes directly on the back of revelations on Grafix Avenger that Mason paid political operatives including a board member of her Mason Civic League produced and directed the videos appearing on the Nazi Truck.  The five trips by the Nazi Truck sought to leverage support for the Mason backed Move Forward BoE slate but backfired spectacularly with attacks defaming Grafix Avenger, MSV, Kids First, Council members Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Mayor Zimmer while flashing a Nazi swastika as it rolled all over town.

The Mason ad states it will "rebuild Hudson County," as Hoboken has not even fully assessed its own damages and needs - according to FEMA the worst in all of Hudson County combined.  This week the City Council will meet to further address the City's needs and pay the bills for the ongoing costs left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Beth Mason ran another weekend ad seeking hurricane donations for her Hudson County website
even as Hoboken is reeling from massive damages.  A FEMA reports shows the Mile Square
absorbed 97% of the damages in Hudson County.  That fact doesn't stop Mason from
pursuing her personal political promotion with Hudson County politicos.    

Scores of residents also find themselves digging out and addressing their losses meeting with insurance adjustors and FEMA representatives unsure of what their total losses will be.  The City has begun a fund similar to after Hurricane Katrina to start a process to address those losses called

Hoboken's damages as registered in an initial federal assessment is by far the worst in Hudson County and most parts of the entire state excluding several coastal areas.  The category of losses as depicted by FEMA breaks down into the following categories: affected, minor and major with the totals appearing in the far right column in the chart below.

HudsonCounty Total117912610112316
HudsonJersey City52310
HudsonNorth Arlington Borough11
HudsonNorth Bergen Township432431
HudsonUnion City22
HudsonWeehawken Township11
HudsonWest New York22

Based on the objective data for all of New Jersey, Hoboken is far and away the most impacted from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy in northern New Jersey.  If the personal and objective data were not sufficient to have people rally around the website set up to aid Hoboken, another acting as a clearinghouse for support and volunteering has been created at

The other Hudson County town to suffer significant damage is North Bergen but it comes in a very distant second to Hoboken with 31 damaged structures.  Hoboken's damaged structures are 2248 not including basement garden apartments and on the ground assessments.

(The page three ad in the Hudson Reporter from Beth Mason says it will rebuild Hudson County.)
Beth Mason's "charity" says it will rebuild Hudson County but according to FEMA, Hoboken suffered 97% of the damage.  
So why doesn't the unregistered Mason Family Civic League raise money for Hoboken?  The answer
is it doesn't aid Beth Mason's political ambition to land a Hudson County elected office.

Among the charities listed is a Weehawken political group connected to the town's mayor, Richard Turner.  It's unknown if the Weehawken mayor is aware of the group's listing as a charity Mason seeks to collection donations.  The group faces fines in the six figure neighborhood with an investigation underway and reported earlier this year in the Jersey Journal.

Other charities listed are more Hoboken based but it's unclear any were contacted such as the Jubilee Center before their listings appeared.  It's unclear why anyone would need to make payments to the Mason Civic League via Paypal that takes 3% of the transaction off the top when they can contact the respective charity and make a direct donation cutting out the unnecessary cost.

The Mason ad also claims to be underwritten by the Mason Family Civic League but the Paypal page shows any money transacted goes through the Mason Civic League.  There's no known entity registered as the Mason Family Civic League based on prior investigative reports.

Beth Mason was asked to explain via email why she is raising money for Hudson County in the face of Hoboken's severe losses but almost always avoids answering questions.

Talking Ed Note: Beth Mason is choosing not to focus and work with Hoboken's efforts but none of that is atypical.  Mason doesn't play well with others, something Hudson County elected officials should beware of before they consider how to become recipients of her family allowance.

Hobokenites will not take kindly to the self-absorbed compulsion Mason exhibits to promote herself in the midst of the biggest natural disaster in the town's history.

It's beyond unseemly and it's all Beth Mason.

Update: Grafix Avenger posted an update to earlier stories asking if Mayor Richard Turner is being set up by Beth Mason and her political operative for IRS violations on the 527 Weehawken group, Weehawken and You Civic Association?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Satiric redux: James B and Bet Mazin - Downfall of a wannabe shark

This satire originally published in July 2010 ages better then fine wine.  If anything, it's been exceeded in its farce by the lust for power, avarice and moral depravity of the lampooned.

Downfall of a wannabe shark from Da Horsey on Vimeo.

DisclaimerAll characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Scratch'n sniff them at your own risk.  Rated D for douche bags, for display purposes only. No user-serviceable parts inside. Not a Mazin Civic Family 501(c)(3) ripoff. No expressed warranty, plea bargaining or work release allowed.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Beth Mason's latest Civic League "charity" scam imploding

Last Sunday, MSV began work on a story to reveal the latest Mason Civic League scandal dwarfing others on these pages previous. The feature investigation was set to overwhelmingly demonstrate the dirty lengths Beth Mason would go in self-promotion as she unveiled a competing county "charity" against the City of Hoboken's

The troubles for Beth Mason and the nefarious actions of her latest "charity" are spilling across Hudson County like a storm surge of sludge.  Under the umbrella of the newly named organization, Hudson County recovers, the website promoted on page three of the Hudson Reporter by the Mason family is setting its sight on the political positions of Hudson County Executive and/or US Congress.  Those positions are currently held by Tom DeGise and Albio Sires respectively.

Questions on the latest Beth Mason self-promtion effort surround a featured "charity" on her Hudson County website, the 527 group, Weehawken and You Civic Association.

With Beth Mason looking outside of Hoboken for a political lifeline and Mayor Richard Turner already in hot water with NJ ELEC into six figures of possible fines, the Weehawken mayor may not appreciate the negative attention being welded to the latest "charity" incarnation of Beth Mason.

Grafix Avenger notes Mayor Turner like Hoboken's Jubilee Center may not even know the political group is being used in the Mason scam without his knowledge or consent.

Assaults are not enough.  James Barracato returns post assaults from the Mason "civic" political section to get photos 
while his sponsor and fellow Mason Civic League board member Beth Mason cowers to escape a photo with FinBoy. 

MSV will be back with more on this story after the holiday.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hoboken elections: estimated 1600 ballots left to be counted!


Based on data from the Hudson County Board of Elections, here's the remaining votes to be tabulated before certifying the official results.

A total of 1670 provisionals were submitted and of that total 328 are void or not registered.
The total figure of provisionals to be tabulated after final review is about 1291.

Among the email and fax electronic votes, the submissions are being evaluated to ensure none are double votes.  In the end, it's estimated 250 to 300 will be added into the final tally.

After these votes are confirmed, the numbers will be finalized after the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving


City of Hoboken announces:

97% of Food Establishments Have Re-Opened

Hoboken’s businesses are overcoming the effects of Hurricane Sandy and re-opening their doors. As of today, 97% of Hoboken’s 433 retail food establishments have re-opened and passed inspection by the Hoboken Health Department.

“Now more than ever, we encourage everyone to shop local and visit Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Everything that makes Hoboken great - our restaurants, unique shops, and parks - are open and ready to enjoy. This holiday season, come out and support Hoboken and the businesses that help make it thrive.”

“This weekend is Small Business Saturday, but shopping local must not begin and end there,” said Gregory Dell'Aquila, President of the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce. “Many of the impacted local businesses re-opened quickly and are determined to recover, but they need your support by keeping it local. Shop, dine, stay and play in Hoboken.”

The City’s cleanup efforts are also continuing. For the second weekend, the City is calling for volunteers to participate in a citywide cleanup on Saturday, November 24 from 10am to 4pm. Residents of Southwest Hoboken are asked to abide by the posted “Temporary No Parking” signs so that crews and volunteers can clean the streets. Residents can RSVP to participate via the Facebook event listing: or volunteers can go to City Hall any time between 10am and 4pm.

“It’s been a very difficult time for our community, and I thank everyone for their support,” added Mayor Zimmer. “I wish everyone a happy, safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving.”

Sign of the Times: Gov. Chris Christie meets Da Horsey

At the Elks Club a few weeks back, Da Horsey was taking pictures of the event with many NJ political dignitaries in attendance who were overshadowed by one person who held the room under his sway.  That person was of course Governor Chris Christie.

As the swarm made its way around the room, Da Horsey suddenly found himself going from photographer to participant.  This photo comes courtesy of our colleague Kurt Gardiner.  

Da Horsey thanked the Governor for many things and we'll keep the list to ourselves.  Feel free to caption the discussion if you so desire.  Here's one in a humorous vein to get you started.

Horsey: Governor she's running amok; an absolute cancer to our community even after you gave Hoboken $5 million and saved the hospital from her clutches.

Governor: Horsey keep the faith and know you are never alone in your fight against corruption while I'm Governor.

Talking Ed Note: From Hoboken, thank you Governor!  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Grist for the Mill: VBM tallies in with Kids First looking at possible BoE sweep

This just in from two independent sources on the Hoboken local elections.  While provisional ballots numbering in the 2,000 range including several hundred ballots via email and fax remain outstanding, all the Vote-by-Mail votes are said to have been tabulated in the BoE race.

Kids First appears solidly in the clear with its two top candidates on the machines: Ruthy McAllister and Tom Kluepfel.  The third Jean Marie Mitchell held approximately a 450 vote lead over Move Forward's Liz Markovitch on the machine totals.

After the total approximately 1800 Vote-by-mail ballots tabulation in the race, Jean Marie Mitchell holds the lead for the third seat by six votes.

If the numbers hold, Kids First would see its five member majority expand to six members dealing the Old Guard and especially Councilwoman Beth Mason a stunning defeat.

Reform sources are buoyed by word of the VBMs tallying completed as the provisional and electronic votes via email and fax are anticipated to reflect the ratios on the machines meaning Jean Marie Mitchell would see her lead extended in a final BoE election result.

The illicit Vote-by-mail Old Guard effort appears to have come up short, not only in hijacking the results of the election overall versus the machine totals but falling short in all three seats.

Provisional votes are expected to be counted after the Thanksgiving holiday meaning the official vote in the BoE race and three referendum questions await final numbers.

Rent control advocates are pleased their lead of "No" votes is holding but by a narrower number than after the machine vote totals.

The Kids First ticket is looking at a possible sweep of the three seats in the BoE race.  
The Old Guard's trusty VBM operation failed to put one of its backed candidates in the lead based on Da Horsey's gristy chewables.

Talking Ed Note: How do you like dem apples Beth Mason?  Remember to share with FinBoy and company and don't forget there's fines up ahead for wheeling illegal money into the Move Forward campaign.

Feel free to get together on the Nazi Truck and take a ride out of town.

The Beth Mason Nazi Truck outside City Hall.
A massive fail with an attack seen here on Da Horsey.

GA's Thanksgiving dish: connects "Not Perry" and son to Beth Mason, FinBoy and imprisoned former Perth Amboy mayor Joe Vas

Grafix Avenger report links Beth Mason to imprisoned Joe Vas' former spokesman

Near the eve of Thanksgiving comes word naming two political operatives never before identified in Hoboken.  The unveiling of the two are a father and son team: Barry and Tim Brendel working through Beth Mason's slimey fish for all seasons: FinBoy.  This  according to a report on Grafix Avenger.

Grafix Avenger dropped the cranberry bomb on the rancid Mason fish with a source connecting "Not Perry," a feigned Perry Belfiore decoy who is in fact the father of "Stalker" Tim Brendel the Mason videographer who has filmed Hoboken council, BoE, zoning board meetings, legal hearings and even the home of the Mayor Zimmer after a council meeting ended early.

Video from Tim Brendel's camera tapings have found themselves repeatedly on the scurrilous website Hoboken411 where Beth Mason runs her political operations under the cloak of rigid censorship.  More scandal erupted for Beth Mason when footage taken by Tim Brendel at a Zoning Board Meeting found its way to the Nazi Truck video production connected to the Mason backed Move Forward ticket.

Beth Mason has never denied her connection to the Nazi Truck that made five visits to Hoboken during the BoE race flashing a swastika as it drove all over Hoboken on separate nights and parked in front of the Wallace School.  A recent Al Sullivan column noted an anonymous Mason political operative saying she was too "savvy" to be involved in the endeavor.

Then on Election Night, MSV reported the Nazi Truck was back in Hoboken, this time showing a commercial for the Move Forward BoE slate that ran repeatedly on cable.  There's been no more anonymous denials about the connections between Beth Mason and her heavy backing of the Move Forward candidates along with the Nazi Truck since.

According to Grafix Avenger, "Not Perry"(l)  is Barry Brendel a Mason political operative 
working at the behest of her Mason Civic League board member along with his son Tim the videographer.

Barry "Not Perry" Brendel has been a frequenter of council and other Hoboken meetings and is pictured above speaking to Councilwoman Beth Mason as Councilman Michael Russo looks on at the Sunday Special Meeting of the City Council back in October 2011where the Mason sabotage to the hospital sale finally wilted when Tim Occhipinti bailed on the attempted snuffing of the century old institution.

The 2011 photo above was taken before the meeting began where the hospital's sale was the critical point of the meeting.  Does Beth Mason and Michael Russo look happy with that expectation?

As it turns out, Barry Brendel is reportedly the former spokesman of now imprisoned former Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas.  The name will not be familiar to most Hobokenites but it was raised back in 2010 by candidate Tim Occhipinti who challenged then Councilman Michael Lenz for having supported Vas in a political race during their debate at the Jubilee Center.

Will Tim Occhipinti dare criticize Beth Mason for her association with the former Joe Vas spokesman?

In another breaking angle to the story, PolitickerNJ published a report earlier today showing a Jersey City poll on that city's 2013 mayor's race.  The story says that Beth Mason was the person who commissioned the poll. 

In the comments section, a war breaks out among different commentators about the possible role played by Barry Brendel working on the poll:

Talking Ed Note:  Of stronger interest, how are Barry and Tim Brendel being paid and is the connection to the Mason Civic League via the rancid FinBoy an indication they are both on that payroll?  Will Beth Mason claim the Brendel family are part of her "charity" work.

Why is Beth Mason commissioning a poll for Jersey City Mayor?  (More on that tomorrow.)
Beth Mason was not available at the time of this story's publishing nor will she be available to do so. Ever.

Perhaps State and Federal law enforcement will have better luck obtaining some answers.

Grafix Avenger has more on this story:

Mayor Zimmer urges Hoboken community to register with FEMA

Office of the Mayor announces:

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Community: Mayor Zimmer Strongly Urges Community to Register With FEMA
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** Local Business Asked to Submit Survey with Damage Estimates **

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is strongly urging all residents to file with FEMA with their latest storm-related damage estimates. Local businesses are urged to complete an online survey so the City can establish an accurate accounting of damage:

“Even if you’re discouraged with the process, even if you’ve already been denied, the best way for Hoboken to get the help we need is to document your damage, register with FEMA, file with your insurance company, and appeal, appeal, appeal,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Unless the federal government knows the true extent of the cost to rebuild, we can’t receive the extra help we need. If and when that assistance arrives, it is important for your case to remain open, so I can’t stress enough how critical it is to stick with the process, continue providing updated damage estimates, and continue appealing. We also need a full accounting of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on local businesses so we can advocate as strongly as possible for our community.”

In a meeting with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who President Obama has tasked with leading the Sandy recovery effort, and Senator Robert Menendez, Mayor Zimmer stressed the need to address the inequity in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program provides only limited benefits to those who live in garden level apartments, despite requiring that they pay for coverage. In addition, since NFIP only covers individuals, damage to common areas is typically not covered because they are the responsibility of condominium associations, which are registered non-profits. This is problematic for the building’s residents since the individual property owners are ultimately responsible for the condominium association expenses.

Secretary Donovan noted that he and the federal government are working to ensure that better and more assistance becomes available, and that in order to do so, everyone that was affected needs to register with FEMA.

Mayor Zimmer has also raised her concerns with Vice President Joseph Biden during his recent visit to Hoboken and with senior officials from FEMA.

In addition, Mayor Zimmer is on the executive board of the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund, a non-profit organization to assist individuals, businesses, and other non-profits fill the gap between insurance coverage, government assistance, and the true cost of rebuilding. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Hoboken Transit Options with PATH out, homeowners without insurance

The City of Hoboken Facebook page posted transit alternatives with the PATH repairs incomplete:

While we wait for PATH service to be fully restored, many are aware of the direct bus and ferry transportation options from Hoboken, but buses can get stuck in traffic and ferries can be expensive. Here are three alternatives (some faster than bus, some cheaper than bus, all cheaper than ferry) for getting into Manhattan that you might not be aware of.

1. NJ Transit Rail at H
oboken Terminal: Take the Main/BergenCounty/Port Jervis Line towards Port Jervis or the Pascack Valley Line towards Spring Valley, then transfer at Secaucus Junction for any train to New York Penn Station. Approximate travel time is 30 mins. Total cost: $4 each way.

2. PATH at Newport Station: Walk, bike, or take the Hudson Bergen Light Rail from Hoboken Terminal, 2nd Street or 9th Street to Newport. Transfer to the Newport PATH for service to 33rd Street. Approximate travel time is 30 mins (via Light Rail: 6 mins from 9th St to Newport light rail + 3 minute transfer + 5 minute wait time + 15 minute PATH). Total cost: $2.25 each way (walk or bike) or $4.35 each way (w/light rail @ $2.10).

3. Free ferry from Liberty State Park: Take the Hudson Bergen Light Rail from Hoboken Terminal, 2nd Street or 9th Street to the Liberty State Park stop. Take the FREE shuttle bus from the light rail stop to the Liberty State Park ferry site. FREE Statue Cruise Lines Ferry Service is available from Liberty State Park to Battery Park (Lower Manhattan) from 6am-10am,1pm-2pm and 4pm-8pm. Total cost: $2.10 each way.

And this for those without adequate homeowner's insurance:

If you're a homeowner who can't afford to or aren't receiving insurance coverage and you need help clearing out your flooded home, please email with your address and contact information. Volunteers from NECHAMA are here to help (and if you'd like to help with the effort, you can sign up to volunteer at Please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled, to see if they need assistance.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jamie Cryan's Old Guard Lament: 'We couldn't buy the election'

In poker, the human factor is as, if not more important in deciding the outcome of a match played among competitors. In a letter from Hoboken Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan, the world has clearly been turned upside down.  He claims Hoboken election day problems disenfranchised significant numbers of voters offering no significant evidence other than the ballet was "noisy" and there were buildings without electric power with some polling confusion elevating provisional voting.

He doesn't mention how the Old Guard extracted hundreds of votes out of the Hoboken Housing Authority on paper ballots (again) where the last thing needed is electrical power with VBMs exchanged for $50 IOUs.  Having attended the event at the Elks Club it's odd Cryan's quoting Governor Christie as no press conference took place there and MSV was in attendance at the strictly informal gathering.

This of course comes from the guy who made his election bones in Hoboken as campaign manager of the 2010 Tim Occhipinti election campaign, one of the biggest voting frauds perpetuated on the City of Hoboken.  In that fourth ward special election the Occhipinti campaign submitted almost 400 votes on questionable paper re: Vote-by-mail ballots almost all of it out of the Hoboken Housing Authority accounting for almost a full third of his vote output with 575 paid 'campaign workers.'

If there's any accounting requiring a full investigation; what's needed is State or Federal law enforcement breaking the back of the Old Guard for the abject exploitation of buying votes in the poorest part of town.  Clearly the cry you hear here is it won't be enough to disenfranchise the unpaid voters in this election - re: the rest of Hoboken.

What's more striking, Cryan cries about electronic email/fax votes but according to Hudson County only 300 were processed with several times more each in vote-by-mail and provisionals completely dwarfing that figure: (1800 returned approximately in each).  You don't hear Cryan saying VBMs should be investigated here do you?

Of course not but take heart. If the Old Guard has trotted out this letter on the Hoboken election, then it's not likely Beth Mason will be seeing much of a return on the whispered $60,000 her husband laid out to unseat the BoE grassroots campaign of Kids First.

What Hoboken is going to see when the votes are all counted is the strong resolve of the voters turned out despite the hardship of the hurricane. Cryan's letter is a tell even a novice poker player can detect.

That's too bad.


Here's Jamie crying:

Dear Editor:

Five days before Election Day, Gov. Christie made a bold and groundbreaking decision to allow for in-person early voting at county clerk’s offices across the state of NJ. He followed that up with an even bolder directive three days before Election Day, allowing email/fax voting of those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Hoboken experienced massive devastation from this natural disaster and I applaud the governor’s swift and forward-thinking move.

Before Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, this was gearing up to be Hoboken’s most confusing election in our history. We were given the opportunity to vote on an incredibly full ballot, including choosing a U.S. President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressional Representative, Hudson County Clerk, three Board of Education Trustees, and five very detailed ballot questions. We were asked to do this without receiving sample ballots and while receiving misinformation from local elected officials telling us that all polling places had stayed the same. This created mass confusion at the polls, causing many to go to the wrong polling places, and many of these to be illegally turned away. To further the confusion, training courses for poll workers, which are required by law and usually happen months before Election Day, were canceled and too many voter’s did not receive proper guidance. This resulted in over 1,000 provisional ballots and countless voters, especially in our poorest districts, being turned away from voting.

I empathize with the county clerk’s office being swamped with fax/email requests and not being able to manage the load. But I cannot understand not following the simple requirements leading up to the election – sample ballots being sent in a timely fashion, proper training for poll workers, proper announcement of polling places, etc. I am calling for a full investigation and for those responsible for this inaction to be held accountable.

Whether or not this election brings up countless legal issues on how to count the votes, I am hopeful that our election officials will follow Gov. Christie’s clear directive, stated while visiting the Elks in Hoboken, that this election was “not to be an email election and this type of voting was for those truly displaced.” The rules called for voters to include proof on how they were displaced, and I hope our election officials follow the rules. Counting all in Hoboken as displaced except the poor and elderly is a blatant disregard for the public trust.

It’s a shame our local and county officials didn’t allow Gov. Christie to venture back to the Housing Authority or the senior buildings that were still without power on the day he visited the Hoboken Elks.

Maybe he would have agreed with Doug Kellner, co-chairman of the New York State Board of Elections, when he said (Star Ledger/; Nov. 6, 2012) that officials there concluded the risks of e-mail ballots were too great. “Especially in this type of emergency, when there’s a lack of electrical service, there’s a question of fairness for those who are on the other side of the digital divide,” Kellner said. “There are those who do not have electricity or the resources to power a printer.”

The national election has been decided. Hopefully, our local officials will call upon the county to do what’s right and protect the voices of those most in need.

Jamie Cryan, Chairman
Hoboken Democratic Committee

Here's the link to the original letter where Cryan will be crying even more for the beating he's getting from an outraged public:

Hoboken 2012 Election tallies tantalizing closer

It only appears Hoboken's 2012 election will never end as the Hudson County Board of Elections tallies the various ballots uniquely deployed in this election cycle following Hurricane Sandy.

It's anticipated that ballot count for the various types of votes will be available tomorrow at some point but the final numbers are not likely before Thanksgiving confirmed just earlier.

For those curious about what Hoboken is looking at in this election, MSV can at least offer this interim insight.  Provisional ballots are unusually high being this was a Presidential year and there was redistricting adding to voter and poll worker confusion.

The Vote-by-Mail ballots returned are in the range of 1800 and provisionals are believed in the same ballpark.  On the new email/fax voting option instituted by Governor Christie due to Hurricane Sandy, Hoboken saw approximately 300 processed.

On the BoE, the three seats up in the election show all three Kids First Candidate in the lead on the machine votes with about 400 separating Jean Marie Mitchell and Liz Markovitch in third and fourth place.

The other relatively close Hoboken election issue is the rent control question where the advocates for rent control hold a lead of 531 votes (slightly more than the chart below).

Here's the official machine tallies courtesy of the Hoboken Journal:

Council President Cunningham: Hurricane leads to late tax date

From the desk of Council President Peter Cunningham:

Important Notes from last week's city council meeting:

Fourth Quarter taxes were due November 1st, and considered delinquent if paid after the 14th.  They are now due December 3rd.

Most actions taken last week at city council were related to Sandy.  Another temporary change of interest was to the City's noise ordinance.  Any construction related to restoration, repair and rehab as a result of Sandy can be performed on weekends.  The Construction Office will specially mark all construction permits for the above type of work only.  These temporary rules will remain in effect through December 30th.

Please pass along, and let me know if you have any additional questions.  Thanks, Peter

Peter Cunningham

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Hoboken

From the collected pool report on VP Joe Biden's visit to Hoboken.  MSV picks up the report from remarks by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno:

Guadagno: “What you’ve seen in the last three weeks is not only the grit of the people of the state New Jersey, but also the grit of the people that are going to rebuild New Jersey and we’re going to rebuild it here, as the governor said three weeks ago, to be bigger and better than it was before.”

A fifth grader from Burbank, Calif., sent her Halloween candy to the governor’s office because, Guadagno said, she had read that “the kids of New Jersey had not had Halloween this year…That’s the kind of help that will keep us going. That’s the kind of support that will make sure New Jersey does come back stronger.”

At the height of the storm, 2.7 million people were without power, 500 state roads were closed and 7,000 people were in shelters, Guadagno said, adding: “The sun is coming up again, we are going to be stronger.”

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie administrations have been “remarkable in terms of their bipartisan assistance in the aftermath of the storm and I know they’re committed for the long haul.”

She went on: “The challenging reality is that government will not be able to cover all of Hoboken’s losses so we’re setting up a nonprofit to help fill that gap with private donations.” She directed people to

Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the Hoboken Terminal with Mayor Dawn Zimmer (l) Senator Bob Menendez and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. 
Photo courtesy of The Boken.

Pool report of VP Joe Biden's remarks in Hoboken:

Biden started by thanking first responders and explained what he saw during an aerial tour of coastline damage earlier in the day.

"I looked down and I said, you know, this an amazing country and this is the heartbeat of this country. It really is astounding when you just take a look at it from the air, when you take a look at all the commerce on the river. It's just astounding. So it's absolutely critical, I might add, not just for the people of New Jersey and New York , but for the people of this country that everything gets up and running again."

"If you'll forgive a little self-serving reference to FEMA and to the Department of Transportation and Homeland Security, I'm incredibly proud of the job that they have done."

Before he came to New Jersey today, Biden said he had a long conversation with Gov. Christie and was reassured that tour would feature areas important for him to see. Biden commended all levels of government in New Jersey for "being on the same page."

"My mom used to have an expression. She said, Joey, out of everything terrible something good will come if you look hard enough." Biden said the devastating storm provides an opportunity to rebuild and modernize "this section" of the country."

"I am absolutely confident of the grit and determination of the people of this state and across the river that we're going to come back better. It's going to be tough in the meantime. And congress and the senators are going to have their work cut out for them."

"Every time there's been a drought of pestilence, a forest fire in Mississippi, we always step up, we always step up and provide all the resources that are needed. Never can I remember an East Coast senator shying away from helping a drought and devastated farmland... We're expecting the same. This is one United States."

"The president and I are absolutely determined after all the photo ops are all over, after all the visiting delegations, after things look like they are back to normal, I promise the mayor we're not going anywhere."

Biden called himself and Lautenberg "sort of the Mr. Amtraks of the world."

Biden said Zimmer told him "there's probably no other city in America where there's a higher percentage of the population that takes public transportation." She interjected that it's 56 percent.

After Sandy hit, Obama and Biden held nearly daily conference calls with mayors and governors from impacted states. Biden said that Delaware Gov. Jack Markel offered Christie resources. Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett did the same for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Biden: "I don't want to be sophomoric about this, but the truth of the matter is that's how it's supposed to work... Elections are over. We've got to get this done. And it's not merely in the interest of New Jersey, it's in the interest of the country."

"The coastline for us, the ocean for us, whether you call it the shore of the beach, from Virginia to New York, even all the way down to Florida, it is our Grand Canyon. It our Titons. It is ...not only part of us, but our economy is, but it is part of our culture. And I think the whole nation recognizes that."

Pool returned to motorcade vehicles at about 4:30 p.m. and, after holding a while, traveled along a bustling stretch of Washington Street in Hoboken. At 5:05 p.m., pool arrived at Benny Tudino's, whose sign proclaims "Home of the Largest Slice." Biden was already inside.

A crowd gathered on the street. Someone chanted, "Lower taxes!" A few others yelled out, "Delaware!" Before getting in his SUV, Biden popped his head up, grinned and waved at the crowd.

Next, the motorcade made an unplanned stop at the Hoboken Tavern on Hudson Street, a sports bar owned by Tom Brennan. 

The pool report comes courtesy of Jenna Portnoy of the Star Ledger.