City Council Meeting – 10/21/2009

VIDEO ARCHIVE AND LIVE CHAT TRANSCRIPT AFTER THE BREAK…

10/21/2009:

The last Hoboken City Council meeting before the big (third) Mayoral election of 2009. Fans of politics have reached an ultimate level of ecstasy (or pain)…

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Still no budget, but Zimmer keeps making appointments

It’s “back to work” tonight for the Hoboken City Council, but not on the all-important budget.

Despite being nearly one-third of the way through the current fiscal year the City keeps spending money without a proposed spending plan. The word around City Hall is the State Fiscal Monitor has delivered a heap of bad news to Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s desk that she wants to keep hidden from public view until AFTER the November 3rd election. Keep that in mind when you step into the voting booth in November…

What happened to the 25% tax CUT Zimmer promised?

During the spring campaign Zimmer promised she would introduce a budget with a 25% tax cut within 6 weeks (see “the budget”) of taking office. Well, she’s been there for nearly three months now with no budget. There was a lively discussion about the lack of a plan at the last meeting, which is likely to resume tonight. While we wait for a budget, Zimmer plans to appoint more people to board positions ahead of the election. Hmmm, fierce appointments and spending, but deflecting the big budget issue… who’s OK with that?

Appointments planned for Hospital Board, Zoning Board

Zimmer is nominating Tejal Desai to a five-year term the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Board. Desai will replace Eric Lawton, who served as a holdover since his term expired at the end of June. Who is Tejal Desai and how is she qualified to be on the Hospital board that overseas how the $52 million dollar taxpayer bond guarantee is handled? We don’t know because the city hasn’t provided her bio. We do know she lives in the Hoboken Grande building just a few blocks away from Council President Zimmer in the 4th ward.

After an embarrassing display of ineptitude at the last meeting, Zimmer will again attempt to appoint someone to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. This time Zimmer added an additional resolution to fill the unexpired term of one of the two alternate board members should they get a bump up to the open permanent seat. This is leading to speculation she plans to bump up alternate member Tony Soares to take the seat left behind by Randall Underwood. If Soares gets the gig, watch for Phil Cohen to get his alternate spot after his public declaration of support for Zimmer last week. Cohen is following the Jake Stuiver model of jumping from another political camp to gain favor (and a board seat) from Zimmer and her team.

The Salary Ordinance, again

At every meeting since the July 1 reorganization the proposed salary ordinance setting the payouts for the Mayor, Council and Directors has been on the agenda in one form or another. Zimmer has constantly been tweaking it and pulling it off the table for a myriad of reasons. Some council watchers say it’s a ploy to push the ordinance past the election. Now there won’t be a public hearing before November 3rd. Funny how that works out.

Finally, False Fire Alarms addressed

Seems that years of hard work by Hoboken411, complaining about the ridiculous amount of unnecessary false fire alarms – and suggesting appropriate fines – has paid off. Also on the agenda tonight is an ordinance outlining fines for property owners who are responsible for multiple false fire alarms each year. Perhaps the residents of Hoboken can finally get some sleep!

It’s the last meeting before we all vote, so watch for the sparks to fly, especially at the end during the open Public Comment portion.

VIDEO AND CHAT AFTER THE JUMP…

Video and Chat transcript…

2009: The year of the election

The final city council meeting prior to the third Mayoral election of 2009. See video and chat below (starts at 7pm):

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27 Comments on "City Council Meeting – 10/21/2009"

njnjnjnj
Member
njnjnjnj
As far as he budget is concerned, we have a very unique situation here in Hoboken, with a Council President acting as mayor for 4 months. It would be political suicide for Zimmer to address the budget before the election. She is in a catch 22. If she addresses the budget she will lose the election probably because taxes will increase or appear to be increasing. If she does not address the budget she looks really bad, like a politician not fighting for the people. Beth Mason knows Zimmer is stuck between a rock and a hardplace and is exploiting her in her ads (borderline malitiously, which i don’t care for). I believe Zimmer is toast in this upcoming election. Furthermore, when Russo repeatedly asked last night for the budget to be addressed, Zimmer would only say “you will get it, when you get it”. She kept skirting the issue and looked awful. You can tell all of her cronies on the council know a lot more about the budget than Mason, Russo, et all. Its sad. Russo kept addressing it, knowing its a political hot button issue and then finally Cunningham jumped in and spoke about a kids charity event not related to city hall business. Almost heavy fireworks there, folks, alomost. Cunningham saved the day for Zimmer. He knows where his bread is buttered alright. Russo should have fought harder to find out more information but qieted down after this Cunningham manuvoer. Mason said nothing, knowing she had… Read more »
speakthetruth75
Member
speakthetruth75
So once again…Zimmer skirts the budget issue. You are right…she is looking awful and probably will be toast. We have no budget, no direction…but we did get a 47% tax hike. Thank you Zimmer for misleading us! Glatt…even Mason….looking better every day! Good luck ladies! In response to njnjnjnj who said: As far as he budget is concerned, we have a very unique situation here in Hoboken, with a Council President acting as mayor for 4 months. It would be political suicide for Zimmer to address the budget before the election. She is in a catch 22. If she addresses the budget she will lose the election probably because taxes will increase or appear to be increasing. If she does not address the budget she looks really bad, like a politician not fighting for the people. Beth Mason knows Zimmer is stuck between a rock and a hardplace and is exploiting her in her ads (borderline malitiously, which i don’t care for). I believe Zimmer is toast in this upcoming election. Furthermore, when Russo repeatedly asked last night for the budget to be addressed, Zimmer would only say “you will get it, when you get it”. She kept skirting the issue and looked awful. You can tell all of her cronies on the council know a lot more about the budget than Mason, Russo, et all. Its sad. Russo kept addressing it, knowing its a political hot button issue and then finally Cunningham jumped in and spoke about a kids… Read more »
njnjnjnj
Member
njnjnjnj

The Traffic Director stated that on any given day only 4 or 5 cars are parked on Adams between 14th and 15th streets. Therefore he intends to put 75 meters on one side of that street to accomodate movie goers who will drive in from out of town. These meters are designed to alleviate the lack of parking south of 14th street and to deter out of towners from parking in the white 4 hour parking sections leaving more spots open for residents. Great idea, in theory, but the meter maids won’t be enforcing these meters at all since they stop working at 9pm. The idea about using Park on Park was brought up by Traffic Director Sachs in an effort to encourage movie goers to use garages instead of residential spaces. The problem with that is that Sachs did not follow up and try to make Park on Park sign up for this, it was all theory. Sachs should have at least tried to make these business talk to each other if he was going to suggest this as a solution. The city messed up by not making sure clearview had ample parking before they built here. There will be parking problems i assure you, so Sachs looks pretty weak not having a plan 100% implemented yet. Why are we paying him?

matt_72
Member

There shouldn’t be any “retro payments” given how grossly overpaid the city workforce is, there should be a massive refund that comes out of their checking accounts. If Judy approves some big fat pay hikes for the unions, the first thing the mayor should do is hire an attorney, file the city for bankruptcy and reject every single union contract.

Antinucci
Member
Antinucci

Whaaaaaaaaaaa, whaaaaaaaaaa,whaaaaaaa
Keep crying and whining cause you wont get your way,lol

In response to matt_72 who said:
There shouldn’t be any “retro payments” given how grossly overpaid the city workforce is, there should be a massive refund that comes out of their checking accounts. If Judy approves some big fat pay hikes for the unions, the first thing the mayor should do is hire an attorney, file the city for bankruptcy and reject every single union contract.

matt_72
Member

I am not all that worried. Once the reval hits, I won’t be the one crying. All the BNRs that voted for the tools that passed out those pay hikes will get taxed out of town and it will be the last time city workers get a pay hike for a decade or more. I am sooooooo looking forward to that day.

In response to Antinucci who said:
Whaaaaaaaaaaa, whaaaaaaaaaa,whaaaaaaa
Keep crying and whining cause you wont get your way,lol

upyurs
Member
upyurs

I had stopped going to council meetings in April, since there was nothing but Donna, Toni T, some guy Pasareeli, Mesach, DeLea and their HOBOKEN REVOLT group holding rallies outside city hall that I attended in support of a budget and our large tax increse of 47%. Last night I decided to go to the meeting and was taken back that not one of them was present and spoke about the budget. It statrs one to wonder were they a front for ZIMMER camgaign getting individuals e-mail addresses. Where are they how come no rallies outside city hall. I don’t have a clue what the problem is with the budget and I am not sure that the 3 new council memebrs have a clue either. I do know that we could be in for a reduction that is maybe 5%. Is that what HOBOKEN REVOLT had in mind? I do know that the 6 union contracts expired DECEMBER 31, 2007, that is correct 2007. That means we have retro payments in the budget when it is adopted, also, starting next year 2010 the contract expire December31, 2010. Do we go thru this again? WHERE”S IS REVOLT?

Red Haven
Member
Red Haven
You’re right. That crew disappeared. Some were just shills for Zimmer but others sincerely believed Dawn when she promised to cut taxes by 25% within six weeks of taking control. Now Zimmer’s had control for three months and the word around City Hall is Tripodi told Zimmer her pledge is impossible. Zimmer knows she can’t introduce the budget she promised, so she won’t introduce anything at all for fear of showing everyone she lied for votes again. Zimmer had no plan last spring and she has no plan today. Don’t just take my word for it. Watch the last two council meetings yourself and see how Zimmer reacts to questioning about the budget. In response to upyurs who said: I had stopped going to council meetings in April, since there was nothing but Donna, Toni T, some guy Pasareeli, Mesach, DeLea and their HOBOKEN REVOLT group holding rallies outside city hall that I attended in support of a budget and our large tax increse of 47%. Last night I decided to go to the meeting and was taken back that not one of them was present and spoke about the budget. It statrs one to wonder were they a front for ZIMMER camgaign getting individuals e-mail addresses. Where are they how come no rallies outside city hall. I don’t have a clue what the problem is with the budget and I am not sure that the 3 new council memebrs have a clue either. I do know that we could… Read more »
realstuff
Member
realstuff

The cc is still the Weds. nite circus ‘dog & pony show’. Why in the world don’t they have a caucus at which they can table items in minutes and not allow the meetings to go after mid-nite…Mason, Giacci, and Tremitiedi have supported this at previous meetings but Giacci as the then council president, could not get any support.

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