Thursday, April 28, 2016

City: New park nears final agreement at 7th & Jackson Street

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Community: Hoboken Nears Final Agreement For 2 Acre Resiliency Park At 7th St & Jackson St

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

As early as June 1st, the Hoboken City Council will consider voting on a redevelopment agreement, amended redevelopment plan, and financial agreement for a PILOT related to a Bijou Properties project at 7th Street and Jackson Street within the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project will include the creation of 2 acres of public open space with more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention and infiltration as well as a multi-use public gymnasium.

“This project will bring two acres of much-needed open space to western Hoboken while making our city more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The outdoor amphitheater and plaza for events and seasonal markets will create a vibrant gathering space that will also support the artists and small businesses in the adjacent Monroe Center.”

The Administration and City Council Community Development Subcommittee have worked closely together to negotiate a project that is financially feasible while providing several public amenities. The public benefits from the project including land acquisition and remediation, flood prevention infrastructure, and construction of the public park/plaza and gymnasium with stormwater system are valued at over $26 million. The agreement requires that the remediation and development of the public park area south of 7th Street and construction of the gymnasium be completed first.

Elements of the project include:

• Construction and conveyance of amenities to the City of Hoboken for recreation and open space, including:
- Approximately 1 acre public park consisting of an open grass area in the manner of a “Quadrangle” on a college campus; public seating area; and children’s play area, including age appropriate play equipment set on a rubberized safety surface with modern fencing;
- Approximately 1 acre public plaza including step seating, with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings, and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets;
- A 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with a classic field house design;

• Significant stormwater detention under the public park and plaza areas to help address the flooding issues in the area;

• Improvements to 7th Street utilizing Belgian block-style accents and a tabled roadway to create visual continuity between the properties to the north and south of the street, to encourage vehicle calming in the area, and enhance the sense of community that is intended;

• Extensive soil and groundwater remediation;

• Construction of a mixed-use residential and commercial structure; ranging heights of structure with a maximum of 14 stories and a maximum 60 ft. base;
- 424 rental residential units, including 42 (i.e. 10%) on-site affordable housing units to be deed restricted for a minimum 40 year period;
- Between 23,700 and 33,000 sq. ft. of retail space;
- 415 on-site parking spaces for residential, commercial and transient uses
- 75 parking spaces to be made available on a shared-parking, non-reserved basis for use by tenants of Monroe Center

Additional project documents are available on the City website:

• Project Update Memo from Director Forbes:
• PILOT Fiscal Review:

Sign of the Times: Mister Carmelo's self promotion tour


Being out of elected office doesn't mean you can't be part of the in crowd.

Just ask Carmelo Garcia, a recent election casualty awaiting office in search of an election.

After last fall's November City Council races, Carmelo Garcia was put on ice by that Jen Girl, the indomitable City Council President Jen Giattino who absorbed more mud flung at her than any other candidate that election cycle.

Mister Carmelo's campaign with thousands of filthy mailers regurgitating previously failed Masonic lies is not yet officially tabulated. NJ ELEC must be scratching their head wondering why his campaign which featured 7-11 coffee giveaways and a block party can't file its campaign expenditures.

Look the law is for other people and when the voices in your head say you are "destined for greatness" they must know what they're talking about.

If you have to tell a few whoppers to the public, the courts and law enforcement along the way, surely the Almighty will understand.

Speaking of whoppers, here's a little announcement on behalf of self-promotion a charity walk in Jersey City this weekend.

Look at the first photo of political figures listed on the bottom left.

Why it's the one and only Carmelo Garcia. He calls himself "Assemblyman Emeritus."
Is that a degree you get via mail correspondence course from Harvard?

We're going to take a wild guess the actual elected officials lining the bottom are not exactly thrilled being associated with Mister Carmelo, Hoboken's infamous Ethic Cleanser.

One Jersey City official reportedly had their photo attached on an earlier version and blew a gasket. The aspirational official was rumored to say something along the lines of 'I don't want to be associated with that guy. He could be arrested tomorrow,' a reference to the former Garcia Chief of Staff, Chris Campos and his wire and bank fraud troubles.

Here's the gist of what's goin' round:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Arts & Music Festival with Voter Registration drive this weekend

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The nice weather, baseball season, and so much more is finally here!  I hope you’re enjoying Hoboken, and all it has to offer, as much as I am.  One of the best Hoboken outdoor events is right around the corner - the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival is May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Washington Street (from Observer Highway to 7th Street).
Please stop by our table and say hello as we kick off our 2016 Voter Registration Drive, which will run until October so that residents are able to vote in the upcoming Presidential and the local school board elections. Please also make sure you register to vote or update your registration in time this Saturday for the June Presidential primaries and the November elections.
Our table at the festival will offer an opportunity to register new voters, meet with residents to answer questions, discuss issues and offer assistance.  As part of our voter registration efforts, we can also assist with voters who have moved within Hoboken since the last election so they are registered at their new polling location.
Also, if you’re interested in helping volunteer by staffing the table, please let me know as we can use your help!  This is a great way to meet your friends and neighbors, discuss what matters to you in Hoboken, while also helping register new voters. Please email me at if you are interested in volunteering for an hour or two at the festival.
I’ll post the location of my table on my Facebook page on the morning of the festival. I look forward to seeing you, and as always, please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you with city issues – I’m always happy to help!
Ravinder S. Bhalla

Councilman Mike DeFusco: 'Let's use Lackawanna Terminal now'

From the desk of Councilman Mike DeFusco:

Councilman DeFusco proposes interim use at 109-year-old Hoboken Terminal 

Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco will introduce an ordinance to expedite temporary usable space at the historic Lackawanna Terminal. 

“The redevelopment process takes a significant amount of time and I don’t want our historic terminal to sit underutilized, potentially for decades, when we can make the building productive now,” said DeFusco.  “On the terminal’s second floor, there’s a sprawling area where artist galleries and a European-style market can flourish; and, just outside, a blighted parking lot where food kiosks and green space could naturally coexist.”
Retail, art galleries, and sidewalk kiosks are all permitted under the approved 2015 redevelopment plan and the councilman’s ordinance aims to expedite these uses, on a temporary and conditional basis, while redevelopment planning continues.

“Having such a grand, centrally located, building sit underutilized as the legalities of the development process carry on is of no benefit to our community,” according to DeFusco.  “We need to make it easy for business to thrive in downtown Hoboken and I believe with City Council support, our terminal can be the next Chelsea Market or Reading Terminal Market.”

Built in 1907, Lackawanna Terminal is the second largest transit hub in New Jersey and is owned and operated by New Jersey Transit.  The proposed ordinance is being fleshed out in Council’s southern development subcommittee and will be introduced to the full council in late spring. 
For more information:

First Ward Councilman Mike Defusco seen here being sworn-in last January proposes the underutilized Lackawanna Terminal be used now, offering a temporary plan. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BREAKING: Welcome Trader Joe's to Hoboken!

The Hoboken City Council approved Trader Joe's coming to Hoboken.

The special meeting tonight featured weightng the issue and terms as part of an off schedule meeting.
The location will be upper Clinton St. at 13th.

9:33 PM - A number of Hoboken residents report power outages. Maxwell Place and upper Hudson among them.

While power is returning, PATH service is reported down too.

Horizon on hospital contract termination: Hold on a second!

An announcement from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey:

CarePoint Health Terminated Bayonne Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center Contracts With Horizon

(Newark, NJ, April 26, 2016) – Two hospitals owned by the for-profit CarePoint Health company, Bayonne Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center, will end their longstanding relationship with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) in the next 45 days. CarePoint Health terminated, without cause, both contracts and refused reimbursement increases offered by Horizon BCBSNJ, the state’s largest health insurer.

CarePoint Health withdrew Christ Hospital in Jersey City from Horizon BCBSNJ’s network on June 1, 2015. CarePoint is terminating Bayonne’s in-network status effective May 1, 2016 and Hoboken University Medical Center effective June 1, 2016.  As of that date, all of CarePoint Health’s facilities and providers will be out-of-network.

In accordance with New Jersey state regulations, Horizon BCBSNJ has sent notices to members in the Hudson County area advising that the facilities will no longer be in Horizon BCBSNJ’s hospital network.  Horizon BCBSNJ members will be subject to higher out-of pocket costs when using the CarePoint facilities as a result. 

“There has been some confusion about who is responsible for the termination, but the facts are clear: CarePoint Health notified us last year that they were exercising their right to terminate the contract without cause,” said Kevin McArdle, Public Affairs Manager for Horizon BCBSNJ. “We have put forward a number of reasonable offers to CarePoint and continue to hope that they will return to the negotiating table,” McArdle added.

Horizon BCNSNJ is committed to lowering healthcare costs for New Jersey residents and remains open to discuss an acceptable rate structure with CarePoint.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

JC - Hoboken clash: It's about pah-kin'

Yesterday's grist smoked them out in the open. That's the official story and we're sticking to it.

It's rare being on the wrong side of the accuracy ledger, even in the popular rumor column "Grist for the Mill" but the brewing enchilada of conflict between Jersey City and Hoboken as it turns out may actually be about differences in bike share programs after all.

A source close to the Jersey City mayor's office came out of the cold to rue over the dynamics of Horse's grist and pointed to the conflict between the selection of two different bike share companies for the Hudson neighbors.

"Zimmer decided to go with the cheaper one," said the source referencing Hudson Bike Share.

When push came to shove, Mayor Steve Fulop in Jersey City opted "out" some will say but he elected it would be better to have residents have the option of using the same bike share program: Citibike, as the one available in Manhattan.

Apparently the allure of Citibike led to Jersey City changing its initial plan to join Hoboken and roll out with Hudson Bike Share as originally announced in 2014.

The scuffle apparently ensued when the neighboring towns saw each of its respective bike share companies seek parking access at each of their downtown PATH stations.

No one thought it a problem but when Jersey City asked about allowing access to Hoboken's PATH station, Hudson Bike Share reportedly said no. It placed Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer with a difficult hand asking for a one-sided agreement.

Which led to a reciprocal response recently enacted by the Jersey City City Council. Hoboken's Hudson Bike Share is not allowed to park its bikes in Jersey City bike racks.

Hoboken City Hall declined comment.

Talking Ed Note: Perhaps it really is too soon to talk about the NJ governor's race and the conflict is all about "pah-kin," the bike share kind.

Who would've thunk it?

Unrelated: It's a good day to schedule a mani and pedi, no? Well this horse thinks so.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Special meeting set for tomorrow night

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Monday April 25, 2016

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Community: Hoboken to Hold Special City Council Meeting to Consider Trader Joe's Agreement & Health Care Contract

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

The Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm to consider a developer’s agreement to facilitate the opening of a Trader Joe’s grocery store and agreements regarding the City’s health care plan.

An agreement between the City of Hoboken and Advance at Hoboken LLC, the developer of a mixed use property at 14th Street and Willow Avenue, would remove 24 parking spaces from 13th Street and Clinton Street in order to address pedestrian safety concerns and safely accommodate the turns of delivery trucks for Trader Joe’s, the ground floor tenant of the property. The agreement would only apply for as long as Trader Joe’s occupies the space. The developer already has the Zoning approvals for the grocery store, however the large delivery trucks are currently unable to safely access the loading docks which are located on Clinton Street between 13th Street and 14th Street. The Zoning Board approval also provides for 1,000 square feet of space for the City’s use as well as five parking spaces in the garage.

“Trader Joe’s is one of America’s favorite grocery stores, and I look forward to welcoming them to Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “My Administration has worked to ensure that they can open in a way that their truck deliveries are safe for everyone, especially the seniors, families, and all residents who live nearby and walk in the neighborhood.”

The City Council will also consider two agreements related to health insurance with CarePoint Health and United Healthcare/UMR focused on improving access to healthcare and reducing costs for employees and the City. The agreements would avoid dramatic cost increases, estimated at $5 million in additional claims, and ensure in-network access to CarePoint Health facilities. Effective June 1, 2016, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the City’s current third-party administrator, will drop CarePoint Health from in-network care and refused to continue processing the City’s insurance claims. As a result, the City has negotiated with United Healthcare/UMR to provide the current level of benefits while retaining in-network access to all CarePoint Health facilities, and gaining access to 687 more in-network doctors and facilities. A letter to City employees with additional information is available at:

Grist for the Mill: JC-Hoboken Bike War not about bikes; it's the NJ governor's mansion


Earlier this month, the Jersey City Council took action declaring it's public bike rakes off limits to outside private interests.

Those private interests clearly pointed directly at Hoboken's Hudson Bike Share program, a competitor to one in place with Jersey City but the differences echo beyond the program's respective users.

Initially, some thought this was an undeclared war on the differing bike systems.  According to a well placed Jersey City source, the war isn't over competing bike share programs among bordering towns, its about next years' NJ Governor's race.

The Jersey City mayor doesn't find word of the Hoboken mayor's governor pick too neighborly.

Not a bike share dispute, it's the NJ Governor's mansion that's the stakes.

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- Carmelo Garcia surfaces but more bad news lies directly ahead

- Finale for the City Hall email ransacker Patrick Ricciardi

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Trader Joe's in final discussions to open in Hoboken

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Good morning neighbors, family and friends, 

As many of you know, Trader Joe's has been rumored to come to Hoboken for some time now.  Well, the rumors are true, but the deal is not finalized.  At this week's council meeting, the council was prepared to hear a resolution on an agreement to settle the last issue with Trader Joe's to make this a reality.  And I know many of you are excited with the prospect.  

The center of the issue is around parking and delivery truck traffic flow and its impact on pedestrian safety.  And I emphasize pedestrian safety.  I am too excited for Hoboken and Trader Joe's potentially coming to Hoboken for many reasons.  However we have to get the pedestrian safety measures right.

I am confident that we can, but it will be at the expense of parking and tractor trailer truck traffic in our northeast Hoboken neighborhood.  I am less concerned with the loss of parking, but maneuverability getting in and out of 13th and Clinton will be tricky, and need to be executed with precision.  Trader Joe's will be very popular, so in the beginning I foresee this area being very busy (more than it already is) with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Many of the suggested measures will include, but not limited to, reworking several intersection and their corners and traffic controls for others.

We are likely to have a special council meeting on this matter early next week.  Please understand I like the idea of having Trader Joe's in Hoboken, but we have to get it done right with pedestrian safety and truck traffic flow of paramount concern.  I welcome your comments and thoughts, and happy to have a discussion with anyone who wishes to give me a call.  Thanks and enjoy the weekend!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Council benefits ordinance tabled & "think of the children"

Last night's City Council meeting saw action taken on a proposed ordinance reigning in the council benefits subsidy for health insurance.

Upon introduction, Councilman Ravi Bhalla motioned to table the ordinance to the finance subcommittee and was quickly joined with a seconding motion by Councilman Michael Russo.

The vote carried with Council President Jen Giattino the sole dissenting vote.

During public portion, these painted sewer murals came up:

Hoboken resident Cheryl Fallick mentioned how she adored her nephew's drawings but celebrated them on her refrigerator asking of the spreading sprawl of kid murals, "When will it stop?"

The answer is uncertain. The City Council did not authorize (from what MSV knows) any sidewalk paintings that local schools  entertained among their students with declared winners unleashed paint buckets and brushes in hand. 

Don't ask why? Think of the children? 

Talking Ed Note: Only several years ago, it was "fiscal conservative" Councilman Michael Russo who sought with Old Guard council allies his cousin Terry Castellano and Beth Mason to repeatedly cut the salaries of both the mayor and city directors. The savings contemplated were minimal but satisfyingly (or savagely) political.

The mayor had previously reduced her own salary when taking office to less than 115K from the 125K of her predecessor, convicted felon Peter Cammarano and similarly lowered the director's maximum salaries.

The Old Guard council wasn't satisfied and repeatedly tried to lower them without success.

Now, no small irony, the heavily subsidized health insurance benefits available to council members' families cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars potentially per councilman.  There's some disagreement about whether it's over $30,0000 annually or closer to $20,000 but a call hasn't been returned from City Hall verifying.

Councilman Michael Russo quickly lost his appetite to see touched his health insurance subsidy. Or as he once infamously proclaimed, "That's what government does, it subsidizes things."

While it's currently two council members receiving the family low cost health insurance benefit, the composition of the City Council can change in two and succeeding years thereafter. It's feasible the taxpayers could see council seats change with those costs exploding into hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

Considering the current tax situation with a 3.5% municipal tax increase on the table is largely driven by annual seven figure health care insurance increases, the proposed council benefits reform merits further examination.

Those costs and potential savings are neither symbolic, nor nominal as the health insurance cost issue is not going away - it's increasing.

Having said that, Horsey is looking for a part time gig with the Mile Square municipal government and the option of purchasing a Cadillac health insurance plan at a mere 3%.

It's a triple crown quality thoroughbred's right but 3% is too much. It should be 0%, "free" being all the rage these days.

What happens if other part time hourly workers decide to tell their union head to hire a lawyer and demand the same low cost subsidized health insurance option as part time council members?

How would such a discrimination lawsuit conclude?

Remember what happened in 2010 after Hoboken's former Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman implemented an illegal early retirement plan for municipal workers outside of state guidelines?

The cost to Hoboken taxpayers was over $4,000,000 when Trenton declared the City Hall early retirement plan illegal. What followed next? More municipal workers demanded they too be given the same illicit early retirement plan pushing the cost to Hoboken taxpayers to $5,000,000!

The Horse is not a lawyer. It's the law of unintended consequences; just say'in.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Community: City Council Budget Hearing: Tonight, April 20, 7:00pm

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

The City Council budget hearing will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall tonight, Wednesday, April 20, 7:00pm.

Council meeting can be viewed at:

Council to consider ordinance eliminating health insurance benefits to its members


With a significant tax increase looming in the municipal budget operations proposed in 2016, the first in years under Mayor Zimmer's administration, a council ordinance proposes changing and then eliminating health insurance for City Council members is up for a vote tonight.

Most of the members of the City Council obtain health insurance from their full time jobs but the issue of how part time legislators are compensated versus approximately 165 other part time Hoboken employees may weigh in the balance in any vote.

The trend statewide to eliminate health insurance benefits for part time government workers has gone into effect with exceptions given under grandfathering provisions. Most recently, that issue was highlighted in Hoboken when the North Hudson Sewerage Authority saw focus on its last beneficiary Frank "Pupie" Raia seeking to obtain another five year appointed term and retain a taxpayer subsidy.

Hoboken self-insures its own health plan so unlike most Hudson County municipalities, it hasn't seen any oversight by the state threatening to withdraw aid if it gives part time elected officials an option to purchase health insurance at low cost.

Two council members affected by any draconian reduction or elimination in health insurance benefits are Michael Russo and Ravi Bhalla. A third council member, Tiffanie Fisher is paying the full cost of the health insurance plan to the City.

Council members are paid approximately $24,000 annually in their elected roles. The value estimated for a family plan currently exceeds that compensation and comes in at a cost to taxpayers of more than $33,000. (MSV was not able to finalize the exact figure at press time.)

The health insurance plan's cost to those who elect to enroll is determined by earnings meaning two council members pay the lowest percentage listed on the chart below at 3% of their less than 25K pay. Mayor Dawn Zimmer like Tiffanie Fisher pays the full cost at the maximum rate of 35%.

Some council members question the fairness to taxpayers, other part time low paid hourly workers and their colleagues. With a looming tax increase proposed at 3.5%, how they ask is the health insurance subsidy to its members at the lowest rate of three percent justifiable?

The City of Hoboken has approximately 165 part time hourly workers.

The ordinance as proposed is sponsored by City Council President Jen Giattino.  A missing addition to the ordinance states that one year after the adoption, council members will not be entitled to health insurance benefits from the City of Hoboken.

The City Council President offered her reasoning for the ordinance writing, "When I think about the cost of a family health plan, a council person's salary is close to $60,000 essentially if they take health insurance."

Councilman Michael Russo did not respond to an invitation for comment and Councilman Ravi Bhalla was initially unavailable.

A stipend is paid to council members who do not enroll in the City health insurance plan
(MSV is looking to confirm the figure.)

The ordinance follows:

Talking Ed Note: Five votes are required to pass the proposed ordinance on first reading. The City Council does not discuss ordinance agenda items on first reading.

If the ordinance passes, it will be discussed by the full council in two weeks.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

HUD: HHA must pay back illicit overpayment to Carmelo Garcia of $95

This report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Why does HUD want a $95 reimbursement from the Hoboken Housing Authority? 

Consistent with federal law, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wants the Hoboken Housing Authority to reimburse them the $95 they overpaid former executive director Carmelo Garcia in 2014.

“Is this specifically an audit of our executive compensation,” HHA Commissioner David Denning asked Executive Director Marc Recko – who was hired in September.

 “They’re [HUD] doing this to all housing authorities,” Recko responded.

For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View:

Talking Ed Note: What this small $95 charge means is that Carmelo Garcia's contract at the time of termination in 2014 was illegal. Every single dollar paid to him if he had stayed on for the balance of 2014 through December 31st would be an illegal payment.

The HHA already financially torn apart under incompetent and at best, questionable mangement practices would have been put further in the red for tens of thousands of dollars.

Who do you think would be paying that money back to the federal government: the HHA or Mister Carmelo?

Of course, if Carmelo Garcia knew he would never tell anyone. He likes when the money goes into his pocket. He'd argue about what's legal and his civil rights and if necessary sue anyone who comes to collect on the bill.

MSV welcomes an explanation from Carmelo Garcia but he's been unavailable for comment since his Chief of Staff Chris Campos was arrested in March for bank and wire fraud in a million dollar auto loan scheme 

Imagine that.

In Hoboken, Gov. Christie lauds overdose drug

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Gov. Chris Christe touted the nearly 11,000 lives Narcan, a drug used to stablize overdose patients, has saved in New Jersey since 2014 at a press conference at Hoboken University Medical Center.

For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View:

Monday, April 18, 2016

HudCo to hit Hoboken with 4% tax increase

Hoboken taxpayers anticipated to see Hudson County bill surpass $70 million

Hoboken can expect to see another tax increase from Hudson County this year, its largest portion of the Mile Square taxpayer bill.

Mile Square taxpayers see their annual taxes divided into three portions: municipal, education and county.

The anticipated increase comes by way of a preliminary budget in a weekend report by county political columnist Augie Torres over the weekend.

Projected in this year's budget is a tax increase of $10.6 million in a projected budget of $540,380,406.

The lion's share of the more than $10 million tax increase will be paid by Jersey City recently ordered to do a decades overdue reval it argued to put off further but Hoboken is next on the tax hit list.

As a percentage, the Hudson County tax increase, an almost annual affair with the Mile Square will be less dramatic than the double digit increase in 2015.

The tax levy for Hudson County sees an increase of 4.2% from $323,743,753 in 2015 to $337,753 in 2016. The numerical increase for county taxpayers comes in at $13.6 million.

Hoboken taxpayers will see three million of that increase likely hitting their pockets when the final county budget is approved.

In recent years, the Hudson County of Freeholders, the legislative branch has begun holding one of its budget meetings at Hoboken City Hall. Some residents have come out and complained about the formula used to determine the municipalities portion of taxes but the numbers have not been significant impacting changes in the proposed budget.

Mayor Zimmer spoke and contrasted the efforts her administration with the City Council have instituted seeing far lower impact on taxpayers asking why similar efforts are not demonstrated by the county. She called on Hudson County to institute a 2% tax cap.

Last year MSV attended and joined with others in speaking out against the lack of financial performance auditing.

Hudson County reported employees number almost three thousand people. While the private sector has seen dramatic changes in recent years with cuts to jobs and added efficiencies, the county appears immune.

Related: Last year, Hoboken saw a double digit increase from Hudson County of over 11%.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016


City of Hoboken announces:

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At the Little League opening day ceremonies today, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer designated the city’s batting cages in honor of Maria Pepe, a Hoboken resident who at the age of 12 was one of the first girls to play Little League baseball and whose actions led to the sport being opened to girls.

“We are proud to name the Maria Pepe Batting Cages in honor of a trailblazer whose passion and bravery opened up Little League to millions of girls,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Baseball was born in Hoboken, and Maria made sure that everyone, both boys and girls, could play.”

In 1972, Maria Pepe was one of the first girls to play Little League baseball at a time when girls were banned from the sport. After only three games, she was forced to stop playing when the Little League organization threatened to revoke Hoboken’s charter. A successful gender discrimination court case filed on her behalf by the National Organization for Women led to girls being able to play Little League. More than 5 million girls have been able to participate in Little League since.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for this dedication today,” said Maria Pepe. “I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition, but also proud that over 5 million girls have participated in Little League baseball and softball programs over the past 30 years. I am privileged to know that I get to play forever through all the girls who came after me.”

ESPN ranked Maria Pepe playing Little League Baseball as the fifth “Greatest U.S. women's sports moment” in history. In 2004, Maria threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport. The glove she wore in 1972 is in the Little League Museum in Williamsport and her cap is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Maria has also been recognized by the NY Yankees and in the PBS series “Makers: Women Who Make America.”

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hoboken411 - Perry Klaussen complains, 'Make them stop revealing you're my ghostwriter'

Another in the series of revelatory emails obtained in the Bajardi v Pincus frivolous SLAPP-suit shows frustration in the Boys of Hate - Hoboken411 camp.

Hoboken411 revealed to many a steady screed of "reporting" favorable to the patroness of the Russo faction. This didn't sit well with Perry Klaussen who claimed he was the author writing the political stories and there was no ghostwriter.

After the MSV Horse Sense editorial appeared, "Lane Bajardi - You're a sham," it leads to this email exchange less than a week later on October 29, 2010 in the latest episode of Friday Night Lights:

Lane Bajardi breaks the bad news they've been found out, by a Horse:

Once again, there's their oft-repeated discussion about suing. Perry Klaussen cries out whining that even if the truth has gotten out, there's no absolute "proof or documentation to that fact."

In Hudson Superior Court back on July 8th, Judge Patrick Arre wrote of the sham by the shamster "approaching a fraud on the Court." 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Internecine Bike Share battle: Jersey City declares war on Hoboken!

The following report from Jersey City comes courtesy of Jeannette Josue of the Hudson County View.

The Jersey City Council unanimously passed an ordinance establishing regulations for the use of publicly owned bike racks, but Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says it "serves no governmental purpose" and is "nothing but political grandstanding."

“You can’t operate business on public property without permission however this will prevent us for any need to going to court. This really makes it very clear to people that while the sharing economy is great and it’s something that we want to encourage, if you are using public property, you need permission,” stated Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne.

For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View: