City Council Meeting – 9/2/2009

9/2/2009 Reminder:

Come back to Hoboken411 at 7pm for the latest installment of the magic and trickery city council meeting at town hall!


9/1/2009:

City lunacy back after much needed respite

The Hoboken City Council Meeting is back after a nice summer vacation. As always, if you like torture – head down to City Hall Wednesday, September 2nd at 7pm – or come back here to Hoboken411 to watch the antics and posturing from the comfort of your own space.

Here’s the agenda for your review.

Real quick – some items of note are – The useless parking meters on Sinatra Drive may get removed (first reading) – and two spots are up for the Hoboken Housing Authority. See who’s submitted applications after the jump!

See more after the jump…

(Hoboken City Council – September 2, 2009, Continued…)

People lining up for this job – why?

As you might have predicted, a whole slew of candidates have emerged for consideration for one of the two HHA positions. A couple Hoboken411 readers alluded: “Who wouldn’t want this great job? People lining up to bribe you for waiting list positioning!” While a few others believe some (not all) are in it only for political reasons,with zero desire to actually help the Housing Authority.

Here’s a list of who’s in the running:

  • Arlette Braxton
  • Marianne Camporeale
  • Phil Cohen
  • Joe Garcia
  • Eduardo Gonzalez
  • Michael Lenz
  • Ryn Melberg
  • Timothy Occhipinti
  • Robert Phillips
  • Rami Pinchevsky
  • Jake Stuiver
  • Patricia Waiters
  • Lynda Ann Walker

The two seats are open because Perry Belfiore’s term ended in May – and Hector Claveria was arrested (and resigned) for allegedly taking bribes.

The Housing Authority Board consists of seven members, and each term lasts five years.

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162 Comments on "City Council Meeting – 9/2/2009"

gazzosdriver
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gazzosdriver

The 90s represented the greatest decade for stocks in history. A bully hack criminal could have been mayor and Hoboken would have prospered. Oh wait.

jman01
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jman01
After attending the city council meeting and watching the obstruction of transparency in process by our own machine politician Zimmer, I can’t say that I’m surprised with the continuation of the status quo by her. It’s been going on for two years. After recently doing extensive homework on the HCDO, I do disagree with Shields that it’s okay to take money from the machine but agree that Zimmer is a hypocrite and for breaking promises, I’ll add that she’s a liar too. Here’s a post Scott Shields posted two years ago on another site: The Company You Keep, The Price You Pay by: Scott Shields Sat Oct 13, 2007 “It never ceases to amaze how tone-deaf some politicians can be. Take, for example, the entire Hudson County Democratic Organization. Last week, State Senator and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco held his annual HCDO fundraiser in Garfield (which is, incidentally, in Bergen County, but I digress). It was, as I’ve been told, the place to be seen in Hudson County politics. Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna certainly thought so. Fresh off an indictment for extortion and mail fraud, Delle Donna joined a number of HCDO luminaries at the fundraiser. But some of the attendees were not what I’d lovingly call the usual, ahem, suspects. There was a strong Hoboken contingent in attendance, for example. Carol Marsh, the HCDO’s primary candidate for Assembly from the 33rd District, Frank “Pupie” Raia, the HCDO’s candidate for Council from Hoboken’s 3rd Ward, and gadfly Michael… Read more »
poed
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poed
Did Zimmer accept money from any of the above for the mayoral election? In response to jman01 who said: After attending the city council meeting and watching the obstruction of transparency in process by our own machine politician Zimmer, I can’t say that I’m surprised with the continuation of the status quo by her. It’s been going on for two years. After recently doing extensive homework on the HCDO, I do disagree with Shields that it’s okay to take money from the machine but agree that Zimmer is a hypocrite and for breaking promises, I’ll add that she’s a liar too. Here’s a post Scott Shields posted two years ago on another site: The Company You Keep, The Price You Pay by: Scott Shields Sat Oct 13, 2007 “It never ceases to amaze how tone-deaf some politicians can be. Take, for example, the entire Hudson County Democratic Organization. Last week, State Senator and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco held his annual HCDO fundraiser in Garfield (which is, incidentally, in Bergen County, but I digress). It was, as I’ve been told, the place to be seen in Hudson County politics. Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna certainly thought so. Fresh off an indictment for extortion and mail fraud, Delle Donna joined a number of HCDO luminaries at the fundraiser. But some of the attendees were not what I’d lovingly call the usual, ahem, suspects. There was a strong Hoboken contingent in attendance, for example. Carol Marsh, the HCDO’s primary candidate for Assembly… Read more »
Red Haven
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Red Haven

Good question poed. The reality is she and LenzMarsh wanted their HCDO overlords to cough up cash, but they balked. It’s not because Dawn didn’t want, it’s because they wouldn’t give.

When Jerry Healy and Tom DeGise were signing checks two years ago Dawn was more than happy to take the money. When asked point blank before the Mayoral election if she would take HCDO money again, Dawn refused to rule it out. It’s in the public record.

In response to poed who said:
Did Zimmer accept money from any of the above for the mayoral election?

Watchmaker
Member
Watchmaker

Not officially. Of course, neither did Cammarano, so who knows.

In response to poed who said:
Did Zimmer accept money from any of the above for the mayoral election?

poed
Member
poed

Barbara, I will try to answer some of you concerns. Ms. Markle’s son was awarded the Blaustein award in the spring of 09. That was during Mr. Raslowski’s term and predated Mrs. Markle’s presidency. I am sure her son deserved the award, as most awards are granted on a benchmark basis and require educator’s support. Surely you don’t intend to attack a child’s successes?

Regarding Mr. Carter, Iam not sure what you are suggesting. Many felt the “reading of his resume” was insightful and repectful. All superintendents/supervisors/Principals must possess a Masters degree. I guess your view is the flip side.

Regarding pay for Mr. Carter,the last superintendent (Raslsowski) was paid the same salary but with benefits-heath care, sick days, vacation days, pension etc…, yet he lacked the appropriate degrees and had to apply for certification as he had no cert before being hired. Further, he had no experience in this position, nor any professional knowledge of public school “workings”. Basically, he was paid a full salary for on the job training. The BOE had to hire a mentor to mentor him. Conversely, it would appear, with Mr. Carter’s more than 25 years experience in Public education as an admisistrator and Superintendent, we are getting our money’s worth.

Regarding the contracts and humiliation, I am not sure where that fits in. Mr. Carter began on Sept 1. Was there something that occured which caused you to doubt contract adherence and cause humiliation issues?

BarbaraR56
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BarbaraR56
Thank you for your insightful answers. Firstly I am not attacking the student who won the scholarship, if he deserved it. But his mother was and still is the President of BOE and been known to attack former workers and faculty for what she considers infractions. I know her personally and was approached by her regarding the educators. I know many of the educators and feel her comments to be unjust. Reading aloud someone’s resume (if done properly) informs the faculty and staff, but the use of the phrase “do not go to your godfather for favors” is totally uncalled for. It denotes condescencion and generalizes, IMHO totally unacceptable. As for Mr. Razlowsky, I do agree that his appointment was political, I do realize he did not possess the necessary certification, but he was the former mayor’s choice. He stepped down graciously, I commend him for that. I repeat I know many faculty members who attended that meeting and they have all come away with the same feeling that the statement made was inappropriate. As for the contracts, Mr. Carter was not Superintendent when the contracts were negotiated so his referral to them and the manner in which he referred to it, again totally unacceptable. There is a Principal in the system that has the certification to become Superintendent a position that would have cost the BOE only $20,000 more per year, he was purposely ignored because of his affiliation with former administrations. Let us not forget that with every… Read more »
realstuff
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realstuff

CC meetings are in real need of improvement 1) time management 2)proper deorum(obtained by putting a seasoned skilled) police officer on duty, properly briefed by his superior and firm action by the council president), 3)CC officials to do their homework before meeting 4) using common sense. The public is watching and the behavior at this show is in great need of change. This is a non-negative political suggestion….thanks…

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

Thank you realstuff – I cannot agree more! As the Council president Dawn is worse even than Campos.

To be fair to the Zimmeronies: this chaos started a few years ago, so it is not all Dawn’s fault. But she clearly isn’t helping.

In response to realstuff who said:
CC meetings are in real need of improvement 1) time management 2)proper deorum(obtained by putting a seasoned skilled) police officer on duty, properly briefed by his superior and firm action by the council president), 3)CC officials to do their homework before meeting 4) using common sense. The public is watching and the behavior at this show is in great need of change. This is a non-negative political suggestion….thanks…

emarche
Member

Worse than Campos?

Now I know you’re trolling.

In response to Watchmaker who said:
Thank you realstuff – I cannot agree more! As the Council president Dawn is worse even than Campos.

To be fair to the Zimmeronies: this chaos started a few years ago, so it is not all Dawn’s fault. But she clearly isn’t helping.

Watchmaker
Member
Watchmaker

Oh not at all – just watch the above stream. You get a headache from Dawn’s incompetence and lack of direction.

In response to emarche who said:
Worse than Campos?

Now I know you’re trolling.

BarbaraR56
Member
BarbaraR56

Please excuse the repetitive statements that I posted here. I did not edit my post. Sorry for the inconvenience and of course I didn’t use spellcheck which I am sure someone will criticize me for. Have a good day!

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