Monday, June 11, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: "TONIGHT AND UP AND COMING..."

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors:
A few important events coming up, starting TONIGHT! 
  • 6/11 - Public Hearing for Hoboken’s Master Plan Re-Exam (7-9pm) 
  • 6/16 – 7th Annual Hoboken Green Fair (11am-3pm) 
  • 6/19 – Coffee with a Cop, 2nd Ward Edition (730-9am)
THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT FOR HOBOKEN
Public hearing tonight from 7-9 at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand St. 
The Master Plan is a statutory document that creates the framework for all decisions in our town.  These include, among others: 
  • Zoning, land use and development 
  • Transportation 
  • Education 
  • Economic development 
  • Affordability and housing 
  • Historic preservation 
  • Green infrastructure  
And it is a document that needs to be either re-examined or fully updated every few years.  Our last Master Plan was completed in 2004 and our last reexamination was completed in 2010.  The recommendations made under both were never codified by the City Council and many are outdated so we are due.  
I plan to attend tonight as a citizen and I hope you do as well.  You can find the documents here.  Pages 66-106 of the Draft Master Plan document have the vision and recommendations section.  
Although driven by the Hoboken Planning Board, the process is a public one and should involve as many stakeholders as possible to ensure the document represents the interests and goals of our community.  Unfortunately, the one group of stakeholders that has been explicitly kept out of the process and whose input was kept to a minimum, as instructed by our prior mayor, is the Hoboken City Council.  Those elected by you to represent your interests.  And those who will actually codify (or not) the plan.  Sorry if I seem frustrated, but this document is so important to Hoboken and something I have been advocating for since I was on the zoning board.  Yet the City Council received it at the same time as the public.  In any other community, the City Council would have been included from the start in the goal setting part of the process all the way through to the end. 
SPEAKING OF GREEN…
Hoboken is having its 7th Annual Green Fair at Church Square Park on Saturday, June 16th from 10am-3pm. 
The event is hosted by the City’s Green Team.  The goal of the fair is to raise awareness regarding environmental issues and how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water and limiting their dependence on fossil fuels.  Something in that list resonates with everyone.  
The Hoboken Green Team is comprised of volunteers who meet monthly (along with city employees and Councilman Doyle) to focus on completing actions required for Sustainable Jersey certification, as well as other volunteer initiatives to promote environmental sustainability in our community. Members of the Green Team are appointed by the Mayor. To express interest in joining the Green Team, please email jgonzalez@hobokennj.gov.  
COFFEE WITH A COP RETURNS TO THE 2nd WARD (BUT ALL INVITED)!  
Tuesday, June 19th from 730-9am at Choco Pain at 15th and Washington.
Please join me and Mayor Bhalla, Hoboken Police Chief Ferrante, Captain Campbell, Lieutenant Miskulin, Sergeant. Butler, and Officer J. Montalvo that morning for a cup of coffee and to discuss public safety concerns you may have and / or thank our Hoboken Police for all that they do to ensure our safety.  We made it earlier this time (it started at 830 last time) so that you can stop by on your way to work or before or after taking your children to school.  As a council member, I would say that the number one issue I hear about the most is safety related concerns – from unsafe intersections and cross walks, to bicycle safety, to package thefts, to parking garage thefts.  These are the issues that impact people viscerally.
But at the same time, I also hear people tell me how lucky and how secure they feel in our community.  And this is because of our many public safety teams and in particular our Hoboken Police.  So please come out and join the conversation and meet our Police!

And as always, if you have any questions or want to discuss this or anything else, please feel free to call me at 201/208-1674.  
TiffanieFisher
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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Grist for the Mill: Brian Stack and Ravi Bhalla try to weather the storm

It's Hell Week. Near and far a storm is brewing. Over the weekend, the HudCo Machine worked itself into a frenzy as its competing factions enter a feverish pitch to control the local party machinery and "The Line."

Over the weekend, the political activity escalated. Union City Mayor Brian Stack sent his army down the hill to visit Hoboken Democratic Committee members in a late bid for their votes set for Tuesday night in Kearny.

Both Brian Stack, who doubles as a NJ State Senator, and Mayor Ravi Bhalla are in a desperate battle for political power, political control and their political ambitions. Both placed last-minute phone calls over the weekend to Hoboken HDC members trying to wrest their vote.

Alternatively, Jersey City's Amy DeGise, who is vying to be the first female Democratic County Chair in Hudson County history, came to the Mile Square City seeking out HDC members and their votes.

Lots of shots, counter shots and cheap shots with the Mile Square City ground zero for an election that doesn't get more insider than this.

Last week, Stack showed Ravi Bhalla how a machine boss gets it done. He closed the Union City schools on Tuesday so he could leverage the public school teachers and BoE staff to invade West New York in a bid to influence votes for its Democratic Committee Seats there on Election Day. The effort backfired badly and Saturday he reopened the schools as a makeup day. Your turn Ravi.

On the downside, Brian Stack is fending off severe criticism for crossing party lines and endorsing former governor Chris Christie for re-election in the very partisan highest elected office in the state. In addition to his 2013 endorsement for Christie, Stack called him the best governor "we've ever had" and declared he is never about party.

Amy DeGise has been repeating those Brian Stack talking points to everyone who's listening. She's lambasting Stack for his bipartisanship pointing to the Hudson County Democratic party bylaws where such allowances are impermissible.

Union City Mayor Brian Stack hosted former governor Chris Christie at this Union City rally in 2013 calling
Christie the best governor in the history of NJ. 
Ravi Bhalla also stood shoulder to shoulder with Chris Christie that year when it was the politically advantageous and expedient thing to do. Christie was friendly with him and they appeared together at an NFL event at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club.

The backbiting will see barbs tossed back and forth right up until the voting machines are opened Tuesday night. With the committee votes lost in much of Bayonne and West New York to Amy DeGise, Hoboken becomes one of the hotbeds for last-minute electioneering.

For Ravi Bhalla, the hijack of the HDC after having Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher booted for aligning with a liberal Republican candidate in a non-partisan municipal race is coming face to face with him joining the Stack rebellion.

Bhalla pushed all of Hoboken's chips into the middle of the table looking to politically advance himself. Now the cost will be weighed against both with tomorrow's final vote for Hudson County Democratic Chair.

Back in 2013, then Councilman Ravi Bhalla spent some quality time with former governor Chris Christie who was visiting Hoboken for a NFL event promoting youth fitness at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club.

Somewhere, Stack's rival "Uncle Nick" Sacco, a dual officeholder himself as Bergen City mayor and NJ State Senator is smiling amid all the mayhem. County Executive Tom DeGise is beaming with anticipation his daughter may break the HudCo glass ceiling and oozing confidence.

Hoboken can sit back, smile and bend over. The HudCo Machine and its self-absorbed pols will take care of the rest.

Related: Team Stack with Ravi Bhalla and Steve Fulop are behind a lawsuit complaining about procedures in the HCDO election before the election even takes place.

County Executive Tom DeGise sees it as a prelude to more legal whining after Tuesday as reported in the Jersey Journal.

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