Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Washington St. repave and speech suppression on tap at City Council

 Tonight's City Council meeting is like a double feature of a children's movie followed by a horror show. First, we will learn what reaction is to further examining a proposal by the Administration to repave Washington Street. The overhaul will come in at $9 million and needs to be bonded. That means six votes. But the mayor only can reliably count on five council members to consider her proposals as MORTe acts as a united hydra with multi heads to vote down proposals requiring six votes with regularity.

At the last City Council meeting, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti, Michael Russo and Terry Castellano failed to provide a vote among them to upgrade the HOP buses and provide better transportation for seniors and the handicapped at reduced cost. Now Hoboken's business community will be watching to see how MORTe treats them.

Then the horror show follows with an ordinance brought to the table by Tim Occhipinti. Although there's no co-sponsor listed, everyone knows it's Beth Mason and her money who paid for some law firm to package it. It's their latest effort targeting one Hoboken mom's zoning board seat who outside of that service to Hoboken pens a website.

You might have heard of it; it's called Grafix Avenger. There she's skewered everything from Beth Mason's phony resume to Timmy's less than stellar performances in council meetings along with their bottomless retched hypocrisy often with her uniquely penned graphics.

She also volunteered to join the FBI and go around arresting crooks in Hoboken. We're not sure who this made more angry Timmy or Beth Mason.

Tonight you'll get to see how much.

Councilman Peter Cunningham will also become the new Council President when the meeting begins at 7:00.

Documents for the meeting tonight are available here:

Mayor Zimmer rebukes Occhipinti ordinance on residents board service

The above statement is from Mayor Zimmer added into the council package as part of a letter to the City Council.

It makes several key substantive points noting Tim Occhipinti's proposed ordinance does not meet the local ethics law passed in 2010, it seeks protection from criticism re: disparagement of elected officials - meaning MORTe, and this without holding themselves to those standards.

The complete letter issued yesterday can be found in here:

Bravo Mayor!

Talking Ed Note: Some have asked who will serve as Council VP under the anticipated Council President of Peter Cunningham.  Well since you asked, it's

That Jen Girl

Hoboken Planning Board to Shipyard on Monarch Project: YOU'RE OUT!!!

Just in time for the All-Star Game, the Hoboken Planning Board kicked the Shipyard to the curb, jettisoning their application with no hearing on the merits  according to eyewitness reports.

The City currently has a lawsuit against the Shipyard for its failure to fulfill an earlier agreement.  That agreement permitted development in the northeast with the area of the proposed Monarch project set aside for parking, tennis courts and other amenities.

Basing their action on the outstanding State of NJ appeal with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Hoboken Planning Board denied the Shipyard application until a result is given in court.

The City is not pleased however the terms not met previously in a signed agreement with the Shipyard.  The decision in effect punts the request for twin 10 story buildings on the northeast edge of Hoboken until the court rules on the City's appeal at the State level.

Site of the proposed Monarch project by the Shipyard.  The application was kicked to the curb by the Zimmer Administration backed Hoboken Planning Board.  The battle will now be fought at the State level in a City appeal to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

One resident eyewitness to the meeting at the Wallace School gave some insight to the action with 100 people in attendance saying in part:

In essence the city's attorney and the Hoboken Planning Board attorney spoke and agreed that the HPB couldnt rule on the application until the courts ruled on the city lawsuit (on the Shipyard reneging on the earlier agreement on amenities in that location).  It mirrors an injunction in effect.  The Shipyard attorney was very displeased but he got shouted down by the crowd numbering at least a hundred.  Overall a good night with the appeal to the Department of Environmental protection now driving the issue no matter what the Shipyard, re: Applied Management does including any lawsuit against the HPB.  It will likely just be rolled into the existing suit.  So Hoboken can relax some and let the courts do their work. 

Another eyewitness notes the Planning Board attorney was the sole legal speaker.

Related: The story on the meeting from the Jersey Journal

US Jobs Report - the skinny from NJ's Senate Candidates

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on June unemployment and job creation was released and MSV has sought out comment from both NJ candidates for US Senator.

For June, the official unemployment rate remains at 8.2% with only 80,000 new jobs and 85,000 signing up for disability.

Da Horsey yesterday contacted the press secretary for US Senator Bob Menendez but was unable to obtain comment on the June jobs report.  We'll update if that changes.

NJ State Senator Joe Kyrillos provided the following statement.

“The unemployment figures released (for June) are further proof that the job killing policies enacted by Senator Bob Menendez and others in Washington are resulting in anemic economic growth,” said Senator Kyrillos.

“New Jerseyans are concerned about their future, and they are making the tough choices necessary to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Bob Menendez. He continues to push for more and bigger government, resulting in more spending, more debt, and more entitlements that we cannot afford. These policies are hindering our recovery, encroaching on our economic freedom, and threatening the American spirit.

“New Jerseyans simply cannot afford more of the same. In New Jersey, I have been proud to work with Governor Chris Christie and like-minded reformers to cap property taxes, balance budgets, and reform the pension system all without raising taxes. I look forward to bringing this same results-oriented leadership to Washington, DC.”