Tuesday, February 11, 2014


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Tuesday February 11, 2014

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Community: Mayor Zimmer Calls for Hoboken Resident to Review Christie Administration's Disaster Recovery Action Plan
Hi smarty jones,
The Christie Administration has released its proposed $1.46 billion spending plan for the second allocation of federal Sandy recovery funds.

The City of Hoboken is fully reviewing the plan and will provide a written response by the March 5th deadline. The community is invited to provide their feedback on the plan by visiting www.hobokennj.org/sandyfeedback so that their concerns can be incorporated into the City's overall feedback to the Christie Administration.

“Our main concern is that this second allocation of funding once again does not adequately address the unique needs of urban areas that were devastated by flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In the urban environment, we cannot raise our homes on pilings and therefore we need very different solutions. We invite residents to provide their feedback and visit our upcoming resiliency open house to learn more.”

Residents are invited to provide feedback on the Christie Administration's plan in the following ways:

• Reviewing the Action Plan (English - http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/NJ Action Plan Substantial

Amendment 2 2 final.pdf/Spanish -http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/AP2_Spanish_2_2_FINAL_Word.pdf)

- for the second allocation of CDBG Disaster Recovery funds and providing feedback directly to the State by 5pm on March 5, 2014
o By email: sandy.publiccomment@dca.state.nj.us
o By mail to the attention of Gabrielle Gallagher, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, Post Office Box 800, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0800

• Providing feedback on the report to the Mayor's office: www.hobokennj.org/sandyfeedback

• Attending and speaking at one of the three public hearings on the proposed plan:
o February 11, 2014; Stockton University (Atlantic County); 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205; Performing Arts Center; 4-7 pm
o February 12, 2014; New Jersey Institute of Technology (Essex County);150 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ 07102; Campus Center; 5:30-8:30 pm
o February 13, 2014; Brookdale Community College (Monmouth County); Robert J. Collins Arena; 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738; 4-7 pm

The community is also invited to a Hoboken Resiliency Open House that will provide another opportunity to learn more about the City's comprehensive Rebuild by Design plan and Energy Resiliency Plan and to discuss the Christie Administration’s action plan more fully. The open house will be held on Thursday, February 20 in the lobby of Hoboken City Hall from 4:00pm to 7:30pm. The graduation ceremony for the latest round of CERT volunteers will be held in City hall at 7:30pm. The exhibit will remain open through the end of March. The City will also be reaching out to various groups to arrange visits to City Hall including school groups and the business community. Contact the Mayor's office at 201-420-2013 if you are interested in arranging a time to visit the exhibit and discuss the issues with Mayor Zimmer and/or a member of the Resiliency team.

The City is also working with the Rebuild by Design team to create a full narrative telling the story of the impact of flooding on our condo owners, brownstone owners, and business owners, among others. Residents and business owners are invited to share their story and information with the Rebuild by Design team. Please email City planner Caleb Stratton (cstratton@hobokennj.gov) if you are interested in sharing your story as a case study that would help demonstrate the need for a comprehensive plan to protect Hoboken.

Beth Mason attempts to strip Mayor Zimmer of legal representation

Claiming a conflict in the law firm representing the mayor and a former Christie official last week, Councilwoman Beth Mason is attempting to remove the top flight representation of Gerard Krovatin from the firm Krovatin and Klingeman adopted by the City Council for Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Gerard Krovatin successfully represented the mayor in the Carmelo Garcia "ethnic cleansing" case thrown out of court last month. It's been amended changing its unsubstantiated allegations to "patronage."

Hoboken's Corporation Counsel is preparing an official response but the general legal sentiment is there's no conflict in a law firm representing individual parties in these cases.

At the last City Council meeting, Mason also implied Councilman Jim Doyle was conflicted to vote on claims for the final bill on the bankruptcy firm aiding in the 2011 successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center, now part of the CarePoint Health network.  The final bill had been held over sine 2012 as the Old Guard council refused to approve it during the eight member deadlock, at least on two occasions.

Doyle offered a low key response pointing out the ludicrous nature of any such charge while Mason in the midst of a staunch challenge from Councilman Ravi Bhalla, retreated and complained there were "three lawyers" on the council and she isn't one.

 (As an aside, how many lawyers has Beth Mason's checkbook paid suing the mayor, fellow council members and Hoboken residents in the last two years? MSV estimates the number is approaching double digits when adding in the SLAPP suit to silence speech.)

Beth Mason's vicious attacks both direct on the council dais and by proxy via her army of political operatives are legion.  She even launched an attack on an empty chair when Councilman Peter Cunningham attended his mother-in-law's funeral.

Beth Mason knows all about conflicts of interest. Her notoriety for her politics of personal destruction is her claim to fame in Hoboken but her biggest success was in almost destroying the hospital's successful sale seeing it closed and destroying the City's finances in the process. No conflict in repeatedly trying to harm Hoboken?
When it comes to political schisms, isn't Beth Mason conflicted against the interests of Hoboken when her family underwrites civil lawsuits against residents' First Amendment rights with a SLAPP?

Was it a conflict of interest for Beth Mason to finance the Nazi Truck in a BoE election conducted by her lead political operative while feigning no knowledge?

Is there any conflict as Beth Mason never apologized as requested by both local rabbis for underwriting a rolling truck flashing a Nazi swastika all over town - in front of a school and again in front of City Hall before a council meeting?

Is Beth Mason conflicted in continuing to employ a full time political operative who allegedly threatened a woman in our community, a senior at Fox Hills?

Mason who champions free speech for herself, challenged the Corporation Counsel to 'shut the public up' as she did not appreciate public comment against her family's lawsuit to remove Jim Doyle from the council dais and put Hoboken in an almost year long crisis where local boards could not conduct needed town business.

Is Mason conflicted claiming to represent the public while issuing civil suit threats in a live City Council meeting for being asked to make public documentation required on the Mason Civic League "charity?"

What conflicts lie in wait surrounding the shadowy Beth Mason shell company Newton Lao Leonard & Locke?  How many political operatives have been paid through NLLL, past and present? What is the true purpose of the LLC?

Talking Ed Note: Beth Mason is a walking conflict of selfish interests. Her hyper-partisan attacks direct and via multiple paid political operatives are a constant agitation to divide and harm Hoboken.

That's the only interests Beth Mason has left in Hoboken. Others may point out Beth Mason's diluted vote with a weakened Old Guard council makes her unimportant. Not altogether accurate, the Mason family checkbook moves from political operation to political operation looking to compromise some, intimidate others and use civil litigation to silence anyone in her way.

The Mason family should be held to account for their detestable behavior against the Hoboken community and it's relentless attack on the First Amendment.

As many recall, Beth Mason's openly advocated for the fascist website Hoboken411 where totalitarian iron fisted censorship has been part and parcel of her political operations there over years.

Any conflict underwriting the hit jobs on Hoboken residents, elected officials and city workers defaming scores of people in the community for years!?

Hey Beth, got 'hypocracy?'