City Council Meeting – 10/21/2009
VIDEO ARCHIVE AND LIVE CHAT TRANSCRIPT AFTER THE BREAK…
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)…
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):