Thursday, October 29, 2015

Requests for Hoboken's official ballot on Tuesday

MSV has received some requests to highlight the ballot for Tuesday's November election.

Locally, each of the Hoboken wards will offer a choice to make plus you have the Board of Education race. There's also a true representative up for Assembly in Annette Chaparro.

In addition, you have one decision to make for County Executive (which is how they like it).

So here's how your ballot will look in the Third Ward (only for Vote-by-Mail):

At the voter machines:

MSV officially endorses write-in candidate Solomon Dwek and urges you to add criminal diversity to Hoboken.

Remember, diversity makes our community stronger.

Nora Jacobson's unreleased documentary on Hoboken's Waterfront Referendum screening Friday night

Hoboken Fair Housing Association announces:

Hoboken Fair Housing Association (HFHA) proudly presents: Nora Jacobson's unreleased documentary on Hoboken's Waterfront referendum

The short documentary tells the story of Hoboken residents fighting to preserve their community from devastating over development. It highlights both the universal and timeless story of ordinary citizens trying to organize and fight for their right to have a democratic say, through referendum, in a world where those with the money, in this case developers, normally win by using their money to shape the judicial and electoral process with lawyers and propaganda. The film demonstrates how citizens can use democracy to defend themselves.

After the film Nora will share her impressions of what she witnessed and how it shaped what she created. Although the events took place decades ago, as another election season is upon us, the importance of democracy and making our voices heard is still very relevant today. The citizens won the referendum election by just 12 votes underscoring how every vote truly does count.

Admission: Free
Donations Welcome

Tim Occhipinti: 'Please consider lending a hand'

From the desk of Councilman Tim Occhipinti:

Friends and Neighbors,

With just a few days until Election Day I'm asking for a few hours of your time on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to help move the 4th Ward Forward for four more years! 

Our campaign headquarters on Tuesday is located at 4th and Jackson Street. We'll be there starting at 5:30 am as polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm.

If you have an hour or two to spare anytime on Tuesday please stop by and see our volunteer coordinator. We'll give you a location and literature to hand out.

You have been a witness to all of our quality of life improvements in our neighborhood. The Southwest Park, new open space at 1st and Jackson Street, getting our roads repaved, upgrading both pocket parks on Jackson & Jefferson Streets, the revitalization of Mama Johnson Field and our revamped Community Garden.

Results Matter. Experience Counts. 

Watch this video and see the progress we've made and the challenges we need to address over the next four years.

Please forward this e-mail and tell your friends and neighbors that you'll be voting to re-elect Tim Occhipinti on Tuesday, Nov. 3.


I respectfully ask for your continued support and that you vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to re-elect me as your 4
th Ward council representative. 
Tim Occhipinti
4th Ward Councilman
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City of Hoboken announces:

Three years after Hurricane Sandy, the City of Hoboken is making progress towards creating a more resilient city through many initiatives.
The City funded the construction of the H-5 wet weather pump, which is currently underway, and is moving forward with the acquisition of the 6 acre BASF property in Northwest Hoboken that will be designed with at least one million gallons of underground stormwater detention. Both projects will alleviate flooding in northwest Hoboken, including the flood-prone neighborhood around the ShopRite.
Funding and plans are in place for construction of the Southwest Park which is also designed with underground stormwater detention. The start of construction has been slightly delayed due to State regulations and will begin as soon as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issues final permits, which is expected to occur soon. In addition, the City is finalizing negotiations for an agreement, which will soon be considered by the City Council, that would create a 2 acre resiliency park and plaza at 7th Street and Jackson Street.
Residents should be aware that the City of Hoboken may be the only city in the State of New Jersey and among the few in the country which has passed legislation to prohibit residential and commercial development on the waterfront. The City is fighting in Federal court to enforce this important legislation.
The City is also working with the State of New Jersey to implement a “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” flood resiliency strategy which received $230 million through the Rebuild by Design competition.
“We are making real progress towards implementing a comprehensive water management strategy in collaboration with the DEP, federal government, and neighboring cities, and thanks to the dedicated work of our resident volunteers on the Community Advisory Group,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I strongly encourage our community to remain involved so we build consensus and implement this plan with the goals of reducing flood risk and lowering flood insurance costs.”
A Public Scoping Meeting for the Rebuild by Design project was held on September 24, 2015 which can be viewed online at: The latest project documents and updates are available on the project website:
In addition to physical infrastructure to improve flood resiliency, Hoboken has developed award-winning guidelines and innovative policies to help private property owners design flood-proof properties and incentive the implementation of green roofs.
The Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines, meant to simplify and consolidate information on building within Hoboken’s floodplain, are available online at
A set of recent Zoning updates related to roof decks has, in just three months, already led to the approval of a dozen green roofs totaling nearly 14,000 square feet of space and capable of preventing a combined 7,000 gallons of stormwater runoff.

Shadowy hosts of "Friends of Beth Mason" behind hit job mailers against Councilwoman Jen Giattino

Hosts of "Friends of Beth Mason"political committee Ines Garcia Keim and John Keim revealed as the same address as PAC smearing Councilwoman Jen Giattino

Source: NJ ELEC

The shadowy political PAC "Real Democrats for Hoboken" which raised eyebrows for suspect political activities in 2011 resurfaced with two hit job mailers to sixth ward resident this week attacking Councilwoman Jen Giattino.

The rampage was anticipated with Carmelo Garcia's rapid descent in the sixth ward City Council race and fits earlier Beth Mason talking points.

The Keim hosted PAC doesn't show funds available on a 2015 NJ ELEC filing for the hit piece mailers leading many to suspect the PAC is acting as a financial front and a vindictive departure of lame duck Councilwoman Beth Mason.

In 2011, Councilwoman Jen Giattino was one of a five member council majority passing an updated anti-wheeling pay to play ordinance. The ordinance limited PAC contributions in Hoboken political campaigns to $500. With two mailers this week, the Keim backed PAC violates Hoboken's ordinance twice in the same week.

John Keim recently endorsed the entire Russo faction Carmelo Ticket on his Facebook page asking as Michael Russo earlier for an Old Guard sweep. In the Facebook post, he states Carmelo Garcia did a good job in the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Ines Garcia Keim has been seen squiring around second ward council candidate Peter Biancamano who MSV reported took a $2,500 loan from Michael Russo last month.

Eduardo Gonzalez, a council candidate in the fifth ward against Councilman Peter Cunningham was listed as the treasurer of the Real Dems PAC prior to Ines Garcia Keim in 2012.

The latest hit job mailer falsely claims Councilwoman Jen Giattino increased taxes. She was elected in 2011 and has voted consistently reducing and holding Hoboken's municipal taxes flat. A copy of the mailer is seen below riffing on a well-worn Beth Mason gag about returning "the surplus."

Beth Mason and her pals John Keim and Ines Garcia Keim are back delivering false information to sixth ward residents claiming tax cutting Councilwoman Jen Giattino raised taxes. After Giattino came into office in 2011, she voted to lower or keep taxes flat annually while Beth Mason is of course infamous for trying to simultaneously destroy the hospital, HUMC and bankrupt Hoboken.

The ties of both John Keim and Ines Garcia Keim to Councilwoman Jen Giatino weren't hatched in illicit hit job mailers in this campaign. Early last year, a discussion on former Hoboken Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan's Facebook page led to public questions of the Keim's interest in Councilwoman Jen Giattino's home damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Here is part of an unedited exchange from early last year with MSV:

John Keim attempts to repeatedly avert the question employing a commonly used Masonista lie before asking "where these pictures of an empty house are."

His non-denial denial is revealingly followed with an attack rhetorically claiming the Giattino family being forced to move out of their home after Hurricane Sandy marks the councilwoman's status is "in violation" of the law.

The "illegal" allegation John Keim references was also voiced by others close to Carmelo Garcia in City Council meetings leading to some anticipation Beth Mason would launch another lawsuit in an attempt to eject Councilwoman Giattino from her council seat.

Neither John Keim nor Ines Garcia Keim answered the question posed to them by MSV and quickly vanished.

Back in 2010, Keim who had submitted and seen published a guest piece on MSV wrote of his hopes to encounter MSV at the election polls in the 2010 fourth ward special election.

In an unedited email below he writes to Lane Bajardi, Ines Garcia Keim and Sara Stojkovich and condemns Hoboken Revolt, a citizen tax group which sprang up against tax increases.

Related: Ines Garcia Keim's name surfaced in emails in the Bajardi v Pincus frivolous SLAPP-suit revealing private board discussions of local groups like the Quality of Life Coalition she handed over to a small dwindled group of Masonistas.

John Keim voiced support for that frivolous SLAPP-sut and predicted the demise of Grafix Avenger and that this Horse would lose his "shirt" to the Mason supported SLAPPers.

The Hoboken Journal with others detailed the earlier illicit activity of the Real Dems back in 2011.

Talking Ed Note: Is breaking election laws in Hoboken anything one would call Reform?

What can Hoboken expect next from the Keim's Real Dems? 

Perhaps it'll be regurgitating another Beth Mason lie Jen Giattino went to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime? 

Ines Garcia Keim (r) with Beth Mason after MSV was assaulted by Beth Mason political operatives minutes earlier in broad daylight back in 2012 during the Hurricane Sandy emergency on Washington St.
James "FinBoy" Barracato (l) takes a photo to capture a follow up moment.

John Keim and Ines Garcia Keim are listed as Chair and Treasurer respectively of the PAC: Real Dems for Hoboken in this 2015 filing with NJ ELEC.