Mason: Zimmer believes in Tooth Fairy

10/8/2009:

How often do you check your spam folder? At least once a week, some Hoboken press release finds its way in there – including this one from 2nd Ward Councilwoman (and Mayoral Candidate) Beth Mason – and her reaction to Senator Paul Sarlo’s stance on the NJ Transit Development downtown.

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Mason vows to fight NJ Transit Legislation

Will destroy Hoboken’s quality of life – calls Out Zimmer over naïve and misleading statements

mason-mayor-logoHoboken, NJ– Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason said she will mobilize statewide opposition to state legislation that will give NJ Transit the power to supersede municipal zoning laws.

Mason said the bill, if approved in the lame duck session of the legislature – after Election Day and before the new year – would pave the way for massive, high density, high rise development in Hoboken and other communities in which NJ Transit owns property.

The bill, S2972, is sponsored by State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who today issued a statement saying that he fully intends to push his bill through by the end of the year.

“This bill must be stopped. I am calling on the state senators in Hudson County to join with me and the people of Hoboken to defeat this legislation that has the power to destroy the quality of life of our city and many other cities and towns in this state,” said Mason.

“I will rally legislators, mayors and open government activists from throughout the state and I will go to Trenton to stop the greedy developers and the politicians who continually enable them to make millions at the expense of our communities. I will not stand for it,” said Mason

The councilwoman called the legislation “an early Christmas gift to every big developer in the state who contributes money to Trenton politicians.”

NJ Transit owns considerable property in the city, including an area along Observer Highway. The bill also gives the transit agency the power to “acquire property ” it does not yet own – which Mason said could give added impetus to the agency to condemn private property through eminent domain.

The transit agency last year presented a plan to build a massive commercial and residential development near its train station. Mason and many others oppose that development.

ZIMMER’S MISLEADING STATEMENT

Mason added that reports last week by Acting Mayor and Council President Dawn Zimmer had succeeded in getting Sen. Sarlo to withdraw the bill were: “either purposely misleading or are a demonstration of Ms. Zimmer’s naïveté when it comes to dealing with Trenton powerbrokers.”

“If Dawn Zimmer thinks she can derail a bill of this magnitude by simply talking to a state Senator, she probably also believes in the Tooth Fairy,” said Mason.

“She clearly has no understanding of how Trenton power politics works and what’s at stake when legislation such as this comes along,” said Mason.

Mason, an open government advocate, said: “Ms Zimmer should know that any bill like this — that has a powerful constituency behind it — that comes up in the lame duck session of the legislature is likely to be rammed through without the public even being aware of it.”

“The most dangerous time for New Jersey citizens is the lame duck session of the legislature. That’s when the lawmakers are safely beyond Election Day and they know people are preoccupied by the holidays,” said Mason. “Ms. Zimmer obviously doesn’t understand that.”

Mason said Zimmer should immediately withdraw her statements that misled the public into thinking she killed the transit legislation.

“It is clear from Sen. Sarlo’s statement today that he never had any intention of withdrawing his bill or allowing it to languish while cities like Hoboken are satisfied with it,” said Mason. “Dawn Zimmer misled the public. She needs to explain why she was trying to take credit for something she didn’t do.”

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43 Comments on "Mason: Zimmer believes in Tooth Fairy"

truth1
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truth1

No. 39 Litter – If someone desires to give up the salary for an elected position, it means that you have to wonder who’s behind him? This appears to be flawed logic. Should one wonder who’s behind Mayor Bloomberg? If someone is not so good with a keyboard, they are cracked? I know Beth, Dawn, Kim and Frank either professionally or socially and believe they all want to do a good job if elected. It is a difficult choice for me. Litter – I don’t think you will help your candidate if you keep your present attitude.

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

This was all re: eye4eye’s post. I wasn’t speaking at all of Raia in my post, so you too can take a deep breath. But really, not “knowing a keyboard” explains his post?

I have no candidate yet. That’s why I am looking at their websites and asking questions about them.

In response to truth1 who said:
No. 39 Litter – If someone desires to give up the salary for an elected position, it means that you have to wonder who’s behind him? This appears to be flawed logic. Should one wonder who’s behind Mayor Bloomberg? If someone is not so good with a keyboard, they are cracked? I know Beth, Dawn, Kim and Frank either professionally or socially and believe they all want to do a good job if elected. It is a difficult choice for me. Litter – I don’t think you will help your candidate if you keep your present attitude.

truth1
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truth1

A spirited campaign…a ‘Pupie’ express website, Mason’s overwhelming mailings & full page ads, Zimmer now ready with T-shirts and signs and Glatt hannging in there. The rest are out of the $. Let’s go to the forums!

realstuff
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realstuff

It’s up to the voter’s to raise the bar. Look at the candidates websites since this can give pertinent data, meet them personally, and go to or view the forums. Who is best to lead Hoboken?…the key word is to Lead. Lead us out of state takover. Stabilize the budget and make the hard decisions that a Mayor has to make. We have seen much of Mason and Zimmer and should learn more about Glatt, Raia, Brinkman and Wilson….The polls show the lst four are in the running. It’s up to you, the voting public.

iratevoter
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iratevoter

Lead us out of state takeover? Why? Did not the Hoboken political establishment prove itself incapable of governing? Are not the problems of Hoboken caused by the bad decisions of our local politicians?

As a Hoboken property owner, what do I have to gain from local control? From what we’ve seen, they suck!

In response to realstuff who said:
It’s up to the voter’s to raise the bar. Look at the candidates websites since this can give pertinent data, meet them personally, and go to or view the forums. Who is best to lead Hoboken?…the key word is to Lead. Lead us out of state takover. Stabilize the budget and make the hard decisions that a Mayor has to make. We have seen much of Mason and Zimmer and should learn more about Glatt, Raia, Brinkman and Wilson….The polls show the lst four are in the running. It’s up to you, the voting public.

realstuff
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realstuff

Yes, our past and present incumbents made mistakes; however, is not the permanent duty of the State to run Hoboken. They are to assist us until we can be responsible for ourselves. This election is important. The Mayor has to submit a budget that is responsible and the council can approve or disapprove it. As it stands now, they do no have the authoriy to act for themselves in the running of this city. A new mayor with a progressive governing body can submit the plan to the state to let us govern ourselves…which is the American way. We really need more than a bureaucrat that refuses to be approachable to the public and attend council meetings. We need a real leader as Mayor who can see the big picture.

In response to iratevoter who said:
Lead us out of state takeover? Why? Did not the Hoboken political establishment prove itself incapable of governing? Are not the problems of Hoboken caused by the bad decisions of our local politicians?

As a Hoboken property owner, what do I have to gain from local control? From what we’ve seen, they suck!

iratevoter
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iratevoter
Mistakes? That’s an understatement if I’ve ever heard one! Since I’ve been living here, Russo went to prison for corruption (selling us out to developers), Roberts sold off town property to cover his budget deficits until he ran out of stuff to sell, and Cammarano, well, you know… After living here for almost twenty years, I’m sick and tired of this parade of incompetence and corruption. We’re still suffering and will continue to suffer from their misdeeds. The repairs and upgrades to our infrastructure will probably cost hundreds of millions over time. Sadly, far too often, corruption and cronyism has been, if not the American way, certainly the Hoboken way. I know I’ve been ragging against Mason and Zimmer (though mainly Mason because she’s a fraud). But, hopefully, we’ll elect someone who’ll work with the new council majority to pass the responsible though painful budget reforms this town needs. In response to realstuff who said: Yes, our past and present incumbents made mistakes; however, is not the permanent duty of the State to run Hoboken. They are to assist us until we can be responsible for ourselves. This election is important. The Mayor has to submit a budget that is responsible and the council can approve or disapprove it. As it stands now, they do no have the authoriy to act for themselves in the running of this city. A new mayor with a progressive governing body can submit the plan to the state to let us govern ourselves…which is… Read more »
realstuff
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realstuff
Ivoter – we share similar views. I glossed over the known deficiencies of the past because it does not help to keep pointing fingers…we have to point votes to get the best we can for Mayor. The new Mayor has to gain the respect of Judy T. and the council and together pass the painful budget reforms. The key word is together with a common goal. I’ve said it and seen it here…are we satisifed with one of the incumbent councipersons running for mayor or do be want change? On Nov. 3rd, the people will decide. In response to iratevoter who said: Mistakes? That’s an understatement if I’ve ever heard one! Since I’ve been living here, Russo went to prison for corruption (selling us out to developers), Roberts sold off town property to cover his budget deficits until he ran out of stuff to sell, and Cammarano, well, you know… After living here for almost twenty years, I’m sick and tired of this parade of incompetence and corruption. We’re still suffering and will continue to suffer from their misdeeds. The repairs and upgrades to our infrastructure will probably cost hundreds of millions over time. Sadly, far too often, corruption and cronyism has been, if not the American way, certainly the Hoboken way. I know I’ve been ragging against Mason and Zimmer (though mainly Mason because she’s a fraud). But, hopefully, we’ll elect someone who’ll work with the new council majority to pass the responsible though painful budget reforms this town… Read more »
iratevoter
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iratevoter
I agree with most of what you’ve said… I’m not thrilled with anyone running. I think the two presumptive frontrunners- Zimmer and Mason- aren’t particularily qualified, but neither are the other candidates, IMHO. I don’t like Mason because she’s doesn’t tell what what she’ll do and she’s quite negative. Also, she’s deceptive about her experience and background. Zimmer is just a regular Joe (or is that Josephine?) who decided to get into politics. I think she’s honest with no apparent character flaws, but she’ll have to surround herself with good advisors. I don’t know anything about Glatt, but I’d like to learn. Too bad she chooses this special election to run, because it doesn’t give voters enough time to get to know her. Pupi is old-school Hoboken politics. I don’t know if he’s corrupt, but he certainly plays the patronage, crony game. As I said, not much to choose among. In response to realstuff who said: Ivoter – we share similar views. I glossed over the known deficiencies of the past because it does not help to keep pointing fingers…we have to point votes to get the best we can for Mayor. The new Mayor has to gain the respect of Judy T. and the council and together pass the painful budget reforms. The key word is together with a common goal. I’ve said it and seen it here…are we satisifed with one of the incumbent councipersons running for mayor or do be want change? On Nov. 3rd, the people… Read more »
eye4neye
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eye4neye

that must be your ass talking cause I know your mouth knows better.FRANK RAIA HAS NOTHING TO HIDE,He wouldnt be running if he did.Right now, I think everyone knows,that,If you FART in this town there will be someone to smell it.SHAME ON YOU FOR SAYING THAT.

In response to iratevoter who said:
I agree with most of what you’ve said… I’m not thrilled with anyone running. I think the two presumptive frontrunners- Zimmer and Mason- aren’t particularily qualified, but neither are the other candidates, IMHO.

I don’t like Mason because she’s doesn’t tell what what she’ll do and she’s quite negative. Also, she’s deceptive about her experience and background. Zimmer is just a regular Joe (or is that Josephine?) who decided to get into politics. I think she’s honest with no apparent character flaws, but she’ll have to surround herself with good advisors.

I don’t know anything about Glatt, but I’d like to learn. Too bad she chooses this special election to run, because it doesn’t give voters enough time to get to know her. Pupi is old-school Hoboken politics. I don’t know if he’s corrupt, but he certainly plays the patronage, crony game.

As I said, not much to choose among.

iratevoter
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iratevoter

Hey eye4neye-

You kiss your mother with a mouth like that?

In response to eye4neye who said:
that must be your ass talking cause I know your mouth knows better.FRANK RAIA HAS NOTHING TO HIDE,He wouldnt be running if he did.Right now, I think everyone knows,that,If you FART in this town there will be someone to smell it.SHAME ON YOU FOR SAYING THAT.

eye4neye
Member
eye4neye

what ASS and FART ? LOL

In response to iratevoter who said:
Hey eye4neye-

You kiss your mother with a mouth like that?

YipYap
Member

Yes irate voter neither Zimmer or Mason has not run much other than the dishwasher in the last decade so we should have a bake off, the candidate that makes the best cheesecake wins my vote.

iratevoter
Member
iratevoter

We need to raise the bar on Hoboken politics. We need to set high standards for selecting our next mayor. So, while I agree that making a good cheesecake should be required of our next mayor, I also believe that the ability to nurture a good Bolognese is a true test of their skill and commitment.

Do Zimmer and Mason rise to the test or have they been sliding by on bad takeout? When we get in the voting booth, that’s the question we have to answer for themselves.

In response to YipYap who said:
Yes irate voter neither Zimmer or Mason has not run much other than the dishwasher in the last decade so we should have a bake off, the candidate that makes the best cheesecake wins my vote.

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