Reader Mail: Michael Russo Flier
A Hoboken411 reader (who requested not to be named) – sent in their opinions of a flier that 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo recently sent out.
Russo ignores the important issues
“Councilman, Chair of the Council’s “Finance Committee”, and candidate for Mayor Michael Russo wants to talk about anything but who’s really responsible for the city’s budget meltdown. Last week his flyer even quoted Bill Clinton: “it’s the economy, stupid”.
Well no Michael, it’s not the “economy” and we’re not “stupid.” The “economy” didn’t make the city’s fiscal mess, you and your friends did.
Mayor Dave Roberts, who you endorsed in 2005, overspent the budget by $11 Million dollars. CFO George DeStefano, your Uncle, let him get away with it. Peter Cammarano pushed a so-called “cap waiver” to sweep the overspending under the rug. If not for those Council members who voted NO and brought on state monitoring, we’d never know how bad things were.
And you Michael Russo. Did you propose a budget that cut spending? Did you propose job layoffs or work to enforce the hiring freeze? Did you ask the tough questions that you as Finance Chair could only ask? No, No, No you did not.
Is this the best that we can expect from the self proclaimed “full time” councilman? You don’t pay property taxes. You live in a government subsidized apartment. Your gas and electric are paid for by the government. You get a government subsidized parking space. You receive free health insurance benefits (major medical, prescription, vision and dental) for life as a Hoboken City Councilman; no co-pays, no deductibles along with your $24,130 councilman’s salary…..
So while taxpayers and renters (those not living in subsidized housing or PILOT/Tax abated buildings) may be feeling the pinch, Finance Committee Chair and Councilman Michael Russo is definitely NOT….”