Monday, November 4, 2019

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher states the case on her performance for re-election

Official release:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This is it!  Polls open 24 hours from now!  Thank you for all of your support over these past two months!  But to make it all worth it, you now have to go out and vote!!!!!  I keep hearing “you’ve got this” but the only way I win is if you show up to vote.
Why is this such an important local election for Hoboken? Because the people you elect tomorrow will be making decisions on your behalf that will have a longstanding impact on our community and your quality of life.  One vote for Council, three for Board of Ed.
Most of us in Hoboken share common ground and purpose and I think on the few issues my opponent has spoken publicly on, we have more similarities than not - both of us want a public waterfront and can vote on Monarch, both think pedestrian safety is a critical issue, and both want to stop displacement of Hoboken residents.  But where I differ from my opponent and what I hope you consider as you VOTE TOMORROW is whether you want someone…
  • with a strong track record of delivering results for 2nd Ward residents on every important issue the city faces, or not.
  • who has led the waterfront advocacy for the 2nd Ward for eight years, or someone who says she hasn’t advocated for the waterfront since she was a teenager.
  • who uses her twenty plus year career in real estate and finance to inform her fights against irresponsible development and make sure all development must work for Hoboken, or someone who doesn’t have this experience and also takes endorsements and money from big development, special interest groups who want development that works for them.
  • who has brought three new parks to Hoboken (NW, SW and pop-up), has been advocating tirelessly for open space at the Monarch and Union Dry Dock sites, and who has pushed to ensure the new RBD Harborside Park works for 2nd Ward neighbors, or someone who has not been active in most of these until this campaign and puts out a plan for a park on the Monarch site that is not tenable and may actually kill the settlement agreement if proposed.
  • who is a unifying voice and works with everyone to get things done for Hoboken evidenced by voting at least 8-1, 87% of the time on the Council, or someone who preaches petty politics yet has already stated she is prepared to fight with her council colleagues. 
  • who always adheres to Hoboken’s pay-to-pay limits, or someone who took money above those limits from NYC unions.
  • who understands the seriousness of Eminent Domain and that it takes a year to complete, or someone who either doesn’t understand or does and is just pushing a narrative for political expediency when she says a vote taken a few weeks earlier on UDD could have mattered (it couldn’t).
  • who is an independent voice who always has and will put Hoboken first, or someone who will be tethered to a career politician.
And interestingly, relating to the HOP which my opponent has made an anchor in her platform, I will give my opponent credit behind my advocacy for more HOP service.  As her councilperson, I actually took her input and advocated to make the HOP free, added service during the holidays and increased funding in the municipal budget this year to upgrade our buses to clean energy and expand service.  My opponent says I don’t listen, but I do.
We’ve accomplished so much together over the past four years. I hope when you vote on Tuesday, you will VOTE 1C to have me as your representative for the 2nd Ward again, so together we can finish what we started and tackle all that lies ahead for our Hoboken including completing our waterfront and ensuring we grow responsibly to protect our quality of life.   
Only you can decide who you think has the demonstrated track record and commitment to be the best advocate for you and our community.   Please make sure you vote.  And when you do, I hope you will VOTE 1C so I can keep engaging with, informing and advocating for you.  
And speaking of informing... if you are still on the fence for some reason, and you have gotten this far in the email and like receiving these emails from me, then you need to vote to keep me representing you so I can keep sending them!    
Thank you for all your support, 
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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Councilman Peter Cunningham endorses: Tim Crowell, Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher for City Council; 1,3, 4 for BoE

Official release:

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

In addition to our City Council race I discussed last week, there is a Board of Education race and two local questions on the ballot on Tuesday.

For the School Board, I am divided.  There are three seats up, and I know four of the candidates running - Alex De La Torre, Joyce Simmons, Sheilah Dhalara and Shweta Gursahani.  Newcomers Joyce and Shweta have a lot to offer our Public Schools.  Sheilah has made tremendous contributions to the Board, and I appreciate the business acumen of Alex, Joyce and Shweta.  While either of the four would continue the good work of the Board, I am supporting Shweta (1F), Alex (3F), and Joyce(4F).  

You can do further due diligence on your own at the following sites.

As for the Open Space referendums, I am in favor of voting yes for both.  However, they are very broad as written.  If they pass, amendments to the current law will be presented to the City Council.  These laws require tightening by the Council in order not to lead to abusive spending by the administration.

With that being said, I can't tell you how important it is to have "checks and balances" between the Administration and City Council.  This Administration has already attempted to abuse taxpayer funds in the last budget.

As you know, I am supporting the independent candidacy of Tim Crowell 1D.  Tim is independent, a real estate investment professional, community volunteer and is practical in nature.  He has funded his campaign from Hoboken contributors.  I like him, and know you will too.

I am also endorsing Jen Giattino in the 6th ward, and Tiffanie Fisher in the 2nd Ward.

Please vote for Tim, Jen and Tiffanie.  Let me know if you have any questions, and pass around to your friends and neighbors.  Thanks, Peter  

Councilman Peter Cunningham endorses Tim Crowell to succeed him for Hoboken's fifth ward.
The 12-year outgoing councilman also endorses Jen Giattino in the 6th ward and Tiffanie Fisher in the 2nd.

Jen Giattino why "Vote Jen Again!" - it means protecting our neighborhood feel that makes Hoboken so special

Official release:

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

Tomorrow is Election Day!

Let's Get Out the Vote! Every effort counts in the final stretch -- just an hour or two will make the difference and help me cross the finish line. It's because of all of you that we're at this point. I'm humbled by the incredible outpouring of support and generosity you've shown me throughout the campaign. 

Volunteers, please meet at 216 7th Street for your t-shirts, buttons, and signs to help Get Out the Vote!  You can sign-up here: Website Volunteer Page.

Don't forget to vote! If you don't live in the 6th Ward please tell your 6th Ward friends to Vote Jen Again! Polls are open 6am -8pm. Find your polling location here: Polling Location

Out of town or busy on Election Day? You can apply in person TODAY before 3pm at the County Board of Elections for a Mail-in Ballot and vote the ballot at the same time.
Hudson County Clerk's Office
Division of Elections
Hudson County Plaza
4th Floor
257 Cornelison Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

After the polls close join me with my family, friends, and neighbors at Moran's (501 Garden) to await the results.

I'm proud to represent the 6th Ward on the City Council and, with your continued support, will be honored to keep working together on what matters most to all of us, Hoboken. My focus has always been, and will continue to be, on improving quality of life issues, working to keep taxes low, helping those who have less, supporting our local businesses, and protecting our neighborhood feel that makes Hoboken so special. 

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.  

Please reach out to me with any issues, questions or concerns you may have.  

#Vote Jen Again

Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein: Unchecked power for Ravi Bhalla a good idea?

The following guest letter is submitted by NJ GOP State Committeeman Joshua Sotomayor Einstein.

Hoboken residents are either revved up by or tired of the constant campaigning for the Nov 5th council election. Wherever one falls, it is indisputably an important election that will determine the fate of the city council and the direction of our mile square. On the evening of November 5th Hoboken will have the answers to many of the questions of the last few months, such as: will the council majority led by 6th Ward Councilwoman / Council President Jen Giattino survive? Will the mayoral backed candidates, who make up a majority of the challengers to the incumbents, give the mayor unchecked power to pursue his agenda and shape our town according to his vision?
No less important is the legally partisan election occurring concurrently with Hoboken’s non-partisan one. This election is for State Assembly, County Executive, County Sheriff, and County Surrogate and will impact the direction of both our county and state. From these lesser-known offices, usually selected by Democratic power brokers, questions arise. Do we continue down the path of fiscal ruin, and an economy falling behind the rest of the nation, that failed Governor Phil Murphy and the Democratic majority in Trenton is “leading” us? Do we double down on the massive taxes, unfunded spending, and duplicated services that is the Hudson county government of one-party rule? If your answer is yes, then vote for the entrenched Democratic incumbents who serve the bosses at the top of their respective political machines. If you answered no, vote Republican, against the institutionalized corruption that is one-party rule in our state capital and the county seat, and for having an opposition party that is the servant of the taxpayer.
On November 5, our town, Hoboken will make an important decision for the future of the town, in many ways the municipal ward election is a referendum on Mayor Bhalla. Those who think there is a better way are supporting the council majority and their allies, those approving of his job performance are supporting the challengers running with his support. Regardless of how one votes in the legally non-partisan municipal race, in the partisan elections - vote to get county and state government out of your wallet, vote Republican.