Monday, April 29, 2013

Defending the good on behalf of Hoboken

Hoboken resident Carly Ringer found herself under attack first in a recent Hoboken City Council meeting by the Hoboken Sopranos and then after by its scurillous website sponsored by Beth Mason in Hoboken411.

First, Councilman Michael Russo led the attack joined by the Hoboken Sopranos crew asking if an OEM employee couldn't do the work she's providing on a limited basis since Hurricane Sandy.  He complained the council was misled her temporary salary would be repaid by FEMA.

If you thought one additional individual aiding after a Superstorm was problematic on a temporary paid basis aiding residents seeking governmental assistance, then you certainly have a friend in Michael Russo who has a family bill of six figures owed to the City from his father Anthony Russo of over $300,000.  That amount doesn't include the estimated $100,000 stolen in illicit health benefits over years by Ma Russo and her husband finally stopped in 2011.  Union City's BoE helped out giving her a job.

We'll never hear a complaint from the Russo clan about this hijacking of taxpayer loot or see it repaid. Ever.

Beth Mason's uber trash site Hoboken411 heard the Old Guard dog whistle launching into one of his typical defamatory attacks on a Hoboken resident.  He attacked Ringer, calling her a "crony" of the mayor and said she didn't live in Hoboken.  Both are the absolutely false and defamatory attacks typical of the Hate411 spew.

Once again, simply speaking out or doing good in town led to an ugly attack: first by the Hoboken Sopranos who sought to do so publicly but were told by Corporation Counsel they were infringing on the Rice notice rights of the Hoboken resident and temporary employee and then by Beth Mason's attack mutt Perry Klaussen of Hoboken411.

The dead hate filled eyes of Perry Klaussen, the Hoboken411 cybersewer
sponsored by Beth Mason defamed another Hoboken resident helping other residents.

Here's the letters from last weekend:

Just hours after Hurricane Sandy devastated Hoboken, a relatively-unknown young woman named Carly Ringer began organizing a massive effort at Hoboken High School to assist and comfort those in need immediately. She worked tirelessly, day, night, weekends, imploring her friends on Facebook almost hourly to do the same or donate what they could.

Blankets, food, toiletries, boxes, clothes. You name it, Carly led the way...every day, for 16 hours a day for weeks that turned into months. She earned recognition that she did not seek nor ask for – from local media ranging both in print, on radio and television.

We talk about heroes all the time in the military. The volunteer efforts of Ms. Ringer – in helping bringing the community together for the greater good in a most difficult time – puts her in the same class of people.

On the other end of the food chain is an opinion-based, fact-impaired, community-based blog with one objective: Divide the community. The proprietor, who doesn’t deserve to be named, is as reckless as he is ruthless. In a very recent example, he reported that a restaurant was absolutely closing, when it actually wasn’t.

One victim of the site’s brand of character assassination is Ms. Ringer. In a recent post on the blog, it had the audacity to call her a “crony” who was “padding her pockets” at the expense of Sandy victims, after she got a part-time job with the city this month.

Oh really? Just ask the dozens of volunteers who Ringer organized every day if she was helping those in need for love of money. Ask the National Guard who marveled that one person could be so relentless in completing a mission. Ask those Ringer personally delivered much-needed items to while their power was out, their patience dry and their hope in humanity thin, if she “benefitted from Sandy’s destruction” as a professional hack like this blogger said she did in his own comments section after even his most loyal readers questioned his commentary. The blog concludes (in its “expert” analysis) with a prediction that Ringer will be on Zimmer’s campaign staff.

Please join me in rejecting the kind of hateful speech this publication deals out via his increasingly unpopular, credibility-challenged blog.

Instead, embrace heroes like Carly Ringer instead. She truly deserves our gratitude and respect in making Hoboken a better place in good times and in bad.

Joe Concha



2nd letter from James Sanford at the jump:

Carly Ringer is a good person that I am proud to have met this past year. Carly is well thought of by many and rightly so. She has served our community with a selflessness that is to be applauded.

Carly has lived in Hoboken for several years. She has volunteered selflessly and is a friend to many. I do not know a person in this town that has ever had anything negative to say about her.

Her volunteerism during and after Hurricane Sandy are well known. She organized over one hundred volunteers to clear debris from our streets. In addition, she organized volunteers to help homeowners and renters clean out their water damaged homes. I know this because I saw it happen as one of those volunteers that she led.

And let me tell you another thing; her concern did not end with storm victims. She cared for the volunteers, in her charge, making sure that we had enough food, clean water, and the right equipment to do the job. Her efforts are not mere “paper pushing”; it is leadership!

Among her many duties Ms. Ringer has setup and administered the Hurricane Resource Center. Her work is to overcome the numerous challenges that accompany the rebuilding process; everything from training volunteers to making sure that donations and resources of all kinds reach the people of Hoboken.

Hoboken needs good people. And, just like Ms. Ringer Hoboken is fortunate to have so many kind and caring citizens that have raised money and worked hard on behalf of storm victims. Actually, it is quite refreshing to see someone become recognized for their selfless service to our town. As a Hoboken taxpayer I expect responsible government. If Mayor Zimmer is responsible for hiring and holding onto a talented person like Carly; then great! Hoboken is better for it!

Carly’s story is the kind that we tell others as an example to be followed. In a crisis, she rose to the occasion. She worked hard. And, for her hard work she was recognized and earned the job that she does so well to this day.

Carly has never asked to be thanked for her service, but the time has come for us to give thanks nonetheless. For no good reason, some have come to muddy the reputation of this good person. And, like the storm, thoughtless damage was done.

I ask us to remember that a “friend in need is a friend in deed.” Carly is ever a friend to Hoboken; let us be a friend in return.

Please leave a comment thanking Carly for her service. Or, write another letter to the editor recognizing her many good works.

Sincerley,
James Sanford
Hoboken Resident
Republican Candidate
NJ State Senate District 33