Monday, July 29, 2019

Hudson Reporter reduces reporting staff 60%

Three of the five reporters at the Hudson Reporter suffered layoffs last week as reported by the New Jersey Globe.

Among them is senior political reporter Al Sullivan.

The New Jersey Globe remarked on his departure writing,

"The loss of Sullivan, a longtime fixture on the political scene, continues a recent loss of institutional knowledge of Hudson County politics that included the retirement of Jersey Journal legend Augie Torres and the departure of Terrence McDonald, who left the Journal to cover Bergen County for The (Bergen) Record."

The article further discusses the reductions and points to the newspaper's origins by real estate developer Joe Barry in 1983.

The lights dimmed on the former site of the Hudson Reporter at 14th Street and Washington in Hoboken.
New ownership made layoffs to more than half of its reporting staff covering Hudson County last week.

The departure of Al Sullivan means this Hoboken Horse is now the senior institutional political writer in the Mile Square City. Over the years, an untidy relationship with the former staff of the Hudson Reporter led to an often contentious battle over reporting accuracy, political controllers and alliances.

For most of its years under the former editors, the hostility toward the Hoboken Reform Movement was openly vented. A number of fine reporters, however, came through the ranks pushing back, notably Ray Smith and Timothy Carroll.

Their reporting often came up against the political considerations of editors but they continually pressed to break beyond the limitations.

One notable highlight is the topic of voter fraud in Hoboken. Both Timothy J. Carroll and Ray Smith leveraged exclusive reporting here on the practice pushing the issue out of the shadows.

Carroll would depart the Hudson Reporter and immediately brought statewide attention with his story on voter fraud highlighting the chronic use of absentee (Vote by Mail) ballots.

Similarly, after the 2010 Hoboken fourth ward election, Ray Smith would detail the disproportionate number of paid campaign workers in a small ward election.

Last month, Frank "Pupie" Raia was convicted in Newark federal court for directing a massive voter bribery ring in Hoboken's subsidized housing using the Vote by Mail ballots as a centerpiece of the scheme.

Talking Ed Note: Al Sullivan will be looking for a new home to take his fine writing skills and decades-long institutional knowledge. Hopefully, he makes a soft landing where he can make a bigger impact.

The Soprano State pols certainly need scrutinizing eyes.