Thursday, January 21, 2016

HCV: "Surprising vote" appointing Kurt Gardiner to the NHSA

The following report comes courtesy of John Heinis of the Hudson County View:

HCV writes:

The Hoboken City Council surprisingly overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Kurt Gardiner to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, replacing 27-year incumbent Frank Raia - the current chair of the board.

As Hudson County View previously reported, the council was slated to vote on a five-year appointment to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority from February 1, 2016 through February 1, 2021.
Raia, a NHSA board member since it’s inception in 1988, seemed like the academic choice since his term expired at the beginning of next month.

However, Gardiner, a former freeholder candidate, threw a monkey wrench into the machine by submitting an application for the NHSA seat less than two weeks ago.

For the full story see the Hudson County View:

Sign of the Times: Shift of the Mile Square Axis

Upstart NHSA candidate Kurt Gardiner watches Frank "Pupie" Raia lumber out of the City Council chambers after the vote on his appointment last night. The vote ended almost a quarter century of Raia's time as a commissioner on the Sewerage Authority and paves the way for new leadership and yes, maybe reform. Raia lacked the votes for either the five year term or a backup Pupie plan for two years. The Pupie plan crumbled in the face of staunch council opposition.

More on this breaking story coming.

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

In an upset victory for Hoboken's grass roots, the five year term for the North Hudson Sewerage Authority appointment went to decades long reformer and independent candidate Kurt Gardiner in an 8-1 City Council vote last night.

Gardiner's somewhat late entry made him an odds on longshot versus the quarter century force situated on the NHSA in Frank "Pupie" Raia.

With an entry only a week ago last week Monday, Gardiner managed to overcome the power, money and influence Raia had accumulated swamping the final council vote 8-1.

Second ward councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher nominated Gardiner and first ward councilman Michael DeFusco led an early roll call eventual landslide vote in favor of Gardiner which would become an unstoppable freight train. Both council members took their respective seats after election victories last November.

Grafix Avenger did a semi-live blog of the council's appointment vote and the fur continues to fly there.

More to come.

After a quarter century on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Frank "Pupie" Raia (forefront) absorbs the shocking result of the City Council's landslide vote 8-1 appointing long time Reformer and good government advocate Kurt Gardiner.