Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hoboken Board of Education rings in 2015 with swearing-in ceremony

Tuesday night at Demarest saw three year terms for three members sworn-in including two from the newly minted Parents for Progress slate.

The late surge by the previously unknown Wallace district parents received a critical late endorsement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer shocking the BoE election.

Monica Stromwall who was appointed to replace Carmelo Garcia who had to resign due to state laws on officeholders with other elected positions was sworn-in to a full three year term. Her elevation means another BoE trustee seat is taken by someone who is expected to be very active looking to  move forward the educational needle, not merely showing up at monthly meetings like her predecessor.

Monica Stromwall & family at Demarest for the beginning of her full three year
term as BoE trustee.


Sharyn Angley is the newest member of the BoE sworn in and replaces Frances Rhodes Kearns.
She should add a new flavor to the newest group of parents who are increasingly enrolling their kids into the district schools. The wave of family additions brings with it a new energy and focus on improvements across the board.


Sharyn Angley & Family last night at Demarest capturing the moment
with her sworn-in as a Hoboken BoE trustee.

Re-elected BoE trustee Peter Biancamano sweated it out on election night for hours in a neck and neck race with Antonio Gray, the third member of the Parent for Progress ticket. He eventually catapulted from third to first with hundreds of Vote-by-Mail ballots added to his ledger, mostly out of the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Peter Biancamano & family saw him (without baby) sworn-in for another terms as BoE trustee.
The family owns and runs B&P Biancamano, the Italian deli at 1116 Washington St. making
fresh mozzarella for Hoboken's hungry every day.


Those VBMs, well over 400 are a constant thorn in the side of Hoboken's good government movement. Investigators from the Hudson County Board of Elections reduced the numbers eliminating dozens for various issues but the problem shows no signs of abating.

In 2010, the explosion of VBMs in Hoboken became a statewide point of controversy when multiple affidavits out of the Hoboken Housing Authority admitting to a vote buying scheme led to the NJ State Attorney General's Office reviewing the practice and examining almost 400 admitted to the vote totals of Timmy Occhipinti.

As for BoE trustee Peter Biancamano, he may not be staying too long in a school board seat. The pull downtown to City Hall is likely too great for someone who netted over 400 votes in the second ward last November. He's making a move; it's not if but when.


Talking Ed Note: That second ward council seat is up for election this November and is currently occupied by the widely and/or universally despised Beth Mason. Her family checkbook has underwritten numerous political operations, nefarious and benign plus lawsuits on behalf of the Old Guard Russo faction with the last legal action in question the Hoboken SLAPP she announced pending against MSV, exactly two weeks before its filing and later becoming public.