Bonus Saturday Morning Political Bites!
No matter where they stand on the St. Patrick’s Parade debate, all of Hoboken’s political players will be lining up to march down Washington Street.
Hoboken411 gives them something juicy to talk about at those pre-parade brunches (limit your mimosa’s folks!) Come back at 10am for Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Parade Headquarters! Live Chat and more! (if I wake up in time…)
Theresa Minutillo: Madigan Harrassed me!
Minutillo says she was walking with her daughter near Demarest School when Madigan pulled up in a dark colored SUV and began “screaming obscenities” at her.
Madigan filed petitions to run for the board last week. He ran twice before and came up just short of a seat in 2002 and 2003, when he ran on Michael Schaffer’s “Hoboken First” ticket. Madigan was on the Board of Ed payroll as a Printer/General Technician until Minutillo’s team took over and gave him his walking papers last July. It’s not the first time Madigan’s been seen in a public place offering rude words for Minutillo and her board allies.
Madigan hired former Hoboken Judge Kim Glatt’s husband Jay Yacker to defend himself from Minutillo’s charges.
Kids First gives Tony Soares a Job!
The Hudson Shark is back in action, and he’s thrown some chum into Hoboken’s political waters.
The occasional blogger with insights on the comings and goings of Hudson County politics reports Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allies on the Hoboken Board of Ed have awarded Zoning Board Chairman Tony Soares with a job!
“Tony… you failed to tell everyone about how you got a job as a substitute teacher in the Hoboken School System conveniently after you and Michael Lenz ran the campaign for “Kids First”, who took control of the School Board last year. Didn’t this team promise to end the inside deals that allowed for patronage hires? Wait a minute… Haven’t you claimed to be against these types of patronage hires for years? You are nothing more than a walking, talking petulant hypocrite.
One last thing, how did your back door meeting go where you and Councilman Lenz broke bread with your sworn enemy Carmelo Garcia? So much for transparency!” – Hudson Shark
Since he lost his NYC advertising gig, Soares spends much of his time angrily defaming political enemies behind multiple screen names on other websites. Hudson Shark also reflects on Hoboken411s “Brilliant job” exposing the Condon Contract Conundrum on HudsonShark.com.
PolitickerNJ: Michael Lenz is Dawn Zimmer’s Brain!
Statewide political website PolitickerNJ turns it’s sites on Hoboken again. Writer Max Pizarro “breaks” the less the stunning news that Michael Lenz will run in the November Special Election to keep the 4th ward seat.
Not a single comment has been left for the story, which should tell you how much the state’s political movers and shakers care. Pizarro describes Lenz as “The old school political brain behind Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.” That had some Zimmer supporters grinding their teeth into fine powder this week, since it further confirms what Hoboken411 has been telling you straight up for years.
Pizarro notes the potential candidacies of Tim Occhipinti and Jake Stuiver, but to borrow from Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Part III, we say Lenz’s “true enemy has not yet shown his face.” (Or, as Silvio Dante misquoted Al Pacino in The Sopranos, Lenz’s “true enemy has yet to reveal him (or her) self.”)
Kids First kickoff in stinky bar again!
There’s nothing quite like the smell of the morning after the St. Patrick’s Parade in a beer soaked bar.
For the second year in a row, the team using the “Kids First” name will use the back room at Maxwell’s for their campaign kickoff. Last year the stench of chlorine bleach sent many people out onto the sidewalk, but they’re back again this year. Well, not all of them… Maureen Sullivan and Carrie Gilliard won’t be there this time, and neither will last year’s Kids First Meet-and-Greet coordinator Elizabeth Markevitch.
Don’t be surprised to see Carmelo Garcia show up. He’s the latest Dave Roberts appointee to sign onto the Dawn Roberts, er, Zimmer train. The Mayor has already announced her endorsement of the latest version of the KF brand, this time with Rose Markle and Irene Sobolov representing Old Hoboken, Jean Marie Mitchell standing in as Carmelo’s ally, and Leon Gold bringing his “Revolting” self to the ticket.
There you go. Something for all you political types to talk about before you walk the green line down The Avenue. (Note to Dave Mello and Ravi Bhalla: when Hoboken people refer to “The Avenue,” they mean Washington Street – just some “newbie advice!”)
Enjoy your day everyone – be sure to swing back to Hoboken411 all day for St. Patty’s Day!