Wednesday, May 7, 2014

City Council @ 7:00 with Hoboken Soprano $/$ Vision stakes on the line

Part 2 (majority of meeting)
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Delivering the salivating profits from the undocumented Vision 20/20 "plan" is on tap in the background this evening when the City Council acts on an open Hoboken Housing Authority seat.

Hey, it ain't a billion dollar Rockefeller project but this one would wet a lot of beaks.
Trading on zoning variances for $5,000 a pop is chump change; this is seven figure profits per building with expectation of a dozen and a half or more in the wings covering 15 acres of downtown Hoboken.

There's a lot of Hoboken Soprano dreams at stake. Promises of new beach homes, vacation spots, you name it there's an Old Guard friend and family plan in the wings saying gimme a piece in Hoboken, Union City, West New York and beyond.

Lots of expectations for Carmelo Garcia to deliver. But how can he do so without (rubber-stamp) votes on the Hoboken Housing Authority board?

It could get ugly.

Tonight's full agenda:

The Old Guard ramps up to push Vision Money Money while feasting on ugly racial politics

Major action looms at City Council and Hoboken Housing Authority Board tonight and tomorrow

It's no accident the sewer has been grabbed by the mud flaps and flung at Reform by the Hudson Reporter with two major government meetings on tap this week.

Tonight will see two HHA commissioner candidates representing two vastly different Hoboken views in opposition at the City Council and only one will walk away with the seat.

Thursday night the Hoboken Housing Authority Board follows and will swear in a commissioner and hold its annual reorganization on lower Jackson Street.

Let the trepidation begin!

With MSV's breaking exclusive Tuesday, (see below) the Old Guard spin machine has fallen silent. Earlier, the HR got pounded by Grafix Avenger with a factual analysis of minority representation on Hoboken boards (most are volunteer unpaid positions) topped off with some stinging satirical barbs leaving quite a welt.

There's been no press release from Beth Mason on yesterday's story airing remarks with the sting of real anti-semitism voiced and paid for by Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia's taxpayer payroll. It makes for some sticky problems among Hoboken corruptocrats. Is a Fernando Uribe video far off to gently deflect from the rancid smell?

Will the fish head odor be worse than Beth Mason's underwriting of the 2012 BoE Move Forward Nazi Truck?

But tonight Council members Beth Mason and Timmy Occhipinti are sponsoring a resolution to reappoint Carmelo Garcia stalwart Eduardo Gonzalez for another term while Councilman Dave Mello and City Council President Jen Giattino are sponsoring David Dening, a strong supporter of reform efforts with universal accolades from the movement.

One of the stakes: it's the never say die swindle of Vision Money Money, aka Vision 20/20; the plan with no Master Plan endlessly foisted upon unsuspecting Hoboken residents and government officials.

A recent photo of Councilwoman Beth Mason and Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia at his fundraiser didn't foresee
the anti-Semitic rant surfacing soon after at his April HHA meeting by his paid aide.  No public word from either since.

Also on tap tonight, an Old Guard council resolution will poke its nose into the BoE looking to further inflame the state funding formula problem dividing Hoboken's four district schools. Down and dirty politics is an Old Guard specialty and this is one opportune time. Nothing gets them more ginned up and BoE issue or not, they'll chow down on it in the wrong forum at the City Council for whatever divisive value possible trading away on Old Hoboken voters (and their children) to score points with the "yuppies" at HoLa and lay into BoE President Leon Gold for his earlier remarks charter schools are "killing" the school district where the majority of students are from lower income families.

None of the political noise planned will change the education funding problem exacerbated in Trenton among four distinctly different Hoboken public schools.
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The defensiveness on the HR website comments looks like an in-house affair but the egg dripping on its publisher and editor's faces is sticky wet. No escaping from that sordid mess anytime soon. Are congratulations due to the bottom feeding fish for another editorial hit job well done?

Tonight we'll see for whom the bells tolls; City Council meeting at City Hall begins at 7:00.

Freeholder candidate Phil Cohen ramps up

Freeholder candidate Phil Cohen announces:

I wanted to update you on exciting developments in the Cohen for Freeholder campaign, and invite you to some upcoming events.

With less than a month to election day, I am energized by the terrific levels of support I am seeing and enjoying listening to voters in Hoboken and Jersey City talk about the issues that most concern them. It is clear to me that residents of Hoboken and Jersey City are ready for change in Hudson County government. I am running for Freeholder so I can stand up for us, and let our voices be heard.

Did you know Hoboken pays millions of tax dollars more to Hudson County than it collects for its entire City budget? It’s true.

I will be a strong advocate for change at the County level to reduce spending and ensure County services are provided as cost-effectively as possible. With cost-cutting measures, Hoboken’s municipal taxes were reduced by over 10 percent over the last 4 years. This is the kind change I will champion at the County level to hold the line on taxes, put forward cost-saving initiatives and advocate for more openness and accountability.

I am honored to have the support and endorsements of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

You can learn more about our campaign by visiting our campaign website

Between now and primary day on Tuesday, June 3, our campaign is having a number of events and activities. I wanted to let you know about a few big events coming up!

Meet & Greet Tonight in Hoboken, Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 pm: Come join me at Arlene and Len Lieberman’s home on 113 Grand Street. Mayor Zimmer will be there as a special guest, and I hope you can join us. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

Headquarters Opening: Saturday, May 10, 1:00 pm: 117 Washington
Street. This is a sprint for change, and we need volunteers to help
seize this opportunity to and support the Cohen for Freeholder campaign.
Please join us and visit Campaign Headquarters on Saturday to learn how you can help us win this election.

Meet & Greet in Jersey City Heights, Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 pm: Come join us at the home of Monica and David Plotka, 373 Ogden Avenue. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

Fundraiser with Hoboken & Jersey City Mayors, Thursday, May 22, 6:00 pm: When we head into the final days of the campaign, Mayor Zimmer will open her home for the most important fundraiser of our campaign. Please join Mayor Zimmer and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on the evening of May 22nd. RSVP by contacting Elyse Leddy for details at (201) 457-0590.

Let’s win together. I can’t do it without you. 

Thanks for your support.



City of Hoboken announces:

The second public meeting for the complete street redesign of Washington Street was held on Monday, May 5 to present draft recommendations and alternatives for community feedback.

The design concept alternatives and a survey are available on the City website at

After reviewing the Washington Street design concept alternatives, the public is encouraged to provide feedback via the online survey, which will remain open until Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

All community input will inform the development of a Preferred Conceptual Design for Washington Street.

For more information, please visit

Sign of the Times: Former Hoboken Mayor David Roberts Thanks Mayor Dawn Zimmer for Recognition at Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Former Mayor David Roberts was honored by Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Sunday at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival. Mayor Zimmer recognized Roberts' role in creating the first such event 20 years ago. The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival has grown into one of the mile square city's most popular annual events.

Mayor Roberts issued a statement saying, "I am deeply honored to be recognized by Mayor Zimmer for my contributions to this incredible event, which has become the premier arts festival in the region. As a citizen of Hoboken, I am very proud of the courage our Mayor has shown in the face of incredible adversity over the past few months. Mayor Zimmer is an honest and sincere person. I appreciate her friendship and look forward to assisting her in any way I can to help move Hoboken forward."