Cunningham sends out a letter
A few days ago, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham sent out this letter to his constituents, updating what’s been going on in Hoboken.
Peter Cunningham says:
“First, I would like to clarify next week’s JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP event. It’s TUESDAY January 13th, not Wednesday.
On the budget front, there have been quite a few retirements and cut backs in services. Some of which you may have seen. For instance, we have the Hospitality Association responsible for their own recycling on weekends and holidays which will save the city $380,000 per year by the City eliminating the service. To set the record straight, Russo is taking exclusive claim for this measure when it was me and Rubin Ramos that suggested and honed the legislation then convinced other members that this was the most appropriate way to go. Russo actually supported the Administration’s idea to charge the restaurants and bars for the pick-up based on some crazy formula. The legislation is finally in effect.
We also received new this week that the cross town bus service has been eliminate. This will be effective February 1st, with an annual savings of approximately $260,000.”
Continue reading the rest of his update after the jump…
(Peter Cunningham sends a letter, continued…)
“I am trying to get our dysfunctional finance committee to meet this week with the Administration regarding status updates with the Audit… where there is expected to be numerous findings costing the city lots of $$$; the 1009 budget and 1010 budget process… where additional cuts can be considered and implemented to realize annual savings; meet the new Finance Director… Nick Tresante, from Highland Park. The Donahue firm of Bayonne (formerly the outsourced finance department) is finally gone, and should have been gone a long long time ago.
It is important to recognize that while this tax increase has been very painful for all of us at the most inopportune time, if it were not for the appointment of the Fiscal Monitor, whether we like it or not, we would not have an independent apolitical auditing firm reviewing operations, firing of our Finance Department or cut/layoffs like we now have today…and that’s goes with out saying $10 million in over expenditures in one fiscal year. But we all know we have much more to accomplish, but it’s a start.
A couple of other things and I’ll let you go.
Special Counsel for Labor Negotiations RFQ has been issued. I am confident that we will hire a firm that will be fair to all parties. More to come on that front as our collective bargaining agreements are a major part of our budget.
And finally we need to recognize the efforts of Toni Tomarrazzo and Donna Antonucci. They are probably going to be upset with me for singling them out, but the time and effort they have thus far put into the PILOTs of the City has been invaluable. And despite the unfortunate negative spin by some members of the community, they may have saved hundreds of affordable housing units in Hoboken from going to market, with a continued effort which will no doubt result in the City moving more towards taxing equality with these properties. More to come on this front as it will be a very hot subject over the next couple of weeks/months.
As usual, please let me know your thoughts… and pass this along to your friends with an interest.
Thanks, Peter Cunningham 5th Ward”