Monday, March 26, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: On the agenda this week - Budgets yes! Parks delayed...

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors – 
Hope you all had a great weekend.  Today feels like an official break in the weather and a trend towards Spring… fingers crossed.  There is and was a lot going on this week, so here are a few quick reminders / updates:  
  • Tonight! Budget Workshop from 6 – 9 pm at City Hall  
  • Tomorrow night (3/27)! 
    • 7pm at Demarest - Adoption of the Preliminary School District Budget for 2018-2019 (rescheduled from 3/20)
    • ***RESCHEDULED TO 4/9 – 7-9pm at Wallace:  Northwest Resiliency Park Design Selection! 
  • Wednesday night (3/28)!  Budget Workshop from 6-9 pm at City Hall
Budget Workshop Tonight:  Hoping we can beat last week’s record of 7 members of the public attending in person!  Tonight covers a lot of topics many of you frequently ask me about.  If you cannot attend in person, you can watch live at home by clicking here:
6:00 pm - City Clerk / Jimmy Farina – OPRA requests, elections, and all public records
7:00 pm - Corporation Counsel / Brian Aloia – Tenant Advocacy, In house / External Activities, Lawsuits, Redevelopment, Municipal Courts
8:00 pm – Administration & Finance / B.A. Stephen Marks – New Constituent Services Team, Debt Debt Debt, Ratable expansion, Washington St., Infrastructure, and Suez
Reminder - the draft budget including parking utility increased $5.2M or 4.2% mainly driven by significant increases in healthcare and pension costs (excl parking, $4.1M or 3.8%). The tax rate remains flat (so the municipal portion of your tax bill would not change) due to significant ratable expansion and excess prior years surplus are to offset these cost increases.
School Board Meeting Tomorrow night (3/27) at 7 pm – 
            Schools account for approximately 24% of your property tax rate (Hoboken accounts for 30%).  Do you want to see the funding for our pre-k 3 and pre-k 4 program?  Are you interested in how much our schools invest in the curriculum?  This meeting is the first to discuss the budget.  There will be an official public hearing on May 1st with a planned adoption of the budget on May 8th.
***RESCHEDULED TO 4/9 (No longer tomorrow 3/27) Northwest Resiliency Park Design Selection!
Do you want sports fields?  Or meandering paths?  Or a little of both?  If you have been part of the process or are just eager to see what our new, biggest park will be, then definitely plan to attend.  The meeting will be held at the Wallace School from 7-9.  Click here to see the two alternatives that are being used as the basis for the final design.  I am on the Northern Community Development subcommittee (chaired by Councilman Cunningham) and provided input last week to the administration and am eager to see what the final reveal is… 
Wednesday – 3/28:  If we cannot break attendance records at this meeting (remember, bar is currently only at 7) then I honestly don’t know what will get people to come out!  Parking and Safety!  If you cannot attend in person, you can watch live at home by clicking here:
6:00 pm – Hoboken Parking Utility/Director Ryan Sharpe – Meters, Intersection Safety (Stop Signs, Bump Outs and Traffic lights), Bike Lanes, Parking Tickets, the HOP, and Road Improvements
7:00 pm – Hoboken Fire Department / Chief Brian Crimmins – From 4 alarm fires to burned popcorn and everything in between.
8:00 pm – Hoboken Police Department / Chief Ken Ferrante – Walking Policemen, Monitor Dangerous Intersections, Crime Statistics, Homeless residents
Please feel free to email me at or call me at 201/208-1674 if you have any thoughts about or want to discuss any of this.  As Chair of the Finance, Administration and Infrastructure subcommittee, I will be presiding over all of the workshops.  Thank you in advance for continuing to engage in all of these important topics!  I received 47 responses to my email "Guns & Children, Taxes and Buslines" and have taking into account this feedback in our budget discussions.  Keep the feedback coming.  More voices are always better!
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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Ravi's score, shooting wars and uncommon political sense

According to one alleged accounting of the Ravi Bhalla fundraiser last week, the new mayor scored with a $50,0000 haul.

While we await the ELEC report showing the take, what is the over and under how much of the money came from outside Hoboken?

While the new mayor not three months into office pulled in an astounding $540,000 in last year's four-month mayoral campaign, he was not Hoboken's favorite candidate. Bhalla depended on monies mostly from outside Hoboken and PAC monies to reach the finish line. Who was responsible for elevating him to the finish with a controversial and suspicious "terror flyer" in the final days officially remains a mystery.

The scene at the Mayor Ravi Bhalla fundraiser last week at 10th and weekend. The "event" saw a $50,000 haul but
it doesn't look like it came from these happy people. Most of the money probably came from special interests
outside of Hoboken. Credit: InsiderNJ

Councilwoman Jen Giattino was Hoboken's favorite candidate in grassroots support. Her unplanned candidacy saw well over 80% of her funding come from Mile Square City residents. Is that why Ravi Bhalla declared war on her and Tiffanie Fisher with 18 months to go before the next council ward elections?

On Saturday, a national rally against the civil rights of Americans to self-defense took place outside City Hall. Hundreds of people came out to see their Second Amendment rights removed and urged it against their fellow Americans. Things are much neater when the police arrive with the ambulance to draw the chalk lines and pick up the bodies.

This after the shootings in Parkland Florida where the Broward County school system implemented the "progressive" policies not to discipline children under the law or its school regulations and the police did nothing after DOZENS of visits to the shooter's home, literally. They followed the "progressive" protocols.

Then there were the two tips to the FBI, both ignored and the warnings to school officials. In the end, do you notice how the name of the shooter is ignored as the "progressive" plan to disarm law-abiding Americans proceeds? A school official designated to protect a Maryland school saw the shooter taken down quickly last week but that common sense suggestion is dismissed. Doesn't fit the agenda.

Did you notice the big Soros money and other "progressive" organizations behind the effort?

Until mental illness is addressed in the county, terrible incidents will occur. Murder whether with a rifle or a bomb is illegal. Putting up "gun free zone" signs is so effective. It's not, but it does make the people putting up the signs feel so smug and superior.

Until then, Americans are assaulted with "it's for the children." Let's try to believe that as we examine one of the crisis actor props seen below at the rally in DC. CBS News reported 200,000 people turned out for the event.

In DC, 200,000 people turned for the rally there and other places against the Second Amendment while one of the central crisis actors sported the Cuban flag on her sleeve; the communist version.  Indoctrination is well-underway in our "progressive" education system.

The progressive policies that led to the Parkland shooting are intentionally ignored. Facts like the name of the shooter too many wish to ignore goes entirely unmentioned now. The document pushed right from the top of the former White House is called, "Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline," no irony intended.

Now there's something to cry about.