Friday, February 20, 2015

Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason doesn't write her "own stuff?"


February 20, 2015

Back in December 2011, a classic moment in Hoboken City Council history was recorded in the annals of "the internets" when Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason got into a dust-up with Business Administrator Arch Liston.

Liston grew frustrated with grandstanding on a simple end of year line item transfer blocked by Beth Mason and her allies in the Russo faction.

The classic interchange remembered fondly by many (video below) ended with BA Liston mocking prepared comments delivered by Mason suggesting she paid someone to do it for her.

Beth Mason blithely responds to his suggestion haughtily retorting, "I write my own stuff."

Liston then infamously quipped, "Yeah, I believe that."

Who was telling the truth?

Earlier that same year, Beth Mason business partner and paid political operative James Barracato penned an email to Lane Bajardi, Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi and Sara Stojkovic showing his written speech Beth Mason delivered for a City Council meeting opposing a reform proposed anti-wheeling pay-to-play ordinance.

In the 2010 Hoboken council fourth ward special election, the Mason family wheeled at a minimum $14,000 to the Occhipinti for Council campaign. Some observers believe it may have been $20,000 or more. Occhipinti declared by Mason political operatives "an independent" candidate for the fourth ward would immediately vote to install Beth Mason the Hoboken City Council President.

Mason's council reign spanning months to July is believed the shortest in living memory.

Here is an original, unedited and complete copy of the February 17th, 2011 email:

Related: MSV's original report on the Liston-Mason hoedown with our original video.

Councilman Peter Cunningham: Update on Gulf Station uptown and Parking Meter plan

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear neighbors, friends and family,
Two quick up dates on the former Gulf Station at 14th and Willow which has burdened the NW neighborhood in Hoboken for many years, and residential parking meters which essentially eliminates four hours of free parking in Hoboken neighborhoods.  

At the former Gulf Station, work has been ongoing and the subterranean parking structure has been completed.  The vertical portion of the work commenced in December.  Per the developer, we will start seeing a lot of activity on and around the site in the coming weeks with a completion date slated for the end of February ’16.  A commercial tenant is expected to be named in March.

As many of you may recall, we completed a Parking Master Plan fall of last year.  For a City which has renowned and infamous parking, the consultants were stunned that we provided four hours of free parking on our streets.  There is no City in a America with similar parking issues providing free parking.  For some of the concerns expressed, we are not looking to create unintended consequences, so to quell the misinformation out there, visitor hang tags are not going away.  Furthermore, meters will be placed strategically at locations in consultation with the neighborhoods.  Revenues collected from meters will be used to support road and parking infrastructure projects.  

That's it for now! 

Please continue to send me your questions and concerns on these important issues as the information that's out there in the papers is unfortunately incorrect and misleading.  


Talking Ed Note: Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called for a special City Council meeting Monday on the issue of the failed resolution voted down by Council members Beth Mason and Terry Castellano.  

Six votes are required to authorized the expenditure after the previous unanimous vote of the Hoboken City Council in favor of the second pump to aid the west side of Hoboken covering Michael Russo's third ward and part of Peter Cunningham's fifth ward.