Zimmer on council meeting civility

1/23/2009:

4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer sent Hoboken411 this note a few minutes ago:

Reflections on Wednesday’s City Council Meeting

dawn-zimmer-hoboken-councilwoman.jpgWednesday night’s City Council meeting demonstrated the raw emotions breaking our City apart. A concerned resident, Donna Antonucci, had her attempt to express her ideas quickly deteriorate into a shouting match with Councilwoman La Bruno. I appreciate that Councilwoman LaBruno publicly apologized. But I hope that in the future our Council President will step in sooner to ensure that discussions stay civil and proceed in an orderly way. Ms. Antonucci should not have been asked to leave the Council Chambers.

Hoboken cannot allow this crisis to rip our town apart. As we reflect on Wednesday night’s meeting, we must all work to move beyond our own self interest. We’ve got to think about this crisis as a fire in our City. Just as we volunteer, donate or work our hardest as public safety officials to help victims in a disaster without thinking twice, we each have to give of ourselves to get through this financial disaster. We all have to give up something to get through this crisis.

Hoboken taxpayers from the born and raised to the newcomers have all sacrificed with the 84 percent tax increase. This tax increase strikes everyone and we all must work together to reduce the tax burden.

Hopefully at the February 4th Council meeting, the City Council will pass the measures I introduced earlier this month to reduce our Council salaries, the mayor’s salary and directors’ salaries and to establish premium health insurance co-pays for the City Council. We must tighten our belts to get through this crisis. Instead of attacking and blaming one another, we elected and city officials have to ask ourselves what we can give up to help Hoboken not only survive, but thrive. This town’s a gem, as one member of the public stated. Now let’s all do what we can to protect our gem and make it shine.

Thank you.

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39 Comments on "Zimmer on council meeting civility"

chino
Member
chino

I agree with everyone who posted up their comments on Terry LaBruno who was not professional at all and the Council President didn’t even remove her from the chambers….It’s funny that the council is listening to the public but no action is taking place maybe it’s because all they do think about is themselves and not the citizens of hoboken…Everyone of us deserves better so my suggestion is not vote for niether of them in re election and start a new begining….It’s all talk and all they care about is making money for themselves…

professor pinetop
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professor pinetop

this harkens back to anthony russo’s first term. boy it is too bad those meetings were not televised. labruno needs a muzzle and donna should not have shouted back – she should have tossed a shoe. it looks like nino was not ready to have to play bouncer.

i feel like a real old timer now – dawn’s letter in the reporter reads like it was edited by mike lenz.

drox
Member
drox

Juvenile as it was, it is funny! and true! 😀

AdiosHola
Member
AdiosHola

Both Terry and Donna behaved like gradeschoolers in the heat of the moment. Not good, but sometimes when you are standing up publically for something you care about that happens.

[quote comment=”130359″]Look at the picture above and tell me, does Dawn Zimmer have fish eyes?[/quote]

What would be your excuse for this juvinile comment?

HHoney
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HHoney

[quote comment=”130513″][quote comment=”130343″]
Point of fact: Donna Antonucci leaned over the bar and tried to cross it to get at Councilwoman LeBruno. Previous council presidents would have had her removed from the building for that alone.[/quote]

Uhh… I watched the video, and she did no such thing.
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She absolutely DID lean of the bar three separate times. From where I was sitting about 10-feet behind her, it looked like she was trying to get over the bar the second time but the cop was in the way. From this camera angle, you are correct that she was not trying to cross the bar. But she did breach it three times.

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