Mason on Hoboken issues

1/23/2009:

2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason sent Hoboken411 this message about recent events and progress in Hoboken:

Council is taking Action; Mayor asked to follow lead

beth-mason-at-a-recent-city-council-meeting.jpg“As we’ve been hearing all too often the City Council has been unable to reach a strong consensus on some of the critical issues facing Hoboken. As a result, the Administration has operated behind closed doors with little legislative oversight– and the results have been runaway spending and huge tax increases.

In light of recent events where antics in city hall that would be more appropriate on the Jerry Springer show get the press coverage, I say we need to all work together to put our city back on track. And in an effort to give credit when its earned, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank my fellow Council members for their unanimous support of three initiatives I initiated that take positive action to move the city forward.

  1. The first begin open public hearings on the 2010 budget (which begins July 1, 2009) as soon as possible with the goal not to exceed $90 million—the level of 2007. This process will provide the public and the city council with each department’s plan and will allow us to open up the budget process to everyone. With only 4 month left in this fiscal year we must not delay the process of having a budget that the council, Mayor and the taxpayers can accept. I appreciate Ms. Tripodi’s effort and agreement to push this initiative forward while she completes the difficult task of determining the current fiscal state of the 2009 expenditures. This is a solid first step in restoring public confidence in the city’s fiscal management.
  2. The city has taken steps to conduct an appraisal of land zoned industrial in the southwest section of the city that we might be able to buy in a slumping real estate market that we would otherwise not be able to afford. This land could be used to create valuable open space, more recreation and help alleviate the flooding.
  3. Lastly, the acquisition of Paris Grants for the purpose of getting our house in order. I appreciate Councilman Ruben Ramos following up on my recommendation to put together grants to help fund the much needed improvements to our records retention system. These grants will assist the City build a records storage system that will provide more access to the critical public documents and improve government transparency.

Now, I urge all residents to urge the Mayor to take action to ensure these initiatives are enacted.

Sincerely,

Beth Mason, City Councilwoman, 2nd Ward”

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124 Comments on "Mason on Hoboken issues"

HobokenReformer
Member
HobokenReformer

[quote comment=”131099″]I think it goes without saying we are watching all of them on this issue. It shouldn’t even come up for a vote. If the PILOT has expired, then let it just expire![/quote]

Unfortunately, councilman Michael Russo seems to be determined to try to secure his continued residence in subsidized housing, even if it means for him to publicly advocate for an issue that he should recuse himself from based on his obvious conflict of interest. But then, we don’t really expect the city council members to watch out for the interests of the taxpayers who elected them rather than for their own benefits, do we?

matt_72
Member

I think it goes without saying we are watching all of them on this issue. It shouldn’t even come up for a vote. If the PILOT has expired, then let it just expire!

drox
Member
drox

MASON: WE ARE WATCHING YOU CLOSELY! AT THE NEXT MEETING –LET’S SEE WHAT YOU WILL DO FOR CEASING THE PILOT/CHURCH TOWERS FARSE. STOP IT IF YOU WANT OUR VOTES. WE KNOW ALREADY THAT ZIMMER IS SLEEPING AT THE WHEEL!

LearninHob
Member
LearninHob

yes, matt, that’s how the article on the other site starts off, referring to the letter soon after…

Naf
Member

Beejay, I’m not here to argue with you. I do not care whether you believe my information or not. Not many people on this site believed me when I told you the HCDO was supporting Dawn in the 4th Ward race. At the time, the HCDO was “evil,” then Dawn took their support and the HCDO instantly became “not so bad.”

Do as you please with the information I post on here.

As far as Mike Lenz, I find the man to be a political opportunist and do not trust him as far as I can throw him. He has tried to sell out the “reform” movement for his own personal gain on numerous occasions. You are obviously free to disagree. Again, I’m not here to argue with you.

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