Friday, May 29, 2015

Guilty pleasures: The Masonista Joy of Censorship

The unofficial summer has kicked off with glorious weather but Da Horsey grew green with envy in the Bench Slapped email incorporated into an uproariously hilarious satirical graphic by Grafix Avenger.

So MSV dug into the tens of thousands of emails to toss one out onto the barbie and grill up some Masonista loving censorship to couple with the lovely weather.

In March of 2012, the efforts to derail the First Amendment in Hoboken was a full force Masonista endeavor. Mere months later, numerous well known Hoboken commenters would see their names appear in the Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi lawsuit unceremoniously announced by Beth Mason herself in the July 2012 City Council meeting.

Beth Mason's announcement of war on the First Amendment went completely unreported then and now. The Hudson Reporter featured her prominently in its story when the civil litigation when it exclusively reported each and every one of the Hoboken commenters was on the hook for $2,000,000 each. (That claim was incorrect and proved ludicrous when the case itself was thrown out of court noting the lack of evidence mid-trial.)

Most of the Hoboken commenters named in the SLAPP shared one thing in common outside of their anti-corruption mindset, Old Guard and Beth Mason skepticism having absolutely nothing to do with defamation; they would never see a single allegation made against them as required under NJ law.

Their collective guilt was however clearcut among censorship loving Masonistas who went on an anti-speech rampage on Hoboken Patch while perhaps awaiting an answer to their funding appeal for the SLAPP.

Here is the special moment of the shared Masonista loving censorship discovery. Hoboken411 having been used, abused and all but destroyed for its single-minded Gestapo like tactics on speech, the Masonistas moved on to Hoboken Patch, their new obsessive focus.

Here's Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi and her friend sharing that special moment when the Joys of Censorship is birthed on Hoboken Patch. The scientific "discovery" is shared in the emails titled, "Re ha ha ha!"

Dozens if not hundreds of comments would later vanish at the hands of the Masonistas. 

Kim Cardinal Bajardi and company:
the Joy of Censorship.

Talking Ed Note: At the municipal trial postponement yesterday, Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi showed up to enjoy some quality time with Beth Mason and Mason's personal attorney Steve Kleinman taking notes in court.

Birds of a feather...

Hoboken begins search for new Fire Chief


The City of Hoboken is beginning the transition process of identifying a new Fire Chief due to the retirement of Fire Chief Richard Blohm, who has indicated that he will be retiring on June 1, 2015. The City will appoint a Provisional Fire Chief in the very near future, followed by a Civil Service Chief’s test. Once Civil Service administers the Fire Chief’s exam and publishes the results, the Administration will interview candidates for the position of permanent Fire Chief. The Fire Department has been operating with an officer in charge over the past few weeks and will continue to do so until a Provisional Chief is named.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to Chief Blohm for his 38 years of service to the City of Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am confident the Fire Department will build on the progress of Chief Blohm’s tenure and continue to respond to the needs of our community.”

Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Blohm at a 2012
City Council meeting.

photo copyright MSV 2012


City of Hoboken announces:

Residents Invited to County Budget Workshop at Hoboken City Hall

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 the Hoboken City Council adopted a 2015 budget that keeps the municipal tax rate flat, a continuation of years of effort by the Zimmer Administration to cut costs, increase efficiencies, and hold the line on taxes. Since 2010, the local municipal tax levy has been reduced from $57.7 million to $52.4 million. At the same time, Hoboken’s share of Hudson County taxes has increased from $45.5 million to an estimated $67.3 million in the County’s introduced 2015 budget. 

Based on Hudson County’s introduced budget, Hoboken’s County taxes will increase by 11.5% in 2015, contributing $285 to an overall $352 annual tax increase for the average Hoboken property. Since the municipal tax rate is flat, no portion of the total $352 increase is due to the municipal budget.

On Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a budget workshop in Hoboken City Council chambers. It will be an opportunity for members of the public to have a voice in the process. 

“In Hoboken, we have made difficult staffing decisions, tightened our belts, and sought out efficiencies to cut costs and stabilize taxes,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re proud that thanks to our efforts, our bond rating was increased from just above junk status to AA+, reducing our financing costs and providing further savings. Despite these efforts, our taxpayers still see their property tax bills go up primarily because of County taxes. Part of the reason Hoboken's share of County taxes has gone up is because our property values are rising faster than in the rest of the County. But it is also true that year after year, the County continues to increase its budget, negating our efforts to keep property taxes stable. I thank the County for agreeing to hold a budget hearing in Hoboken and urge our residents to attend and provide their feedback.”

The three primary components of property taxes are municipal, county, and school taxes, along with smaller components for library and open space taxes. In 2010, only 32% of a Hoboken property owner’s tax bill was due to County taxes. Today, County taxes are the largest component: 40%. During the same time, the share of total property taxes due to the local municipal tax dropped from 40% to 31%. 

Based on Hudson County’s introduced budget, the property taxes for a Hoboken property with an average assessed value of $518,000 will increase by an estimated $352 this year. The vast majority of that increase ($285) will be due to County taxes, along with smaller increases due to School ($47) and Library ($21) taxes, while there will be no increase due to the City’s budget.