It was a politically star studded affair but the closing A capella rendition of "God Bless America" by Gabrielle Frederick brought the house down and was the star of the show. The audience spontaneously joined in and there was more than a few tears in the audience, Da Horsey included.
Frederick is a graduate of Hoboken High School and a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Gabrielle Frederick opened and closed the ceremony with the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.|
She did Hoboken proud.
|Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop was one of the featured speakers and said he was confident Hoboken|
was the second best city in the region yielding raucous laughter.
|Hoboken reform activist Phil Cohen ended the two hour ceremony announcing its closure with "God Bless America," as Mayor Dawn Zimmer and council members Ravi Bhalla, Dave Mello and Jim Doyle rise.|
The Jersey Journal logged their story of the event referencing the notable accomplishments in Mayor Zimmer's first term.
Talking Ed Note: One attendee not mentioned in the program was former Corporation Counsel Mark Tabakin. A number of achievements occurred during his watch, the successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center chief among them.
Tabakin fought to see the implementation of the midtown parking garage with the hospital's sale, an essential part of the agreement's implementation blocked by MORTe. Tabakin had requested the 20 days required for the ordinance to be implemented be waved by the council but Beth Mason, Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Timmy Occhipinti refused, voting it down and mocked the hospital sale being impacted even as its cash flow was running on fumes and under threat by the State Health Department to be closed. That's how dire the situation was in the end.
Of all the achievements by Mayor Zimmer and her working coalition on the City Council, saving the hospital and the taxpayers tens of millions is an achievement too often overlooked in its importance.
In this regard, the chairwoman of the hospital board Toni Tomarazzo was personally thanked by the mayor for her central role but unable to attend today's ceremonies.
Another person who deserves thanks today is Steve Rofsky who's untimely passing came after his successful efforts serving on the hospital board. MSV remembers.