Article Series: “Hoboken: City for Sale”
Hoboken resident (and 411 reader/contributor) estevens – has been working on an in-depth series of articles called “Hoboken: City for Sale.”
Below is a teaser “glossary” and a preview of what’s to come.
** The first article publishes at 6PM TONIGHT. **
“Summertime in Hoboken. The wind carries a brackish air from the Hudson and swampy vapors emit from the sewers on every corner. Hobokenites, accustomed to the city’s rank fragrance, go about their lives unfazed by the subtle fetidity apparent mostly to those either freshly new to town or who have just returned from fresher-smelling locales. Similarly, residents of the city, surrounded by and steeped in a culture of patronage and corruption, have become inured to the nefarious goings-on of a city on the take. Unaware, uncaring, or just plain willing to accept crooked activities as business as usual, their frame of reference for that which is good and decent has been skewed.
As such, we’ll begin by going back to the basics. A few definitions:
- Corruption: impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle; inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means.
- Graft: the acquisition of gain in dishonest or questionable ways; illegal or unfair gain.
- Patronage: the power to make appointments to government jobs, especially for political advantage.
- Cronyism: partiality to close friends of long standing, especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications.
- Bribe: money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust.
- Kickback: a return of a part of a sum received often because of confidential agreement or coercion.
- Pay-to-Play: system of “legalized bribery” in which an individual, business, or organization makes campaign contributions to candidates, public officials, political parties and party officials, and receives political or pecuniary benefit such as no-bid government contracts, redevelopment agreements, influence over legislation, and political appointments.
Examples of how our local government and officials often fall short when it comes to matters of honesty and integrity will be presented in coming installments.”
CHECK BACK AT 6PM FOR THE FIRST INSTALLMENT!