Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Michael Russo war cry: "Change it back to the Hoboken we all know”

Michael Russo running unopposed declares: "It’s time to take our city back” and
"This is our town."


The following report comes courtesy of John Heinis and the Hudson County View:


While he no longer has to endure another grudge match in the 3rd Ward, Hoboken Councilman Michael Russo hosted a campaign kickoff where he called for a clean sweep in both the city council and board of education races. 




For the complete Hudson County View story see:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/hoboken-ward-3-councilman-russo-wants-clean-sweep-in-council-boe-races/


The Carmelo Ticket: Eduardo Gonzalez, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Carmelo "The Wire" Garcia, Alanna Kaufmann (BoE), Terry Castellano, John Madigan (BoE), Michael Russo, Ruben Ramos and Peter "Monarch Man" Biancamano

Peter Biancamano is... Monarch Man


Able to sign off on a pro-developer resolution in a single bound,
Running mate of 'do the developer deal' Eduardo Gonzalez
Beloved to wet dreaming big developers with the Carmelo Ticket
Capable of blocking off the waterfront with the Monarch Project



Peter Biancamano is... Monarch Man



Peter Biancamano, City Council candidate for the Carmelo Ticket is a superhero to big developers. He's a candidate for uptown second ward and is Hoboken Applied Housing's
Monarch Man.


Monarch Man graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Michael DeFusco: Time for policy over politics vs a quarter century of Terry Castellano

From the desk of first ward City Council candidate Michael DeFusco:

Mike Defusco
Friends and Neighbors,

As Election Day gets closer, I wanted to put my thoughts into a short video to help everyone understand why I'm standing up for downtown Hoboken and running for City Council. On November 3rd, have your voice heard, come out and vote.

Also this Thursday, October 1st, please join me for happy hour at McSwiggans (110 1st Street) from 6-8pm, I'll be there chatting with neighbors about issues facing downtown Hoboken. Come join me for a beer, I hope to see you there!

Tiffanie Fisher highlights difference on her community activism, experience vs. Peter "Monarch Man" Biancamano

The following report comes courtesy of John Heinis at the Hudson County View:

Hoboken Ward 2 Council candidate Tiffanie Fisher, a member of the city’s zoning board of adjustment, is taking a hard stance on opposing the controversial Monarch project.


For the complete Hudson County View story, see the link:

http://hudsoncountyview.com/hoboken-ward-2-council-candidate-fisher-speaks-out-against-monarch-project/

Reach Higher: 'Let's engage our community'

BoE slate Reach Higher announces:



Dear friends and neighbors,

Thank you for joining us at the Reach Higher Hoboken kickoff party last week. We’re going to need your continued support to be able to build on the steady progress made in the Hoboken district schools over the past several years.

Tom Kluepfel is running for re-election. He is joined by Sheillah Dallara and Addys Velez, two energetic and committed district parents. The Board of Education needs their kind of integrity and commitment.

You can help in lots of different ways: contribute to the campaign, register to vote, spread the work by “liking” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, put a campaign sign in your window, canvass with a candidate, hold a candidate “Meet and Greet,” and tell your friends why it’s important to vote for the Reach Higher candidates.

But most important is informing voters on Election Day and getting out the vote.  Please consider volunteering an hour or two to help elect Tom, Sheillah and Addys on that first Tuesday in November. Simply reply to this email to let us know you want to help continue the progress!

Contribute: We are an all-volunteer grassroots campaign. Every contribution -- no matter the size -- makes a difference. You can contribute online via Facebook or at this web page. To contribute by check, simply reply to this email to let us know. We’ll provide the details.

Register to Vote: Don’t forget to update your voter registration if you have recently changed your address. The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13th.

Register to Vote By Mail: If you can’t vote in person on November 3, you can apply to vote by mail. To receive your ballot by mail, your application must be received by the County Clerk seven (7) days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election.

“Like” Us on Facebook“: Visit Reach Higher Hoboken on Facebook to read more about the candidates and their campaign. And share Reach Higher with your Facebook friends.

Follow Us on TwitterFollow us for campaign updates.

Campaign Signs: Put Reach Higher Hoboken campaign signs in your windows to show your support and create awareness. Reply to this email and tell us how many you need. We deliver!

Canvass with a Candidate: Join Tom, Sheillah and Addys when they’re out talking to voters. Or take them on a 30-minute door-to-door and introduce them to your neighbors. To canvass with a candidate, reply to this email.

Hold a Meet and Greet: Introduce Tom, Sheillah and Addys to your friends and neighbors. Hold a casual event at your home or in a building common area. It can be big or small, during the day or in the evening. Reply to this email and let us know what works best for you.

Be a Polling Station Challenger: On election day we need people to ensure polling stations follow proper procedures. Reply to this email to let us know you want to be a challenger.

Get Out the Vote on Election Day: This is the most important thing you can do! We need to make sure voters don’t forget to cast their three votes on November 3rd for Tom, Sheillah and Addys. Just one or two hours of your time on election day will make a world of a difference in this election. Reply to this email to let us know you can help.

Finally, PLEASE forward this email to your friends and neighbors. Spread the word about the Reach Higher team. And vote for Kluepfel, Dallara and Velez (Column F, Rows 2, 4 and 6) on November 3rd.  Let’s make our district schools “even” better!

Monday, September 28, 2015

A bountiful legal contract and the art of the HudCo deal

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE



When it comes to Hudson County re: the business of HudCo, the public good is a sidebar consideration for the players who play the game. They just want it to look good or not be looked upon at all.

This won't be one of those times.

The "Isle of Hoboken" finds itself left out of one unauthorized HudCo deal forcing its Old Guard denizens who see themselves entitled to get their hands on anything not nailed down to wander outside the Mile Square borders when looking to cash in and when the voters aren't looking (or worse, not voting?)

Mayor Dawn Zimmer living up to her precepts on ethics and good government is an anomaly who doesn't fit in with the HudCo boys club. Hoboken isn't "open for business" to the chagrin of Old Guard soliders near and far.

This is after all a county which honors party machines and bosses past and present such as Frank Hague whose "leadership" in Jersey City made him exceeding powerful and wealthy. The excess is chalked up to the price of vision in an engorged Hudson County tax bill and elections are best held with limited re: nominal Republican opposition. (See the top of the November county ballot for one such example.)

On Thursday, MSV broke the story of a Frank Raia - Michael Russo deal looped in with Mayor Felix Roque in Weehawken. That's perhaps the wrong angle on the lens. From a Hoboken centric view, the deal involves two political players with a major municipal and council majority the stakes but it's not central to the machinations at hand.

Those Hoboken Old Guard players are mere cogs spinning with the far larger objective of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority legal contract, a fat payday worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A reliable source says the pow wow was eye witnessed early last week at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Weehawken and all the players at the popular harborside restaurant with wonderment at "the deal" going down.

In attendance, West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Hoboken Councilman Michael Russo, NHSA commissioner Frank "Pupie" Raia, West New York power broker Donald Scarinci and West New York mayoral rival Count Wiley, who also doubles as a political friend of Raia.

The deal orchestrated centered not on the Hoboken third ward election match-up, not on the West New York NHSA commissioner seat and the tasty morsel of taxpayer paid health benefits but the North Hudson Sewerage Authority's legal contract.

That prize is valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and the focus of the deal masterminded.

All this coming light is not making for much happiness and driving one venerate audiophile power broker "crazy." HudCo bosses atop the food chain left in the dark getting wind of what went down behind their backs are reportedly angry. (Think Big Brian and Uncle Nick.)

Loose lips sink ships but not necessarily a HudCo deal with Pupie's beloved taxpayer health bennies.

Mayor Felix Roque of West New York. His office
is at the center of a deal masterminded with an eye
toward a lucrative NHSA contract. The bit players
include Hoboken Councilman Michael Russo and
Frank "Pupie" Raia who has an appetite for
taxpayer paid healthcare benefits.



The rest of this story is MSV Premium and will be sent to members via email later today.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Who's coming for a NHSA legal contract dinner?

MSV will have a breaking exclusive Monday with bonus coverage for premium members.
It's going to be a real barn burner. 

What special guests ate at this Ruth's Chris Steak House in Weehawken last week?
MSV will have the breaking exclusive.
You can Count on it.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tiffanie Fisher details commitment to attend Zoning Board meeting on QLC selected forum date

Where I stand…

Dear neighbors:

On Wednesday, September 30th, there are three exciting events going on in Hoboken in which I wanted to participate – the Hoboken Reporter Candidate Forum at 11am (Wards 1, 2 & 3, taped for later public viewing), the QLC Candidate Forum at the Elks Lodge at 7 (Wards 2, 5 and 6; public and taped for later viewing), and a special meeting of the Zoning Board for the Steven’s Gateway project which also begins at 7.  I cannot attend all three so have decided to attend the HR Forum during the day and the ZBA meeting at night.  This allows me the opportunity to both participate in a to-be-publicized discussion with my fellow candidates on important issues as well as being able to honor my current position serving the public on the Zoning Board.

Although I will not be attending the QLC Forum, I wanted you to have in advance my position on issues that you have told me matter most to you:

   Congestion and traffic.  Making this top priority in all discussions regarding future development.  It is difficult to alleviate what exists, but less difficult to manage going forward.
   Aging infrastructure: Finishing what the current administration has started concerning repair and/or replacement and ending events like the recent 14thstreet water main break.
   Irresponsible development / Monarch.  Ensuring future development is done responsibly and that developers honor their promises.  The fight against Monarch started almost 20 years ago when Applied first proposed the Shipyard Development.  The proposed development was debated at dozens of public meetings which included many old timers and BNR’s from our own 2nd Ward and from broader Hoboken.  The promise made by Applied at those meetings was for open space, tennis courts and public parking.  Monarch is the broken promise.  
   Washington Street.  Making sure Washington Street gets paved within the next 12 months.  It has been far too long.
   Taxes and fiscal responsibility.  Advocating for our residents who feel they are taxed unfairly.  Demanding from our County representatives for reduced spending and increased services to Hoboken.  And bonding responsibly in investments for our future.
   Services for the more vulnerable.  Simple actions like free metered parking for the handicapped.  And more complex actions like centralizing management of, improving transparency of, and providing support for affordable housing solutions in Hoboken.
   Cleaning up our parks and sidewalks and keep them free from dog waste.  Elysian park needs to be returned to be the 2nd ward jewel that it used to be.
   Community pool.  Reigniting an age old discussion that is broadly supported by those who do not reside in buildings with a private pool.  We have a unique opportunity to consider a community pool in a place like the BASF site.  

The public should never be the underdog. Residents should have a strong voice in important issues. That is why I believe in actively engaging with, informing and advocating on behalf of the residents of Hoboken’s 2nd Ward on the issues that matter most.  

Tiffanie Fisher
Candidate, 2nd Ward City Council

Council President Ravi Bhalla: Hoboken council election, festival voter registration and attending the papal mass


Dear Friends and Neighbors – 

In just a few short weeks on Nov. 3, Hoboken will hold very important elections for six City Council ward seats.
I am very excited about the candidates I am supporting: 1st Ward Candidate Michael DeFusco, 2nd Ward Candidate Tiffanie Fisher, 4th Ward Candidate Dana Wefer, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, and 6thWard Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino. Having these knowledgeable and dedicated residents as colleagues on the City Council will allow Hoboken to truly thrive and continue to improve. In order to ensure that Hoboken has the best representation possible, we need your help!
On October 6 at 6:30 p.m., I hope you’ll join Mayor Zimmer and I, along with Michael, Tiffanie, Dana, Peter, Jen, and many of your neighbors at Arthur’s Tavern (237 Washington St. in Hoboken) for a fundraiser to benefit those candidates for their upcoming election.
These candidates have already been working hard and spreading the word about their plans for Hoboken. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to meet with them (as well as the Mayor and I) to discuss the issues that are important to you!
Suggested contribution levels are $250 (guest), $500 (host) or $1,000 (chair). Checks can be made out to “Team Zimmer for Hoboken” and mailed to: 45 Essex Street, Suite 204, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
 Upcoming Hoboken Arts and Music Festival 
This Sunday, September 27, I will have a table at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Washington Street. Please take a moment to stop by and say hello. I sponsored a table at the Festival in order to register voters and discuss any issues that are important to you. I will post the exact location of my table on my Facebook page on Sunday morning. Hope to see you there!
More exciting news…
This evening, I am very proud to be able to represent the City of Hoboken at Madison Square Garden for a Mass by Pope Francis. Hoboken is a community with many Catholics, and I am honored to be attending on behalf of the members of our City. 
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with anything, feel free to call me at (201) 647-6090 or email me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com.
Sincerely, 
Councilman Ravinder S. Bhalla
Hoboken Council President
http://www.ravinderbhalla.com/

Quality of Life Coalition announces City Council and BoE forums

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition announces:


The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to invite all Hoboken residents to its 2015 City Council and Board of Education candidates’ forums, a tradition the Coalition has maintained for over a decade. The forums give Hoboken voters an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running for the six ward seats on City Council and three seats on the Board of Education in the November 3, 2015, election. Due to the number of candidates for office, the City Council candidates’ forums will be divided into two groups of 7 candidates: 2nd, 5th and 6th Wards and the 1st, 3rdand 4th Wards.  

The dates this year are as follows:

  • Uptown Candidates Forum (2nd, 5th & 6th Wards) - Wednesday, September 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington Street.
  • Board of Education Candidates forum – Monday, October 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Avenue at 5th Street. This forum is co-sponsored by the Parish of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph.
  • Downtown Candidates Forum (1st, 3rd & 4th Wards) – Thursday, October 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoboken Multiservice Center, 124 Grand Street.

These events are arranged by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, Inc., and moderated by Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken, who has expertly conducted QLC-sponsored forums over the last eight years. These events have consistently delivered a lively exchange of policy ideas, opinions and comments on issues that the voters themselves consider the most important. 

Written questions will be solicited from the audience and submitted to a three-person panel, who will select the clearest and most concise questions on a wide range of topics. Candidates will have a minute and a half to respond to each question, and a one-minute rebuttal will be allowed with permission from the moderator. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make one-minute opening introductory and closing remarks, and a timekeeper will ensure that time limits are respected in answering questions. 

About the QLC
Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen organization that has been active in Hoboken over the last decade. The QLC led the successful efforts to prevent construction of the Devils hockey arena in southern Hoboken, was instrumental in forging the western alignment of the Light Rail route in Hoboken, and with several other groups fought the early battles to secure 1600 Park Avenue as designated parkland.  It participates with other civic organizations to advocate for ordinances for good government practices and to protect the historic structures that lend the city its character.  In 2008, QLC formed the Committee for a Green Hoboken, which worked with the city on an agreement to control carbon dioxide emissions and sustainable development ordinances, and helped secure funding for an energy audit of municipal buildings.


5th ward kickoff for Eduardo Gonzalez

This report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View and John Heinis:

Hoboken Ward 5 Council candidate Eduardo Gonzalez hosted his campaign kickoff at the Brownstone Ale House, located on Willow Avenue, on Thursday night.




For the complete Hudson County View story, see:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/hoboken-ward-5-council-candidate-eduardo-gonzalez-hosts-campaign-kickoff

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tim Occhipinti in re-election bid rips Ruben Ramos' Hoboken City Council record

The interview here with Tim Occhipinti comes courtesy of John Heinis of the Hudson County View:

Hoboken Ward 4 Councilman Tim Occhipinti took aim at the council track record of old adversary Ruben Ramos while explaining why he's seeking re-election, through the Ramos campaign seemed unimpressed by his remarks:



For the entire story by Hudson County View, please see the link:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/hoboken-ward-4-councilman-occhipinti-takes-aim-at-old-adversary-ramos/

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Grist for the Mill: Raia-Russo deal for WNY Sewerage seat sets Reform on its heels

Word of Frank "Pupie" Raia's untimely exit from the City Council race has begun reverberating and one quake in the series: it's bad news for Reform City Council candidates.

The breaking story first reported by the Hudson County View is morphing as additional details of a Michael Russo deal with Raia overspills through Hudson County and specifically Mayor Felix Roque in West New York.

The deal splattered over HudCo suggests the back end portion goes down next March when Frank Raia will retain yet another five year term on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority where he receives taxpayer paid health benefits. The health benefits are Raia's motivation to continue in the role, one he's held for about two decades. Raia solely retains the taxpayer paid health benefits as NJ withdrew them for all other sewerage commissioners but he was "grandfathered" by the state.

Raia who chairs the NHSA as a Hoboken representative will shift into a new seat and another term representing West New York, courtesy of its Mayor Felix Roque.

Michael Russo the incumbent Third Ward councilman benefits immediately with Raia's untimely withdrawal freeing up expenditures of time and money as he suddenly shifts into the November election unopposed.

Reform Council Candidate Setback

Another immediate effect of the Raia-Russo deal is the additional pressure on the other five Hoboken ward City Council races as resources are freed up. Of particular concern to Reform is the increasing focus on taking out Tiffanie Fisher in the second ward aiding Peter Biancamano where developers including the Barry family and Applied Housing/Ironstate Development are eager to see her eliminated.

While Fisher is a top focus, the other race thought to see a boost is Terry Castellano's in the first ward. Her opponent, Michael DeFusco has marshaled a steady campaign of voter outreach this month not unlike Jen Giattino's singular effort in 2011. Castellano is showing nervousness as her base of Marine View votes dissipated in 2013 after pulling a massive tally close to 400 votes for her back in 2011.

Other races which may be impacted include the fifth ward where the Old Guard and developers eye a compliant Eduardo Gonzalez who proved his loyalty supporting large-scale developer deals when he consistently backed the controversial Carmelo Garcia Vision 20/20 redevelopment scam in the Hoboken Housing Authority. Nothing but a brochure was ever produced by Garcia who repeatedly sought and failed in the end to get required HHA and City of Hobken approvals.

Another intriguing addition to the Raia-Russo WNY deal points to the possibility West New York power broker Donald Scarincci replacing the current legal contract on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority with one of his own.

A last component developing in the Raia-Russo deal with Mayor Roque surrounds Hudco's hierarchy. Did Roque weakened with his second indictment by the Feds get buy-in from other Hudco powers? If not, could the Raia-Russo deal be put into jeopardy leaving Frank Raia out in the cold without his treasured taxpayer paid health benefits?

As the saying goes, time will tell. Right now the Russo Clan cashes in as typical - on the front end. How this may impact others on the Carmelo Ticket, namely Ruben Ramos in the fourth ward and Carmelo Garcia in the sixth ward is less clear for the moment.

Frank "Pupie" Raia - 'I wanna better deal.' Word has quickly spread Raia ditched a council bid
to retain taxpayer paid health benefits courtesy of Mayor Felix Roque in West New York on the
NHSA slated for next March. The immediate winner is Councilman Michael Russo who is
going to face no democratic opposition in November putting Reform council candidates on the brink.

MSV will continue work on this breaking Election story.

Talking Ed Note: No analysis is complete without the atypical midweek Hudson Reporter story which weighed in after both the Hudson County View and MSV pretending that neither of the far superior reports existed. (No credit is the equivalent of stealing in journalism.)

The Hudson Reporter once again showed its adherence to the Old Guard party line even going as far as pumping out misinformation about candidate filings alleging Frank Raia submitted his petitions "late." Wrong.

No candidate can submit petitions "late" and get on the November ballot. Raia submitted as many other candidates midday at City Hall on the August 31st deadline.

The Hudson Reporter ignored the reason cited by HCV, Raia's reason for withdrawing was a claim of illness under advice of doctors. With MSV throwing timber on a fire of a deal between Raia-Russo and the currently indicted mayor of West New York in Felix Roque, it looks less like a news story and more an attempt at damage control.

The Hudson Reporter got the Russo party line out in detail with Michael Russo mockingly saying a debate in the third ward "will continue to happen," and this late Raia pullout isn't unusual. It's unknown which ghost Russo plans to debate.

As for the Hudson Reporter, its fiction Raia cut a deal with the mayor's administration is revealed for what it was: another Old Guard political operation on behalf of the Russo faction. Sully will be spun and forced into damage control mode while the pro Old Guard rag pretends its reporting on the complete story of the Raia-Russo deal which it's never likely to fully reveal. Business as usual.

The uncredited HR story all but predicts the public won't get the real story from them but they'll post an update "if" Raia offers an explanation. Way to go for the Pulitzer and a dead end there Caren.

Reform since assuming majorities on every major public institution in Hoboken back to 2009 is facing a serious threat to its current City Council majority in November. Many people who participated in the grass roots movement either via financial and/or campaign support have moved or become dormant or equally worse: complacent.

Should that complacency continue through Election Day, Reform could find itself in the minority after Election Day.

Act accordingly.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com. All email is kept confidential until mutual agreement and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson Superior Court.

Frank "Pupie" Raia pulls plug; seeks court action to withdraw from council race

In a major development in the Hoboken City Council race, Hudson County View is reporting Frank "Pupie" Raia is going to court to withdraw from the third ward race.

According to the report, Raia claims his health is the reason for exiting the race.

Other reliable sources however point to a Russo deal having been cut with Mayor Roque to keep Raia on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. (MSV was working on that story earlier today.)

The Hudson Reporter alleged repeatedly a rumor never confirmed said Raia sought to stay on the Sewerage Authority in a much a hyped Russo allegation of a deal with the administration.

The rumor went nowhere and now Raia is suddenly withdrawing with the smoke circling around a Russo Clan deal.

Michael Russo was previously stated in the Hudson Reporter months back to be going into business with Mayor Felix Roque right before his latest troubles with the Feds exploded in more legal problems.

See the complete Hudson County View exclusive:

http://hudsoncountyview.com/raia-seeking-ballot-removal-in-hoboken-3rd-ward-council-race-against-russo/

Laughing beneficiary. Michael Russo will likely see no opposition and
his opponent, Frank "Pupie" Raia is seeking via court to have his name
removed from the ballot for Third Ward City Council.
Ok, now we can talk about a deal. MSV is investigating
exactly that involving West New York and the NHSA.


Talking Ed Note: How does West New York benefit by using its NHSA seat and putting Frank "Pupie" Raia on it?

The Hoboken Old Guard clearly thought this was a necessary deal. How will Sully swallow this one?
Try to beat the Horsey and get one right.

4th ward City Council race heats up with Councilman Tim Occhipinti interview

Later today, MSV will publish an interview with Councilman Tim Occhipinti courtesy of the Hudson County View. Occhipinti is facing two opponents in Ruben Ramos and Dana Wefer for Hoboken's fourth ward (southeast) City Council seat.

Ramos has not been seen much in recent days with the Carmelo Ticket but he and his mother were reportedly in attendance for the kickoff of fifth ward running mate Eduardo Gonzalez last night.

That kickoff held for Eduardo Gonazalez is eyeing incumbent fifth ward Councilman Peter Cunningham and took place at the uptown Ale House last night.

A small group of mostly Old Guard adherents/politicos gathered to hear some comments from their running mate. Among those in attendance the Russo family including Michele Russo and her son, third ward Councilman Michael Russo and long time Hoboken politico and Reform critic Perry Belfiore.

Also in attendance Peter "Monarch Man" Biancamano with a brief appearance by Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano who last week declared war on Reform's council candidates.

The Carmelo Ticket - back together for another ally's kickoff in Eduardo Gonazalez (second from left) at the Ale House and pictured here previously with Peter "Monarch Man" Biancamano, council members Terry Castellano, Michael Russo and head of the ticket, lame duck Assemblyman Carmelo "the Wire" Garcia.

Related: Grafix Avenger has seen some unusual activity from commenters here and abroad with her analyis of the second ward race and designation of Peter Biancamano as "the Monarch Man."

Second ward residents have to consider who is best for backing its neighbors and the City of Hoboken in the ongoing litigation with the Barry family and its Applied Housing/Ironstate Development companies which are looking to put up residential towers on land earlier contracted as part of the Shipyard development for parking and tennis courts in the northeast corner.

Biancamano by all reports is seeking to leverage the Barry influence on Applied Housing residents to vote for his council candidacy. Whether Applied Housing residents see higher density and a developer deal in their best interest remains to be seen. Historically, arm twisting has been a tool of voter encouragement and more recently, the machinery hired and paid there on behalf of the outgoing Beth Mason has transferred to Peter Biancamano. Who's footing the bill?

One second ward resident appears to have concluded there's no need to join the fight against the Monarch Project towers and what is lacking in the litigation is more information for second ward residents who may oppose the viewpoint of Hudson Tea Condo Board President Tiffanie Fisher. Those who agree with that sentiment have their champion: Peter "Monarch Man" Biancamano.

The triangulation verbosity here is not all that complex. When it comes to Old Guard powers seeking elected office, their affinity is to side with big developers against Hoboken residents.

Whether it's residential towers as part of reneging an agreement with Hoboken or pushing similar residential towers for international chemical firm BASF in northwest Hoboken, the Old Guard players change but the game remains the same.

Insert your Eduardo Gonzalez or Peter Biancamano as you like. There's always others in Hoboken willing to step up to the plate and assume that mantle on behalf of big developer interests in the Mile Square.

On November 3rd, you and your neighbors get to decide if you'll let them.

Unrelated: NJ Assembly candidate Annette Chapparo received an endorsement from JNESO as reported on PolitickerNJ.

First ward council candidate Michael DeFusco focus on Washington Street

From the desk of first ward City Council candidate Michael Defusco:


Friends and Neighbors,

I believe we can and must make improvement to Washington Street. Its current state is unacceptable. To us in the First Ward, it is more than a business district; it is our back yard.

As our Councilman, I will:
  • Push for more regular repaving.
  • Advocate for better lighting, trash cans n every corner and crossing signals at intersections
  • Fight for filling potholes in real time.
  • Stand up for better and more frequent street and sidewalk cleaning.

I will bring new energy to Hoboken City Council and will work with anybody and everybody to ensure improvement are made to Washington Street.

On November 3rd, vote 1-D!

Your neighbor,

Mike DeFusco

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Biancamano campaign: 'No knowledge' and 'will not tolerate' removal of Fisher campaign signs

Addressing the flare up of reports Tiffanie Fisher City Council campaign signs were disappearing last weekend, the Biancamano campaign issued a stern rejection of any involvement.

In a phone interview, Pablo Fonseca speaking on behalf of the Biancamano campaign flatly stated of allegations surrounding disappearing Fisher campaign signs at upper Washington St. businesses, "We have no knowledge. We will not tolerate that and that's not the way we're going to move forward."

Fonseca said the campaign's focus would be "on the issues" but warned anyone "associated with us" involved in unauthorized activity stealing campaign signs would be "completely removed from the campaign."

Tiffanie Fisher responded by phone saying, "I'm glad to hear my opponent's campaign will be focusing on the issues. That what's important to second ward residents."

A Hoboken munchkin carries Tiffanie Fisher
for second ward council campaign signs.
The Biancamano campaign says the signs will
not be interfered with and it had no knowledge
of their disappearances last weekend.

Talking Ed Note: The third candidate running in the second ward, Bonnie Murray, was not solicited for comment on the poster brouhaha.