Wanted: Hoboken gov’t transparency

3/19/2009:

They don’t like sunlight…

Hopefully, whomever is elected Mayor in Hoboken in May (or June) can start improving access to public records.

One 411 reader mentioned the website SeeThroughNY and simply said “Wouldn’t this be great for Hoboken?”

The SeeThroughNY website says it’s “giving New Yorkers a clearer view of how their state and local tax dollars are spent. This site is sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, part of the non-partisan and non-profit Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. SeeThroughNY is a web portal — and more. It’s designed to become the hub of a statewide network through which taxpayers can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and public authorities throughout New York.”

Do you think that’ll ever – ever – happen in this city – or in NJ?

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Sunshine Week 2009

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25 Comments on "Wanted: Hoboken gov’t transparency"

Katie_Scarlett
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[quote comment=”146179″][quote comment=”144052″][quote comment=”144034″][quote comment=”144028″]Then again, if Beth can sue the City while running for Mayor (and sitting as Councilperson), why can’t Ravi represent the City while running for Council?[/quote] Because the city would be paying him. Huge conflict of interest there – he pretty much is giving up doing all business w/ the city if he is on the council. Though if he did it for free, that might be okay (not sure).[/quote] You kind of missed my point and proved it at the same time. The same conflict applies to Beth, as she authorizes payment the bills of the firm who is defending the City in her lawsuit and seeks to have the City pay her own private counsel. No conflict there, huh? :mrgreen:[/quote] slowboken, not sure where you’re getting your info, but if you do your homework you will see that all of Beth’s lawsuits against Hoboken for open records violations occurred BEFORE she became a councilperson. I think they were all in the courts before she announced she was running for council. You show your ignorance again when you say that she votes to pay legal bills to firms that are involved in litigation against her. Beth is meticulous on her consent agenda votes, and will break down her vote item by item to make sure she avoids these conflicts. She has earned the praise of people like Michael Lenz for doing this. He said it showed that she really prepared for the meeting and knew… Read more »
krewedetat
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krewedetat
[quote comment=”144052″][quote comment=”144034″][quote comment=”144028″]Then again, if Beth can sue the City while running for Mayor (and sitting as Councilperson), why can’t Ravi represent the City while running for Council?[/quote] Because the city would be paying him. Huge conflict of interest there – he pretty much is giving up doing all business w/ the city if he is on the council. Though if he did it for free, that might be okay (not sure).[/quote] You kind of missed my point and proved it at the same time. The same conflict applies to Beth, as she authorizes payment the bills of the firm who is defending the City in her lawsuit and seeks to have the City pay her own private counsel. No conflict there, huh? :mrgreen:[/quote] slowboken, not sure where you’re getting your info, but if you do your homework you will see that all of Beth’s lawsuits against Hoboken for open records violations occurred BEFORE she became a councilperson. I think they were all in the courts before she announced she was running for council. You show your ignorance again when you say that she votes to pay legal bills to firms that are involved in litigation against her. Beth is meticulous on her consent agenda votes, and will break down her vote item by item to make sure she avoids these conflicts. She has earned the praise of people like Michael Lenz for doing this. He said it showed that she really prepared for the meeting and knew every… Read more »
Katie_Scarlett
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Looks like Russo agrees with you Pinetop. Beth Mason posters are up in the windows of the Russo civic association. Shocker. Beth’s in bed with that the Russos. That’s not change, that’s supporting business as usual.

professor pinetop
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professor pinetop

mason has always been an advocate of transparency. she has put her time and money out there along with the entire people for open government group.

cammarano has done nothing but fight the concept of open government and until zimmer opens the books on all the alleged absentee vote buying in the fourth ward two years ago, the only mayoral canidate with a legitimate history of fighting for transparency is mason. putting together a strong slate is polically savvy; buying absentee votes is unethical at the very least. until the question mark over zimmer’s head is erased i cannot contemplate supporting her – she represents a true return to the bad old days of hcdo shenanigans here in hoboken.

matt 72 seems to think beth is “bad” because of her support for the extension of the church towers pilot – as i have said before, if we have strong, honest leadership that insists the
rules are followed, the church towers community will only benefit our city, not hurt it.

i am supporting mason because i think she will be be the best executive for the city. she has executive/administrative experience, unlike her opponents (resumes matter with me) and she has already proven herself a true maverick several times over. she has always told me the truth as she sees it. i like her at-large slate. i have now met all the candidates except mello. have you?

matt_72
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It isn’t quite the same b/c she doesn’t profit, she just gets her costs recouped in the event she wins the case.

That being said, I am still not voting for the woman. I find her untrustworthy for entirely different reasons……lol.

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