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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

6 acres and a new park for Hoboken? For all the marbles: City Council @ 7:00


Tonight's City Council meeting is for all the marbles. Eminent domain is on the table for the possible purchase of the six acre BASF site in northwest Hoboken.

The Hoboken City Council requires six votes for passage to move ahead with the City using all means available in negotiations including the power of eminent domain to obtain the six contiguous acres for a large park and possible municipal parking garage.

On first reading the measure passed 6-3 with Councilman Tim Occhipinti making what could be the critical, required sixth vote.

Voting in favor of acquiring the six acre BASF site on first reading at the last meeting: Council members Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino, Dave Mello, Tim Occhipinti, Jim Doyle and Council President Ravi Bhalla.

Voting against: Council members Terry Castellano, Michael Russo and Beth Mason.

The public will be allowed to weigh in on the second reading early this evening after 7:00 pm in City Hall council chambers.

The complete council agenda is available here: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/agenda15/ccm.9-16-15.pdf

The above video is part 3 from last night and begins with the actual eminent domain vote.
Part two of the meeting is here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/73391882

Rumor mills and BoE Trustee Peter Biancamano asked to step down

Former BoE rival Brian Murray tells Peter Biancamano: Resign from the BoE

It's not only election season but silly season in Hoboken and while the Mile Square is not at the level of an epicenter striking like a Donald Trump, campaigns have a way of issuing fodder to create similar richter scale output.

First things first; on the Board of Education front, former and current rival (by marriage) Brian Murray laid down the gauntlet to BoE Trustee Peter Biancamano at the last district meeting. 

In public portion, Murray hammered Biancamano for repeatedly running for a seat on the Hoboken City Council in recent years while moving his lips saying he was committed to serving out his term as trustee and asking voters only last year to re-elect him to the school board (which they narrowly did).

Murray left out his personal rivalry with Biancamano and most would not say he's obligated to do so except the numero uno reason Murray failed in his attempt last year to get on the BoE himself was one Peter Biancamano. 100 votes give or take for Murray would have gotten him the third seat.

Some might color it further by pointing to a sizable pile of paper ballots for Biancamano and the Vote by mail number 466.

Twice failed BoE candidate Brian Murray asked BoE trustee and City Council
candidate Peter Biancamano to resign so someone else could
give their full commitment to serving the children as a BoE trustee.
This election cycle, it's Murray's wife who is Biancamano's opponent,

but this time it's for second ward City Council.

Murray as a parent conlcuded his remarks saying, "While it is election season... here not a year later (after re-election to the BoE)... Mr. Biancamano chooses then again to run for City Council... If he wants to be on the City Council, how is he best serving this board and the children and my child... (how about) someone give their full commitment... Asking Mr. Biancamano to step down tonight if he wants to be on the City Council." (Scroll ahead two-thirds in public portion for his comments.)

Last year in the BoE election, Murray running with bomb thrower Patricia Waiters on a Carmelo Garcia ticket approached 2,000 votes, a scary proposition in itself, but he was defeated as Monica Stomwall and Sharyn Angley emerged as first time candidates to victory with Biancamano's massive VBM tally lifting him to re-election.

Biancamano's been standing in the way of Murray for what seems like forever but it's actually two consecutive election cycles. The bad blood however isn't dissipating anytime soon.

Peter Biancamano having successfully blocked Brian Murray from winning a seat on the BoE last year is now in a race against Murray's wife Bonnie in the second ward for a seat on the City Council. A large obstacle standing in the way of the Murrays is also one major Reform backed candidate in Tiffanie Fisher.

Political rivalries however are born of the push-pull battles in elections. Here, the past is present and history may repeat itself all over again. Murray showed restraint in voicing his request while elucidating his displeasure.

BoE trustee Peter Biancamano (l) with Freeholder Anthony Romano
seen here at the recent Carmelo Garcia fundraiser was asked to resign
from the BoE the other day by former BoE candidate Brian Murray.

Biancamano elected to deflect Murray's jabs. In the past he's voiced his commitment and acceptance,  some might say acquiescence to continuing on the BoE long after his at-large defeat for council in 2013. That however was when Beth Mason and the Mason family checkbook stood in the way. It was common knowledge to readers here Biancamano would not or could not pull the trigger to announce a run for the second ward council seat until political reality finally dawned on Beth Mason she was through.

On a contrary note, Beth Mason didn't just go quietly into the night. Before her telephone polling in the Hudson Tea Building, the second ward and later across town showed the writing on the wall, she was seeking support from distant pastures in her bizarre carpetbagging alliance with southern NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney.

That became grist for the mill in state circles as Beth Mason desperately sought an endorsement for another council run from the NJ Senate Majority Leader. After much pleading and offers of Mason family loot, she was told to stop calling. How a south NJ endorsement would be of no help to Mason was clear to everyone in Hoboken and Hudson County - except Beth Mason.

Another Hudson Reporter Old Guard report falls by the wayside

Chalk up another in a long list of wrong on the rumor mill churning incessantly (out of the Ruben Ramos camp) via the Hudson Reporter. Councilman Dave Mello will not be endorsing Tim Occhipinti for the fourth ward City Council seat. While Occhipinti has transformed himself (and his voting) this past year after a failed 2013 bid for mayor, similar geography in growing up and recent mutual efforts to move Hoboken forward won't lead to any surprise endorsement for Occhipinti's re-election effort.

Mello just started a new teaching job and has a full plate with dwindling capacity to impact November's ward races. After noting his recent job change, he said in a phone interview last night, "I have no intention to endorse Tim (Occhipinti) and my limited energies will be going to my friend and colleague Peter Cunningham in the fifth ward."

Peter Cunningham, Reform's anti-corruption champion going back to 2007 is one of two critical reform council seats up for re-election in November with the sixth ward and Jen Giattino's council seat the other. Those two council seats are considered by many close political observers as most winnable versus the historic challenges in the fourth ward where Reform typically faces an uphill fight. First time council candidate Dana Wefer will slug it out with Reform and an anticipated mayoral endorsement in the fourth ward.

The day previous, another Ruben Ramos campaign rumor propagating the Mile Square concerned Tim Occhipinti saying he was dropping out of the fourth ward council race altogether. That rumor died a quick death when the Occhipinti campaign which may not have even heard the latest Ramos poison pill took out a campaign ad on MSV for the duration through Election Day.

Nevertheless, Hoboken's rumor mill will continue to churn, churn, churn. The Carmelo Ticket is just getting warmed up. Expect more Old Guard mud flung in every possible direction. Good times.




If only such ugly mud-slinging racial remarks were so easily made invisible. When you enjoy having your peops play the race card ala Al Sharpton, the body politic should hold you accountable. 

November 3rd is long past time for voters to do so for Hoboken's Ethic Cleanser.


Carmelo Garcia ethic/ethnic cleanser graphic courtesy Grafix Avenger