Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jim Doyle appointed to at-large seat in 4-2 council vote

Jim Doyle is the new at-large councilman in Hoboken!

The Old Guard council abandoned Scott Delea in favor of contesting the appointment claiming it did not hold to the NJ statute.  Corporation Counsel Melissa Longo stated the appointment fits the law to the letter and was promptly ignored throughout the evening by MORTe.

Voting to approve the appointment Council members Ravi Bhalla, Dave Mello, Jen Giattino and Council President Peter Cunningham.  Later, the mayor would cast a vote in favor of Jim Doyle but it was not required under the law.  The NJ statute requires a simple majority and with seven members present, four votes was sufficient.

Previously the council has filled the council seat empty due to resignation most recently by then councilwoman Dawn Zimmer in 2009.  There was no attempt to say that was illegal.

The three members of MORTe present minus Beth Mason made a grandstanding show of objecting to the legal appointment of Councilman Jim Doyle.  Councilman Ravi Bhalla was especially critical of the attempt as he put it to "demoralize" the new councilman and said it reflected on those members.

In new business, Councilman Ravi Bhalla said the "intent is to stifle the progress of the city" and noted a special election would be held under the law in May or November of next year.

None of this is news to anyone on the council.

Earlier Councilman Michael Russo claimed the illegal appointment of Councilman Jim Doyle would lead to his appointment being contested in court.  Perhaps Beth Mason was absent working on another legal action against the people of Hoboken.

Earlier this year, then resident now Councilman Jim Doyle spoke before the City Council.  Doyle has been a decades long activist
in Hoboken fighting for open space and was a 2010 appointment to HHI, the hospital management entity by Gov. Chris Christie.

Talking Ed Note: Every single person in the room is more than aware the last resignation by a council member led to a legal appointment in 2009 when Mayor Zimmer was elected opening up her 4th ward council seat.

Council members Terry Castellano and Mike Russo were present at that 2009 legal vote and now are pretending they are unaware of the legitimate action.  Sour grapes and the typical bitterness from the worst in Hoboken.  Tim Occhipinti also knows this but played along with the farce.

Russo complained he is "disrespected" on a daily basis along with his entire family by other council members.  There was no illustration offered of the claimed disrespect.  He then called Councilman Jim Doyle "a friend" during new business while protesting the legal appointment.

Councilman Doyle may not view the circus like protests by the Old Guard council members as very friendly on his first evening serving Hoboken.

MSV knows Councilman Doyle more for his contributions in Hoboken which precede many residents.  He's a tremendous addition to the City Council and MSV wishes him the best in his service to the Mile Square.

Correction: The actual vote was 4-2-1 not 4-3 with Russo saying he was abstaining.  It mattered little though with Russo joining Castellano and Occhipinti in an obvious pre-planned circus orchestration to impede progress with the reform majority.

City Council tonight welcomes a new member @ 7:00!

Tonight's City Council meeting will be hosting an important resolution to begin and that's selecting a Hoboken resident to fill the open council at-large seat.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is likely to be on hand in case a deciding vote is required among the council's eight voting members.  With four votes coming together with the mayor, the choice will almost certainly be a very strong representative for Hoboken.

The only true drama is if the candidate will get any of the other four council votes or will another  name be put forward sure to go down in flames anyway.  Knowing the Old Guard council, they will put forward a name anyway just for show.  It could even be someone's name without their consent in an attempt to create division in reform.  Councilman Michael Russo has done that before.

In any case, the mayor will make the deciding vote in a tiebreaker if required and Hoboken will continue moving forward.

The council at-large seat replacing Carol Marsh is up for election next year, either in May or the following November should the public decide to do so in a referendum November 6th.

MSV anticipates Jim Doyle, a longtime well respected Hoboken resident will be on hand.

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Talking Ed Note: Please see the MSV breaking story below that was originally written after the council lead in tonight on the Old Guard candidate Scott Delea.

Breaking: Old Guard to put up Scott Delea for council appointment


MSV can report that the Old Guard appears to be putting up Scott Delea as its candidate to backfill the City Council at-large seat.  Last April, Scott Delea appeared at a fundraiser for Assemblyman Ruben Ramos or rather, he was pictured running away out of camera range (or so he believed).

Delea was seen at the City Clerk's office filling out the paperwork at deadline applying for the open City Council position just before noon today.  While there's not a chance he will be handed the City Council appointment in a vote, Delea has tried and failed to obtain an elected seat in Hoboken for years.

He previously was nominated to backfill an open BoE position by trustee Maureen Sullivan but failed to get any other vote of the eight member board in December 2009 as the nod went to Hoboken's Irene Sobolov.

In Delea's last electoral attempt in 2011, Scott Delea claimed to be an independent but was crushed by Council President Peter Cunningham who defeated three other candidates on the first ballot for the fifth ward council seat.

Delea has run three times for City Council going back to 2006 and failed each time.

The inscrutable Scott Delea (r) made a run for it when MSV snapped this picture last April at a Ruben Ramos fundraiser.
He tried to avoid being associated with the Old Guard but MSV has pegged it for a long time 

even before he swiped a photograph from this website and used it without consent (or payment) on thousands of campaign fliers.

Previously, Scott Delea was seen at the Elysian Cafe with Beth Mason and her husband Ricky Mason.  That story was reported on MSV last December:

At that event another person among the Mason gang of four party overheard a Hoboken resident reportedly say aloud Beth Mason would "soon be in jail." To that, they indignantly replied that Ricky Mason could make "one phone call," to their employer "and you will never work again."

Delea reportedly did not contest, correct or speak to the comment.  One can assume he has no negative opinion to voice on the matter of a $24 million SLAPP suit against a dozen or more Hoboken residents either.

MSV has attempted repeatedly to be paid for Scott Delea's theft of our copyrighted work to no avail.  Our attorney recently sent him a letter.

As typical of Scott Delea, there's been nothing but his usual inscrutable response or silence.

MSV has also written about Delea's Party of Purpose last year here:

Talking Ed Note: It's good to see Scott Delea come out and show Hoboken what he's all about.
He's happy to be the new face of the Old Guard.  Don't say Da Horsey never told ya.

Horse Sense: Release the Russo for Hoboken bank statements!

Several years ago, a Russo for Hoboken campaign account sat inert having no inkling of its controversial past sitting and waiting for a final campaign filing.  It had come up against some unsavory characters in its past, a score of Hudson County's less than savory fellows seeing monies come and go among them.

Enter FBI informant Solomon Dwek.

When this website broke the story locally of a meeting between the FBI informant and Councilman Michael Russo, the truth became a twisted commodity.  The lies began immediately with his calling the report old news, then characterizing the meeting as him rebuking Dwek, denials about an agreed bribe, calling those who reported same liars and on and on.  Then the FBI surveillance video came out.

It was far worse than anyone imagined.

Back in April 2011, at a City Council meeting MSV calls Mike Russo FBI surveillance night, the public had its first opportunity to weigh in on the explosive truth of the meeting in Jersey City where a City Council and Hoboken Housing seat were traded like so much currency. Does anyone believe that was the first ride at the rodeo?

Da Horsey rose with other members of the public and flatly stated Michael Russo needed to resign.
Nothing has changed that thinking since.

After a less than heartfelt apology calling his actions on that video youthful folly, Russo pledged to the Hoboken public he would turn a new leaf and make it up to the city.

Months later he showed us what that meant joining his close ally Councilwoman Beth Mason attempting to subvert the sale of our hospital to the only viable buyer.

They came within an inch of destroying a beloved century old institution along with thousands of lives.
The cynical action also came within an eyelash of bankrupting the City of Hoboken.

When an appeal earlier directly from the mayor was made to prevent that outcome in front of a packed council chambers; Michael Russo worked himself into a lather before a band of rabble brought down to the meeting by his mother called the mayor a grifter and shot down a lifeline to the hospital.

For spite.  For politics.  For power.

In six months, Michael Russo had showed Hoboken his true face.  Again.  Now he's hiding the bank statements after four years of failing to follow the law and refusing to show the public the information that led to the controversy in the first place.

Michael Russo is right.  Enough is enough.


Michael Russo has a FBI informant Solomon Dwek problem.  It shouldn't be Hoboken's problem.