“Pay to Play” issue still not resolved

7/10/2008:

More on the ongoing issues surrounding the “Pay to Play” reform from People for Open Government President Eric Kurta:

Why the holdup?

hoboken-municipal-law-enforcement.jpg“The City of Hoboken’s deplorable financial situation is big news. Short of drastic cuts in services – or more financial gimmickry like that which brought us to our current state of affairs – Hobokenites will see a large increase in their property taxes. Hoboken should move immediately to cut any spending that will not lessen essential services. The settlement of a 2005 lawsuit brought against the city by a local good government group would help control the city’s legal costs, assure taxpayers that the city’s no-bid contract process remains free from corrupt and costly practices, and finally put an old issue to rest.

In 2004, People for Open Government (POG) introduced a Public Contracting Pay-to-Play Reform ordinance that was approved by a 9-1 margin of Hoboken voters. The enacted ordinance both limited and prohibited campaign contributions made to local candidates and officeholders by professional business entities that had no-bid contracts with the city. In early 2005, the Roberts Team accepted what POG alleged were illegal contributions from individuals and firms that had such contracts. In June 2005, POG filed a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court to compel the city to enforce its laws.

To date, the issue has still not been put to rest. Though POG won a favorable ruling in January from the NJ Appellate Division allowing us to move forward with the case, we were inclined shortly thereafter to put accusation and retribution aside and make an offer of settlement. The offer, presented to the city’s attorneys in March, discharges all claims against defendants and simply requires that the city designate a compliance officer responsible for enforcing the ordinance and maintaining a readily available list of no-bid firms and redevelopers for public inspection. The City Council has been slow to agree to the settlement and certain members are said to be contemplating an expensive legal challenge to the ordinance itself. I strongly urge the City Council to agree to what I consider a virtually painless settlement offer, thereby saving the city considerable legal costs and allowing all parties involved to direct their attentions to other matters.”

Eric S Kurta
President, People for Open Government

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5 Comments on "“Pay to Play” issue still not resolved"


blahblahblah
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blahblahblah
8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”92311″]please tell me, WHAT MORE DO VOTERS NEED TO SEE? these elected officials attempted to block this law fromm ever reaching the voters! then when it is approved by the voters they attempt to block it through inaction!
THESE PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE LAW! THEY ARE IGNORING THE WILL OF THE VOTERS! THEY DO NOT CARE WHAT THE PEOPLE DEMAND! THERE ARE STEALING FROM YOU EVERY DAY!
BLAHBLAHBLAH IS A FUCKING IDIOT ATTEMPTIING TO QUIET DOWN THE PEOPLE THAT POST HERE! DO NOT ALLOW THESE THIEVES TO CONTINUE TO BREAK THE LAW AND STEAL FROM EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD IN THIS TOWN!!!!!!!!!!![/quote]

HELLO, I AM A TAXPAYER,…….you think i like my taxes and other things go up and just sit back and take it, but fact is politics is a dirty and sometimes bloody game and people like you and others who post here just talk and talk, but never throw your hat in the ring to make a difference, you just bullshit and support others who bullshit like ALL OF THEM….i for one do the most obvious thing and look for a place to move to out of this town and live in comfort….

strand tramp
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strand tramp
8 years 2 months ago

please tell me, WHAT MORE DO VOTERS NEED TO SEE? these elected officials attempted to block this law fromm ever reaching the voters! then when it is approved by the voters they attempt to block it through inaction!
THESE PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE LAW! THEY ARE IGNORING THE WILL OF THE VOTERS! THEY DO NOT CARE WHAT THE PEOPLE DEMAND! THERE ARE STEALING FROM YOU EVERY DAY!
BLAHBLAHBLAH IS A FUCKING IDIOT ATTEMPTIING TO QUIET DOWN THE PEOPLE THAT POST HERE! DO NOT ALLOW THESE THIEVES TO CONTINUE TO BREAK THE LAW AND STEAL FROM EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD IN THIS TOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Haven
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Red Haven
8 years 2 months ago

blahblahblah has it 100% wrong. POG has been trying to settle this but rumor has it Peter Shammarano has been leading the charge to delay justice here. Typical. He works for the law firm best known for circulating a memo on how skeezy politicians can get around pay-to-play laws.

Meanwhile, Mason tries to settle her cases over and over again while Dave Roberts and the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Board do everything they can to draw them out. After all, it’s not their money they are spending. It’s the taxpayers money which goes to pay connected attorneys who then send part of the money back in the form of campaign contributions.

matt_72
Member
8 years 2 months ago

The city like long drawn out legal battles b/c they can then hire the politically connected law firms………

blahblahblah
Member
blahblahblah
8 years 2 months ago

Mason will not allow this, she loves long, drawn out legal battles in which she costs the city tons of money cause hubby provides legal services for free…..

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