Hoboken Breakfast Nuggets: 10/5/2010

10/5/2010:

Extra political breakfast bites for you this morning…

Booker to Lenz: No photo for you!

People are talking about how unelected 4th ward councilman Michael Lenz left last week’s Zimmer fundraiser without something he so dearly wanted: a photo of himself standing side by side with Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Sources tell Hoboken411 when Lenz tried pose with Booker, Mayoral Advisor Elnardo Webster stepped in front of him and said “No pictures with candidates!”

Augie Torres of the Political Insider column also wrote HCDO Sheriff candidate Frank Schillari sufferred the same fate as Lenz when he tried for a snapshot with Booker.

Meanwhile, see that shot of Dawn Zimmer standing close to Peter Cammarano during a previous Booker stop in Hoboken?

Speaking of Cammarano: First full day in prison

The picture above is in sharp contrast to Cammarano’s surroundings today. This morning the former Mayor woke up in Federal Prison. 4th ward council candidate Tim Occhipinti sent out a statement regarding Cammarano’s incarceration. Click here to read the whole thing, but here’s a sample:

“You will hear my opponent, Michael Lenz, invoke Mr. Cammarano’s name many times in this campaign. He’ll do this in the hope that the public will ignore his own 25-year record of insider deals and influence peddling. He once called himself a reformer, but the truth is that Michael Lenz has spent more than two decades trading his political involvement for personal enrichment. It’s through one of these backroom deals that he was rewarded with a county patronage job for himself. This kind of cynical manipulation of public funds represents an ethical deficiency that, while not technically illegal, is certainly not in the interests of the people of Hoboken, and certainly doesn’t represent the actions of a reformer.”

– Tim Occhipinti

You can read more about Lenz’s efforts to leverage his political involvement for personal gain in the original Hoboken411 Deconstructing Michael Lenz report, as well as the detailed follow-up by PolitickerNJ Reporter Timothy J. Carroll.

No Transparency: HPU offices moving to HUMC Garage?

3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo was surprised to learn that Parking Czar Ian Sacs has been working on moving the Hoboken Parking Utility offices to the garage building currently leased by HUMC.

Russo said that besides being inconvenient for residents to access the HPU offices – that the relocation would result in lost revenue for Hoboken taxpayers.

Read the press release here – or you can attend a public meeting being held at the garage (330 Clinton St.) at 11am this morning.

Reminder: All Schools Open House today!

Don’t forget that the All Schools Open House event sponsored by the Hoboken Family Alliance is at the Hoboken High School (8th & Clinton) tonight from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

If you’re interesting in learning about the Hoboken school system, it’s probably a good idea to attend.

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6 Comments on "Hoboken Breakfast Nuggets: 10/5/2010"

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

Talking about Cammarano is so 2009. The guy made a big mistake and is paying the price. He lost his job, his family, his freedom and his law license. Cammarano is out of the picture, but some people keep trying to pull him back in to distract from their own faults. Hate the sin, not the sinner. Moving on…

iforgotmymantra
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iforgotmymantra

Serving the first few days in prison’s gotta be hell, but I’m glad we’re finallly at this chapter of the story. At least he’s getting it over with and we’ve moved on!

getz76
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getz76

He lost precious freedom over an insignificant amount of cash. Sucks. It seems like it was a lifelong series of bad decisions that finally caught up with him.

I hope he does his time and finds a way to be a useful member of society. [quote comment=”198307″]Serving the first few days in prison’s gotta be hell, but I’m glad we’re finallly at this chapter of the story. At least he’s getting it over with and we’ve moved on![/quote]

iforgotmymantra
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iforgotmymantra

There are those people who are able to deftly criminally manipulate the system, and those who just stumble into it unwittingly. Supposing anything could be that black and white – Cammarano I believe was in the latter category. It is probably true with some of these folks that they hardly realize they had a lapse in reason before it starts to snowball. You need to know what you stand for going into politics, otherwise it’s just too hard to lose sight of principles. I see many of these politicians not being able to take a stand, and that’s a trait that gets you into trouble when it comes knocking.

I also hope he has a productive life afterwards, and believe he will. Maybe there will even be a few enlightening days in prison where he’s happy to reflect, and not be trudging wearily into a law office. [quote comment=”198309″]He lost precious freedom over an insignificant amount of cash. Sucks. It seems like it was a lifelong series of bad decisions that finally caught up with him.I hope he does his time and finds a way to be a useful member of society. [/quote]

getz76
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getz76

I don’t know about all that. Seems like he has had a history of bad decisions, dating back to not paying child support on his first kid. This doesn’t seem like a single lapse of judgment to me.

He gets zero sympathy from me, but that does not mean I wish him ill. I hope he looks forward and moves forward.[quote comment=”198310″]There are those people who are able to deftly criminally manipulate the system, and those who just stumble into it unwittingly. Supposing anything could be that black and white – Cammarano I believe was in the latter category. It is probably true with some of these folks that they hardly realize they had a lapse in reason before it starts to snowball. You need to know what you stand for going into politics, otherwise it’s just too hard to lose sight of principles. I see many of these politicians not being able to take a stand, and that’s a trait that gets you into trouble when it comes knocking.I also hope he has a productive life afterwards, and believe he will. Maybe there will even be a few enlightening days in prison where he’s happy to reflect, and not be trudging wearily into a law office.

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danby
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danby

The current administration gives off the feeling they can do whatever they want without public input. The lack of transparency is disturbing, like they’re a bunch of elites that know better than all.

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