Mayor Zimmer who has yet to confer with the City Council on the issue after cancelling meetings sought with her on the north end of Hoboken, launched a massive twitter dump yesterday pushing for eminent domain. In one among dozens posted yesterday she states:
In another tweet, Zimmer makes a vague accusation against Fund for a Better Waterfront and anonymous council members about secret negotiations of a trade for "higher density" elsewhere.I've been proceeding cautiously, gathering info to make informed decisions. Last month we learned new info which gives this matter urgency.— Dawn Zimmer (@dawnzimmernj) October 3, 2017
In one tweet, the Mayor's twitter account points a finger at Councilman Mike DeFusco who is running for mayor:Is there a negotiation in the works to trade Union Dry Dock for higher density in another neighborhood?— Dawn Zimmer (@dawnzimmernj) October 3, 2017
Councilman DeFusco said: "My understanding is property owner is willing to begin a good faith negotiation, but not w/this current admin”— Dawn Zimmer (@dawnzimmernj) October 3, 2017
The Hoboken City Council subcommittee on the North End reportedly has sought a meeting with Mayor Zimmer for months but she cancelled the scheduled meetings. Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher highlighted the situation on Facebook yesterday voicing her frustration on learning about Mayor Zimmer's push for eminent domain via dozens of tweets.
Several backers of the Bhalla campaign arrived attempting to push for eminent domain but Fisher maintained her posture about the lack of any communication with council members to date. The political hot potato will be on the agenda at the administration's request tonight.
Talking Ed Note: It's unknown how the City Council will react but Mayor Zimmer will have two votes lined up in favor of her late term eminent domain bid tonight: Jim Doyle and Ravi Bhalla.
The rest of the City Council was kept in the dark. Just don't call it political. All this lack of transparency is good governance. Politics and the Hoboken election has nothing to do with it.
Mayor Zimmer has called for a special closed session before the City Council meeting. The council members will finally get to have their eminent domain discussion. The public isn't invited.
As for Mike DeFusco, he is backed by Jim Vance who is with Fund for a Better Waterfront and made a contribution to his mayoral campaign earlier. But who would be negotiating or attempting to do a land deal in the administration's final days behind Mayor Zimmer's back?
Yes folks, this is Hoboken.
Update: It gets murkier by the minute. Fund for a Better Waterfront has come out against the City Council voting for eminent domain against Union Dry Dock.
On twitter, MSV asked if it had anything to do with Jim Vance already contributing $1,000 to Mike DeFusco's campaign?
Another question by MSV however pointed to Mayor Zimmer's less than veiled accusation of FBW and Mike DeFusco negotiating behind her back with Union Dry Dock.So Jim Vance giving $1,000 to Mike Defusco running for mayor has nothing to do with it? Best reason "no" is lack of comm. with citycouncil.— Hoboken Horse (@hoboken_horse) October 4, 2017
Oh yeah, this is Hoboken.
Also, Mayor Zimmer points to FBW & Mike DeFusco negotiating behind her back on Union Dry Dock? You wouldn't do such a thing, right?— Hoboken Horse (@hoboken_horse) October 4, 2017
FBW tweeted a response and a denial or is it a non-denial denial?
There is no basis for this wild accusation. Politics is not a factor in our decisions. https://t.co/quUBMOunX1— Better Waterfront (@Hoboken_FBW) October 4, 2017
MSV followed with another relevant question:
Which face? Ron Hine or Jim Vance? Has FBW held discussions (with or without Mike DeFusco) with Union Dry Dock? Mayor Zimmer implies you did— Hoboken Horse (@hoboken_horse) October 4, 2017