Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hoboken411 contempt of Hoboken - publishes discredited, phony Timmy letter

Hoboken411's Perry Klaussen prints discredited pothole letter by Whitehorse Strategies

The story was about to die.  The phony Timmy Occhipinti letter originally appearing in the Jersey Journal and likely yanked the last minute before going to print in last weekend's Hudson Reporter by its editors has hit the bottom of the cesspool showing up yesterday on Beth Mason's favorite website for controlled messaging: Hoboken411.

Someone had to pay the bill for Whitehorse Strategies to create the artful letter and its flourishes with a reference to old time New York City Mayor Fiorello Laguardia.  You can rest assured it wasn't Tim Occhipinti and his 75K help desk salary doing application support sounding that historical note.

The bill for such a political operation would typically fit the cost of business for the Mason family with Beth Mason eager to pick up the tab in an effort to knock down the high positives of Mayor Zimmer leading into the November mayoral election.

While Beth Mason's disastrous reputation precludes any sensible attempt at the mayor's chair, she's motivated to damage anyone who stopped her in that objective from the mayor's office down to a vocal citizenry decrying her vengeful war on Hoboken.

The phony Timmy Occhipinti letter found its way to Hoboken411.
It was a late attempt to get more misinformation out for the cost of
paying Whitehorse Strategies that drafted the letter.

Back to Timmy's Lettergate.  The public reaction to the letter was a shade less than fury.  After all, it was only months back last summer when Timmy Occhipinti was part of an orchestrated effort with MORTe to block a proposal to move a plan ahead for improving traffic lights and repaving Washington Street with additional project improvements to the waterfront's Sinatra Drive and Observer Highway.

The political cynicism and contempt for Hoboken's residents is obvious with the continued push to pump out fabrications on an issue recent enough to easily identify the truth.

The question is does it reach low information voters and make any difference?  In the end, that may be up to those in the know sharing the truth about Washington Street's current status and how a comprehensive overhaul was cynically blocked for nothing more than MORTe's petty politics.

The late appearance on this political operation after it had been uncovered here and on Grafix Avenger is entertaining even for the mercurial mercenary antics of Hoboken411 and the Masonista political operatives there.

Talking Ed Note: MSV contacted Joshua Henne of Whitehorse Strategies inquiring on his role in the Timmy Occhipinti letter but no answer was forthcoming.  Henne is currently the spokesman for the Jersey City Mayor Healy re-election campaign.

Henne has also appeared on MSV in an earlier guest of the stable piece last June.  Da Horsey likes Josh although we differ on many issues.  We'll add Timmy Lettergate to the list.

ELEW original: "Thanksgiving"

This song captures the spirit, the virtuousity and the technical skill with unmatched improvisation.

Saturday at the W, ELEW will perform two sets at the Rebuild Hoboken Fund Gala.



Available on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/elew/id356769938

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

W hosts ELEW for Rebuild Hoboken Gala this Saturday



ELEW, his moniker based on his original name Eric Lewis is a world class talent.  As a young man, he toured the globe under the direction of world famous trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis.  Previous to that staring gig he was the 1999 winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk award.  As a child prodigy at the age of 16 he garnered accolades in the same competition as a semifinalist.

ELEW has played at the White House, appeared on TV and numerous events across the US and the globe as a solo artist and is bordering on star status blending rock and jazz as he applies his unique gifts in an appearance at the W Saturday night in support of the Rebuild Hoboken Fund.

There's some tickets available and this promises to be a very memorable event.  Stand up and be counted for a good cause, our Hoboken:





Talking Ed Note: This event is obviously unique in that it aids your friends and neighbors not just your town.  Join Da Horsey and let's toast the resilience, the resurgence, the love of our beloved Mile Square.

Then let's bask in the sights and sounds of ELEW.

ELEW YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvvDockh8KY&list=PLB595EB7BC6B1A285

The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black"

Mayor Zimmer: Join us Saturday to celebrate and help Hoboken

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

 
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is recovering from Hurricane Sandy
and found some time to relax over the holidays.

Please join your Hoboken friends & neighbors for a great
event this Saturday: 

> What:  Gala Fundraiser to Support Rebuild Hoboken

> When:  Saturday, February 2nd, 7:00 pm

> Where: W Hotel

Our community needs your support to continue Rebuilding Hoboken!
(This black tie optional event is $300 per person with all proceeds to benefit Hoboken Sandy Relief).
 
REBUILD HOBOKEN.ORG TO ORDER TICKETS


Save the Date:  State of the City Address
Wednesday, February 13th, 7:00 pm

>  Debaun Auditorium
    Stevens Institute of Technology

>  My talk will include an overview of plans underway to ensure
    our City is more resilient than ever.  

Look forward to seeing everyone!
Best,

Dawn
 
P.S. Thanks again to everyone who
volunteered to keep our City safe
during the storm. 
 
Here's one of my favorite images of volunteers
working together at HHS to unload and store supplies. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rebuild Hoboken Gala scores world renown entertainer ELEW


The Rebuild Hoboken Committee announces:


Many Treats on the Line-up at Rebuild Hoboken Gala This Saturday
Pianist ELEW To Perform; The Cake Boss To Deliver a Special Cake

January 29, 2013, Hoboken, NJ—Saturday’s Gala to Rebuild Hoboken is sure to be rockin’, especially when ELEW takes the stage.  The iconoclastic pianist, known for a “thunderous style of play,” will be the featured performer during the fundraiser this Saturday, February 2, at the W Hotel in Hoboken, NJ.  The event begins at 7 PM with cocktails, followed by an evening of entertainment, live and silent auctions and food prepared by local restaurants.  ELEW will perform two sets throughout the evening. 

Elew excites audiences with an inspired medley of ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz. His physical style of playing piano, standing rather than sitting and sometimes plucking the piano strings like a guitar, has captivated thousands of people at some of the biggest stadiums in the United States.  He has also played the White House.  In 2009, he performed in the East Room on a special presidential piano with legs carved in shape of bald eagles at the White House Poetry Jam, with Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden all in attendance.  Last week, he performed at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington.   

The Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund organization also announced that Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken and star of The Cake Boss will be baking and presenting a cake for the gala. 

Tickets to the gala, presented by Haven Savings Bank, are available through the website: http://rebuildhoboken.org/#gala.  Tickets are $300. 

For more information about ELEW, visit his website at http://elewrockjazz.com/.

Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to aid residents, businesses and local charities in their recovery from losses incurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  It is the central fundraising entity responsible for the local rebuilding effort.  
For questions or additional information, please contact:  Jacqueline Burton
201.888.3352

ELEW, the musical genius Eric Lewis is landing in Hoboken to perform
at the Rebuild Hoboken gala.  This is a must see event.  Da Horsey would not lie.

Praise the heavens - Hoboken PATH to WTC back in business Wednesday!

City of Hoboken announces:


GOVERNORS CHRISTIE AND CUOMO ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF PATH SERVICE BETWEEN HOBOKEN AND WORLD TRADE CENTER

Restoration of service allows thousands of commuters a one-seat ride between
Hoboken and Lower Manhattan for first time since Hurricane Sandy

Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo today announced that full PATH service will resume between Hoboken and World Trade Center, beginning tomorrow morning, January 30.This is the first time since Hurricane Sandy that  thousands of commuters will once again have a one-seat ride between Hoboken and Lower Manhattan.

“Restoring full PATH service to the region is possible because of the hard work of the men and women at PATH who labored 24/7 to bring this critical transit link back to life after the most devastating storm our region has ever suffered,” said Governor Chris Christie. “PATH riders’ patience, understanding and flexibility under such difficult circumstances are great examples of how the people of this region respond in the face of tragedy, and today is another major step toward returning our daily lives and routines to normal.”

“In the days following Hurricane Sandy, I toured the World Trade Center site and saw firsthand the flooded tracks of the PATH train and the unprecedented damage caused by the surge from the Hudson,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.  “Today’s restoration of service is another testament to our ability to rebuild and recover, even in the face of incredible destruction and devastation.  I thank the Port Authority workers for the tireless efforts since the storm hit to restore service and Governor Christie for being a real partner throughout this effort.”

Today’s announcement means PATH is running normal weekday service for the first time since Superstorm Sandy devastated the system. Newark to World Trade Center, Hoboken to World Trade Center, Journal Square to 33rd Street and Hoboken to 33rd Street will operate on their regular (pre-Sandy) time tables. Service overnight on weekdays also will return to normal, running from Newark to 33rd Street via Hoboken and Newark to World Trade Center. Overnight service between Newark and World Trade Center was restored on Monday.

Exchange Place and World Trade Center Stations will remain closed weekends during the month of February to allow crews uninterrupted time to complete necessary repairs. The Port Authority expects overnight weekend service to return between Newark and World Trade Center in the month of March. At that time, all PATH service will be restored to pre-Sandy status.

PATH passengers may visit the PATH Web site at www.panynj.gov/path for service updates and to view an interactive system map that allows for easy travel planning

Hoboken City Council abstentions to see legal verdict Friday

Ruling Friday could see outcome in Jim Doyle council seat after months of MORTe lawsuit

The staged absences in the City Council last October leading to two abstentions and a Mason family lawsuit against the people of Hoboken will meet its fate this Friday afternoon when Judge Peter Bariso decides how abstentions should be counted.

At the last council meeting, all eight members finally voted and abstentions were counted as a "no" vote.

Technically Judge Bariso can not actually solve the matter Friday afternoon in Hudson County Superior Court.  He will rule based on state law how Hoboken abstentions are counted in cases similar to these council appointments.  The judge can not stop the Mason family (with MORTe) from filing another lawsuit against the people of Hoboken.

Newark's case cited by Masonistas have attempted to confuse the matter on some local websites by saying Hoboken should be decided similarly but there's one major difference.  Unlike Hoboken, Newark passed a resolution saying an abstention would be counted as no vote at all.

Should Judge Bariso rule the Hoboken abstentions are counted as a "no" vote, Jim Doyle should be sworn in and seated.  MSV anticipates Councilwoman Beth Mason will again sue the people of Hoboken in an attempt to stop Doyle from participating on the council and eliminate the reform majority back formed after the spring 2011 council elections.

The 2011 council elections resulted in Beth Mason being removed as council president in what some believe may be the shortest term in the position in living memory.  Others say it was the shortest council presidency in Hoboken history.

At the last council meeting, Beth Mason watches as Hoboken reform activist Phil Cohen demolished her
direct mail efforts to convince residents her staged lawsuit against the City of Hoboken was due to
the mayor and her council allies refusing to allow a special election.  Cohen noted that was not possible in this circumstance.  

The "Doyle seat" is one of three at-large seats on the ballot in November.

Talking Ed Note: Back in 2009, MSV published a Horse Sense editorial, "The Art of abstain." It is this website's view abstentions should be exceedingly rare but when used, a brief explanation following the vote should be required.

The City of Hoboken should review the law on this and put some consistency into the usage. As it stands now, does anyone believe Beth Mason or Michael Russo are unsure whether they supported Jim Doyle's appointment to the City Council?  The abstention was applied as a tool to launch a lawsuit against the people of Hoboken.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Grist for the Mill: Cold war officially begins Hoboken election season

An emerging cold war mirroring the frigid temperatures last week turned a Thursday night mixer at Carpe Diem into an unofficial political gathering as a number of politicos left their warm domiciles to begin hand pressing and getting their faces in the voters minds before taking on a popular Mayor Zimmer in November.

Two potential mayoral election rivals ignored each other.  On one side Assemblyman Ruben Ramos looking for a political job lifeline if the Hudson Reporter column saying he doesn't have one is true.  On the other, the man with no political future if Ramos gets elected mayor in the form of the current seat holder in the fourth ward, Tim Occhipinti.

Even the intimate venue couldn't warm up the believed mayoral rivals. According to witnesses on the scene, the two had nary a word for the other.  "They don't talk, they hate each other," one source said matter of fact.  "There's bad blood there," adding it wasn't clear when the falling out took place.  

Ramos had lent credibility to the Occhipinti campaign during the 2010 fourth ward special election, a risky move when the election results and questionable paper ballots in the hundreds led to voter fraud charges landing in the NJ Attorney General's Office.

While Occhipinti awaits word from those who pull his strings (and pay the bills) whether he can "move forward" to advance his hoped for political career, Ramos already took the step to take out mayoral petitions with an eye toward cutting off adversaries at the knees becoming the default challenger.

That strategy could backfire as Ramos may also have already decided his at-large council slate.  Rumored council candidates include Carpe Diem Thursday night bar visitors, HHA commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez and H-mag's Joe Mindak with a woman to be named later.  The rumored selections have infuriated the Old Guard and Russo clan who want to choose the at-large council candidates.  (Michael Russo heard in 2009 on FBI surveillance tape bragging how he choose all three council candidates for Beth Mason's spring mayoral run is most unhappy he's been given no say.)  

A key decider in the Cold War breaking out between Ramos and Occhipinti is a well known perennial candidate and financial backer in Hoboken elections who's holding a very large grudge.  If he gets behind Occhipinti, it has less to do with love for Timmy and everything to do with dissatisfaction with Ramos.

The frigid weather is breaking but the Cold War between Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Timmy Occhipinti with a mayoral race heating up could only be beginning.

In 2010, Ruben Ramos (c) was an Occhipinti backer for the fourth ward special election.
These days they're rivals if the icy distance at an intimate bar Thursday is a barometer
of cold war mayoral candidates in the making.

Talking Ed Note:  Al Sullivan's weekend column says it's a four way race for an Assembly seat on State Senator's Brian Stack's ticket.  Four Hoboken politicos seek the spot, among them Council members Ravi Bhalla, Beth Mason, Michael Russo and NHSA commissioner Frank "Pupie" Raia. MSV confirmed the same information last week which explains Assemblyman Ruben Ramos' mayoral petition hunt.  

With a strong incumbent in Mayor Dawn Zimmer poised to lead her at-large council slate to re-election this November, her embittered anti-reform opposition is looking for a political visa - out of Hoboken.  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bet Mazin's bottom feeding fish reaches thousands, approaching 10,000 views

MSV's original short "Downfall of a Wannabe Shark," was reposted on the home page about a month ago.  It was featured on the main page for the first time and the runaway hit already seen thousands of times on YouTube, MSV and the hosting site never gets old.

The short seems more true today than when it was released in the summer of 2010.

Some folks even those less than supportive of Hoboken's reform movement found it so hilarious they thought it should be turned into a series.  Unfortunately the tools in its creation changed.  The voice for Bet is no longer available and she's gone on to do other things as the voice Siri for Apple.

But we'll always have Bet here and her stink breath fishy operative.  On its way to 10,000 views in this run alone, here is the timeless classic with our power hungry star Bet desperately using the family checkbook to destroy all those in the way of her dream to lord it over others.

Brian do you think that family checkbook comes with no price?  Think again.

Hoboken High Literary Magazine "Create" achieves national and state ranking

Hoboken Redwings announces:


As featured on Hoboken Patch:

Under the tutelage of advisor Sharon Malenda, Hoboken’s Student Literary Magazine “CREATE” received a national rank of “EXCELLENT” from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).  

417 schools nationwide entered this prestigious competition and out of those 417 schools only 227 were good enough to be ranked. Hoboken’s magazine faired very well nationwide, with only 159 schools earning a higher ranking of “SUPERIOR” and did even better in New Jersey, where only 22 schools ranked higher.  Falling slightly below mainly large regional New Jersey high schools and private schools, Hoboken’s magazine “CREATE” showcased the immense talent that our small school holds. 

As this is the first year that “CREATE” was published our high ranking was an enormous achievement.  We look forward to honing our students’ creative writing skills in the years to come to produce an even better magazine and take home the coveted highest award prize. The featured writing in “CREATE” was produced by the students of Ms. Malenda’s The Literary Magazine Club and her creative writing class and the art was collected from Mrs. Ising’s IB students and Ms. Kubach’s art students and art club members. 

If you would like to purchase a copy of this awarding winning magazine, please contact Ms. Malenda at Sharon.malenda@hoboken.k12.nj.us. The cost is $5.00 and the money will be used to ensure that we can produce another magazine this year. Supply is limited! Support the arts!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Voting down infrastructure for Hoboken: Mason, Russo, Castellano and Occhipinti

Last August, the comprehensive plan put forward to make improvements repaving Washington Street, Sinatra Drive and Observer Highway was up for a final vote.

For the initial plan, a bond was required and would generate a process of obtaining federal and state funding requiring six votes in the City Council.  The vote failed as Beth Mason, Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and yes Tim Occhipinti would not provide one vote among them for the planning stage to begin as additional funding outside of Hoboken was pursued.

Council President Peter Cunningham takes the floor and immediately calls MORTe's obstruction "a shame."  Then Castellano and Occhipinti began bellowing in pain.

Notice Tim Occhipinti's remarks after the vote and the ordinance fails to pass.  He interjects he would be fine with voting in favor of a limited portion of the plan: the waterfront.

So there you have it on the record.  Tim Occhipinti states he would approve Sinatra Drive improvements along the waterfront but NOT WASHINGTON STREET.



Yesterday Tim Occhipinti attacked Mayor Zimmer for potholes and said he would make repairs to Washington Street.

As if.


Donationhttp://www.hcs-pa.org/donate_now.html

Buy event ticket nowhttps://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=eJBlJksI9G6AKnmAc_slUfz5VvGjpClD5ptNI8DFz8s-cja4OEmOLKWxuB4&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b0819882a9058c69cf92dcdac469a145272506

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tim Occhipinti attacks Mayor Zimmer on potholes

Occhipinti calls Mayor Zimmer "incompetent," says he will get Washington St. repaved after he had voted it down

Proving election season is here and ambition springs eternal even in the dead of a cold January winter, Tim Occhipinti who holds the seat of fourth ward councilman submitted a letter to the Jersey Journal attacking Mayor Zimmer for not paving roads last year.

The letter makes a number of charges the mayor failed to spend 400K in available funds for repaving streets leading into Hurricane Sandy.  It begins with a very polished reference in the form of a historical reference to a former NYC mayor:

"New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia famously said, "There's no Democratic or Republican way to fix a pothole." However, I do believe there is a competent way to fix them. Unfortunately, here in Hoboken we are once again dealing with Mayor Dawn Zimmer's incompetence." 

Tim Occhipinti complains about potholes on Washington Street.  He voted down resurfacing the street just months ago.

Another interesting highlight is reference to Washington Street.  Occhipinti complains about not being able to walk on the street without hitting a pothole.  Of course he fails to note he voted down along with his MORTe allies a plan to approve repaving it with similar improvements on Observer and Sinatra Drive just last year.

The administration presented the comprehensive plan last summer and identified in advance partial funding for it from state and federal sources.  The plan had strong support across Hoboken but Tim Occhipinti along with Beth Mason, Michael Russo and Terry Castellano failed to provide one vote among them needed for passage.

At the council meeting on the comprehensive infrastructure proposal, a number of people in the public spoke on the idea.  Every single person was in favor but it made no difference to Tim Occhipinti.  The plan Occhipinti killed is available here:

http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2012_07_10_archive.html

That's a strong tell this orchestrated political letter is really a trial balloon to create some discontent to get behind a Tim Occhipinti mayoral candidacy.  With no small irony, Occhipinti and his handlers are floating out that he would be competent and Mayor Zimmer is not while ignoring recent history all in one fell swoop.

Whoever wrote the letter, at least they have a sense of history and knew how to go for a hook in the opening.  If you think Tim Occhipinti wrote this, there's a bridge in lower Manhattan available for purchase.

Read the complete letter at the Jersey Journal and feel free to share your thoughts there with the wannabe mayoral candidate.

Talking Ed Note: The Jersey Journal reported on the extensive repaving work on River St. last year.
Tim Occhipinti forgot about that too.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sign of the Times: Timmy goes to school

In an unusual development, Timmy Occhipinti showed up for class at the Board of Education meeting last night.  Occhipinti has not shown much interest in the BoE having been one of the few darksiders among the Old Guard not to attend last February to fight against November elections where more people would decide at the polls.

Timmy time at the BoE?

That Valentine's evening saw a small army of the Old Guard descend on the meeting with Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Beth Mason all in tow. All came out in support of their people deciding and not more of those voters who don't sell their ballot for $40 a pop.

Occhipinti is reported to have gone to Superintendent Mark Toback and thought looking for special treatment so he could speak off topic not on the agenda. Based on the outcome, it appears he was unsuccessful.

Was Timmy there to advocate for Councilman Michael Russo's job plan to have two police stationed at every school in Hoboken?  Or was he there on a busing issue for the Connors school?

Hear that bell?  Time for remedial classes for Timmy.

More importantly does Timmy Occhipinti's rare voyage to a BoE meeting mean he's trying to obtain support for a hard to believe run for the mayor's office?

Perhaps that's all wrong and Timmy was there for remedial classes.  He sure could use it.

Thomas Connors graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Special meeting of HHA for February 7th called on counsel and 20/20 plan

Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver announces:


HOBOKEN HOUSING AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN STUIVER CALLS FOR SPECIAL MEETING TO APPOINT GENERAL COUNSEL

The Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will have a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the community room of Monroe Gardens, 221 Jackson Street, Chairman Jake Stuiver announced today.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss responses to the Request for Qualifications for general counsel to the Hoboken Housing Authority, whose bid deadline is Feb. 1. Action will likely be taken to make an appointment based on the responses.

The timing of the meeting will give commissioners a week to review all the submissions, while allowing another week before the regular monthly board meeting on Feb. 14.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion and review of the status of Phase 1 of the Vision 20/20 redevelopment project to recap where things stand and ensure that all stakeholders’ understanding of the project is clear.

Stuiver requested that the HHA staff provide all commissioners with all RFQ submissions by the end of business on the deadline day of Feb. 1. He also requested that the staff acquire and implement a new public-address system with a microphone for each commissioner in time for the special meeting to resolve ongoing problems with the existing sound system and its limitations, to avert any future episodes resembling the disruptions of the Jan. 10 meeting

Monday, January 21, 2013

Who will be the Old Guard standard bearer for mayor?

There's a job opening for the Old Guard and applications are being accepted with this sample ad in an upcoming Hoboken Reporter:

Wanted: Old Guard candidate for Hoboken mayor.  Must have an affinity for corruption, nepotism, massive development, back room deals and contempt for the public at large, especially busy professionals not paying attention when money is going out the back door.  Enjoy taking "yuppies" for a ride wherever possible.  Must show reverence for Hoboken traditions re: bar owners over homeowners, the Russo clan and be willing to kiss the Masonic ring, bowing to its temple of self-worshiping doom.

While awaiting applicants, the Old Guard is going all out to make mayhem on the City Council even as far as hiding from council meetings to avoid the appointment of Jim Doyle.  It's been a limited success with strong blow back. Nevertheless the sabotage of the legislative body in the wake of $100 million in damages from Hurricane Sandy, even if temporary is one of their biggest successes in the Dawn of Hoboken.

The action to hide, bravely of course, from council meetings comes with sympathetic editors at the Jersey Journal and the Hudson Reporter recently declaring incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer a more than formidable incumbent.  Across the county, Hoboken is considered a mess with long time fellow Old Guarders asking, "How did you let this happen?"

When your media counterparts don't think you can unseat an effective popular mayor, who will you designate to carry the banner for the Old Guard to regain some respect?

There's lots of choices but not any good ones.  First, the most effective potential candidate is nullified out of the gate in the form of Councilman Michael Russo.  No one can pivot on a position faster, harder and make it almost believable than the third ward councilman.  Unfortunately, his infamous FBI surveillance tape is beyond problematic and not likely to earn him support beyond his neighbors, Old Guard backers and alliances arranged in Newark.

Hoboken with its explosive growth in the last two decades no longer has the "On the Waterfront" love for the old way of cutting deals, favors and money.  While Church Towers is admitting favored tenants, one recent addition is said to have properties all over and another is rumored related to a popular family resident easily among the most anti-Administration, that choir isn't growing.  Another bastion of control, the Hoboken Housing Authority is under direct threat and worse real independent accounting jeopardizing money, votes and power.

Michael Russo on his own is unelectable to the mayor's seat.  The apple has shown it doesn't fall far from Anthony Russo's tree and no amount of Christmas Eve robocalls can change it.

Councilman Michael Russo must wonder how his prediction he would be mayor of Hoboken one day is slipping away.
It has to gall him a Tim Occhipinti is pushing himself as a potential mayoral candidate no matter how inept.


Assemblyman Ruben Ramos is the best professional selection for the Old Guard but he's struggled gaining Old Guard leadership support and his fundraising has been lackluster.  He's been unable to build on any strength beyond his ties to the fourth ward.  He holds sway with the Applied Building vote but it's not large enough to give him dominant strength in a citywide election.  The Russo clan would cut a deal with him and may yet but there's serious doubts he has the stomach for a mayoral race unless he's forced into it losing State Senator Brian Stack's support to retain his current Assembly seat.

Ramos who made an early attempt to take out petitions for mayor this month is probably looking to cut a deal with the mayor not to run.  The mayor who has broken all the business as usual practices in Hoboken since she took office is not likely to discuss let alone agree to anything.  She's more likely to greet Ramos with a hug and a smile while wishing him well in the race.

Frank "Pupie" Raia has a dream in his heart to become mayor of Hoboken.  If you are against parks and open space but support municipal jobs as plums to friends, the perennial candidate and popular Pupie is your pick.  His brain however is telling him the school board race where he joined Mason in backing the now infamous Move Forward Nazi Truck nullified his plan to not only take back the BoE but City Hall.

As for the Move Forward Nazi Truck campaign, Raia was said to have been against the operation to have a Nazi swastika flashing across town attacking Old Guard opponents and reform writers.  During the lead up to the November election, Raia is thought outvoted at Old Guard BoE strategy meetings hosted by Michele Russo.  The Old Guard did not listen to him and he was also opposed by at least one Move Forward candidate who vocally got behind keeping the infamous Nazi Truck rolling.

The fiasco of flashing a Nazi swastika on a truck in a BoE race all around town exploded in the Old Guard's faces.  Raia is also believed furious with Beth Mason for her Nazi Truck operation jeopardizing his last best chance to take the mayor's chair at City Hall.

Councilwoman Terry Castellano would love to make a run for mayor.  She's made some noises but only in the background and like her Russo clan members, they will only be happy with a Russo holding the reins of power.  Her enthusiasm for holding power is greater than her desire to run and there's no citywide support to get behind the decades long councilwoman most famous for her attempt to bury the four million quarters theft in the parking meters with the infamous line she repeated three times in short order "It's been cleared up."

Castellano's son John who has his name permanently attached to the Nazi Truck Move Forward BoE slate means the family future may lie in selling Chinese made t-shirts on Washington Street for the indefinite future

Councilwoman Beth Mason has a family allowance available to propel her to top candidate status.  Well if money was the sole and most important factor.  Unfortunately, Mason could spend well over a million dollars and spray tens of thousands of street money in every direction but at best would see only similar results to her wretched third place finish as in the spring of 2009.  She's been spending money at a prodigious pace attempting to buy a county or statewide political position.  Her toxic reputation grows like her cancerous lawsuits in the Hudson County courts.  Her willingness to bully citizen voices is enjoined with her political operatives decrying "bully bloggers," who have dared to speak their mind against the Old Guard and her bad practices.  Apparently, Hoboken411 and a million dollar communications budget hasn't overcome the voices of Hoboken residents leading her to look outside the Mile Square for political power and acclaim.

Mason's crafted image as someone who sought better government and transparency has been demolished with her endless vindictive actions against progress in Hoboken.  At the last council meeting her eagerness to vote no saw her stop the legal funding to oppose the Monarch project.  Later in the same meeting, she beseeched (and screeched) at the council to help her undo her own vote.

Mason's legacy is already solidified in stone.  Her effort to undermine and destroy the hospital sale when only one viable bidder was available counts as the most vindictive action against Hoboken on par with the arson killing dozens, mostly women and children back in the 1980s.  In the end Beth Mason doesn't want to burn people just destroy them and any opposition using the courts.  The public's taken notice.

Which leaves maybe the most enthusiastic and junior member of MORTe: Tim Occhipinti.  The fourth ward "independent" who more resembles an Old Guard puppet without a puppeteer at council meetings is eager to duplicate his initial council run where he introduced himself as a viable Peter Cammarano type to the Old Guard.  A young fresh face is what the Old Guard needs and Occhipinti would be happy to make a token run with plenty of Mason money wheeled into a mayoral campaign.  There's Old Guard supporters within the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce who would consider getting on board, although some have begun asking how supporting a dullard advances their hope to get a cut of any pie.

At the last City Council meeting, Occhipinti who always looks to voice opposition against the administration decided it was a good idea to cut off legal work on not one but three ongoing legal matters the City is being sued on led by one outside law firm.  He proposed to replace the firm doing the legal work and have someone else sit in on an upcoming legal hearing related to the ongoing fourth ward park eminent domain case.  Told that was not a doable proposition and the legal costs to get another firm up to speed would take weeks and come with a huge bill, Occhipinti insisted his on the fly legal prescription was correct and the administration needed to mollify itself to his idea, no matter how untenable.  This Occhipinti petulance in the face of common sense is so commonplace, it's become de rigueur.

Occhipinti has recently joined Beth Mason in applying more rigorous censorship to his Facebook page.  Both ejected a vocal local businessman which may signal either the continued lack of respect for speech or the start of a push for his wider political ambitions.

Last, recent free "ads" posing as stories in the Jersey Journal and the Hudson Reporter last weekend point to Jamie Cryan who acted as the campaign manager for the fraud infested 2010 Occhipinti campaign as a compromise candidate for the Old Guard.

Cryan who has been propelled forward due to his cousin, former NJ Assembly speaker Joe Cryan may land up being the salve among fractured Old Guard egos.  He was named campaign manager of the 2010 Occhipinti campaign, handed the title he currently holds as Hoboken Democratic Chair and was handed a seat on the County Planning Board not long after the late Maurice Fitzgibbons passed away.  Fitzgibbons' brother was given the heave ho to make room for Cryan before the grave was even cold.

The Old Guard could muster support in Old Hoboken for Cryan and he would present himself as the "safe" friendly face to the "yuppies" who are not paying attention, aka the Peter Cammarano for mayor strategy.

Hey, it's a long shot but it worked once.

Talking Ed Note: Also at the ready with Old Guard support from certain local business corners is former faux reformer and rumored Al Arezzo business partner Scott Delea.  He was forwarded as a selection for City Hall's rebuild Hoboken efforts.  Although a three time loser in council elections, Delea thinks he's politically viable and pitches himself as someone who can work with both sides.

Which of course begs the question why would anyone in reform want to work with those with a taste for corruption?  Delea sees it as a positive while most reform elements see no reason to let Old Guard backers wet their beaks for the sake of some broader alliance.

Delea and political pal Eduardo Gonzalez could land on a ticket or form a "third way" ticket in an attempt to lift themselves above the other Old Guard options with the hope to capitalize in future races.  Delea's copyright theft unaddressed after months of efforts and legal letters is not problematic in Old Guard circles, it's a selling point.

In Hoboken reform circles, Delea is known as someone who can't give a straight answer and after taking on its revered Peter Cunningham in 2011, never to be trusted.