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

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:


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.