There's one more candidates forum tomorrow night brought to you by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition as part of its series of election-year candidates’ forums, a tradition the Coalition has maintained for over a decade. On Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm, come to the Multiservice Center at 124 Grand St. to hear the candidates vying to represent the First, Third and Fourth Wards in Hoboken City Council answer your questions about issues, policies and their qualifications for office.
The forums give Hoboken voters an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running for City Council ward seats and Board of Education in the November 3, 2015, election. These events are moderated by Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken, who has conducted QLC-sponsored forums over the last eight years.
Written questions are solicited from the audience and submitted to a panel of Hoboken Quality of Life board members, who will select the clearest and most concise questions on a wide range of topics. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make opening introductory and closing remarks, and a timekeeper will ensure that time limits are respected in answering questions.
The events this year are as follows:
• Uptown City Council Races: 2nd, 5th, & 6th Wards – Wednesday, September 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington St.
• Board of Education forum – Monday, October 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Ave. at 5th St.
• Downtown City Council Races: 1st, 3rd, & 4th Wards – Thursday, October 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Multiservice Center, 124 Grand St.
Video from the first two candidates forums has been posted to the QLC website for anyone who missed the live events. Please share this with your neighbors.
The following report comes courtesy of John Heinis at the Hudson County View:
Hoboken Ward 5 Councilman Peter Cunningham said his track record regarding the city's finances speaks for itself, further expressing his desire to continue to serve the Mile Square City, also taking a parting shot at his opponent in the process.
For the complete story, see the Hudson County View:
Talking Ed Note: Less than three weeks to Election Day, accountability matters.
Councilman Peter Cunningham is now a proven steward of Hoboken's finances and the Reform Movement's elder statesman: steady on progress and quick on the draw protecting the public from corruption and massive redevelopment scams.
Who supported more than doubling the size of the Hoboken Housing Authority downtown with no actual plan, no details in a master plan and nothing more than a color brochure?
The head of the scam pitched was by none other than Carmelo Garcia who now seeks to replace the very competent, measured Councilwoman Jen Giattino in the sixth ward.
Who voted for the Vision 20/20 money scam repeatedly at both the Hoboken Housing Authority and City Council with nothing but some pretty photos and empty promises?
Along with Carmelo Garcia, it was his steady right hand man and vote on the HHA: one Eduardo Gonzalez. (So too, Theresa Castellano, Michael Russo, Tim Occhipinti and that pargon of zero virtue: Beth Mason, on the City Council.)
There's more than one way to fleece an unsuspecting Hoboken public.
United in opposition to ripoffs against the public, Peter Cunningham doesn't raise his voice, he's not going to yell "You're trying to rob us (again)." Councilman Cunningham will just quietly put a stop to it before it gets off the ground.
A vote for Councilman Cunningham is as much a vote for what he does as the hands he stops from getting into your pockets or changing the entire face and landscape of Hoboken.
So too with Councilwoman Jen Giattino. Reform will not surrender that ground if you vote November 3rd on Election Day for Tiffanie Fisher, Michael DeFusco, and Dana Wefer.
Councilman Cunningham's opponent Eduardo Gonzalez responds to the success of the incumbent by stating raising taxes are not an option for a school or while he sat on the Hoboken Housing Authority. This is a self-evident truth.
But Eduardo Gonzalez, your opponent in Councilman Cunningham didn't raise taxes to balance Hoboken's budget. He rooted out waste and corruption, making prudent reductions and worked with Mayor Dawn Zimmer's administration to cut municipal taxes approximately 10%.