Thursday, March 5, 2015


City of Hoboken announces:


On Thursday, March 4, the Hoboken City Council voted to advance three crucial City projects including replacing the water mains and improving drainage along Washington Street, constructing the Southwest Resiliency Park, and acquiring 6 acres of property and creating the design for the Northwest Resiliency Park.

“I thank the City Council for voting to move forward on very important projects to improve our infrastructure and quality of life including repaving Washington Street and creating parks to provide much-needed open space and flood mitigation,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As we finalize engineering plans to repave and renovate our main commercial corridor next year, it is critical that we upgrade our brittle, century-old water mains so we don’t find ourselves immediately patching up our newly repaved street. In addition, with the continued support of the Council and the public, we are on track to break ground this summer on the first phase of the Southwest Resiliency Park and to acquire 6 acres of land for a large Northwest Resiliency Park, both designed to capture stormwater and alleviate flooding. Additional votes from the City Council will be required to complete these projects, and I hope the community and Council will continue to support these improvements to our city.”

The City Council approved three applications for low-interest financing with 19% principal forgiveness from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The applications would replace the water mains and make drainage improvements along Washington Street, pay for the construction of an approximately one acre park in Southwest Hoboken, and pay for the acquisition and design of a park on 6 acres of property in Northwest Hoboken.

The City’s strategy is to pay for the parks projects through the Open Space Trust Fund and to renegotiate the agreement with United Water with more favorable terms that incorporate the cost of water main upgrades to Washington Street. The City initially entered into an agreement with United Water in 1994 which only provides sufficient annual funding to make emergency repairs, but no long-term infrastructure upgrades.

For more information on these projects, see the memo from Mayor Zimmer to the City Council:

Second ward residents question Beth Mason on "questionable practices" of her 'close associates' and HUMC's 60,000 emails


Two second ward residents concerned about the illicit clouds forming around Beth Mason sought answers last night from their second ward representative. The issue of illicitly obtained emails in the tens of thousands during the highly sensitive 2011 hospital sale being the focus of varying questions.

James Sanford, a second ward resident speaking on behalf of the Hoboken Republican Party repeated an earlier public request Beth Mason apologize for her massive campaign violations. He echoed a similar earlier request from another second ward resident months previous asking for the same.

Then the elephant in the room sounded. Sanford specifically inquired on the revelations of "emails being reported in local media referring to close associates of yours and their questionable practices."

This got Mason's attention who was clearly agitated by the inquiry. Sanford continued to politely ask for transparent answers. None would be forthcoming as she said she would speak to him privately.

Doesn't the public have a right to know Ms. Mason?

Sanford's questions clearly pointed to Beth Mason political operative James Barracato who shared he was obtaining 60,000 emails between Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the local hospital board. Another email made public through the Bajardi v Pincus litigation states Barracato had a meeting at the Malibu Diner where he passed the 60,000 emails on to the Hudson Reporter. (See below in the Mayor Zimmer certification.)

Later, another Hoboken resident, Franz Paetzold, would issue a similar polite request expressing concern about the emails reported illicitly obtained in earlier reports on MSV and Grafix Avenger, calling for an investigation.

Mason who has been known to publicly hold tantrums on minor issues she insists not be answered via email with the administration insisting the "public has a right to know" suddenly has zero interest in the transparency surrounding major issues of public concern.

First Ward Councilwoman Terry Castellano who ignored the speaker contrary to a prior stated pronouncement the council should listen to the public can then be heard mumbling to Mason after Sanford's questions, "You don't have to deal with that."

Is that right?

Actual legal documents filed in Hudson Superior Court last September raised the issue of 60,000 emails allegedly obtained by Beth Mason's "business partner:"

Actual excerpt of a submitted filing to Hudson Superior Court last September by Defendant Pincus highlighted Hoboken University Medical Center's 60,000 emails revealed in emails as obtained by Beth Mason political operative James Barracato.

Talking Ed Note: While both Hoboken residents were exceedingly polite, no one should expect any accountability let alone an apology from Beth Mason.

On anything.

Beth Mason, the obvious underwriter of the Nazi Truck, as reported exclusively on MSV which saw a Nazi flag being flashed in front of a Board of Education meeting, a City Council meeting the following night and up and down Washington Street outraged the Hoboken community leading to public requests from both Hoboken rabbis seeking an apology.

Beth Mason doesn't do apologies. She has a family checkbook. She does lawsuits. Oh and maybe perjury.

You won't be reading about any of these uncomfortable facts on major matters of public concern in the pro-Old Guard rag, the Hudson Reporter. (Is it true Caren that James Barracato has office space at the paper as a "business partner" with Beth Mason?)

Mayor Dawn Zimmer certified last September she did not authorize Beth Mason or any of her paid political operatives to have any of her private emails: