Video: Zimmer hiding the budget

10/27/2009 Update:

Reader Reaction and Mason Release

There’s been a lot of reaction to the video from last week’s council meeting where the Acting Mayor/Council President squirms under questioning about her refusal to share information about the city budget. First, an open letter to Dawn Zimmer from a Hoboken411 reader:

email-city-council.jpg“Dear Dawn,

You’ve lost my vote.

As a Hoboken Mom, I have been an enthusiastic supporter of yours in the past, but in your three months as Acting Mayor you have shown you are not ready for the job. The most important responsibility for a mayor is the budget. Unfortunately, you’ve shown you do not have a grasp of even basic budget issues. You were given a chance to prove you would keep at least a few of your campaign promises regarding the budget and you have failed.

I’ve met you & know you are a nice person. David Roberts is a nice person, but he failed miserably as our mayor bringing us national embarrassment and a budget crisis. We cannot have another four years of a mayor who is a great ribbon-cutter but can’t manage the city.

After this election, you will still be the Council President and can work to pass legislation you promised to address as a councilperson. Right now it is critical for our city to elect someone who is a competent executive to reform our city. As with many of my neighbors, I’ll now be choosing the candidate who best fits that description.

Sincerely,
A Hoboken Mom

Meanwhile, another Hoboken Mom is weighing in on the budget controversy. Mother-of-two Beth Mason sent out a press release entitled “Mason Demands that Zimmer Stop Hiding Budget and Tax Increase, Budget is late and spending continues on Record Pace” that you can click to read.

See the video of Zimmer’s refusal to answer direct questions on the budget before the election below.

10/23/2009:

Zimmer deflects important budget questions

Chances are, you’re one of the tens of thousands of people that didn’t see this weeks City Council meeting. Towards the end of the marathon meeting, a resident challenges Zimmer about the campaign promises she proudly made in the spring. Citing it’s been three months that she’s been in office, we’re one third of the way through the fiscal year, and she hasn’t even introduced a budget yet.

See the video below, as well as the campaign promises mentioned.

Zimmer budget promises

  • Introduce a Budget with a 25% TAX CUT by August 10, 2009.
  • Hold comprehensive PUBLIC BUDGET HEARINGS in the fall. It’s long past time that Hoboken started holding workshops – open to the public – Where the line items that make up the city budget are explained, examined, and if appropriate, modified.
  • Budget Workshops – take advantage of Hobokenites who want to help. The budget document that results from these comprehensive workshops will become a living document, guiding the city’s actions in accordance with law, which accurately and clearly represents the personnel and programs the city intends to employ throughout the fiscal year.
  • ADOPT A FULLY FUNDED CITY BUDGET by 11/30/2009. Adopting a budget has long been a political drama in Hoboken . By acquiring needed facts, and working cooperatively with all stakeholders, the process will work somewhat better. But Dawn Zimmer understands passing Hoboken’s first fully funded budget in a generation won’t be easy. Dawn will make adopting this budget and restoring home rule a top priority, and will get it done.

(Note that Zimmer was sworn in on July 23rd – so adjust dates accordingly)

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122 Comments on "Video: Zimmer hiding the budget"

realstuff
Member
realstuff

King of Rock, who taught you to read and write… (home schooled?)and firefighters may save your life and all lawyers are not political crooks. You certainly appear to have a sort of chip on your shoulder. Anger management is a good start.

professor pinetop
Member
professor pinetop

mason is the only candidate with both relevant professional and community experience. frank means well but his long tenure on the sewer authority did not bring many creative flooding solutions to hoboken (case in point the shop-rite he developed) his head in parking solution for washington street will get rid of our sidewalks and he still owes us a pool. kim has been a politically appointed judge and even now is way too close to roberts. dawn lacks a real professional resume (if you were hiring a chief executive for a $120 millon company and someone gave you dawn’s professional resume, would you even bother to interview her much less hire her?) and prior to running for office two years ago did precious little community work during her five year residency here. let’s regain municipal control; beth will work for us. her experience, honesty, dedication and love of hoboken will serve the entire community well.

iratevoter
Member
iratevoter
…if you were hiring a chief executive for a $120 millon company and someone gave you dawn’s professional resume, would you even bother to interview her much less hire her?… If Beth were applying for the job, I wouldn’t interview her either. Beth won’t even say where she worked, when, what her titles and responsiblities were… What we do know is she throws around names like TWA, MCI, etc. that haven’t been around for a very long time. I suspect she’s been a housewife for about twenty years. I wish she’d just fess up… In response to professor pinetop who said: mason is the only candidate with both relevant professional and community experience. frank means well but his long tenure on the sewer authority did not bring many creative flooding solutions to hoboken (case in point the shop-rite he developed) his head in parking solution for washington street will get rid of our sidewalks and he still owes us a pool. kim has been a politically appointed judge and even now is way too close to roberts. dawn lacks a real professional resume (if you were hiring a chief executive for a $120 millon company and someone gave you dawn’s professional resume, would you even bother to interview her much less hire her?) and prior to running for office two years ago did precious little community work during her five year residency here. let’s regain municipal control; beth will work for us. her experience, honesty, dedication and love of hoboken… Read more »
eye4neye
Member
eye4neye

TO ME mason IS ON A POWER TRIP.I attended the debates,what my eyes saw Ms Mason do,was roll her eyes and huff and puff when her components were speaking. SHE SHOULD BE RESPECTFUL.AND to throw your own husband under the bus by telling us that SHE paid for her husband to go to school,TMI LADY!TMI

In response to professor pinetop who said:
mason is the only candidate with both relevant professional and community experience. frank means well but his long tenure on the sewer authority did not bring many creative flooding solutions to hoboken (case in point the shop-rite he developed) his head in parking solution for washington street will get rid of our sidewalks and he still owes us a pool. kim has been a politically appointed judge and even now is way too close to roberts. dawn lacks a real professional resume (if you were hiring a chief executive for a $120 millon company and someone gave you dawn’s professional resume, would you even bother to interview her much less hire her?) and prior to running for office two years ago did precious little community work during her five year residency here. let’s regain municipal control; beth will work for us. her experience, honesty, dedication and love of hoboken will serve the entire community well.

YipYap
Member

Mickey I believe the pension contribution Holiday started with Gov Whitman. When Whitman became Governor with the promise of reducing taxes. She eliminated annual contributions into the pension plan for government employees. This was a huge amount that municipalities had to pay in every year. She removed it and property taxes did in fact go down. Whitman delivered the tax cuts alright and now we are going to pay for it in spades.

The belief was investment gains would cover future benefit accruals. This lasted somewhat through the Whitman, DiFrancesco, McGreevey, and the Codey administrations. No pension contributions were made, at all for years.

Even when Corzine came in, the contributions were not fully restored.

Well now the pension shortfall is somewhere around $50 Billion.
How are the towns going to come up with the money? The sad fact is they won’t because they cannot. The amount needed annually would bankrupt every town in NJ. Corzine as a favor to the towns this year also reduced the pension contributions required from the municipalities.

If anyone is claiming the budget is going down they should preface it with the fact that they are not making a prudent contribution for the town liabilities for the pension plans.

One better hope that the Federal Government steps in to make up for the enormous shortfalls otherwise we are looking at a doubling of municipal taxes in the next 10 years!

krewedetat
Member
krewedetat

I’ve got to question what motivated the fiscal monitor, who rarely gave interviews or spoke in public in the year she has been here, to suddenly start talking?

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Judy expects a reduction….let’s get a look at the real budget…the payroll…and other bombshells to come. Is Judy playing games? Time will tell…vote wisely…..

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