The City Council meeting tonight is primed to decide about the zoning violation riddled restaurant on lower Jackson Street after a number of fits and starts. The wannabe pub/restaurant took great advantage of Hoboken's zoning rules and committed numerous violations along the way but the biggest among them may be the 390 square feet of space it stole quite literally from the City of Hoboken.
On background, a senior official familiar with some of the affair said the building was set up to have an elevator. Puzzled as to why a small two story building would be installing an elevator the answer came back it wasn't for a bomb shelter below but with the idea to expand up to five stories above.
This is exactly the status quo type of operation going on in Hoboken for decades for the connected.
If true and MSV has not confirmed any blueprints, the new business at the site of the former Downtown Pub had a lot more violating in mind when it was all said and done. Residents have been less than thrilled in comments about the structure on a recent Hoboken Patch story.
Tim Occhipinti who sees no law breaking wrong when it comes to his political pals and developer contributors is already on the record backing the illegal structure as is. His Hoboken Soprano colleagues on the council appear equally eager to take care of a Hoboken 'good ole boy' and look the other way.
In the infamous words of Councilwoman Terry Castellano, "Hoboken is special," and as George Orwell said, "some animals are more equal than others."
In this instance, they're both correct.
Talking Ed Note: This is the first council meeting since the rumored seven figure "Hoboken purchase" attempt of the 33rd Assembly seat occurred. Beth Mason who spent well over a year trying to make her selection appear a fait accompli in numerous media stories was humiliated when Union City Mayor Brian Stack opted to go with a Hispanic name in the form of HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.
Guess Mason wanted to finally prove Da Horsey wrong after she was declared dead a month back.
Independent sources said Mason was fuming over the decision as Stack who is known to carry a campaign bill rejected her money and went with Garcia according to other media reports.
Someone should be kind and hand Beth Mason a paper bag to wear at the meeting. It could cheer her up.