Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Early unofficial results with wins and heading to Friday for final tallies

9:55 PM

UPDATE: Both Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher join the winner's circle as they won most of their Vote-by-Mail in their respective wards making them unofficial winners.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla graciously conceded.

First results: 9:25 PM

HobokenHorse.com has some initial but UNOFFICIAL results outside of first, third and fourth wards.

First ward: Mike DeFusco is winning in a walkover against Migdalia Pagan Milano.

Third ward: Michael Russo is unofficially seeing an anticipated victory.

Fourth ward: Ruben Ramos is expected to see re-election with a considerable victory.

And now the rest of the City Council ward races:

Second ward: Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher is leading on the machines with 53%.

Outstanding Vote-by-Mail and provisional ballots will determine the final outcome adding 157 Vote-by-Mail plus about 100 provisionals to more than 1600 machine votes total.

Sixth ward: City Council President Jen Giattino is holding a steady lead with more than 51% in a three-way contest.

The final tally of VBM and provisionals will determine the outcome. She is likely to see a victory with a fairly conservative claim to the 140 VBMs outstanding.

Fifth ward: Phil Cohen is trying to stave off a runoff against Tim Crowell. He appears to be the sole winner for his slate.

Update: Phil Cohen confirmed as the winner in the fifth ward with 52% of the vote.

On the BoE, some early numbers suggest 3, 4, and 5 will win easily.

Talking Ed Note: As it turns out, the provisonal ballots are not decisive with the majority of the VBMs entering into the totals of Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher. So, no Friday tally is necessary.

Lunchtime Election Grist with The Horsey

So today is the big day and there's going to be some hard council spills with six election races inside the Mile Square.

Whispers are floating in from near and far, the big development sponsored mayor's ticket not looking so hot now.

There are also three BoE seats up for election and an assortment of HudCo races not in doubt.

Little drama from the Stable but reports of strong, favorable voting signals out of the sixth ward, home of City Council President Jen Giattino and in the second ward, for Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

Does good government service matter to Hoboken voters? Let's wait and see.

An early signpost in the first ward shows Councilman Mike DeFusco measuring his opponent as the vote tallies are lower than anticipated in the first ward.

It's early and there's plenty of time left for voting but the Horsey is ready to make a call in the third and fourth ward.

Too soon?

Remember to vote for three of your selections in the Board of Education election, doggies not included.

BoE No. 1 ballot candidate Shweta Gurshani
"Raising Bright Futures" for School Board.

From the heart of the sixth ward:

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column but its success makes it the most popular column in all the Mile Square City. Have a tasty carrot for Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com and be assured your confidentiality is protected with MSV's State of NJ Shield Law protections upheld repeatedly in Hudson County Superior Court.

Horse Sense: The Mile Square Stakes - Hoboken Sovereignty & Ravi Bhalla Towers

With the collapse of the Reform Movement and the final turncoat appearance of Dawn Zimmer against the principles of transparency and Hoboken sovereignty risen, today's council elections will have a major impact on the future of the Mile Square City.

The stakes are nothing short of generational.

As one voter recounted, former mayor Dawn Zimmer held to the principles built under the big tent of Reform, then backed out during the glare of a mayoral campaign for mayor to insert Ravi Bhalla in a cynical back-door maneuver. Now, they say, she returns to tell us how to vote with endorsements for big development backed special interests candidates as she has her home up for sale.  Excuse me?

Mayor Ravi Bhalla put up a cast of council candidates with practically no discernable participation on any issue of local import over the last decade, sans Phil Cohen who has at least a record of public service on the Hoboken Zoning Board.

Cristen Cricco-Powell returned from a life living in Manhattan to be drafted, announce intent to run a positive campaign and then see it run out of central planning in New England via Rhode Island featuring smear mailers c/o Ravi Bhalla and his FacePuncher team at City Hall.

Migdalia Pagan-Milano was recruited out of the mayor's office and drafted to adopt identity politics cynicism at its finest, or worst, depending on your orientation, pardon the pun.

Nora DeBenedetto returned to throw hanging chads at Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher since the local political committee coup went so well. She's a beneficiary of many words elucidated on her behalf from Providence by way of the mayor's office. Rinse, wash and repeat CCP smears.

Lisa Sprengle, we hardly knew ye. Nice lady but to listen to her at the City Council forum made you wonder. Was she running with the good government remnant of Reform or the Big Bhalla Special Interest ticket? Didn't seem to know as she fled from the boss' NJ Transit Redevelopment leading the way for her co-slate members to similarly obfuscate.

This is not and never was the A-Team. Thus the beginnings of what was foretold here months ago, a proxy war with dirty politics, dirty campaigning and yes dirty money washing up at the Lackawanna Terminal.

The Ravi chieftains can look you right in the face and lie. "It's Jen and Tiffanie with the big developers. They are bringing them in and allowing their influence."

As if.

With a decade-plus long view of Hoboken government, this was not difficult to foresee. Character matters, it rises and falls in the test of battle. In this case, it fell precipitously with the Big Lie, as anticipated, in every direction spitting condescension and all manner of fabrication on to unsuspecting residents.

So, as Ravi Bhalla attempted to shove a two-phased NJ Transit Redevelopment through the City Council, using the muscle of thuggish intimidation from outside big development interests; some in the public awoke from the slumber and others from a coma attached to a cult of personality morphine drip.

With the shock of the Bhalla cynical maneuver, not even announcing the biggest redevelopment in living history put up for a vote; the mayor's office also "forgot" to even schedule a public meeting.

The lies have piled up so high, before and since as once again Ravi Bhalla got caught with his fingers in the cookie jar.

It's a pattern seen all too often in the last two years under his stewardship but the true legacy of Ravi Bhalla lies ahead: 300 foot plus, nearly 30 story towers. The first will be determined by "economic factors," meaning, yes wait for it... more residential.

In short, it's not Dawn Zimmer's more limited commercial-focused smaller footprint. The devil is in the details as the new two phases will be likely 50% BIGGER than what the former mayor envisioned in 2014.

But that's the impact special interest monies are having on City Hall and deep into the mayor's office.

Good luck Hoboken.

Lackawanna Tower in the left distance may be a buried landmark on the horizon if two Ravi Bhalla towers rise over downtown Hoboken as depicted here. It's the legacy of special interest power Ravi Bhalla represents entering Election Day.

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher 'Your voice today is Hoboken's future'

Official release:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It is Election Day!  So please make sure you exercise your civic right to vote, VOTE 1C and get your “I Voted” sticker!
I cannot thank you enough for your support over the last few months on the campaign trail.  It has been an incredible experience for me and I could not have done it without your support.  I am writing again to ask you for your help to make a big Election Day push to the finish line!  
Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and I am counting on your support! Getting out the vote on Election Day can be challenging particularly with lousy weather so your vote is even more essential.  Remember, that if there is any issue at the polls, you can always vote provisionally!
You can help in many ways but the biggest one is VOTING 1C!  Remember, if you support me, don’t rely on other people to elect me – every vote is needed!  You can also hand out literature, carry signs, or wear a "VOTE 1C" t-shirt, pin or sticker as long as you are at least 100 feet away from the polling locations.  You can even still DONATE (I have plenty of bills to still pay...). It all helps!  
Please stop by Choco Pain at Hudson Tea beginning at 7am where we will have our Election Day headquarters.  You can grab election gear, help with GOTV and even make phone calls during the day to remind supporters to make it to the polls before 8pm!  We can use your help even if you have a little time to spare or a lot!
And if you wear your “I Voted Sticker” you can get some 2nd Ward Election Day Discounts!  So Vote!  
Wear your “I Voted Sticker, head to the 2nd Ward to celebrate voting, and get discounts at the restaurants where I had or are having events during my campaign:
  • Choco Pain at Hudson Tea where I have my Election Day HQ will be offering 20% on all drinks all day for people with an I Voted Sticker!
  • Bin 14 is where we will be having our Election Results Gathering – get 10% off your bill after 5pm with your I Voted Sticker!
  • Madison Bar & Grill, where I held my Kick-Off Event last summer will also be giving 10% off your bill after 5pm with your I Voted Sticker!
  • La Isla Uptown, where we all came together for #Morevoices and Mojitos!, will also be giving 10% off your bill after 5pm with your I Voted Sticker! 
Thank you to Clemence, Anthony, Dave and Armando for giving people even more reasons to vote!  
If you voted by mail, stop by Choco Pain for your Voted Sticker”.  I have a stash from last year, the first year Hudson County has had them.  Getting “Voted Sticker” for Hudson County was a great personal accomplishment for me.  I heard from many of you about how those silly little stickers made such a difference and even said it made voting a family experience.  Its often the small joys in life that matter most. 
Once the polls close, I would love for you to join me at Bin 14 at around 730 as we wait for the results to come in.  We should have the machine results very quickly - by 815 - and then will await VBM's and provisionals.  Win or lose I would love to be surrounded by all of you who supported me in this campaign and for the last four years.  
This has been an amazing journey with all of you.  Whatever happens, I have been honored to work with so many of you in so many ways and do so much good for Hoboken.  Please come out and vote tomorrow and VOTE 1C so I can keep engaging with, informing and advocating for all of you. 
Thank you again for all of your support!  Vote early and see you at the polls!
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
Engage. Inform. Advocate.
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Tim Crowell: 'No Special Interest for me but you in the 5th ward'

Official release:

Friends and Neighbors, 

Today is the big day— PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE! 

I am writing to encourage you and your friends and family to go out and perform your civic duty. This vote will have crucial and long-lasting impact on our city — especially, the 5thWard.  Tomorrow I ask for your vote, to give me the amazing privilege to represent the citizens of the 5th Ward.

If you could please pass this message onto any friends or neighbors you know in the 5th Ward.  Should anyone have questions about my platform they can check out my website: http://timforhoboken.org

While I believe there are so many important points of distinction between myself and the other candidates, I believe there are two things that I think really differentiate myself from them. 

1. Political Independence

My campaign has been funded by neighbors, a few friends, and my biggest donor, my parents.  Thanks, Mom and Dad.  I did not take money from a Super PAC, a Union, or any other interest group.  I am truly an independent voice for Hoboken.  This is important as I only answer to the people of the 5th ward. I have no political agenda, no alliances and no favors that I owe. I only answer to the true residents of our ward (well and my wife!). All too often politics is an insular group speaking to themselves, I am not a rubber stamp. I am an advocate for you. 

2. Professional Experience Critical to the 5th Ward

I have said this in debates, on street corners, and on the stoops, “Development will shape the quality of life in Hoboken for the next 100 years.”  It does not matter if we are talking about transportation, water main breaks, our schools, or parking.  The development that happens in Hoboken will impact all these things and we only get on chance to get it right.  There are so many development issues facing Hoboken right now; Northwest Corner in the 5th Ward, the Monarch, Union Dry Dock, the downtown hotel, and the Hudson Rail Yards Development.  We need to take a hard look at what is being proposed and understand how it will impact the municipal resources in our town.

I am the only 5th ward candidate who has experience with these issues. I bring real estate experience from my professional career to the City of Hoboken. I have real-life practical experience to draw from when examining the developments happening in Hoboken. We should be looking for candidates for City Council that have experience that can be applied and used for the benefit of Hoboken.

Lastly, and importantly, I wish everyone running for office the best of luck. Anytime you put yourself and your family out there and raise your hand when inspired to serve your fellow citizens, it is hard work and very fulfilling work.

Oh, one last thing, if you or anyone you know needs help getting to and from the polls, we have a volunteer(s) ready to come and pick you up, bring you to the polling station and bring you back home. Please do not hesitate to text Vito Zarrillo at 347-501-2595, he’ll be on the road from 10 am – 4 pm. 

My Mom reminded me of a quote that I mentioned in the QLC debates, “I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other.  Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand.  I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”  – Charles de Lint.  And that is really what I want to do.  I want to do my part for Hoboken residents and the 5th Ward.  We need a fair and balanced government that stands behind each and every resident in Hoboken.  I am committed to being your voice on the Hoboken City Council.

Please pass this message on, spread the word and encourage everyone to vote tomorrow. 

Thank you for your support and confidence. 

With gratitude,