Tim Occhipinti says city suppresses public

6/4/2010:

As you may already know, the Hoboken Municipal Garage has been quite a controversy as of late. And at this week’s City Council meeting, Council President Peter Cunningham pulled a trick often used in previous administrations – to limit the public’s participation and hold a weekend meeting when many residents are out of town.

Tim Occhipinti, who is throwing his hat into the November Special Election for the 4th Ward – issued a press release today.

Mayor, Council Suppress Public Participation with Sunday Meeting

Mayor Should Promote Transparency and Public Discourse

“With the Zimmer administration’s recent successful ploy to move a key city council meeting to Sunday, June 13, the administration is subjecting the residents of Hoboken to a political game and suppressing the public’s right to participate in their government’s decision-making process.

During this meeting, the council has scheduled the consideration of a $16 million bond ordinance. It is irresponsible for this administration to move such an important issue to a date that is not only inconvenient for residents, but infringes upon time that traditionally would be reserved for family and friends.

“This is a community that values the limited free time they have on the weekends,” said Tim Occhipinti, 4th Ward resident. “This administration has made a calculated decision to move this meeting to a time when a great deal of Hoboken’s residents are unwilling or unable to attend. These political games must stop now.”

These actions amount to nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to discourage public discussion on a project that this administration would like to push unabated through the council.

“I call on our residents to voice their disapproval and outrage over these actions,” Occhipinti said. “Transparency is not a concept to be taken lightly, especially by an administration that promised to be more open and forthright with its residents. Unfortunately, this administration has made a habit of breaking promises to Hoboken’s residents. If they truly believe in transparency and public discourse they will move the meeting back to its original date of Wednesday, June 16.”

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3 Comments on "Tim Occhipinti says city suppresses public"

gnoor
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gnoor

If I recall, after Occhipinti lost his council run last year he endorsed Cammarano and was all about him.

Personally, I think Lenz is terrible and Occhipinti is an amateur who is trying a bit to hard to act like a change agent but probably has his own personal agenda for why he is running.

matt_72
Member

He also recently wrote a letter to the editor that pretty much tells me he is kissing the unions’ collective rear ends & looking for their endorsement. The last person I as a taxpayer would ever vote for is someone in the back pocket of the unions. He is not an agent of change, he is more the type of person who supports the government taking all your money including your spare change to feed the never ending demands from public sector workers.[quote comment=”193213″]If I recall, after Occhipinti lost his council run last year he endorsed Cammarano and was all about him. Personally, I think Lenz is terrible and Occhipinti is an amateur who is trying a bit to hard to act like a change agent but probably has his own personal agenda for why he is running.[/quote]

youme66
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youme66

Over the last 10 months we have watched Dawn Zimmer’s incompetence and blatant lies put Hoboken and its residents at greater risk and closer to financial ruin. We gave her a free pass for many months chalking it up to her newness, but now many of us who supported Ms. Zimmer see that she is not the brightest bulb (nor as nice as we first thought) and is completely controlled by Mike Lenz her Shadow Mayor. Together, the Zimmer/Lenz Regime has managed to keep Hoboken in a stronghold of bad management. Watch any council meeting and you’ll see that their hostility towards the public is not only offensive, it’s obvious, and they are destroying Hoboken. 👿

I welcome Tim Occhipinti’s run in the 4th ward. We need Mike Lenz, a political opportunist with his own self-serving agenda, to be removed from office, and we need the Zimmer Council to lose their majority. They are truly awful, so I will be encouraging my friends all over town, in and out of the 4th ward, to support Mr. Occhipinti’s candidacy.

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