The Old Guard lost a key vote in Hoboken, and in the case of their opposition moving to November BoE elections, it's nothing short of a monstrous defeat. A month after the option was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie almost 87% of State BoE election districts made the jump. It's not been very controversial but to the Hoboken Old Guard, avoiding November elections and a bigger turnout is a life and death affair.
With a mayor not increasing the number of municipal employees, their voting base is decreasing not increasing. A slice of Old Hoboken is becoming more disenchanted with the Old Guard, especially in their reckless and incessant sabotage of Hoboken, their attempts to scuttle the sale of the hospital and repeated refusals to back capital improvements such as for police, fire and environmental services through much of 2011, just to spite the mayor.
With this backdrop comes a truculent letter from Old Guard politico Perry Belfiore. While awaiting a 2013 mayoral race where he hopes to see Mayor Zimmer replaced, he submitted a letter to the Hudson Reporter. On first reading, it wasn't clear to Da Horsey Perry was highlighting MSV in the first paragraph as we did not interview Theresa Minutillo as claimed, it was Frank Raia. Nor did we assure the BoE election would move from April to November. MSV merely broke and stood by its story as in the Hoboken411 criminal coercion case.
Da Horsey most definitely did urge attendance at the BoE meeting on a Valentine's Day where turnout would be a challenge and a question mark for a besieged duly elected body. The turnout was good and offset what was clearly a desperate attempt at creating a circus atmosphere or worse in the hope to stop a legal vote for November BoE elections.The Old Guard has been crying about the result for days on end since.
In the City Council meeting last Wednesday, an exorbitant amount of time was filled with whining and tossing out every falsehood the Old Guard could come up with to put a meaningless question on the ballot this November. This as a real BoE election is actually taking place.
The move to November BoE elections is a huge loss for them, they know it and their paid political operatives in service to Beth Mason are still kvetching about it endlessly on Hoboken Patch.
Here's the letter to the Hudson Reporter by Perry Belfiore:
For weeks, a local for-profit Blog Site has maintained a consistent message assuring movement of the school board election from April to November. The blog interviewed Theresa Minutillo, a sitting board member whose term expires this April, about the wonderful opportunity the move presents, published an election analysis demonstrating how November would reverse city-wide losses sustained by the Zimmer Administration, and sent out a clarion call to all Zimmer supporters urging attendance at the school board meeting.
Dutifully, a dozen or more ardent Zimmer supporters, including First Husband Stan Grossbard, braved the incredibly hot, cramped board meeting room where they were met by an equal or slightly larger group of administration critics.For two hours the meeting droned on with issues warranting lengthy discussion, such as the budget and labor agreements. Finally, it came time for the public to speak. Positive some in attendance wished to speak on more personal issues such as the schooling of their child, the first speaker chose to address the date of the election. At this point, the board president informed the speaker and all attendees that public comment would be shortened from the standard five minutes, which appears on all board agendas, to two minutes.
The uproar was instantaneous. Several times the board called a recess and approximately one hour later when the meeting continued, in rapid succession the motives of the chair were questioned, a motion to override the chair failed and finally a three minute gag rule was imposed by the Zimmer-supported majority.
Of course, I spoke. Trying to convey how the elected unilaterally extending their time in office was a major concern, I spoke of our representative form of government, which allows the elected to make decisions in the name of the people for a prescribed period and how this contract between the elected and the governed cannot be amended, to extend time in office, without consent from both parties. Midway through I was told my time had elapsed and threatened with arrest if I continued to speak. Debate on these consequential issues stymied, the threat of removal by uniformed police indicates not the lofty stated goal of increased voter participation but a tyrannical board obsessed with abject self-preservation.
I recognized a fait accompli and the affront to the democratic process was exemplar. Zimmer’s board members will tell you other districts enacted similar resolutions, or how not voting on the budget isn’t important. Left unsaid is how recent similar effort to extend the terms of Mayor Zimmer and her council cronies was rebuked by the people.
I don’t want to conflate the people’s right to set the course of term limits through referendum with the operations of the district. Our goal should be to provide the best education. However, the tumultuous 1960s imparted a healthy suspicion of government leaving indelible denying any governing body more than the will of the people freely gives. The will of the people was never considered at the board’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.With a ruckus underway, Nick Calicchio continues yelling at BoE members exiting to a side room even with the microphone down and the cameras not rolling as Old Guard row (rear) is seen.
Talking Ed Note: There's not much substance here, it's more gassy misinformation not requiring correction. The chair is permitted under its rules to reduce speaking time when a large group signs up and the meeting which began at 7:00 went well past midnight even after the going from five to three minutes per speaker. Was that a wise decision considering a wound up desperate Old Guard looking to stop November elections at any cost? It would change no vote or outcome weeks leading into the vote as predicted here. It shortened a chance to denigrate the proceedings, nothing more.
With an overwhelming defeat handed down, Old Guard hopes to stave off higher turnout in November has put them in a sour mood. Without an expanding municipal employee voter base and/or growing subsidized housing, their only hope to regain power is to discourage or disgust other voters, especially taxpayers and parents from participating in the electoral process and also abandon the public schools. They put their worst face forward here. For their efforts which included a petition worded with no legal value they will see November BoE elections for the next four years.
The November BoE election will be the opposite of letting the least amount of people decide. And that is what the Old Guard fears most.
As for Perry Belfiore, he should be careful the next time he goes on safari around Hoboken election time. People in the Hoboken Housing Authority were chasing him for their "campaigning" money when a number were stiffed after the BoE election. Farmer Frank harvested the votes but didn't pay them for their "campaign work."
It's awful when the hunters become the hunted.
There will be no safaris in Hoboken this April.
Monday, February 27, 2012
From the desk of Hobroken411 sponsor Councilwoman Bet Mazin:
Having been out of pocket, wallet, and unable to pick up a telephone, it is only now with some dismay I've learned on my return of this legal plot against Hobroken's biggest website serving me for news and business in town.
Enemies of the Masonic Temple targeted a website with all the news I approve for reasons having nothing to do with anything but malice for me and my friend Pervy. There's been a coordinated two year plus plot to steal traffic from Pervy he rightfully deserves from more of these self-promoting suspected Zimmertini do gooders at Conmag.com. Sources say it's the big toothed horse and the Nazi movie maker Gaffix Defanger responsible. Those anonymous sources have been available on Hobroken411 for years, are never wrong and always approved by me in advance. I always believe them and you should too.
Pervy didn't target Cory with extortion. Pervy is just misunderstood and wanted to keep borrowing the use of this other website's address, along temporary permanent lines which was his right, as someone gave it to him. If someone gives you a gift, and it's stolen, do you give it back? No you don't insult the person who gave it to you. You keep it and say thank you.
My friend Timmay Ochcuepintay was given something stolen and he's never complained about it, not once. He knew it was a wonderful gift and he kept it. The love I've gotten from him on the dais of the City Council has inspired me to make this a tradition and give away more elections to our friends like Hans Cuckhold and Scotty Delayed.
Now Pervy currently has blackouts from a combination of alcohol abuse and glucose depletion on the brain from exertion of walking 100 yards daily and a low carb diet. So what happened is Pervy went out and was exerting himself walking with Oskey and he came upon an evil traitor in our midst. He doesn't recall what happened next but he knows we were betrayed by a Oscar De La Renta imitation handbag I would never be caught dead carrying.
Having said that, I know of Pervy but I don't know Pervy or any of his previous porn websites. You should know I have never controlled or had full ownership in Hobroken411, and am not responsible for any of his editorial content or criminal actions stemming from what he publishes including any information gained from public City Hall emails not quite public. This especially includes the million emails coming and going from Da Mayor's office. Any of the people smeared on Hobroken411 from Da Mayor to my former legislative aide is nothing but a happy coincidence. Let us pause in a moment of silence and celebrate these moments.
Even though I've been away my media team has been working closely with the vigorous, independent investigative Hoboken media to ensure their swift oversight of this story. By that I mean... well I just told them you best not cover this story. I'm proud to tell you they've given this all the utmost independent evaluation just as when an employee attacked Director Indian Mats and scratched this off their hand me down police blotter. We all know that employee had no choice but to attack Mats in self-defense or his abandoned Tonka Truck might have been unfairly ticketed. Just so you know, we're still trying to decide who deserves our annual Lickmybootz Award. The coverage among you was so outstanding, especially those of you who were kind enough not to cover the charges against Mats thrown out of court. Five stars!!
At the Whorey Journal, Numnut Reporter and Hobroken Splatch the highest standards of he said, she said journalism is followed - at least until I say different. Who else is going to take out big splashy ads there? So I told them, I mean my media team informed them to STFU about all this and make it snappy. My friends not paid for friendship, now under the fine leadership of Oink will provide you with further direction with your authorization.
I make no guarantees or warrantees for any story posted on Hobroken411 by my friend(s) not paid for friendship and can not be held responsible for any of the content thereof, nor can I be included as a party in any civil action for harm made in NJ Superior Court or any court with standing in the United States of America unless you prove me guilty in said court. And unless you do, I'm gonna say I'm not guilty.
I of sound mind and conscience, hereby declare myself innocent to all current and future claims of any Hobroken resident, City employee, city official against Hobroken411, its subsidies, lessors, ghostwriters and whisky tango weirdness.
Look for those of you not comfortable with legalese, I hereby hold myself harmless.
In short, sue Pervy not me.
In short, sue Pervy not me.
Looking down upon you with the safety of my ADT security and Gumby by my side,
P.S. Some of you may be scratching your heads and wondering about that big toothed horse and why he keeps dropping hints about someone in my employ who has harassed a local elected BoE official and her little girl.
Silence is golden and so is my husband's checkbook.