Friday, November 2, 2018

Jersey Journal call to vote yes on Hoboken runoffs

Yesterday the Jersey Journal editorial board joined MSV in calling for Hoboken voters to approve bringing back runoffs in Hoboken and hit the "YES" button.

From the editorial:

"The Jersey Journal urges residents to vote "Yes'' and approve the measure...

The Mile Square City has already instituted cost savings by moving the municipal and school board contests from spring to the November general election. Adding a runoff provision for municipal contests may add back a few dollars, but it will ensure future mayors and council members are elected with a majority vote - at least 50 percent plus one vote...

This is a democracy. Let the majority rule in Hoboken.

Ravi Bhalla fear mongers on down and out voter fraud in desperate bid to stop voters choosing runoffs

Meanwhile, the indictment on the internet pixels from the  US Attorney's Office weren't fully formed in cyberspace and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla was issuing contradictory alternative universe conclusions on voter fraud as the reason voters should not bring back runoffs.

According to the political craftsman working for Bhalla, Hoboken voter fraud being down and out with the indictments means it's more of a threat than ever.

As if.

No one on the Hoboken City Council has articulated the self-serving reality contradicting view Ravi Bhalla has but yesterday Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher expressed her preferences pointing to the ugly mayoral campaign last year when no runoff was in place. Councilman Mike DeFusco is adamantly in favor and issued this blistering rebuke.

“This alleged vote buying scheme occurred in 2013, the first municipal election after the city stopped holding runoff elections, and it's abundantly clear that eliminating runoffs from Hoboken elections encourages misconduct.  The indictment is equally troubling because without runoff elections, it is far easier for illegal "paid for" votes to successfully impact an electorate divided into smaller voting blocs.  The indictment underscores the importance of the Referendum on the ballot Tuesday, which if passed will ensure that our City won’t be bought and sold, and rather will stand unified against entities looking to divide us for political gain.”

Talking Ed Note: In a desperate bid for personal political gain, Mayor Ravi Bhalla is attempting to use voter fraud to fear monger the Hoboken public against runoffs. Last year, Bhalla manipulated the public with searing divisive partisanship, inaccurate and fake allegations against (now former) friends and was elevated into the mayor's office under the cloud and cover of a "Terror Flyer" making Hoboken out to be a racist city.

Nothing has changed as Ravi Bhalla did zip, nada, zero to bring unity, peace and cooperation to Hoboken. After getting 32% of the vote, within a month he spit on Hoboken voters proudly announcing a second job he said wouldn't happen and followed with a declaration of war on the City Council.

Maybe Hoboken voters should let Bhalla go war with Albio Sires for that Congressional seat he really covets. In the interim, the momentum for bringing back runoffs in Hoboken grows stronger.

Up the Republic!

Hoboken Proud: Malani Cadematori & Tom Kleupfel

Official release:

Malani Cademartori has a unique appreciation for the opportunities afforded by public education. Born in Thailand and raised in Australia, Malani’s mother moved her daughters to Philadelphia in search of a better education and more opportunities than would have been available to them as half-Asian minorities in Australia at that time. The move changed the trajectory of her life and her ability to achieve thereafter.

Having been taught by her mother to never accept compromise in her academic performance, Malani attended New York University, where she worked her way through school as a full-time waitress and ultimately earned her Bachelor of the Arts with a double major in Political Science and East Asian Studies. Malani went on to graduate from Fordham University School of Law and was elevated to the position of partner with her current law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in 2010—just 10 days before giving birth to the first of her two daughters.

Although Malani has only lived in Hoboken for six years, her husband, Michael, and his family have deep Hoboken roots. Michael’s grandmother and grandfather, Catherine and Rudolf Bahun, were both born, got married, raised two children and ultimately passed away in Hoboken. Catherine Bahun worked in the Wallace school for over 40 years as an office administrator and is said to have known the name, birth date, phone number and all family members of every student she ever met.

Malani's daughters both attend Salvatore Calabro Elementary School. For her, the choice of the Hoboken district schools for her children was never a question. “When I moved to public school in South Philly, I found a home in the diverse student body. Discovering and learning from our vast differences and experiences was the best part of my education.”

Malani was recently re-elected president of the Calabro PTO. She has worked diligently to enhance the experiences of the school's students and support the faculty and staff. She has advocated and worked with the district to create a dedicated and safe outdoor play space for Calabro students and founded a monthly career day panel for kids in the upper grades to get them thinking about career possibilities later in life. Malani was also a main organizer of the district’s first district-wide PTO fundraising event featuring the Harlem Wizards and our various schools’ faculty members.

People ask how the team came together. Tom explains:

"I am a long-time and committed advocate for Hoboken public education opportunities. I was a co-founder and first board president of Elysian Charter School back in the 1990s, and have brought equal zeal to the Hoboken Board of Education since I was first elected to the board in 2012. Plus my wife has her Masters in Early Childhood Education, and is special education teacher. It's all we ever talk about at home — public education.