Cammarano Updates – 6/4/2009
Endorsements and Announcements
Or you could call this thread “Cammarano Endorsements Roll In, Part II….”
Three brand new endorsements for Peter Cammarano, along with an update regarding his position on Police Layoffs.
We’ll start off with this meeting taking place this morning at 11am…
Senator Codey to Endorse Cammarano
Senate President and former Governor Richard Codey will visit the Marion Towers senior citizen building in Hoboken this morning to endorse Peter Cammarano for Mayor. Event takes place at 400 First Street at 11:00am.
“Peter is a rising star in the State Democratic Party and an outstanding young leader,” said Senator Codey. “He’s intelligent, thoughtful and exactly the kind of person we need in government today. I know he’ll be an excellent mayor and I urge all of my friends in Hoboken to support him on Tuesday.”
Cammarano said he is honored to receive Codey’s endorsement and called the former governor, “a real champion for taxpayers, senior citizens, families and all New Jersey residents.”
See more endorsements, and Peter’s police announcement after the jump…
(Cammarano Update, continued…)
Council President Giacchi endorses Cammarano
This Tuesday, June 9th, we can exercise our freedom as U.S. citizens as we go to the polls to elect a new Mayor for the City of Hoboken. I urge you to support my friend and colleague and vote for Peter Cammarano and his Council team, Angel Alicea, Vinny Addeo and Raul Morales, II.
Hoboken is at a juncture that requires decisive leadership in economic and quality of life matters as it, like all communities, grapples with daunting issues on national and local levels.
Peter has demonstrated strong leadership abilities on the City Council addressing hard choices that his opponent chose to ignore. Peter fulfilled his responsibility by voting to adopt the State’s municipal budget for Hoboken, while his opponent chose to abstain.
Hoboken needs a chief executive who makes decisions that will have a positive impact on our families. Peter is my choice to lead our community into the 21st century and make it a better place for future generations.
Again, please join me in voting for Peter Cammarano for Mayor and Angel Alicea, Vinny Addeo and Raul Morales, II for City Council on June 9th.
City Council President Nino Giacchi
Hudson Diversity Action Council supports Cammarano
“On Monday, May 4th, Hudson Diversity Action Council announced our endorsement of Peter Cammarano as Hoboken’s next Mayor. Citing Peter’s efforts to bring the people of Hoboken together, his dedication to create positive and meaningful change, and his commitment to all communities of this great city, our choice was clear. We stand with Peter to see real change in Hoboken.
Peter’s record as a friend to diverse communities has been both consistent and clear. He has publically supported full Marriage Equality for all couples and stood firm in favor of the progress of Hoboken’s creative communities. Peter holds a solid stance in favor of the enforcement and prosecution of hate-motivated crimes across the city and will bring increased safety and security to all.
A central focus of Peter Cammarano’s message has been the preservation of St. Mary’s hospital. While across the state, hospitals are being allowed to fold, Peter is fighting to keep the vital benefits of this facility available to local residents. Among the services made available through St. Mary’s is Hudson County’s longest running program serving those living with HIV/AIDS. Faith Services is a vital part of the Hudson County tapestry and we applaud Peter for his commitment to stand firm to ensure those services and many others remain available to residents of Hoboken and across Hudson County for many years to come.
His forward-thinking approach to government, his consistently progressive voice, and his ability to bring people together make Peter Cammarano the right person to lead Hoboken through this time in our history. Hudson Diversity Action Council strongly encourages a vote in support of Peter Cammarano team on June 9.
Walt Boraczek, President
Cammarano calls for Police Layoffs to be postponed
Joined by 15 of the 16 Hoboken police officers who are scheduled to be terminated on June 20, Peter Cammarano repeated his demand that the lay-off plan be terminated or at least delayed.
Hoboken PBA President Vincent Lombardi sharply criticized Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer for supporting the police lay-offs and thanked Cammarano for standing up for the officers and their families. “Dawn Zimmer’s support for these lay-offs is a direct threat to the safety and well-being of Hoboken residents,” Lombardi said. “She has no understanding of the challenges that police officers face in protecting the public every single day. ”
Lombardi also brought a photograph of the sixteenth officer, Josue Velez, an Army reserve soldier who was just activated and will be deployed to the Middle East. Officer Velez earned several Valor Awards for his courageous arrest of a gun-wielding suspect in a city park last year while he was off duty.
Cammarano said Zimmer’s support for the lay-offs shows that his opponent has, “the wrong priorities for Hoboken,” and said that firing the 16 police officers is completely unacceptable. He called on the state monitor to at least delay the lay-offs until after the Fourth of July, when an estimated 35,000 visitors are expected to be in Hoboken to watch the fireworks display on the Hudson River.
“I am respectfully asking the State Monitor to at the very least postpone these lay-offs for at least thirty days,” said Cammarano. “We have no idea what kind of public safety situations will be created by this throng of people who will be coming to our city.”
Cammarano said that laying-off police should be a last resort for any city, especially Hoboken. “We stand here across the river from Manhattan, remembering what happened on 9-11, knowing that Hoboken is a thriving urban center and realizing that protecting our families is the most important job of city government,” he added. “I am determined to cut spending and reduce taxes, but not by sacrificing these 16 police officers or the safety of the public. That is a very significant difference between me and my opponent.”