Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sign of the Times: Hoboken Government - past, present and future

Here's more photos from Amanda's Wednesday night.  MSV will be adding in to this story periodically so check back for more photos, story and gristy chewables as it was flying.

The Wiley Coyote, Eric Kurta was lured out with big game Government corruption the dinner theme

Councilwoman Jen Giattino was seated at a table with former Business Administrator Richard England
Da Horsey begged for a picture and they graciously complied.

The book was a star of the evening and moved at a rapid clip.  The author Peter Schweizer noted interest has crossed all political lines as Americans don't like seeing corruption dragging down the country.  It was a striking Hoboken theme so many here are readily keen to but the numbers and people involved is staggering.
Former Speakers Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Hastert,  John Kerry among the few pols of many with crony capitalists George Soros and Warren Buffet also featured in the discussion over dinner.

Peter Schweizer author of "Throw them all out," was a big hit with the audience.  Available on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Throw-Them-All-Peter-Schweizer/dp/0547573146

City has green light to move on Jackson St. fire site

City of Hoboken announces:


UPDATE ON JACKSON STREET FIRE-DAMAGED PROPERTY

On Friday, March 30th, the City of Hoboken will begin the process of remediation and partial demolition of the property that suffered significant fire damage at 1st Street and Jackson Street.

Previously, the City hired engineers to examine the structure and assess the extent of the damage. Engineers determined that while the second floor suffered major damage and needed to be demolished, the first floor is structurally sound and does not require demolition. The City ordered the property owner to conduct the required demolition work, however the property owner failed to complete the work during the allotted time. The City was prepared to step in, conduct the demolition, and place a lien against the property for the cost of all work. “No Parking” signs were placed in the area to provide for a safe pedestrian path around the property and to allow space for staging demolition equipment. However the property owner has been challenging the City in court and has delayed the ability of the City to conduct this work. Finally, on Thursday, March 29th, the court re-affirmed the City’s ability to conduct the demolition in the absence of the property owner completing the work, and the City will be proceeding with the planned demolition work.

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A photo from last year's Jackson St. fire from a reader 


Author! Author! Two superb book events in Hoboken last night

Author meet author.  The Republicans of Hoboken event brought together two current authors who each have some excellent reviews and buzz.  Peter Schweizer author of "Throw them All Out: How Politicians and their Friends Get Rich greets author Diana Henriques who spoke at the Hoboken library on her book "Wizard of Lies."

Great night in Hoboken with two outstanding cultural book events.  MSV started at the Hoboken Public Library and caught most of Diano Henriques' presentation and Q&A to a standing room only audience  to discuss her book "Wizard of Lies."  The book is a complete chronology of Bernie Madoff and his decades long Wall Street ponzi scheme.  

Da Horsey then worked uptown for a dinner at Amanda's where Peter Schweizer spoke to two filled to capacity rooms on his revealing investigative book detailing the Government Rich - the political class in Washington enriching themselves while in "public service" as Congressman and Senators.

Both events were terrific and Da Horsey has begun reading Schweizer's book.  We'll have more to come but to say we're impressed is an understatement.  

"Throw Them All Out," is a primer on insider trading, IPO deals and taxpayer money by the people we elect to serve us but who on the whole come to Washington middle class and leave millionaires.

None of this sadly is an accident.  From former House Speaker Nancy Speaker to Dennis Hastert, Senator John Kerry and dozens of people close to President Obama - everyone is fattening up at the expense of the taxpayer and our Republic.

It's unclear after hearing him how so many diners kept their food down.  It's far worse than you can imagine and the book is a warning shot across the bow against Crony Capitalism.

More on Peter Schweizer's blockbuster:



Hoboken author Diana Henriques' Bernie Madoff book "Wizard of Lies," as featured on Hoboken Patch:



Mayor Dawn Zimmer has a laugh with author Diana Henriques and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.
All of MSV's photos are taken without flash so as to not disrupt the diners.
This was the shot of the night. 

Talking Ed Note: In addition to being a great cultural night for Hoboken, there were many notable people in attendance including Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilwoman Jen Giattino, BoE trustee Leon Gold,  the Wiley Coyote himself Eric Kurta, Young Republicans Hudson County Chair James Sanford, former Hoboken Business Administrator Richard England all attended the dinner.  The event was hosted by the Republicans of Hoboken Chair Diana Davis.

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos stopped by to press the flesh and get some good will for his unannounced 2013 mayoral run.  Yes we said it.  More on that and one terrific evening to come.