Outrage grows over Zimmer raises

8/4/2010:

Zimmer gives staff raises, but wants Cops fired

How would you like a 31% annual raise? Does a 25% salary bump after only three months on the job sound good to you?

That’s what Mayor Dawn Zimmer gave two of her spokesmen the same week she announced a plan to lay off 36 other workers. 18 of those layoffs are Police Officers, and news of the big raises for her staff was included in the police unions’ response to the layoff plan. Following these revelations, the Mayor’s claim that she is, “Extremely, extremely concerned about the budget” looks pretty silly to many people Hoboken411 has heard from.

Zimmer responds to widespread backlash

Nearly a year ago when Zimmer hired 25-year old Dan Bryan to be her “Confidential Aide” we told you his salary wouldn’t be kept at $35,000 for long. In fact, Hoboken411 predicted there would be a big raise in his future when nobody was watching. Hiring Bryan put an energetic campaign worker on the city payroll. For a while he served as Zimmer’s spokesman, but now he’s essentially the Mayor’s gopher. That’s why comments like this from Zimmer are quite frankly deceitful:

“Dan Bryan, my confidential aide, who essentially performs the functions of a chief of staff, received a raise from $35,000 to $46,100. The individual who held the chief of staff position previously for the prior Administration was paid $125,000.”

– Dawn Zimmer

How can Dan Bryan be a “Chief” of staff when one has no legal authority or power to direct staff whatsoever as part of his “confidential aide” job title? The chief of staff position proposed by the prior administration would have placed all city Directors as direct reports to the Chief of Staff in lieu of a Business Administrator. Says one City Hall critic, “It’s disingenuous and deliberately misleading of Zimmer to mix these apples and oranges. Joe Garcia was a highly qualified attorney who was going to run the city day-to-day. Dan runs to get Dawn her lunch.”

Dan Bryan does not run the City of Hoboken. He doesn’t give orders. He is NOT a Chief of Staff. Anybody who watched The West Wing would know this, and if Dawn Zimmer had spent more than a few, non-management-level years in the private sector before marrying into an affluent diamond family, she would understand this as well.

The Mayor’s Tweeter gets a 25% raise

Juan Melli first started cashing Hoboken taxpayer checks at the end of last winter when he received an open-ended contract from Zimmer to handle “New Media.” He was paid $15,000 to set up and administer the city’s Twitter account and turn the official city website into what looks like the Mayor’s MySpace page. This contract was awarded quietly while Zimmer went back on her promise “To cut taxes 25% in the first year alone!” and was not submitted for City Council approval.

Melli was hired in the middle of May at a salary of $60,000 a year. As layoff announcements were made, Zimmer quietly bumped Melli up to $75,000. Her explanation?

“Mr. Melli did not receive a raise, but agreed to work for a lower salary than initially agreed upon until the end of the fiscal year because of Hoboken’s budgetary constraints.”

– Dawn Zimmer

So, let’s get this straight. Melli was hired at $60k but three months later makes $75k and that’s not considered “a raise” by this Mayor? If you got a $15k bump, would you think you got “a raise?” In response to this comment one city taxpayer told Hoboken411, “How have Hoboken’s budgetary constraints changed since the end of the fiscal year? She’s laying people off to make room in her budget to give her buddies raises!”

Zimmer continues, “Mr. Melli’s new media expertise saves the city from having to outsource for web site management.” So, if Melli was not plastering Zimmer’s face all over the city web site (and coordinating with mayoral groupies online), Zimmer would have outsourced that job? Not even Dave Roberts did that!

Who is Juan Melli? How did he become an employee?

Melli’s job is to make a majority of Hoboken voters think Dawn Zimmer can spin gold out of straw. His official title is “Public Information Officer” (one of two the city employs) – but his real job is Chief Spinmeister, both online and off. Melli is best known as the founder of the “Blue Jersey” Democratic blog website. The 29-year old parlayed that accomplishment into the hearts of many state Democratic party players (see picture below).

Melli holds a Doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, but has instead decided to get into the political consulting business. Melli served as “Director of New Media” for Governor Jon Corzine’s 2009 re-election campaign and claims to be the first to use text messaging in a New Jersey political campaign. Corzine lost anyway. Zimmer apparently met Melli when they were both advocating for Bike Lanes in Hoboken. He has no prior experience in the field of “Public Information,” but has spent quite a lot of time blogging for politicians.

Take a look at what his consulting firm does, and ask if you think Hoboken taxpayers should be footing the bill so Zimmer can reap the benefits from it.

The Bottom Line

This story is not meant to be an opportunity to pick on Dan Bryan or Juan Melli. They are both hired guns just doing the tax-payer funded job their boss – Mayor Dawn Zimmer – wants them to do for her. This isn’t personal, and everyone I’ve spoken with actually speaks highly of both Bryan and Melli, who both live in Hoboken. There’s no doubt there are some real screwy characters attached to this Mayor, but these two don’t appear to be in that category.

This story is about decisions made by Dawn Zimmer to hand massive raises out to those who are paid to do her dirty work – while 36 other employees are waiting to hear if they will be fired due to “budget cuts.”

What do you think? Comment below.

(and see Police Union letter here)

40 Responses

  1. Furey says:

    So we are talking about $26,100 in raises to staff vs reducing pay of $2.5 million to cops?

    Yet the cops wrote:
    “If there are 19 demotions, the City may save $220,000 and 18 layoffs may save $990,000 in salary and benefits for a total of $1.21 million. That’s a $75 per year savings for each of the City’s 16,000 taxpayers. That equates to approximately $1.50 per week.”
    1.21 million divided by 16,000 taxpayers = $75.625 per taxpayer
    75.625 / 52 weeks in a year = 1.45 each

    With the 26,100 raises, lets do the same math.
    26,100 divided by 16,000 taxpayers = $1.63 per taxpayer per year
    1.63 / 52 weeks in a year = .03 per week

    • Hoboken007 says:

      Hah, this is some great perspective Furey. Seriously, this is no big deal, why all the attention?[quote comment=”195471″]So we are talking about $26,100 in raises to staff vs reducing pay of $2.5 million to cops?Yet the cops wrote:
      “If there are 19 demotions, the City may save $220,000 and 18 layoffs may save $990,000 in salary and benefits for a total of $1.21 million. That’s a $75 per year savings for each of the City’s 16,000 taxpayers. That equates to approximately $1.50 per week.”
      1.21 million divided by 16,000 taxpayers = $75.625 per taxpayer
      75.625 / 52 weeks in a year = 1.45 eachWith the 26,100 raises, lets do the same math.
      26,100 divided by 16,000 taxpayers = $1.63 per taxpayer per year
      1.63 / 52 weeks in a year = .03 per week[/quote]

      • spiffy says:

        On the flipside, Furey and Hoboken007 if it’s not a big deal whether its a dollar a week for cops or three cents for raises, then why do they need to fire the cops?

        That dollar and change would be of ZERO noticeable impact to you or anyone else.

        But it’s like someone saying “if you could donate a dollar a week to save the jobs and livelihoods of 36 local people in Hoboken, would you do it?”

        And you would refuse, saying “no, I need that dollar and change. It’s crucial to my quality of life.”

        Zimmer lovers. Only see things from their slanted perspectives.

        Pray you’re not on the short end of the stick when PD response times increase. Pray.[quote comment=”195537″]Hah, this is some great perspective Furey. Seriously, this is no big deal, why all the attention?

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      • The Waaambulance says:

        I agree. Let them keep their raises. It’s not that much money. The cops should get to keep their jobs too. It’s not that much money. The city just bonded $12+ million for the water front inspection,and another $12+ million for the new pier that’s been set to open for 2 years, so what’s another $1.7 million in retrospect. It’s a drop in the hat. A lot less than the drop in property values if crime goes up. It’s hard to sell a condo as it is, but if the shootings that I hear about in Jersey City make their way to Hoboken, I’ll never sell my house.[quote comment=”195540″]On the flipside, Furey and Hoboken007 if it’s not a big deal whether its a dollar a week for cops or three cents for raises, then why do they need to fire the cops?That dollar and change would be of ZERO noticeable impact to you or anyone else.But it’s like someone saying “if you could donate a dollar a week to save the jobs and livelihoods of 36 local people in Hoboken, would you do it?” And you would refuse, saying “no, I need that dollar and change. It’s crucial to my quality of life.”Zimmer lovers. Only see things from their slanted perspectives.Pray you’re not on the short end of the stick when PD response times increase. Pray.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        waaaa bulance..Friend of mine had his condo accessed for 1.2 million..He said he cannot dump it for that price or lower than the fixed amount..Yes he is a yuppie but he has had it with the bull and lies..from all sides..Don’t worry about shootings,and dont blaim the project area alone..Caucasians are thieves as well..dont sterotype one ethnic group.These
        thieves survey the area for days before they make their move..The up side is they mostley do not harm the victims unless their druggies and are desperate if you catch them. Hoboken is not a utopia and not a nice town to raise children..More than easy to navigate to and from work in nyc..lincoln and holland tunnels on both sides and the river.
        30 yrs ago citizens and visitors did not have to pay to park their cars. Its a pity people out with family to dinner come back to find their car booted..One has to be crazy to plant roots in this circus of a town….not fair to nebees and bnr. :roll: [quote comment=”195554″]I agree. Let them keep their raises. It’s not that much money. The cops should get to keep their jobs too. It’s not that much money. The city just bonded $12+ million for the water front inspection,and another $12+ million for the new pier that’s been set to open for 2 years, so what’s another $1.7 million in retrospect. It’s a drop in the hat. A lot less than the drop in property values if crime goes up. It’s hard to sell a condo as it is, but if the shootings that I hear about in Jersey City make their way to Hoboken, I’ll never sell my house.

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      • The Waaambulance says:

        I mentioned a geographical area, not race, or gender, or social status. I read all the time about shooting and serious crime just outside the boarders of Hoboken. The town is like an oasis in a heated crime zone. People are getting chopped to pieces in Union City, shot and set on fire in Jersey City. Rapes and Robberies all around us. Sure, Hoboken harbors Russian Spys every now and then, but for the most part, by comparrison, the city is fairly safe. Does the administration want to risk it for such a small amout of money.[quote comment=”195556″]waaaa bulance..Friend of mine had his condo accessed for 1.2 million..He said he cannot dump it for that price or lower than the fixed amount..Yes he is a yuppie but he has had it with the bull and lies..from all sides..Don’t worry about shootings,and dont blaim the project area alone..Caucasians are thieves as well..dont sterotype one ethnic group.Thesethieves survey the area for days before they make their move..The up side is they mostley do not harm the victims unless their druggies and are desperate if you catch them. Hoboken is not a utopia and not a nice town to raise children..More than easy to navigate to and from work in nyc..lincoln and holland tunnels on both sides and the river.30 yrs ago citizens and visitors did not have to pay to park their cars. Its a pity people out with family to dinner come back to find their car booted..One has to be crazy to plant roots in this circus of a town….not fair to nebees and bnr. [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        i agree wambuu..Its just that some upperities pin a target on the project area..Im not from the projects and am a causasian.. from what I was told by pd is that many of these
        home owners,apt dwellers have partys which is normal..A guest may make a visual thought of the homeowners possessions..No thief that is a pro enters a home without firsthand knowledge..GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IS ANYWHERE.. again i agree with you but shame on the people that leave 3000.00 hanging around..how would anyone know..another trick is to put jewelery and cash in the freezer ..cold hard cash .excuse the pun. As for boaderline cities re crime ,nothing new..How long you live here should let you be educated enough to realize that. If it was a policemans house dont you think they would avoid it?? jersey city is getting worse and the heights are just as bad.I would not worry about the spys..more than terrorists..In fact some of them female spys are hot. It is what it is ..Like I said one has to be nuts to want to raiise a family in hoboken…Just my opinion…I also respect yours.be cautious.[quote comment=”195571″]I mentioned a geographical area, not race, or gender, or social status. I read all the time about shooting and serious crime just outside the boarders of Hoboken. The town is like an oasis in a heated crime zone. People are getting chopped to pieces in Union City, shot and set on fire in Jersey City. Rapes and Robberies all around us. Sure, Hoboken harbors Russian Spys every now and then, but for the most part, by comparrison, the city is fairly safe. Does the administration want to risk it for such a small amout of money.

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      • wiskeytango1 says:

        waamb another theory is for a few tennents not to hear someone taking a 42″ ltd and a few lap tops out of an apt while asleep and a few were asleep may mean they where kind of hung over ..You have to hear something..i dont like pitbullls but you can bet no one would dare to enter a home with one of them man eaters in it. 😛 [quote comment=”195577″]i agree wambuu..Its just that some upperities pin a target on the project area..Im not from the projects and am a causasian.. from what I was told by pd is that many of these
        home owners,apt dwellers have partys which is normal..A guest may make a visual thought of the homeowners possessions..No thief that is a pro enters a home without firsthand knowledge..GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IS ANYWHERE.. again i agree with you but shame on the people that leave 3000.00 hanging around..how would anyone know..another trick is to put jewelery and cash in the freezer ..cold hard cash .excuse the pun. As for boaderline cities re crime ,nothing new..How long you live here should let you be educated enough to realize that. If it was a policemans house dont you think they would avoid it?? jersey city is getting worse and the heights are just as bad.I would not worry about the spys..more than terrorists..In fact some of them female spys are hot. It is what it is ..Like I said one has to be nuts to want to raiise a family in hoboken…Just my opinion…I also respect yours.be cautious.

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      • wiskeytango1 says:

        wambo ..not to be sarcastic but if our late president jfk wasnt safe with body guards all around him how can john q citizen be safe??? chit happens.[quote comment=”195578″]waamb another theory is for a few tennents not to hear someone taking a 42″ ltd and a few lap tops out of an apt while asleep and a few were asleep may mean they where kind of hung over ..You have to hear something..i dont like pitbullls but you can bet no one would dare to enter a home with one of them man eaters in it.

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  2. bradykp says:

    What does a city like Hoboken need a “Chief of Staff” or a “Confidential Aide” for either way? I mean, if the guys is doing a legitimate job for the city, then great – but what does he actually do – that’s what needs to be answered.

    H411 – is there a job description for this guy? Shouldn’t there be some sort of requirement that requires anyone paid with taxpayer dollars to be allowed to know the duties performed by an employee on a day-to-day basis?

    As for Melli – sounds like he maintains the city’s website and is in charge of media communications online – i’m ok with that job, but does it really need to be $75k? Even $60k sounds a bit high, depending on how much work he’s doing per year. I think it’s great for the city to update their technology and use of technology. I actually like the new website much better than the old one. You say you’re not trying to pick on either, but you did nothing but pick on Melli’s views. Do you have a problem with Democrats? It sure sounds like you do. Your problem should be whether the job they’re doing is worthwhile or not, not wether one runs a “Democratic blog”

    • hoboken411 says:

      @bradykp – That “confidential aide” is essentially “do whatever Zimmer wants you to do and keep your yapper shut about it.”

      That title also means the mayor can hire whomever she wants for the position, regardless of Civil Service testing & requirements that may govern other municipal positions. As you read, he’s a 25-year old gopher – not the chief administrator.

      In regards to Melli – he’s in no way responsible for the current design of the city website.

      The conversion to the green & white WordPress blob was done under Davey Roberts. Love it or hate it – it’s on him NOT Zimmer.

      Melli’s political views aren’t the point, so keep the misdirection to yourself. The point is he’s a wanna-be Democratic party “power player,” not a qualified PIO. He was hired to boost Zimmer’s political fortunes through a continuous stream of spin and hype – NOT to inform the public.

      [quote comment=”195473″]What does a city like Hoboken need a “Chief of Staff” or a “Confidential Aide” for either way? I mean, if the guys is doing a legitimate job for the city, then great – but what does he actually do – that’s what needs to be answered.
      H411 – is there a job description for this guy? Shouldn’t there be some sort of requirement that requires anyone paid with taxpayer dollars to be allowed to know the duties performed by an employee on a day-to-day basis?
      As for Melli – sounds like he maintains the city’s website and is in charge of media communications online – i’m ok with that job, but does it really need to be $75k? Even $60k sounds a bit high, depending on how much work he’s doing per year. I think it’s great for the city to update their technology and use of technology. I actually like the new website much better than the old one. You say you’re not trying to pick on either, but you did nothing but pick on Melli’s views. Do you have a problem with Democrats? It sure sounds like you do. Your problem should be whether the job they’re doing is worthwhile or not, not wether one runs a “Democratic blog”
      [/quote]

      • OfficerGinty says:

        Amen Brother![quote comment=”195514″]@bradykp – That “confidential aide” is essentially “do whatever Zimmer wants you to do and keep your yapper shut about it.”That title also means the mayor can hire whomever she wants for the position, regardless of Civil Service testing & requirements that may govern other municipal positions. As you read, he’s a 25-year old gopher – not the chief administrator.In regards to Melli – he’s in no way responsible for the current design of the city website. The conversion to the green & white WordPress blob was done under Davey Roberts. Love it or hate it – it’s on him NOT Zimmer. Melli’s political views aren’t the point, so keep the misdirection to yourself. The point is he’s a wanna-be Democratic party “power player,” not a qualified PIO. He was hired to boost Zimmer’s political fortunes through a continuous stream of spin and hype – NOT to inform the public.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        question,Does the president have three aids? I believe Nj senator Kenny had one for about 5000.00 per year.. The three mayors aids amount to three fd or pd rercruits. The key is like O Ginty posted recruits in pd and fd salary is a five step program five years to top salary..Maybe this is apples and oranges but There are more directors now than under
        russos administration..and there were only three captains.This kid aka aid was once a mason fan… 30 pieces of silver so to say can change lots of ideals. The unions are well aware of what is going on, under the table raises etc..Had not the previous mayor built his castle with a moat for his ulterior motives this mess would not be today..2.5 mill is only a dent in the decicit..residential homes were hit hard by thieves this past week. This is prior to the police layoffs… Revolters reformers ask your self if the tax cuts will be a relief or ask yourselves if you rather feel safe/ :roll: [quote comment=”195558″]Amen Brother!

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  3. HOB424 says:

    In addition to these great salaries. They are also eligible for the great benefits package the city offers. Plus the holiday schedule is more than they would get in the private sector.

    • bradykp says:

      yeah – all those banks that stay open on the federal holidays![quote comment=”195477″]In addition to these great salaries. They are also eligible for the great benefits package the city offers. Plus the holiday schedule is more than they would get in the private sector.[/quote]

    • Easy-E says:

      Great salaries?

      Try living here on $46,000 without the benefit of a cousin who knows a guy who can rent you a cheap place or put your name at the top of the list. You know like some of the usual suspects here.

      If you’re going to cite the private sector, you’re saying that you’ve never seen someone get the boot while another employee keeps their perks, gets bonuses or raises in spite of it?

      Agreed, she shouldn’t be handing out raises of any kind when people are being laid off, if for no other reason than it looks really bad. However, It’s not like this is a huge sum here, $26,100 total. What’s that amount to? $1.25 per taxpayer?

      I just don’t get the angle where the Mayor is supposed to work in a vacuum with no aides, no help, hire people to work closely with her who may not have her back yet be expected to get anything done. It’s confusing, especially when people gripe that she hired someone she already knew personally or from her campaign as an aide, *GASP* THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR!!! What planet do you people live on? :roll:

      I’m not saying she’s a saint, or a great Mayor, but come on, some of the rhetoric is ridiculous.[quote comment=”195477″]In addition to these great salaries. They are also eligible for the great benefits package the city offers. Plus the holiday schedule is more than they would get in the private sector.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        mel brooks movie history of the world part 1 and 11.. remember when he lifted up the bussle or gown in the court yard of a female ( its good to be the king) well its good to be the queen,, Even the president dosent have three aids 5 directors but in essense he is so moronic he needs them..Private sector martha stewert,berme mandoff,.Easy E it
        starts with 25 + but later it goes up..The best pkg utility director we ever had was jo anne.. at 70k …over 30 yrs..she was betrayed by jerkey roberts..for 30 pieces of silver meaning i needed votes for the second ward…Come on shims your tax will never go down and you can never dump your card board condo for what it was acesseed for
        chit go west go go go 😆 [quote comment=”195494″]Great salaries?Try living here on $46,000 without the benefit of a cousin who knows a guy who can rent you a cheap place or put your name at the top of the list. You know like some of the usual suspects here.If you’re going to cite the private sector, you’re saying that you’ve never seen someone get the boot while another employee keeps their perks, gets bonuses or raises in spite of it?Agreed, she shouldn’t be handing out raises of any kind when people are being laid off, if for no other reason than it looks really bad. However, It’s not like this is a huge sum here, $26,100 total. What’s that amount to? $1.25 per taxpayer?I just don’t get the angle where the Mayor is supposed to work in a vacuum with no aides, no help, hire people to work closely with her who may not have her back yet be expected to get anything done. It’s confusing, especially when people gripe that she hired someone she already knew personally or from her campaign as an aide, *GASP* THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR!!! What planet do you people live on? I’m not saying she’s a saint, or a great Mayor, but come on, some of the rhetoric is ridiculous.

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      • Easy-E says:

        The President doesn’t have directors, he has a cabinet, just like every other President before has had. They’re the same thing.

        http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet

        Is there anything else I can help you with today?[quote comment=”195497″]mel brooks movie history of the world part 1 and 11.. remember when he lifted up the bussle or gown in the court yard of a female ( its good to be the king) well its good to be the queen,, Even the president dosent have three aids 5 directors but in essense he is so moronic he needs them..Private sector martha stewert,berme mandoff,.Easy E it
        starts with 25 + but later it goes up..The best pkg utility director we ever had was jo anne.. at 70k …over 30 yrs..she was betrayed by jerkey roberts..for 30 pieces of silver meaning i needed votes for the second ward…Come on shims your tax will never go down and you can never dump your card board condo for what it was acesseed for
        chit go west go go go

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      • whineanddineinhob says:

        There ARE salaried directors for the President which are on the white house staff and are not part of his cabinet such as Director of law enforcement, director of records and probably a few more if you’ve looked further. Glad to assist you[quote comment=”195499″]The President doesn’t have directors, he has a cabinet, just like every other President before has had. They’re the same thing.Is there anything else I can help you with today?

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      • matt_72 says:

        And all the people you listed and dozens of others who work at the White House serve at the pleasure of the President. Even the White House chef serves at the pleasure of the President. The president can hire and fire whomever they want for these jobs. Are you saying you support having Zimmer hire whomever she wants for all the various jobs in the mayor’s office? If you believe that then for once I agree with you.[quote comment=”195505″]There ARE salaried directors for the President which are on the white house staff and are not part of his cabinet such as Director of law enforcement, director of records and probably a few more if you’ve looked further. Glad to assist you

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      • mickey finn says:

        of course you do matt, because you’re probably one of her hired flunkies… way to go matt! :roll: [quote comment=”195516″]And all the people you listed and dozens of others who work at the White House serve at the pleasure of the President. Even the White House chef serves at the pleasure of the President. The president can hire and fire whomever they want for these jobs. Are you saying you support having Zimmer hire whomever she wants for all the various jobs in the mayor’s office? If you believe that then for once I agree with you.

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      • matt_72 says:

        She can’t afford me and I personally don’t care much for the idea of working for the government. I’ll leave that to people like you who can’t get jobs anywhere else.[quote comment=”195531″]of course you do matt, because you’re probably one of her hired flunkies… way to go matt!

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      • tjm888 says:

        Easy-E – I totally agree with you.

        These are two raises that total a mere $26,100. What I find shocking is so many people are outraged at two staff members getting annual raises. I am sure all the commenters wouldn’t love a microscope shone on their professional salaries and/or Finances. Just look at some corporate finances and what they write off. Now granted this is government and thus open to the masses, but it’s really shocking the utter bias. How about we do some objective research to find out what tasks and repsonibilities these two city employees have before writing a slant piece just for fun.

        Also – those who argue with the police angle. I don’t know what the average cost of salary and benefits, but I would estimate it averages around $90K (60K salary + 30K benefits). So do we not give these two annual raises and hire 1/4 of another police officer?

        The Bottom Line as stated in this piece is that it IS an opportunity to pick Zimmer, but also the two employees she hired a year ago. Calling them trite names like a gopher or spinmeister is immature and serious political conversations call for more maturity. [quote comment=”195494″]Great salaries?Try living here on $46,000 without the benefit of a cousin who knows a guy who can rent you a cheap place or put your name at the top of the list. You know like some of the usual suspects here.If you’re going to cite the private sector, you’re saying that you’ve never seen someone get the boot while another employee keeps their perks, gets bonuses or raises in spite of it?Agreed, she shouldn’t be handing out raises of any kind when people are being laid off, if for no other reason than it looks really bad. However, It’s not like this is a huge sum here, $26,100 total. What’s that amount to? $1.25 per taxpayer?I just don’t get the angle where the Mayor is supposed to work in a vacuum with no aides, no help, hire people to work closely with her who may not have her back yet be expected to get anything done. It’s confusing, especially when people gripe that she hired someone she already knew personally or from her campaign as an aide, *GASP* THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR!!! What planet do you people live on? I’m not saying she’s a saint, or a great Mayor, but come on, some of the rhetoric is ridiculous.[/quote]

  4. getz76 says:

    Zimmer’s done. It is officially over.

    Enjoy the ride. You will have to get a real job in a couple of years, Dawn.

  5. whineanddineinhob says:

    Amazing how the reformers for Zimmer seem to have slipped into the cracks of the sidewalks. She’s done everything she claimed to despise when running for office. The lowest that she stooped was appointing the brother of Ravi Bhalla to the Hoboken Library Staff after all she’s heard about this sneak. Her supporters on the City Council will also need to be replaced. They condoned all her actions by their majority votes.

  6. animalcrackers says:

    The city’s website was redone long before this Meli guy showed up and they already have a Civil Service approved PIO in Bill Campbell. That job is supposed to provide info to the city and not act as a pr spinmeister for the mayor. Meanwhile, you get this guy who on his own website says he’s a political consultant. And then you get this Bryan kid who swam with Mason and then swam over to Zimmer and then she politically rewarded this kid with zilch experience and tossed him into city hall to be her pet. Pathetic. We have three people in communications and only one has a legit title, but since he wasn’t a political operative he’ll get screwed and these hacks get raises. And this happens while essential services are being cut. Over $200,000 a year spent on pr by this mayor, using a website built by Roberts with more spin than that guy ever even dreamed of, are you kidding me.

  7. xyzpdq says:

    I just relayed this story to my boss, an MBA responsible for over 300 employees. I asked him what he thought of a manager who would announce layoffs while publicly giving raises to her top deputies. He said she’s either incompetent or so secure in her position she doesn’t care what people think. It’s probably both.

  8. OfficerGinty says:

    Like I said in a past post, Zimmer is the ultimate HYPOCRITE. Your handing out political job after political job at the expense of Hoboken taxpayers. If you want to throw the word EFFICIENCY around, lets start with City Hall.

    Lets have an audit of city hall and see how much waste we can get rid of. Lets reveal all the NO SHOW or LIGHTLY SHOW jobs that you handed out or still exist from the last incompetent mayor. The truth of the matter is when it comes to wasteful spending of tax dollars, the biggest culprit is the political and incompetent Zimmer administration.

    The bottom line is this. ZIMMER IS WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EACH AND EVERY HOBOKEN RESIDENT BY LAYING OFF COPS SO THAT SHE COULD USE THE SAVINGS TO PAY OFF HER POLITICAL FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND CRONIES.

    Look in the mirror Mayor Zimmer. Your no different than the corrupt bums that have been running this town for years. Please go back to Vermont so that we could save our wonderful city.

    • HobokenResident100 says:

      Officer Ginty, there is a difference between handing out no-show jobs to your friends, which is what she opposes, and offering a low paying job to someone who worked hard on her campaign. You need to catch a little perspective here before you go raving like a lunatic. And did you do a study on how many cops Hoboken REALLY needs? Last time I checked on a Firday night most cops are hanging out by the bars shootin the shit with the bouncers and messing with drunk people. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to lay off cops. There’s a lot of thought that goes into a decision like that. I live in Hoboken and I still feel very safe with the amount of cops we have and will continue to.[quote comment=”195502″]Like I said in a past post, Zimmer is the ultimate HYPOCRITE. Your handing out political job after political job at the expense of Hoboken taxpayers. If you want to throw the word EFFICIENCY around, lets start with City Hall.Lets have an audit of city hall and see how much waste we can get rid of. Lets reveal all the NO SHOW or LIGHTLY SHOW jobs that you handed out or still exist from the last incompetent mayor. The truth of the matter is when it comes to wasteful spending of tax dollars, the biggest culprit is the political and incompetent Zimmer administration.The bottom line is this. ZIMMER IS WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EACH AND EVERY HOBOKEN RESIDENT BY LAYING OFF COPS SO THAT SHE COULD USE THE SAVINGS TO PAY OFF HER POLITICAL FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND CRONIES. Look in the mirror Mayor Zimmer. Your no different than the corrupt bums that have been running this town for years. Please go back to Vermont so that we could save our wonderful city.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        As a Council member, Zimmer and all the rest of the members voted on a hiring freeze while this city was in a crisis and could not establish a balanced budget. They went ballistic when Roberts brought in someone. She also campaigned on this issue. Doesn’t matter if she’s hired one campaign helper at 60g or five helpers at 20g— hiring freeze means hiring freeze. It doesn’t mean making up the difference by sacrificing others in departments whether it be police, fire or office workers. As of yet, there is no balanced budget and that freeze is still in effect. “No-show” jobs is not the issue, the hiring freeze is.[quote comment=”195504″]Officer Ginty, there is a difference between handing out no-show jobs to your friends, which is what she opposes, and offering a low paying job to someone who worked hard on her campaign. You need to catch a little perspective here before you go raving like a lunatic. And did you do a study on how many cops Hoboken REALLY needs? Last time I checked on a Firday night most cops are hanging out by the bars shootin the shit with the bouncers and messing with drunk people. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to lay off cops. There’s a lot of thought that goes into a decision like that. I live in Hoboken and I still feel very safe with the amount of cops we have and will continue to.

        [/quote]

      • HobokenResident100 says:

        You may be right but this article said NOTHING about a hiring freeze…so to say that is the issue, I can’t even seem to find anything about it still being in effect. Also logically I would assume that means to not make any NEW positions, but Hoboken Chief of Staff and Hoboken Web Site Designer seem to be legit positions that aren’t added or unneeded positions. I also believe that Officer Ginty firmly is against the less than $30k raises handed out when that was “made room for by” the police cuts that was over $1 million. That is what I was commenting on.[quote comment=”195510″]As a Council member, Zimmer and all the rest of the members voted on a hiring freeze while this city was in a crisis and could not establish a balanced budget. They went ballistic when Roberts brought in someone. She also campaigned on this issue. Doesn’t matter if she’s hired one campaign helper at 60g or five helpers at 20g— hiring freeze means hiring freeze. It doesn’t mean making up the difference by sacrificing others in departments whether it be police, fire or office workers. As of yet, there is no balanced budget and that freeze is still in effect. “No-show” jobs is not the issue, the hiring freeze is.

        [/quote]

      • OfficerGinty says:

        So your saying that the Mayor’s personal aid ($35,000 to start, now going up to $46,100) should replace the new beat cop (starting salary $28,000, won’t see $46,000 until years on the job). That makes alot of sense. I could see where your head is at.

        If it was your sister who woke up in the middle of the night to a cat burglar, or your mom who was robbed and got her faced punched in, I believe you would have a different point of view about the boys in blue and how many more there should be. Take it from me HobokenResident100, there is alot more going on in this town then you would like to believe. Guns, gangs, drugs, robbers, burglars, and thieves. And the only reason they’re held at bay, is because of the police presence and outstanding work ethic our cops put in everyday.[quote comment=”195504″]Officer Ginty, there is a difference between handing out no-show jobs to your friends, which is what she opposes, and offering a low paying job to someone who worked hard on her campaign. You need to catch a little perspective here before you go raving like a lunatic. And did you do a study on how many cops Hoboken REALLY needs? Last time I checked on a Firday night most cops are hanging out by the bars shootin the shit with the bouncers and messing with drunk people. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to lay off cops. There’s a lot of thought that goes into a decision like that. I live in Hoboken and I still feel very safe with the amount of cops we have and will continue to.[/quote]

  9. lonnie1wsj says:

    Once again, over 5000 of you fumb ducks voted for “Ski-Nose” Zimmer…
    You wanted change and you got fooled, Big Time…!
    Have fun writing out your next check for RE Taxes…….

    • emarche says:

      Well you’ve certainly made your point. I’m sure that after hearing that someone anonymously made fun of her nose, Mayor Zimmer will run screaming from the building. You sure showed her![quote comment=”195481″]Once again, over 5000 of you fumb ducks voted for “Ski-Nose” Zimmer…
      You wanted change and you got fooled, Big Time…!
      Have fun writing out your next check for RE Taxes…….[/quote]

  10. spiffy says:

    You think Melli and Bryan will come to your rescue when a gang of thugs is happily assaulting you? Nope. They’ll be enjoying their cushy jobs and pay raises courtesy of zimmer and friends. Probably tweeting about American Idol or Jersey Shore.

    And whomever compares low-level Dawn to the president and his staff has visions of grandeur.

    If you can’t apply the same tough decisions and sacrifices to the otherwise optional jobs in the city, you have your priorities mixed the hell up.

    And for the idiots who say its only 26k remember the phrase give an inch take a yard or whatever that is. You add up the secret hirings, promotions and more, you’ll see where the so called savings from firing out safety net goes. Into the pockets of others.

  11. animalcrackers says:

    The city’s website was redone long before this Meli guy showed up and they already have a Civil Service approved PIO in Bill Campbell. That job is supposed to provide info to the city and not act as a pr spinmeister for the mayor. Meanwhile, you get this guy who on his own website says he’s a political consultant. And then you get this Bryan kid who swam with Mason and then swam over to Zimmer and then she politically rewarded this kid with zilch experience and tossed him into city hall to be her pet. Pathetic. We have three people in communications and only one has a legit title, but since he wasn’t a political operative he’ll get screwed and these hacks get raises. And this happens while essential services are being cut. Over $200,000 a year spent on pr by this mayor, using a website built by Roberts with more spin than that guy ever even dreamed of, are you kidding me.

  12. The Waaambulance says:

    WhiseyTango, you really have strayed from my point. I was trying to relay that the council and mayor have dumped out 25 million on nonscence this year, so what’s wrong with another 1.7 million to keep us all safe. Personally I’d rather have a safer city as opposed to a pier I can’t walk on. I also agree that those guys should in city hall should get their raises. It’s peanuts compared to the vast fortune that the city is dumping into the waterfront.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      waam,bu…I agree Go to hoboken now and read the list of civilian employers.seven of them are part time workers…lots of savings?[quote comment=”195584″]WhiseyTango, you really have strayed from my point. I was trying to relay that the council and mayor have dumped out 25 million on nonscence this year, so what’s wrong with another 1.7 million to keep us all safe. Personally I’d rather have a safer city as opposed to a pier I can’t walk on. I also agree that those guys should in city hall should get their raises. It’s peanuts compared to the vast fortune that the city is dumping into the waterfront.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        guess again part time workers do not recieve bennies..the zoning officer came in 2 on the civil service,,the number one guy refused it..so queen bee put one of her own lolly
        pops in there..the number two person is out on disability and is filing a law suit against
        the dawn patrol such as lens destifaino and such…your tax dollars because of a hack.
        btw i believe u cant lay off one wno is on disability..smart advisors and gophers just send me light and sweet coffee :) [quote comment=”195650″]waam,bu…I agree Go to hoboken now and read the list of civilian employers.seven of them are part time workers…lots of savings?

        [/quote]

  13. kal-el says:

    GOT NEW’S FOR YOU GUYS !!!! THESE 2 DO NOTHING BUT RUN FOR COFFEE ALL DAY !!!!! 👿

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