Friday, September 30, 2016

BoE Slate Forward Together: Evans, Dallara & Sobolov events and council members support

The BoE slate Forward Together Hoboken announces:


Pizza, get your Hoboken pizza

The annual Hoboken Pizza Derby announces:

2016 Pizza Derby! Coming up Sat Oct 1!

Join us on Saturday, October 1 for the 8th Annual Hoboken Pizza Derby! This family-friendly party is hosted by the Community Church of Hoboken at 6th and Garden Streets. This year’s menu will offer more than two dozen different pies to be sampled! From savory to saucy, there is the widest sampling of Hoboken’s Tastiest Pies. (Of course we order some simple classics for the kids too…) Take a look at last year’s menu here.
Here is how it works: waves of Pizzas are ordered simultaneously. As the arrivals come in we record the fastest delivery time. The Heat Troll then administers the infra-red heat gun to gauge whose arrives the Hottest. As in previous years, everyone gets a scoring sheet which lists ALL the pies we are ordering.

Score as many as you taste in categories of: consistency of crust, tastiness of sauce, freshness of toppings, and flavor of cheese. It’s a friendly competition, even when the delivery people bump into each other at the front gate! Pizza, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert is included for your donation.  This year the proceeds are shared between the Church’s Capital Renovation fund and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. Discounted tickets are available in advance via brown paper tickets.
Games! Sauce! Action! (AND, the best Climbing Tree within One Square Mile! (supervision required) Advanced Ticket prices are $30/ adult and $10 per child. Special family pass is $60 in Advance for up to two adults and two kids. Day-of prices are $35 per adult and $12 per child, with the Family Pass at $75.00. Thank you for your past support and hope to see you at this year’s event. Nominations to the Menu are now being accepted.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hoboken Lackawana Train Crash: 109 injured, one confirmed fatality

The following report comes courtesy of Jeanette Josue of the Hudson County View:

109 were injured, with one confirmed dead, after an NJ Transit crash involving train No. 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line occurred around 8:45 am. identified the fatality as Hoboken resident Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34. She is survived by her child who was not at the scene of the accident and her husband who was out of town.

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro: 'My heart breaks for those impacted'

From the desk of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:

My heart breaks for those people impacted by the train accident in Hoboken this morning and their families, and I wish those injured a speedy recovery. 

Amid the emergency this morning, I was comforted to see the great work being done by the Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken Fire Department, EMT’s, and the NJ Transit police, who were the first on scene, followed by law enforcement officials and emergency personnel from Jersey City, North Bergen, North Hudson Fire, Union City, Bayonne, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and other Hudson County neighborhoods. You all deserve our praise for being a professional, calming presence for the victims in the face of chaos this morning.

Thank you to all of the departments who responded from neighboring towns - your commitment to our community is truly appreciated and we thank you. I’m also very proud of the leaders in our community who showed support today in Hoboken, including Senator Brian Stack, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Sheriff Frank Schillari, County Executive Tom DeGise, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji as well as Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Cory Booker, and many others. The outpouring of support and offers of assistance to our community are very meaningful to me.

I ask residents to please be patient in the next few days as our public safety personnel works hard to get life back to normal, especially near our transit hub. Please thank an officer, firefighter, or EMT if you see them – they’ve had a very stressful day and will be working long hours after the news cameras have left to fix what was broken today.

While specific details about what caused this accident are unknown at this point, I look forward to reading the investigation report and learning about how this happened, so we can work in the Legislature and with our local and federal officials to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again. 

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Advisory: Train Crash at Hoboken Terminal

Dear MSV readers,

Hoboken Terminal is closed due to a train crash. Rail and PATH is not in operation. PATH is operating from Newport. The waterfront walkway is closed. Use Marin Blvd to reach Jersey City. NJ Transit buses are temporarily picking up and dropping off at Washington St & Observer Highway.

NJ Transit train crashes in Hoboken

Various news reports of a NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken earlier this morning with an unknown number of injuries.

Emergency vehicles are blaring through Hoboken with numerous emergency responders on the scene.

One commuter relayed being in the crash on Twitter:

Scene of the train crash in downtown Hoboken.
Photo courtesy NY Daily News filed an initial report here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BREAKING: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announces intention to run for re-election and endorses Phil Murphy for NJ Governor

In a blockbuster announcement across the way from the Mile Square City, Jersey City Mayor reversed all conventional wisdom on his political future in one fell swoop.

First, with former US Ambassador to Germany and declared candidate for NJ Governor Phil Murphy standing several feet away, Mayor Fulop announced his intention to run for re-election. He quickly followed with a  shocking endorsement of Phil Murphy for NJ Governor.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop (l) endorsing Phil Murphy for NJ Governor
earlier today in Jersey City.

The Hudson County View has more on this breaking story:

Photo courtesy The Hudson County View

Here's the announcement with Q&A courtesy of the Hudson County View with John Heinis speaking to both Mayor Steve Fulop and NJ gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.

Last of the Mohicans: BoE race heats up in Hoboken

The Hoboken Board of Election race is heating up. Tomorrow, MSV Premium will map out the race and the important tribalism factors leading into the Election Day outcome.

The Old Guard is already singing, "We're going to Vote-by-Mail like it's..."

Sheillah Dallara is the 2 in the 1-2-4 for Hoboken's BoE election

NHSA receives multiple grants for sewer infrastructure projects

The North Hudson Sewerage Authority announces:
Since the beginning of the year, the North Hudson Sewerage Authority has aggressively sought out grants for sewer infrastructure projects from both public and private sources. Thus far in 2016, NHSA has received a total of $600,000 from four different funding sources.   
The NJ Clean Energy Audit Program Grant provided $200,000 to assess energy usage and recommend efficiencies at NHSA’s two major treatment plants in Hoboken and West New York. The Department of Homeland Security awarded a $250,000 404 Flood Mitigation Grant to refit switchgear at the Adams Street treatment plant. NHSA received a $101,462 Community Development Block Grant to fund the sewer lining project in West New York. The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission’s NJ Aquatic Trash Prevention Program awarded NHSA $48,125 to install catch basin grates to prevent trash and debris from entering the sewer system at high traffic locations. 
Separately, NHSA has received $12.6 million thus far in FEMA grants for Sandy-related repairs to its system. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


From the desk of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro introduced a bill (A4184) that would establish an alert system in cases of hit-and-run incidents where someone has been seriously injured or killed. The aim of the bill is to aid law enforcement in pursuit of a fleeing hit-and-run driver by publishing information on road signs, to state employee and law enforcement cell phones, and to the media (similar to AMBER and Silver Alerts).

The bill was inspired by the efforts of the family of 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons, who was tragically killed due to a hit-and-run collision in Hoboken in late June.

“I hope this bill reminds drivers thinking of fleeing an accident that the whole state will be looking for you, and you will be caught,” Chaparro said. “I want to thank the Simmons family for working so hard on this bill and sharing their time and inspiring me to craft this legislation to honor Zack and encourage other drivers to stop and help an injured person instead of cowardly fleeing a scene.”

Zackhary Simmons, from Ramsey, was the light of his family’s life. The following statement is attributable to Rickey Simmons (Zack’s father) and Rickey’s fiancée Jennifer Jordan.

In his short 21 years on earth, Zackhary touched and impacted the lives of many for a lifetime. When you met him you were instantly drawn to him, feeling like you knew him forever and wanting to know more. One of his best friends said Zack literally had two goals in life: to take care of his brother who has autism, and to make his parents proud. He did just that and more as an honorable, respectable child who valued his family and nurtured those relationships. Those that knew him loved his personality, his spirit, and the way he lived - a strong leader with many followers.”

The incident involving Zack shook the community of Hoboken in June. An arrest was quickly made in the incident thanks to the hard work of the Hoboken Police Department’s Detective Bureau.

“As someone who lost a family member to a hit-and-run in Hoboken, I am thankful for the Simmons family’s courage and efforts to help make our streets safer and bring hit-and-run drivers to justice,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank Assemblywoman Chaparro for championing this legislation to provide law enforcement with a critical new tool to solve these tragic crimes.”

Similar alert systems have been implemented in California and Colorado, leading to a higher number of arrests in hit and run incidents. Assemblywoman Chaparro’s office is currently in talks with GPS apps with the hopes they will issue Zack Alerts to their users.

Victims or relatives of victims of hit-and-run incidents are encouraged to contact the office of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro if they’re interested in expressing public support for the bill and would like assistance in doing so.

Hoboken Board of Education candidate forum set for October 20th

The Quality of Life Coalition announces:

Hoboken Board of Education Candidates Forum

Thursday October 20th, 6:30-8:30pm

The Elks Lodge 

1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 

The Hoboken QLC invites all Hoboken voters to the upcoming Candidates' Forum for the upcoming Hoboken Board of Education election.  All of the candidates have been invited and the public is invited to submit questions.  

Sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition and the Elks with Moderator Bob Bowden.

This year's registered candidates are as follows:

Jennifer Evans
Jessica Nelson
Sheillah Dallara
Francis "Chipper" Benway
Irene Sobolov
Jennifer Rossini

Public hearing on the 500 foot rule

Last night the City Council hosted the public hearing on the 500 foot rule. A number of local business owners and residents with council members shared different perspectives speaking to the past, present and future impact of a repeal or no change at all.

The new vendor the City of Hoboken is using doesn't appear to have the proceedings available for viewing yet. Live council telecasts are available at the linked City of Hoboken website.

The public hearing should appear on the above linked page when available. Recent meetings are listed at the above link on the page.

Update: Bad news. City Hall sources say the video of the public hearing Monday night will not be available due to some technical snafu. Who's in charge to ensure the preservation and transparency on behalf of the Hoboken public is not lost again?

Of what MSV saw, various viewpoints among business people and Hoboken residents showed a truly diverse set of perspectives. The public are the losers on an issue of historical, current and future importance and this is a core issue of transparency and preservation of the public record.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Political forum of the Century

The eMedia to announce Hillary Clinton "debate" winner but its Americans who decide some in early voting already have

Tonight Hoboken will hold a public hearing on repealing the 500 foot rule at 7:00 pm. The forum of the century; not an actual debate but more a group press conference of the major candidates follows at 9:00. It's not a debate as the forum is more akin to a press conference with consecutive answers of opposing candidates.

As MSV has predicted since the summer, the eMedia (Establishment Media) would suggest the polling indicates a tightening race after Labor Day. The so-called tightening is visible in the obvious weighting among the two parties and independents. (Guess which party benefits with this weighted ten point poll sample advantage? Answer: It doesn't impact similarly on Election Day.) As the "debate" is scheduled for this evening, there's expectations 100 million Americans will tune in making it the largest political event of its kind seen in US history.

The same eMedia polling: NBC/WSJ, ABC/WAPO, Reuters, etc. has mirrored their efforts to prop up the establishment candidate in Hillary Clinton. By any measure, it's been a heavy lift as Americans show resistance demanding change in the wake of terrorist attacks at home, race incited rioting, Obamacare's ever rising heavy premium increases (with more on the way) and a sense of malaise no matter the eMedia's cheerleading.

The middle class is shrinking as a base of full time jobs are being outsourced or insourced with a replacement population competing at all levels of employment. Those dependent on steady manufacturing jobs find themselves competing for lesser work with immigrants crashing the borders further lowering their unsteady earnings in an environment where both jobs and wages are depressed and stagnant over years.

While most Americans have not voted and the outcome weighs in the balance, Florida's early voting is tallied and for the first time ever a Republican presidential candidate appears to have beaten the Democrat's presidential candidate. Handily.

The early voting Florida numbers according to initial reports 43% to 37% Trump over Clinton with 17% to independents. (Based on absentee ballot requests by party id.)

In another surprise, a CNN political analyst says Hillary Clinton faces a similar deficit in Ohio, is not expected to campaign there in the near future and appears to have capitulated that perennial battleground outright heading into Monday's night's debate. The suggestion is she needs to pool resources for other states and Michigan is looking worrisome with Colorado surprisingly in play.

The changes demonstrated in the two biggest battleground states historically playing pivotal roles in several of the most recent elections indicates the 2016 presidential sweepstakes is facing a new dynamic regardless of the outcome.

Both major party candidates face major questions under the spotlight. Trump who has put away double digits of opponents earlier called the best field of Republican candidates in history is continually questioned for his acerbic style and personally attacked seeing name calling like no presidential aspirant since George Wallace. The latter invited such attacks the former has not.

With one candidate remaining in his path, it's Hillary Clinton's own lengthy problematic history with her health being severely questioned. The eMedia never explained how her changing health explanation after a collapse at a 9-11 memorial in New York City changed from dehydration to pneumonia yet she appeared not two hours later saying she was "fine." Can she make it through the 90 minute forum?

A new color adjusted video on Twitter of Hillary Clinton collapsing outside a waiting vehicle clearly shows her right foot dragging as she's tossed into a SUV.

Tonight we're closer to Election Day, some answers and not a little spin.

Councilman Peter Cunningham: Important legislative matters

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear neighbors, family and friends, 

There are a couple of significant legislative matters facing Hoboken which you should be aware of: 1) a demolition ordinance to protect historically significant buildings; and 2) an ordinance to repeal the famed 500 foot rule which pertains to liquor license locations.

Recently I wrote and expressed my concern (along with many of my neighbors) with how buildings of historical significance were being severely altered and taken down,  They were dangerously affecting the structures of adjacent buildings.  At last Wednesday night's Council Meeting, we took a significant step to protect Hoboken's historic past.  On first reading, an ordinance to protect historically significant buildings was passed 9-0, and I thank my council members, the Hoboken Historic Commission and members of the public for their support.  There's more work to be done, but this is an important first step.

Secondly, there's an important meeting tomorrow night at City Hall for the general public on the City Council's potential repeal of the 500 foot rule.  Outright repeal, I cannot support.  However, if an amendment is carefully crafted to avoid the creation of "bar row" and encourage more appealing restaurants, that's different.

My council colleague Tiffanie Fisher did a terrific job laying out the history, current considerations and what should be considered on such an important matter.  Please read her piece at

Please pass along to your friends and neighbors, and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks, Peter

Mayor Zimmer announces October 18th fundraiser

Click here to to RSVP and purchase your tickets online
We look forward to seeing you there

Friday, September 23, 2016

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: Your voice needed on the 500 foot rule

From the desk of Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher:

Dear Hoboken friends and neighbors – 

Monday night there will be an important debate – and I don’t mean the Presidential one that begins at 9pm!  There will be a public meeting at 7pm at City Hall to discuss and debate whether for the second time since the law was established in 1966, we should repeal what is known as the “500 ft rule”. 

If the law is repealed outright, you may find yourself with one, more or many bars, restaurants or liquor stores on your block that were not there previously.  To some this may be welcomed and to others this may not.  IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU ATTEND AND/OR WATCH THIS MEETING TO LEARN MORE AND VOICE YOUR SUPPORT OR CONCERN.  IT IS CURRENTLY CONTEMPLATED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON REPEALING THIS LAW ON OCTOBER 5TH.  5 VOTES ARE NEEDED TO PASS IT.

The 500 ft rule was put in place 50 years ago in 1966, repealed in 1987 and re-instated in 1991 for the same reasons it was put in place 25 years earlier: due to quality of life (noise and public nuisance) and safety issues that occur within areas with concentration of bars. The rule basically says that no liquor license can move to a location that is within 500 feet of another same kind of liquor license (simply put there are liquor store licenses and restaurant / bar type licenses).  When the rule was put in place, existing locations were grandfathered in.  That is why you see rows of bars and restaurants near the PATH and on lower Washington, 1st and 14th streets.  

Approximately 10% of all municipalities in New Jersey have local laws that limit “Alcohol Saturation” to prevent concentration of liquor licenses in small areas.  The ones I have read range from as short as 400ft up to 2500ft.  A few of these include Bloomfield, East Rutherford, Point Pleasant, and Middletown.  Also, NYC city has it as well.  They seem to be more prevalent in places that have compact areas with high density and / or significant tourism and / or areas that have combined residential and commercial use.

Effectively, there are currently two governing rules that determine where a liquor license can go:
-          500 ft. rule – which basically has no exceptions
-          Zoning laws – enforced either by Planning Board or Zoning Board.  If bars and restaurants are not permitted within a zone, or are conditionally permitted, a bar / restaurant owner would have to go before the ZBA or PB for a use variance or approval for a conditional use.  In each case, neighbors within 200 ft would receive notice in advance, agendas are publicized and members of the public can voice their views on the application.
If the 500 ft. rule is repealed outright, then restaurants and bars could consider locations ANYWHERE in Hoboken.  In most cases, zoning board or planning board approval would be required.  However, in the following areas, Bars and Restaurants are permitted uses and require NO APPROVAL TO OPEN: 
-          The Central Business District (Washington south of 4th, east and down to the PATH)
-          The Planned Urban Developments in the I-1(W) zone – Shipyard, Maxwell and Hudson Tea complexes
-          Select redevelopments areas within the western I-1 zones.
That means if you live in or adjacent to any of these areas, you would not get the benefit of receiving notice before a new restaurant or bar opens.  And in these locations, demographics are business friendly, barriers to entry are low, and therefore the risk is higher that we would see an increase in bars and restaurants in these areas.  Here is the link to the current Hoboken zoning map:

The short answer is no.  The state of NJ restricts the number of licenses to municipalities based upon population – with 52,000 people we would be allowed ~24 liquor licenses.  Hoboken has approximately 143 current liquor licenses (28 liquor stores, with the remaining consumption ones like restaurants and clubs).  This is because when the law was put into place, they grandfathered in existing licenses.  However, there are a handful of inactive licenses that may become active – so it will feel like there are more restaurants and bars.

For a couple of reasons.  One – after speaking with a few license owners, council members felt the current market dynamics in Hoboken make it difficult for restaurants and bars to operate. This specifically relates to those license owners who do not own their actual location and may be suddenly in a situation where their landlord increases their rent dramatically, and they do not have clear alternatives to move their business.  Two – because there is a perception that repealing the 500 ft rule will result in more restaurants moving into the emerging / western/underserved areas of Hoboken (transferring from other locations).   Unfortunately, history suggests that this would not materialize, but rather restaurants and bars, - if given the choice to go anywhere without limitation – would choose a location in one of the vacant stores in the busiest part of lower Washington / Newark / PATH area over a distant area on the west side of Hoboken with no traffic, low population density and that is not zoned for restaurants (thus requiring a trip to the zoning or planning board) over moving to.

I am wholly supportive of trying to find ways to facilitate more restaurants in emerging areas of Hoboken, but I believe an all-out repeal of a 50 year old rule that was put in place not once, but twice, due to the community risks relating to concentrations of liquor licenses in our tiny, densely populated town is not the right path, and actually will have the opposite of the hoped for effect in the emerging areas of Hoboken as restaurants and bars will have unfettered access to the busiest business friendly locations in Hoboken.  I think a better path is a combination of a more robust public process, select zoning changes and AMENDING the 500 ft rule (vs. appealing outright) to potentially create areas with special needs. 

I also believe that EVERY stakeholder in Hoboken should have the opportunity to voice their opinion and that any decision should reflect this input and from others including Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken ABC, License Owners and Zoning and Planning officials. The public meeting set up for this Monday is a start, but is hardly sufficient to reach all stakeholders.  I do not think blindly repealing the rule without giving full consideration to all stakeholders is appropriate, or responsible for our community.

This just feels rushed to me. Currently, the final reading for the ordinance is contemplated for the next council meeting on October 5th.  If the ordinance is voted upon that night and receives 5 votes, it will pass as is.  And I don't know why it needs to be. It is far too important to EVERY member of our community to get this right.  

Share your views.  Attend or watch live Monday night.  

And then email all of the city council members and Mayor Zimmer with your views – whether supportive of concerned.  There are no bad questions and no wrong answers.

Don’t let this get passed without expressing your views.  More voices are better.

Tiffanie Fisher
Hoboken 2nd Ward City Councilwoman

Engage. Inform. Advocate.
"More Voices are Better"

Thursday, September 22, 2016


From the desk of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) introduced a bill (A4165) this week aimed at educating new drivers on the correct ways to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians in an effort to curb injuries and accidents.

“As more and more residents in New Jersey opt to use a bicycle through share programs or just buying one for personal use, specifically in our urban areas, it’s necessary to ensure that our driver education classes, tests, and manuals are updated to reflect the changing landscape of the roads,” Chaparro said.

The bill requires that the curriculum for approved driver education courses and informational brochures from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission include information concerning the importance of safely sharing the road with bicyclists, skaters, and pedestrians. The legislation also hopes to raise awareness to all drivers about sharing the road safely.

“This bill will lead to more educated drivers who will learn the proper ways to pass a cyclist, recognize bike lanes and their importance, and exit vehicles without endangering pedestrians and cyclists, resulting in safer roads in New Jersey for everyone,” Chaparro said.

Under the new bill, the MVC would include bicycle and pedestrian safety questions as part of the written examination required to obtained a permit and basic driver’s license.

The bill is also sponsored by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31), and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31).

U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi honored in Hoboken for national service

Last night in Hoboken, U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi was honored in a ceremony before the start of the meeting with a proclamation from Mayor Dawn Zimmer recognizing his outstanding army service.

Kalsi, a West Point cadet who lived in Hoboken and Stevens graduate is the first Sikh to serve the US military in native religious turban and beard while on active duty in 35 years.

A uniform code of appearance previous required him to shave as a US cadet at West Point. The Army made the exception in 2009.

Capt. Singh holds the bronze star for valor earned in Afghanistan for his work in defusing IEDs.

A comment of note further highlights: 

In its citation for Kalsi's bronze star - the fourth-highest combat award -- the Army recongized Kalsi's "exceptionally meritorious service as an emergency medicine physician" while deployed in Afghanistan."

The Army also listed 20 of Kalsi's major achievements while he was deployed in Afghanistan, noting that he provided emergency care to over 750 soldiers and successfully resuscitated back to life two patients who were clinically dead on arrival from the only Army expeditionary hospital in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hoboken Liquor Licenses & the 500 foot rule

A special meeting is scheduled on the City Council proposal to change the existing 500 foot rule on liquor license establishments opening in proximity to one another.

The date of the public hearing is unfortunately set for the same evening as the first presidential debate, September 26th.

The final vote of the City Council on the ordinance has been moved to the October 5th meeting.

Public Meeting: Hoboken Liquor Licenses & the 500 foot rule

When: September 26th

Where: Hoboken City Hall - Council Chambers

Time: 7:00 PM

Here is the official notice:

Halp? If we have to walk more than 500 feet to another bar we're gonna be sober?


Office of the US Attorney General announces:

Attorney General of the United States Loretta E. Lynch, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Director James B. Comey, Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney of the FBI New York Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher of the FBI Newark Field Office and Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New York (“NYPD”) James O’Neill announced that Ahmad Khan Rahami, a/k/a “Ahmad Rahimi,” has been charged in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, for conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey on September 17, 2016, and September 18, 2016.

Rahami, 28, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, is charged in a Complaint filed in the Southern District of New York with one count of using and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332a, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; one count of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332f, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; one count of destroying and attempting to destroy property by means of fire or explosive, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(d), which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and use of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924©, which carries a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 30 years in prison, all in connection with Rahami’s alleged detonation of an explosive device and efforts to detonate explosives in New York City.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

500 foot or less mayhem and the Sully follies

Once again the Sully follies came to light when the weekend rag's political columnist Al Sullivan attempted to vent longstanding anti-reform sentiments of that publication toward Mayor Zimmer and his claims of a cover-up.

The said cover-up involved an event hosted by gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and his think tank New Start New Jersey, a Bon Jovi backed kick-off for aiding the Soprano State's battered middle class. According to Sully, anonymous sources deny Mayor Zimmer attended said related event some undetermined time ago. Sully has been blathering about this on and off for some months much like his insistence Mayor Zimmer was resigning. Some dreams die hard.

It all has the faint odor of demons in chains gnashing their teeth while banished to Bayonne.

Sully has it in for Mayor Zimmer but missed the mark once again according to some basic fact checking by Hoboken's resident Grafix Avenger. Sully called a publicly reported event for a Phil Murphy think tank part of a cover-up but Mayor Zimmer's attendance back in April 2015 is hardly a secret.

The ghouls will be unleashed for Halloween and maybe Grafix Avenger who does take downs for amusement and on occasion breaks news of import while pointing out the mishaps and misdeeds of the political rabble in the mile square.

This time, Sully takes it on the chin failing to acknowledge the ancient event, a semi-political tech seminar that took place in April of 2015, mere light years away in political history. Mayor Zimmer and some other New Jersey mayors were reported in attendance.

How does one deny the public existence of a news story acknowledging mayors in attendance? According to Sully, it's part of some conspiracy, apparently against his breaking reality binge which any day may see him enter the present from the long trip he's been on apparently in deep conversation with Timothy Leary.

Grafix Avenger was somewhat polite about the latest Sully gaffe. For whatever his grievances, the fixation on taking down the mayor and the successful Hoboken reform movement has vexed Sully and the Bayonne based rag for some years as their influence on the Mile Square electorate has waned with the emergence of "the blogs."

This Horse will take a fair share of the blame.

Talking Ed Note: The weekend column did far better job highlighting a pending problematic issue on what's called the 500 foot rule on alcohol serving establishments.

Sully raised first the issue of a possible change in the ability of local establishments to serve alcohol opening up near one another. The current rule is 500 feet and the column points to Council President Jen Giattino, Jim Doyle, Ruben Ramos and Michael Russo seeking a complete change of the existing regulation citywide.

The question is raised on what single business is the driving force for a citywide change that can impact not only neighborhoods but the entire Hoboken police force charged with maintaining public order. MSV has heard there's one downtown establishment driving the idea and could spur a landslide of changes in bar-restaurants locations seeing Hoboken hearken back to its glorious partying past.

There's going to be a lot more questions about this. In this instance, Sully got there first and just came short of pointing the finger at the sole beneficiary.

First question, how is this reform? Council members, you have the floor. Next meeting is set for Wednesday night and public portion falls early in the agenda.

Update: A public meeting is set to discuss the issue of the 500 foot rule in the basement of City Hall on September 26th.

Graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Monday, September 19, 2016

Timeline of the NY-NJ terrorist bombings

Courtesy of

Person of interest in Chelsea & Seaside Park explosions captured after police shootout

Person of interest in weekend terror blasts captured in shootout with
police in Linden, NJ. One police officer reportedly shot in hand and another
in bullet proof vest by suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Breaking story via CBS-NY

NEW YORK (CBS NewYork) — A man being sought in connection with an explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey and another blast in Chelsea is believed to have been taken into custody following a shootout, Linden police said.
Authorities Monday had been looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who was wanted in both incidents Saturday.
“The suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer and striking him in the abdomen,” Sarnicki said. “The gentlemen got up and started walking down the street in a westerly direction. I’m told that he was randomly discharging his handgun and one of the officers was able to get close enough to him and return fire.”

3 terrorism incidents in 12 hours, 5 Elizabeth pipe bombs and person of interest identified in series of area terrorist acts

A series of terrorist bombings and attempts in New York City and New Jersey this weekend is placing federal law enforcement and terrorist task forces on high alert.

Early Monday morning, the FBI identified a person of interest wanted in the latest in a series of terrorist related bombing attempts.

With the morning rush hour, an emergency alert was issued by authorities for a suspect: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28 of Elizabeth, NJ. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

The authorities are asking for the public to call 911 if the identified man is seen:

Overnight the Elizabeth mayor Christian Bollwage confirmed the FBI was on the scene of that New Jersey town late Sunday night engaging in what's described as five pipe bombs similar to the bomb that exploded on Saturday night on 23rd Street in Manhattan.

One of the five pipe bombs in Elizabeth exploded when a robot was engaged to disarm it.

More than two dozen people were reported injured in the Saturday night Chelsea blast, none seriously as a dumpster was rocketed across the street in the explosion.

Additional reports last night claim five people were in custody after being pulled over on the Belt Parkway reportedly armed. Those details await further confirmation.

Governor Chris Christie on Sunday declared the explosion of a bomb on the route of a Marine Corps 5K charity run in Seaside an act of terror as other officials were silent to the assessment on what was described Saturday evening by NYC mayor Bill de Blasio as an "intentional" act in Chelsea.

President Obama was in New York City for a fundraiser this weekend but has made no comment on the terrorism incidents.

Related: The Minnesota man alleged to have stabbed eight people in a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall Saturday night in what the FBI described as a "potential act of terrorism" has been identified as Dahir A. Adnan. The 22 year old man, an immigrant of Somalia was shot and killed by an off duty police officer.

Ahmad Khan Rahami photo courtesy the FBI

Friday, September 16, 2016

November BoE race: mano a mano on Line J

The final ballot positions are set for the Hoboken Board of Education race come November.
Two slates will be going hand to hand on Election Day on Line J of the ballot.

The first slate includes incumbents Irene Sobolov, Jennifer Evans and Sheillah Dallara
The second slate consists of Jessica Nelson, Jennifer Rossini and Francis "Chipper" Benway.

As MSV exclusively reported earlier, Cory Johnson and Zachary withdrew from the race back on August 17th.

Candidate positions on the ballot will appear as follows:

1J  Jennifer Evans

2J  Sheillah Dallara

3J  Jessica Nelson

4J  Irene Sobolov

5J  Jennifer Rossini

6J  Francis “Chipper” Benway

Three BoE commissioners will see election come Election Day. Onwards to November!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hoboken has a Lt. Governor candidate?

Most Hoboken residents are aware there's a national election this November and who the top candidates are. But how many could guess one resident self-identifies as a New Jersey Lt. Governor candidate?

If you are stumped, no one can blame you. After all, there's really only one high profile elected official who would likely register on the statewide scene. Her aspirations however have said the first and last stop of political office is Hoboken mayor.

Then this happened.

An online political publication put out a poll asking its very inside baseball NJ political readership the burning question; who should be considered a candidate for New Jersey  Lt. Governor?

Grafix Avenger covered the hijinx with another hilarious satire sure to anger the political operatives whose livelihood depend on Weehawken dive bars employing the family and a certain "civic" enterprise known for handing out hot dogs and schoolbags packed with pencils and straw. You know, to keep the bag looking fluffy and more charitable. We're not going to get into the less than charitable, quasi-legal political activities of the political section. That's above this farm animal's law enforcement pay grade.

Grafix Avenger explains how a failed former ward council member went from unheralded unemployed litigious housewife to statewide Lt. Governor in the click of a mouse.

Hey, who turned the fish into a chimp? With one ape on the staff isn't that one monkey too many?

For more on all the sidesplitting details.

Monkey pounding on computer graphic courtesy Grafix Avenger

ipulse to the rescue


Hoboken is home to lots of businesses offering many services. Few fall into the category of "saved in the nick of time."

According to some statistics, the average person reaches for their smartphone 100 times a day. Whether it's a quick email, text or phone call - the reliability and critical availability of access to communications plays a bigger role in many lives.

Most however don't have backups to their phones or tablets. What to do when the inevitable crash or glass befalls an unplanned accident?

Down by the Hoboken PATH and right next door Teak is ipulse. They handle all kinds of repair issues for smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Walk-in service is available to fix a screen or solve a problem same day, sometimes same hour.

The team at ipulse is conveniently located near the PATH for
smartphone, tablet and laptop repairs. 

Looking to make a bang locally reaching thousands in Hoboken? Drop a line and let MSV show you how:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Stick in the Unity?

Rumors planted by the pro Old Guard rag Hudson Reporter of Old Guard unity heading into 2017 may be premature.

May be is a polite way of putting it.

While Anthony "Stick" Romano is emerging as the candidate most likely to take on Mayor Dawn Zimmer for the big chair at City Hall next year, the unity of "the OG" beyond the machinery gearing up at election time is MIA a year out from the Hoboken mayoral campaign.

Anthony "Stick" Romano appearing at the MSTA seminar last year. He decried labeling Hoboken a small town and urged the audience, "Don't read the blogs."

Mayor Zimmer will face challenges too. Third terms are always a dicey proposition and the words "Zimmer fatigue" could induce what is best described as "the Hillary effect," a lack of enthusiasm to vote for the candidate sans the corruption, lying and pay to play schemes.

For the mayor, the kindling can ignite with another rebellion for mandatory bike lanes on narrow side streets under discussion. Earlier this year, the insistence on protected bike lanes on Washington St. saw both the public and business community in a unified outcry finally dying down when the City Council wouldn't vote to approve the idea.

Anthony "Stick" Romano is gearing up or not, depending on who you talk to about fundraising efforts. He's out asking people for money to his campaign. Which one?

The rest of this story is MSV premium content and will be released to members later today.

Related: Last year, Romano gave it the old college try. Stick it to the blogs:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rebuild by Design - It's Option No. 3!

Additional news on selection design for Rebuild by Design in Hoboken via state and city sources.

Christie Admin. Moves Forward with $230 Million Project to Protect Hoboken & Parts of Weehawken & Jersey City from Storm Surge

TRENTON –The Christie Administration has marked another milestone in making the state more resilient against storms such as Superstorm Sandy by recommending the construction of a strategically placed flood-resistance system that will protect Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City from storm surge.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s selection of the recommended option, known as Alternative 3, was announced Thursday evening during a public meeting at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
“After a very thorough evaluation process that productively engaged local officials and residents, we have determined that this recommended option provides the most cost-effective level of protection from storm surge while preserving waterfront access and views of the river and New York City skyline, goals expressed by the communities,” said David Rosenblatt, DEP’s Assistant Commissioner for Engineering and Construction.
The recommended alternative calls for construction of a flood resistance structure stretching from 19th Street in Weehawken and extending south into Hoboken, slightly inland from the river.
An additional flood-resistance structure will be constructed along the southern end of Hoboken. The DEP is reviewing two alignment options for this structure.
“Rising seas, stronger storms, and skyrocketing flood insurance costs are no longer hypothetical threats for Hoboken, and we have a unique opportunity to address them,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I agree with the consensus reached for Alternative 3 because it protects the vast majority of our city while integrating with our urban fabric and preserving access to our beautiful waterfront. I thank all Hoboken residents who have participated in this process and submitted very valuable feedback to the State and my administration. In the months ahead there will be many opportunities for residents to weigh in on the design and I urge everyone to remain involved.”
“Weehawken Township strongly supports the decision to support Alternative 3 as the most feasible alternative presented,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard F. Turner. “I would like to thank the State of New Jersey, New Jersey DEP, HUD and my fellow mayors for giving us the opportunity to participate in this process to protect our cities.
“I would also like to thank all the residents of Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City and all the stakeholders; including all the community members who participated in all of the meetings and discussions throughout the entirety of this process — particularly those from the ‘Weehawken Shades,’” Mayor Turner added. “We look forward to this project being completed expeditiously.”
The border between Hoboken and Weehawken and the southern end of Hoboken, adjacent to Jersey City are low-lying areas that during Superstorm Sandy acted as funnels for flooding. Storm surge rushed through these two areas and joined forces to cause flooding from the inland side of Hoboken, effectively creating a temporary island on the Hudson River.
The flood-resistance structure will provide flood protection for communities and for critical infrastructure, including the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Alternative 3 will be designed to blend in seamlessly with the urban streetscape and enhance the quality of life in the area. The system will utilize natural higher ground to maximize protection.
The DEP expects to formalize the recommendation as part of a Record of Decision that will be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the spring. As part of its national Rebuild by Design competition, HUD in 2013 approved $230 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to design and construct a project to protect the Hudson River communities.
HUD created the Rebuild by Design competition as a way to promote projects that improve the resilience of urban coastal areas while providing infrastructure that improves quality of life.
Formal project design, integrating results of ongoing environmental impact studies that are being conducted by DEP, is expected to begin in spring 2017. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and take about three years to complete.
The DEP has taken a multi-faceted approach to making New Jersey more resilient to severe storms since Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The DEP is working to ensure all the state’s ocean beaches are built to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ protective standards, and has adopted tougher elevation standards for construction and reconstruction of homes in coastal areas.
The DEP continues to help at-risk homeowners move out of harm’s way through Blue Acres acquisitions, is financing projects to harden critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and is investigating techniques to restore degraded salt marshes as storm surge buffers.

For more information, including a video of a July 28 public meeting during which three final alternatives were discussed, visit:

Option 3 is seen at the link: