Thursday, November 29, 2018

When your government goes Stasi on you

The Constitution and its succeeding Amendments mean something to Americans although it's no longer unfathomable to see the deconstruction of our freedoms at every turn.

It's been occurring at an increasing and dizzying pace although it's easy not to see any of it.

Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS reporter during the Obama Administration tells her story in her bestseller "Stonewalled." It highlights how she was hacked while working at the media giant and how it continued after she left big media. She's also the best-selling author of another excellent book, "The Smear" detailing how people are led what to think about issues and inevitably how they vote.

It's striking how the mentality of power and ideology above all has led to an exceeding attack on thought and freedoms Americans believe are their birthright. When so many believe themselves political operatives to manipulate others to their seedy ends, from a cave dweller in Hoboken or an employee of Theftbook, Goolag and Twatter along with the upper echelons of their executive management; how does a citizen sort through the noise?

The most likely answer? They don't as a movie now appearing on Netflix highlights in shocking detail called "The Creepy Line." Orwellian thought control isn't a threat to our future, it's robustly here and the intent is total control over every aspect of political thought and outcome in line with the massive criminality being exposed in the Russia Collusion Hoax. (Notice how "the press" works to suppress information/facts coming out?)

If you can subvert free and fair elections as witnessed by the massive sedition in the 2016 national election by weaponized government agencies or better yet, control what people think before election polls even open, what kind of totalitarian society and/or idiocracy will result?



You can sum up all these efforts rather simply, "Just be evil."

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Horse Sense: Ravi Bhalla preps Hoboken for deal with the Barry Brothers

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


Monarch Towers hearing in Appellate Court today as Mayor Ravi Bhalla pushes Barry Brothers deal

A hearing before the New Jersey Appellate Court today plays back fiddle to word of the latest back room deal hatched by Mayor Ravi Bhalla with the Barry Brothers, re: Ironstate Development.

Over the last two days, Ravi Bhalla has met with residents of the Hudson Tea Building uptown and the condo board of Metro Stop on the west side of town to discuss moving the proposed Monarch Towers to two locations of added density in the third and fourth wards.

Residents from yesterday's City Hall meeting were mum but MSV has exclusively learned some of what Bhalla pitched Hudson Tea residents and the reactions were a mix of shock, anger and outrage.

"He just lies right to our faces," said one resident who asked to remain anonymous but added, "It didn't go without notice, let's put it that way."

Bhalla insulted the Hudson Tea Residents out of the gate saying they were invisible on the matter of the controversial Monarch Towers after the Barry Brothers backed out of a longstanding agreement to build tennis courts and parking on the eastern lot next to their building.

The insult pointed to a specific meeting at the City Council where former mayor Dawn Zimmer stacked up additional density on the lot across from Metro Stop in a plan to switch the Barry Brothers from their proposed Monarch Towers location. The plan was torpedoed as Metro Stop residents were joined by dozens in the third ward lacing into the proposal crushing the possibility of any passage in the City Council.

In addition, sources at the meeting were aghast when basic questions about any financial evaluation on the costs and profits of switching from uptown to two locations were met with Bhalla stammering and stuttering without any coherent answer.

Tens of millions in additional profits for the Barry Brothers could be the result of ineptitude, incompetence or another backroom deal enriching all the players is what many already see as the inevitable outcome if pushback from the community doesn't take shape.

Lacking any concrete financial answers, Bhalla pressed ahead that he saw two locations in the third and fourth ward as prime options to add dozens and dozens of luxury apartment units. The first is across the street at Metro Stop where controversy broke out last summer with chemical odors emanating from that Barry Brothers work site. 

The City claimed there was no problem with the air but the third ward neighborhood was angered by that response adding to their woes of the Bijou monolith monstrosity going up down the block. (What this will do to Hoboken's urban lifestyle and traffic will be an issue for decades to come.)

The second location is in the fourth ward just south of the downtown "triangle" firehouse where a proposed hotel is suddenly going to be flipped into a far more profitable towering apartment building, 20 stories anyone?

To make matters worse, Ravi Bhalla reportedly told Hudson Tea Building residents that both the third ward councilman (Michael Russo) and fourth ward councilman (Ruben Ramos) were already on board with his deal.

This apparently came as a major surprise to both Russo and Ramos who had no clue what Bhalla's mouth was saying.

The hearing before the NJ Appellate Court on the Monarch Towers today will remain in the background as Ravi Bhalla looks to cut a great deal for the Barry Brothers and himself. That is if the people of Hoboken don't have something to say about it first.

Tick tock, the clock is ticking and Bhalla is trying to pull another fast one right after the weed store scam he pushed not days earlier.

Former mayor Dawn Zimmer and her troubling infamous words on last year's mayoral race. Good job there Dawn, the Barry Brothers would like to thank you.

Talking Ed Note: Savvy long-time readers of this anti-corruption website saw this coming but everyone was warned last year. So, deal with it and the prescient reference only yesterday about forging ahead or as MSV wrote, "back to the mayor's office." For more on that story, see the Hudson County View.

This Horse Sense editorial, opinion learned in almost a decade of MSV's reporting in Hoboken is dedicated to those members of the vanquished Hoboken Reform Movement who told you so in 2017.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Peter Cammarano's problems grow $95,000 courtesy of NJ ELEC

Peter Cammarano, the disgraced former Hoboken mayor received bad news before Thanksgiving.

The convicted felon who went to the federal clink for taking $25,000 in bribes from an FBI informant in a 2009 sting was hit with $95,000 in fines courtesy of NJ ELEC.

The state agency overseeing campaign compliance says Peter Cammarano didn't comply in timely reporting $1,000,000 received in campaign loot.

The $95,000 penalty catapaults Cammarano atop the all-time Hoboken violators list surpassing the notorious former second ward councilwoman Beth Mason. She was whacked with approximately $44,000 for similar NJ ELEC campaign violations back in 2015.

Former Hoboken mayor and felon Peter Cammarano won't be applauding his $95,000
in fines courtesy of NJ ELEC. Stop clapping.

In other news, the Hoboken Hilton Hotel deal hit a logjam with a lawsuit filed by other developer interests in town unhappy with the deal cooked up by Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

They filed a lawsuit in Hudson Superior Court decrying the unfairness of it all and the lack of diversity.
Don't you love diversity especially in development deals?

Talking Ed Note: A big issue of MSV Premium is in the works delayed by the holiday weekend and non-stop doings in the Mile Square City. In the interim, let us forge ahead or back to the mayor's office. YMMV.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Rain, mucho

Official release:

Agency Logo
November 26, 2018

Hudson County Office of Emergency Management

Advisory: 1-2 INCHES OF RAIN/LOCALLY HIGHER. FLASH FLOODING OF URBAN/POOR DRAINAGE AREAS, SMALL CREEKS/STREAMS. RUSH HOUR IMPACT.

Sent by Hudson County Office of Emergency Management
830 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Thursday, November 22, 2018

It is right to give Him thanks and praise


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;

                Psalm 136:1-3




Throughout the day we choose whether to be grateful or ungrateful in matters large and small. To choose gratitude is an expression of faith, hope, and charity in and for ourselves and others. 
                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                 - reader submission
    

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: 'Many unanswered questions for our community about marijuana'

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors:
 
This update includes a recap of Wednesday’s marijuana meeting, some color on the 120 messages I have heard so far on the subject, and the first few seasonal mentions for the upcoming holidays.  An odd combination, but one that seems to work today. 
11/19 Marijuana Meeting at Jubilee Center
If you want to watch it, Hudson County View actually recorded the entire meeting.  Click HERE to watch.  As I mentioned before, this meeting was requested by me and other members of the City Council after seeing the mayor’s ordinance on the council agenda for the 10/17 meeting.  The meeting itself, however, was scheduled and organized by the mayor’s office.
My recap could be really long, detailing all that was said.  Or short.  And for once I am going to opt for short.  The audience was heavily weighted with cannabis industry representatives and supporters.  And most of the non-elected officials on the panel were cannabis industry representatives and advocates.  The discussion was more about the related social and health issues and broad advocacy for legalizing marijuana, and less about addressing specific issues relating to Hoboken.   Some residents expressed their frustration that this was the case, given the premise of the meeting was to talk about the mayor's proposed ordinance and law changes in Hoboken.  Both Councilman Russo and I spoke to this towards the end of the meeting.  My comments – which you can see if you skip to 1:30 of the HCV video- basically say that we still have a lot of unanswered questions and legwork to do relating to this issue.  
The meeting last night was informative – I will give it that.  This is an issue that I myself need to learn more about, so a discussion on the more macro related issues I think is helpful.  But it fell short of moving the discussion forward in Hoboken which I think we need to do in light of the potential state legislation.  Assemblywoman Chaparro did let us know that there has not yet been any official hearing or debate at the state level and a vote is not yet pending.  Assemblyman Mukherji was not in attendance because he has a conflict relating to the legislation.  I mistakenly stated previously that he would attend and that he is a sponsor.
This meeting is only the first, not the last, public discussion on the topic.  As I said at the meeting, we first need to understand what action, if any, the state is taking and then we will take whatever steps (and time) necessary to get this decision right for Hoboken.  The mayor was kind enough to end the meeting by handing off his ordinance to the city council to address.  Lucky us. smiley I have spoken with Councilwoman Giattino, and will speak with other councilmembers as well, about arranging the next community meeting to discuss this important issue.  We are targeting early December and will let you know when we land on a date.
 
Feedback I Received On The Mayor’s Proposed Ordinance – 
I have received approximately 120 responses so far to my 10/23 email and they keep coming.  Thank you – the broken record in me says again, more voices are always better.  Right now, after logging in 80, the tally it is about 45% leaning “Yes” in the 2nd ward and still 50% leaning “Yes” in the rest of Hoboken.  I will finish and get these out to everyone asap.  I can tell you that along the way, as I tabulated, the vote generally hovered around 50/50 give or take – both for the 2nd ward and separately for the rest of Hoboken.  About 2/3 of respondents are from the 2nd ward.  What does this mean to me?  It means that this is a complicated issue for all of Hoboken and that we need to work hard to ensure any legislation is more right for more people.  
The specific responses really varied – and I think you will find them interesting when you see them.  In general, it is recreational marijuana that people are most concerned with; there seems to be a lot of support for medicinal.  And the one theme that seemed to be referenced the most from all sides was the concern about how Hoboken will effectively enforce what I will refer to as “Sidewalk Smoking”.  Concerns mentioned include children coming into contact with it, the lack of tolerance for the smell, the health concerns about secondary smoke or the possibilities for “contact high”.  
So more to come and thank you to the many who are already engaging... please encourage your neighbors to do so as well.
 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Councilwoman Jen Giattino: 'Ravi Bhalla wants approval for multiple marijuana businesses by year's end'

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors,
These are not my opinions but my take away from last night's meeting.
Social injustice issues:
  • keep the price of licenses low to allow a level playing field in acquiring them. Not just wealthy individuals and companies should be able to obtain a license.
  • a portion of tax revenues from the  sale of marijuana should go towards drug rehabilitation.
  • expunge all distribution and possession charges for marijuana.
Benefits of medicinal/recreational marijuana for Hoboken:
  • no answers (other than easier accesss for individuals). 
If Hoboken allows the sale of marijuana where should it be zoned:
  • a few residents expressed where it should not be but no conversation on where it should be.
I did have to leave the meeting early (my husband’s birthday) but I was hoping that the discussion would include:
  • what’s right for Hoboken and if marijuana sales are right for Hoboken, what the proper zoning would be. 
  • what are the costs to Hoboken (policing and enforcement). Will we need to add more officers.
  • what the right pricing structure of a license is.                                                                                                                                                                                    
The meeting was packed with media and members of the industry. There were Hoboken residents but the room was mostly industry folks.

Hoboken, I want to hear from you. The administration wants an ordinance on the books by the end of the year according to the Deputy Chief of Staff because of the number of applicants already interested in being licensed in Hoboken. There should be no rush. This is too important. The state hasn’t acted yet, why should we take the lead on something when we have not thoroughly looked at the impact?

I plan on having a meeting for residents to better understand what you want in early December. 

Stay tuned on location and date.
Watch the meeting - click here
-Jen

Thanksgiving Grist: Ravi eyes Hoboken as weed epicenter and deal for Sires' seat

Special Thanksgiving Grist for the Mill Feature

With the Thanksgiving holiday encroaching on busy schedules, last night was selected as Hoboken's first meeting on marijuana catching many residents off guard.

More shocking to Hoboken residents, they learned Mayor Ravi Bhalla already has a plan for weed sales mapped out in multiple locations across the Mile Square City.

What?

Got the munchies, how about some Ravi Bhalla cheatos?

Councilwoman Jen Giattino released the detailed plan from the Bhalla Administration showing its selection of multiple areas for weed sales in Hoboken.

How'd that happen?

The State of New Jersey has been weighing legalization through most of 2018 but it's not passed as some anticipated. Many communities pulverized with the flood of opioids have dug in to fight over introducing a "gateway drug" as they describe marijuana.

The other impediment to state legalization (in conflict with federal law) is coming to an agreement on money. There's lots of money involved with many hands and those of politicians are most certainly included.

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher asked in a pubic release to second ward and Hoboken residents, "Why does Hoboken have to be first?"

Ask Ravi.

What do you think happens to Hoboken when the State of New York has no similar marijuana allowance on the books and the State of New Jersey does?

On another front, Councilman Jim Doyle's resolution opposing a power plant in North Bergen was yanked from the council agenda last month by Ravi Bhalla. A gala ball for Nick Sacco was scheduled and Bhalla attended making any such resolution more than a little awkward. So he pulled it.

Where's your resolution Jim?

Now comes word, Ravi Bhalla may have also cut himself his biggest backroom deal of all time with the North Bergen Hudco boss. Out goes the Doyle resolution and a fundraiser for Ravi Bhalla is announced by the Sacco-North Bergen powers that be.

Does a deal to publicize a Ravi Bhalla fundraiser also come with a US Congressional seat?

If you want some holiday giggles, there's the latest political operation out of the mayor's office announced at Sybil's Cave about legal opinions offered to members of the City Council. You're supposed to believe that political operation has nothing to do with the mayor's office being announced on its paid political operative website.

They have some kid in Hoboken signing his name to an ethics complaint being farmed out to Trenton. They're calling a legal opinion counter to the Corporation Counsel an ethical quagmire. Alrighty then, you got the scoop on this Beth Mason Ravi Bhalla political operation a week ago.

Ravi Bhalla is using a Trojan Horse resident to attack good government council members about ethics.

As if.

Finally, more fun and games where Sybil's Cave is crying over a public photograph taken of the Ravimobile. They think that the mayor's office "emergency" review of City Hall video across the street shows Councilman Mike DeFusco taking photos of the Ravimobile outside City Hall.

If he did, so what?

Apparently, no one in the batshit crazy cave ever heard of the First Amendment. The Ravimobile doesn't have a right to privacy parked outside City Hall. For the record, neither does anyone.

The rest of this feature is MSV Premium content and will be released to members this week.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column but its success makes it the most popular column in all the Mile Square City. Have a tasty carrot for Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com and be assured your confidentiality is preserved with MSV's State of NJ Shield Law protections upheld repeatedly in Hudson County Superior Court.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Purpose of 'Ravimobile' never disclosed to Hoboken City Council

Brewing controversey on "Ravimobile" as City Council never told of actual reason for purchase

The new 2018 Ford Expedition or Ravimobile as pictured outside Hoboken City Hall.

In a brewing controversy with exposure of a costly gas guzzling SUV "Ravimobile" exclusively pusblished on MSV last week, additional details have come to light.

The aforementioned Ravimobile was never disclosed to the Hoboken City Council as such. The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV in question ranges in cost with this one bearing a sticker cost of $63,000.

Local observers first began to notice the SUV being used to escort Mayor Ravi Bhalla's children to school uptown at Elysian Charter. This eventually led to a reader-submitted photograph of the SUV published on MSV Friday outside Hoboken City Hall. The SUV was reportedly used on a trip to Atlantic City last week by the mayor for the annual "League of Municipalities" shindig where politicos around the state come to play and hold informal discussions and meetings on various topics and rub shoulders.

The actual purpose of purchasing the Ford Expedition SUV for approximately $63,000 was never disclosed by the Bhalla Administration last summer but inserted into the resolution pack making no mention of what the SUV was for and no one from the Administration gave the actual reason for its purchase.

Late Friday, Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante offered details on the usage of the vehicle outlining various ways it was deployed by the Hoboken Police Investigations Bureau for "dignitary protection, transporting special victims and families" and "the Mayor's Security Detail."

The Ford Expedition, however, came before the City Council for approval in August last summer unconnected to any request from the Hoboken Police Department. The cost was submitted in bills by the Bhalla administration and the resolution presented to the City Council seen below makes no mention of its regular use for the mayor.


Members of the City Council were not immediately available for comment and the mayor's office typically avoids answering questions.

Talking Ed Note: While many in Hoboken will be uncomfortable questioning the basis of a vehicle for security purposes related to the mayor, other residents will be less willing to remain silent about the choice of a big expensive gas guzzler.

Former mayor Dawn Zimmer, the first Jewish mayor declined any security detail and was often seen going to meetings around the Mile Square City unescorted on her bicycle. 

Senior Hoboken Police officials differed with the former mayor and point to "American national radicals" who may be triggered by a Sikh holding office. Ravi Bhalla was a highly visible City Councilman for more than eight years prior without any known threatening bias incident. 

Last year a controversial Ravi Terror Flyer appeared days before Hoboken voters went to the polls. The terror flyer was highly publicized by many in the media boosting Bhalla's bid while creating a perception Hoboken is a racist bigoted town. 

No evidence of any competing campaign has emerged with the Ravi Terror Flyer since and the Hoboken Police Department continues the pursuit.

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: "Important! Marijuana Meeting 11/19 at 630 pm!"

Official release:

 
Dear friends and neighbors:
 
I hope you can join me tomorrow – Monday – night for an important community discussion on marijuana in Hoboken.  It is at 630 pm at the Jubilee Center at 601 Jackson. 
In my 10/23 email to you asking for your feedback on marijuana, I explained the specifics of the “Marijuana Ordinance” that the Administration had proposed to be heard at the November 7th City Council meeting. I wont restate everything here, but I encourage you to reread my email to find out more color on the proposed legislation.
At the meeting tomorrow night, there will be a panel comprising our State Assembly representatives including I believe Raj Mukherji, who is one of the sponsors of the State level legislation, a representative of the ACLU to discuss the social injustices of marijuana, Hoboken’s Police Chief Ken Ferrante and someone by the name of Sasha Huetz of Garden State of Mind (who I can’t find any information about although I assume she is a pro-cannabis advocate).  This is a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.  
In response to my 10/23 email, I received almost 100 emails and messages from many of you.  I am compiling these and will send out a summary before the meeting tomorrow.  The responses range from definite no’s to definite yes’s and everywhere in between.  But based upon the feedback I received, and some of my own thoughts, here are some suggested questions for you to consider asking tomorrow night:
  • What is the status of the State level legislation?  When do we think it will be voted on and what will be included?
  • How is Senator Stack expected to vote on the legislation? 
  • What research did the Administration do in preparation for their proposed ordinance?
  • What commitments will Hoboken Police make in terms of enforcing the prohibition of smoking marijuana in public places?  How do we expect to keep it off our sidewalks?
  • What do we expect the three proposed Marijuana Establishments to generate in tax revenue for the State and for Hoboken?
  • What do we expect the additional costs of compliance and enforcement to be?
  • What does decriminalization mean?  How many people in Hoboken are arrested for marijuana use annually?  What is the current enforcement practices?
  • Why are the cost of the licenses only $15,000?
  • Are child care and preschool locations included in the 1000 ft. exclusionary zone?
  • Why would the I1-W zone be included in the inclusionary area if the area was recommended in our recently approved Land Use Element to be rezoned as a residential zone R-4? 
  • How do we realistically expect our current unruly bar scene to be impacted by the sale of recreational marijuana?  Edibles in particular.
  • Why does Hoboken have to be first?  
This is such a major change for our community and the Administration was pushing to move forward with no public meeting.  But I insisted that we have one prior to any vote.  Personally, I don’t see the rush and would prefer no vote is taken until the State level vote occurs.  Then we know what we are voting on.  But this is fluid, and we should all be trying to become as more educated as possible in the interim so I hope you will join me and other members of our local government at the meeting tomorrow night.
As always, if you have any further questions or want to discuss this or anything else, please feel free to call me at 201/208-1674 or email me at hoboken2nd@gmail.com.
TiffanieFisher
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
 
Engage. Inform. Advocate.
“More Voices are Better”

Councilwoman Jen Giattino: Marijuana Use In Hoboken, Monday at 6:30

Official release:

 
 
Dear friends and neighbors,
The Administration had placed an ordinance for first reading on the October 17th agenda TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTERS 196 “ZONING” AND 128 “LICENSES” OF THE CITY OF HOBOKEN ESTABLISHING LAND USE REGULATIONS AND LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS. 

It was removed from the agenda by Council President Ramos and me at our agenda meeting on October 11th to give both the Council and the Public the opportunity to understand what is being proposed by the Administration and get input from Hoboken residents.
 
 
 
 
The Ordinance would allow the sale of marijuana in certain areas:  
 
I-1, I-1(W), I-2, CBD and Court Street Subdistrict.
 
 
 
In the proposed Ordinance:   
 
  • Marijuana dispensaries and retail stores are NOT allowed in Residential Zones, although Court Street and I-1(W) are arguably residential.
     
  • The maximum number of licenses in Hoboken is three and no more than one license can be in a district.
 
Please attend the meeting on Monday, November 19th at the Jubilee Center, 601 Jackson Street, to be part of the discussion on what is appropriate for Hoboken with regards to the legalization of cannibas use.
 
Thankfully the social injustices in marijuana related arrests are being addressed by the State. The purpose of the meeting tomorrow is about if and where marijuana establishments should be located in Hoboken.   
              
-Jen

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sign of the Times: Ravi Bhalla's pimped out 9 person chauffeur driven SUV

When you are facing some alleged "political" threat, what's better than having your very own taxpayer paid, tricked-out 2018 Ford Expedition with chauffeur "bodyguard" to spire you around the dangerous Mile Square City hood and the eight blocks daily to City Hall.


Here's Ravi Bhalla's 2018 Ford Expedition!

Seats 9 with tinted glass, spinning rims & Atlantic City jaunts, all for $70,000?

Personal bodyguard-chauffeur not included.

Bangin' Ravi, bang'in 

It's a sign of the Hoboken taxpayer times!


Update: Build your own tricked-out Ford Expedition, 
starting at $73,000 (taxpayer loot not included):
https://www.ford.com/suvs/expedition/models/expedition-platinum/

Update: Late Friday, Hoboken Police Chief Kenny Ferrante offered some additional background on the above vehicle with the following details.

The Hoboken City Council early in 2018 authorized and budgeted this SUV as part of five vehicles purchased for the police department.

A large, black Ford Expedition SUV, luxury with a police package for the Hoboken Police Investigations Bureau is used for dignitary protection, moving of individuals in confidential situations, transporting of special victims and families of victims and the Mayor’s Security Detail.

In addition:
  • Mayor Zimmer never accepted a security detail or vehicle for government business 
  • Other Hoboken mayors had dedicated vehicles and likely every mayor in Hudson County
  • The SUV is not "assigned to the Mayor "solely" but for his security detail and other dignitaries and related matters
  • The SUV is only driven by two approved police personnel
  • The SUV is paid for by Hoboken taxpayers and one of two unmarked investigative police vehicles
  • The security detail was advised by the FBI after the 2017 mayoral election and is tinted for added security of occupants.

Talking Ed Note: Well all of HudCo does it so... Hoboken taxpayers will have to decide on the justification for this SUV and the attached costs of the security detail. Is it truly warranted?

Mayor Ravi Bhalla used this SUV for his jaunt to Atlantic City and its annual League of Municipalities; chauffeured "security" along for the ride.

Correction: This vehicle may seat only 8 maximum.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Frank "Pupie" Raia and Dio Braxton post 100K bonds and enter "not guilty" pleas

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Two Hoboken men pleaded not guilty in federal court for their alleged roles in vote-by-mail fraud linked to the 2013 mayoral contest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. 
Frank Raia, 67, and Dio Braxton, both entered not guilty pleas in front of Newark U.S. District Judge William J. Martini this morning and were both released on $100,000 unsecured bonds, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Matt Reilly told HCV.
Frank "Pupie" Raia back in happier days with his pal from the Hoboken 2013 election Beth Mason
Raia, a former mayoral and council candidate, and Braxton were both charged with conspiracy to execute an illegal vote-by-mail scheme in connection to the 2013 mayoral contest, where Raia was running for councilman-at-large, on Halloween.
From October 2013 through November 2013, Raia allegedly instructed Braxton and other conspirators to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots in the November 2013 Hoboken municipal election.
Dio Braxton 

Weed sales in the Mile Square City and uptown Hoboken?

The following is a guest submission by Hoboken resident Sue Pregibon. The letter below has previously been submitted to Hoboken City Council members.

Is City Hall going to approve selling marijuana citywide and in uptown Hoboken?

Dear Council Members:

As the State continues to revise and rethink the components of the marijuana bill, there is no doubt that they will pass some form of it.  Whatever the law ends up to be, legalized and/or decriminalized, every municipality and person in the State must abide by it.  Of course, there will be those that are against it and those for it, but this is not the discussion that we should be having here in Hoboken. 

The discussion MUST be about whether we as residents, taxpayers and businesses want to allow the Mayor to proceed in opening marijuana dispensaries here in Hoboken.  These are two totally independent issues.  If the State passes the law, it has no bearing on the municipalities right to sell or not to sell marijuana.  This has to be made clear. 

As of last week, there were 40 cities in the State that proclaimed that they will not allow marijuana-related industries or stores to open in their towns.  These include Weehawken, Secaucus, North Bergen and Union City.  We do not know how "Senator Brian Stack" will vote on the legislation, but "Mayor 
Brian Stack of Union City" and his City Council has already made clear that this is not going to happen in his backyard.   Only 4 cities have declared willingness to be guinea pigs in this experiment:  Newark, Asbury Park, Atlantic City and Jersey City.   These cities hold in common: higher crime rates, high unemployment and a much different level of socioeconomic disparity. This is not Hoboken. 

Last week the residents of Hoboken overwhelmingly voted to bring back runoff elections.  The referendum on the ballot gave everyone, not just the Mayor or the City Council,  the opportunity to vote for what they deem fair and right for Hoboken.   In the past, decisions as important as this, have gone through rigorous vetting by those representing major stakeholders. Well advertised public meetings that allowed community groups such as the Quality of Life Coalition, Hoboken Clergy Coalition, The Chamber of Commerce, Board of Education, Hoboken Family Alliance, Stevens Institute, Board of Realtors, Hoboken Shelter, and every resident of Hoboken to be fully informed and their opinion is taken into account.

There were numerous public and stakeholder meetings during the re-examination of the Master Plan.  Input was collected and much of it was implemented into the final version.  There were numerous changes in zoning throughout the city, but never was it mentioned that this administration had any intention to rezone our commercial and residential areas to include marijuana-related businesses.  The prudent action would be to wait until the next re-examination of the Master Plan or place this question as a referendum on the ballot for the next election.

Even more disturbing, is the fact that the majority of our population is unaware that this is happening.  The Governor's intent is in the news, but the Mayor's initiative has been behind closed doors. Now we have a supposedly public meeting, where no announcements or invitations or agendas have been extended. It will be held the week of Thanksgiving when everyone is looking forward to celebrating and giving thanks for our blessings.  I think that this City Council can do better.  Your constituents will always have the last word, whether it be praise for your actions now, or at the polls next November. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

City of Hoboken pushes ferry alternative site for NY Waterway

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Still looking to preserve Union Dry Dock as a family-oriented park site, Hoboken officials held a press conference earlier today revealing that an engineering study indicates another option on the southern side of the city is a better choice for a ferry maintenance facility.

“The result of our engineers, Boswell, reached the exact same conclusion that New Jersey Transit itself reached several years earlier: that Hoboken South – the Hoboken Lakawanna Ferry Terminal – is the ideal location for this type of use,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
Talking Ed Note: While its positive for local officials and residents to cooperate and work together on this as any issue, the restated effort here doesn't change the status quo. The Union Dry Dock site continues to be prepped for NY Waterway and there's nothing in the foreseeable future likely to change that outcome short of the Army Corp. of Engineers or senior government officials at the state and federal level.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Referendum rationalization....

and the tears, buckets and buckets of tears. Oh and the Ravi poll that didn't stop a landslide.

The aftermath of the crushing landslide Hoboken referendum to bring back runoff elections doesn't mean only majority elections will return to Hoboken.

A voter rebuke of the destructive "win at any cost" tactics in last year's winner take all mayoral election punctuated with the final manipulation of the Mile Square electorate courtesy of the Ravi Terror Flyer is one message sent.

Days after the landslide vote where by an almost three to one margin voters actively chose to bring back runoff elections; the mayor's office and Ravibots began a desperate spin campaign to alter the perception Mayor Ravi Bhalla is not a lame duck who dreads facing a one on one runoff.

Inside the mayor's office and the inner Ravibot sanctum, a dreary pall hangs over the politics  24-7 everyday mantra in pursuit of higher office.

No political observer of any reputations sees Ravi Bhalla beating a dogcatcher in a one on one race. His scorched earth tactics against friend and foe alike over more than a year leave little doubt he can or will change course.

Far more likely, Bhalla will continue the warfare mentality and slide into the next phase trying to eliminate as many independent voices and good government votes on the Hoboken City Council in 2019 as possible.

The council ward races are a full year off but the bitterness and denunciations after the referendum vote are already reappearing online.

The Ravibots demand for revenge and blood will only escalate from here. They'll look to bring everyone down they can even if Hoboken has to take a hit in doing it. You think a Ravi Terror Flyer part two is out of bounds? Does a bear crap in the woods?

Most of the Mile Square City not nailed down may have to be collected and sold off to Bhalla's construction union pals but that's the cost of doing bidness with no other bids allowed. Expect more in the way of million-dollar bribes to divide and conquer with future massive redevelopment announcements.

Not days after the crushing landslide vote, efforts at spinning the disastrous results for the mayor's office began trickling out. Ravibots proclaimed an unpublished poll deems Ravi Bhalla unbeatable and that he's beloved by all, or close to it.

Who takes a poll less than a year in office believing it meaningful?



The writing is on the wall. Even the inner Ravibot circle acknowledges it amongst themselves.

It's not the preferred cup of tea for at least one of the two mayoral political aides. Chief of Staff John Allen reportedly put his resume on the street prior to the November election. He's accelerating efforts to get a job back into law and out of the heavily politicized mayor's office.

While the latest Ravi poll will not be released, it's being referenced that "all is well" inside the land of Ravibots. What they don't tell you is the pronouncements by Bhalla urging voters to reject Hoboken runoff elections came almost immediately after the poll.

So how's that poll working out for ya?

Talking Ed Note: The bitter referendum defeat won't end with online whining, gnashing of teeth and foaming at the mouth. Expect more political operative directed operations out of the mayor's office against City Council members, especially the good government members standing up for Hoboken's best interests.

You'll think Beth Mason is running Hoboken and possesses Ravi Bhalla. When you least expect the nasty and ugly, expect it. Whispers are the next political operation is underway out of the mayor's office using the exact same tactics deployed by the Harridan of Hudson against Bhalla in 2010.

How's that for irony?


Update: Sources from within the Ravibot world are saying there is a two-fold political plan. If the City Council composition can be cleared or significantly altered in next year's council races, that will pave the way for a vote to overturn the overwhelming will of the voters and eliminate runoff elections in two years. (The referendum cannot be changed under NJ law for at least two years.)

If Ravi Bhalla can't find a political job out of Hoboken by then, Hoboken can expect him to unleash a repeat of the vile and dirty campaign last year seeking to win again with a small plurality in 2021.

That means Hoboken should anticipate the ugliest council ward races next year as Ravi Bhalla savages council people who have refused to knuckle under and do what's best for him.  In turn, the City Council is likely to continue its stance to act independently on what's best for Hoboken.

So, there's the stakes.

Monday, November 12, 2018

City Council President Ruben Ramos: PSE&G Work in Southwest Hoboken Starting Tonight

Official release:

 
Dear friends,
 
PSE&G will be beginning underground electric transmission work in Southwest Hoboken that will begin tonight, November 12th and continue through November 20th.  According to the City of Hoboken community alert, PSE&G have stated the work will be completed between the hours of 7pm and 5am, Monday thru Friday at the intersections of Newark St. and Grove St. and Newark St. and Madison St. 
An HMAG article provided this further information from PSE&G:
  • Temporary construction lighting will be installed
  • Concrete / pavement breaking will maximize use of saws and minimize use of jackhammers
  • Sawing/hammering will be limited to 7-10 p.m.
  • Road plates will be installed, to accommodate normal daytime traffic
  • Traffic will be rerouted, to allow exit and entry to and from Hoboken for drivers who are traveling after the rush or are simply caught unaware
Obviously this will cause traffic delays but we hope work will be completed in a timely fashion.
Thank you for your patience and please forward this to anyone you think might be affected by this work.
Regards,
 
Ruben Ramos
Hoboken City Council, 4th Ward

Hoboken Veterans Day and World War I Armistice Day Observance

On a crisp sunny day at Elysian Park, approximately 100 people gathered in observance of Veterans Day and the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I.

Over 116,000 Americans died among 4.7 million in what was called The Great War, the predecessor to World War II. More than half the deaths came about due to disease with the terrible trench conditions and an influenza epidemic.











US Veteran Mark Villamar leads a salute at the conclusion of the ceremony in honor of all Veterans who have served the United States.

Talking Ed Note: Among those in attendance, master of ceremonies: US Veterans John Carey and Mark Villamar, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, City Council President Ruben Ramos, City Council members Peter Cunningham, James Doyle, Jen Giattino, Tiffanie Fisher, City Clerk James Farina, Asst. City Clerk Jerry Lore, former councilman and Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dave Mello, former mayor Dawn Zimmer, former State Senator & NJ Majority Leader Bernard Kenny and the former first dog of Hoboken, Buddy.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: 100 year commemoration of World War I at Elysian

Official release:

Veterans Day 100 Year Commemoration of World War I at Elysian Park - Sunday at 11:00 am

Dear friends and neighbors:
A few upcoming events I wanted you to be aware of including one that is tomorrow (Sunday):
Sunday 11/11:  please join me for a special Veterans Day service at Elysian Park commemorating the 100th anniversary of “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—signifying the end of “the War to End All Wars.”   This is always a lovely service each year put on by Hobokens own veterans from the American Legion Post 107.  It is expected to be a perfect fall day – crisp and clear - and it is a great way to be a part of our community and salute our veterans.  You can read the HMAG article and learn more about how Hoboken’s role in World War I can never be understated.
Tuesday 11/13:  at 9am at the steps of City Hall, I will join Mayor Bhalla, Ron Hine from Fund for Better Waterfront and 2nd Ward Resident Tina Hahn for a press conference announcing the results of the study we had done to identify the best locations for ferry operations along the Hudson River.  As you may recall, in 2009 NJ Transit did a study which indicated Hoboken’s Lackawanna Terminal was the preferred site and that the former Union Dry Dock site was 6th.  Rolling forward to today, you will hear that the results havent changed much.  This announcement on Tuesday is a continuation of how important this issue is to our community, so if you can join and show your support, that would be great!
Monday 11/19:  At 630 pm at the Jubilee Center Public (601 Jackson St.) we are having a community meeting to discuss Hobokens response to NJs potential legalization of marijuana.  I have recently heard mixed information about what ultimately will be included in the State level legislation given the input from the various state legislators.  In a recent Hoboken Patch article, Governor Murphy is referenced to say that there will be several pieces to the legislation, including expansion of the medical marijuana program. The "biggest mountain to climb," he said, will be legalizing the drug for recreational use. The email I sent on 10/23 gives you color on the draft legislation for Hoboken being proposed by the Bhalla Administration.  Please join us that night to learn more, ask questions, and voice your opinion.  Thank you to the approximate 100 people who have already responded to my email - I will provide specific numbers at a later date, but overall the responses were mixed with specific concerns about safety (more car crashes and second hand smoke) and enforcement (with there be any), preference to not have in any residential zones at all (including I-1w soon to be R-4), and more ok with medicinal only.  That being said, there is support for recreational.
And one quick, yet major, update from our 11/7 Council Meeting that I will write more about next week:
Cost of parking – both legally & illegally – will increase.  At the City Council meeting on Wednesday night, the city council voted 6-3 on second reading to make changes to public parking rates and parking violations that I informed you about in my email on 9/17.  This will go into effect within one month so be on the lookout.  I voted "No basically for the same reasons I identified in my 9/17 email.  More to come… 
Please feel free to reach out at any time via email at hoboken2nd@gmail.com or by phone at 201-208-1674 to discuss this or anything else that is important to you.  And please forward this to anyone you think might benefit from this information.  
To all our veterans out there, thank you so much for your service.  
TiffanieFisher
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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