Friday, January 3, 2020

It's Jen, yet again!

In a surprising development, Councilwoman Jen Giattino was unanimously voted by her council colleagues to serve again as Council President.

Not only is the councilwoman serving in a back-to-back role again, it's her fifth time selected by her council colleagues in her eight plus years on the City Council.

Councilwoman Jen Giattino being sworn-in last night for the fifth time as City Council President.
photo courtesy the Hudson County View

Councilwoman Vanessa Falco was unanimously voted to be Council Vice President. It's a first for Hoboken as she's the first African-American to serve in the council leadership.

Councilwoman Vanessa Falco takes the oath of office being sworn-in as City Council Vice President.

Councilman Jim Doyle was similarly selected by unanimous vote to sit on the hospital board of Hoboken University Medical Center. The City Council voted to approve a pending sale of the hospital to RWJ Barnabas Health.

In another unanimous vote, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher will sit as the council designate for Hoboken's new special improvement district business group.

Talking Ed Note: The City Council meeting ending before 8:30 but the era of good feeling didn't last as discussion arose about potential layoffs and tax increases.

The City finance director confirmed a $7 million dollar deficit. The likelihood of both coming into play is high.

The early word on this came yesterday exclusively on HobokenHorse:
"Mayor's office: Deploy the Patronage Protection!"

More to come...