Special City Council Meeting Tonight
Council Approves 17% Temporary Budget
The Hoboken City Council voted unanimously 9-0 to approve the temporary budget appropriations of approximately 17.5%. See video archive of the meeting after the jump. It also appears that never-elected Hoboken (ex appointed) councilman Mike Lenz has turned up his brainwashing activities amongst the dwindling set of remaining supporters. Quite comical in fact. Political circus at it’s highest point ever in Hoboken!
Hoboken Budget headaches; More council meetings
Council meets after getting bad advice from Zimmer’s directors
The Hoboken City Council meets tonight for an “Emergency Special Meeting” called by Mayor Dawn Zimmer to consider Temporary Budget Appropriations for the new year.
The City Council has 30 days to approve a temporary budget according to the Mayor’s Finance Director, Nick Trasante. That hasn’t stopped Zimmer’s spin machine from attempting to gin up controversy.
The problem? It was Zimmer’s own directors who recommended the course of action that the council took at last week’s meeting which led to this situation!
The council followed the advice of Zimmer’s handpicked Corporation Counsel, Business Administrator and Finance Director, which led to the “Emergency” meeting.
Zimmer wants too much $$$; even her allies agree
When the Mayor asked for a temporary budget that would cover over 26% of the year even her council allies Peter Cunningham and Ravi Bhalla agreed it was more than what was necessary. Newly elected Council Vice President Mike Russo suggested cutting that amount in half to cover at least six weeks of the year. Transante and Business Administrator Arch Liston asked for some time to hammer out updated numbers. Three hours later the council revisited the issue, and this is what it looked like:
What that video shows is Russo trying to move his original motion to pass a six-week temporary budget through the council and Zimmer’s own top level staff urging the council to put off a vote until the January 19th meeting. Zimmer’s City Attorney Mark Tabakin is seen urging a delay of the vote to the 19th adding employee payroll will be paid in the meantime. BA Arch Liston and Finance Director Trasante join him in pushing the council to table the temporary budget. Moments before the council tabled the resolution Tabakin says, “We can wait until the 19th of January to do this right.”
The Mayor goes into full spin mode in an effort to make a mountain out of a molehill, and what it all has to do with the upcoming council elections, after the jump!
Zimmer uses misinformation to fan political flames
Despite the fact that it was Zimmer’s own top-level staff who called for the delay, the Mayor and her $75,000 a year “Minister of Misinformation” have their minions claiming the new majority on the council want to “shut down the government” and “not pay city workers.” Here’s a portion of Zimmer’s official press release:
“At the Wednesday, January 5th Council meeting, the City Council failed to approve a temporary budget for 2011, leaving the City unable to authorize its payroll obligations which must be financially obligated on or before Tuesday, January 11. “Our employees work hard for the City of Hoboken, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they are paid and that our City continues to operate effectively,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.”
What she and her taxpayer-paid political operative Juan Melli leave out of that release is the fact that it was Zimmer’s own three wise men (Tabakin, Trasante and Liston) who pushed the council to put off their vote and claimed they would still be able to issue payroll checks regardless of the delay!
Don’t take Hoboken411’s word for it. Watch the video above from the council meeting where you can see for yourself how the issue came to a close last Wednesday night.
Is it election time again already?
Mayor Zimmer wanted the fourth ward special election to be a referendum on her leadership. She put out flier after flier pushing people to vote for her endorsed “5th vote on the council.”
The end result was an overwhelming defeat not just for Mike Lenz, but also for Dawn Zimmer. The BS is going to get very deep in the months ahead of the spring ward council elections. There’s desperation in the air among the dwindling Zimmer troops. A string of leadership failures (including the incompetent response to the December snowstorm) has alienated much of Zimmer’s support, leaving only her most rabid fanboys and meangirls to lead the propaganda fight.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Hoboken City Council Video Archive: 1/10/2011
Too many council meetings in Hoboken!