Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BREAKING: Hoboken in Final Negotiations to Acquire 6-Acre BASF Property

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Wednesday August 31, 2016

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Community: Hoboken in Final Negotiations to Acquire 6-Acre BASF Property

Dear Horsey & MSV readers:

The City of Hoboken is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire the BASF property, a 6-acre property in northwest Hoboken on which the City seeks to create a 5-acre ‘resiliency park’ and a parking garage. The total cost to acquire the property would be $30 million, which the City intends to fund through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program (NJEIFP) for the park portion and with a bond from the Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) for the parking garage portion. The debt service will be financed through the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund for the parkland acquisition and with revenue from the parking facility for the HPU bond.

“After years of work, we are near the finish line on this rare opportunity to acquire a large contiguous property and preserve it for open space,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to providing the growing northwest neighborhood with much-needed park space, the park’s underground detention system, combined with the separation of the sewer system in the surrounding neighborhood, will play an important role in alleviating flooding in the area.”

If negotiations conclude successfully, the City Council will be asked at the October 5, 2016 meeting to introduce multiple ordinances to authorize the agreement to purchase the property, a bond for the NJEIFP, and an HPU bond.

A design has not yet been determined for the park. A full community-based public planning process will take place to develop plans for the park once the property has been acquired. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park and to channel stormwater runoff to the new underground detention system.

As part of securing a low-interest loan from the State, the City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street), to hear the community’s input on the land acquisition.

The City’s NJEIFP low-interest loan application includes $26,633,416.50 for acquisition of the 5-acre property, $2,530,000 for planning, engineering, and permitting for the park design, and $2,130,673.23 for NJDEP administrative fees and a contingency. The HPU bond will be for $3,366,583.50 for land acquisition and $650,000 for soft costs including planning and design for a parking garage.

The largest portion of the BASF property is Block 107, a 4-acre property bounded by Madison Street, Adams Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Additional space for the park is south of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street. The parking garage is proposed for the property north of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Adams Street.

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NY Red Bulls and US Soccer Foundation deliver two mini soccer pitches to Hoboken

Here's video of yesterday's unveiling of two new mini soccer pitches under the Viaduct courtesy of Jeanette Josue at the Hudson County View:

For more on this story see the Hudson County View.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


City of Hoboken announces:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined representatives from the New York Red Bulls, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, County Executive Tom DeGise, other elected officials, and members of the community for the unveiling of two new mini-pitches underneath the 14th Street Viaduct. Special guests included General Manager of the New York Red Bulls Marc de Grandpre, Red Bulls players Aurélien Collin and Felipe, and Shep Messing, Red Bulls Analyst for MSG Networks.

“These soccer pitches are the latest new recreation facilities in our city and will support over 1,000 children in our soccer programs and our active adult community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  “I thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York Red Bulls, and Hudson County for their partnership on this project.”

The pitches are located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Adams Street and Jefferson Street and will be open to the public for pickup games 8am to 10pm every day, year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. At times, they can be reserved for organized activities such as futsal tournaments.

The pitches are part of the New York Red Bulls’ and U.S. Soccer Foundation’s commitment to offer safe places to play in communities across the New York/New Jersey area and to provide a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities in order to support the continued growth of the game in North America.

Birth of a pitch....

It's coming...

to Hoboken...


the pitch....

The Red Bulls!

Today, the Red Bulls will join local and county officials as the New York Red Bulls and the U.S. Soccer foundation unveil a new Safe Places to Play soccer mini-pitch near Adams Street & 14th St under the Viaduct in upper Hoboken.

On hand, Felipe and Aurélien Collin of the New York Red Bulls with its General Manager Marc de Grandpre are expected to join Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano for the official first kickoff!

Shep Messing, Red Bulls Analyst on the MSG network and famous American goalkeeper will also be on hand.

First touch at 3:00 pm 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Legalized gambling coming to Hudson and Hoboken?

A November referendum on casino gambling moving to northern New Jersey from Atlantic City is gaining attention and questions about its proximity to Hoboken are being noticed.

The question of having two casinos in our area is beginning to take shape with groups on both sides making noise on the issue of legalized gambling in our area.

Some of the proposed locations mentioned are Jersey City, the Meadowlands but some chatter locally thinks an area of northern Hoboken may be a potential location owned by the Rockefeller Group.

The issue is beginning to heat up even before the traditional focus on November elections after Labor Day. Some state officials fear an approval of casinos in northern New Jersey will lead to more Atlantic City casino closures while others support the idea saying it will generate $200 million annually for the seaside city as part of a complex agreement.

Back in July, NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney came out in favor co-sponsoring a plan for legalized gambling in northern New Jersey in a Wall Street Journal article.

After a bitter battle over a proposed state takeover of Atlantic City, supporters of a gambling expansion are ramping up efforts to convince voters to allow new casinos in the northern part of New Jersey.

Lawmakers agreed in January to allow a ballot referendum this fall on a proposal to expand casinos into southern New Jersey.

The issue is beginning to heat up even before the traditional focus on November elections after Labor Day. Some state officials fear an approval of casinos in northern New Jersey will lead to more Atlantic City casino closures while others support the idea saying it will generate $200 million annually for the seaside city as part of a complex agreement.

NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney supports a November referendum to add legalized gambling with two casinos in northern New Jersey. The NJ Senate Majority Leader is anticipated to be a candidate next year in a run for NJ governor.

Talking Ed Note: PolitickerNJ reported on the Assemblyman chairing Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley) who urges voters to approve the casino referendum in November. He says there are organized forces who don't want to see NJ enjoy further revenues at their expense. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Act of God, the Hoboken Spaghetti western

There weren't any actual miracles allowing Hoboken's annual spaghetti dinner last night but a rumor had spread after the mere twinkle of a mist soon departed.

Director Leo Pellegrini was the unofficial master of ceremonies for mustering a truce on the threatening skies. At least that's the one job under environmental services he's not listed with making.

An alt-farm animal received a late invitation and gratefully attended what's become one of Hoboken's finest late summer events for the community to come and enjoy a spaghetti western dinner, semi-Italian at its premier waterfront. Year to year many Hoboken officials attend rubbing shoulders with residents.

This year was no different although the blood rushing and heart stopping "On the Waterfront" politics has reached the lowest ebb in some years. The onslaught of local political glitterati showed to mix and mingle in a casual, friendly late summer atmosphere.

Random sightings included Mayor Dawn Zimmer who gushed about a vacation out to the western frontier. How does customs handle re-entry from out yonder?

Mayor Dawn Zimmer made the rounds chatting with residents after returning from a family vacation.
We're not clear if we overheard her say she rocked or hoofed it. 

This farm animal was luckily stationed at the Fisher second ward council table, a first with Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. She had a gaggle of her campaign team assembled from last year.

The Ms. Fisher kiddie campaign team included sister duo campaigners charged with distributing campaign signs on Washington Street and her communications coordinator with a sky blue bonnet hairpin who graciously waves at farm animals going by.
Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher posed with a gaggle of campaign munkeez for this photo. Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham is seen rear right.

First Ward Councilman Mike Defusco attended again but for the first time as an elected official. The gregarious councilman circulated at a slightly less frenetic pace than last year but the graciousness to all continues unabated.

First Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco made the rounds seen here chatting it up at a table with Hoboken Housing Authority commissioner Hovie Forman.

The Hoboken Board of Education is well represented at the dinner with BoE trustee Tom Kleupfel who was joined by colleagues past and present.

BoE Trustee Tom Kleupfel arrived late but in time to have a plate and join the party.

BoE Trustee Irene Sobolov and Reach Higher slate mate Sheillah Dallara stopped to strike a pose with Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. 

The star of the show, it's the Hoboken waterfront with the blocks long diners enjoying all the sightlines.

Among other local officials, Councilman Jim Doyle was briefly seen jogging past the blocks long length of tables. Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham attended with family as did City Council President Jen Giattino who showed some of her family photos on a recent trip to Antigua. Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer and her husband brought along baby Josephine who while only a year old attended her second Hoboken Spaghetti dinner.

Geri Fallo and others who spearheaded another great event with many others pitching in from Leah Healey to Stevens students and this Horse's old neighborhood friend Nick. They really outdid themselves as hosts to one of Hoboken's best annual events.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

BoE trustee - applications now accepted

The summer resignation of BoE trustee Monica Stromwall not only falls in the down time of the school season; it means a full year term for an unknown replacement.

The timing of the resignation means whoever fills the trustee chair will get to see a full year of work on the Board of Education without facing voters. It's like extending a full year of spring training and making a Major League baseball roster.

With the November election, there's actually four seats at stake on the nine member board in the immediate future.

An advertisement per the BoE bylaws is required in several publications this week including the Star Ledger, the Jersey Journal and the Bayonne based Hudson Reporter in the coming week.

Part of the ad will detail the following: 

If you are a registered voter seeking to serve in this position, please submit your one-page resume and/or a one-page cover letter explaining why you should be chosen to the Board Secretary by Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Applications can be delivered by hand or mailed to 158 Fourth Street, faxed to 201-356-3642 or e-mailed to the Board Secretary ( All those who submit applications as above may be interviewed at a future board meeting at which time they will be able to speak on their own behalf.

For those interested in the trustee seat on the Board of Education, this is an opportunity. The pay is not very good - there's no pay at all.

The position offers no health benefits, no free phones, lunches, dinners or NJ pension benefits.

The application process replacing Monica Stromwall on the Board of Education
means a one year tryout. Applications are being accepted.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Olympic fencing medalist Dagmara Wozniak honored in Hoboken

Hoboken resident Dagmara Wozniak, an Olympic fencer who won the bronze in the team competition in Brazil was honored yesterday at the W Hotel.

Dozens were in attendance, Mayor Dawn Zimmer among them, to celebrate Wozniak's lifetime efforts as an Olympian fencer. Wozniak was born in Poland and came to the US as a baby with her parents previously living in Avenel, NJ. She's been a resident of Hoboken the last two years.

This video report comes courtesy of Jeanette Josue of the Hudson County View.

For more on this story, please see the Hudson County View:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NJ Attorney General: Hoboken man received $213k in fraudulent Superstorm Sandy aid

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View.

A Hoboken man was among nine individuals that were charged with filing fraudulent applications to receive Superstorm Sandy relief from the federal government, Attorney General Chris Porrino announced. 

Hoboken resident Jerry Gustoso

Jerry Gustoso II, 44, of Hoboken, is charged with second-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree unsworn falsification, officials said.

Gustoso stands accused of filing fraudulent applications for FEMA assistance, a low-interest SBA disaster-relief loan, state grants under the Homeowner Resettlement Program (RSP) and the Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) funded by the state Department of Human Services.

As a result, he received a total of approximately $213,234 in relief funds. Gustoso allegedly falsely claimed in his applications that a home he owns a Bayville home, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy was his primary residence at the time Sandy struck.

However, according to authorities, his primary residence was in Hoboken, and the Bayville home was a seasonal vacation home.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Who's the pick for NJ Governor?

Next year's mayoral election in the Mile Square City is expected to get lots of local attention but Mayor Zimmer will be making a big choice before that race.

Next June, New Jersey is anticipated to see at least three contenders in the Democratic Primary for governor.

Three likely contenders are Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney and former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy.

Who will Mayor Zimmer support?

It's the subject of MSV Premium out later today.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop appeared at this Pilsener Haus fundraiser last June for Mayor Zimmer but will he be her pick for New Jersey governor?

The latest issue of MSV Premium is out to members. If for any reason you didn't receive yours, email

Friday, August 19, 2016

Election Day - 80 days out

Count them any way you like, from November or to November but Election Day is officially 80 days away.

So with the spectacle of eMedia coverage and "weighted" eMedia polling what do you know about the respective major economic or tax plans?

There's not too much in the way of focused media coverage on the monumental issues of import or the economic advisors and their historical ideas on making an economy work.

Why do you think that is?

Here's the top national candidates's campaign schedules.

Donald Trump official campaign schedules:

Friday, August 19: Dimondale, MI
Saturday, August 20: Fredericksburg, VA
Monday, August 22: Akron, Ohio
Tuesday: August 23 Austin, Texas
Wednesday: August 24 Jackson, MS

Hillary Clinton official campaign schedule:

Sunday, August 21: Provincetown, Massachusetts
Sunday, August 21: Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, August 22: Las Vegas, Nevada
August 28, Charlotte, North Carolina
August 31, Cincinnati, Ohio

Candidate events are often available for viewing streamed live and recorded  YouTube.
Fundraising events are typically not available to the public.

One caveat, Republican candidate Donald Trump is anticipated leaving the campaign trail today to visit Louisiana, suffering the worst US flooding since Hurricane Sandy.

13 people have died and 40,000 homes have seen damage. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BoE Trustee Monica Stromwall announces emotional resignation

At the August Board of Education meeting last night, BoE trustee Monica Stromwall issued her resignation in an emotional delivery of prepared remarks.

Indicating her departure after three years is due to a family move to Connecticut, Stromwall urged her fellow trustees to continue to work to improve the school district and do what's best for the children.

"I have been part of a wonderful transformation of the school district" and "as a parent of two children," saluted the program changes implemented in recent years she said in her remarks.

She also thanks the unions who she worked with in recent contract negotiations and her colleagues, the superintendent Dr. Johnson, parents and voters.

Scroll ahead for Stromwall's complete comments beginning after the 45 minute mark. Remarks from others on the surprising resignation follow hers.

Talking Ed Note: The eight remaining BoE trustees will have the option of making an interim appointment and most expect they will.

One name expected to be in the mix is second time Reach Higher candidate Sheillah Dallara.

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Councilman Ravi Bhalla: Fighting Future Water Main Breaks

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
While summer in Hoboken is usually a quiet time in government, there are some important updates about what we are doing at City Hall and otherwise.
Fighting Future Water Main Breaks
I recently joined my Council Colleagues in approving Mayor Zimmer’s proposal for a $5.2 million bond for badly needed improvements to our city’s water mains.  These infrastructure upgrades to our 100-year-old system are essential to preventing water main breaks and ensuring the smooth functioning of the system.
These proposed upgrades mark the first time in decades that a City Administration has finally said that enough is enough, and taken steps to directly address this issue, even though the responsibility for doing so has fallen through the cracks of a poorly negotiated agreement by a prior administration between the City and Suez Water.  We are also actively seeking to restructure our water agreements to ensure that our water infrastructure is managed and maintained in a manner that minimizes any financial burden upon residents.
While not always generating the most widely read headlines, infrastructure work is critically important to ensure we can handle the challenges of a growing community and I fully support this measure. The City worked with Suez Water to identify the areas most in need of refurbishment. Click here for a list of the areas to be upgraded in 2016-2017.
Upcoming Presidential and Hoboken School Board Elections
I hope you’re all motivated to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton in November to defeat Donald Trump. As the father of a 9-year old daughter, my wife and I are particularly energized by the prospect of a woman in the Oval Office, and the positive example it will set for our daughter and your girls across our country.
Much more important on the local level, the Hoboken Board of Education elections are also on Election Day, November 8th.   Please keep this election on your radar and make it a priority to learn about the candidates and vote in the School Board elections.  Although it’s exciting (and entertaining) to watch Clinton and Trump battle it out, your ability to have a meaningful impact on the local School Board elections is far, far greater than a national election.  The simple value of your vote means so much more locally, so remember to vote and make your voice heard.  I will be announcing my endorsements of School Board candidates shortly and look forward to speaking with you further about this race as we get closer to Election Day.
If you’re not registered to vote, click here to download a registration form and don’t forget to register before the Oct. 18 deadline. 
Option to Pay for Meters By Phone App Launched
Hoboken visitors and residents can now pay for parking in metered spaces by phone app. I’ve used this app to pay for parking around town a few times now and it’s really amazing!  The Parkmobile application employed by the City provides a convenient option to pay for parking from your smartphone, allows you to add more time directly from your phone, and enables you or your visitors to track how much time is left on the meter.  Click here to download the app.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.
If I can ever be of any assistance to you, please feel free to e-mail me at
Ravinder S. Bhalla
Councilman-at-Large, Hoboken

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gristy Chewables: If a tree falls in a forest...

does it make a sound? What about two trees? How about two trees falling at the same time in Hoboken?

Over the weekend MSV followed up with two would be BoE trustee candidates. Neither has come in from the cold leading one to safely conclude they are quietly stepping out of the spotlight.

The two candidates expected to disappear from the campaign trail before their arrival are both of the XY variety: Zach Weiss and Cory Johnson.

Johnson was appointed earlier this year as an alternate to the critically important Hoboken Zoning Board. When the City Council went through the rigorous process of identifying candidates for the depleted board, his name was supported by Councilman Ravi Bhalla, partly on the basis of being African American.

The appearance of the Hoboken Zoning Zoning Board alternate as a candidate for the BoE, all in the same calendar year raised some eyebrows but confirmed for some Johnson as they say in political parlance is a "comer."

Others were uncomfortable with Johnson's City Council zoning appointment because of his realty resume. The only question left for the magically disappearing candidate is when he'll pop up next in a Hoboken political campaign. Let's assume it'll be sooner than later.

In the interim does anyone know where Johnson or Weiss stand on local issues or Hoboken's education landscape? We hardly knew ye... or to put it more bluntly, we don't know anything.

Back on August 1st, MSV exclusively wrote on the BoE candidates slated to make a run and noted the eight entries made for an odd number considering there's three trustee seats up this November and typically candidates run as a three team slate.

"Two other candidates may join to run an incomplete third slate in Cory Johnson and Zach Weiss," was the word.

If both Cory Johnson and Zach Weiss are clearing the decks, the Reach Higher ticket led by incumbents Irene Sobolov, Jennifer Evans and second time candidate Sheillah Dallara will be in a mano a mano battle with their opposition.

Perennial candidate Patricia Waiters announced in a recent City Council meeting a conspiracy against her put her intended candidacy in the lurch as she missed the deadline. She says she'll run as a write-in. Maybe her mentor Mister Carmelo will help with that. Ok, maybe not.

The emerging, unnamed slate set to face off against Reach Higher is anticipated with Francis "Chipper" Benway, Jessica Nelson and Jennifer Rossini.

More than one source believes the two ladies are backed by Hoboken Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano. These slates don't grow on trees ya know.

After Labor Day, we can be assured the six candidates will be arranging play dates.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

City issues Zika Virus public information alert

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Community: Information on the Zika Virus

Dear MSV readers,

About Zika
Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. People can protect themselves from mosquito bites and getting Zika through sex. This fact sheet explains who’s most affected and why, symptoms and treatment, and how to protect against Zika.

How Zika Spreads
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites all day and night, whether you are inside or outside. A mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person already infected with Zika. That mosquito can then spread the virus by biting more people.

Zika virus can also spread:
• During sex with a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.
• From a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth.
• Through blood transfusion (likely but not confirmed).

Zika Symptoms
Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.

Why Zika is Risky for Some People
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause fetuses to have a birth defect of the brain called microcephaly. Other problems have been detected among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth, such as defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth. There have also been increased reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system, in areas affected by Zika.

How to Prevent Zika
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Here’s how:
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
• Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home.
• Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin or buy pre-treated items.
• Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Always follow the product label instructions.
• When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
• Do not use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old.
• Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
• Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites.
• Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
• Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or not having sex.

What to Do if You Have Zika
There is no specific medicine to treat Zika. Treat the symptoms:
• Get plenty of rest.
• Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
• Take medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.
• Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
• If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
To help prevent others from getting sick, strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the first week of illness.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Grist for the Mill: Expunged from the BoE race?

Here Hoboken sits in the doggiest days of summer and the rumor mill is churning. Is it only a rumor?

A reliable source suggests there's going to be a mid-summer implosion in the eight candidate field in the Board of Education election.

The word floating on still, humid air in the Mile Square is there's not one but two candidates who are making their withdrawals from the November election.

That was fast.

MSV contacted both parties over the weekend seeking to confirm but both would be BoE commissioners are either too hot or too bothered to confirm the "unforeseen circumstances" that enveloped them worse than the Miami summer weather hitting our area.

Let's give them time to come out of the cold.

Six candidates left would mean a mano a mano battle with the Reach Higher ticket.

Perennial candidate Patricia Waiters announced a conspiracy to keep her out of the race but says she will run as a write-in candidate. What, Mister Carmelo didn't tell his former aide the filing deadline?

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey? Send it to All email is kept confidential until mutual agreement and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson Superior Court.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Change of venue clash between HHA vs Carmelo Garcia

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

In the latest chapter in the long, bitter feud between the Hoboken Housing Authority and their former Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, the two sides are now sparring over where the agency's suit against Garcia should be heard.

See the entire story:

Hoboken Housing Authority, Carmelo Garcia sparring over court venue

Mister Carmelo is in the news again.
No Chris included, at least today.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

MSV Exclusive: Traffic Study for Southwest Hoboken


Exclusive feature: The Hoboken report from Maser Consulting on Hoboken's southwest traffic options for improved traffic flow.

The report issued late last month offers suggestions for both short  and long term relief. It's not likely to be the final word as the City Council continues to engage the Administration to identify traffic flow improvements since Observer Highway saw a major overhaul and renovation come online this year.

The next City Council meeting may see some action taken to begin a process anticipated to go into the spring of next year in a continuous effort to address what many residents feel is a worsening commute, especially during the morning and evening weekday rush hours.

Short term solutions are found on page six of the report. Long term solutions are delineated on page seven. This report is a public document and available for download in pdf format.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tomorrow: MSV Exclusive - Improving Hoboken traffic in the southwest

Tomorrow, MSV will publish another exclusive; this one focusing on comprehensive approaches to improve the traffic flow in the southwest end of town at Observer Highway and Jackson Street.

It's a hot issue with the summer weather blowing through.

Hoboken Police clamp down on bike theft with dozen arrests

File it under quality of life and the broken window theory as the Hoboken Police Department announced a dozen arrests in connection to bike thefts yesterday.

The City of Hoboken Police Department announces:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Jackson St. & Observer: You're just like crosstown traffic

Some of you may have said at one point or another you listen to Jimmy but have you ever asked yourself; do you actually hear Jimmy?

A similar question may be posed to the City of Hoboken where a concept plan to improve the critical southwest entry point has become gridlock city to many motorists attempting to re-enter during rush hour.

A resolution proposing easier access via Observer and Jackson Street has been stymied since proposed early this year. A study requiring answers may not have provided much of same and the critical question is when or if the low cost solution will be put in place offering downtown crosstown traffic any relief.

All those questions and more will be the focus of an upcoming story. The resolution co-sponsored by council members Ruben Ramos and Mike DeFusco passed 6-2 at the August council meeting. Now what?

In the meantime, see if you can hear Jimmy.

Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic by hushhush112

You're just like crosstown traffic, so hard to get through to you.
Crosstown traffic, I don't need to run over you.
Crosstown traffic, all you do is slow me down
And I'm trying to get on the other side of town.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Academy Bus: 'Don't tread on me'

Negotiations on a downtown one acre parcel of land owned by Academy Bus is reaching a public conflict stage as it's sought for purchase by the City of Hoboken.

That's the assessment of many after the business publicized its position with a major ad in the weekend paper.

The approximately one acre parcel sits adjacent to another one acre already being developed by the City for a southwest park. That property was obtained by the City in an eminent domain purchase. Academy Bus, after months of negotiations is gearing up in a public effort to push back on any potential eminent domain action by the City of Hoboken. 

The outtake from the ad pointedly speaks against any such action calling it "less desirable" and concluding: "... when the confiscatory and disruptive hand of government turns to the expensive and capricious use of eminent domain."


Hoboken's Mayor Dawn Zimmer was unavailable for comment about the ad and is reportedly out of town with her family on vacation.

Another effort to obtain land uptown on the west side appears less contentious. An almost six acre parcel on the west side of Hoboken owned by BASF has been the subject of discussion and City Council closed session discussions for many months. The public is not party to the private negotiations thought ongoing.

Last month, an story puts the difference in how the City and Academy Bus value the one acre parcel at approximately $9 million apart. The City of Hoboken values it at $4-5 million and Academy Bus estimates its value at $13 million. 

The Hoboken City Council must approve an eminent domain action. The southwest park eminent domain vote narrowly passed in a contentious 5-4 vote back in June 2012.

Talking Ed Note: It doesn't appear the BASF negotiations are as contentious as the one acre downtown owned by Academy Bus. Hoboken has a vision for a multiple acre downtown southwest park.

Related: The City Council passed a resolution to move on a January concept plan to improve traffic entering Hoboken on lower Jackson St. the same location where the southwest park is undergoing construction. That low cost idea put forward by Councilman Ruben Ramos and has languished for months as the City said a study was required.

The succeeding study has not dissuaded the City Council from finally moving ahead. It voted 6-2 Wednesday night approving a pilot plan to remove parking on the initial block intersecting with Observer Highway during rush hour.

More to come.

Friday, August 5, 2016

MSV Premium: Contender for NHSA to Pupie: "These positions are not a God given birthright"

Here we are in the dog days of summer and the plotting for the only paying board seat not available until January is well underway.

The North Hudson Sewerage Authority pays commissioners $5,000 a year for five years.
There's more than two applicants brewing so the heady days of going in unopposed are most likely over.

Whether inspired by the earlier appointment of Kurt Gardiner or the board being the focus of news, MSV can confirm there are at least several likely contenders who will consider vying for the position come next January.

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Frank "Pupie" Raia is ramping up to come out of "retirement" and get back on the
North Hudson Sewerage Authority.  That's the word on the street.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer: Community update

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

I hope you, your family and friends are enjoying the summer!  Below are updates on important initiatives and events taking place in our great City. 

Upgrades to Water Main System

It is important to take a proactive approach to fixing our City's infrastructure, especially our water main system. That is why we are investing $5.2 million to upgrade our aging water system, targeting the highest priority water mains in need of replacement. This is in addition to the replacement of all of the water mains on Washington Street as a part of the street's redesign project.
Launching Parkmobile in Hoboken

Earlier this week, Hoboken introduced a new and more convenient way for residents and visitors to pay for parking via phone application without having to go to the meter. I'm proud that under my administration, our City has advanced from the days of only paying with quarters to having the options of paying with credit cards, bills, quarters and now by application. 

Our Own Hoboken Olympian


I had the pleasure of meeting Hoboken resident and United States Olympic fencer, Dagmara Wozniak last week. Her dedication to her sport and her team is truly remarkable. Best of luck to Dagmara and all of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio!
National Night Out

On Tuesday, I joined the Hoboken and Stevens Police Departments for the "National Night Out in Hoboken."  This annual event is the latest example of our Police Department strengthening its relationship with the community through outreach events.  HPD previously hosted two "Coffee with a Cop" events with residents, and will be hosting another one this fall.  Thank you to all members of our law enforcement teams for everything you do to keep our community safe.

Additional Tennis Court Access
I am thrilled to share the good news that the City has partnered with Stevens to provide additional tennis court access for Hoboken residents this summer. I'd like to thank Stevens President Farvardin and the Stevens athletic department on behalf of those looking to get out and hit the tennis courts!

PATH Weekend Work
On the weekends, the Port Authority will be closing the Hoboken-33rd PATH connection both ways due to critical safety and signal upgrades mandated by the federal government. Work will take place from midnight on Fridays through 5 am on Mondays through December, 2016.  PATH will run service to the World Trade Center from Hoboken on the weekends.  More information on PATH modifications here.

Looking forward to staying in touch in the months ahead.


Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Anniversary of arrogance: reflections on the fall of Peter Cammarano

The following is reprinted from MSV's first entry, a feature on the demise of Peter Cammarano, the disgraced former Hoboken mayor who took $25,000 from FBI informant Solomon Dwek for zoning considerations on an imaginary property

Originally published August 4, 2009

Good Night Contemptuous Prince

In a week that proved in the end to be perhaps enlightening and empowering at once, Hoboken finally lurched out of the abyss and moved to take its next step forward leaving one month mayor Peter Cammarano behind.

The media, often connected to the powers that be in the New Jersey Democratic Party, was quick to label Cammarano a rising star, but the facts on the ground from anyone who wanted to know showed something entirely different: a condescending politician who viewed Hoboken only as a stepping stone to bigger things. Even worse, his utter contempt for voters as captured by secret FBI audiotapes showed that the public pronouncements condescending upon the public in City Council meetings especially during the public portion were not isolated but absolutely reflective of his true nature.

Of course the response among a portion of the "locked down" community was somewhat entertaining as it attempted to raise its voice on Cammarano's behalf, but no one was listening. Instead, on sheer rumor alone, Hobokenites took to the streets to the uptown Bloomfield St. location where Cammarano lived in a spontaneous outpouring of anger not a day after he declared he would continue urinating on the town's residents. Although Cammarano had left town for the weekend with his family, the mail was delivered.

This action followed by a huge protest one business day later at City Hall sent Gov. Corzine's head spinning as both a candidate running for re-election this fall and a resident of the mile square city. Eventually the pressure that was coming from the bottom up (and bottom down in phone calls to the Gov's office) led to an unknown deal between Cammarano's and the Govenor's lawyers with the mayoral reign of the contemptuous prince ended last Friday.

We eagerly await some insight into what Cammarano got in the "deal" and we are awaiting the details of a new and no doubt well funded Cammarano Legal Defense Fund.

More shocking to the establishment NJ Rat Machine: not the status quo corruption but the reaction by the people of Hoboken, who refused to accept it. So very unlike the quiet hard working New Jersey residents who typically shrug and make a quip before moving on with their lives. This time they didn't.

As for Cammarano his political career lays in ruins at 32, and one can only thank the FBI for the gift they included in their criminal complaint. Respeck!!

Photo courtesy Jhnnynewman, Intrepid Photographer.  All rights reserved.

The disgraced felon and former Hoboken mayor Peter Cammarano (l) and sidekick Reform hater
Lane Bajardi share a moment of self-reveration on the day of Cammarano's inauguration to mayor back in July 2009. They would reconnect in 2015 as the convicted felon Cammarano testified as a witness on behalf of Lane Bajardi before the SLAPP-suit was thrown out of court mid-trial. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pupie Rises?

There's chatter about the rise of Pupie and his reemergence as a factor in the open North Hudson Sewerage Authority seat.

The opening is months off with Anthony Soares, the former City Councilman who will see his NHSA commissioner seat become available early next year. He may not be inclined to sit it out and hand it over to the Pupster.

That NHSA seat's term officially ends January 31st. It's the only board position in Hoboken paying its commissioners, in this case a $5,000 annual stipend sans health benefits. (The State of NJ under the governor erased them for part time government positions.)

Both the story and the commissioner seat doesn't end there. MSV Premium will highlight the good, the bad and the ugly on the whole affair later this week.

In the interim, there's the one and only City Council meeting set for this month tomorrow night.

Frank "Pupie" Raia absorbs his first ever defeat for an appointment to the North Hudson
Sewerage Authority earlier this year at a City Council meeting. He managed to hold the seat that
granted him paid heath benefits for more than a quarter century.

Related: Soares may be looking to repeat a Giant victory when Kurt Gardiner, a late entry to the NHSA commissioner sweepstakes last January flipped the script and took the nod. Raia reportedly is already courting votes on the City Council for a vote that may reappoint a commissioner in January of next year, if not sooner.

Kurt Gardiner beats the odds and Frank "Pupie" Raia on NHSA appointment

Monday, August 1, 2016


City of Hoboken announces:


Starting today, drivers who park at all on-street metered spaces throughout Hoboken will be able to use their mobile phone to easily pay for parking using the Parkmobile application. The first 1,000 customers to use the app in August can receive up to 2 hours of free parking using the code 2FREEHOB.

“We are excited to partner with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with an easy and convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The app makes it easy to pay for parking, know how much time you have left, and add more time directly from your phone without going back to your car or the meter.”

The Parkmobile application is available for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones. Drivers can also call 877-PARK304 and will continue to have the option to pay at meters with credit card, debit card, smart card, coins, and bills where available.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Signage on parking meters will indicate the zone number, which in Hoboken range from 4710 to 4722. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters. A 35 cent fee will be charged for each transaction.

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including Newark, Union City, West New York, Bloomfield, Montclair, Summit, Chatham, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, New Brunswick, and other major cities including Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. In February, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.

Hoboken Board of Education candidates set for November


Eight candidates are slated to vie for three seats on the Hoboken Board of Education this November. Two of the eight are incumbents: Jennifer Evans elected in 2013 and Irene Sobolov, the long time education activist and 2010 Elks Club Citizen of the Year.

The third BoE trustee seat held by Leon Gold who is not running for re-election will be contested among the outstanding candidates.  

BoE Trustee Jennifer Evans addresses a packed downtown venue after a Reform sweep in 2013's November elections. On her right and joining her in the 2016 race is Irene Sobolov. Leon Gold, shadowed on her left by Mayor Dawn Zimmer is not seeking another three year term.

One ticket, anticipated under the Reach Higher banner will include Evans, Sobolov and Sheillah Dallara who was a candidate on that ticket last year but came up short when over 600 Vote-by-Mail ballots were tabulated late and erased what looked like that ticket's sweep.

A slate of three likely to oppose Reach Higher are Francis "Chipper" Benway, Jessica Nelson and Jennifer Rossini.

Two other candidates may join to run an incomplete third slate in Cory Johnson and Zach Weiss. Johnson who works in the realty industry is a graduate of Hoboken High School and was appointed by the Hoboken City Council as an alternate to the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment early this year.

One issue anticipated this fall is the continuing lawsuit against the expansion of the upper elementary grades of the HoLa charter school. 

Leon Gold who some anticipated would run for another three year term declined an interview to discuss his decision. Via email he offered, "I am not running because I am no longer effective on the board."

Other possible issues in this November's BoE races may include taxes, facility expansion and teacher contracts approved.

Update: Other than the Reach Higher ticket, MSV may not have the final opposition groupings set. One well-placed source says two women candidates are actually linked to Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano. This is fluid and will be confirmed in due course.