Zimmer Team Campaign Promise Checklist

LIST IS IN FULL EFFECT NOW – ZIMMER IS MAYOR

7/2/2009:

Feet to the fire…

Many of you remember the “Peter Cammarano Campaign Promise Checklist” that was published on Hoboken411 a couple weeks ago.

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4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer, despite losing in the Mayoral Election – still enjoyed a “win” for her council slate – whom all shared identical campaign “visions” and promises. With two years left on her term – plus the new “council majority” which includes Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and Dave Mello – those exact campaign promises should also be tracked with the same ferocity and scrutiny that the new Mayor will be held to.

With that being said – I tried my best to extrapolate all the promises they made on the myriad of websites they inundated us with (unlike Cammarano who had an easy-to-digest list broken down into categories):

Zimmer Team Campaign Promises

411 NOTE: A very long list, so I crunched them into easy to read sections here. Just click an appropriate title to expand and read the campaign promises!

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Category: CITY GOVERNMENT
Zimmer Team says: “The Right Team” – Dawn Zimmer, Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla, and David Mello each have proven records of fighting for all of Hoboken. They’ll be a big part of getting Hoboken back on the right track.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Reach beyond the political establishment and draw on the skills, talents, and energy of all of our residents to set a new direction for our City.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Restore fiscal responsibility by instituting sound budgeting, delivering services in a more cost-effective manner and streamlining City Government.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Take a different approach to development—one that emphasizes more parks, ball fields, restaurants and shops and less condos.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Put improving our quality of life first, so Hoboken remains a great place to live and raise a family.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • No more “spending first and answer questions later.” Good ideas for saving money will be welcomed, and acted upon.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Recruit the BEST BA AND CITY ATTORNEY we can find. Each of these crucial functions must be filled with someone with demonstrated success in these roles as soon as possible – we can’t afford on the job training.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Review OPERATIONAL AUDITS and follow-up as required. One of the benefits of state takeover was supposed to be access to professional review of Hoboken ’s operations. Those audits were performed, but never made available so the Council could act. Dawn Zimmer and her team will use these audits to internally assess and prioritize operations. They will then evaluate all city functions and find efficiencies and opportunities for savings. And while they are balancing the budget, they will be finding ways to improve and expand city services – flex hours, better use of technology, green solutions and the like – without raising costs.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Enter GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS with unions and employees. Put Hoboken Residents First. Hoboken’s labor costs are not sustainable. We just can’t afford to pay our Police Chief more than NYC’s Police Commissioner makes. And union flexibility in wage increases and benefits will be required to avoid painful layoffs. But unionized employees form the backbone of our city workforce, and must be dealt with as partners in the success of the city. Non financial union issues must be carefully considered to make needed agreement possible.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work to lower taxes further throughout my term by continuing to cut costs as well as by aggressively seeking to bring in alternative revenues such as federal, state and private grant funding particularly in the emerging area of green technologies.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Eliminate Constituent Services department – and productively assign those currently employed there to other duties.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: THE BUDGET
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Introduce a Budget with a 25% TAX CUT by August 10, 2009.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Once new budget is adopted, we will follow it, as the law requires. We will enforce the legally required procedures – such as encumbering costs when the obligation is incurred – which are required and designed to prevent the illegal overspending that has so contributed to the city’s financial crisis.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Hold comprehensive PUBLIC BUDGET HEARINGS in the fall. It’s long past time that Hoboken started holding workshops – open to the public – Where the line items that make up the city budget are explained, examined, and if appropriate, modified.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Budget Workshops – take advantage of Hobokenites who want to help. The budget document that results from these comprehensive workshops will become a living document, guiding the city’s actions in accordance with law, which accurately and clearly represents the personnel and programs the city intends to employ throughout the fiscal year.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Deliver a budget – and a tax rate – as low as we can make it consistent with funding needed city operations, tending to our infrastructure needs, and avoiding financial gimmicks.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • ADOPT A FULLY FUNDED CITY BUDGET by 11/30/2009. Adopting a budget has long been a political drama in Hoboken . By acquiring needed facts, and working cooperatively with all stakeholders, the process will work somewhat better. But Dawn Zimmer understands passing Hoboken’s first fully funded budget in a generation won’t be easy. Dawn will make adopting this budget and restoring home rule a top priority, and will get it done.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Petition to END STATE MONITORING by 12/31/2009. Once all this is accomplished the need for monitoring will be gone, and the state will no longer serve a useful purpose. They will be as glad to go as Hoboken will be to see them gone.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, target a 10% reduction across the board in operating costs, over and above the elimination of the approximately $31 million in non-recurring appropriations that will happen automatically. This would mean a budget of no more than $89 million, and about a 25% reduction on average in the taxes for municipal services paid by Hoboken residents.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • 80% of our operating budget needs to be addressed from day one. Cutting 10% in labor costs in ongoing operations will be accomplished through a combination of wage freezes and reductions, demotions, benefit reductions and co-pays, furloughs, elimination of un-needed functions, and as a last resort, layoffs. Reducing labor costs calls for judgment and care, not simplistic solutions. Massive layoffs may sound attractive to some, but I believe there are alternatives which accomplish the same financial objectives, with far less disruption to people’s lives or city services.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Professionally conducted labor negotiations. Hoboken taxpayers have so far sacrificed the most. Now the rest of the city needs to share the burden. If municipal workers agree to reduced salaries and lowered healthcare costs then we can minimize layoffs, while cutting costs, and ensuring every employee is doing a job that needs to be done
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Start 2010 with a clean slate, IN CONTROL OF OUR DESTINY.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: SANITATION
Zimmer Team says: “Streamline Sanitation Department services to reduce one of the largest expenses for the City and clean up our streets. Hoboken pays for the amount of trash leaving our City. Therefore every effort we make to reduce the amount of trash produced will reduce costs for the Hoboken taxpayer. Common sense initiatives to reduce trash levels and increase revenue include:”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Require businesses to be responsible for their own trash pickup. No other community provides trash disposal services to its local businesses, and Hoboken simply cannot afford to continue to do it.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Decreasing overlap between in-house employees and outsourcing for services;
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • improve enforcement of recycling through education and new technology that enables effective ticketing for continuous violations;
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Establishing city-wide recycling program on our streets (including the Housing Authority and Public Schools) which could be funded through grant applications or a public/private partnership agreement;
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Exploring composting opportunities to significantly reduce trash levels. Expand educational programming to encourage more recycling and composting.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create program to provide for recycling bins on our City streets while seeking grant funding to cover costs.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Investigate using camera technology on street sweepers to increase revenue and cleanliness of Hoboken streets.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Streamline landscaping services.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: ACCOUNTABILITY
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Search for and hire top directors. REQUIRE ACCOUNTABILITY. As of this moment Hoboken still hasn’t taken action against the men who illegally overspent the budget and necessitated state takeover, who failed to secure $11 million in promised grants for the Hudson walkway, who have not fully accounted for parking meter money and who pushed through the illegal retirement plan. Select directors capable of doing their jobs, and will hold them accountable.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Hold City Directors responsible for living within their budgets and increase the work-week for city employees from its current 27 1/2 hours to 35 hours.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Establish annual written performance reviews for all City employees to ensure a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. Establish policies to reduce exorbitant overtime costs in many departments.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Reign in out-of-control consulting costs and limit legal settlements by treating employees fairly.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Ensure sound and transparent budgeting by hiring competent people regardless of political affiliations.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Maintain and strengthen recreational programs for our children, and expand it for adults, but look at ways to reduce costs through participation fees and possible inter-local and public/private partnerships. Children from all economic levels should be able to participate, so I would establish a system for those that cannot pay for it.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Use the Open Space Fund to its fullest potential by ensuring that parks are created in the neighborhoods that don’t have them and include the active space both our children and grown-ups need.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: ENERGY & GREEN TECHNOLOGY
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Make Hoboken a model for the use of cutting edge green technology, which if properly implemented offers the potential for major cost-savings in the areas of energy, garbage disposal and flood prevention, Hoboken should be leading the way towards a “green future”, not dragging its feet.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Aggressively pursue grant opportunities that can fund energy solutions to reduce taxes and decrease our City’s carbon footprint.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Require that all new buildings meet the silver level (33-38 points of a possible 69) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Standards (LEED).
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Promote green technology to reduce flooding and infrastructure costs such as green roofs, rain gardens, porous pavers and gray water technology.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: SENIORS
Zimmer Team says: (see below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Pursue opportunity for shared county transportation services at a reduced cost to taxpayers.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: REDUNDANT SPENDING
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Effectively share county services to save money, such as OEM, Law Enforcement, Street Clearing and Repair, Transportation, Planning, Parks, Grants, Records Retention and other areas.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: REVENUE ENHANCEMENT
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Explore opportunities for grants and other public/private partnerships to improve Hoboken’s infrastructure, quality of life for residents and to bring revenues for the city: Park development, improved transportation, make Hoboken more bike-friendly, reduce flooding.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Raise Parking Fees.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Adopt state-of-the art Green Technology to reduce energy costs for the City with common sense solutions like motion sensor light switches and LED lighting. Our Mayoral candidate Dawn Zimmer spearheaded the successful grant application that funds 75% of the cost for a municipal energy audit to be conducted by Concord Engineering. As the 11th municipality in the State to receive this grant, Hoboken strongly positions itself to receive additional funding for energy and cost saving solutions.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Devise a comprehensive and forward thinking grant strategy to position Hoboken to capitalize on the new federal and state monies available as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Harness millions of dollars of federal FEMA grant possibilities with the passage of Hoboken’s Emergency Management Plan.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS
Zimmer Team says: “We need to make sure that businesses like that have the opportunity to stay in Hoboken. Furniture makers, artisans, and ship repair companies provide jobs to our residents and are an essential part of the fabric of our dynamic City. Instead of pushing them out with new development we need to find ways to partner with these companies and ensure that they can remain part of our community.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Will support PILOTS only if: The Hoboken share of the revenue was negotiated to be guaranteed to meet or exceed regular taxes in every year of the PILOT’s life; The Hoboken public schools were fully funded as well; and some substantial benefit (park, recreation center, sewer repair, affordable housing for those in need) is given to Hoboken.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Do a complete analysis of all PILOT agreements for the city.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Ensure that all properties with expired pilots are immediately assessed as required by law, and returned to the city as taxable properties.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Commission and complete such an analysis by a competent outside professional, within 100 days of taking office.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work harder to get the givebacks the community deserves and negotiate deals that support the Hoboken taxpayer.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Ensure adherence to the master plan by codifying it into the zoning laws and appointing a zoning board that will enforce the law.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Preserve Hoboken’s diversity and character with affordable housing while ensuring that the benefits are reserved for those it was built for and equally available to all who qualify.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Prioritize commercial development over residential, creating jobs and strengthening property values for Hoboken property owners.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: HUMC
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Work with the hospital board to spin-off the hospital to a private concern at the earliest opportunity.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Exploring the possibility for the Hospital to participate in a regionalization plan with another hospital.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Under no circumstances would we support taking any steps that would result in any increase in the city’s financial exposure if the Hospital were ultimately unable to continue operating.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: SAFETY & CLEANLINESS
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Support increased use of foot patrols and other community policing techniques in order to reduce crime and improve public safety.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Support community gardening programs to bring our neighborhoods together and beautify our city.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Seek grant funding to continue to make Hoboken a safer place to walk and bike through the use of traffic calming measures and infrastructure improvements such as use of stanchions at crosswalks and properly timed traffic signals.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Investigate converting city vehicles to run on free, used, vegetable oil from local restaurants, drastically reducing energy costs and air pollution.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Investigate the return of the Crosstown bus during rush hour by taking advantage of a private/public partnerships to defray costs.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: FLOODING
Zimmer Team says: “The four-pump plan is not only the most expensive solution, but also does not solve the problem for the long term. There is a better way. We can solve our flooding problems and save Hoboken millions with a cost-effective, integrated, and green approach”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Move forward with critical Southeast pump, which experts estimate represents 80% of the problem.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Explore feasibility of linking critical southeastern pump to wetlands system, a viable solution widely used throughout Europe, to reduce the amount of sewerage from being dumped into the Hudson River, saving millions in future costs to solve the problem.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Use state-of-the-art wireless monitoring technology at an estimated cost of $100,000 (.01% of the total 4 pump cost) to evaluate need for any additional pumps and to better plan an integrated and more cost-effective approach that reduces dumping in the Hudson. The information gathered by this technology could enable us to devise a more effective, more economical, and more quickly implemented solution.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Continue demanding that North Hudson Sewage regularly clean the pipes to prevent overflows. The system must be better maintained to prevent backup and flooding in the short term.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Promote green technology to reduce storm-water run-off that contributes to the flooding such as green roofs, rain gardens, porous pavers on streets, grey water technology, and more trees with water storage chambers.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Continue to reach out to our local experts, Stevens Institute of Technology and firms from across the nation to find more ways to creatively and cost efficiently solve Hoboken’s flooding problem.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Harness millions of dollars in federal FEMA grant opportunities for storm water management improvements available to Hoboken once we receive state approval for our emergency management plan.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: INFRASTRUCTURE & ROADS
Zimmer Team says: “Hoboken roads are plagued by too many accidents and too many poorly repaired potholes. Dawn Zimmer, Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and David Mello will work to make the streets safer, less congested, and better maintained. Specifically they will:”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Work with Stevens Institute of Technology to expand the Road Safety Audit program conducted in the southwest into a citywide initiative.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Aggressively seek grant funding to continue to make Hoboken a safer place to walk and bike through the use of traffic calming measures and infrastructure improvements including improving visibility at crosswalks through daylighting techniques and properly timed traffic signals.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Ensure developers are held accountable for properly repairing roads after development. Make certain that anyone that must break apart our City streets for underground infrastructure repairs will be held responsible for properly fixing our roads for the long term.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: HOBOKEN TAXES
Zimmer Team says: “To reduce our crushing tax burden, we must institute sound budget practices, deliver services in a more cost-effective manner, streamline City Government and more aggressively pursue available county, state, federal and private grant funds.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Reduce the budget in fiscal 2010 by instituting cost-efficiencies, eliminating all unnecessary expenditures, and requiring accountability for every dollar spent.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create a sustainable and transparent budget so that the taxpayer never faces another drastic increase in taxes.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Tax Revaluation – Support following the law and fairly sharing the tax burden, and will promptly take the legally mandated steps to put one into effect.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Use common sense technology such as voicemail, email, and an increased online presence to deliver services more cost-effectively and efficiently, and eliminate the need for a Constituent Services Department.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work more closely with the County and where possible, take advantage of County programs to eliminate duplication and shift services and expenses to them. Opportunities to do this exist in many areas, including Senior transportation services and capital improvement costs for Hoboken facilities that support residents countywide.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Cut overall payroll costs across all levels by 10%. These costs represent approximately 80% of our operating budget. Work with the public employee unions to determine the best way to achieve these savings, but make the goal non-negotiable. Reduced staffing levels, salary reductions and shared benefit costs such as premium co-pays must all be considered, as well as any alternatives suggested in good faith by the union representatives.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Investigate furloughs of city employees to reduce short term payroll costs.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Fix the table of organization for our Police and Fire departments to ensure that we have more Police on the streets, and more firefighters in the trucks.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Reduce unnecessary overtime costs across the board with Police, Fire, sanitation and recreation services.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: CITY PAYROLL
Zimmer Team says: (See below…)
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Cut overall payroll costs across all levels by 10%. These costs represent approximately 80% of our operating budget. Work with the public employee unions to determine the best way to achieve these savings, but make the goal non-negotiable. Reduced staffing levels, salary reductions and shared benefit costs such as premium co-pays must all be considered, as well as any alternatives suggested in good faith by the union representatives.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Investigate furloughs of city employees to reduce short term payroll costs.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Fix the table of organization for our Police and Fire departments to ensure that we have more Police on the streets, and more firefighters in the trucks.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Reduce unnecessary overtime costs across the board with Police, Fire, sanitation and recreation services.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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Category: CAMPAIGN QUOTES
From their websites: I took one quote from each of the four members of the “Zimmer Team.”
QUOTE:
COUNCIL MEMBER
SOURCE
  • “If Hoboken is going to get out of this mess as a community, we need to face our situation and make responsible choices. The first step to recovery is acknowledging the problem, and the second step is assembling a council team ready and willing to confront it.”
CAROL MARSH WEBSITE
  • “Laws have been broken, money squandered, and opportunities lost. Together with my council running mates, and Dawn Zimmer, we will restore fiscal responsibility, providing transparency, and modernizing city government.”
RAVI BHALLA WEBSITE
  • “I built a life in Hoboken mainly because of the simple pleasures that life here offers, such as meeting friends and neighbors on the street and in the parks, being able to walk to religious services and other weekend events, eating at outdoor cafes, and being part of an active, thriving community. Hoboken has gotten into trouble by ignoring what made Hoboken great (411 note: this website) and turning our back on the wide variety of open and community spaces, architecture, mixed-uses, and the unique urban character that once defined our community.”
DAVE MELLO WEBSITE
  • “I believe that it is time to fix our poisoned politics. The time for finger-pointing and blaming has passed. While there will always be disagreements, we must work to find common ground. I will bring people together to get things done.”
DAWN ZIMMER WEBSITE

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Note to Council Members (and anyone else):

I will do my best to keep this checklist up to date with any notable achievements and successes.

However, if you have scored a victory on one of your promises, and I have failed to update this list – please email me at hoboken411@gmail.com – and note which section and promise was kept – and I’ll update accordingly.

28 Responses

  1. broken says:

    What a bunch of useless dorks – they’ve been in office 24 hours, and they haven’t fulfilled ONE SINGLE CAMPAIGN PROMISE. If we would have elected Beth Mason, I’m sure everything would have been fixed by now…

  2. camel2 says:

    Are you sure that list is complete?

    I didn’t see “Appoint Lenz to another high paying city job he can get fired from and file a fat lawsuit.”

  3. broken says:

    Seriously – why the hate on Dawn? She lost for gods sake, why not hold Cammarano’s feet to the fire? Where is his stinking checklist? I guess he’s not accountable, because everyone expects him to lie steal, and run the town into the ground?

    • jman01 says:

      Broken-

      411 is being very fair. The Cammarano checklist was posted two weeks ago:

      http://hoboken411.com/archives/20867

      In response to broken who said:

      Seriously – why the hate on Dawn? She lost for gods sake, why not hold Cammarano’s feet to the fire? Where is his stinking checklist? I guess he’s not accountable, because everyone expects him to lie steal, and run the town into the ground?

  4. hoboken411 says:

    “broken” – Since when is holding elected “leaders” accountable for their promises considered “HATE?”

    Unless you’re the type that only likes good news stories and spin-cycle press releases, don’t think that just because Zimmer was the loser, that she won’t still be in the public eye.

    • broken says:

      jman01 already corrected my assumption that there was not a similar checklist for Cammarano – therefore I have no complaint.

      In response to hoboken411 who said:

      “broken” – Since when is holding elected “leaders” accountable for their promises considered “HATE?”

      Unless you’re the type that only likes good news stories and spin-cycle press releases, don’t think that just because Zimmer was the loser, that she won’t still be in the public eye.

      • Mango-Tango says:

        Easy kids….

        To Hoboken 411: thank you, very nice list.

        In response to broken who said:

        jman01 already corrected my assumption that there was not a similar checklist for Cammarano – therefore I have no complaint.

  5. broken says:

    I also think it’s fair to point out that there is an inherent difficulty for both sides here – Cammarano is going to have a hard time with his agenda, since Zimmer controls the council, and vice versa.

    Later on, when each side is crowing that the other side didn’t live up to it’s campaign promises – the reason will probably be that the two camps did not cooperate. This outcome should shock no-one, but will probably be the subject of much rhetoric.

  6. manolo says:

    Can you post a link to Mayor Petey’s elec reports?

    thanks

  7. roadmodel says:

    Here’s a ZimmerTeam promise that may already be broken because of a court ruling on asking developers for parks,open space etc. Its a NO-GO NOW !

    Will support PILOTS only if: The Hoboken share of the revenue was negotiated to be guaranteed to meet or exceed regular taxes in every year of the PILOT’s life; The Hoboken public schools were fully funded as well; and some substantial benefit (park, recreation center, sewer repair, affordable housing for those in need) is given to Hoboken. Work harder to get the givebacks the community deserves and negotiate deals that support the Hoboken taxpayer.

  8. jc5201 says:

    Great idea! You’re doing this for the mayor as well, so this is fair. It’s obviously a great service to the voters but it’s also a big help to the elected officials. I’m sure our negativity has overshadowed some of their accomplishments in the past. This actually might help us feel good about our local government.

    I’m very hopeful for the future. Hopefully the council and mayor remember that they work for us and that they need to work together. If these council meetings become a pissing contest or the woman scorned show, we all lose.

  9. Determined says:

    Every elected official should be scrutinized continually. Does anyone know know the status of Terry Labruno’s appointment as Director of Health and Human Services? I was hoping Cammarano might start out of the gate with a new appointment standard (merit vs. payback) if he really is planning to do things differently….. fingers crossed.

  10. plywood says:

    Ha-ha. Look at comment #3, it passed the test of time.

    • jman01 says:

      This is even funnier. Look at Zimmer Budget promise #1:

      “Introduce a Budget with a 25% TAX CUT by August 10, 2009.”

      In response to plywood who said:

      Ha-ha. Look at comment #3, it passed the test of time.

      • Furey says:

        The campaign promises are based on the elected mayor’s term beginning on July 1, 2009.

        August 10th, 2009 is 40 days after that date.

        Cammarano’s removal & the special election skewed all dates and promises, which were based on the start of the mayor: 7/1/2009.

        Mayor Zimmer began her term on 11/3/09.

        The new budget was introduced on 11/30/09, 27 days after she began her term and 13 days faster than her original timetable – which was skewed, again, by the Cammarano removal and special election.

        I would think Hoboken411 would revise the timetable to reflect the new dates, right?

        In response to jman01 who said:

        This is even funnier. Look at Zimmer Budget promise #1:

        “Introduce a Budget with a 25% TAX CUT by August 10, 2009.”

      • jman01 says:

        Nice try Furey. She actually was sworn in on July 31st and began hiring & appointing many many people. If she was not really the mayor until 11/3, then why was she allowed to hire and appoint so many?

        You’re a typical Zimmer apologist, as Acting Mayor, she’s the real mayor when it’s convenient for her such as hiring, but when it came to the budget, you and Zimmer like to say “oh, but she’s not the real mayor yet.”

        Can’t have it both ways. She became Mayor on July 31, 2009 and failed to deliver on her budget promises. End of story.

        We’re doomed with Dopey Dawn.

        In response to Furey who said:

        The campaign promises are based on the elected mayor’s term beginning on July 1, 2009.

        August 10th, 2009 is 40 days after that date.

        Cammarano’s removal & the special election skewed all dates and promises, which were based on the start of the mayor: 7/1/2009.

        Mayor Zimmer began her term on 11/3/09.

        The new budget was introduced on 11/30/09, 27 days after she began her term and 13 days faster than her original timetable – which was skewed, again, by the Cammarano removal and special election.

        I would think Hoboken411 would revise the timetable to reflect the new dates, right?

  11. plywood says:

    Do the unicorns talk in the world they live in?

  12. Furey says:

    She was sworn in as “Acting Mayor” on on July 31st and had an election to win. No one their right mind would introduce a budget until the special election was over and they were the actual mayor.

    You can’t be this naïve.

    • jman01 says:

      But Zimmer was stupid enough (and egotistical enough) to hire and a appoint a whole new administration before the special election? At least make your arguments consistent.

      And you can’t be so stupid to believe every lie and piece of spin the Zimmer camps put out.

      BTW- You can’t honestly believe Zimmer introduced a good budget when it is missing every major expenditure that will be hitting Hoboken in the next few months:

      -INCREASES in salary & Wages per Trasente
      -INCREASE in health care costs per Trasente
      -INCREASE in pension costs per Trasente
      – capital expenditures like Sinatra field, $10M +
      -collapse of HUMC minimum debt for taxpayers $65M
      -7 to 8 NEW HIRES per Trasente
      -Re-val appeals (Cunningham wants to bond $3M, but Trasente said that’s illegal)

      So let’s be conservative for the worst case scenario and forecast these expenses as an additional $100M. That brings the $98M budget to a whopping $198,000,000.

      So Furey, where is that DETAILED PLAN to cut expenditures and taxes by 25% that Zimmer advertised back in her June campaign mailers? Zimmer said she’s the ONLY candidate with a detailed plan. It’s been 6 months!

      In response to Furey who said:

      She was sworn in as “Acting Mayor” on on July 31st and had an election to win. No one their right mind would introduce a budget until the special election was over and they were the actual mayor.

      You can’t be this naïve.

      • Furey says:

        “But Zimmer was stupid enough (and egotistical enough) to hire and a appoint a whole new administration before the special election?”

        Sure if you ask me, she was removing Cammarano pieces and replacing with her own. Basic chess moves. Why would she introduce a budget that the Mason camp could slaughter her with? Makes no sense unless you wanted to lose the special election.

        “And you can’t be so stupid to believe every lie and piece of spin the Zimmer camps put out.”

        But that works both ways, Jman.

        “BTW- You can’t honestly believe Zimmer introduced a good budget when it is missing every major expenditure that will be hitting Hoboken in the next few months:”

        I think it’s a start and not a completed work. That’s why they call it “introduced”. You then have to play around with costs to get a completed budget.

        “-INCREASES in salary & Wages per Trasente”
        Ok, i’m not disagreeing here. But is this Zimmer’s choice?

        “-INCREASE in health care costs per Trasente”
        That’s kind of part of the above.

        “-INCREASE in pension costs per Trasente”
        Again, part of the above and a problem in all of NJ.

        “- capital expenditures like Sinatra field, $10M +”
        I would suspect that this is paid not in 1 year but over time.

        “-collapse of HUMC minimum debt for taxpayers $65M”
        I think it was a bad deal from day one and was pure politics. What money could be gained if we sold that land to development? The municipal garage which is half the size of the hospital had bids for 25-30 million. The hospital in a great midtown location and I have little doubt that it could be sold for at least 40-50 million. OK, lets say you disagree with me here Jman. What do you think a developer would buy this lot for, 30 million? 40 million? 50 million?

        “7 to 8 NEW HIRES per Trasente”
        How much was that against the budget of 2009 vs 2010? New corporation legal council was less than the existing legal counsel, brought in as a contrator and not a city hall employee which helps defray health care and pension costs. But I guess you gloss over that, right?

        “So let’s be conservative for the worst case scenario and forecast these expenses as an additional $100M. That brings the $98M budget to a whopping $198,000,000.”

        Really? Come on. I’ll make you a bet right now that it isn’t 198 million. Give me odds or the over/under.

        “So Furey, where is that DETAILED PLAN to cut expenditures and taxes by 25% that Zimmer advertised back in her June campaign mailers? Zimmer said she’s the ONLY candidate with a detailed plan. It’s been 6 months!”

        My clock on Zimmer started on 11/3/09. Yours didn’t. I will hold her and the team accountable, I hope they do live up to their promises.

        In response to jman01 who said:

        But Zimmer was stupid enough (and egotistical enough) to hire and a appoint a whole new administration before the special election? At least make your arguments consistent.

        And you can’t be so stupid to believe every lie and piece of spin the Zimmer camps put out.

        BTW- You can’t honestly believe Zimmer introduced a good budget when it is missing every major expenditure that will be hitting Hoboken in the next few months:

        -INCREASES in salary & Wages per Trasente
        -INCREASE in health care costs per Trasente
        -INCREASE in pension costs per Trasente
        – capital expenditures like Sinatra field, $10M +
        -collapse of HUMC minimum debt for taxpayers $65M
        -7 to 8 NEW HIRES per Trasente
        -Re-val appeals (Cunningham wants to bond $3M, but Trasente said that’s illegal)

        So let’s be conservative for the worst case scenario and forecast these expenses as an additional $100M. That brings the $98M budget to a whopping $198,000,000.

        So Furey, where is that DETAILED PLAN to cut expenditures and taxes by 25% that Zimmer advertised back in her June campaign mailers? Zimmer said she’s the ONLY candidate with a detailed plan. It’s been 6 months!

      • jman01 says:

        Congratulations Furey, you’ve officially become an HCDO-Zimmer apologist. You should stick with your original Politics 101 analysis:

        57. Furey
        February 20th 2007 – 10:34:38 |

        Wallace & Dawn – seperated at birth?

        alanlnelson.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/wallace_gromit_1.jpg

        You decide.

        In response to Furey who said:

        “But Zimmer was stupid enough (and egotistical enough) to hire and a appoint a whole new administration before the special election?”

        Sure if you ask me, she was removing Cammarano pieces and replacing with her own. Basic chess moves. Why would she introduce a budget that the Mason camp could slaughter her with? Makes no sense unless you wanted to lose the special election.

        “And you can’t be so stupid to believe every lie and piece of spin the Zimmer camps put out.”

        But that works both ways, Jman.

        “BTW- You can’t honestly believe Zimmer introduced a good budget when it is missing every major expenditure that will be hitting Hoboken in the next few months:”

        I think it’s a start and not a completed work. That’s why they call it “introduced”. You then have to play around with costs to get a completed budget.

        “-INCREASES in salary & Wages per Trasente”
        Ok, i’m not disagreeing here. But is this Zimmer’s choice?

        “-INCREASE in health care costs per Trasente”
        That’s kind of part of the above.

        “-INCREASE in pension costs per Trasente”
        Again, part of the above and a problem in all of NJ.

        “- capital expenditures like Sinatra field, $10M +”
        I would suspect that this is paid not in 1 year but over time.

        “-collapse of HUMC minimum debt for taxpayers $65M”
        I think it was a bad deal from day one and was pure politics. What money could be gained if we sold that land to development? The municipal garage which is half the size of the hospital had bids for 25-30 million. The hospital in a great midtown location and I have little doubt that it could be sold for at least 40-50 million. OK, lets say you disagree with me here Jman. What do you think a developer would buy this lot for, 30 million? 40 million? 50 million?

        “7 to 8 NEW HIRES per Trasente”
        How much was that against the budget of 2009 vs 2010? New corporation legal council was less than the existing legal counsel, brought in as a contrator and not a city hall employee which helps defray health care and pension costs. But I guess you gloss over that, right?

        “So let’s be conservative for the worst case scenario and forecast these expenses as an additional $100M. That brings the $98M budget to a whopping $198,000,000.”

        Really? Come on. I’ll make you a bet right now that it isn’t 198 million. Give me odds or the over/under.

        “So Furey, where is that DETAILED PLAN to cut expenditures and taxes by 25% that Zimmer advertised back in her June campaign mailers? Zimmer said she’s the ONLY candidate with a detailed plan. It’s been 6 months!”

        My clock on Zimmer started on 11/3/09. Yours didn’t. I will hold her and the team accountable, I hope they do live up to their promises.

  13. plywood says:

    Ah, more partisan bickering. Probably a reasonable position is somewhere in between. Yes, in respect to Furey, the situation of being Acting Mayor with a campaign to run is in my mind a special circumstance with no clear expectations, but still, SOME headway should have been made on the budget, but certainly not at a normal clip. The salient point now is how quickly the budget is passed and how much fat is trimmed. Let’s talk about that instead.

  14. john14 says:

    Wow, jman i suppose that’s why he has nothing to say on the monkey thread. Amazing the hypocrisy out there these days!

    What kind of fruit punch are they drinking?

    • Furey says:

      What’s there to say. I make jokes about everyone on here. I guess if we can’t argue points we have to find other distractions to point at.

      In response to john14 who said:

      Wow, jman i suppose that’s why he has nothing to say on the monkey thread. Amazing the hypocrisy out there these days!

      What kind of fruit punch are they drinking?

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        fuery make jokes ?? You printed facts…the naysayers are oblivious..nice text ..[quote comment=”180647″]What’s there to say. I make jokes about everyone on here. I guess if we can’t argue points we have to find other distractions to point at. In response to john14 who said:

        [/quote]

  15. wiskeytango1 says:

    City hall hired two more directors.. one at 110,000 per year as PS director and the other assistant to the assistant of the female dawn let go after the snow storm… the assistant is said to earn 85.00 per hour? If one combines both salaries over 300k+ per year.. in lieu of demotions and layoffs.. Alicia only earned 25k and Roberts served as PS as well as G Crimmins.. That is at least a few jobs for the laid off city workers who earn pennies.. wow . 😥

    • jc5201 says:

      So a Puerto Rican Public Safety Director is only worth $25k, but this new guy is worth 4 times that amount? This is blatant racism! WTF![quote comment=”210276″]City hall hired two more directors.. one at 110,000 per year as PS director and the other assistant to the assistant of the female dawn let go after the snow storm… the assistant is said to earn 85.00 per hour? If one combines both salaries over 300k+ per year.. in lieu of demotions and layoffs.. Alicia only earned 25k and Roberts served as PS as well as G Crimmins.. That is at least a few jobs for the laid off city workers who earn pennies.. wow . [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        5201 can you imagine..Not that alicia was a presense,more that a political wedge for the leader ,it is not a race card issue more than inept planning ..We do not need a PSD
        and another replacement for a nice director who would not take chit.thus another lug is hired at 85 per hour..wow add that up per year with bennies..Culture of corruption and inept ..is there a difference?? How many laid of employees can be rehired for that much wood aka $$$$$$$$..Shame .You can bet the brownie council out of fear will vote ok..Not one reformer has voiced opinions nor attacked city hall..what does that tell you people? they are paying for it..Im loving it 😀 transparent victoria secrets lol 😀 [quote comment=”210282″]So a Puerto Rican Public Safety Director is only worth $25k, but this new guy is worth 4 times that amount? This is blatant racism! WTF![/quote]

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