Reader Mail: Fuggedaboutit!

6/6/2008:

A Hoboken411 reader sent this email in about what they witnessed last night with the newly-elected Hudson County Freeholder.

These are our elected officials?

hoboken-rant-hudson-county-freeholder.gif“I overheard a “meeting of the minds” this past evening of the newly elected Freeholder and his entourage.

At first I had no idea who this guy with the nearly comical “Sopranos” accent and common vernacular was, as he was accepting congratulations from all sorts of passerby on the street, from his perch at a popular Washington Street restaurant.

He courted several ladies, and even offered one very cuddly waitress a “personal assistant” job as she didn’t have anything going on this summer. Another scantily clad young woman invited him to visit at her local salon after he complimented her physique. All of this brought rounds of laughter from the males surrounding him, who were all bearing some sort of “contracts” requiring his blessing.

To hear this fellow hold a phone conversation including the word “whatchamacallit” (who knew that word existed outside of “ChrisTAFA” from the Sopranos?) me want to puke! How can a slimy fellow like this, who is clearly linked to old shady politicos actually garner enough votes? Thanks to apathy and bribery, people like this are allowed to keep our town in the red, and then some.

Furthermore, how can HIGHLY paid city workers who live in subsidized housing, own local bars and other real estate ventures, that are so vast, that they openly meet in public venues and flaunt their dealings openly?

Obviously nothing has improved since Russo’s rein, as highly paid city people are taking up spaces in low-income housing that others really could use. There are clearly no ethics in this administration, other than a few watch-dog council people, for whom honest residents are EXTREMELY grateful!

It just boggles my mind how inherently crooked this city is. I had high hopes for Mayor Roberts, but he has been no better than his predecessor. I am only hoping that the next wave of people such as Spinelli, Mason, Zimmer and Ines can eventually bring honest politics to this town.

After all, the Sopranos is over so there’s no more need for TRUE fodder for that show!”

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27 Comments on "Reader Mail: Fuggedaboutit!"


road
Member
road
8 years 3 months ago

Wow, this guy is:

1) Captain in the HPD,
2) Owner of L&J’s bar on Washington St,
3) Member of the Hoboken School Board,
4) Hudson County Freeholder

…. and THIS guy lives in rent-stabilized housing?

Uh, it’s not the accent that incriminates him.

hobodave
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hobodave
8 years 3 months ago
Journey – you were right on the mark both in criticizing the writer’s negative attitude towards “accents,” and in not letting Romano off the hook for sexist behavior unacceptable for elected officials who are supposed to be representing us [shades of the “Hooters” scandal!] [quote comment=”86731″]I like accents. I don’t like someone being picked on because of one. Accents are part of where your from and your family. … Now back to the letter. The writer is picking on the accent, and on behavior. The accent writer has been informed of thier ignorance. But the comments on the behavior of new freeholder, offering waitresses jobs, the documents (which we don’t know what they are, the writer makes the assumption they are contracts). If I saw the new freeholder behaving this way, I would question his ethics purely on his behavior with the women.[/quote] You have an uncommon ability on this site, to express disagreement with the letter writer, without trashing that person – something I have to learn to do better because my criticism tends to come off as sounding too harsh. My dispute with the pernicious use of ethnic, “racial” and sexual stereotypes, stated both in my letter about Uwe Boll’s movie, Postal, and restated here, is not a matter of some abstract “political correctness.” It is an essential real-world issue, because in a very practical sense, the approach used in the “Fuggedaboutit” letter diverts our focus from the entrenched establishment, which is based on money and power –… Read more »
hobodave
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hobodave
8 years 3 months ago
You’re absolutely right jabrph – ethnic prejudices and stereotype-dominated thinking can only weaken any chance we have of making any positive, long-lasting change in this still-diverse town. [quote comment=”86698″] Since when is it acceptable to assume from a person’s accent, appearance, or use of any particular dialect that they are criminals, corrupt, or otherwise guilty of everything. The extrapolation of the posting would thus be that a person with: middle-eastern accent is a terrorist, Jewish accent owns a bank, African-American accent/vernacular is a hood or thug, etc. So as the “new people” integrate into Hoboken against the stereotypes that have been applied to them.. lets be watchfull also of the prejudice, stereotyping, and bias that the less ethnic among our city apply to others. [/quote] I grew up with a stereotype that all white Southerners were racists. My stomach would actually turn, especially when I heard a white Texan speak, until in the early 60s I ran into a group of white Texans who were deeply committed to the Civil Rights movement. Even then, I had to consciously fight my long-standing emotions with my mind for a long time. So we all have some prejudices we come up with, and are bombarded with stereotypes all the time. We can never completely rid ourselves of them, but it’s good to check our own thinking out every once in a while – perhaps by getting to know someone from a group you only have a stereotyped image of. and that’s what I’m… Read more »
Foster
Member
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”86832″][quote comment=”86826″]OMG, someone…in Hoboken…spoke with an accent and flirted with a watiress about a job (wink,wink)call in the Feds.

So it’s ok now to trash an entire community based on their accent and make giant assumptions about their behavior based on one conversation. What then can we then discern about the “ranter”?

In the words of my many Hoboken friends “Are you fuckin kiddin me? Git da fuck outa here” and I mean that sincerely.[/quote]

I think the bigger problem is this guy is throwing around “make work” jobs like party favors. And I doubt anyone who pays taxes in this town has a problem criticising the fact that highly paid city workers live in below market subsidized housing. If they can afford to buy real estate, summer homes, fancy cars, etc…. then they can pay a market rate to buy/rent like the rest of us.[/quote]
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All that is well and true. Of course it is annoying to know that anyone living in subsidized housing has a beach house yet that has nothing to do with their accent or flirting with a waitress. The ranter has no proof of anything besides hearing a Hoboken/New York accent and claiming to see “contracts” for his “blessing”. Not only do I call bullshit on that, it is insulting and completly without credability. A post, maybe. An entire thread devoted to this persons overactive, Goodfella imagination, no way.

Sure, Hoboken has many real issues to deal with not bullshit, insulting distractions.

matt_72
Member
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”86826″]OMG, someone…in Hoboken…spoke with an accent and flirted with a watiress about a job (wink,wink)call in the Feds.

So it’s ok now to trash an entire community based on their accent and make giant assumptions about their behavior based on one conversation. What then can we then discern about the “ranter”?

In the words of my many Hoboken friends “Are you fuckin kiddin me? Git da fuck outa here” and I mean that sincerely.[/quote]

I think the bigger problem is this guy is throwing around “make work” jobs like party favors. And I doubt anyone who pays taxes in this town has a problem criticising the fact that highly paid city workers live in below market subsidized housing. If they can afford to buy real estate, summer homes, fancy cars, etc…. then they can pay a market rate to buy/rent like the rest of us.

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