Reader Mail: Offended by Mayor Zimmer

2/4/2010:

Not sure what’s going on these days at City Hall, but something must be in the water, when our current Mayor Dawn Zimmer is pulling out the “big guns” and comparing something like a police department audit to the HOLOCAUST.

This was enough to outrage Hoboken411 reader Louise who writes:

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Mayor Zimmer is lazy and offensive!

“I am outraged by Mayor Zimmer’s recent inaction and offensive statements.

We have all given Mayor Zimmer ample time to get settled in City Hall (since August 2009) to showcase her leadership capabilities, unfortunately, she has failed us time and time again.

In early January, Mayor Zimmer said that the Public Safety (Police) AUDIT would be available to local officials and then made public by the end of January.

Once again, Mayor Zimmer is giving us yet another excuse as to why she can’t give us the HPD Audit. In the past, she has blamed former Mayor Dave Roberts and Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi for her own broken promises, but now she’s blaming the state, specifically Susan Jacobucci, Director of Division of Local Governments Services. Mayor Zimmer went too far this time. Yesterday at a press conference, Mayor Zimmer compared her inability to get the HPD audit from Jacobucci to the serious plight of Holocaust survivors waiting for a boat and being told “not yet.” I know that Mayor Zimmer could not possibly think that the delay in the audit is a life and death situation so for her to take these exploitative measures and use the Holocaust as a means to garner sympathy for herself as if she was a victim is truly insensitive, egotistical, and offensive.

Dawn Zimmer is not a victim. Instead of sitting in her City Hall office sending out meaningless press releases and holding press conferences attempting to justify her excuses for inaction, she should try doing her job for a change. A true leader would take the bull by the horns, get the hell out of their office chair, drive to Trenton, and using their intelligence and diplomacy, meet with officials and argue their case. A true leader shows relentless strength and the ability to forge and build critical relationships with other officials so that they can lead, govern, and get the job done back home, your home, Hoboken.

Mayor Zimmer, stop constantly making excuses and stop trying to artificially solicit sympathy from your constituents who deserve so much more from you. Here’s an idea: Why don’t you show us Change that Works by leading instead of pandering!

Angry Hoboken Resident,
Louise F.

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34 Comments on "Reader Mail: Offended by Mayor Zimmer"

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

Oldie but goodie. Almost 5 years later , Zimmer, still the mind-numbing dimwit with stunning powers of media manipulation.

xyzpdq
Member
xyzpdq

If Mayor Zimmer wants the details of the Police Audit made public all she has to do is leave her copy on a table where members of the press can see it. Waving it around at a press conference seems more like grandstanding than transparency. The work product excuse is lame. The state can’t do anything to the Mayor if she releases the document. Have you ever heard of a Mayor being prosecuted for releasing a state document paid for by the taxpayers?

krewedetat
Member
krewedetat
I was wondering about this also. There are statutes that rule confidentiality, and I think as long as individual performance issues are protected (unless employees are noticed and agree to have the information published), most of this audit is public information. If she wanted to be conservative but still get the job done, she could black out sensitive information and release the document to the council and the public. I just think Zimmer wants to have it both ways with the fiscal monitor. The mayor can blame the monitor and the state when things go badly, but she happily echoes Judy’s strategically timed statements, like when she said taxes were going down 2 weeks before the election. The only valid reason I could see for not making the audit public is if it somehow impacts negatively any ongoing contract negotiations. But Zimmer is not saying that is the reason. She used union negotiations as an excuse not to release the budget — now the budget is released. Why hasn’t she sought the advise of her (much touted) lawyers and like Louise said, go down to Trenton and have a heart to heart with whatever bureaucrat in Trenton is jamming this up stating if they are not done by a specific date she will release the document. Sitting in front of cameras waving a piece of paper is not going to get this done. In response to xyzpdq who said: If Mayor Zimmer wants the details of the Police Audit made… Read more »
Margaret
Member

The Press loves to be inflammatory and will print anything to
sell papers. Who to TRUST? What to believe? Sifting through the rhetoric is getting more difficult every day. Hoboken Politics hasn’t changed much in the past 40 years that I have been interested. Or has it?

truth1
Member
truth1

I don’t think that she committed an error this week in calling for the release of the operational audit of the Hob. PD. from the Div. of Local Government Services, Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey. The taxpayers paid for it and this property of the State should be shared.

Watchmaker
Member
Watchmaker

Calling on someone in the press is easy — and just as useless. Why didn’t she do something about it? Or is she just plain lazy and simply trying to blame somebody else for her own lack of effort.

The Holocaust remark, on the other hand, shows a tremendous lack of taste and Zimmer should apologize. It was clearly a cheap ploy to get sympathy and deflect the blame. I’m glad that people saw right through it.

In response to truth1 who said:
I don’t think that she committed an error this week in calling for the release of the operational audit of the Hob. PD. from the Div. of Local Government Services, Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey. The taxpayers paid for it and this property of the State should be shared.

truth1
Member
truth1

Under N.J. State Statute, Judy Tripodi, Hob. Fiscal Control Monitor has vase power and authority to act as the de-facto Business Administrator and does not anwwer to the Mayor or City Council. Her boss is Susuan Jacobucci, Director of Local Gov’t. Services, DCA, State of N.J. The only thing that bureaucrats understand is public pressure. The Newark Star Ledger had an Editorial concurring with Mayor’s Zimmer’s action. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Let’s see if this valuable report is released.

In response to Watchmaker who said:
Calling on someone in the press is easy — and just as useless. Why didn’t she do something about it? Or is she just plain lazy and simply trying to blame somebody else for her own lack of effort.

The Holocaust remark, on the other hand, shows a tremendous lack of taste and Zimmer should apologize. It was clearly a cheap ploy to get sympathy and deflect the blame. I’m glad that people saw right through it.

YipYap
Member

Guy walks into a Hoboken bar, there’s a robot bartender.
The robot says, “What will you have?”
The guy says, “Martini.”

The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man,
“What’s your IQ?”
The guy says, “168.”
The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.
The guy leaves, but he is curious…
So he goes back into the bar.
The robot bartender says, “What will you have?”
The guy says, “PBR.”
Again, the robot pours the drink and gives it to the man and says,
“What’s your IQ?”
The guy says, “100.”
The robot then starts to talk about Snookie and the NY Jets.
The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time.
He goes back into the bar.
The robot says, “What will you have?”
The guy says, “white wine spritzer,” and the robot brings him another drink.
The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?”
The guy says, “Uh, about 50.”
The robot leans in real close and says,
“So, you people still happy you voted for Zimmer?”

DEADMAU5
Member
DEADMAU5

LOL

In response to YipYap who said:
Guy walks into a Hoboken bar, there’s a robot bartender.
The robot says, “What will you have?”
The guy says, “Martini.”

The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man,
“What’s your IQ?”
The guy says, “168.”
The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.
The guy leaves, but he is curious…
So he goes back into the bar.
The robot bartender says, “What will you have?”
The guy says, “PBR.”
Again, the robot pours the drink and gives it to the man and says,
“What’s your IQ?”
The guy says, “100.”
The robot then starts to talk about Snookie and the NY Jets.
The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time.
He goes back into the bar.
The robot says, “What will you have?”
The guy says, “white wine spritzer,” and the robot brings him another drink.
The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?”
The guy says, “Uh, about 50.”
The robot leans in real close and says,
“So, you people still happy you voted for Zimmer?”

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