Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PolitickerNJ: Roman Brice and Nancy Pincus are "First Amendment superstars and protectors of cyber-speech"

In a column featured today on PolitickerNJ, "The Hoboken Horse That Roared!" Donald Scarinci, a managing partner of law firm Scarinci Hollenbeck is sure to add to the dismay and misery of attempted First Amendment SLAPPers and Old Guard corruptocrats and their servile supporters.

The column focused on Judge Patrick J. Arre's mighty First Amendment and frivolous litigation legal decision issued earlier this month pointing to two folks caught up along with a dozen Hoboken residents in a years long vicious SLAPP-suit.

Scarinci points to common folk across the country, re: lowly bloggers calling Roman Brice (the Hoboken Horse) and Nancy Pincus (Grafix Avenger) "First Amendment superstars and protectors of cyber-speech."

Scarinci who pens not one but two legal websites including the "Constitutional Reporter," isn't exactly distancing himself from that celebration; he all but embraces it popping the champagne corks himself.

Alternatively, you can almost hear the sound of wallpaper being ripped down with ruined fingernails on upper Hudson St. to the gnashing of teeth at 14th and Washington.

Is anyone feeling the irony that so-called journalists Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi who quite literally feed off the fattened plate of the First Amendment spent years attempting to eviscerate it?

In the notable July 8th legal decision, Judge Patrick Arre on claims concerning the FBI investigated stolen emails out of mayor's office found in Lane Bajardi's email account and remaining allegations at trial wrote, "there was significant evidence to support the truth of Defendants' statements." Judge Arre - page 31

No pathological liar can trump NJ defamation law where "truth is the absolute defense."

Councilwoman Beth Mason will be most unhappy with the news the people who successfully fought off a years long SLAPP-suit she loudly announced in a  live City Council meeting and supported for three years are now being called "First Amendment superstars and protectors of cyber-speech."

What does that make her? 

Talking Ed Note: A horse can be a First Amendment superstar? I'm taking this column having it framed and sent over to my uncle, Mr. Ed.

After three years of a brutal litigation which saw more than five dozen motions, the vast majority issued on behalf of the "checkbook litigation" plaintiffs, "of limited means" their attorney JZ claimed, this is both overwhelming and humbling.

With sincere thanks to Mr. Scarinci; so kind of a constitutional scholar to take note.

Councilwoman Jen Giattino on progress for a new 6-acre park, opposing County tax increases

From the desk of Sixth Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino:

Jen Giattino 6th Ward Update

The BASF site at 11th & Madison Streets is home to the future 6-acre active recreation park designed to accomodate a 5 million gallon underground storm water retention chamber.
Future 6-acre active recreation park designed with 5mil gallon underground storm water retention chamber.
As Councilwoman and Council President, one of my highest priorities has been securing more park space and upgrading our existing parks. I am pleased to report we have made substantial progress in both these areas, which are critical to our quality of life. 
We are moving forward with plans to acquire a new 6-acre park at the BASF site at 11th and Madison Streets along with a new multi-purpose park that will include active recreation. An underground storm water retention chamber that can hold at least 5 million gallons of water will be installed on the property. This is a key element in the City’s comprehensive flood prevention plan.

A combination of low interest financing and open space funds will be used to purchase the property and for park construction. As I said during one of the Council sessions where I pushed allocating some of the funding for the project, this is the last, best opportunity for the City of Hoboken to obtain multiple acres of contiguous open space. I am pleased to report we are seizing this opportunity.
I worked hard, together with the Mayor and my Council Colleagues, to produce a budget with no increase in the city tax levy this year. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for our county government —which continues to raise taxes every year and saddles Hoboken with an unfair share of the burden.

The county tax levy is increasing by an unacceptably high 4.49%, with an outrageous nearly 12% increase for Hoboken due to a flawed county formula based on property values. Less than 1-out-of-ten county residents live in the City, yet more than 1-out-of-5 tax dollars to pay for county government now come from Hoboken taxpayers.

It is time to bring county government into the 21st century, putting in place needed cost-efficiencies and targeting pockets of waste. As Hoboken residents, it is time to make an extra effort to make our voice heard during next year’s county budget process.

I will be reaching out to my fellow Council members in other Hudson County cities to see if we can make common cause and prevail upon county government to hold the line on spending. In a more than $500 million county budget this is a doable task.

Visit the for complete schedule of road resurfacing.
Beginning this week, Bloomfield Street, between Observer Highway and 14th Street, is being repaved. Repaving is also underway between Hudson Street and Castle Point on 8th and 9th Streets. According to the City, the work should take about 2 weeks to complete.
PLEASE NOTE: The "No Parking" on Garden St. and Park Ave. has been removed until the repaving on Bloomfield St. has been completed.
Check for a complete schedule of resurfacing around town.