Board of Ed “electioneering?”

4/21/2009 Update:

Can the city do this?

An anonymous Hoboken411 reader sent these photos in and said:

“Appropriate? Legal? I was very surprised to see the three public schools with marquees advocating a yes vote on the school budget. The schools should not be electioneering with tax-payer money. In addition these schools are polling stations for the Board of Education Elections and these signs clearly violate any spirit of neutrality at the election booth.”

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4/14/2009:

Hoboken411 reader and occasional contributor estevens chimes in about the upcoming Board of Education Election:

What’s the deal here?

“The union president of Hoboken’s school district has been hard at it to preserve the status quo for teachers and staff. To date, that status quo has resulted in abysmal performance and a per-student annual cost of $25K+.

The following memo reveals how Hoboken Education Association president Gary Enrico – a music teacher making approximately $110K + benefits – has been electioneering in the schools against one of the BOE slates (Kids First, presumably). Apparently, he is frustrated with the low turnout for a rally (fundraiser?) at Willie McBride’s earlier this month at which less than 25 teachers were present. Enrico suggests that this election will determine “who will be working here in the future,” that salaries and benefits are at stake, and that “our future depends on it.” In response to recommendations that teachers should pay for their benefits, he states “This will never happen as long as I am president (underlining his).” Of course, he also exhorts his union membership to support candidates “who support our students.” Right…”

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157 Comments on "Board of Ed “electioneering?”"

concernedresident
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concernedresident

Jack Raslowsky the Superintendant authorized the sign.

Because Jack has no experience running a district he must not have been aware of this infraction… I’d say this is a an example of failure of character.

Just another reason why Jack needs to go…

Kids First slate, the “obstructionists” the volunteers and the voters ROCK!

Hoboken71
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Hoboken71

Hey I just went to vote.

The “vote yes” on the budget sign was taken down at A.J. Demarest. I saw the “vote yes” sign this morning when I went to vote (and found out the polls wouldn’t open till 2, duh).

Clearly they recognized that the signage is an election violation. In case the vote is contested and anyone needs a witness that an election violation occurred with regard to the vote yes sign, I would be happy to testify.

I also think whoever authorized the sign should be fired. I’d also like to know who did it.

Determined
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Determined

[quote comment=”150376″][quote comment=”150372″][quote comment=”150371″]I’m glad a Kids First mom & kid handed me a postcard as I was walking to the polls. Without it, I would have forgot the 3rd name and was surprised the ballot didn’t have their affiliation under their name. Boy, I could have ended up voting for Frank Raia since he introduced himself and shook my hand as I was signing my name to walk into the voting booth! 8O[/quote]

Please tell me Raia was outside the polling station and not inside “helping out” ??????[/quote]
He came up next to me inside the polling station as I was signing my name on the stub and introduced himself. I was the only one presently voting out of 2 districts.

It struck me as an odd place and could be voter intimidation, but I figured it was just NJ politics as usual, to go with the school signs supporting the budget, union leader bullying meeting in the HS cafe, newspaper only allowing one side to be heard in letters to editor, etc.[/quote]

This behavior by Raia is precisely why we need change. What polling station? It should go without saying that inside a polling station should be candidate free….

Hoboken71
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Hoboken71

[quote comment=”150376″]
He came up next to me inside the polling station as I was signing my name on the stub and introduced himself. I was the only one presently voting out of 2 districts.

It struck me as an odd place and could be voter intimidation, but I figured it was just NJ politics as usual, to go with the school signs supporting the budget, union leader bullying meeting in the HS cafe, newspaper only allowing one side to be heard in letters to editor, etc.[/quote]

That’s a clear violation of election law by Frank Raia if true! I’m shocked that the schools have signs calling on people to vote Yes on the budget. That’s another violation of election law I believe.

Thank you Phil for exposing this nonsense. I’m happy folks like Cunningham and Zimmer are standing up for Kids First. I wish more of the candidates or current elected officials did the same.

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

[quote comment=”150373″][quote comment=”150371″]Frank Raia since he introduced himself and shook my hand as I was signing my name to walk into the voting booth! 8O[/quote]

Did he give you a pie?

(Anyone who lives / or has lived / in the Citadel knows what I’m talking about)[/quote]
Dammit, if he had given me a pie, I wouldn’t have said a word :-X

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