Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Volunteer Request for Fox Hill Community Garden Build Out

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear Friends, Family and Neighbors, 

First, many thanks to all of you that voted in support of our candidates in Column E in record numbers today.  We were successful in winning 64 of the 67 of the Democratic Committee Districts City wide.

On this Saturday, from 9:30 to 4pm, I will be hosting along with Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko an event to build a community garden on the grounds at Fox Hill Gardens at 311 13th Street.  Fox Hill is a mostly senior building within Hoboken's Housing Authority in northwest Hoboken (13th and Willow).

The Authority has agreed to provide "experienced" support for all levels that would like to partake in this event.  We envision two shifts, one in the AM and one in the PM.  The proposed project is to stall a raised garden making it accessible to all individuals - including those confined to a wheel chair.  All materials will be provided to build the bed along with soil and plants!

I have been working towards making this a reality for the residents of Fox Hills for many years, and we now have an Executive with hands on experience with community gardens and other Housing Authorities.  He has the professional staff to support the initiative, which will no doubt bring our community closer together.  I am hoping that you can join in the fun and support the benefits a community garden can bring to this important neighborhood.

Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning followed by a lunch time cook out.  
Please let me know if you can take the time to join us on Saturday and RSVP by end of day Thursday for planning purposes.  Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.

Peter Cunningham

Reform flex leaves Old Guard dusted in Democratic Committee landslide

In a low voter turnout election in Hudson County and much of New Jersey, the only drama locally was the rather insider battle over the Hoboken Democratic Committee.

Coming off the monster sweep of the Hoboken Board of Education last fall, the Reform flex was so powerful it's Column E effort smothered and crushed the Russo Clan's Line F.

Councilman Mike DeFusco awoke to the news of a Mayor Zimmer landslide in the local Democratic Committee.
DeFusco made an effort to build a committee under his name but retreated after the efforts couldn't get airborne.
Yesterday, Column F led by the Russo Clan saw its once formidable machine laid waste.

The massive victory spells doom this November and must be leaving mayoral candidate Mike DeFusco feeling a bit queasy this morning to say nothing of his backers.

The YUGE victory can't be understated as Mayor Dawn Zimmer's branded Democratic committee hammered down taking fully almost every single contested race of 67 districts, winning at least 62 and leaving their opposition with the wreckage in the mere teens. Notably, some of the candidates broke into and won by triple figures where only five years ago, typical committee races were decided in single digits.

The victory can be attributed to both the campaign effectiveness of Reform party backers coupled with the utter disintegration of leadership in the Russo Clan. A backlash against the Mason family poisoning the well once again with legal action to squash opposition to the vastly disliked Ines Garcia Keim and Peter Biancamano when Sheillah and Aaron Dallara were forced off the ballot for a late filing only helped propel, incentivize and energize. Steve Kleinman tell Beth what's she's won!

The call to arms for honest elections and decent local governance with new energy, organization and a host of new candidates simply overwhelmed the once formidable Russo Clan Machine.

Led by the energizer bunny, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher and on the ground support from Mayor Zimmer's Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhuri, the Democratic Committee literally wiped out its opposition even undertaking an actual uphill write-in battle. While that long shot effort came up short, the organizational effort across the Mile Square further stakes out a strong position for the November mayoral and council at-large race.

The only down note was the poor decision to not field a freeholder candidate. Doing so would have likely led to a win meaning Hoboken taxpayers would finally see some push back against Hudson County which sucks out $67 million annually out of the Mile Square City. Instead, Anthony "Stick" Romano was the beneficiary being sucked into the Column E vortex and likely will see another three year freeholder term.

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