Friday Endorsements

6/5/2009:

Mayoral candidate Peter Cammarano has received so many endorsements from all corners of Hoboken that I cannot keep up. See one from the Karasick’s here – and Michael Cricco and the Hoboken Fire Department after the break.

Community leader Ira Karasick endorses Cammarano:

ira-karasick-peter-cammarano-hoboken-nj“Hoboken is especially in need of a steady hand with solid professional judgment”

Ira Karasick and his father, decorated World War II veteran, Bernie Karasick have endorsed Peter Cammarano for mayor of Hoboken. After closely observing the race, Ira Karasick released the following statement:

“I have now looked at Peter and Dawn very carefully and am convinced that Peter would provide the leadership that Hoboken needs. In particular, Hoboken is especially in need of a steady hand with solid professional judgment, an understanding of and connections to the county and state governments, without being the tool of outsiders, and with a heavy infusion of common sense. It’s not a time for
uncharted diversions and personal agendas, as typified by the Lenz/Mason duet. Forceful calm is required.”

Bernie Karasick, a current resident Hoboken, was the Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade a few years ago. Both father and son publicly endorsed Peter after this weekend’s celebration. Karasick states, “My abiding fondness for Hoboken tells me that in the current crisis times; steady, solid, unassuming competent leadership is needed. Peter Cammarano is best prepared — by training, temperament and integrity — to meet the needs of Hoboken”.

More after the jump…

(Cammarano Endorsements, continued…)

Fire Officers Association support Cammarano

cammarano-fire-fightersThe Hoboken Fire Officers Association Local 1076 and Hoboken Fire Fighters Local 1078 today endorsed Councilman Peter Cammarano for Mayor and Angel Alicea, Vincent Addeo and Raul Morales, II, for City Council at-large in the Tuesday, June 9th election.

“Peter Cammarano and his team have demonstrated their support to ensuring that Hoboken remains one of the safest communities in New Jersey,” said Anton Peskens, president of Local 1076 at a news conference on the steps of City Hall.

“It is my honor and privilege to endorse the Cammarano team for their commitment to the Department and to the public safety of the residents of Hoboken,” said Peskens. “Peter has shown great leadership on the City Council and has pledged to work with us to maintain and improve services throughout the community.”

“Public safety is the number one quality of life issue in our community and the men and women of our fire department have a time-honored tradition of putting their lives on the line every day to protect our residents,” Cammarano said. “I am honored to receive this endorsement and thank every member for their professionalism, bravery and loyalty.”

The Fire Officers and Fire Fighters endorsement comes less than a week after the Hoboken Police Benevolent Association announced their support of Cammarano and his City Council team. “Hoboken is a safe community thanks to its dedicated fire and police departments and all of their employees,” Cammarano said. “We need to maintain staffing, training and equipment to allow these individuals to continue to perform their duties in the highest manner.”

Former Councilman Cricco backs Cammarano

cricco-and-cammaranoMichael Cricco, who served on the Hoboken City Council from 1995 to 2007, said:

“It is an honor that I write you to join me this Tuesday, June 9th to elect Peter Cammarano as our new Mayor and Angel Alicea, Vinny Addeo and Raul Morales, II for City Council.

Peter will provide Hoboken with decisive leadership during this crucial period of local and national uncertainty. He has demonstrated his ability to rise above politics and concentrate on prudent municipal policy.

In my many years as your representative on the City Council I witnessed government in crisis and learned that we need to take into consideration the interests of all before making informed decisions.

Peter has that ability and that is why I am supporting him for Mayor. Please join me on Tuesday, June 9th, and vote for Peter Cammarano for Mayor and his Council team, Angel Alicea, Vinny Addeo and Raul Morales, II.”

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30 Comments on "Friday Endorsements"

Sharp Lady
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Sharp Lady
Politics in general are so HIGH SCHOOL! How am I supposed to sort out whose locker is next to whose, who’s kissing who behind the bleachers, who’s putting the make on my dad — ie, real estate developers, former and current mayors and accoutrement cronies…..cousins-in-laws and uncles in the construction business???? Who’s really who is beyond me in this election. Is Dawn Zimmer going to screw us all over and laugh all the way to the bank with a fat Mayor salary? Absolutely. is Peter Cammarano going to screw us all over and laugh all the way to the bank with a fat Mayor salary? Absolutely. Who am I voting for? Well, I could change my mind at the last minute, maybe I won’t vote at all, but I’m finding Peter Cammarano very entertaining. He’s practically doing cheerleader jumps trying to get us to vote for him. Dawn looks like she hasn’t had a decent meal in about a decade. Since I’ll be stuck looking at one or the other of them, I’m going with Camarrano. Who knows, maybe he really will build those pumps so me and my neighbors don’t have to negotiate around flood waters in the intersection. Dawn Zimmer wants to solve the parking problem with more bike parking. I can just see the seniors whose crosstwon shuttle was so callously taken away hauling their kids old Huffy bikes out of the basement and pedaling off to their doctor appointments. I’d comment on the “development” issue, but… Read more »
estevens
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If I were a maker of timepieces, I might run for BOE, receive a respectable number of votes – not enough to win, but enough to finagle myself a $22K job at city hall the following year for the $15K healthcare benefits. Some daydream, eh?

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

Trying to out a commenter is against the 411 rules, remember?

BTW, you’re off, waaaaaaaaay off. 🙂

In response to estevens who said:
If I were a maker of timepieces, I might run for BOE, receive a respectable number of votes – not enough to win, but enough to finagle myself a $22K job at city hall the following year for the $15K healthcare benefits. Some daydream, eh?

truth1
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truth1

Inez Garcia-Keim’s endorsement of Cammarano will give him a great local boost since she was the hard-working chair for the Mason campaign effort. Remember, “all politics is local” – Tipp O’Neill…

poed
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poed

Just curious, why are endorsements from State officials (who have placed our state in a tremedous amount of debt) and County officials (in a county that is notorious for curruption) a good thing?

If I am not mistaken, NJ has the highest property taxes, highest car insurance rates, highest per pupil expenditures, one of the highest debts and is considered, by many,to be one of the most corrupt states in the country.

estevens
Member

And another thing…

In Hoboken, the city employee always wins and the taxpayer always gets screwed.

October 2003 – The city council voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that would restructure the city’s debt, refinancing at a higher rate of interest and extending the payments over a longer period. The cost of doing so was nearly $15M in ADDITIONAL interest, plus a half-million paid in borrowing costs, payable to NW Financial, whose founder Dennis Enright saw fit to contribute $28K to the then Roberts-controlled Hoboken Democratic Party in the three-year period leading up to the refinancing. Voting for: Addeo, Campos, Cricco, DelBocchio, Giacchi, Ramos. Voting against: Castellano, Marsh, So*res.

That’s $15 million spent to defer, not save, $2M in annual debt costs for a five-year period that ends this year. City council chambers were packed with city workers who were told that there would be $2M in layoffs if the restructuring did not pass. 3rd Ward Councilman Vincent Addeo said that it is worth absorbing the future cost to protect jobs today. He said that the “working people” should not be made to carry the brunt of this burden. “I strongly believe that in this case, the pros outweigh the cons,” said Addeo (HR, 10/5/2003)

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker
“In Hoboken, the city employee always wins and the taxpayer always gets screwed.” True: Michael Lenz, who is a critical member of Dawn Zimmer’s campaign, won 180k from the city even though he was not qualified to be the city’s CFO when he took that job in the Robert’s administration. Of course, he now signs his name as “Certified Municipal Finance Officer” – I wonder if the repeat is in order. In response to estevens who said: And another thing… In Hoboken, the city employee always wins and the taxpayer always gets screwed. October 2003 – The city council voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that would restructure the city’s debt, refinancing at a higher rate of interest and extending the payments over a longer period. The cost of doing so was nearly $15M in ADDITIONAL interest, plus a half-million paid in borrowing costs, payable to NW Financial, whose founder Dennis Enright saw fit to contribute $28K to the then Roberts-controlled Hoboken Democratic Party in the three-year period leading up to the refinancing. Voting for: Addeo, Campos, Cricco, DelBocchio, Giacchi, Ramos. Voting against: Castellano, Marsh, So*res. That’s $15 million spent to defer, not save, $2M in annual debt costs for a five-year period that ends this year. City council chambers were packed with city workers who were told that there would be $2M in layoffs if the restructuring did not pass. 3rd Ward Councilman Vincent Addeo said that it is worth absorbing the future cost to protect jobs today.… Read more »
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