City Council 10/1/2008
With the tragic 1202 Hudson Street Fire early this morning – and lack of sleep – I forgot the city council meeting preview today… Not used to the meeting being on the first day of the month!
Regardless – 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is a bit angered about an important item on this week’s agenda.
Trying to sneak votes in on Jewish Holiday
Councilwoman Beth Mason issued the following statement regarding tonight’s city council meeting and the late addition to the agenda requiring the city council to vote for one of three candidates for city’s fiscal monitor.
“I believe it is highly insensitive for the State of New Jersey to demand the city council vote on such an important appointment at the conclusion of one of the most solemn holidays on the Jewish calendar.
“While many people in the community, including myself, were commemorating Rosh Hashanah for the past two days, the state inexplicably thought this would be a fitting opportunity to make this appointment.
The lack of respect for Jewish members of the community – and the city council — is appalling, especially coming from an administration that prides itself on diversity.
“There has not been adequate time to review the candidates for this important position, and there has been no interview process that would allow the city council to determine the best candidate for the job. There is no job description accompanying the position. It is precisely this kind of hasty, ill-informed decision-making process that has helped create Hoboken’s financial crisis.
“It is obvious that Judy Tripodi has been the favored choice of the state Local Finance board for this job. And since it was the state’s intention all along to install her in this position, why did they wait four months?
“I will not be voting for any of the nominees presented to us by the state and I encourage the city council president to remove this item from the agenda.”
Here’s tonight’s Hoboken City Council meeting agenda – and all I have time for today!