MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE
In a sleight of hand, it's off, no, it's back on the council agenda, the massive Ravi Bhalla NJ Transit Redevelopment returned and suddenly found its way back for a vote following Tuesday's council elections.
The massive two-phased plan slated with a 29-story residential tower downtown made a magical reappearance on the council agenda last night courtesy of a big special interest behind-the-scenes push.
The NJ Transit Redevelopment wasn't on the agenda and would require a council majority vote to overturn the ruling of the chair, City Council President Jen Giattino, who refused to insert it on to the Wednesday council agenda.
While a weary Hoboken public looked elsewhere, the five needed votes to insert the agenda item appeared like Japanese zeroes falling out of the sky at Pearl Harbor.
Council members Mike DeFusco and Michael Russo led the sneak attack against the public forcing a vote to overturn Giattino, winning 5-3-1.
Joining in the banzai Tora! Tora! Tora! attack: council members Vanessa Falco, Emily Jabbour, and Jim Doyle.
Voting to keep the Ravi Bhalla NJ Transit Redevelopment off the agenda for any vote: City Council President Jen Giattino, Councilman Peter Cunningham and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. Councilman Ruben Ramos abstained.
|Et tu Jim Doyle? Yes, that's no typo, Councilman Jim Doyle voted to overturn Council President Jen Giattino with|
Emily Jabbour to put up a vote on the massive "no study" Ravi Bhalla NJT Redevelopment.
The succeeding vote to approve the massive redevelopment on first reading never seeing any economic/feasibility study, traffic or shadow study then sailed through on a 6-3 vote.
The three council members opposing the Ram-It-Through Ravi NJT Redevelopment vote: City Council President Jen Giattino, Peter Cunningham and Tiffanie Fisher. (Yes, the good government trio standing up once again for Hoboken.)
Mayor Ravi Bhalla coming off a crushing defeat of his council ticket on Tuesday has immediately jumped back into the fray to stake out his claim to big development campaign monies.
Once again, no Nixle notification, nor alert to the Hoboken Railyards Task Force so the public could not show up and voice opposition in the public portion.
With the two successful votes and backroom big development pressure reemerging leading into the council meeting, Ravi Bhalla is officially competing with both Mike DeFusco and Michael Russo for the big development monies about to pour in and define the 2021 mayoral campaign.
|Hey, I didn't know Jim Doyle and Emily Jabour could fly big development Zero fighters?|
Talking Ed Note: The Ravi Bhalla Administration is planning to schedule a public hearing for the massive plan during the week of Thanksgiving ensuring Hoboken residents are distracted and busy with travel and holiday plans.
The final vote is expected to be on the council agenda at the December 4th meeting.
The fight for special interest money is on and Ravi Bhalla wants first dibs.
Now, tell me again who is good government reform and who is for big development - special interests?
The Ravi smear mailers on the last campaign against Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher aren't even dry and the big development sellouts are back showing their true colors.
All that's left is for Ravi Bhalla to undo the 2011 pay-to-play ordinance and see the big Soprano State big development loot roll into his coffers.
I warned ya.