Monday, February 6, 2017

Election season officially begins with competing Hoboken councilman events

A tale of two candidacies, one definite and one less clear mark the week after Ground Hog Day.

On one side, incumbent Councilman Ravi Bhalla is seeking to get the gears going for a third term on Mayor Dawn Zimmer's at-large council ticket this November. She'll be his special guest Tuesday night as they begin the long road to November.

On the same evening, Councilman Michael DeFusco celebrates a year as the First Ward Councilman with a fundraiser of his own to no small amount of speculation. Originally billed with special guest Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and a big announcement, the glue came apart when the neighboring mayor suddenly withdrew when the event became news raising more than a few eyebrows.

Was a fuse shorted or are developers and unions open to rallying behind a dark horse candidate for mayor this November?

Councilman Mike Defusco is the subject of speculation
on a bid to take on Mayor Zimmer this November.
In 2015, he was on the mayor's council slate.
That was then; this is now.

The rest of this story is MSV premium and will be emailed to members Monday.

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Isaiah 41:10 – Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.

Talking Ed Note: Mayor Dawn Zimmer deserves much credit. She's promised to deliver a flat budget again this year. That means a record of flat taxes over her entire tenure, quite an achievement. In her first term, a hospital teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and tied to the town in bonds to the tune of tens of millions was one disaster averted. The most evil, heinous forces in this town sought to perpetuate the opposite outcome. No one is perfect but on the whole she's lived up to her creed and her promises. It's not very often we can say that happens in the political world.

A revamped council has an honest, spirited energy and its members are doing hard and important work, much of it outside council chambers. While one can agree or disagree on any specific issue, its members on the whole are working toward improving and aiding Hoboken, not cynically exploiting it.

It's a sign of the times, helluva ride. Up the Republic!

Senator Brian Stack extends illegal immigration invitation in Union City

State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack defiantly attacked President Trump on immigration inviting additional illegal immigrant families to his "sanctuary city" in a speech in his hometown Friday.

Hudson County View filed this report quoting the Union City mayor who protested the US temporary visa ban on hold in litigation since Friday from seven terrorist haven Middle East nation-states saying:


For the complete story, see the Hudson County View.

Talking Ed Note: At least five of the seven countries identified in President Trump's Executive Order are well-known jihadist centers of operation without a cohesive central government. A week earlier, Yemen currently engaged in a deadly civil war saw a US Special Forces operation strike an Al Qaeda base.

Iran, an authoritarian theocratic Islamic nation was again designated a leading exporter of terrorism by the US, a title its held back to the Reagan Administration.

Union City previously home to many Cuban-American has become in recent years home to varied Hispanic populations seeing an unknown but significant influx of illegal immigration.