Wednesday, February 1, 2012

BoE elections in November saved after MORTe plan foiled


Tonight's regular City Council appeared normal on the surface going in, well about as normal based on the agenda might appear.  But MORTe had other ideas.  Knowing the Reform majority council would be short at tonight's meeting, MORTe sprang into action with a resolution prepared to force the BoE to hold a November referendum instead of allowing that body to determine its own fate and vote on whether to have elections later this year.

The BoE election option passed last month and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie gives the option to either governing body - the City Council or the Board of Ed itself.  One option in the legislation included holding a referendum.

Before the meeting, a fortuitous error by MORTe allowed the cat out of the bag.  An emergency resolution was all prepared to hijack the will of the Hoboken BoE where a vote is likely to take place on February 14th as exclusively reported here on MSV moving their election to November later this year.

The New Jersey law permits either governing body, the City Council or the Board of Education to vote which option they prefer - and the first vote PREVAILS and is BINDING.

MORTe and the Old Guard has been adamant to stop November elections at all costs where larger turnouts will hurt their prospects to control city government, the Hoboken BoE and their respective budgets running in the tens of millions.

It's unclear what other plans MORTe (beth Mason, tim Occhipinti, michael Russo and Terry Castellano) planned beyond snatching the BoE's election right from under their nose.

UPDATE: 10:10 pm 

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Friends, Family and Neighbors,

Never a dull moment on the dais at Hoboken City Council.  First we
were informed that "snookie" followers were going to protest the
City's recent decision to deny their spin off program a filming permit
to film where ever, whenever they wanted.  But what was to ensue was a
hijack of the meeting by Occipinti, Castellano, Mason and Russo.  They
knew we were going to have a couple of council members absent, and
planned to take advantage of the situation.

The issue?  Taking action on a school board issue with no notice to
the public and three of my colleagues absent.

As many of you know, the State Legislature authorized NJ School Boards
the option to move their elections from April to November.  Please
visit this site of the NJ School Board Assoc.

In MSV comments, Councilman David Mello noted the reason for his absence:
For the record, this is the second meeting (of any kind; special, budget, etc.) that I have ever missed. I have a viral infection, and a newborn at home that has already been coughing. I'm NOT going to get my newborn sick. She is only six weeks old. 

On a positive note, I saw a great new doctor at our hospital's clinic today. So glad the hospital was saved, and doctors like him are still practicing in our city. Wonderful level of service and inquiry into my medical history and current symptoms. 

As for tonight, it's a sad occurrence when Council members let gamesmanship, rather than just and democratic stewardship, guide their decision making processes as legislators. 

Now, I'm off to bed. 

- Councilman Mello 

MSV has another related exclusive coming... stay tuned

City: BoE Attempted Powerplay by MORTe - Foiled!

The City of Hoboken announces:

Tonight’s City Council Meeting Cancelled

Councilman Cunningham and Councilwoman Marsh called Mayor Zimmer this evening to advise her that they would not be attending tonight’s Council meeting after discovering that an emergency resolution related to the school board elections was placed on the Council agenda at the last minute during a meeting that three Council members were unable to attend.  The Council members felt that it was irresponsible to try to pass legislation that would impact the future of Hoboken’s schools for years to come with no notice to the public and three Council members unable to attend. Mayor Zimmer will call for a special meeting to take place within the next 7 days.

Mayor to MTV: You can't bribe your way in Hoboken

The City of Hoboken officially rejected MTV's request to turn Hoboken into a meatball hookup destination for juicehead guerrillas but Jersey Shore got more than just a film permit rejection.

Mayor Zimmer added a threat that the City would take action if MTV followed an earlier practice of making a verbal agreement with payoffs to unknown parties so it could illegally film in public locations.  An excerpt from the letter makes that plain:

See the mayor's full letter to MTV:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said no to a MTV Jersey Shore spinoff filming in Hoboken.
Residents wholeheartedly agree with the decision.

Update: Snooki and Jenni Farley on the radio this morning say it's "Hoboken's loss."  All four sound like they are resigned to the situation, pardon the pun.  Four?  Yes, Farley addresses her fake mammaries as "the girls" and another rumor says the meatball is packing.

To her credit, Snooki is rather polite but while Farley acts as if she didn't know anything about Hoboken being the desired location, the radio dj shows a picture of the mayor and Farley clearly has heard something.

February is FBI Cyber Crime Month

Today is the first of February and while January goes out like a lamb, not this month.
Da Horsey is proud to declare February FBI Cyber Crime Month.

Federal crimes pursued may well play out in Hoboken through the course of 2012 and beyond but MSV intends to honor this and other divisions defending our Republic.  There's no time like the present.  ;)

FBI's Cyber Division is honored with its own month in Hoboken

Although the IT Manager Patrick Ricciardi confessed to being the conduit responsible for massive looting of the mayor's communications, the FBI complaint indicated two other parties but did not state the conspiracy ended there.  Neither of those hinted at in the FBI complaint are what MSV calls "the Hub."

Back in December, when the political operation on Hoboken parking was going on at the My Fox NY website, one commenter prosbus, believed by many to be a Beth Mason political operative not paid for friendship taunted the Feds with this post:

The ever unpopular prosbus taunted the FBI and attempted to brush others with his online behavior.

Hoboken is due a number of answers from the Feds when the authorities are ready.  They have to pick through the carcasses of local officials, elected and otherwise who are turning evidence with the thought to escape any prosecution.

So with that February is FBI Cyber Crime Month.  Do you know where your email went?
We don't.