Tremitiedi’s City Checklist

1/6/2010:

While you’d expect all elected and appointed officials to have the credentials and skill set to properly run a municipality such as Hoboken – however, that didn’t stop City Watchdog Richard Tremitiedi from putting together a very fundamental “cheat sheet” for the so-called “powers that be.”

Without further adieu…

Hoboken’s Managerial Tasks

Hoboken richard tremitiedi letter to editor city council caucusby Richard Tremitiedi

“Dear Editor,

We have a new mayor and an administration which is faced with the main objective to upright our financial ship. Accordingly, here is a listing of some tasks facing us in 2010:

  1. Adopt the current budget with any appropriate adjustments.
  2. Plan for next’s year budget since most of this year’s will be spent or encumbered.
  3. Prepare and submit our plan to the Local Finance Board to eliminate total state supervision so that we can govern ourselves.
  4. Closely monitor the performance of our hospital situation.
  5. Bring closure to the Observer Highway garage sale which is still costing us over $100K per month.
  6. Bring closure to the SWAT team administrative hearing and inform the public of its legal costs.
  7. Obtain funding to repair our collapsing piers.
  8. Provide more open space for active recreational use.
  9. Monitor existing PILOT’s and to be prudent in making future decisions on same.
  10. Maintain a balance in affordable housing.
  11. Support sound development.
  12. Settle contracts with unions at terms the city can afford.
  13. Require corporation counsel to give monthly reports to the city council on outstanding legal issues.
  14. Provide for more human resource type direction to avoid legal actions by employees.
  15. Require that administration representatives be available for the full length of city council meetings.
  16. Follow up on the disposition of the requested detailed operational audits of all city departments.

I advise all to be informed of the issues and become involved in civic affairs so that you can better support your elected representatives and to also hold them accountable and responsible.

Respectfully,
Richard Tremitiedi”

No offense, Richard – but you could have saved a LOT of time and simply wrote on a napkin: “READ YOUR CAMPAIGN PROMISES!

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6 Comments on "Tremitiedi’s City Checklist"

realstuff
Member
realstuff

I’m glad that Tremitiedi went over these points at the city council meeting and made it clear that this is on their plate and that “they con’t have to re-invent the wheel, they just have to get the wheel moving”.

lonnie1wsj
Member
lonnie1wsj

If this guy, Tremitiedi, had half a brain, he’d be dangerous..!

Dr.Chico
Member
Dr.Chico

If we are able to look back at this 12 months from now, I can see less then 25% of this list being completed. However, the chances of Dawn looking completely confused and having no idea what the hell is going on right now is at 97%.

whineanddineinhob
Member
whineanddineinhob

Dawn is just like the “recruiter” in the 60’s that promised you the world to get you to sign the papers. People just learn the hard way!

In response to Dr.Chico who said:
If we are able to look back at this 12 months from now, I can see less then 25% of this list being completed. However, the chances of Dawn looking completely confused and having no idea what the hell is going on right now is at 97%.

jman01
Member
jman01

Nice checklist but he left off key items from Zimmer’s campaign promises (these came from her own website!):

1)Start a REVAL now!”will promptly take the legally mandated steps to put one into effect.”

2)”Introduce a Budget with a 25% TAX CUT by August 10, 2009″

3)”Petition to END STATE MONITORING by 12/31/2009″

4)”From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, target a 10% reduction across the board in operating costs, over and above the elimination of the approximately $31 million in non-recurring appropriations that will happen automatically.”

5)”Cut overall payroll costs across all levels by 10%. These costs represent approximately 80% of our operating budget.”

6)”Work with the hospital board to spin-off the hospital to a private concern at the earliest opportunity.” ~ Instead of following through on this promise, Zimmer asked the state for more tax-payer money to keep the hospital running for a few more weeks.

7)”Do a complete analysis of all PILOT agreements for the city.-Commission and complete such an analysis by a competent outside professional, within 100 days of taking office.”

realstuff
Member
realstuff
Good points but if you re-examine the items mentioned, Richie did mention adjustments to the budget and the depth of any reductions is really up to the entire city council who has to decide the level of service the city wants to provide and how much we can afford to pay. Of course Judy T. has a lot to say currently. Tremitiedi did speak on reval in the past and agrees that the process should be started now. Judy T. has received estimates on what the initial tax map update will cost. According to experts in the field, this process may take up to 4 years. Richie T.is committed to getting citizens to take an active part in government and wants asist whomever wants to get up to speed with the issues facing Hoboken. In response to jman01 who said: Nice checklist but he left off key items from Zimmer’s campaign promises (these came from her own website!): 1)Start a REVAL now!”will promptly take the legally mandated steps to put one into effect.” 2)”Introduce a Budget with a 25% TAX CUT by August 10, 2009″ 3)”Petition to END STATE MONITORING by 12/31/2009″ 4)”From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, target a 10% reduction across the board in operating costs, over and above the elimination of the approximately $31 million in non-recurring appropriations that will happen automatically.” 5)”Cut overall payroll costs across all levels by 10%. These costs represent approximately 80% of our operating budget.” 6)”Work with the hospital board… Read more »
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