Friday, November 16, 2012

Mason funded, Old Guard council scam on Doyle appointment prevails - for the moment

City of Hoboken announces:

Litigation Regarding the Appointment of Jim Doyle to the City Council Expected to Continue

Hudson County Assignment Judge Bariso ruled today, finding that 5 affirmative votes were needed to appoint Jim Doyle to the vacant Council position. Judge Bariso made clear that he was not ruling at this time on the issue of whether all Council members were required, under the Municipal Vacancy Law, to appear at a meeting to vote on the vacancy. Assuming that the Plaintiff Council members will not voluntarily appear at such a meeting, the City is preparing an application to have the Court order all Council members to attend a Council meeting and vote on the filling of the Council vacancy.

Ricky Mason on Washington Street after
the hurricane sees a battle won for Beth Mason today.
There's another round coming so get the checkbook ready.

Talking Ed Note: The TRO against Jim Doyle is upheld pending additional action seeking to have the full council vote on the backfilling of the at-large council appointment.  The Old Guard council scam of having a member absent to prevent a full vote of the body and a deciding vote by Mayor Zimmer - prevails for the moment.

Judge Bariso even with the full votes of the entire council on the record over two meetings has decided that is not sufficient in a vote where a 4-4 tie could be broken by the mayor.

The Old Guard has won this battle with a Mason family funded legal action.  Stay tuned for round two as Jim Doyle will be on standby.

The games the Old Guard plays...  

Update: 9:50 pm - MSV is gathering more information on this case and will have an important update tomorrow.  Strap in for the ride because Round 2 is certainly going to be starting soon.


City of Hoboken announces:

Community Meeting for Environmental Concerns to be Held Monday, November 19

The City of Hoboken invites the entire community to participate in city-wide neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, November 17 from 9am to 4pm. Approximately 100 Greek students from the Stevens Institute of Technology will volunteer in the effort, and all residents and businesses are also invited to take part to help clean up their block.

The City is accepting donations of the following cleaning supplies, which can be left in the bins at the Hoboken Parking Utility (basement of City Hall, 94 Washington Street):

·         Masks
·         Work Gloves
·         Industrial Garbage Bags
·         Eyewear
·         Brooms
·         Industrial Dust Pans
·         Shovels

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own supplies, however these will be provided to those who do not have their own. There will be three meeting locations for volunteers:

·         Mama Johnson Field (401 Jackson St)
·         Church Square Park gazebo (401 Willow Ave)
·         Columbus Park gazebo (Clinton St between 9th St and 10th St).

Volunteers will be dispatched to five zones to clear the streets and sidewalks of debris. In addition to the organized volunteer effort, all residents and businesses are asked to clean the sidewalks and curb areas near their properties.

All contractors are reminded that they must use a container to dispose of debris. The City is temporarily waiving the permit fee for containers. As of Monday, November 19, the City will resume the regular garbage and recycling pickup schedule (see: Metal furniture, appliances, and electronics (computers, televisions, monitors) can be placed curbside on Thursdays after 9pm. Non-metal furniture, mattresses, etc can be placed curbside on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday after 9pm. As always, hazardous items such as paint, varnish, turpentine, pesticide, etc should not be disposed of at the curb.

Environmental Concerns Community Meeting
For residents who experienced environmental contamination in their homes, particularly by oil, the City will hold a community meeting on Monday, November 19 at 7pm at the Connors School (201 Monroe St). Residents who would like an air quality test in their homes by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection may call 201-420-2041 (M-F, 9am-4pm).

Beth Mason on trial today


Before you get excited by the prospect of justice reaching the Mile Square, what's on trial is simply one of Beth Mason's lawsuits - this one being against her council colleagues and the City to overturn the appointment of Jim Doyle to the at-large council seat last month.

A showdown delayed by Hurricane Sandy occurs today at 2:00 in Jersey City where a Hudson County judge will review New Jersey law surrounding what constitutes a legal voting majority on the City Council to backfill an appointment on the body.

A Superior Court County judge will evaluate the complaint by Beth Mason, Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Tim Occhipinti whether the appointment is valid as they claim four council votes does not constitute a majority of the eight outstanding members.  In 2009, Mayor Zimmer was the deciding fifth vote in appointing Michael Lenz to her fourth ward seat.

MORTe hatched a plan to ensure there was no 4-4 tie leading into the mayor voting on the appointment in October.  Rotating absences saw Beth Mason and Michael Russo skip out in consecutive meetings as part of an obvious strategy to create a legal strategy to nullify the appointment - in court.

Councilman Jim Doyle last month in the Hoboken City Council.
The Mason funded lawsuit to stop his appointment is being heard today.

At the special City Council meeting Tuesday, the Old Guard council minority stopped their endless protest during and after every vote cast by Councilman Jim Doyle for political practicality due to the huge losses suffered by residents in Hurricane Sandy. The pause on the political power games the minority lives for was put temporarily on hold until today's court hearing.

Part of the die cast in the legal proceedings rides on two clearly planned absences by Michael Russo and Beth Mason to prevent a tie vote and delegitimize any vote by Mayor Zimmer.

Beth Mason who reportedly was in Italy at the first of the council votes on the appointment was seen by a reliable source driving with her daughter in Hoboken just hours before the meeting.  She gave no notice or explanation in advance to anyone for her absence in the City Clerk's Office or Council President Peter Cunningham.

The 4-3 vote followed another at the next City Council meeting with Michael Russo rotating out and offering word in advance of his absence due to family illness.  Both votes followed with Mayor Dawn Zimmer casting an additional vote as she had in 2009.

Now a Hudson County Superior Court judge will determine whether the fun and games of MORTe should constitute nullifying the appointment of Jim Doyle with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) this afternoon.  An answer on the TRO may conclude the matter in its entirety.

Meaning there may not be a trial needed if the judge rules against the complaint or throws out the case.

If the TRO is approved and moves forward, the council would have only eight members and see deadlock for almost a full year with November elections scheduled for three at-large council seats including Doyle's.

Beth Mason's legal war on Hoboken will see her
allowance money used in Hudson County court today.

Talking Ed Note: Beth Mason's date with justice will have to wait.  For now.