Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mayor offers thanks for passage of 2012 budget

Office of the Mayor announces:


Despite legacy costs and retroactive salary payments going back to 2007, the City Council adopted a budget tonight with a $900,000 reduction in the municipal tax levy and a 3.6% cash surplus level.  The municipal tax levy has been reduced by approximately $6 million since 2010.

“Thank you to Council President Bhalla, Finance Chair Cunningham, and Council members Marsh, Mello, and Giattino for their support as well as my directors and the finance department for working so hard to create this strong, responsible budget,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am proud that our teamwork enabled the budget to be adopted in the shortest timeframe in over a decade and will continue working to provide city services as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

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2012 Budget is adopted in 5-4 vote

As MSV predicted the 2012 budget passed in a 5-4 vote as amended. All members of MORTe voted no but none offered any cuts although they made claims to want to see taxes lowered. Council President Ravi Bhalla noted the reductions in the tax levy of roughly 17% delivered on a promise by the Administration and noted the Newark Star Ledger named Hoboken in the top one percent in the entire state of NJ for tax reduction. Earlier Councilwoman Beth Mason had said she was awaiting the mayor's plan to reduce taxes. Councilman Peter Cunningham noted her actions cost Hoboken millions the council majority attempted to claim on behalf of the City's taxpayers.

(Video to follow)

Councilman Dave Mello drops the hammer on MORTe fabrications

Councilman Dave Mello dropped the hammer on two issues. One and the primary issue of the intentionally squandered $4.5 million from the sabotage by MORTe on the midtown garage and then on the attempt to see the hospital closed by refusing to bond $5.5 million to save the hospital.

 Tim Occhipinti's claim MORTe saved that money is uprooted, smashed and then discarded like so much of MORTe's trash.  You can tell Dave Mello is hitting the mark because the truth is hurting MORTe so bad they then start repeatedly interrupting, talking over him and making sniping remarks.


Talking Ed Note: The truth hurts but the sabotage to Hoboken for nothing more than political spite and personal animus to the mayor was no legitimate reason to cost our City $4.5 million.

Thank you Councilman Mello.

Director Sacs explains $4.5 million loss to Hoboken due to MORTe sabotage

Director Ian Sacs was called upon by Councilwoman Jen Giattino to spell out the issue of Hoboken losing $4.5 million for the community due to the intransigence of Beth Mason, Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Tim Occhipinti to provide one vote among them to refinance the taxable portion of the midtown garage after the hospital was sold.

Their refusal to do so needlessly cost Hoboken $4.5 million.  Occhipinti attempted to repeat his earlier utterances saying he understood the issue differently based on former BA Arch Liston's remarks.  Russo attempted to sweep away criticism but did so with no substance on the matter.

Ian Sacs educates the public as the loss is permanent and MORTe's sabotage complete:

Up to bat: 2012 Budget in City Council @ 7:00

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Tonight's the night, well the night for the Hoboken budget to reach a grand finale for 2012.
MORTe looks in line to do its usual worst and vote no.  Then again why vote yes when voting no and doing nothing on the budget is so easy and comes at no cost.  (MORTe never comes up with cost reductions.)

Expect a litany of false information from MORTe and Councilwoman Beth Mason who will have a prepared statement of her "own stuff" to back her list of falsified information handed out at yesterday's uptown ferry.

Hey, it's just business.  Sabotaging Hoboken is always MORTe's business.

There could be a few surprises too.  That's Hoboken too.

Talking Ed Note: The only contribution MORTe has attempted to make to this 2012 budget is getting a pay increase.  Tim Occhipinti the big O in MORTe wanted more money but the council majority did not agree so Tim will have to rely on propagating his usual misinformation via Facebook or put up some of the council salary to pump up the volume and misinformation in the fourth ward.

The council majority that actually did real work on the budget through the hearings when most of MORTe was AWOL, will be providing the votes to get the job done.

So what else is new?  Well plenty and MSV will have more on that too.