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