Wednesday, February 5, 2014
One big item tonight is the City's efforts toward purchasing the land for the Southwest Park. While some had said the matter would be tied up endlessly at significant legal cost, the process applying eminent domain actually went smoothly. Whether you agree with the eminent domain powers or not, if you can't liberate a parking lot for a broader public use, well then there's no time when it's applicable. It appears some details will be sorted out in a closed session. The haters will have to find some space on their faces for more egg yolk. The park is one step closer.
Tonight is the finale on hearing a resolution to end the endless meetings (and useless arguments) past midnight if as expected the measure passes on second reading.
Those wanting to do business in the middle of the night are of course the Old Guard council who is rather fond of the idea of hijacking the proceedings and passing surprises on an unsuspecting public.
It's Beth Mason the woman with nowhere to be in the morning who was the most bitter about the reasonable change. It's the second meeting standard in the past year or so changing the inanity into sanity. The first advocated originally by MSV was to allow the public to speak after second reading of ordinances.
City Council meetings had become the attack of the midnight ghouls with political operatives and other lackeys yelling out every whopper of ridiculous charges after the midnight hour. It still happens and sadly more frequently than not but at least the council members and the public don't have to watch the insanity looped in broadcasts on cable into the dead of night.
So with that, let the games begin and round three of the new order as City Council President Jen Giattino has really exercised control seeing the meetings running far more smoothly and ending at reasonable hours. Some in the public have abused the five minute privilege and of course it's the usual suspects who just don't get it.
There's no resolution one can bestow sanity on some driven to play political games behind a microphone or worse. Even with the November election decisively past, we're still stuck on worse. The race baiting has not won the day... helloooooooo?
Such as it is, Hoboken progress is finally kickstarted.
Here's tonight's full agenda: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/agenda14/ccm-2-5-14.pdf
MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE
MSV is exclusively reporting a Clifton, New Jersey based political consulting firm closely tied to Councilwoman Beth Mason has been subpoenaed in the ongoing Hudson County Superior Court case investigating Vote by Mail inconsistencies in last November's Hoboken election.
The case is a legal challenge to ballot question one on rent control which passed for the second consecutive year in a citywide referendum last November.
Bluewater Operations accepted over $20,000 from Hoboken political committee, Let the People Decide in the last election cycle. The committee backed by Hoboken developer Frank "Pupie" Raia is believed working to overturn existing rent control laws and has been an ally in recent elections of Beth Mason.
Raia finished seventh seeking a seat on the City Council last November in a joint effort with Beth Mason. Their slate headed for mayor by the occupant of the fourth ward council seat Timmy Occhipinti finished a distant third with 17% of the citywide vote.
Bluewater Operations received two payments totaling over $20,000 from the Let the People Decide committee in the 2013 election.
Based on NJ ELEC, the Let the People Decide committee officially had hundreds less campaign workers versus its efforts in 2012.
Questions are swirling what role Bluewater Operations may have had in putting the monies on the street, re: street money - especially in the Hoboken Housing Authority.
Beth Mason was contacted for comment but typically does not respond to such reporting inquiries.
Back in 2011, MSV reported Bluewater Operations distributed $52,000 in street money flooding the Hoboken second ward and beyond on behalf of Beth Mason.
Officially, Mason spent $160,000 in total for the 2011 second ward council race. By way of comparison, City Council President Jen Giattino spent less than $10,000 in her successful sixth ward council race.
The election case is ongoing at the Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City.
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None shall pass. None did.
Last week, MSV testified for more than a day in the case and will report on it after its conclusion.