City Council – 11/24/2008

11/24/2008 Update:

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Quick update:

A couple points – the council voted 9-0 for the ordinance to “exceed the Municipal Budget appropriation limits and to establish a cap bank.”

And in a surprise outcome – voted 5-4 NOT to renew Angel Alicea’s Housing Board seat, instead awarding it to newcomer Hector Claveria. (read more about what brought that on here.)

The five that voted for Claveria were Terry Castellano, Peter Cunningham, Beth Mason, Michael Russo, and Dawn Zimmer. The four that were in favor of keeping Alicea were Peter Cammerano, Nino Giacchi, Terry LaBruno and Ruben Ramos.

While the vibe wasn’t necessarily “negative” towards Alicea, the majority invested their vote in “change” and the “financial expertise” that Claveria brings to the table.

You can hear the first 45 minutes of the meeting in the video player below – or download the mp3 from here. (that’s all I had before battery ran out of juice.)

SEE AGENDA AFTER THE JUMP…

11/24/2008:

The NJ League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City last week caused the postponement of the Hoboken City Council Meeting for TONIGHT.

Click the image below for the brief agenda. Notable points include the 2009 Budget, and the appointment of Hector Claveria to the Hoboken Housing Authority.


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40 Comments on "City Council – 11/24/2008"

truth1
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truth1

Please disregard No. 39. wrong item. 😳

truth1
Member
truth1

S/B What ever happened to please GO first?

truth1
Member
truth1

The Mayor and Couuncil are responsible. He is the strong Mayor in this form of gov.t. and picked his directors with the advice and consent of the council. He directed/allowed them to overspend the budget and the seasoned council members should have known what was going on and most probably did know. The newer councilpersons were still in the learning curve stage. However, all are still responsible. It is up to the public to judge to what extent or degree of fault. The verdict can be had in the May 09 elections. 💡

Senor Dee
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Senor Dee

RE: Whether this is Roberts or the Council’s fault…

Please pardon my over-simplified and slightly jockish metaphor here, but isn’t the mayor essentially the “quarterback” of the town, the one whose job it is to keep everything running smoothly? Isn’t he or she the one who takes all the blame when things go poorly and all the praise when things go well? Isn’t that just the nature of the job?

If the council “got in his way”, he should have done whatever he needed to do to get them OUT of his way and get the job done. Again, this is over-simplified, but isn’t it also the bottom line? If this guy is finger pointing, doesn’t that make him a bad leader? Good leaders take things on themselves and ultimately get results. Roberts has done essentially the opposite here, so why would anyone want someone like that in office anymore.

truth1
Member
truth1

[quote comment=”120570″][quote comment=”120561″]The sad part is people will believe Mayor McCheese’s propaganda and will re-elect him and maybe voting out the council members that are trying to make a difference.

Let’s hope enough “newcomers” are registered to vote in Hoboken and can change the old guard.[/quote]

While I would certainly like to see a new administration take charge, we can’t employ a “newcomer” vs. BnR kind of approach. I’m sure there are quite a few BnRs who have been hurt by this administration and those who want change have to embrace this constituency. We have to let them know that their voices will continue to be heard.

The danger of class “warfare” is real here, and you can bet that if Roberts does run that he will engage in this type of campaigning to get out the BnR vote…[/quote]
Many of the so called ‘old guard’ did not vote for Roberts. The new leadership will be elected by a majority of all the voters. 😉

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