Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mayor Zimmer announces new Administration Leadership Team

Office of the Mayor announces:


Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced the hiring of Quentin Wiest as Business Administrator and Stephen Marks as Assistant Business Administrator.

“I am very excited about this team and the strong backgrounds they bring,” said Mayor Zimmer. “They will be a great asset to the City of Hoboken.”

Mr. Wiest has served as Business Administrator of the Borough of Closter, Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority, Director of Public Works for Bergen County, and Mayor of Ridgewood. He brings extensive finance, construction and facilities management experience.

Mr. Marks was most recently the Planning Director for the Hudson County Division of Planning and has broad project management experience from nearly 20 years in County government. He is a licensed professional planner, member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and certified LEED Green Associate. Along with assisting the Business Administrator, Mr. Marks will manage several important projects including acquisition of land for new parks, the $2 million grant for converting Observer Highway into “Observer Boulevard,” and waterfront repairs at Pier A, among other projects.

Mr. Wiest will begin on a transition schedule through April, while Mr. Marks will begin full time on April 10th. Their resumes are available on the City website:

MORTe: 'Get the competent out and our people in'

Last night's City Council meeting was notable in one instance.  While a Business Administrator is not present in City Hall, some bills were not promptly paid giving MORTe a beautiful chance to block the additional bills for payment as it requires six votes.

Grafix Avenger has a brilliant breakdown on the politics behind the latest moves and how an exasperated Corporation Counsel finds himself and his law firm unpaid as a result.  No one is surprised this took place but it's unfortunate that Hoboken is in transition with the Business Administrator role.  It looks like this is the result of that transition and sadly, it's the professionals serving the City's interests who are in the line of fire.

As no new BA has been named one of the job requirements will certainly include not to allow any expenditure to fall through the cracks unpaid requiring a sixth vote on the City Council.

While residents are frustrated by MORTe's attempts to sabotage the hospital sale (and bankrupt the City), flushing $4 million down the drain on a simple refinance of the midtown garage and demotivating professionals from performing for the City, the Beth Russo hydra is equally frustrated if not more.

They want compliant people at City Hall, those who will take orders and do as told.  In short, they want their people in place and the mayor's out, resignations are a good start.

They've not been able to squander the surplus and force a tax increase.  Yes, they are working very hard at it but somehow Mayor Dawn Zimmer has countered them at almost every turn.

As it stands, MORTe can count the needless waste of four million bucks to the City.  Certainly, if the door is opened, they won't stop there.

The Hoboken mayoral race is in spring 2013.  But MORTe never stopped politrickin since Cammarano was dethroned from his perch.  They thought Mayor Zimmer would be an easy mark but she's proved to be anything but.

The Beth Russo hydra is back in action and it's bad news for Hoboken and its professionals.

GA explains where MORTe is taking the City whenever possible and why:

2nd ward resident to Councilwoman Mason: Do the Right Thing!

Dear Editor:

I previously had written to the Hoboken Reporter back in October of 2011 informing Beth Mason her focus on the hospital sale was misplaced and she needed to re-focus her attention on the proposed Monarch project that was to be developed by Shipyard Associates in her own 2nd ward. Unfortunately I have felt compelled to remind Ms. Mason that again she has lost her focus on this important issue. Though we appreciated her attendance at the Hudson County Planning Board meeting and speaking out against the project, she has been inconsistent with her approach regarding this matter.

Four times an emergency temporary appropriation has been put before the Hoboken City Council and two times she voted against this appropriation and for the other two votes she was absent from the city council meeting (in which she could have easily called in to vote). This emergency temporary appropriation would fund the legal defense team that is representing the city in its legal fight against the proposed Monarch project. This legal team has made significant progress in this battle by recently filing suit in the superior court of New Jersey to compel Shipyard Associates to construct open space as the original developers agreement required and filed an injunction to prevent the construction of the two eleven story towers on the pier platform. In addition, they are also appealing the recent NJ Department of Environmental Protection decision to issue the Waterfront Development Permit that would allow construction on the pier platform.

It should also be noted that the Fund for a Better Waterfront and the Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront have also appealed the NJ DEP’s decision to issue this permit but Shipyard Associates is attempting to have their appeals thrown out which makes the City of Hoboken’s appeal that much more important.

Therefore I am hereby requesting as a 2nd ward resident that Beth Mason vote in favor of this emergency temporary appropriation in totality and stop playing politics where it is not welcome or necessary.

Respectfully submitted,

Eric, Michelle and Ethan Sandler

This letter originally appeared in the weekend paper.