Hoboken Breakfast Nuggets – 9/22/2009
Fall 2009 has begun!
As of 5:18am this morning – Summer 2009 officially came to an end! Break out the fall fashions!
Presenting a heaping platter of Hoboken morsels that you can nosh on while you get ready for the day:
Zimmer challenged in court
Former Hoboken Judge Kimberly Glatt officially filed her court challenge to Acting Mayor/Council President Dawn Zimmer’s election petitions yesterday ahead of a 5pm deadline. Glatt – who was appointed to the bench by former Mayor Anthony Russo and reappointed by David Roberts – did not challenge Beth Mason’s petitions.
Pupie Raia: “In it to win it”
Despite comments from a number of Hoboken411 posters about developer Frank Raia and Kim Glatt perhaps joining forces to unite the “Born and Raised” vote, PolitickerNJ reporter Max Pizarro published a piece last night called Hoboken power play: Mason strikes Zimmer first; Raia vows to stay and spend what’s necessary.
Here’s a sample:
“Don’t count on Raia leaving the contest. “I am running to win,” the owner of the Hoboken Shop Rite told PolitickerNJ.com. “I feel I’m the only candidate who can deal with old and new Hoboken. I’m the only candidate in the race with a business background – I created 200 private sector jobs with Shop Rite, and that helps when clearly the big issues are taxes, open space and affordable housing. I do this stuff for a living. Other people talk a good game, but they have helped the town go down. I helped Zimmer get elected. She told me she wasn’t pursuing higher office, and she’s done nothing for her ward. Let’s face it, there’s more to Hoboken than people riding bikes and walking around with dogs.”
The story notes Beth Mason’s “DualJobDawn” ad campaign against Dawn Zimmer’s decision to hold onto both the powerful executive seat and her legisative chair. Pizarro sought out the always quotable Perry Belfiore for comment:
“Only Dawn’s real tight Kool Aid drinkers can rationalize this naked grasp for power, which would not be condoned if it were a Belfiore or a Russo trying to serve as both council president and mayor. Her apologists are even having a hard time explaining it away. Remember, a ‘reformer’ is code for someone who wasn’t born; and here we have someone not born here imposing martial law.”
“Friends” of Peter Cammarano
Also of note on PolitickerNJ is a story on the Facebook Friends of Peter Cammarano and other politicians ensnared in the latest NJ corruption arrests. Writer Matt Friedman asks, “What do YOU do when your Facebook friend is arrested?”
Everton Wilson Update
Wilson dropped 411 a line to say he wants it noted he is a PhD Candidate in Information Management at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also set up a website called lovehoboken.com to launch his campaign.
At last check Wilson remained in last place in our unscientific reader poll in the left column. He’s in a horserace with Patricia Waiters and Sal DeMeo.
Hoboken Dems for Corzine
Tonight at 6:30 the cash-starved Hoboken Democratic Committee opens its “Corzine Campaign Headquarters” at 12 Hudson Place. Assemblyman Ruben Ramos will lead the kickoff meeting, which is expected to be lightly attended compared to the last time Corzine was on the ballot. Despite his Mile Square residency status, Corzine is far from the most popular guy in town. Many are leaning toward corruption-busting ex-federal prosecutor Chris Christie, including quite a few from Old Hoboken who feel Corzine slighted them by forcing Peter Cammarano to resign while putting no pressure on Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, whose administration is packed with politicians arrested in the same sting operation.
Jersey City Walkway open 24 hours
The NJ Transit Pedestrian Bridge to Newport on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway got its official fruity politician ribbon cutting yesterday. Totally yawned at the idea of publishing more politician ribbon cutting pictures, and instead extend congratulations to Hoboken activist Helen Manogue who led a successful fight against Newport developer Jamie Lefrak’s effort to illegally close the walkway to the public at night. It will henceforth be open 24/7. To “ensure” the safety of pedestrians – the path will be monitored by video cameras – and call boxes will be installed along the route. That’s good news, because after you get bopped over the head and robbed – someone can help you wipe up the blood sooner.
Fireworks – NOT gun shots
In case many of you were overly concerned about those sounds last night around Midnight – never fear. Was just someone lighting off a fireworks box. The sound resonated all over town. I updated the 411 breaking news corner an hour afterward – but you can always subscribe to the Hoboken411 Twitter feed for more up to date info in cases like that.
Starbucks Coffee returns uptown
After a slightly longer than anticipated renovation, the Uptown Starbucks should be opening today.