If you watched any of last Wednesday's City Council meeting one of the highlights or lowlights was the escalating problem of Tim Occhipinti's petulant behavior. For reasons only he can explain, his usual outbursts when others are speaking or insistence on repeating the same points no one is swayed by over and over have increased in frequency to the point the Council President must be wondering if he's running a meeting or kindergarten.
Was it a one time thing due to the absence of Councilman Michael Russo who has been known to verbally bully other people on the dais from time to time?
Occhipinti clearly thinks people need to hear him drone on and on over and over with the same meandering points often irrelevant, mostly pedantic, grandstanding and full out gasbag hokum combined with parts bunk, hooey, malarkey, and gobbledygook.
In short, has the orator Tim Occhipinti ever swayed council members (or the public) to the force of his logic?
The answer is no. It's useless grandstanding wasting everyone's time.
Occhipinti insists he be allowed indefinite time to debate, that it's his right to bore us and everyone to tears as long as he wishes. Council President Ravi Bhalla has told him that no such concept exists in the council rules. As a matter of fact the council chair can limit members to speak on any issue for no more than five minutes if he chooses. It's often been applied in the past.
Is Tim Occhipinti trying to get himself thrown out of a meeting so he can go cry to the press about how he's being mistreated because he opposes the Administration?
It's not like Occhipinti has any great policy positions he's been working on advancing he can use as reasons to run for mayor. He's a full fledged member of the Old Guard now supporting increased city hiring, higher spending, higher taxes and on occasion he wastes millions or tries to sink the hospital if that will advance him and MORTe at the expense of the mayor and all of Hoboken.
For much of Hoboken these would be reasons not to have Occhipinti and his rich, colorful electoral history of massive voter fraud even sit on the City Council. But for MORTe and especially Beth Mason - this makes Occhipinti a prime candidate for Hoboken mayor.
The effort to rally the Old Guard around Occhipinti is not only real, it's continuing.
Talking Ed Note: It may sound crazy but there's word Occhipinti has more Old Guard backing for a mayoral run than Assemblyman Ruben Ramos. As Ramos has been around far longer, one would think he might be able to gather strength for a mayoral candidacy.
It's not gaining much traction and MSV understands the Russo's are not and will not be on board. Ramos is very thin skinned and can't handle a shred of criticism which may be why he's created a lot of enemies in town.
Here is a great event for a good cause, The HOHA 5 Mile Classic Run. Proceeds go to the Jubilee Center:
Hoboken runners, be sure and get registered for the longest running race in Hoboken currently, The HOHA Five Mile Classic...
THE MOTHER OF ALL ROAD RACES RETURNS
Exciting HOHA 5 Mile Classic is back for its 14th Running
with new kids run and Baby Jogger Jaunt May 13th in Hoboken
The Longest Running Race in Hoboken returns for its 14th running on May 13, and with it, fun and new features that will have everyone running to Hoboken as their Mother’s Day destination.
Joining the 5 Mile Run will be a newly formatted kids run with prizes and a 1.5 Mile Baby Jogger Jaunt (an event exclusively for runners pushing strollers). Before the events, participants can enjoy a cardio and stretching warm-up session and after, flowers, light snacks and live music. For the first time runners will be able to register as teams.
“Whether you’re a mom or if you want to run for your mom, this year’s 5 Mile Classic is the perfect day and way to celebrate Mother’s Day,” says HOHA president, Mona Lopez. “The race course winds along the scenic Hoboken waterfront and provides tons of dining opportunities for families and extended families to spend the rest of the day dining or exploring Hoboken.”
The Race Day schedule includes:
8:30 AM Cardio kickoff
9 AM 1.5 Mile Baby Jogger Jaunt
9:30 AM Kids Fun Run
10 AM 5 Mile Race
Post Race events include flowers for finishers, live music and light snacks on the waterfront on Pier A at the Finish Festival area. Out of town runners can sign up for access to showers at Club H Fitness to make the most of their day in Hoboken.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Jubilee Center, a non-denominational community center in Hoboken that provides after school youth programs.
Register today at www.hoha.net. Advance on-line registrations accepted through May 9. Single registration for the 5 Mile Race is $22 in advance, $25 on race day. Advance registration for combo run of 5 Mile Race and Baby Jogger Jaunt Run is $30. Fun Run race registration is $5 in advance and on race day.
Advance online registration and applications will be available until May 9th. Mail-in pdf of applications for each of the Baby-jogger jaunt and the 5 Mile and Fun Run are available at the HOHA website, and they need to be postmarked by May 5. Applications are also available now at local Hoboken stores - Fleet Feet Running Store, located at 604 Washington Street, or Hoboken Golf, 125 Grand Street – where they will be accepted (cash or check only please – no credit cards).
T-shirts will be provided to runners while supplies last. Runners who pre-register are guaranteed a shirt. In the 5 Mile Classic, awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers across 10-year age group categories. For more information, see www.hoha.net. El Bambi Baby will award a gift to the top finisher in the Baby Jogger Jaunt.
The Hoboken Harriers Running Club, founded in 1988, is a diverse group of runners and joggers from in and around Hoboken, New Jersey. The Club, known as the HOHAs, provides runners with camaraderie and support as well as a social component through sponsoring various social and charitable events annually.
The Hoboken Harriers running club conducts runs six days a week, with the most popular runs on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. Runners of all abilities are welcome - please contact us if you have an interest in running. We do recommend that you attend a Tuesday night run for your first run with the Club.
Consult the HOHA run schedule on our web site, and feel free to come and run with us. Visit www.hoha.net for more information. ◦
Hoboken’s Traders of Babylon Participates in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th
Hoboken’s only comic book store Traders of Babylon will join thousands of comic book shops around the world in celebrating the comic book art form on Saturday, May 5th. Since its beginning in 2002, Free Comic Book Day has become a fan phenomenon, eagerly anticipated each year as resource for discovering graphic treasures and terrific reading.
By participating in Free Comic Book Day, Traders of Babylon is spreading the word that comics are perfect for today’s times. “The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that readers of all ages — kids, teens, and adults – can find something to stir their imaginations,” says Stephen Kilnisan, the shop’s owner. “Even if you have never picked up a comic book, stop by on Saturday because you never know what you will end up finding.”
On Free Comic Book Day, kids of all ages can choose 20 different titles from a selection of 100 for their comic collections. No purchase is required.
Traders of Babylon specializes in both mainstream and independent, alternative-genre comic books and graphic novels, both modern and back-issues. Owner Stephen Kilnisan is an advocate for small presses with alternative distribution and prominently displays an independent comic book section in his store’s downtown Hoboken location. In addition, the shop also sells original artwork and various comic book memorabilia in a super-sized space of more than 4,000 square feet.
Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 5th. Traders of Babylon is located in Hoboken’s iconic Neumann Leathers Building at 66 Willow Ave., Suite A.