Thursday, August 16, 2012

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE



BREAKING: STATE OF NJ REVOKES AL AREZZO'S LICENSE


A NJ Department of Community Affairs letter issued late March of this year details actions by the former Hoboken Construction Official Al Arezzo and outlines a conflict of interest leading to the State revoking his license.

Arezzo's license no. 002417 as detailed in a March 28th letter was revoked due to a conflict.  The State letter details the offense writing:

...while you were employed as the Construction Official, Building Subcode Official and Building Inspector for the City of Hoboken, you obtained a member interest in Triple Minga, LLC (owner of 76-04 Monroe Street, Hoboken New Jersey).  From March, 2001 to the sale of and construction on the property in 2003, you were directly engaged in the construction/development of the property.

The letter continues, "In addition, you did not recuse yourself and the City of Hoboken construction code enforcing agency staff from construction code responsibilities on the project.  You allowed the applicant to submit the construction permit application and the construction plans to the City of Hoboken, when it was not the owner in fee of the property.  Further, you performed plan review, signed the Hoboken Plan review status form and released the construction plans for th 76-94 Monroe Street project.  You also allowed your subordinates in the enforcing agency to review and release plans for this project, in which you had member interest."

An appeals process is explained in the State letter and it's likely Arezzo has moved ahead with one.  In the Hudson Reporter, a story detailed comments by Arezzo's lawyer suggesting a suspension would be overturned.

No mention was made by the lawyer or the Hudson Reporter of Arezzo's license being revoked.

Michael Russo heads back into a City Councilman meeting.  The Construction Office is pictured rear.
Wrong again Councilman, wrong again.  Russo's charge of employee victimization has fallen asunder.  Sorry Mikey.


Talking Ed Note: This story is going to make a bunch of folks including the Hudson Reporter, Councilman Michael Russo, Hoboken411 among others very unhappy.

Russo put forward the charge people were losing their jobs for being against the Zimmer Administration.  As it turns out, that charge is untrue and the real question is what did Michael Russo know and when did he know it?

No doubt he didn't expect for Da Horsey to uncover this but an OPRA request to the State of NJ produced this surprising revelation.

MSV has repeatedly stated Al Arezzo isn't coming back.  We're still waiting to hear from Al.

Any more doubters?

City to Old Guard Council: 'We're not blowing up the credit card, here's the proof'

The City of Hoboken announces:


HOBOKEN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP: PARKS PROGRESS, STREETSCAPE SETBACKS

Setback for all streets improvements. The Council voted 5 to 4 for the redesign of Washington Street, Sinatra Drive, Observer Highway and Newark Street; however six votes were needed to approve the bond. Council Members in opposition, Councilwoman Castellano, Councilwoman Mason, Councilman Occhipinti, and Councilman Russo, expressed concerns about the City taking on new debt in terms of its impact on the City’s bonding capacity. In fact, the City has excellent capacity for bonding and has used well below 1/3 of its $360 million bonding capacity.



“Bonding is the fiscally prudent and fair way to pay for long-lasting improvements to our neglected infrastructure,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Residents today shouldn’t bear the full cost for benefits that future residents will reap from these investments. We’re seeing progress on parks because the Council approved bonding for those improvements. But just like our parks, our streets, waterfront, garages, police headquarters, and other infrastructure have been neglected for too long.”

Next Steps: The City thanks all who supported and advocated for these measures. The streets improvements will be reintroduced separately and the Administration will continue to work to help the Council and public understand the importance of these infrastructure investments to safety, quality of life, and economic development, as well as why bonding is the fiscally responsible way to make these investments.

Parks Progress
Southwest Park purchase moves forward. The Council approved payment for land for a Southwest Park in Block 12 which is bounded by Harrison Street, Jackson Street, Observer Highway and Paterson Avenue. The $2.35 million comes from a Hudson County Open Space grant. The final purchase price will be decided by a court.

Church Square Park renovations approved. The Council unanimously approved Phase 1 of improvements to Church Square Park, which will be paid for through a bond approved last year. This work will include renovations to two playground areas, the basketball courts, and the restroom. To view the plan, visit www.hobokennj.org/churchsquarepark. The City will be going out to bid for construction shortly. Future phases will be completed as additional funding is secured.

1600 Park plans approved. Yesterday evening, The Hudson County Planning Board approved the City’s plans for 1600 Park. To view the plan, visit www.hobokennj.org/1600park.  The City will now be completing bid specifications and going out to bid for construction shortly. The City is coordinating with the County and thanks them for moving ahead with the installation of a traffic signal at 16th Street and Park Avenue this fall.

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Sign of the Times: Beth Mason reacts to discussion of litigation

Here's a snapshot of Beth Mason at last night's meeting as Councilwoman Terry Castellano concludes her remarks on additional funding to run the City's law office.

The subject is LITIGATION.

No one took the opportunity to ask Mason what she was talking about with her threat of introduced "legal action" against MSV at the last City Council meeting.

As it turns out, it wasn't only MSV on the "verge of legal action."  It was scores of Hoboken residents.

Now everyone knows.

Terry Castellano concludes remarks on the topic of litigation which gives Beth Mason an uncomfortable feeling.
What she does with money and her paid political operatives to harm the Hoboken community is despicable.
Scores of Hoboken residents face a $2 million SLAPP civil suit meant to intimidate them including MSV.

Talking Ed Note: In the claims yesterday was $2.3 million for the Southwest Park.  It's a bid the City of Hoboken apparently is submitting to the NJ Court as part of the next step to acquire the surface parking lot to build a park.

Negotiations have been exhausted and now Hoboken will see whether the price tag for the land is closer to $2.3 million or the $10 million the owners believe.

Beth Mason spearheads sinking Washington St. paving, other improvements

In a 5-4 vote lacking a single vote from MORTe, the process to begin moving on repaving Washington Street, Sinatra Drive, Observer and parts of Newark failed.

The bond ordinance to being the process required six votes.  As is typical of this City Council, the sixth vote was not available.

The $1.1 million bond held high stakes with government monies from outside Hoboken available and more sought as the project would have progressed.

Based on the overwhelming positive support from the community and members of the public attending the meeting, MORTe attempted to deflect why they could not get behind the infrastructure bond ordinance.

Councilwoman Beth Mason made a rather weak attempt raising other issues some clearly unrelated such as the Monarch Project litigation.  In the video below you can see Mason pointing everywhere.  The words are not necessary.  It's all a deflection and she spent a lot of time waving her hands around pointing to other things with a prepared statement to shoot down the measure.

(Mason spends quite a bit of time pointing elsewhere, that story along with her number will come later.)


Another perspective: Beth Mason shows through her actions with no audio here how she is working
against the public interest.  Her vindictive politics are what drives her actions harming Hoboken.


Other members of MORTe deflected by attempting to salve the public's support saying they were willing to back a piece of the infrastructure renewal.  Will the public accept that or see it for the usual obstruction?

In New Business, City Council President Cunningham expressed disappointment with the lack of one vote among Castellano, Russo, Occhipinti and Beth Mason saying council members should represent all of the City in the infrastructure efforts for Washington Street, Sinatra Drive, Oberserver and parts of Newark.  He found the "maybe I'll support it," by breaking it up in parts inefficient.

"We have to think of the City as a whole... It's going to be hard from a cost standpoint to break it out."


Talking Ed Note:  Well that's the point.  With overwhelming public support, we're not sure there was one vote in a snap poll on Hoboken Patch against even from Beth Mason's political operatives posted there, MORTe was grasping at straws to come up with reasons and appear reasonable to work on segments.

For the first time, Tim Occhipinti even hinted at possibly supporting the positives in the measure but that was about as far as he went and like a robotron, he joined in with the Council of No voting the beginnings of improvements down and the millions in outside support with it.

The City stood to lose $2.4 million from the US Department of Transportation.  Just like when over $4 million was squandered to unnecessarily pay off the tax status of the midtown garage, MORTe wins when the City loses.

The more millions the better!

For those who still count themselves dinner companions of Councilwoman Beth Mason, you now find yourselves further isolated from the community you claim to care about.

Hoboken Patch had the first story up on the matter and it's notable the headline states the outside government aid Hoboken loses in the measure being voted down.