City Council 10/1/2008

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.

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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!

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30 Comments on "City Council 10/1/2008"

dunotar
Member
dunotar

[quote comment=”109905″]Also, Abruzese ia an Italian sur name [/quote]

It is possible to be Italian & Jewish. Just like it’s possible to be from Hoboken and have no practical knowledge of the world.

BTW, Rosh Hashanah ended at sundown on Wednesday, presumbably allowing Mason & Zimmer to attend at least most of the council meeting if they were in town.

Why all the drama? A simple statement highlighting the tactic long employed by many, many Hoboken administrations to get things pushed through would have been enough.

Beth is our best hope for real reform in our broken system. Hopefully she will run for mayor and clean house – and not forge alliances with Russo & Co!

dawnrose
Member
dawnrose

Beth Mason is the councilperson for the ward that I live in. I usually agree with the majority of things she says and does. There are times she comes off as arrogant and emotional. This is unfortunately one of those times. She has converted to the jewish faith for the sake of her husband. I work with someone who converted to judaism for the sake of his wife. I am not a member of the jewish faith but I know that Roshananah is the jewish new year. It’s a happy time. Yom Kippur is the day of atonement. A somber time. I find Ms.Mason not knowing this an insult to her husband and the jewish faith.

irvington
Member
irvington

Also, Abruzese ia an Italian sur name (maybe from the Abruzzi area of Italy?) and possibly Beth’s mother’s maiden name, and Mason her father’s, or vice versa.

irvington
Member
irvington

I know Ms mason and she is a convert to the Jewish religion. I like everything she has done before, and now as a Council person, but I heartily and respectfully disagree with her statement above…Beth Mason, we have a separation of church and state in this country. Check the Constitution!!!

dunotar
Member
dunotar

[quote comment=”109378″]ireland, israel and pakistan are not theocratic governments[/quote]

If you believe that, you haven’t been paying attention.

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