Reader Mail: More of the same “reform”
Last Hoboken political letter of 2009
As the tumultuous political year of 2009 winds down, Hoboken411 reader Will wanted to share his thoughts on the current state of politics in Hoboken, as well as keeping the fire lit under our supposedly weary administration. I’m still waiting for the “good job so far!” letters, but haven’t received one:
Hypocrites in Reformer clothing
“For as long as I’ve lived in Hoboken, each and every municipal election always had a set of token reformers on the ballot. Criticizing what is wrong with the de facto government, and promises of greener pastures if they’re elected. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. We fell for this nonsense with the Roberts administration (along with the Soares’, Marshes, Cammaranos and more). Promises of reform always turned into political retardation within a couple years.
Fast forward to 2009, and our so-called reform didn’t even last a couple months. The voters that fell for the yuppie Zimmer ballot ought to be reminded of a few things:
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(What Reform? Continued…)
- The revolting taxpayers were just a front for the Zimmer team, under the false guise of a “non-partisanship” activist organization, several members were appointed jobs in the current administration. Notice how they stopped revolting, despite the failed promises of tax reform? A couple pre-planned emails aren’t going to scare anyone. I think we can safely retire those zany signs now.
- They cried about and frowned upon double-dipping municipal jobs. Well, look at Mr. Lenz! Appointed for a second taxpayer-funded job thanks to Dawn Zimmer! He collects a second salary, more benefits and votes on all legislation. The open government groups, revolters and even Zimmer herself have been against these multiple taxpayer funded jobs, and now have nothing to say. This is why they’ve already lost their reformer label forever. Now you know why practically no effort was put into finding a non-connected straight-shooter to represent the 4th Ward.
- While important city issues need quick decisions, the Zimmer Majority cancels the special council meetings and continually postpones others. The sense of urgency by our newly elected officials (like the city audit, tax revaluation) is obviously absent. (Insert empty, sympathetic reformer excuse here).
- Many supporters of the current administration (Zimmer) have said apologetic things like “she’s only been on the job for seven weeks!” Yeah? Well, well why is it that she’s already taken TWELVE DAYS off from her Mayoral duties? And for the Zimmer supporters that say “it’s a much deserved vacation?” Yeah? Because she CHOSE to campaign for 11 months? Many times while on the clock as a taxpayer funded $100k+ acting mayor? If the malnourished woman is tired from her exhausting political campaigns, it has nothing to do with the duties of Mayor, nor does it mean we should be covering her undeserved long vacations. Barack Obama, the leader of the free world, has been in office almost 12 months, and he’s taken less time off than Dawn Zimmer. Even when he does take off, it’s a working vacation, holding press conferences and fully on call (did you notice how hard it was to get in touch with ANYONE during that recent fire on First Street? Way to go Zimmer! Run away!) I shudder when comparing Dawn Zimmer to Barack Obama, but the woman insisted on using Obama’s political slogans through out her own campaign, “Change that Works.” Really? What change? And when does it start working? Maybe it’s working for (benefiting) Zimmer and her newly hired friends, but it sure isn’t working for the residents of Hoboken.
Now is not the time for excuses or leniency when it comes to the performance of our elected officials. Instead of taking time off because of exhaustion, they owe it to the citizens to hit the ground running, working double or triple shifts with their sleeves rolled up. How can anyone feel sorry for them when they haven’t produced anything meaningful other than the advancement of their own self-serving political agenda and paychecks?
I’m very concerned that Mayor Zimmer and her newly elected council members show no sense of urgency regarding Hoboken’s serious state of affairs. Their nonchalance about being unprepared and uninformed at council meetings and their inability to hold special or emergency meetings in a timely manner suggest that they really don’t understand the scope of this city’s problems or how to resolve them.
Between the recession, Hoboken’s financial crisis, and extreme incompetence in our new administration and council members, I fear that Hoboken will be hit very hard in 2010. When the mess hits the fan, at least the majority of voters can say they DID NOT support Dawn Zimmer for Mayor.”