Wednesday, January 31, 2018

So let it be written...

Talking Ed Note: So let it be done. See ya Thursday folks. History is about to be made in this nation. Not a moment too soon.

Love Your Republic & Constitution

Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.  Luke 12:3

Mayor Bhalla announces upcoming fundraiser

Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced a fundraiser in March as seen below:

In Bhalla's mayoral campaign last year, his ELEC campaign report shows he loaned himself $31,000.

Hoboken residents can attend the event for $150. On the political front, Mayor Bhalla continues to oppose the City Council overturning a veto giving Hoboken voters a referendum where they choose to bring back runoff elections. Runoff elections were eliminated in a similar referendum back in 2012.

Sources say the Bhalla administration, City Council members and close observers agree the council will  overturn the veto and then Hoboken voters will decide in November. There may be further adjustment with interests among many to see this converted to an instant runoff option.

The City Council have twice voted overwhelmingly to approve the referendum letting Hoboken voters decide.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Seven years on, Ravi Bhalla sees ethics complaint sputter ahead

Hudson County View covered the seven year saga of an ethics complaint against Mayor Ravi Bhalla that won't die. The complaint was originally filed by long time Bhalla nemesis Perry Belfiore.

Last year, Belfiore collected over $50,000 in a settlement with the City of Hoboken after filing a civil lawsuit when then councilman Ravi Bhalla tossed him out of a 2015 City Council meeting he spoke at in public portion.

MSV exclusively reported on the behind the scenes events leading up to Belfiore's ejection. Bhalla allegedly had Belfiore removed by Hoboken Police on orders from former mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Lingering ethic woes plague Ravi Bhalla as a seven year old
complaint is somehow revived again. Hudson County View covered the story.

In a breaking exclusive news report, HCV writes:

Bhalla, a two-term councilman-at-large before being elected mayor in November, received a notice of violation from the New Jersey Local Finance Board on November 13th, 2017.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Republic if you can keep it

A cabal of City Hall insiders, paid political operatives and their insipid little group continue their demands to control everything surrounding local governance. Their latest is attempting to stop a voter referendum to bring back runoff elections this November.

They're suffering fear and trepidation if Mayor Ravi Bhalla doesn't find an exit ramp for higher office, he may face a runoff election in four years - and lose!

Quick, stop the Hoboken voters before they inflict their will against our agenda!

Ravi Bots are going online telling anyone who
will listen democratic elections are bad.
They don't want Hoboken voters deciding about runoff elections.
From the "mandate" of an election garnering less than 33% of the vote, these Ravi Bots are crying buckets they must control every aspect of local government.

They explode in salty tears at the prospect the Hoboken electorate may vote on a referendum to have runoff elections again after five years. The City Council will easily (and quickly) vote a third time to let the Hoboken electorate choose.

Wait, didn't you hear? If Ravi Bhalla faces a runoff election, he may lose. Aren't you trembling at the prospect? What, are you in league with the ever-dwindling Old Guard?  Are you evil? Obey us! Or we're going to call you racist and insult you a lot, anonymously of course.

The Hoboken City Council action on the runoff referendum after former Mayor Dawn Zimmer and current mayor Ravi Bhalla's successive vetoes is not in doubt. The City Council will for a third time to overwhelmingly approve a November referendum where the Hoboken voters will decide to bring back runoff elections or not. Council efforts to convert this to an instant runoff should be aggressively pursued. The most democratic outcome with runoffs is one where cost is not more prohibitive to candidate participation.

Ravi Bots online are trying talking points about voter fraud being a dire threat if runoff elections return. The City Council isn't buying it and the latest gambit to keep Hoboken voters from deciding the matter this November will fail a third time.

Can we expect a Ravi "terrorism flyer" to show up next? It worked so well last time.

While most of Hoboken is focused elsewhere with January winding down, the Ravi Bots are losing their minds as they know the ordinance for a referendum to let Hoboken voters choose on runoff elections is inevitable.


Talking Ed Note: MSV continues to endorse exploring the instant runoff election option which may not be as impermissible as some would have you believe. The Hoboken City Council should pursue it aggressively after this referendum ordinance passes a third time. A bill for instant runoffs has been introduced in the NJ Assembly.

MSV continues to support good governance and the Reform principles of open government and transparency. Although Reform was detonated, not everything should be destroyed with it.

Nationally, big things are afoot. When you hear the inevitable howling later this week, note who stands with the Constitution backing the rule of law and who stands for a totalitarian police state.

There will be a notable difference and you'll not hear that from the collective narrative presented by the MSM. Like who's backing real Statsi, Nazis, Soviet Bolsheviks and anti-American globalists but run around calling everyone else Nazis.

Hey, it's almost showtime. As Benjamin Franklin once quipped in response to a question about what type of government would this new nation be, "A Republic if you can keep it."

#TheStorm  #TheSecondAmericanRevolution

Friday, January 26, 2018

Executive Order action on those involved in serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Late Friday, investigative reporter Sara A. Carter reported a four page US House Intel memo will be released to the public midweek after next week's State of the Union speech by President Trump.

The four page memo is the subject of speculation and a massive media psyops campaign to undermine its impact before release. To date, most of the MSM has ignored the potential significance of the memo and any likelihood of its large-scale significance. In recent days, a different tack deems it political "talking points" of no substance. Hundreds of US Congress members have read the memo in a secure facility and many have demanded it be made available to the public.

The four page memo is being declassified but all supporting documentation may not be fully available at the time of its release. Various sources suggest it will reveal massive Constitutional violations on a scale never seen in US history dwarfing WaterGate. Similarly, they point to powerful US intel resources being turned against American citizens, the Trump campaign, President-elect Trump and post inauguration. It's also suggested the declassified information will undo what MSV concluded more than a year ago about the Mueller counter intel Russia investigation; it like the so-called "Russia Dossier" is part and parcel to the Russia Collusion Hoax.

The following Presidential Executive Order was signed by President Donald Trump on December 20, 2017.

Please closely read the December Executive Order below as it will likely factor into major breaking news as the US House Intel Memo's release in the near future.

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-328) (the “Act”), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)) (INA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.
I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
I hereby determine and order:
Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:
(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order;
(ii) any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:
(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;
(B) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:
(1) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or
(2) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption;

Thursday, January 25, 2018

DeFusco blasts Mayor Bhalla for veto against allowing voters decide runoff elections

InsiderNJ reported a response to the latest veto by Mayor Ravi Bhalla on a referendum to allow the public to decide on bringing back runoffs.

DeFusco Blasts Mayor Bhalla’s Veto of Runoff Referendum Ordinance

DeFusco Blasts Mayor Bhalla’s Veto of Runoff Referendum Ordinance 
Hoboken, NJ – For the second time in recent months, Hoboken’s Mayor has vetoed an ordinance passed in a 7-2 vote by the City Council to allow residents to decide whether or not to re-institute runoff elections. Councilman Mike DeFusco is issuing the following statement reacting to Mayor Bhalla’s veto:
“It is disappointing to see Mayor Bhalla not just deny Hoboken residents the opportunity to have their voices heard in a public referendum on our voting rights, but to also see him spread misinformation and half-truths while doing so. The ordinance he vetoed was passed overwhelmingly by the City Council and it would simply allow our community to collectively decide whether or not to re-institute runoff elections. This issue should be decided by the people, not by entrenched, establishment politicians like Mayor Bhalla who benefit from a flawed current system. The Mayor cites reduced voter turnout in a recent Jersey City runoff, but he fails to mention that the last time Hoboken held a runoff election for Mayor in 2009 turnout actually increased from the initial election. Meanwhile, he suggests that he supports an instant runoff system that, while certainly worth exploring, is currently not allowable by state law. All of this is meant to distract from the fact that Mayor Bhalla is concerned that re-instituting runoff elections would hurt his chances of re-election as he has not demonstrated the ability to secure majority support or to work collaboratively with his fellow elected officials. This is a deeply cynical ploy that puts politics over our city’s values of transparency and openness, and I will be working with my Council colleagues to determine what steps can be taken to ensure that Hoboken residents’ voices are ultimately heard on this important issue.”

Mayor Bhalla vetoes option for voters in November to bring back runoff elections

In an official release, Mayor Ravi Bhalla vetoed the City Council legislation for a public referendum this November to consider bringing back runoff elections.

Last November, then a councilman and candidate for mayor, Ravi Bhalla was elected mayor with less than 33% of the vote.

A City Council rebuke to the veto can be expected as an earlier veto by the lame duck former mayor Dawn Zimmer. This would mean the Hoboken electorate will decide for themselves if they wish to bring back runoff elections by going to the polls this November.

Official release:


Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla issued a veto of ordinance B-3 for a referendum to reinstate run-off elections in December, stating in part:

Presumably, the objective of this legislation is to ensure that any successful candidate for office obtain at least 50% of the vote. While this is a worthwhile objective, it needs to be considered together with other important objectives such as maximizing voter participation and minimizing the likelihood of elections results being influenced by improper conduct. The evidence is clear that there is a dramatic reduction in voter turnout associated with December runoff elections, as we saw most recently during four Jersey City runoffs in 2017 which experienced voter turnout reductions ranging from 33.6 percent to 45.4 percent.

The open secret known by every single member of the City Council and alluded to in multiple local news reports is that there is massive vote-buying that occurs in our elections. Reducing voter turnout through runoffs in December will amplify the power of those vote-buying operations, making our elections less democratic. Therefore, the approach taken by the City Council in achieving this objective is highly misguided and amounts to poor public policy that I cannot support. A far better approach, which I fully support, is to move to instant runoff (also known as ranked choice) voting which is commonplace around the country.”

The full veto statement is available at:]


Talking Ed Note: MSV has previously stated its position supporting instant runoff elections if at all feasible. The topic is worthy of further investigation. 

Here, there's a clear push back by the administration against runoff elections and it's in no small part due to receiving less than 33% of the vote last November.

The amount of voters many of the low information variety motivated to get out on Election Day was fully 43% of those eligible, far more than the typical 35% turnout. The Ravi "terrorist flyer" earned him a huge boost days before the election (as it was designed to do). Similarly, the significant increase in turnout last November meant efforts to buy votes, using VBMs or in votes at the machines was not only diminished but rendered inert.

Confidence is required to tackle a one-on-one runoff election. Apparently, this is missing from the Bhalla  administration and Ravi Bots: fanatical insiders, underwriters and paid political operatives have been freaking out since the November election they don't control every aspect of local government. (That some of these aspects such as council appointments preclude the mayor a vote or influence is beyond their grasp of understanding let alone acceptance. This is of course what defines them as Ravi Bots.)

Currently, there's a Shadowy presence writing content and comments on Sybil's Cave, home to Bhalla campaign political operatives, underwriters and insiders. A campaign began almost immediately after the November election when good governance council members Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher declined to announce fealty and unconditional support for the mayor-elect. There may be legal motivations for this too connected to ongoing lawsuits at City Hall carried from the prior administration. 

Without any public opposition to Ravi Bhalla's new administration or a single council meeting, Ravi Bots are wailing for blood and lining up in the hopes to take their place.  Any such election however is well off in the distance in the fall of 2019. 

Most of these wannabe Ravi Bots have done zero for Hoboken on any issue at any time. That's politics but there's years of proven good governance experience by Cunningham, Giattino and Fisher.  There's much going on now with Union Dry Dock and united efforts on that front.  Additional transparency with access to the RFP process is one improvement showing local government can work effectively together and the Union Dry Dock effort showed some limited success with council members urging support getting behind Mayor Bhalla.

While there remains concern about voter fraud in Hoboken, an issue often said to be non-existent by these same voices in wider elections nationwide; it's far less of a problem than it has been in recent years in the Mile Square City.

MSV set the benchmark breaking and covering stories of voter fraud since 2010. This last election didn't feature the type of massive VBM fraud as in other years. For the first time, MSV can publicly state, the FBI was on the lookout for voter fraud activity last fall and word was on the street before the November vote. It had a chilling effect.

In the end, the Hoboken electorate will decide the runoff issue issue after five years with no runoffs. Ravi Bots will be angered with that democratic idea but most of the public will yawn and say, "See ya in November."

Drone on Ravi Bots, drone on.

Related: Hudson County View covered the story:

Tiffanie Fisher: 'Take the survey on Union Dry Dock'

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors – 
If you have not yet done so, please fill out the survey posted and circulated by Mayor Bhalla concerning the former Union Dry Dock site.  You can find it HERE.  Survey closes tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm.
There are three questions, but really there are just two.  Do you want to see industrial uses on the waterfront at that location?  Or not.  
I have spoken with Mayor Bhalla who continues to work hard to defend completing our waterfront park, an effort that started with many of you decades ago with the Waterfront Referendum.  He has met with many of the major stakeholders (and here I mean in addition to and those other than Hoboken residents) and he wants to hear from you so he knows he is representing the best interests of our community.  For those unaware what the Hoboken Waterfront Referendum was, click on this link for a NY times article about it or google it - you will be amazed, and hopefully inspired by the efforts of so many of our neighbors.  And understand that this is not the first battle, but one of what will hopefully be the last.
If you have any questions, thoughts or want to discuss further with me do not hesitate to email me or call me at 201/208-1674.  
Thank you,
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Grist for the Mill: Where in the world is former Mayor Dawn Zimmer?

Hoboken's former Mayor Dawn Zimmer has exited stage left. She announced her shocking plan last June to opt out of seeking a third term to tackle global warming climate change, a central prog religious tenet of hers.

However, no plans announced to take up residence in China and India and face down the biggest producers of energy by-products have followed. She's merely "gone away" not much unlike her once formidable rival in the fourth ward Chris Campos.

Rumors for months among people privy to the small insider network around her say she's leaving Hoboken. So far, no one is committing to say where. Her college age boys are more independent and the family business was sold after the passing of her mother-in-law leaving no significant ties to remain in the Mile Square City.

So what's next for the former Hoboken mayor?

Former Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer and Phil Murphy,
then candidate for NJ governor in his first appearance in Hoboken
back in 2016.

Many have been awaiting an appointment for her in the new Phil Murphy administration where her former Chief of Staff landed but no announcement has been forthcoming. There's curiosity if Dawn Zimmer would face down the daily southern Hoboken traffic jam she constructed on Observer Highway as part of a weekly commute to Trenton.

Those in the know doubt she'd inflict such a demanding commute on herself. More likely they say is a quiet exit to a destination unknown as she decompresses from two demanding terms as mayor.

Zimmer's first term was met with plots to undermine her and stop progress or decent governance at every turn. With efforts to close the hospital where the City was saddled with $55 million bond guarantees to refusals to make simple end of year line item budget transfers; she was opposed by a vicious Old Guard council faction.

A five member majority council coalition held for most of her first term and part of a second term delivering success after success until she alienated her council allies completely, detonating the Reform Movement in the process.

So what's next? Perhaps Phil Murphy will carve out a green czarina position where Zimmer can be a roving NJ ambassador for efficient light bulbs. Or something. Everyone will have to wait a little longer and see where the former Hoboken reform advocate goes.

Dawn Zimmer was not contacted for this grist column. She stopped responding to MSV as soon as she executed and announced the back room deal to withdraw from re-election and install Ravi Bhalla in her place last June.


Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey? Send it to All email is kept confidential and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson County Superior Court. In farm animals we trust.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Former Hoboken City Council President Chris Campos is incarcerated in federal prison


Chris Campos, a former Hoboken City Councilman who was sentenced last month to 30 months in federal prison for a livery car loan scheme running into the millions of dollars is now a resident of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

It's a federal prison, the same facility where Hoboken's former mayor and convicted felon Peter Cammarano spent time for his role in taking $25,000 in bribes agreeing to zoning considerations for a federal informant.

Chris Campos in better days at the Hoboken Elks in 2013 for a Hoboken mayoral forum.

Campos is expected to serve approximately a year in the federal prison facility before being released into an exit program for federal prisoners. 

Related: The December announcement from the Southern District of New York US Attorneys Office:

photo courtesy Jhnny "to the butter" Newman

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chuckles, "WE DID IT!"

The United States government is officially shut down and unfunded after the Senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer refused to allow a funding bill from the House to pass late last night.

Under Senate rules, 60 votes are required to close debate before a final vote.

Have you noticed how this simple fact is being miscast by so many?

This is fascinating on so many levels as American citizens are literally turned into second class citizens
in their own country by their own government "representatives" who put 800,000 illegal immigrants
above more than 300 million citizens, their families, US military members and of course all American children.

Why do I not think that's going to sell well with the American people? 

Update: So how is it going? Well here's one online Democrat poll tabulating almost 44,000 votes:

Friday, January 19, 2018










From a midnight story released by the Washington Examiner:

As of late last night and early this morning calls to see the classified House intel memo made public are trending on twitter with the hashtag: #ReleaseTheMemo.
Other sources suggest the memo is a revelation on massive Constitutional violations threatening the very integrity and underlying principles of the United States.
Last March, President Trump issued a tweet widely mocked by the MSM where he made reference to being 'wiretapped.' He was roundly attacked for lacking "evidence" by the MSM who've spent over a year promoting the #RussiaCollusionHoax with no evidence whatsoever of President Trump or his campaign's collusion.
Yesterday, dozens of Republican Congressman have along with their Democrat colleagues reviewed the classified four page memo in a secure facility. Many are publicly aghast at the contents and while not speaking to the details deem it shocking and call for its release.

Related: MSV predicted #TheStorm, a wave of American justice arriving in what will be seen as the most scandalous efforts to undermine the US Constitution only last Saturday. This is only the beginning; this is only the beginning folks.

Americans deserve and demand the truth. #ReleaseTheMemo #TheStormIsUponUs #WethePeople

MSV previously highlighted massive Fourth Amendment violations issued in a FISA legal opinion last  May before the Memorial Holiday Weekend writing:

"While the public is beset with narratives distracting from what may turn into the biggest political scandal in our lifetime, the airwaves and corporate media feed a steady diet of "muh Russia hoax hysteria," sans evidence or any crime 300 days and counting. The political underpinnings of that non-criminal probe with a newly appointed special counsel point to its origins in the scurrilous and thoroughly discredited Russia Dossier"

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bar owners fight back: Why not talk to us as administration ordinance pulled

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

One day after Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla introduced a Public Safety Task Force to hinder unruly bar crawls such as SantaCon and LepreCon, multiple bar owners showed up at last night’s council meeting to express their frustrations over the pending changes. 

 For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grist for the Mill: Who gave the Hoboken approval to put Beth Mason on the HHA?

When word of the stunning appointment of the notorious Beth Mason to one of seven seats on the Hoboken Housing Authority board came, most reports focused only on the end of term outgoing governor.

Later MSV learned, State Senator Steve Sweeney was the impetus but he's not the representative of Hoboken, Brian Stack is.

The appointment reportedly had to be cleared through the sitting senator and mayor of Union City. The typical approval for a gubernatorial appointment then rests with the mayor of the operating municipality.

As the appointment was officially made last month, it would have reached the ears of Dawn Zimmer. She in turn may have noted her final days punting to Ravi Bhalla and suggest he give his approval.

If the approval came from the mayor-elect last month, what was the reaction to the idea of his and the City's long time nemesis being planted in the vote farming friendly confines of the Hoboken Housing Authority?

Add to the mix, the pointed battles and jabs between Ravi Bhalla and Beth Mason over the years. In 2010 they attacked each other on ethics allegations calling for their respective resignations. Some of the warring carried on for years in a proxy war and into his 2013 council race. Can you say ugly?

What deal could have been made to see Bhalla agree to put Beth Mason into the HHA?

Speaking of deals, who else is anticipating obtaining a job at City Hall? Well, that speaks to who you know and those who say they do point to a deal for someone who ran for mayor last June.

Second council meeting of the year is slated for tonight. While City Hall security upgrades are up for a vote, the only questions may seek answers for the overall cost and effectiveness. More importantly, there are already questions about the early hires compared to the Zimmer administration. It's gone beyond the previous one with two aides to the mayor: John Allen and Jason Freeman. That's one body beyond what the norm has been for eight years or more.

In addition, no matter how you slice it; that cost is way beyond the first term in last administration, less than 40K. Here it's likely more than four times that with Jason Freeman brought in at $85,000 and John Allen higher but at an unknown cost. Don't ask for an answer; it's a national security secret.

The City Council however is likely to question it as soon as tonight.

As for City Hall, questions on who in the Mile Square City gave the green light to see Beth Mason put into the belly of the beast in the HHA returned nothing but crickets. Funny how a couple of well posed questions causes the vault to shut. A zebra has never been so silent.

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Official release:


Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla is announcing the formation of the Mayor's Task Force on Public Safety to address violence and quality of life issues resulting from intoxicated bar patrons. The task force includes Police Chief Ferrante, Provisional Fire Chief Crimmins, Police Capt. Pasculli, Police Sgt. Kucz, Police Sgt. Montanez, Health Officer Frank Sasso, Battalion Fire Chief Buoncuore, Fire Captain DiVincent, Business Administrator Marks, Corporation Counsel Aloia, and Environmental Services Director Pellegrini. 

"We can no longer ignore the fact that a small number of establishments are creating a big problem for everyone else in the form of violence, property damage, and financial cost,” said Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “When a person comes from out of town and spits in the face of our officers, as has happened numerous times, that is unacceptable. When an officer is assaulted by an inebriated patron and receives a concussion, as happened to Officer Lombardi on Christmas Eve, I will not allow the status quo to continue.”

·         In 2017, there were 277 ABC violations by liquor license holders.
·         Of 133 liquor license holders, more than half received zero Tavern sheets in 2017 and more than ¾ received two or fewer Tavern sheets.
·         Half of all violations in 2017 were issued to just 11 establishments (8% of license holders).
·         Since August 2017, 15 police officers have been attacked, the majority occurring late at night by intoxicated patrons.
·         On SantaCon, 17 bars received Tavern sheets, while the remaining 87% of establishments were not issued violations.

"The Mayor’s creation of this task force is not about hurting the bar and restaurant industry in town," said Police Chief Ken Ferrante. "This task force is going to take a deep look into incidents, events, and problem bars that are contributing to a decay of our city's quality of life, causing injuries to our residents, visitors, and police officers, and hurting most of the businesses in town, including a majority of our bars and restaurants. The disruption that SantaCon brought to this great city, its residents, and business owners the week before Christmas and during Hanukkah, just so 10 to 15 percent of our bars can profit, is unacceptable!"

"I fully support this task force as a means to develop policies that protect public safety," said Provisional Fire Chief Brian Crimmins. "I look forward to working with Mayor Bhalla, Chief Ferrante, and community leaders to achieve this goal."

Police Officer and past president of the Hoboken PBA Vincent Lombardi, who suffered a concussion from an assault by an inebriated patron on Christmas Eve, supported the Task Force’s efforts, stating, "The escalation of disorderly and violent behavior by inebriated bar patrons against police officers, of which I am a recent victim, has spawned into a quality of life crisis. I welcome and fully support Mayor Bhalla’s decision in addressing this ugly trend for the sake of officer safety and serenity within our city."

The first step in the Task Force's efforts, based on the recommendation of the Hoboken Fire Department, is to increase the fines levied for overcrowding and other imminent hazards during all high-volume events to the maximum amount permitted by the Uniform Fire Code Statutes and Regulations. Fines for non-compliance will increase to $2,500 for a first offense and $5,000 for subsequent offenses. Additional steps will be taken by the Task Force in the coming weeks.

“At Little City Books we are grateful to Mayor Bhalla for addressing this issue,” said co-owner Kate Jacobs. “On the corner of 1st and Bloomfield, we are surrounded by bars that are generally very good neighbors, keeping our surrounding blocks lively. The ‘Cons,’ however, are severely damaging to the success of our business --  especially SantaCon which occurs on a Saturday before Christmas, a critical day for a low-profit margin business like a bookstore, which should be our most profitable day of the year. On the ‘Con’ days, our staff is harassed and intimidated by drunk people and we have always had to close early, with business down by about 40 percent. Our store is a destination for families with children, and no one brings children into that neighborhood when it is so out of control and vile from morning until night. Curbing the excesses of the ‘Cons’ would be a great thing for our business, for the residents of Hoboken, and for the reputation of the town.”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: "Today we received a second bite at the apple"

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors,
It was because of so many of you - your letters, emails, phone calls and presence - that today we received a second bite at the apple.  The resolution to approve NJ Transit's acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site from NY Waterway was removed from the agenda due to lack of support from voting board members.  So no vote was taken.  This was our second choice; first choice would have been a decided "No" vote.  But both get us to the same place which is a much needed pause so we can have an opportunity to find a better solution for all stakeholders
I first want to say what I often say - More Voices are Better.  Followed by another top choice of mine - Your Voice Matters.  We had one mayor, five council members, advocacy groups and over 100 Hoboken residents attend the meeting today and TOGETHER we showed NJ Transit how important this decision was to Hoboken.  And even though we did not speak individually, our crowd spoke volumes, and they heard us.
As I said yesterday, what a delay gets us is more time.  More time to get in a room with all stakeholders.  More time to find the way to complete our waterfront that started 30 years ago.  But as importantly, more time to try to help find a solution that supports the critical ferry service used by 30,000 commuters each day (2,000 Hoboken residents).  We are expecting NJ Transit and NYWW to be part of our solution, we need to be part of theirs.  
It was unfortunate that on a day we should have been honoring the legacy of MLK and his commitment to service, we had to be distracted with the need to protest.  So if you too were distracted by all this, here is a great piece that I found to inspire you to make a difference any day.  All the ways you can make a difference this MLK Day. 
Please call me (201-208-1674) or email me ( if you have any questions or want to discuss.
Thank you,
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
Engage. Inform. Advocate.
“More Voices are Better”

Monday, January 15, 2018

HCV: Video of Mayor Ravi Bhalla & Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher on NJ Transit pending purchase of Union Dry Dock delayed

The following video report comes courtesy of The Hudson County View:

City of Hoboken issued this release on today's event:


Today the NJ Transit Board of Directors was scheduled to vote on purchasing the Union Dry Dock property and leasing the property back to NY Waterway for use as a ferry maintenance and refueling facility. The meeting was abruptly cancelled due to a lack of quorum. Following the cancelled meeting, NJ Transit issued a notice for a rescheduled board meeting at 10am on Friday, January 12, 2018.

“Today was a tremendous victory for Hoboken, and more importantly, for good government,” said Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “Hitting the pause button on this rushed and ill-conceived plan provides NJ Transit the opportunity, under the leadership of the incoming Murphy Administration, to begin a deliberative and transparent planning process that considers input from all stakeholders, including the public.  Any further attempts to subvert this process will be met with fierce resistance from me, and I pledge to use every resource at my disposal to protect Hoboken’s interests.

Thank you to Governor-elect Murphy, who understood the need for local voices to be heard on this matter. Thank you to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their advocacy. And a big thank you to Senator Stack, Assemblywoman Chaparro, Assemblyman Mukherji, the Hoboken City Council Members, and all of the advocates and residents who have been united on this issue.”

For more on this story, please see the Hudson County View:

Hoboken United wins second delay on NJ Transit-NY Waterway vote for Union Dry Dock

According to a report by the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate, today's NJ transit hearing to approve the purchase of the Union Dry Dock for use by NY Waterway is suspended.

Almost 100 members of the Hoboken public joined Mayor Ravi Bhalla with Council President Ruben Ramos and council members Tiffanie Fisher, Jen Giattino, Vanessa Falco and Jim Doyle united in opposition to the NJ Transit plan to purchase and give NY Waterway use of the location. Former councilman Dave Mello also joined the effort.

Tomorrow, the NJ governor-elect Phil Murphy will be sworn-in taking office as NJ Governor. With his term, Murphy will play a pivotal role in attempting to fashion a solution to the conflict.  NJ Transit wants to purchase the property and "sell" its use to NY Waterway so its 30,000 boat customers can see their vessels refueled at the site of the Union Dry Dock. The town of Weehawken is pushing NY Waterway off their location for development and a refueling pitstop is critical for continuing its business operations.

Some in Hoboken point to Bayonne or Brooklyn as "better" refueling depot options but the additional travel time and fuel consumption is costly. Additionally, it adds to pollution and the output of carbon which some argue causes global warming climate change.

The news on Martin Luther King Day shows the unity of almost 100 Hoboken residents who turned out joining Mayor Ravi Bhalla with council members Tiffanie Fisher, Jen Giattino, Ruben Ramos, Vanessa Falco and Jim Doyle may have had a positive impact.

No matter the result here which Hoboken does not ultimately control, the unity of its local government proves there is no reason for discord where the agenda of the residents is primary and leadership for Hoboken is held paramount.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla is surrounded in support by City Council President Ruben Ramos and council members Jen Giattino
and Jim Doyle at the NJ Transit meeting Monday morning. Council members Tiffanie Fisher and Vanessa Falco not pictured here were also in attendance. The NJ Transit agenda was tabled meaning the matter of Union Dry Dock's purchase and future use will be further weighed under the pending NJ governor-elect Phil Murphy Administration.

Talking Ed Note: Mayor Ravi Bhalla utilized the support from residents and council members alike in a strong show of force and unity. No matter what transpires on this issue, this is a positive sign of how Hoboken's local government can effectively work together.

There's no reason to expect anything less.

For more coverage on this story, please see the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate:

photo courtesy of the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate

MLK Day... still dreaming

What kind of world or country could it be if people were measured as individuals not by group identity?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

NJ Transit vote set for Monday as governor-elect Phil Murphy criticizes late action

The delayed NJ Transit vote last week rescheduled for Friday is postponed to Monday.

Or is it.

The governor-elect came out on Saturday criticizing the late vote before he assumes office following an earlier action seeking the resignations of top officials in the agency.

From the Saturday article:

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has demanded that NJ Transit postpone a vote scheduled for Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on the controversial purchase of Hoboken waterfront property for use as a ferry maintenance yard.
The article outlines the divide on NJ Transit paving the way for New York Waterway to use the former Union Dry Dock site:
The measure being considered by NJ Transit's board of directors would authorize staffers to purchase the 3-acre Union Dry Dock site from New York Waterway, then lease the site back to the company for its use as a ferry maintenance yard. New York Waterway purchased the property in November for $11.5 million from the company that formerly operated the dry dock -- Hoboken's last working shipyard -- and NJ Transit was expected to pay about the same price.
New York Waterway says it ferries about 30,000 daily commuters between New Jersey and New York, and NJ Transit says the ferry system is a key component of the trans-Hudson transportation network, both on a regular basis and during emergency situations like last year's "Summer of Hell" rail service restrictions at Penn Station New York. 
The NJ governor-elect came to Hoboken today on his scheduled stops in Jersey City and North Bergen to discuss
transportation issues. Here's Phil Murphy pictured with Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro.
Hoboken council members were aware of the visit but apparently only his slate members Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour were invited.
Isn't the election campaign over?

The Storm...

is upon them. 


Didn't anyone warn you?

What happens when it was the "investigators" under investigation?

Did you think rumors about "crap" would carry the day?

In the end, The Republic wins...

and the dominoes begin their fall.

RelatedDeclassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

Talking Ed Note: Media/FF conspiracy efforts to attempt counter/distraction but can't stop justice coming.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Grist for the Mill: Hoboken Sweeney Todd

It was the barber on Jackson Street by way of Camden and south Jersey who got Beth Mason the appointment to a seat on the Hoboken Housing Authority.

If not a full Sweeney Todd production, a reliable source at the state level says "Sweeney was the one who got her (Beth Mason) the appointment. The favor was for Sweeney."

The reference is to the powerful southern NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney (D-3) who also serves as the state majority leader.

For years, Beth Mason funded the political aspirations of the powerful State Senator's and would host parties in Atlantic City during the annual League of Municipalities conference.

Mason pitched herself as a Lt. Governor on a potential Sweeney bid for NJ governor. However, the eventual expectation of a run for governor never occurred as Phil Murphy, the former Ambassador to Germany and a well-off former player at Goldman Sachs exerted his financial capabilities on key Democratic county chairs.

The entry of Murphy vying for governor on the Democrat line forced Sweeney to rethink entering the race. He would decline after another potential rival, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced he would support Murphy's gubernatorial bid and forgo one of his own.

Beth Mason "hosting" a party for State Senator Steve Sweeney
in Atlantic City back in 2013.
Senator Sweeney had been a sometime ally of the outgoing Governor Chris Christie and built up a good working relationship. In the end, all the vast expenditures by the Mason family purchased not a path out of Hoboken but back to it in the form of a seat on the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Talking Ed Note: While a contribution to the state effort against opioid abuse is welcome, it's not the driving force in the appearance of Beth Mason onto a seat in the HHA.

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