Special City Council Meeting Tonight

1/10/2011 Update:

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.

These are people who think nothing of comparing Zimmer’s political opposition to Adolf Hitler.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Hoboken City Council Video Archive: 1/10/2011

Too many council meetings in Hoboken!

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18 Comments on "Special City Council Meeting Tonight"

jc5201
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jc5201

Isn’t this the same sort of thing that then Councilperson Zimmer and Cunningham railed against when Roberts was doing it? What is the difference now?

truth1
Member
truth1

Back on the council’s performance…..they did what they had to do under the LAW. As for time management, it took them 2 hrs.for what could have been done in approx. 5 mins. Hopefully, their planning, organizing and action will improve and they will lead this city in a fiscally sound manner.

Stpaddygirl
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Who is the idiot that came up with the idea of making 1/2 of Vezzetti Way a snow emergency route? It runs next to Observer which is always cleared and one would think you would want people to park over there and not on the main roads … but wait that would be common sense…

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

paddy..just an observation..Never in all these years of storms can i remember such panic and over reacting to a snowstorm..37 mayors ago was never as moronic as this.The first storm was a blizzard with drifts.We had a forman for over 30 years that had it under controll..We had our own water dept..We had payloader operators that could pick a penny up with the bucket..Now they want to put us in a garage for 5 dollars a day.Our pd and fd dpw handeled the situation fine..Something is not right here….much ado over nothing.It’s nice to ride bikes in mayberry but this is not mayberry. 😡 [quote comment=”201941″]Who is the idiot that came up with the idea of making 1/2 of Vezzetti Way a snow emergency route? It runs next to Observer which is always cleared and one would think you would want people to park over there and not on the main roads … but wait that would be common sense…[/quote]

justaview
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justaview

it’s more like Hiroshima!!![quote comment=”201953″]paddy..just an observation..Never in all these years of storms can i remember such panic and over reacting to a snowstorm..37 mayors ago was never as moronic as this.The first storm was a blizzard with drifts.We had a forman for over 30 years that had it under controll..We had our own water dept..We had payloader operators that could pick a penny up with the bucket..Now they want to put us in a garage for 5 dollars a day.Our pd and fd dpw handeled the situation fine..Something is not right here….much ado over nothing.It’s nice to ride bikes in mayberry but this is not mayberry.

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goodguy
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goodguy

Nick Trasente, our part-time financial wizard, is not earning his pay. Between him and Arch Liston, it seems to be catch-up all the time. Nick said “we didnt know the law”
that is not an excuse, that is incompetence.

jonsie
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jonsie

I watched the first hour, and am disgusted at how incompetent the city administration is. Collectively clueless and unorganized. I’m going back to my normal life now.

Idiots guide to running a small municipality should have been in their Christmas stockings.[quote comment=”201939″]Nick Trasente, our part-time financial wizard, is not earning his pay. Between him and Arch Liston, it seems to be catch-up all the time. Nick said “we didnt know the law”
that is not an excuse, that is incompetence.[/quote]

Night Watchman
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Night Watchman

Dawn Zimmer, America’s most incompetent Mayor.

Luckygirl
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Luckygirl

lmao[quote comment=”201901″]Dawn Zimmer, America’s most incompetent Mayor.[/quote]

justaview
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justaview

Love it – and how true it is![quote comment=”201901″]Dawn Zimmer, America’s most incompetent Mayor.[/quote]

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