Friday, October 18, 2019

Councilman Peter Cunningham: 'Special interest is driving the NJ Transit project not Hoboken residents'

Official release:

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Many thanks to all who attended both the above important rail yard community event and the 5th Ward Debate on Tuesday.  It's too bad these occurred on the same night.

The Debate was planned well in advance, but the rail yard meeting was pulled together at the last minute due to concerns expressed by a number of City Council members including me.

I am also writing to reaffirm my statement that Union contributions are driving this railyard project.  In fact, the Unions recently announced their support of Mayor Bhalla's city council candidates.  In turn, there will be an absolute expectation of 100% support on their part, if elected, of the Mayor’s agenda.

For those who missed it, here is a link to the Union endorsements.
http://www.iuoe825.org/2019/09/25/operating-engineers-local-825-endorses-candidates-in-new-jersey/

Here's also a video link of the council meeting in which Russo pushed this project.  When I told him that it is simply about the Union money, his very clear response was YES, they are developers.  Russo voted no for a community meeting, and Emily Jabbour abstained.  I know Jabbour was supportive of the Mayor's plan.  But I, along with a member of the public, called attention to possible conflicts of interest if campaign contributions were made to her at some point - and she abstained.


Courtesy of Hudson County View - Video
https://hudsoncountyview.com/iuoe-local-825-endorses-majority-of-bhallas-hoboken-council-slate-plus-russo-ramos/ 

There's much more to report as we enter the last three weeks of the City Council campaign.  Again, I am strongly recommending Tim Crowell in the 5th Ward.

Please stay tuned, and let me know if you have any questions.

Peter