2011 Board of Education Election

Hoboken Board of Education Election Results

Garcia, Biancamano, Rhodes-Kearns win – on machines & VBM

Carmelo Garcia, Peter Biancamano and Frances Rhodes-Kearns won the 2011 Hoboken Board of Education Election. They won both on the machines, and Vote by Mail ballots.

FULL RESULTS


Board of Ed election comes down to the wire

Quite a bit has happened in the last few weeks to make the Hoboken Board of Education race clearer. After starting out with nine candidates facing off for three seats, the race is now essentially down to a three-on-three battle.

Incumbents Carmelo Garcia and Frances Rhodes-Kearns have joined with first-time candidate Peter Biancamano. Their effort will face the establishment ticket organized by ex-unelected councilman Michael Lenz and supported by City Hall. Behind-the-scenes friction between Garcia and some supporters of Rhodes-Kearns and Biancamano was put to rest following the exit of John Madigan, and the weakness of the slate formed to give near-total control Board President Rose Markle and Vice President Theresa Minutillo. To stop that from happening, quite a few people will be biting their lips and voting for some or all of the Garcia-led ticket. By the way, the candidates are not bracketed as slates in the voting booth. You can mix and match your votes for any one, two or three people of your choice.

Charter & Private School voters may decide election

The new Garcia/Bubbles/Biancamano slate is drawing votes not only from the traditional Puerto Rican, Irish and Italian voter bases, but from the “New Hoboken” voters in the Charter, Private and Public Schools who feel used and abused by Markle and Minutillo’s leadership over the past few years.

Administrators chosen by Markle and Minutillo have jerked around Charter Schools, which rented space from the district. Garcia is father to a student in the HoLa Charter School, and is the only Latino trustee in a district that serves a majority Hispanic student population. The irony is one of the candidates on the Lenz/Markle slate is a former Charter School board member who sent his daughter to Hoboken High only when all other options were exhausted.

Steven Feinstein is a Fourth Ward resident who took every opportunity keep his child out of Connors School, which serves Fourth Ward kids, including students from the Hoboken Housing Authority. Feinstein wrote an endorsement letter for Lenz last fall, and was chosen for the school board ticket by Lenz this winter. Garcia is the Executive Director of the HHA and has often advocated for the needs of Housing Authority kids while others on the board seek to direct assets to the uptown Wallace School.

“Harrassment” of Theater Director may also bring out voters

Markle and Minutillo’s alleged reign of terror over Theater Program Director Paula Ohaus may also bring voters out to oppose their slate of candidates. Weeks of campaigning have done little to convince people the candidacy of Clifford Godfrey should be taken seriously as anything more than a deal between his boss – Newark Mayor Cory Booker – and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Godfrey has been seen campaigning with very Newark-looking political operatives, who have also been seen dropping literature and drawing midnight political messages in chalk on city sidewalks supporting his ticket. Nobody ever heard of Godfrey before he filed his petitions, and he’s likely to be the lowest vote-getter on his ticket barring a sudden surge of “Hoboken” voters arriving from the Brick City. Even some of her supporters say first-year incumbent Jean-Marie Mitchell is getting a backache from dragging around the dead weight of her running mates.

So how will it all end?

Will voter turnout be pathetic again this year?

Voter turnout wins elections, and when it comes to the Board of Education, the people who want it more – and need it more – usually win in Hoboken. This year that wouldn’t describe the poorly constructed Markle/Minutillo ticket. If Mitchell, Godfrey and Feinstein lose, Markle and Minutillo will still hold the board majority. If only Mitchell wins, it’s a wash for them. Political watchers on both sides say Godfrey and Feinstein will either win together or lose together. If their entire slate wins it would be a surprise, and good news for the Mayor ahead of the City Council elections in two weeks. That’s not seen as the most likely scenario by any means.

The people who want (and need) to see Garcia, Rhodes-Kearns and Biancamano win are those most highly motivated to get out the vote this year. The question is, will they split that vote? Will they – despite appearances of unity – shoot themselves in the foot with a bullet-vote strategy? Will Carmelo’s supporters enter the booth, punch 1-A and walk out without finding his running mates further down the page? The answers should become clear Wednesday night at around 10pm.

Hoboken411 Exclusive: Madigan Drops Out

In a move that significantly changes the race, John Madigan is withdrawing his candidacy for Hoboken Board of Education.

Madigan’s independent campaign last year brought him to within 67 votes of defeating sitting President Rose Markle. Board watchers believe his strong ballot position (and weak opposition on this year’s Markle/Minutillo ticket) could have led Madigan to victory.

In a letter to Hoboken411, Madigan says he will focus on health issues affecting his family and his prior commitments to Hoboken’s Little League and Athletic Hall of Fame.

2nd exit consolidates opposition to Markle/Minutillo slate

Madigan follows Anthony Oland out of the race. Oland withdrew before ballot positions were selected. It’s unclear if the 2A spot on the ballot will remain empty or if the other candidates will move up a spot in the rotation. It depends on how far along the process of printing sample ballots is. With Madigan and Oland out, people looking for an alternative to the Markle/Minutillo slate will have fewer choices, perhaps consolidating support behind incumbents Carmelo Garcia, Frances Rhodes-Kearns and first-time candidate Peter Biancamano. Garcia is still running as an independent, while Bubbles and Biancamano appear to have shared support from key players including Frank “Pupie” Raia.

Will it end up as slate vs. slate on Election Day?

Some say a marriage of the three opposition candidates would be the classic Hoboken Board-of-Ed political Tri-Fecta: an Italian, an Irishwoman and a Puerto Rican.

However, old battle grudges among their key supporters continue to keep the three from forming an official ticket. Meanwhile, the Teachers’ Union-supporting Jean Marie-Mitchell and her slatemates Hoose Thatt and Nevah Hurdahim remain the only official ticket in the race. (For their real names, take a look at earlier coverage of this year’s Board of Ed election, after the jump!)

3/30/2011 Update:

Hear the candidates speak on April 4th

Note that there’s a “Board of Education Candidates’ Forum” on Monday, April 4th @ 6:45pm – over at Stevens Institute of Technology (Kidde Hall).

3/18/2011:

UPDATE: Oland drops out, key ballot positions drawn

Campaign veterans say good ballot position is important in crowded Hoboken elections. The positions were drawn today for the April Board of Education election.

Anthony Oland decided not to run after all, so his name wasn’t included in the draw.

#1 spot has been key in Board of Ed elections

The Pole Position has been a winner since at least 2006, when Theresa Minutillo was elected. She was also in the #1 spot for her 2009 re-election. In 2007 it was Carrie Gilliard followed by Phil DeFalco in 2008. Last year, Leon Gold pulled the #1 position. It’s more than a coincidence. It’s the way many people in Hudson County have been trained to vote “right down the line.”

Incumbent Carmelo Garcia drew the marquis spot this year. So far Garcia is still running as an independent, making the top spot even more important to the Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director.

Garcia and Madigan 1 & 2, Mitchell & slate score 3-4-5

The #2 position went to the candidate who very nearly unseated Board of Ed President Rose Markle last year: independent John Madigan.

Even though the Markle/Minutillo-backed ticket missed the top two, they’re still fortunate to find themselves all together in a 3-4-5 configuration.

Watch for this slate to emphasize numbers over names in their marketing since two of the three candidates on the ticket aren’t well known.

Bubbles, Waiters & Biancamano take bottom 3 positions

9-year incumbent Frances “Bubbles” Rhodes-Kearns will hold the 6th spot, followed by perennial candidate Patricia Waiters (who also filed petitions to simultaneously run for the 2nd ward City Council seat.)

Peter Biancamano brings up the rear in the figure 8 position. Waiters is on her own after burning all the bridges that brought her a respectable showing in last year’s Board of Ed race while Bubbles and Biancamano may run together with support from Frank “Pupie” Raia.

Here’s who will be found where:

  • 1A: Carmelo Garcia (I)
    2A: John Madigan
    3A: Clifford Godfrey
    4A: Jean Marie Mitchell (I)
    5A: Steven Feinstein
    6A: Frances Rhodes-Kearns (I)
    7A: Patricia Waiters
    8A: Peter Biancamano
    (I) denotes Incumbent

Hoboken411 note: There’s been a lot of immature grumbling from supporters of the Markle/Minutillo slate about this line in the original 2011 campaign preview:

“Jean-Marie Mitchell is technically on the Markle/Minutillo team, but is just as much at home with Garcia and company.”

Since they insist on pushing the issue, here’s more information. Back in early 2009, Minutillo and her minority on the board opposed a proposed Teachers Union contract with compounding 4.3% salary increases on the grounds it was too rich. Garcia and his majority supported it. At a packed house full of witnesses in the Wallace School gym, Jean Marie Mitchell spoke up in favor of the contract because she felt defeating it would hurt teacher morale. Here’s how it was reported by Tim Carroll:

“Be thankful you’re bringing in a paycheck,” resident Brian Wagner said at the meeting. “I’m sorry, but you have to feel the pain that the rest of us are feeling in the private sector … Many of us who stood here tonight are unemployed or will be shortly.”

Jean Marie Mitchell, Calabro School P.T.O. president, said in response, “I don’t want these teachers to be subject to the pain we are out here.”

– HR, 1/18/2009

Multiple reliable sources also said how Minutillo first approached Mitchell to run on her ticket back in 2007. An organizational meeting was held at Minutillo’s home, which included her mentor Michael Lenz, Rose Markle, and others who supported Minutillo at the time. They were looking to form a ticket with Carrie Gillard and Bill Tobias. Markle announced she was on board, and Mitchell was there to consider rounding it out as the fourth candidate.

Mitchell leaves as convo turns into Carmelo-bashing

As they often did, Lenz, Markle and Minutillo began to trash Carmelo Garcia. Mitchell didn’t like that, and said she was uncomfortable with that kind of talk because she had worked with Carmelo on school projects, and liked and respected him. Jean-Marie then excused herself and left the meeting, leaving Minutillo and Lenz without a fourth candidate. (They later offered the spot to Rachel Goldberg, who declined. Tricia Snyder was their third choice.)

Continue reading the original Hoboken411 preview of the Board of Ed race below.

Nine candidates file petitions for three Hoboken BoE seats

(Originally published on Hoboken411: 3/9/2011)

The annual scrum for power over the Hoboken Schools is on!

Tuesday at 4pm was the deadline to file nominating petitions to run for three seats on the Board of Education. For the second year in a row, there will be a very crowded field with nine candidates filing. Majority power on the board is not at stake. Even if supporters of President Rose Markle and VP Theresa Minutillo lose they’ll still have a 5-vote majority.

So, who’s running? All 3 incumbents, for starters.

Carmelo Garcia

Despite rumors of intense negotiations to get current Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia out of the race, he filed his petitions alone on Tuesday. Insiders say of all the candidates who filed, Garcia is the only one who could possibly muster enough support to win running on his own. All others will need help from a team to be in the running.

Efforts to form a unified ticket against the Markle/Minutillo (and by extension, Mike Lenz-influenced) majority on the board from day one were blocked by Garcia’s refusal to step aside, and other major politico’s refusal to support a “fusion ticket” that included him.

Old grudges have come back to haunt the race, but Garcia may yet have the last laugh. Last time he won with a whopping 2241 votes.

Frances Rhodes-Kearns

“Bubbles” says she’s in it to win it, but history tells us she’ll need strong coalition support to pull it off.

When Fran ran three years ago she got 335 fewer votes than her running mate Carmelo, and about the same as former trustee Phil DeFalco. Those 335 votes are part of the reason why Garcia may not be on a ticket this year – the perception that his voters “cut” the rest of his team to bring him greater glory. In Hoboken’s political arena of egos, that doesn’t play well.

Sources have been saying for weeks that Rhodes-Kearns is a fallback position because of the lack of credible female candidates willing to run against the Markle/Minutillo majority. Some will try to use the fact that Bubbles ran on Peter Cammarano’s ticket for City Council against her, but those same people seem to have no problem with Angel Alicea as Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Public Safety Director.

Jean-Marie Mitchell

Jean-Marie Mitchell is technically on the Markle/Minutillo team, but is just as much at home with Garcia and company.

After being elected to a 1-year term, Mitchell looks a lot like Tricia Snyder. (Well, minus Snyders’ education credentials.) What does Hoboken411 mean by that? Snyder was elected to a 1-year term against a weak opponent on board a ticket with the better known Markle and Carrie Gilliard. The next year, little-known Snyder was made the anchor of a ticket that included two people even less known than she was. One was a middle-aged white guy with low name recognition and the other was a young African-American man with no kids in the schools.

All three lost huge to Garcia/Rhodes-Kearns/DeFalco.

This year, Mitchell is being made the anchor of a ticket that – you guessed it – includes a middle-aged white guy with low name recognition and a young African-American man who apparently has no kids in the schools. Sound familiar?

John Madigan

Running as an independent without a slate to support him, John Madigan still came within 67 votes of upsetting incumbent President Rose Markle last year.

An active supporter of student sports, Madigan is a former school district employee who ran for the board three times before, but has always come just short of a victory.

Could the 4th time be the charm for Madigan?

If he joins forces with Garcia (or Raia, who wouldn’t support him last year) history says it could spell trouble for the little-known candidates on the Markle/Minutillo/Lenz slate.

Anthony Oland

He’s a father, young professional, and Hudson County native comfortable traveling in Old Hoboken and New Hoboken circles. In any other year he probably would have been a shoe-in, but in 2009 even 2049 votes weren’t enough to get him past a perfect storm coalition ticket (which has since broken apart).

Anthony Oland is an active member of the Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Council whose previous campaign experience makes him a key challenger to watch.

Peter Biancamano

Born and raised in Hoboken with a name known to everyone who has ever had a tasty sandwich at his family’s popular deli, Peter Biancamano is a surprise entrant in the race. Young and unmarried, Biancamano is currently the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Hoboken Democratic Party.

A former prodigy of Frank Raia, Biancamano supported Beth Mason in May ’09 and Peter Cammarano in the runoff before he made a deal to cast a key vote for Ravi Bhalla for Democratic Party Chair that angered a lot of his friends and allies.

Shortly before the St. Patrick’s parade, Zimmer and her Shadow Mayor husband were seen yelling at Biancamano, apparently after they heard he pulled petitions for Board of Ed against their will.

Patricia Waiters

The woman who raced to Newark to hold the umbrella for Cammarano after his arraignment on corruption charges will be running for School Board again this year. Last time she got 978 votes, about 800 of which came from the fact she was running on a Raia and Perry Belfiore-supported ticket with Kyelia Colon and Ken Howitt.

Patricia Waiters has since managed to burn her bridges to a crisp with her support of the soundly defeated Michael Lenz. Without organized support her total in the 2011 election will probably be closer to the 87 votes she got running for Mayor in 2009. Some are asking, “Did Lenz get her in the race to cause confusion for the opposition, or is Pat just being Pat?”

Steven Feinstein

Steven Feinstein is a friend and supporter of Michael Lenz. For many people that will be all they need to know about him. Feinstein’s only known political activity involves writing a letter dripping with praise for Lenz prior to the November special election. Feinstein was a Charter School parent before enrolling his daughter in Hoboken High School this year, in part attracted to the successful Drama Program that – ironically – the Markle/Minutillo faction have targeted for cuts in what has been described as a vendetta against it’s popular Director.

In this year’s performance, the 2008 role of Brian Assadourian will be played by Steven Feinstein.

Clifford Godfrey

If right now you’re saying “Who?” you’re not alone. Clifford Godfrey will be running on the Markle/Minutillo ticket with Feinstein and Mitchell, but nobody seems to know much about him.

A little checking shows he is a Stevens Institute graduate who works for the Newark Downtown Core Redevelopment program, which means he has political ties to Mayor Cory Booker. Will more Newark political money roll into the Hoboken Board of Ed race via Godfrey, or will he come and go like the similarly unknown Phil Campbell did in 2008?

There will be pressure in the days ahead for some candidates to drop out of the race before ballot positions are drawn. Hoboken411 will keep you updated on key developments as we approach yet another Election Day.

46 Responses

  1. freewheelin says:

    I don’t know any of the other candidates but I’ve known Steven Feinstein for years because my kid was in his daughter’s class throughout their years at Elysian Charter School. Steven was very active in that school from the start and spent a few years as the president of Elysian’s board of directors. He was instrumental in many important decisions including the firing of one bad apple principal and the hiring of a new one who improved the school greatly. I don’t know whether he’s a supporter of Lenz, as you say, but I do know that Feinstein’s commitment to education in Hoboken is honest. I would vote for him and I hope the characterization here doesn’t stop anyone else from doing so.

    • HOB424 says:

      So, the Hoboken public schools were not good enough for his kids, choosing charter school instead. Even if he was active at Elysian, that does not give him any record of any involvement in the HOB BOE public schools. [quote comment=”204221″]I don’t know any of the other candidates but I’ve known Steven Feinstein for years because my kid was in his daughter’s class throughout their years at Elysian Charter School. Steven was very active in that school from the start and spent a few years as the president of Elysian’s board of directors. He was instrumental in many important decisions including the firing of one bad apple principal and the hiring of a new one who improved the school greatly. I don’t know whether he’s a supporter of Lenz, as you say, but I do know that Feinstein’s commitment to education in Hoboken is honest. I would vote for him and I hope the characterization here doesn’t stop anyone else from doing so.[/quote]

      • freewheelin says:

        Duh, charter schools ARE public schools. They are not private schools. They are part of the state school system. Do your homework before you criticize. Here’s a couple to get you started:

        http://www.ecsnj.org/
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_school

        Nptice the word PUBLIC in both?[quote comment=”204249″]So, the Hoboken public schools were not good enough for his kids, choosing charter school instead. Even if he was active at Elysian, that does not give him any record of any involvement in the HOB BOE public schools.

        [/quote]

      • HOB424 says:

        Charter schools are PUBLICLY funded with taxpayer money. NOONE is disputing this fact, DUH!!!!. You obviously didn’t read where I stated “HOB BOE public schools”. The charter schools are separate entities. They are not under the direction of the BOE. So it is not one in the same, except for the fact that they both receive public funds. However, if someone decides the BOE public schools are not good enough for their kids – how can they have a vested interest. Eveyone thinks they’re an expert on what’s wrong with the schools. Until you have a child in the system, then you can understand exactly how the curriculum is being applied, etc. For someone that has kids in the Hoboken “BOE” only schools, these parents will not be impressed by a candidiate’s experience at a charter school.
        [quote comment=”204254″]Duh, charter schools ARE public schools. They are not private schools. They are part of the state school system. Do your homework before you criticize. Here’s a couple to get you started: Nptice the word PUBLIC in both?[/quote]

      • freewheelin says:

        Then I assume you have problems with most of these candidates because from what I’m seeing here very few have any direct experience with the Hoboken school system. [quote comment=”204286″]Charter schools are PUBLICLY funded with taxpayer money. NOONE is disputing this fact, DUH!!!!. You obviously didn’t read where I stated “HOB BOE public schools”. The charter schools are separate entities. They are not under the direction of the BOE. So it is not one in the same, except for the fact that they both receive public funds. However, if someone decides the BOE public schools are not good enough for their kids – how can they have a vested interest. Eveyone thinks they’re an expert on what’s wrong with the schools. Until you have a child in the system, then you can understand exactly how the curriculum is being applied, etc. For someone that has kids in the Hoboken “BOE” only schools, these parents will not be impressed by a candidiate’s experience at a charter school.

        [/quote]

      • HOB424 says:

        No, no problems at all. Just not impressed by charter school resumes. Actuallly, atleast more than half of these candidiates do have “direct experience” with the system. May the best/man woman win..[quote comment=”204288″]Then I assume you have problems with most of these candidates because from what I’m seeing here very few have any direct experience with the Hoboken school system. [/quote]

      • chacha17 says:

        Maybe he didn’t want to send HIS kids through a school that ranks in the bottom 5% in the state…now that his kids are in the clear he wants to devote some of his time in helping to solve the problems in HOB schools????[quote comment=”204249″]So, the Hoboken public schools were not good enough for his kids, choosing charter school instead. Even if he was active at Elysian, that does not give him any record of any involvement in the HOB BOE public schools. [/quote]

      • HOB424 says:

        Just curious – which “school” in particular has that ranking? The bottom 5% in the state – of what criteria? Do you mean test scores and which ones? Or AYP? Or something else?[quote comment=”204313″]Maybe he didn’t want to send HIS kids through a school that ranks in the bottom 5% in the state…now that his kids are in the clear he wants to devote some of his time in helping to solve the problems in HOB schools????[/quote]

      • chacha17 says:

        I gotta be honest the “5%” was a number that was stuck in my head, so I did some digging….Hoboken was ranked 260 of 315 (bottom 18%) in NJ (per H411 story)…noting that some county schools and some Bergen districts (Hackensack is mentioned) were left off (why, I don’t know) which would rank ahead of Hobo and pushing them further back – also in looking at the list Newark schools make up a nice chunk of schools were are in front of Hobo….all this and one of the highest per pupil cost.

        here is also something i found doing a google seach :

        education.com/schoolfinder/us/new-jersey/hoboken/hoboken-h-s-/

        keep points: $31k+ cost and a 2 out of 10 rating

        [quote comment=”204335″]Just curious – which “school” in particular has that ranking? The bottom 5% in the state – of what criteria? Do you mean test scores and which ones? Or AYP? Or something else?[/quote]

  2. truth1 says:

    Kearns will have an ally in Raia but Garcia might not like Kearns – Interesting! Peter B. might be supported by Raia along with Madigan who would have won with Pupie’s support last time around. Interesting ❗ Remember Kearns is Mo Fitzgibbons relative. Interesting ❗

    • Hoboken1954A says:

      Kearns being related to Fitzgibbons is indeed interesting, reminds me of other Ploitical Family Relatives, i.e. The Kennedy’s, The Cuomo’s, etc.
      Could be a good thing, Experience in leadership worked well in those instances.. [quote comment=”204229″]Kearns will have an ally in Raia but Garcia might not like Kearns – Interesting! Peter B. might be supported by Raia along with Madigan who would have won with Pupie’s support last time around. Interesting Remember Kearns is Mo Fitzgibbons relative. Interesting [/quote]

      • truth1 says:

        Garcia, Kearns & Biancamano would present a balanced approach-experience with a brightness of maturing youth. 💡 [quote comment=”205281″]Kearns being related to Fitzgibbons is indeed interesting, reminds me of other Ploitical Family Relatives, i.e. The Kennedy’s, The Cuomo’s, etc.Could be a good thing, Experience in leadership worked well in those instances.. [/quote]

  3. 4th Ward Guardian says:

    The last thing Hoboken needs is another Lenz puppet on the Board of Education! I just read Feinstein’s Lenz endorsement letter again. Either this guy is oblivious to Lenz’s dirty dealing or just has no problem with it. I wonder if Feinstein knows how much Ro Markle hates the charter schools and how she and Superintendent Carter jerked Hoboken Charter around?

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      Absolutely correct. Going with Garcia, Kearns-Rhodes, and Biancamano[quote comment=”204317″]The last thing Hoboken needs is another Lenz puppet on the Board of Education! I just read Feinstein’s Lenz endorsement letter again. Either this guy is oblivious to Lenz’s dirty dealing or just has no problem with it. I wonder if Feinstein knows how much Ro Markle hates the charter schools and how she and Superintendent Carter jerked Hoboken Charter around?[/quote]

      • Hoboken1954A says:

        Have discussed same with friends & neighboors,
        due to calls after 9 PM our consensus was vote for
        the ones who did not bombard with calls,
        IMPO an endorsement from this Mayor is a
        Definite Yes vote for the oppositon. [quote comment=”206255″]Absolutely correct. Going with Garcia, Kearns-Rhodes, and Biancamano[/quote]

  4. keenobserver says:

    411 is right about Mitchell’s connection with Garcia. It was her and Sobolov’s closeness to Garcia that spurred all the talk of a Kids First–old Hoboken fusion ticket for the school board last year, which didn’t happen in the end. Mitchell’s comments about the teachers’ pay show what happens when parents with kids in the school system get on the board for the wrong reasons. Instead of watching out for all the students and all the taxpayers, they focus on making sure their own kids’ teachers are happy and the programs their kids are involved with stay in place. These parents become completely conflicted as to what their job is. From what I’ve seen of the meetings on TV, Mitchell hasn’t contributed anything to the board all year. Why is Kids First rewarding that performance by putting her on the ticket again? In fact, the entire KF slate is very odd this year. Feinstein seems like a good guy but why would he join a group that has been so opposed to the city’s charter schools? His kids went to Elysian but as everyone at Elysian knows, the school district made Elysian take down its sign on the front of its building. Heaven forbid Elysian actually be allowed to promote itself. Godfrey seems like the smartest of the bunch, but we’ll see. Let the games begin.

    • Keen Observer says:

      Keen observer, the real one, did not post this message. the Keen Observer’s message questions how Carmelo “Three pension” Garcia has the balls to run for school board again when he didn’t pay for his last campaign. That’s right, there’s a $15,000 judgement sitting against him in Superior Court. Do we want to elect such a money grubbing dead beat to the board. What a role mode for our children. ❓ [quote comment=”204655″]411 is right about Mitchell’s connection with Garcia. It was her and Sobolov’s closeness to Garcia that spurred all the talk of a Kids First–old Hoboken fusion ticket for the school board last year, which didn’t happen in the end. Mitchell’s comments about the teachers’ pay show what happens when parents with kids in the school system get on the board for the wrong reasons. Instead of watching out for all the students and all the taxpayers, they focus on making sure their own kids’ teachers are happy and the programs their kids are involved with stay in place. These parents become completely conflicted as to what their job is. From what I’ve seen of the meetings on TV, Mitchell hasn’t contributed anything to the board all year. Why is Kids First rewarding that performance by putting her on the ticket again? In fact, the entire KF slate is very odd this year. Feinstein seems like a good guy but why would he join a group that has been so opposed to the city’s charter schools? His kids went to Elysian but as everyone at Elysian knows, the school district made Elysian take down its sign on the front of its building. Heaven forbid Elysian actually be allowed to promote itself. Godfrey seems like the smartest of the bunch, but we’ll see. Let the games begin.[/quote]

  5. Night Watchman says:

    Mitchell is just another Lenz puppet.

  6. Kaiser Sosay says:

    if its health issues i really hope that the family member can get better for him annd the rest of his familys sake,but this is hoboken and to drop out of an election usually means he was some how pushed away from this election or the powers that be made an offer of somesort to him,with the ballots already drawn this theory is up fpr debate we shall see

  7. truth1 says:

    Family comes first! Good health to all! 😛

  8. sasha says:

    Sorry to hear of family health issues: I was going to vote for John, however family
    is more important!

    • truth1 says:

      I think that John would have made it this time; however, our families come 1st. Warmest wishes to John and his family and wishing a speedy recovery. 😛 [quote comment=”205276″]Sorry to hear of family health issues: I was going to vote for John, however familyis more important![/quote]

  9. veggiespam says:

    Something odd this year: elections are on a WEDNESDAY this year (to not conflict with Passover). Polls are open 07:00 until 21:00 on 27 April.

    Also, remember, you vote for up-to-three, not exactly-three. So, if you only like 1 or 2 people, just vote for them; it’ll give your chosen ones a better chance.

    • pawzclawz says:

      “Thank You so much for this clarification!” The polls are open until 9:00pm instead of 8:00pm correct? This makes things so much easier. I won’t have to rush to the polls and vote with minutes to spare before the polls close like I usually do. I love the idea of not having to vote for three. There are two definates that I will vote for. I would have had to decide upon others. I no longer have to do so. “Thanks a million again!” [quote comment=”206168″]Something odd this year: elections are on a WEDNESDAY this year (to not conflict with Passover). Polls are open 07:00 until 21:00 on 27 April.Also, remember, you vote for up-to-three, not exactly-three. So, if you only like 1 or 2 people, just vote for them; it’ll give your chosen ones a better chance.[/quote]

  10. NickAdams says:

    So far I have received two “robo calls” urging me to vote in the Hoboken school board elections. One was from Dawn Zimmer and one from Kids First. What makes this noteworthy is that I ended my long exile in Hoboken and moved back to New York last June! The calls were made to my new home phone # in a 347 area code ( I know, the indignity of a 347 #, not even a 718!) in Brooklyn! How ridiculous! How did they even get this #??? From my Brooklyn voting place???? I didn’t forward my old Hoboken # to this #.

    I also received a mailing addressed to my Brooklyn address (not forwarded) to vote for Zimmer’s choice for council members. How can they be mailing these things out of state??? “Mayor Dawn Zimmer & Her Team are moving Hoboken ahead”. What a joke.

    Really makes me wonder how many other ex Hobokenites received these mailings and calls and if any of them plan to go back to Hoboken to vote!

    I lived in Hoboken from 1984 until June 2010. Despite some improvements like the new parks on the water, …oh yeah, …I forgot, ….they are falling into the Hudson….nevermind about them…despite some OTHER real improvements which escape me at the moment, uhm, I know there are some….all in all, I liked Hoboken a LOT better in 1984.

    • heatwrap says:

      Nick. Interesting you should mention the mailings. My sister, who hasn’t lived in Hoboken in decades (and always votes in her own hometown, NOT Hoboken) also received direct mailings from Zimmer & her “team”. [quote comment=”206259″]So far I have received two “robo calls” urging me to vote in the Hoboken school board elections. One was from Dawn Zimmer and one from Kids First. What makes this noteworthy is that I ended my long exile in Hoboken and moved back to New York last June! The calls were made to my new home phone # in a 347 area code ( I know, the indignity of a 347 #, not even a 718!) in Brooklyn! How ridiculous! How did they even get this #??? From my Brooklyn voting place???? I didn’t forward my old Hoboken # to this #. I also received a mailing addressed to my Brooklyn address (not forwarded) to vote for Zimmer’s choice for council members. How can they be mailing these things out of state??? “Mayor Dawn Zimmer & Her Team are moving Hoboken ahead”. What a joke. Really makes me wonder how many other ex Hobokenites received these mailings and calls and if any of them plan to go back to Hoboken to vote! I lived in Hoboken from 1984 until June 2010. Despite some improvements like the new parks on the water, …oh yeah, …I forgot, ….they are falling into the Hudson….nevermind about them…despite some OTHER real improvements which escape me at the moment, uhm, I know there are some….all in all, I liked Hoboken a LOT better in 1984.[/quote]

    • 4th Ward Guardian says:

      I’m not surprised Zimmer is trying to pull a scam like this. Here in the 4th Ward there are many stories of Zimmer supporters who moved out town but came back on election day to vote for her and her candidates. She knows it takes several years to get names of people who moved off of the voter rolls and they can always come back to vote without showing their new ID.

      Many people who supported Zimmer in 2007 moved out of Hoboken. Some of them come back to vote. There was even a story a few years ago of her former campaign manager being accused of trying to vote in the 4-2 district despite the fact that he and his wife move to the ‘burbs. He was busted by the challengers, but it’s not an isolated incident. [quote comment=”206259″]So far I have received two “robo calls” urging me to vote in the Hoboken school board elections. One was from Dawn Zimmer and one from Kids First. What makes this noteworthy is that I ended my long exile in Hoboken and moved back to New York last June! The calls were made to my new home phone # in a 347 area code ( I know, the indignity of a 347 #, not even a 718!) in Brooklyn! How ridiculous! How did they even get this #??? From my Brooklyn voting place???? I didn’t forward my old Hoboken # to this #. I also received a mailing addressed to my Brooklyn address (not forwarded) to vote for Zimmer’s choice for council members. How can they be mailing these things out of state??? “Mayor Dawn Zimmer & Her Team are moving Hoboken ahead”. What a joke. Really makes me wonder how many other ex Hobokenites received these mailings and calls and if any of them plan to go back to Hoboken to vote! I lived in Hoboken from 1984 until June 2010. Despite some improvements like the new parks on the water, …oh yeah, …I forgot, ….they are falling into the Hudson….nevermind about them…despite some OTHER real improvements which escape me at the moment, uhm, I know there are some….all in all, I liked Hoboken a LOT better in 1984.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        Pathetic. As if a scheme to steal the vote is different than outright paying for it. And that’s why the administration is no better than any of the others. They are worse, in the sense that it will cost more dollars to investigate the convoluted sleazy ways.[quote comment=”206281″]I’m not surprised Zimmer is trying to pull a scam like this. Here in the 4th Ward there are many stories of Zimmer supporters who moved out town but came back on election day to vote for her and her candidates. She knows it takes several years to get names of people who moved off of the voter rolls and they can always come back to vote without showing their new ID. Many people who supported Zimmer in 2007 moved out of Hoboken. Some of them come back to vote. There was even a story a few years ago of her former campaign manager being accused of trying to vote in the 4-2 district despite the fact that he and his wife move to the ‘burbs. He was busted by the challengers, but it’s not an isolated incident.

        [/quote]

      • HearditallB4 says:

        IMPO, the so-called “truths” being revealed at this, the “11th Hour” tells me that there are so many “truths” yet to be revealed, not out of morality but necessity. I have already been out to vote for BOE, my choices are that, my choices, I, for one, abhor being innundated with calls, flyers etc. urging me to go out and vote. I know there is an election today, so stop calling me every hour on the hour. Whether my choices win or not, at least I did my civic duty and voted. To all candidates in this race, I wish you the best of luck, but please LEAVE ME ALONE!!!! LOL 😐 [quote comment=”206300″]Pathetic. As if a scheme to steal the vote is different than outright paying for it. And that’s why the administration is no better than any of the others. They are worse, in the sense that it will cost more dollars to investigate the convoluted sleazy ways.[/quote]

      • Rn17 says:

        My x neighbor who sold and moved away well over a year ago has recieved calls and mailings to his new address in south jersey. He has a new home phone number and recieved two calls from the zimmer team to support Kids First and he recieved a mailing from KF last week. He has no idea how they got his new number or mailing address. Is Zimmer urging non residents to vote in Hoboken?[quote comment=”206311″]IMPO, the so-called “truths” being revealed at this, the “11th Hour” tells me that there are so many “truths” yet to be revealed, not out of morality but necessity. I have already been out to vote for BOE, my choices are that, my choices, I, for one, abhor being innundated with calls, flyers etc. urging me to go out and vote. I know there is an election today, so stop calling me every hour on the hour. Whether my choices win or not, at least I did my civic duty and voted. To all candidates in this race, I wish you the best of luck, but please LEAVE ME ALONE!!!! LOL [/quote]

      • HearditallB4 says:

        I am giving Zimmer the benefit of the doubt here, I don’t think she is urging former residents to vote, I think the voter registration lists have not been updated IMPO. Again, JMPO but the stunt they pulled on Dr. O’Haus had a lot to do with voter turn-out and the “strong arm tactics” they preach against (though they used) did them in. I’m hoping the council elections are handled differently, again I wish ALL the candidates the best, but it goes to show you that even the so-called reformers are seeing right through her “transparency”, big loss for the Zimmer team. 😐 [quote comment=”206315″]My x neighbor who sold and moved away well over a year ago has recieved calls and mailings to his new address in south jersey. He has a new home phone number and recieved two calls from the zimmer team to support Kids First and he recieved a mailing from KF last week. He has no idea how they got his new number or mailing address. Is Zimmer urging non residents to vote in Hoboken?[/quote]

  11. krewedetat says:

    The first robocall for I received for Kids First last night came from Kurta for Council. Isn’t this what the mayor’s councilpeople like to call “wheeling”? Maybe they only not like it when their opposition does it. I expect Kurta and Sobolov, whose voice was on the call, to mind their p’s and q’s and report this donation properly. It is all legal as long as the reporting is accurate and under (7K? – not sure) a certain dollar amount.

  12. HOB424 says:

    so we get a charter school parent and one who is just using this as a political stepping stone.

  13. moephab says:

    How carmelo got more votes then Peter! Go Peter! Congrats and good luck!

  14. whineanddineinhob says:

    Congrats to all. It just a sign of what’s to come in the May elections. It’s gonna be interesting to see how the bobbleheads on the council handle this mayors’ endorsement defeat. Will they try to distance themselves for political gain and show their hypocrisy, or continue to support and show their stupidity. Either way—-they lose.

  15. oceanbloo says:

    One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.

    Another winner doesn’t even have kids.

    Sigh.

    • emarche says:

      Bloo,

      “One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.”

      Well that’s just the “do as I say, not as I do” mentality that’s so pervasive in this town. Whether it’s people griping about dogs making a mess (and then not cleaning up after their dogs), people whining about double-parking (but then ‘just running in’ while their car clogs up Washington St.), or even parents complaining about the state of schools in town (and then not getting involved in the process of actually changing things), there are myriad examples of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ all over Hoboken.

      “Another winner doesn’t even have kids.”

      I don’t know that this fact necessarily makes them a weaker (or a stronger) candidate. What’s required in a candidate is someone who is able to make clear, rational decisions about important issues. Having a kid might (emphasis on might) cloud the necessary objective view – and not necessarily for the better.

      Town residents – no matter whose side they’re on (it’s a sad reality that there are such bitter rivalries in a town as small as Hoboken) – need to realize that voting matters. If you want to change things, get involved. Get out and vote. The number of voters yesterday was down vs. previous years and when the polls are open until 9pm, there really is no excuse for people not to do perform their civic duty. And if they can’t (or won’t) take the time to vote, well, then they get what they deserve.

      Frankly, I can’t imagine ANYONE is really paying attention given the crop of candidates we’re presented on a regular basis. Has anyone taken a good look at ANY of them? They’re all dirty and none – NONE – of them are in it for the good of the town: they’re all – each and every candidate – in it to stroke their fevered egos.

      It’s a sad state of affairs when the best, most qualified people (who could actually turn the ship in the right direction) refuse to run because the whole process is so dirty. End result? We’re left with the people who are willing to play in the gutter.

      [quote comment=”206338″]One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.Another winner doesn’t even have kids.Sigh.[/quote]

    • Hoboken1954A says:

      Still a Personal choice regarding where to school YOUR children.
      Does NOT make you Incapable of working for Public School System.
      Not having a child in the system IMPO is Comparable to saying:
      “NOT Born & Raised here, Can’t Govern here!”
      With or Without children All residents/ voters able to support Education.
      CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL, who are helping Hoboken students
      with the tools needed for Intelligent, Positive & Peaceful Futures![quote comment=”206338″]One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.Another winner doesn’t even have kids.Sigh.[/quote]

    • youme66 says:

      One of the winners last year on the Kids First slate, Leon Gold, did not have kids in the Hoboken schools, in fact, I believe he doesn’t even have children.

      Theresa Minutillo, also of Kids First, won a seat on the BOE in 2006 before she had her child.

      Rose Markle doesn’t have kids in the schools – they are adults.

      So congratulations to the winners in yesterday’s election.[quote comment=”206338″]One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.Another winner doesn’t even have kids.Sigh.[/quote]

    • 4th Ward Guardian says:

      Congratulations to the voters who turned away from constant drumbeat of hate and negativity from the Mayor and her nutty supporters and elected the team who ran a positive, inclusive campaign! The victory was overwhelming both on the machines at the polls and the overall total. The Mayor and her bobblehead Rami were beaten by a 2-to-1 margin in the 4th Ward! Go Tim!

      @oceanbloo — Charter Schools are Public Schools. They just aren’t controlled by the Board of Education. They’re funded by the state through the local district. The winner you’re referring to also has a child in the district. As for one winner having no kids, did you vote for that obnoxious bully Leon Gold last year? Guess what? No kids. You were saying?

      ON TO MAY 10th![quote comment=”206338″]One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.Another winner doesn’t even have kids.Sigh.[/quote]

    • kooky kat says:

      So disappointing, kind of like people moving back into Hoboken for the sole purpose of running for city council. Didn’t BOTH Kurta and Greaney do that? I don’t even care if Greaney filed for bancruptcy, it happens, sometimes to people you’d least likely suspect to do it.

      It should be interesting to see these folks start turning on each other. Ravi already running for the hills, I wonder who’s next? My money is on Carol Marsh…[quote comment=”206338″]One of the winners has a child in a charter school, not a Hoboken district school.Another winner doesn’t even have kids.Sigh.[/quote]

  16. oceanbloo says:

    Referring to my earlier comment, OK, not having a child may not be a negative thing. But a charter school is NOT the same thing as a Hoboken public school. The charter school is its own district.

    I just don’t “get” why some of these people – both those who won AND those who lost – ran for the board. I can’t imagine that all of them actually care about the quality of education in Hoboken. Is it just to protect the jobs of their friends and family? I think that current board member Irene Sobolov is there truly because she cares – she is invested in the system given that her children are part of it. I wish there were more board members like her both running and winning. At least you know what the motive for running is.

    • youme66 says:

      I don’t think Sobolov is a very strong representative on the BOE. She seems to be full of excuses for Kids First’s bad behavior (of which she is a part of) and she seems to care very much about protecting her family members who are employed both at the BOE and at City Hall. I think that is one of her strongest motivations. Same goes for Markle. I want less board members like those two. [quote comment=”206370″]Referring to my earlier comment, OK, not having a child may not be a negative thing. But a charter school is NOT the same thing as a Hoboken public school. The charter school is its own district.I just don’t “get” why some of these people – both those who won AND those who lost – ran for the board. I can’t imagine that all of them actually care about the quality of education in Hoboken. Is it just to protect the jobs of their friends and family? I think that current board member Irene Sobolov is there truly because she cares – she is invested in the system given that her children are part of it. I wish there were more board members like her both running and winning. At least you know what the motive for running is.[/quote]

    • 4th Ward Guardian says:

      Fair enough oceanbloo, but the Charter School isn’t it’s own district at all. Charter schools are chartered by the state, overseen by the state and funded in large part by the state through the local public school districts. Charter schools do not have the freedoms of Private schools. Don’t forget for all her yammering about the Board of Ed election your Mayor’s kids go to a Charter school.

      Irene Sobolov is a chameleon with a past. She was a major supporter of Mayor Anthony Russo because her brother was the Mayor’s spokesman. He’s a nice guy who’s being tortured by Zimmer and her cronies who have someone else in mind for his job. He’s the Director of Personnel now, and Zimmer and Arch Liston have a target on his back, but is Irene standing up for him? She keeps following her marching orders from Markle and Minutillo. It makes you wonder if Zimmer made it clear if Irene doesn’t play ball that her brother and sister will get the axe. That’s right. Sobolov’s sister is on the payroll at the Board of Ed as well. Irene is protecting her own.

      People are getting wise to the “Kids First” scam. The only kids they’ve put first are their own. [quote comment=”206370″]Referring to my earlier comment, OK, not having a child may not be a negative thing. But a charter school is NOT the same thing as a Hoboken public school. The charter school is its own district.I just don’t “get” why some of these people – both those who won AND those who lost – ran for the board. I can’t imagine that all of them actually care about the quality of education in Hoboken. Is it just to protect the jobs of their friends and family? I think that current board member Irene Sobolov is there truly because she cares – she is invested in the system given that her children are part of it. I wish there were more board members like her both running and winning. At least you know what the motive for running is.[/quote]

  17. oceanbloo says:

    Oh and by the way…the only person who I saw campaigning for this election was Mitchell. And I am at a Hoboken public school twice a day. I would consider myself an average parent with children in school – and no one reached out to me one way or the other.

    • youme66 says:

      Funny, I never saw Mitchell campaigning. I saw Garcia talking to parents in quite a few places around town.[quote comment=”206371″]Oh and by the way…the only person who I saw campaigning for this election was Mitchell. And I am at a Hoboken public school twice a day. I would consider myself an average parent with children in school – and no one reached out to me one way or the other.[/quote]

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