Occhipinti argues against emergency appropriation and insults Hoboken residents suffering flood losses
Last night, the creeping petty insults and grandstanding started to overcome the good behavior in recent meetings where much of the agenda was dedicated to recovery efforts on behalf of the City.
The bubbling to the surface petulance of one Tim Occhipinti, the occupant of the fourth ward council seat was sadly on display again with his usual petty interruptions of others but the signal of the Old Guard's back to sabotage business came with the discussion of a $2.65 million emergency appropriation.
The edging of the Old Guard to their business as usual obstruction on regular business (outside of their legal action to block the appointment of Jim Doyle) became clear when Occhipinti questioned why the emergency appropriation should be approved since there was no ironclad guarantee from FEMA on reimbursement.
It was only at the previous meeting where Business Administrator Quentin Wiest explained the City could expect about 70% compensation for recovery efforts taking both FEMA and Hoboken's insurance into consideration with payment collected in not months but years.
Occhipinti decided it was worth grandstanding on the matter and promptly insulted fourth ward residents by saying their losses were not all that bad since their homes had not been "razed to the ground" as homes on the Jersey Shore.
Okay, let's admit Occhipinti was insulting not only residents who have seen huge losses in the fourth ward but every resident of Hoboken who has suffered at the destructive impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Councilwoman Jen Giattino, a model for good government and good behavior in her service as the sixth ward council representative could not stomach the insult and interjected "speak for yourself," before quickly apologizing without prompting.
Later, Occhipinti a proponent of the "hospitality" industry in town spoke during New Business about bringing back the St. Patrick's Day Parade. He's concerned about the losses in revenue the bars and restaurants have gone through since the hurricane.
On Occhipinti's Facebook prior to the meeting he announced his plan to bring back the St. Patrick's Day Parade, enraging Hoboken residents. Here's a sample of the fire and brimstone blow back from residents:
- hospitality industry my ass... what happened to the residents and what they want, what about " quality of life" .. Let the leprechauns go party in Newark, see if pissing in the streets is tolerated there for St. Patty's day!
- Lets see...... we are still in december, people in the fourth ward are trying to get there lives back in order.... hopefully everybody is coming along... some people had to relocate to other places ( friends, hotels, family etc.....) some people ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OWNERS ARE OPTING TO SELL. (MY MOM IS HOMELESS. SHE CAN'T STAY WITH ME IN MY ONE BR APT, CAUSE ITS AGAINST MY LEASE AGREEMENT. BUT, WE WILL TRY TO GET THE ST.PADDY'S DAY PARADE FIXED.... PRIORITIES........ WHERE ARE URS...... 4TH WARD PROBLEMS SHOULD BE UR CONCERN!!!!! ALSO UR THE FIRST TO COMPLAIN ABOUT TRAFFIC LIGHT 1ST MONROE.....BUT WHEN IT GOT FIXED NEW CONTROLLER AND ALL...... NOT EVEN A TY.... COMPASSION IS PART OF POLITICS.....
-Tim, although I may not have used CAPS, I think Kevin's point is extraordinarily valid. Couldn't agree more. Homelessness, property damage, traffic, no PATH, and while we're at it... fiscal cliff, gun control, health care >>>>> FAKE St. Patty's Day. #priorities
To be fair, some residents were supportive of his idea. One was a former Cammarano campaign staffer and wife of County Clerk candidate Paul Lichstein who worked on the Occhipinti campaign. Another voiced support who was a donor to Tim Occhipinti's campaign.
But most were Hoboken residents outraged Tim Occhipinti would be looking to bring back a day when the town's citizenry is held hostage in their homes by thousands and thousands of people viewing Hoboken as a place for debauchery and an all day pukefest.
Talking Ed Note: None of this comes as a surprise here. Tim Occhipinti learned about government operations from his Old Guard allies on the council as their bought and paid yes man. Occhipinti "the independent candidate" immediately morphed into an Old Guard soldier paying back Beth Mason for her wheeled campaign dollars. (She got to play Council President for a bit before voters had her booted.)
In almost every single meeting you will see Tim Occhipinti's petulance, grandstanding and dopiness without fail.
Oh and he makes your ears hurt; it's that awful.
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