Lenz in his own words: 2001

10/25/2010:

Letter shows Flooding and Parks: not on his list

Back in the 20th Century, the letters pages of the local paper were an important place for people to get their opinions out to the community at large.

Today, some people still like to see their name in print, even if most copies end up getting tossed without a single eyeball on them. Another anachronism is how the weekly bans negative letters in the last paper before the election, so if your critical letter hasn’t run by now, it won’t run at all.

Supporters of both candidates in the 4th Ward have complained getting letters onto the back pages has been particularly difficult during this election cycle. Some letters have taken weeks to appear (and get heavily edited) while others never show up at all. The letter below is a case in point. It was submitted but never appeared, so I’ve agreed to post it here.

Flooding and Parks: NOT a Lenz priority

“I’ve lived in the 4th ward for 10 years, which is long enough to remember the last time Michael Lenz ran for City Council. Two of the most important issues here on the south side of the city are flooding and parks. We have too much of one and not enough of the other. Mr. Lenz will tell you he’s been at the forefront of righting these wrongs. A little research tells a very different story.

The Lenz campaign website claims fixing flooding has “long been a priority of Mike’s” going on to say, “Since the 1990’s Mike’s been fighting the flooding.” Really? Then why when Lenz announced his 2001 campaign for 4th ward council in a letter to this newspaper did he never mention flooding?

Lenz wrote a 300-word letter to the Editor of the (weekly paper) entitled “Here are my reasons for running for City Council.” Nowhere in that letter does Lenz declare flooding his priority. He doesn’t even use the word! Lenz’s letter appeared on September 29, 2001 and is available today online.

Lenz did mention being Dave Roberts’ campaign manager. He talked about being proud of the new administration. He said “improving parking” was a priority after he sought — but didn’t receive — the highly paid position of Hoboken Parking Authority Director. Not once anywhere in Lenz’s letter does he talk about “fighting the flooding”, let alone declare it is his priority if he’s elected 4th ward councilman.”

This rest of this 2010 letter, and the original 2001 Lenz letter that inspired it, after the jump!

“Guess what else he never mentioned in his 2001 campaign kickoff? Building a Southwest Park! It wasn’t his priority in 2001, and judging by the lack of any progress toward building a park since he joined the City Council, it isn’t his priority today, either.

In fact, Lenz supports City Hall’s policy to pursue a Western Edge redevelopment plan for the 5th ward before even beginning City Council work on a plan to build a real park in the Southwest. Building a park in the 4th ward has never been his priority. Don’t take my word for it. Look at Lenz’s own 2001 campaign kickoff letter!

Some of the people can be fooled some of the time, but the more informed the voter, the more likely they will reject Lenz. I encourage my neighbors to Google “Michael Lenz” before they vote. Please join me November 2nd as I cast my vote for Tim Occhipinti, an independent voice who will put the 4th ward FIRST!

George Kessler

And now, the original letter from Michael Lenz outlining the priorities for the 4th ward in 2001:

Here are my reasons for running for City Council (9/29/01)

Dear Editor:

I am Mike Lenz, active in the Hoboken community for the past 15 years, former School Board Trustee and live with my wife and two great boys on Monroe Street. I am also running for City Council on November 6. Perhaps you read last week’s article “Jumping Ship,” in which my opponent’s key backers gave their reasons why I was running. This week I will give you mine.

Let me start by saying I was Dave Roberts’ Campaign Manager last spring, and I am proud of the campaign we ran. I am also proud of much of what the new administration has done. I love the pedestrian signs, enjoy the new atmosphere at City Hall, and I see the beginning of real change on the Planning Board. But I have concerns as well; the budget has a $7 million structural deficit; new high-level jobs have increased the city payroll, and cronyism still plays to big a part in hiring decisions.

I am running for council on the same platform that Dave stood on last May. If elected, I will work with his administration and the other council members to make good on the promises we made — stopping overdevelopment, cleaning up City Hall, improving parking and controlling taxes. But I will add one more.

If elected, I will introduce the fight for strong ethics ordinances (developed by Common Cause and in use throughout New Jersey) to control the corrupting effects of large campaign contributions. That is why the big money players (and those they support) oppose me. I can win, but only with the help of ordinary people. If you would like to be part of it, please call 656-6287 or e-mail Lenz4Council@aol.com.

Be sure to register to vote by October 9. Call me if you need a form.

Mike Lenz (in 2001)

No sign of flooding relief or parks anywhere.

Lenz failed miserably in his 2001 bid for council, coming in dead last with 213 votes. Nellie Moyeno got 405 and Chris Campos won with 927. In 2003, it was Lenz campaign strategist Tony Soares who got trounced by Campos, who got 814 votes to Soares’ 269. 379 votes went to runner-up Anthony Mussara in that race.

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11 Comments on "Lenz in his own words: 2001"


Member
4th Ward Guardian
4 years 10 months ago

Lenz likes to talk about how long he’s lived in the 4th ward, but he hasn’t done anything for us in all the time he’s been here. Michael’s political activities have always been about himself, not the 4th ward.

Just read that 2001 announcement of his 4th ward priorities. No mention of flooding or parks! He does talk about his political involvement, including his run as Davey Roberts’ campaign manager. Look how he kisses Roberts’ ass in that letter. Lenz doesn’t mention the $13,000 he was paid. He was no volunteer.

When Lenz ran in 2001, Tony Soares said, “Lenz would run for Dog Catcher if he thought it would give him leverage.” That run was all about leverage to get a public job. Today he has TWO public jobs with $100,000 combined income, benefits and pension.

LENZ MUST GO!

Member
sasha
4 years 10 months ago

I agree with Truth1: 6 Councilmembers are enough: they should be voted in by the
entire city- at large, not just 6 ward elections

Member
truth1
4 years 10 months ago

6 councippersons are enough for Hoboken. Since they vote for the entire city, they should be elected at large by the public as a whole. Additionally, they receive a good part time salary and should be required to have a Caucus before the regular meeting so that they can table items beforehand and expedite the actual meeting. Additionally, they should obtain pertinent information from directors, divisiion heads, legal council before meetings so that they do not have to take up time during the meetings. Rather than limit their benefits, I feel that they should work harder for them since they are our governing body and their duty is the serve the public. 💡

Member
sasha
4 years 10 months ago

why all the criticism concerning Michael Lenz’s appearance? he looks great since he
lost the weight, and even if he didn’t lose weight, I would vote for him: he is kind,
caring, and extremely intelligent. as far as the health benefit saga- than all council
members should not be entitled to them: he is entitled to them as the other 5
councilmembers who have coverage. this story is played out! those who constantly
criticize others due to weight or appearance have issues….beauty is in the eye of the
beholder: this election is not about looks, it’s about knowlege and caring about the
4th ward and The City of Hoboken! and Michael Lenz cares!!!!!

Member
mickey finn
4 years 10 months ago

yeah, well said, mrs. mayor… pa-lease! this guy is an abomination! he is exactly what the 4th ward doesn’t need. i could care less about his weight. i care that he’s a double-dipping, manipulating the system, lie to your face piece of garbage. i agree w/ the part about the health benefits. these council people are considered part time, so why is it that they qualify for benefits? i say take away the benefits and go down to 6 council people… this town does not need 9 council people. what exactly do the at-large seats do?[quote comment=”199170″]why all the criticism concerning Michael Lenz’s appearance? he looks great since he
lost the weight, and even if he didn’t lose weight, I would vote for him: he is kind,
caring, and extremely intelligent. as far as the health benefit saga- than all council
members should not be entitled to them: he is entitled to them as the other 5
councilmembers who have coverage. this story is played out! those who constantly
criticize others due to weight or appearance have issues….beauty is in the eye of the
beholder: this election is not about looks, it’s about knowlege and caring about the
4th ward and The City of Hoboken! and Michael Lenz cares!!!!![/quote]

Member
wiskeytango1
4 years 10 months ago

el large was put in the 4th ward for a reason…If the mayor looses the 5-4 edge then derek jeter will not be the only one with an edge…. :roll: [quote comment=”199174″]yeah, well said, mrs. mayor… pa-lease! this guy is an abomination! he is exactly what the 4th ward doesn’t need. i could care less about his weight. i care that he’s a double-dipping, manipulating the system, lie to your face piece of garbage. i agree w/ the part about the health benefits. these council people are considered part time, so why is it that they qualify for benefits? i say take away the benefits and go down to 6 council people… this town does not need 9 council people. what exactly do the at-large seats do?

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Member
mooshu
4 years 10 months ago

Frankly, I don’t care if he or anyone else weighs 1000 lbs.

What matters here is that Lenz obviously hasn’t lived up to the platform he’s established for himself.[quote comment=”199170″]why all the criticism concerning Michael Lenz’s appearance? he looks great since he
lost the weight, and even if he didn’t lose weight, I would vote for him: he is kind,
caring, and extremely intelligent. as far as the health benefit saga- than all council
members should not be entitled to them: he is entitled to them as the other 5
councilmembers who have coverage. this story is played out! those who constantly
criticize others due to weight or appearance have issues….beauty is in the eye of the
beholder: this election is not about looks, it’s about knowlege and caring about the
4th ward and The City of Hoboken! and Michael Lenz cares!!!!![/quote]

Member
xyzpdq
4 years 10 months ago

I can’t wait until this election is over so I don’t have to keep seeing pictures of this guy at lunchtime. At least Hoboken411 also gave me some Jenn Sterger shots to cleanse my eyes. I hope the voters in the fourth ward are also tired of seeing this guy.

Member
bornandrazedinhobo
4 years 10 months ago

Its always lunch time for this fat bastard! [quote comment=”199152″]I can’t wait until this election is over so I don’t have to keep seeing pictures of this guy at lunchtime. At least Hoboken411 also gave me some Jenn Sterger shots to cleanse my eyes. I hope the voters in the fourth ward are also tired of seeing this guy.[/quote]

Member
wiskeytango1
4 years 10 months ago

what guy the dr that gave him the rubber band according to rumor or pee wee herman[quote comment=”199152″]I can’t wait until this election is over so I don’t have to keep seeing pictures of this guy at lunchtime. At least Hoboken411 also gave me some Jenn Sterger shots to cleanse my eyes. I hope the voters in the fourth ward are also tired of seeing this guy.[/quote]

Member
xxrjxx
4 years 10 months ago

Wow. 😯 ❓ ❗ [quote comment=”199156″]what guy the dr that gave him the rubber band according to rumor or pee wee herman[/quote]