Friday, March 31, 2017

BOMBSHELL: Spying on President Trump and campaign confirmed prior to his nomination!

A late breaking Friday report dropped a bombshell. President Trump and his campaign were targets of domestic spying prior to his nomination. The sources confirm none of it has the slightest thing to do with the "Russia! Russia!" hysteria.

Multiple private citizens were illicitly unmasked in what's pointing to a political operation.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Freeholder Romano fundraiser sees big HCDO turnout with taxes a topic

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

In his first fundraiser since receiving the support of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) saw wide support from throughout the county.




For the complete story, please see the HudsonCounty View:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/after-receiving-hcdo-endorsement-romano-remains-focused-on-june/

Will gender neutral bathrooms be an election issue in Hoboken?

Earlier this week, Councilman Mike DeFusco called for Hoboken to make way for gender neutral bathrooms. He also slammed Mayor Dawn Zimmer saying she's failed to make Hoboken more friendly to LGBT citizens.

A reader sent in this story where one mom wrote earlier this month of her experience in a California bathroom situation, "A Man in the Women's Restroom at Disneyland."

Her story:



I didn't know if I was going to write this blog or not. A part of me was scared it'd be shared as some transgender hot piece about yet another homophobic mom lashing out at Disney and then I'd have to deal with the wrath of the internet telling me to kill myself. So let me be clear. This isn’t that story. This is a story about a biological man in the women’s restroom, but we need to discuss some gender issues.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over a decade and have seen my fair share of transgender/gender fluid people. They in no way offend me. I'd consider myself pretty progressive and tolerant of most things...except maybe people who identify as a person wearing socks with sandals. We all have our line in the sand and that's totally mine. But how transgender people feel, how they choose to dress or any surgeries they get, don't infringe on any parts of my life, so I support their decision to live as they see fit. I've also seen my fair share of transgender women in the women's restroom before. Not ALL the time. But over the past few years, I'd say 4-5 that I noticed. Men...who were in some stage of transition and making every attempt to be a woman from mascara to heels. Transgenders who certainly felt comfortable in the women's room and probably frightened to go into the men's. At these times, I smiled…I peed...and life went on. But 2 weeks ago something very different happened. 
I was at Disneyland with my son, my friend and her son. We were over in California Adventure in the food court area. We’d just finished eating and decided to pee before we headed out to The Little Mermaid. I went to the bathroom while she watched our boys in their strollers, and then I did the same. (For anyone who’s tried to fit a stroller in a bathroom stall, you get it). 
I was off to the side waiting with the two boys, when I noticed a man walk into the restroom. My first thought was “Oh shit, he’s walked in the wrong restroom by mistake. lol” He took a few more steps, at which point he would’ve definitely noticed all the women lined up and still kept walking. My next thought was, “Maybe he’s looking for his wife…or child and they’ve been in here a while.” But he didn’t call out any names or look around. He just stood off to the side and leaned up against the wall. At this point I’m like, “WTF? Ok there is definitely a very large, burly man in a Lakers jersey who just walked in here. Am I the only one seeing this?" I surveyed the room and saw roughly 12 women, children in tow, staring at him with the exact same look on their faces. Everyone was visibly uncomfortable. We were all trading looks and motioning our eyes over to him…like "What is he doing in here?” Yet every single one of us was silent. And this is the reason I wrote this blog. 
Read the rest of the story at the link:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Councilman Mike DeFusco: 'Hoboken under Mayor Zimmer fails LGBT and should institute gender neutral bathrooms'

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Councilman DeFusco says Hoboken should institute gender neutral bathrooms

            

“Here in Hoboken City Hall, we have a long day to update our infrastructure, let alone kind of open up the facilities to folks in a more modern way,” DeFusco stated.

For more on this story, please see the Hudson County View:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/defusco-says-hoboken-needs-to-improve-equality-rights-at-lgbtq-event/


            

HOBOKEN INTRODUCES POST OFFICE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR NEW HOTEL & IMPROVED WATERFRONT CONNECTIVITY

City of Hoboken announces:

The City of Hoboken is introducing a redevelopment plan for the Hoboken Post Office Rehabilitation Area that includes a new hotel and improvements to waterfront access and connectivity. The plan, which will be introduced at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, would redevelop the underutilized parking lot behind the Post Office as a hotel with unique architecture while preserving the Hoboken Post Office as an important landmark. It would also require the redesign and reconstruction of Newark Street with wide sidewalks and streetscape features to improve connectivity to the waterfront and would activate the block of Sinatra Drive between Newark Street and First Street.

“I thank Council President Giattino and Redevelopment Committee Chair Councilman Cunningham for advocating for this project and working very hard to address some of my initial concerns,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With the W Hotel often fully booked, there is a clear need for more hotel space for our families, friends, and everyone who visits Hoboken. This world-class hotel would improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to our waterfront, replace an eyesore with a vibrant, active streetscape with public amenities, and also provide much-needed meeting and event space for our community.”

It is estimated that the plan would create more than 100 permanent jobs and generate over $1 million annually in real estate taxes in addition to hotel taxes on a site that is currently exempt from taxes.

“This project will bring tremendous benefits to the neighborhood, create jobs in Hoboken, and generate significant real estate and hotel taxes that will help to keep our taxes stable,” said Council President Jennifer Giattino. “I want to especially thank City planner Jessica Giorgianni who has done an amazing job on this plan.”

The Hoboken 2004 Master Plan encourages hotels in the area near Hoboken Terminal to “provide a needed service for residents, businesses, and visitors.”

"As Council Subcommittee Chair, my projects have always strongly supported diversifying our tax base from residential towards more commercial, and this project does just that,” said Councilman Peter Cunningham. “I am confident we have met these challenges which will result in a win-win for Hoboken and its local businesses and residents."

Setback requirements for the hotel, which must use high quality design materials and architecture, are designed to narrow the building to maximize light, air, and open space and minimize shadows on Pier A Park. The implementation of the plan would terminate the existing easement with the Post Office which provides angled parking for Post Office vehicles along Newark Street where there currently is no sidewalk. All Post Office and hotel loading activities would be moved to First Street and take place inside of a building and the hotel would be required to have lease agreements with private parking garages.

The Post Office Redevelopment Plan is available online at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Post-Office-Redev-Plan-2017-03-27.pdf.


Monday, March 27, 2017

State Senator Brian Stack endorses Mayor Zimmer's Re-Election

Senator Brian P. Stack Endorses Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer for Re-Election


Earlier today, New Jersey State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack announced his enthusiastic endorsement of Hoboken Mayor DawnZimmer’s re-election campaign.
State Senator Stack said, “Mayor Zimmer has been a strong and effective advocate for Hoboken and a great partner, working with me to support our region and our State.”
Stack added, “Mayor Zimmer has held the line on property taxes while achieving an AA+ bond rating, implemented real solutions to flooding, created many acres of new open space and so much more.  She has led by example, setting a strong example for other local leaders.  I’m proud to offer my support.”
“I thank Senator Stack for his important endorsement,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  “We are honored to have him represent our City in the State Senate and I look forward to continuing our work together, as we make Hoboken an even better place to live.”
Senator Stack’s district includes the municipalities of Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and sections of Jersey City. 

Hoboken Budget Hearings

Police presentation:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/101476462

Corporation Counsel presentation:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/101478686

Parking & Transportation presentation:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/101480137




Talking Ed Note: Most of the City Council in attendance led by Finance Chair Tiffanie Fisher with council members Peter Cunningham, Dave Mello, Jim Doyle and Ravi Bhalla.

Council members not present: Michael Russo, Ruben Ramos, Jen Giattino and Mike DeFusco who left after the first presentation on the police department to attend a fundraiser at the Dubliner.

Hoboken budget hearings begin tonight

From the desk of Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher:


Dear neighbors - 

At the City Council meeting on 3/15, Mayor Zimmer introduced the 2017 Municipal Budget which includes a proposed 1.5% DECREASE in the Municipal Tax rate.  Effectively this is a result of combined financial discipline which has kept our budget flat vs. last year and an expansion of our ratable base in Hoboken due to recent development.  You can find the budget here:


There will be 3 public hearings on the budget STARTING TONIGHT!  The directors of the various departments in the Administration will present a more detailed version of their department budgets.  So please plan to attend, or at the very least watch live here:  http://hobokennj.gov/council/live/.  

Tonight's hearing covers three areas that are always on the forefront of everyone's minds when they think about taxes and our city - Police, Legal and Parking. So don't waste this opportunity to learn more and ask questions about these important topics!   Do you think we need more police? Do you think we spend too much on legal fees? Do you want to know more about all these new parking meters? Then tonight is your night!

As the Chair of the Finance Subcommittee meeting I will be presiding over the hearings. So feel free to email me in advance with any questions you may have at hoboken2nd@gmail.com

The next two hearings are as follows:
Wednesday, March 29th
- Planning and Development – 6pm
- Parks, Recreation, Senior and other Human Services – 7pm
- Environmental Svcs (Garbage/Recycling, Street Cleaning) – 8pm

Monday, April 3rd
- Fire – 6pm
- Admin and Finance (Healthcare / Debt / Bonding) – 7pm
- City Clerk (Elections/OPRA requests) – 8pm

Hope you can join!

Tiffanie



Tiffanie Fisher
Hoboken 2nd Ward City Councilwoman

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Battle of the fundraisers, round two

Last month, council members Ravi Bhalla and Mike DeFusco held opposing fundraisers on the same evening. It was more accidental than incidental but the overtones were none too apparent.

This time, the respective council members who recently clashed on the 901 Bloomfield resolution are again banging the tin cup a mere business day apart. Councilman Bhalla, the  Mile Square reigning Sikh official held a breakfast Friday with NJ gubernatorial whirlwind Democrat candidate Phil Murphy, the former US ambassador to Germany.

Councilman Mike DeFusco holds a "Pride Night Out" fundraiser this evening at the Dubliner. It's two consecutive months of fundraising for the first term councilman who officially points to his reelection prospects in 2020. Everyone else is pointing to the monthly fundraisers as an indication to marshall resources and unseat Mayor Dawn Zimmer this November for the mayor's office.

The fundraising push on each side comes with an eye on a March 31st deadline. In the middle of April, NJ ELEC reports will be submitted showing results for various campaign committees statewide. There'll be more than a little interest in not only the fundraising totals and who ponied up but the actual committees where the money is heading.

Will Mike DeFusco unveil a mayoral committee making a run for mayor official?



If DeFusco is a candidate for mayor, interest in who will be on his council-at-large ticket follows. Two names seeing some speculation are former councilman Tony Soares and Cheryl Fallick. Both were seen at the Cadillac Cantina event for DeFusco last month.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Deep State soft coup attempt vs. whistleblowers in Fourth Amendment warfare

Reports suggest decisive evidence of spying on president-elect transition team arriving today

The fast paced story evolving earlier this week after a Congressional Intelligence Committee hearing where the FBI and NSA Directors appeared is exploding with reports of "smoking gun" evidence of spying on the president-elect and his transition team.

The blockbuster report, filed late yesterday came from James Rosen, one of the examples MSV cited in its Horse Sense editorial Thursday, "Constitutional Carcass," as among reporters spied on by the Obama Administration.

Using FISA warrants, the initial intercepts legally approved led to an untold number of intelligence reports - "unmasking" - revealing actual names of American citizens on the transition team - a felony for each instance with criminal penalties of up to ten years in prison per instance. The law requires American names be protected in any foreign intelligence surveillance unless it sees senior intelligence approvals otherwise. An unknown number of names were kept in the reports and allegedly then widely circulated in the intelligence community.

From James Rosen's report:

"The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump..."

The same report also states the surveillance of the Trump transition team came to light prior to President Trump's tweets on March 4th accusing then President Obama of "wiretapping" him leading into the November election.

The report further states the volume of materials uncovered will need additional days to fully assess. The Congressional Intelligence Committee is set to meet again on Tuesday.

In one of his final acts of office, former President Obama vastly broadened the dissemination of raw intelligence reports. Days before President Trump's inauguration, the Guardian, a UK publication reported:

Under an executive order, the CIA, FBI and other security agencies will be able to access unfiltered surveillance aimed at foreigners abroad, before information identifying or revealing Americans they may be in contact with gets censored out. 

The ACLU and other Fourth Amendment constitutionalists have repeatedly warned about the potential for abuse using the FISA laws for purely political purposes. The ACLU however has not commented on the recent disclosures thus far.

The chair of the Congressional Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes has invited people with information on any illicit spying activities of Americans to submit the information to the congressional investigation.

It's unknown which whistleblowers are behind the pending revelations expected to reach the Congressional Intelligence Committee as soon as today. Reports claim the NSA is cooperating providing supporting documentation but to date the FBI has ignored all such requests made by the Congressional oversight committee.

One alleged whistleblower, Dennis Montgomery who worked at the highest levels of the NSA and CIA, turned over a gargantuan millions of documents: 47 hard drives and 600 million pages.

In interviews with the FBI alleging massive illegal spying, Montgomery is said to have turned over the materials and sought whistleblower status. Freedom Watch submitted a letter to Rep. Nunes earlier this month on his behalf as seen below.

Among the allegations collected are claims of illegal spying on: the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, other Supreme Court judges, another 156 judges and high profile business people including Donald Trump.

Rep. Nunes has not indicated who or how many whistleblowers provided dozens of reports pointing to the domestic spying on President Trump's transition team or how many are "unmasked" in the reports.

President Trump's early conversations with foreign leaders from Mexico and Australia were reported "leaked" to the press. Suggestions are conversations as president-elect were fodder for surveillance including Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who received an early invitation and came to the White House during President Trump's first month in office.



Talking Ed Note: These are serious Constitutional matters involving the Fourth Amendment, the First Amendment and basic American freedoms.

Much of the corporate media are focused on covering up and distracting from the emerging evidence of a potential scandal dwarfing Watergate. About a half dozen corporate entities control most US media outlets, print and television.

Update: 11:30/12:40 - The next scheduled intel investigation hearing will see both the NSA and FBI Directors called back to testify in a closed session.  The attorney for Paul Manafort, who was the campaign chairman for the Trump campaign for several months offered to have his client testify. Former campaign manager Roger Stone who briefly worked on the Trump campaign has publicly demanded to testify.

John Podesta, the former campaign chair to the Hillary Clinton campaign who also worked on the Obama White House has seen numerous current and recent financial ties to Russian companies revealed and has made no public comment.

It's unclear if any whistleblower, Dennis Montgomery alleged as one, will be testifying in any closed session. Rep. Devin Nunes, the chair of the intel committee has declined to publicly identify any sources.

Nunes did say, "We have people that continue to come forward to provide us information."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Horse Sense: Constitutional Carcass

The First Amendment is under attack and the Fourth Amendment lays tattered in a shredder.

What do reporters James Rosen, Sharyl Attkisson, the Associated Press and former Congressman Dennis Kucinich all have in common?


James Rosen has a story and his parents on Staten Island are party to it too. Declared "co-conspirators" against who?

Sheryl Attkisson, a former CBS reporter filed a lawsuit last October against the US Department of Justice for an alleged invasion of her computer. She claims being setup with not only the computer being taken over but several classified documents planted.

The Associated Press saw reporters "wiretapped" for months by the same DOJ.

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich recounted earlier this month how a phone call he took in his Capital Office landed up coming back to him in a DC press story, clearly released by unknown intel agency sources involving Libya. He heard the actual recording in 2015.

Kucinich says the intel collected conversation was made and then leaked for "political reasons."

Who authorizes and then "unmasks" US citizens, reporters even national elected officials in such a manner using the highest level national intel resources?

See the shiny toy and distraction, ℅ CNN: the leader in Fake News.

Talking Ed Note: There's more on all this, far more of course. If you're aware, you'll note the sizable effort to stomp down the emerging truth in a war against the US Constitution and its citizens. Suddenly stories from the usual suspects about "possible" and "suspect" collusion with unnamed sources are popping up as actual evidence comes to the fore. Coincidence?

Where have we seen this routine before and ask yourself, why now?

For those brave enough who can handle the truth; a sneak peek: see what's all the fuss to suppress a congressional investigation with Russia mythology is about. In recent years, whistleblowers have faced more risk than ever before. Why?

One claims to have tried and having failed took drastic action. His name is Edward Snowden.
The next name you may hear if it's not suppressed by the Deep State and its media arm:

Dennis Montgomery.

Today's prequel bombshell is dedicated to one reader who itched for more MSV revelatory stuff.
Well, here ya go.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Councilman Mike DeFusco slates Monday fundraiser at The Dubliner

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


Councilman Mike DeFusco, the first ward councilman edging toward a possible mayoral run against Mayor Dawn Zimmer is slated to hold a "Pride Night Out" fundraiser at the Dubliner this Monday.

The fundraiser was initially posted on a Jersey City resident's Facebook page, Demetrius Terry, who calls himself an intern to the councilman and is a former aide to Carmelo Garcia in the NJ Assembly.

The fundraiser would be the second for the first ward councilman in as many months. DeFusco has neither confirmed nor denied any intentions to run for mayor this November.


If confirmed, the second fundraiser in as many months would suggest Councilman DeFusco is making a serious bid to raise money to face-off against Mayor Zimmer for the mayor's seat.

Councilman DeFusco wasn't immediately available to comment to confirm the Monday fundraising event. The Facebook entry of his self-declared intern is apparently now missing.

Talking Ed Note: The March 31 deadline looms for candidate filings with NJ ELEC. Is this would be fundraiser part of an effort to tally up?

The City Council is set for a budget hearing Monday night. We'll await to see if Councilman DeFusco shows for either or both events.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No negative light on Hoboken. Capeesh?

The following is a reprint of a MSV August 2009 satirical article with Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who passed away at 88 over the weekend.

Please enjoy the article and "The Good Rat."



Word around town is that Pulitzer Prize winner, Jimmy Breslin now 80 is patrolling our streets looking for stories on NJ corruption. He made an appearance at the Jersey City protest earlier this week. Breslin arrives just days after the passing of “On the Waterfront” screenwriter Budd Schulberg. Schulberg had just visited Hoboken last week for a reading of his famous Hoboken based movie.

Now who would Breslin speak to for background on his book in Hoboken? Well how could he not speak to say Mike Russo, Hoboken City Council representative and someone who might know something.

Jimmy Breslin: So Mr. Russo, your father Anthony, former mayor had some run ins with the law.
Mike Russo: My family doesn’t know nuthin about dat. And if we did, it would shed a negative light on Hoboken.
JB: So you aren’t denying that your father was a party to the culture of corruption in New Jersey?
Mike Russo: All I can say is that my family has nuthin to say about no corruption. It would be negative to be talkin about any corruption in Hoboken.
JB: Well I happen to be writing a book right now about New Jersey corruption. You know I’m 80 years old and could use some helpful background.
MR: If you want to see Hoboken as it should be, consider speaking to our potential new mayor Terry Castellano.
JB: Does she know anything about corruption in Hoboken?
MR: You can ask her but she’s busy getting ready for my wedding. Don’t think she’ll recall anything. You know it wouldn’t shed a positive light on Hoboken.
JB: You seem very concerned about Hoboken’s public image.
MR: I do not, and will not speak bad about Hoboken. We have rules here, no negative light on nutin. It's bad for business.
JB: And what about those who differ and have protested after the FBI’s information released on the former mayor?
MR: They are not the real Hoboken. Ask them if they were born here.
JB: Well don’t all residents of Hoboken have the same rights as other Americans?
MR: They have their rights. And they have the right not to put negative attention on Hoboken.
JB: I think I’m getting the picture here.
MR: Glad that you are understanding.
JB: Last question, Mike, do you know what century this is and have you ever heard of the US Constitution?
MR: Have you ever heard the saying don’t rat?
JB: Recall that came up in, “On the Waterfront” a famous movie filmed in Hoboken.
MR: I refuse to watch that movie or have anything to do with anything negative about Hoboken.
JB: Okay, got it. Thanks.

Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein For GOP State Committee

From the desk of Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein:

I’m running for NJ GOP State Committee to make our state Republican Party a force for outreach, activism, and engagement. New Jersey needs a GOP that will work with grassroots conservatives and libertarians to elect Republicans in purple and blue areas by reaching out to the many moderates and even Democrats who are tired of high taxes and a growing cost of living. The NJ GOP State Committee is the central organ of the New Jersey Republican Party and is made of committee people elected from each county in our state. Elections are held on the same day as the primary, June 6. Contribute to the campaign for a grassroots pop on the GOP State Committee at:

https://www.gofundme.com/gop-state-committee





Talking Ed Note: Hoboken candidates running for elected office may submit guest pieces for publication on MSV to smartyjones@me.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

Grist for the Mill: Here comes Mr. Carmelo now

He's back! Well, he'd like to be while on excursion to Newark where he's making oodles of loot performing in a government role on behalf of that historic New Jersey city in its Department of Economic Development.

Because you know the economic developments he left in the wake of his departure at the Hoboken Housing Authority was oh so impressive. The City of Hoboken recently had to ante up well over $350,000 just to have working locks in the HHA buildings. In government circles this is known as an investment following superior management.

Mister Carmelo isn't officially and politically back in Hoboken yet but he's yapping up a storm based on sources more reliable than the people who sold you Russia collusion hacked the election. By and by, FBI Director James Comey will testify to not knowing what every other snoop agency charged with foreign intelligence gathering has been up to since unconfirmed weekend reports of Project Dragnet leaked out and the gas lighting media will conclude with a lot of other nervous Congress critters and Deep State club members "final."

So what's the yip yap on Mr. Carmelo's Mile Square revival? Reliable sources who admit to not wiretapping but possibly deploying more effective 21st century surveillance say Team DeFusco has been getting an earful from Mister Carmelo about his potential council at-large ticket. He has recommendations on who should be on it and wouldn't you know, he's convinced the first and foremost candidate who should be atop is him.

Carmelo Garcia (r) presses the flesh at Councilman Mike DeFusco's fundraiser last month. He's said to be insistent
he be on any council at-large ticket should the junior councilman get airborne with a mayoral bid.

Team DeFusco rumored to be weighing a press conference in recent days to announce Councilman Mike Defusco's mayoral bid doesn't need the added pressure. While there's silence to the uncorroborated slate with former councilman and late NHSA commissioner Tony Soares and subsidized/affordable housing advocate Cheryl Fallick joining, Team DeFusco is likely more concerned about fundraising numbers.

An end of March deadline for campaign reports will be uploaded around April 15th by NJ ELEC when the state agency disseminates the numbers to anyone in the public curious enough to look. Team DeFusco may not have the best news to report since its first quarter fundraiser last month created all the buzz. There's been meetings with developers and others inside and outside of the Mile Square City but is it likely to generate at least 35K collected and deem a pending mayoral candidacy for real?

Since the council at-large names bandied about on a Team DeFusco council slate aren't going to be writing any large checks, serious numbers need to come from somewhere. The early momentum from the DeFusco fundraiser at Cadillac Cantina may not have produced the kind of numbers likely to impress other would be campaign check writers.

Which brings us back to Mister Carmelo. He's living large pulling down almost six figures two times over in Newark, courtesy of its woebegone taxpayers. He pulled in some coin from around New Jersey for his Assembly seat reelection except State Senator Stack pulled the plug on any such notion. Mister Carmelo has the wherewithal to convince others to ante up or at least he did when it came to Hoboken Housing Authority vendors with seven figure contracts he doled out without informing his overseers on the HHA board.

It may be that kind of "innovation" Team DeFusco needs to make a serious statement to Mile Square City and Soprano State campaign investors. Short of that, a disappointing report on April 15th could short-circuit any ambition Councilman DeFusco holds to run for mayor this year. Campaigns need money, especially when their candidate is relatively unknown and taking on an incumbent with a solid track record as is the case with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Perhaps, Councilman DeFusco can team up with Joe Piscopo. He's pondering his own gubernatorial bid and has better name recognition. That is a key factor in campaign fundraising, one that the junior councilman may be discovering he doesn't have.

All of this may make Mister Carmelo's loquacious bid to find a political vehicle back on the Hoboken political ladder pointless leaving his sycophants lonely as they sing a revised old Mr. Bill SNL skit song, "Here comes Mister Carmelo nowwwwww."

Well, there's always that frivolous lawsuit he's revived three times to date going back to the summer of 2013. No sight of a settlement offer from the City of Hoboken but this time there's a pending civil action against him by the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Doesn't anyone have a modicum of respect for a political shakedown using the courts in this town any more?

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Councilman Cunningham: 'The North End'

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:


Neighbors, friends and family, 
During my tenure on City Council, I have not only spent a considerable amount of time working with the Administration and the City's finances which has resulted in a spectacular credit rating for Hoboken, but have also chaired committees on economic (re)development concerning several very important projects throughout the City - namely the Western Edge, the main Post Office and the North End.
These redevelopment projects have been in the works for a number of years, and in the case of the Western Edge, long before my election to City Council.  They have been derailed due to a variety of issues such as poor planning, litigation, lack of political will, lack of prioritization of these projects, and disagreements on approach.  For the majority of the Council members, current approaches are supported by very well-regarded professional teams of planners.   
One of the most significant results of the finalization of these current projects will be the diversification of our municipal tax base that will lessen the tax burden to residents.  Residential will be incorporated, but the goal is more mixed use, with hotels and street scape retail to keep our streets alive. 
The Survey attached below invites the community to provide critical feedback on the vision for the North End of Hoboken - north of 14th Street, west of Willow, and two blocks east of Willow from 14th to 16th Street.  This is the first step in the process which will include community workshops, creation of a plan and development of the area.
The Survey concludes Friday, March 24th.  Please be sure to share with other condo owners and neighbors so we can gather as much information as possible.   As always, your input matters.  Thanks!!

Peter Cunningham

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day & a traditional Gaelic blessing


Thursday, March 16, 2017

HudCo & Hoboken: Political operatives, money and vampiric overexposure

Hoboken plows through a chilled March election journey to November as political operatives near and far seek to swoop down on the Mile Square carcass eager to pick at its flesh and bones.

Call it tradition.

Unfortunately, the vampiric bloodsuckers muffed their landing, arriving prematurely and exposing themselves to the sunlight.

In any local primer, illumination on political operative activities in the dead of winter on the path to a November election makes no chapter titled, "The time is nigh." Attempts to cajole, threaten and bluff to the sidelines Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano and clear a path for the junior councilman Mike DeFusco have miserably failed.

Romano moves to a dance of the flowers of his own making. He's having far too much fun partying in the political swampland, quicksand to most in the Mile Square City and the larger confines of Hudson County.

Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano ponders the future (r) as behind him Councilman Michael Russo intimately confers with Lane Bajardi and his full plate at a political party some years back. For Hoboken, the party's just beginning. 


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR ZIMMER REGARDING PIER A

Office of the Mayor announces:


STATEMENT FROM MAYOR ZIMMER REGARDING PIER A

“Tonight's City Council agenda includes a bond and a $5.3 million contract to fund the repairs needed for the substructure of Pier A that I encourage the Council to support.

Pier A was constructed by the Port Authority. Possibly due to construction issues, the steel pilings are not properly coated to the mudline, causing various levels of degradation to occur on over 1,000 steel pilings. This issue was discovered when the City conducted an evaluation of our entire waterfront after the collapse of Sinatra Park. Funding for the maintenance of Pier A and the waterfront are provided by an account established by a 1994 agreement between the Port Authority and the City. The account funds are managed by the South Waterfront Board consisting of the Port Authority, the City of Hoboken and the developers (Applied, SJP, and Mack-Cali). That account now receives $1 million annually from the developers as part of the obligation of the developers to “give back” to the community in exchange for the development rights that were provided in Hoboken. Furthermore, that account also has many millions accumulated over the years that has not been spent. The City, as a member of the board, has been trying to work with all parties for a fair agreement to fund the repairs to Pier A from that account so that everyone can continue to safely enjoy it.

Unfortunately, the Port Authority representative on the Board has failed to attend multiple meetings and failed to participate in many meetings when present.  This action has caused a stalemate so that the Board has not been able to come to a final decision on the funding of the repairs. The Port Authority’s failure to participate in the process has occurred despite my direct discussions with Port Authority Executive Director Foye. As a public agency, the Port Authority has a fiduciary responsibility to represent the public’s interests in its capacity as a member of the board. Sadly, their failure to participate has created a deadlock much to the detriment of the public that they serve.

Tonight I ask the City Council to support the resolutions and ordinance on the agenda to fund and begin the necessary repairs to Pier A so that we can make certain that the treasure of our City is fully repaired. Since residents, visitors, and the business community benefit from our waterfront park throughout the year, it is important that these repairs are completed to ensure that Pier A can be enjoyed for years to come. The City will continue to work in good faith to engage the Port Authority and the other members of the board negotiate a fair agreement to pay for the repairs to Pier A. If no agreement can be reached, the City will pursue all appropriate legal options to protect the infrastructure and financial interests of the City of Hoboken.”

Related: Council meeting tonight live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beta-council-meeting

Mayor: 'Here's the 2017 Budget & another tax cut

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Wednesday March 15, 2017

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Community: Mayor Zimmer Introduces 2017 Budget With Tax Cut

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is introducing a municipal budget that continues to keep municipal taxes stable for the 7th straight year. The introduced 2017 budget includes a 1.25% reduction in the municipal tax rate, due to a flat municipal tax levy and an increasing ratable base.

Over the next 6 years, the City will invest $42 million in the water main system. This includes the $7 million water main replacement on Washington Street that is currently underway, $5.2 million for additional improvements authorized for priority areas, and $30 million through the 6-year capital plan which includes an additional $5 million per year over the next 6 years.

“Since becoming mayor, we have worked with the City Council to restore fiscal discipline and hold the line on taxes, and I’m pleased that this year’s budget will provide a modest municipal tax cut,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Together, we have passed fully-funded, gimmick-free budgets, restored a responsible budget surplus, and improved our credit rating to AA+ from its near junk bond rating. This year’s budget also includes a capital plan to make annual investments to continue upgrading our water main system and additional funding to help maintain our expanding parks and green infrastructure.”

A property owner’s total tax bill includes three main components: municipal, school, and county taxes, along with smaller components for the Library, municipal open space, and county open space. In 2016, municipal purposes taxes made up approximately 31% of total property taxes while County taxes composed 40% and school taxes were 24%.

The introduced 2017 budget can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/businessadmin/CY17BudgetIntroduced.pdf.
A series of budget workshops will be held on the following dates:
  • Monday, March 27, 2017
o   Police – 6:00pm
o   Corporation Counsel – 7:00pm
o   Transportation and Parking – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017:
o   Community Development – 6:00pm
o   Health and Human Services – 7:00pm
o   Environmental Services – 8:00pm
  • Monday, April 3, 2017:
o   Fire – 6:00pm
o   Administration and Finance – 7:00pm
o   City Clerk – 8:00pm

Councilman Peter Cunningham: 'lend a hand to your neighbor'

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Good evening.

Hope everyone has weathered the storm of 2017.  Fortunately Mother Nature was kind to us, but the real challenge is now what follows.  The clean up...

I walked to the PATH this morning and returned to many uncleared sidewalks.  It will get very cold over the next couple of days, and it's important to clear what you can now.  I have also pressed upon the City to clear corners and especially storm sewers so water can clear.

Please keep in mind your neighbors that are elderly. We are a community that supports each other particularly during times of adversity.  Please assist where you can to help them clear their sidewalk, their car or run an errand.   

Thanks very much, and stay tuned for community updates.  I have several matters to offer opinions and request your involvement.  Thanks and stay warm!












Peter Cunningham

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

City: Snowboken emergency update

HOBOKEN SNOW EMERGENCY UPDATE

Parking is currently permitted on Washington Street and will be permitted on all other snow emergency routes as of 5:00pm on March 14.

Parking meters will be enforced starting on Wednesday. Street cleaning is suspended on Wednesday and enforcement will resume on Thursday, March 16. All other parking rules remain in effect.
Important Request to Clear Sidewalks
Temperatures will drop overnight, so property owners are urged to clear snow and slush before it freezes. Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Residents are urged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing snow from their properties. It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants. The City is responsible for clearing sidewalks around City-owned properties.

To report an unplowed street, unshoveled sidewalk, or other problem, residents can submit an online complaint via www.hoboken311.com or via the Hoboken 311 mobile application.

“Thank you to OEM Coordinator Sergeant Montanez and the entire OEM team, our Environmental Services snow team, Police Department, Fire Department, Parking Utility, Senior Services team, and CERT volunteers for working together to keep everyone safe,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I also want to thank the County for clearing our County roads. We had no accidents throughout this storm thanks to everyone’s great work.”

The Emergency Operations Center will close as of 8:00pm.


Across from The Stable, a youngster goes all fours trying to convince a dog to join in the fun at Elysian Park.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sign of the Times: Karen Nason, Hoboken mayoral candidate

The first candidate out of the gate to announce a mayoral bid against the incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer is a local businesswoman, Karen Nason.

Owner of the Hot House on lower Monroe St., she's been appearing at City Council meetings and speaking on various topics. Her entry to the Mile Square mayoral sweepstakes comes not long after her decrying a business issue where her First St. business was informed it could not host private parties. Nason called the archaic rules an infringement on fair business practice.

Most recently, she appeared at the Mike DeFusco fundraiser earlier this year and in her departing remarks from the microphone at the last City Council meeting, Ms. Nason announced she "loved" Councilman Mike DeFusco, another anticipated mayoral candidate.

Karen Nason with Hobokenite actor Joey Pantaliano of
Hoboken Sopranos fame. She's a candidate for mayor,
he's an author and Hollywood actor.

Talking Ed Note: Over the weekend, Sully tossed Councilman Dave Mello and his denial he'll be on any Councilman Mike DeFusco council ticket under the bus. The weekend column however quoted an email from the two term councilman stating:

"Nobody has talked to me about joining a DeFusco ticket," he said. "I have no interest in joining a DeFusco ticket, I am very interested in running with Mayor Zimmer again, I expect Mayor Zimmer to want me to run with her again, and I would only consider running on another ticket if Mayor Zimmer rejected me from hers - which is something she in no shape or fashion has done."

The political column says former councilman Tony Soares is slated to be on the DeFusco ticket with frequent council speaker Cheryl Fallick who often advocates for more subsidized/affordable housing in the Mile Square City. MSV has reached out to both for comment without success.

Unrelated: The Hudson County View reports Dana Wefer, who chairs the Hoboken Housing Authority will not be running for governor on the Republican line after all.

The story details fundraising obstacles and "the New Jersey Democratic Party is too corrupt" to give regular candidates a chance pointing to Phil Murphy who reportedly has already spent $10 million on the race.

Councilwoman Fisher: Planning process on the North End

From the desk of Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher:


Dear Hoboken Neighbors - 

I am THRILLED to announce that the planning process for the North End of hoboken has commenced! Please take the time to respond to this important survey to collect your thoughts on plans for the North End!  And please forward this email to your neighbors as well because more voices are better.

The ultimate goal of this process, which will involve future public hearings as well, is to create a comprehensive plan and related zoning updates for the entire North End area to reflect the highest and best use for our City.

I am a member of the Northern Redevelopment Subcommittee (along with Councilmembers Giattino, Cunningham and Bhalla) and have been working with the Administration on this important project. Real estate decisions are permanent - once a project is approved, it cannot be un-approved. As you may have heard me say, we are "one zoning board application (if approved) away" from missing this opportunity to plan something great for our North End. We have one time to get this right for our community. And the time is now. So please take the time to participate and provide your feedback!

For those unaware, currently the area is zoned I-1 (with 2, I-1(w) orphan lots). I-1 zoning generally permits industrial and office (and related) uses with a height limitation of approximately 80 feet. I do not believe anyone wants to see large industrial complexes built here - correct me if you feel differently. That being said, many people have also indicated that they would also not like to see an excessive amount of residential be built either because further increases in population bring further crowding and taxing of our municipal services.

Recently we have not seen any zoning applications for industrial complexes. So far the majority of the applications to the zoning board have included significant residential components which require use variances (which is the most difficult variance to get). And we see this because residential development in Hoboken carries the best reward / risk ratio for developers. Unfortunately, due to our land constraints, it is the opposite for the City - the costs of increased residential are high, without as many offsetting benefits.

Things I would like you to consider as you read and respond to this survey:
  • Economic development depends on a population that supports its local businesses. Think about how downtown Hoboken thrives vs. uptown Hoboken - uptown Hoboken needs more daytime population to patron our restaurants and shop at our stores. 
  • Our transportation modes in Hoboken are already at capacity, especially during commuting hours - imagine how long your bus or ferry line will be with more people commuting alongside you in the same direction if we see a significant increase in residential development. 
  • The North End is currently the only area that does not yet have a public transportation terminal of any sort; however it does have a current (light rail) and future (gateway tunnel) train line that overlap in the northern end of this area, and these train lines further connect to NYC, the Ferry and that Path station.    
  • We have already seen a 60% increase in Kindergarten and 1st graders in the past 4 years - the limits of our free pre-k 3 and pre-k 4 programs, our schools and our field space for the various recreational activities for children are all being tested with rising population. 
  • Our public high school was built in 1962. Our amazing Superintendent Dr. Johnson has said she wants Hoboken to be a model Urban School District and a strong public school district is the foundation to a strong community. At some point we need to have a model urban building for our high school, but land is very scarce and options are limited. 
  • We have the best located land in NJ with multiple, current and future public transportation access points; and we have a diverse labor pool with a range of education and skills. This area is attractive to employers as evidenced by Samsung's previous interest in moving its headquarters to Hoboken as well as Hilton Hotels interest in coming here; this supports the financial feasibility of building non-residential. 
  • Non-residential uses contribute to our tax base without using as much of our municipal services. So more dollars in than dollars out which will help keep taxes low. 
  • Non-residential uses offer more job opportunities to our diverse, local population. Imagine if your commute was just a few short blocks and required no public forms of transportation... ahh the dream...

So with this, please take the time to do your part in making positive and important changes to our community!

Tiffanie Fisher
Hoboken 2nd Ward City Councilwoman 



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