Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Hoboken cherry on top

The following election results courtesy of the Hudson County Board of Elections for each of the City Council ward races contains the additional Vote-by-Mail totals.

Since many voted in 2017 using VBMs and didn't change their request, they were sent the paper ballot form. This impacted the election results more than usual, so here are the updated figures.

Leading the vote-getters citywide, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher who came in just shy of 1,000 votes. This is remarkable for several reasons.

First, Fisher was the object of scurrilous attacks and smear mailers directed by Ravi Bhalla's eternal campaign. Second, she was literally going up against a once-formidable Reform Movement machine that elevated her as a standard-bearer when she ran with Mayor Zimmer's council slate in 2015.

After the untimely death of the Reform Movement in 2017, when Zimmer choose political expediency with the insertion of Ravi Bhalla; Fisher delivered for Hoboken with her professional financial acumen but even her good-natured way of working with others did not protect her after she aligned with Councilwoman Jen Giattino in 2017.

Earlier this year, while in City Hall with City Council President Jen Giattino to help a resident with a tenant problem; she was thrown out by building security - by order of the mayor's office. The mayor's taxpayer-paid communications manager Vijay Chaudhuri said she didn't have an appointment although one isn't required to visit the Hoboken Rent Leveling Office.

That ugly incident landed up on the cover of the Jersey Journal and symbolized perfectly the lack of decorum within City Hall and of the mayor's office for those not prostrating themselves before the powers of the local executive.

The first priority should be Hoboken, not petty, vindictive politics.

That is one of the messages delivered loud and clear by voters to Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his cast of FacePunchers.

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Councilman Ruben Ramos: "Thank you"

Official release:


Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for once again entrusting me to be your Councilman for four more years! With a clear mandate, our neighborhood came out in support of our campaign and the progress that we have been able to deliver together. I look forward to continuing to build off of the change we have brought to Hoboken along with my Council colleagues that all won re-election last night. To everyone that came out to vote, talked to their neighbors and volunteered for our campaign I am eternally grateful. 
Thank you,

Councilman Ruben Ramos
Hoboken City Council, 4th Ward
Real Leadership for a Better Hoboken
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Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: "We did it!"

Official release:


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This victory was because of you, and for you.  I will send out a more exhaustive, long, detailed, note later today (as you would expect of me) about the entire village of people who made this happen, but for right now I just wanted to say thank you to all of you.  And to tell you that I am energized as we look ahead to the next four years and am 100% committed to always doing what is best and right for Hoboken.
A huge congratulations to all of the incumbents on City Council who won last night, to the newest member who will represent the 5th Ward, Phil Cohen and to the 3-4-5 team for our Hoboken Board of Education.  I am looking forward to working together with the entire Council, Mayor Bhalla and his administration, and our Board of Ed to do more good for Hoboken.
And I also want to acknowledge the hard work of my opponent, Nora Martinez DeBenedetto.  As one of my neighbors said to me this morning, she had considerable visibility in the race, often seen knocking at doors, at transportation lines, and events trying to meet people and connect with voters.  Ultimately that is what elections are about.  Connecting with you.  When Nora and I spoke last night I told her that I felt her effort was incredible and that I hope she will only come away feeling very proud of it. 
Looking forward to the next four years with all of you!  I am excited for what lies ahead.   So very much more to come… 
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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Sign of the Times: The Spirit of Reform is reborn in the winner's circle

Irene Sobolov, Councilwoman Jen Giattino, Deirdre Wall, Theresa Minutillo and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher last night.

Some of the revelers last night at Moran's after the Hudson County Board of Elections tabulated the outstanding Vote-by-Mail ballots declaring both Councilwomen Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher winners in the sixth and second ward election.

The spirit of the Hoboken Reform Movement lives.

Final results of Hoboken's City Council races

Official winners as tallied by the Hudson County Board of Elections (less VBMs):

First Ward: Councilman Mike DeFusco wins over Migdalia Pangan Milano

Second ward: Councilwoman Tiffanie M. Fisher defeats Nora DeBenedetto

Third Ward: Councilman Michael Russo defeats Ronald Bautista

Fourth ward: Councilman Ruben Ramos defeats Lisa Sprengle

Fifth Ward: Phil Cohen avoids a runoff winning vs. Tim Crowell & Nick Maganucco

Sixth Ward: Councilwoman Jen Giatinno defeats Cristin Cricco-Powell & Frank Rosner

Both Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher won the VBMs in their respective races.
Those final figures are not tabulated in the above figures.

BoE: 3, 4, 5 - Alex De La Torre, Joyce Simons, and Sheillah Dallara are the winners.