Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ramos campaign: Zimmer breaking GOTV "promise"

The Ruben Ramos for mayor campaign announces:

Last Night's Debate 
At last night’s debate, Mayor Zimmer pledged not to spend money on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign workers. Yet immediately after the debate, the Zimmer campaign sent an email inviting supporters to attend a fundraiser to help pay for GOTV initiatives.

This sudden reversal on a strong policy stance is just another example of Zimmer failing to deliver on another empty, election-season campaign promise.
I am disappointed that Zimmer is signaling that she intends to return to her “lottery ticket” past. I look forward to a spirited debate over the next 12 days, and remain confident that the people of Hoboken learned their lesson in 2007 and will not sell their votes to Zimmer.

Thank you for your continued support!


Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters endorse Mayor Zimmer and Zimmer Team

The re-elect Mayor Dawn Zimmer campaign announces:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the Zimmer Team Council Slate Accepts Carpenters Endorsement

Announcement caps week of major union endorsements

Hoboken, New Jersey— Today Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her team accepted the endorsement of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC). 

Mayor Zimmer remarked, “We are thrilled to accept the endorsement of the Carpenters. In four years, our City has come so far.  We are innovating, fighting for improved infrastructure, working to protect Hoboken from flooding and making real quality of life improvements for all of Hoboken. We are leading this City forward. I am looking forward to working on behalf of all of Hoboken’s working families.”

In a statement released today, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters stated that the Mayor’s leadership and her commitment to improving infrastructure made a strong case for the union’s support. NRCC spokesperson Michelle McCormick stated:

“Mayor Zimmer is a proven leader and the type of innovative thinker Hoboken needs to continue to move forward. When you look at her commitment to improving infrastructure and her willingness to tackle major issues facing Hoboken, it is clear that Mayor Zimmer is the right choice to lead this proud city. With the leadership of the Mayor and her team, Hoboken should look forward to seeing even greater quality of life improvements. ”

This announcement caps off a week of union endorsements for Mayor Zimmer and the Zimmer Team.  On Tuesday, all 22 of the Hudson County Buildings Trade (HCBT) endorsed Mayor Zimmer and her Team.  Earlier this month, the New Jersey Laborers and IUOE Local 825 announced their endorsements highlighting the Mayor’s response to Sandy and her work to stabilize a City in crisis as reasons for support.


Talking Ed Note: This is news but shouldn't be a MSV exclusive. Will it? If so, well why is that?

City update on Sinatra Park and dog runs

City of Hoboken announces:

Sinatra Park
The reconstruction of Sinatra Park is nearing completion, with the turf for Sinatra Field being installed this week.

“The turf is down and we will soon be reopening Sinatra Field and connecting a new segment of our waterfront walkway so that we will have a continuous multiuse path from the Jersey City border to the skate park at Castle Point,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Once the installation of the nets and the railings is completed, then the field will be opened up for use.”

The park is being completed under budget, and there are no overtime costs for the completion of this field because the contract included a liquidated damages clause with a $1,500 per day penalty for failure to complete the park by the agreed-upon completion date. 

“Thanks to the fine work of our City’s legal team, the contractor has worked hard at their own expense to complete this park as quickly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Dog Parks
Renovations to the dog parks in Church Square Park, Stevens Park and Elysian Park are underway and will include canopy structures for shade and shelter for inclement weather, new benches, fences, gates, pet waste bag dispensers, and improved dog water fountain. The stone dust surface previously used at dog runs is being replaced with ¾” pea gravel. 

“Thank you to our dog owners for your patience as we complete these important renovations to make sure our City is as dog friendly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Snapshot analysis on the mayoral forum

When the chips are down, you need to shake things up and for the two mayoral challengers it meant going all in - double or nothing.  From Mayor Dawn Zimmer's side, it meant standing on her record and letting the mud fly and occasionally land on her shoes.

For Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, it consisted of loading up for a war party and doing a rain dance on everything and anything possible. He came prepared and unloaded whenever he could and did his best to highlight his long career of public service and avoid the obvious land mines in his tutelage under Mayor Dave Roberts. He was partially successful in doing so. On other occasions not so much.

On the Tim Occhipinti side of the fence, there was a grimness before the proceedings began. He's not only fighting for a job he needs but possibly his political life. A third place finish likely puts a bullseye on his back for what Political Insider Augie Torres called an expected challenge for the fourth ward council seat he's holding - from the former seat holder - Assemblyman Ramos.

The upside for Occhipinti, he spoke more fluently than he did in his 2010 debate against Michael Lenz. His support however was lacking from the people closest to him politically (and financially) in Beth Mason nor Frank "Pupie" Raia were in attendance. Neither was campaign manager Jamie Cryan or his fellow running mates Peter Biancamano or Britney Montgomery Cook. Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the people you share home mailers with atop the ticket. (Yes, it's all very odd.)

Much of the evening was focused around the mayor's achievements or centered around her achievements not being adequate - be it on the approximately 12% tax cut she's produced in her term or management of public safety (crime is flat).

Where there was highlights of true disagreement, the moments were more telling. Vision 20/20 again came up as a stand alone question and it showed exactly who has what vision for Hoboken.  Both Ruben Ramos and Tim Occhipinti came out strongly in favor of the controversial undocumented redevelopment while the mayor questioned the very process in how it's been presented to her and the City and what she described as inadequate management of the existing buildings.

On public safety, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos stuck to his platform position to hire more police and Tim Occhipinti said he too favored adding "more boots on the ground." The mayor cited a state study showing crime flat at historic lows aligning with her reorganization of police and fire making it less top heavy and efficient across the ranks saving millions in the process.

Differences on bringing back the St. Patrick's Day parade on a Saturday were featured as in the council forum. Both Ramos and Occhipinti favored the move while the mayor refused saying she preferred a Wednesday to keep the event from becoming problematic to so many residents as it had.

In the end, no one really moved the needle in the race but there were some interesting moments on patronage, development and again vote-by-mail.  Some video to come on that exciting aspect unique to Hoboken voting.

Talking Ed Note: QLC's live feed on occasion went down but they called over Da Horsey to help get it back online.  MSV will get the footage up and you'll be able to hear in gut wrenching detail woes of Hoboken Parking as another camera shot both the council and mayoral forum.  They will be available soon for viewing on Cablevision Channel 78.

Let the games begin...

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos has a lighthearted moment with Mayor Dawn Zimmer before the mayoral forum last night.
Although the mud would fly, there was little in the way of new ground or developments.
More on a snap analysis to come.