Hoboken City Council Election – 2011

2011 Hoboken City Council Election Recap:

Zimmer regains majority; gains no ground with the voters at large

City council candidates endorsed by Mayor Dawn Zimmer lost four out of six races, but winning just one more seat means Zimmer will regain a majority of 5 on the governing body.

Already people are already wondering how long it will last. Why? Because the more things change in Hoboken, the more they stay the same.

In November 2009, Zimmer won the Mayor’s seat with only 42% of the vote. This week the six candidates she endorsed for City Council got 43% of the vote. That means after nearly two years in office Zimmer still hasn’t convinced a majority of Hoboken voters she’s up for the job. Statistically, she hasn’t budged.

While some of the amateurs who blindly worship the Mayor continue to tout this week’s results as a “Great Victory,” her smarter and more experienced political advisors see big trouble ahead for her 2013 re-election. Zimmer hasn’t grown her tent one bit. The “You’re either with us, or you’re corrupt” line might work in the 5th ward, but it’s not playing citywide.

1st Ward: Castellano 57%, Kurta 43%

In the end, it wasn’t close. Veteran First ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano comfortably defeated challenger Eric Kurta with over 160 votes to spare. Kurta’s campaign got off to an early start, but the more he talked, the angrier he got. His “Vote for me because her cousin went to jail” stump speech failed to carry the day. Kurta’s turn as a lapdog for Mayor Dawn Zimmer has been far less successful than his previous role as an advocate for open government.

Former allies are disappointed he went “all in” with the Mayor, who does not practice what he once preached.

2nd Ward: Mason 51%, Greaney 41%

Second ward Councilwoman Beth Mason prevailed despite a relentless barrage of negative campaigning from Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her political operatives. All of Mason’s campaign mailers were positive while Zimmer’s people worked the mud hard in an effort to prop up challenger Tom Greaney, who trailed her by 10 points and failed to force a runoff in a 4-way race. Independent Franz Paetzold scored votes from friends and neighbors, as well as people turned off by Greaney’s financial troubles and mudslinging. As predicted, Patricia Waiters’ candidacy was not a factor, garnering only 26 votes (and had nothing to do with her campaign signs in which her own last name was misspelled…)

3rd Ward: Russo 67%, Lincoln 33%

411 told you this wouldn’t be close, and it wasn’t.

Mike Russo won a third term by a two-to-one margin.

Even the release of an embarrassing FBI tape couldn’t lift the fortunes of sad sack candidate Greg Lincoln, who can now return to his old assignment with the team of malcontents spreading lies and hate for Zimmer on the internet.

4th Ward: Occhipinti 60%, Pinchevsky 40%

Despite only being in office for six months, Tim Occhipinti ran on his record and stayed positive. That was enough to easily defeat the relentless and often bizarre attacks from challenger Rami Pinchevsky, who followed the Lenz/Zimmer playbook of smears and lies.

Occhipinti had an easier time defeating the new face of Pinchevsky than he did with the baggage-laden Lenz, easily taking Rami on the machines alone by over 100 votes.

5th Ward: Cunningham 52%, ABC 48%

Nobody in the Fifth ward race was more passionate about removing Peter Cunningham from office than Lenny Luizzi. Ironically, Luizzi may also be the reason why Cunningham was allowed to escape without a runoff. The City Historian’s campaign garnered a mere 70 votes, but managed to take oxygen from the efforts of rivals Perry Belfiore and Scott Delea. Anybody But Cunningham turned into Nobody But Cunningham because three’s company, and four’s a crowd in the Fifth.

6th Ward: Giattino 54%, Giacchi 46%

Jennifer Giattino has never spoken at a Hoboken City Council meeting. On July 1st, she will become a voting member.

Giattino ran a race focused on connecting through her network of friends and neighbors, many of whom don’t follow local politics. While Giattino had financial support from the Mayor and her allegedly illegally operating PAC, Nino Giacchi ran a modest, self-funded campaign that got a later start. The race never got dirty (compared to bucketloads of mud thrown in the rest of the city) and people voted based on personal relationships more than political experience. How will this part-time Real Estate agent perform as a City Councilperson? Time will tell if she’ll be the rubber stamp vote Zimmer is counting on, or something more.

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83 Comments on "Hoboken City Council Election – 2011"

truth1
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truth1

The voices of the Ward voters have been heard. There was much spin to persuade, stimulate, motivate, inspire, influence and even incite one to vote to their candidate. Of course, many registered voters did not vote. Now, is the real litmus test for Hoboken’s Administration and the assessment of the entire governing body: Will they try to work together on the big issues – the budget, waterfront repairs, public safety, ethics,hospital sale, development, open space and property taxes. Stop!… of course, who will be planning to be run for Mayor in 2 years – Mason, Ramos, Raia, Novak, Glatt and I recently heard many way-out comments about Tim Occupinti. Of course, one has to have broad appeal to run city wide….. It’s sure good to be part of the Hoboken scene ❗

mooshu
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mooshu

Will be interesting to watch how *far* Giattino will get in her anti-dog campaign with all the dog owners and lovers sitting near her at the council table.

Maybe she should target folks who actually make a mess in this town, as in those who come in from out of town.

homeworld
Member

Just goes to show you. You can agree to take a bribe and trash your constituents on tape and they’ll still vote for you.

kooky kat
Member

You know why? Because people in his ward (and the 4th) know that Queen Z and her people don’t give a sh*t about them and really wish they’d just go away.

[quote comment=”206922″]Just goes to show you. You can agree to take a bribe and trash your constituents on tape and they’ll still vote for you.[/quote]

youme66
Member
youme66

And you can be an incompetent, unethical Mayor with a nefarious voter fraud past in the 4th ward, and still have people who accept your endorsements of equally lame candidates.
[quote comment=”206922″]Just goes to show you. You can agree to take a bribe and trash your constituents on tape and they’ll still vote for you.[/quote]

kooky kat
Member

Although I am annoyed by the blatant arrogance of Mike Russo and the signage that is all over my neighborhood, I wonder how the spin from Zimmer’s camp will be how it’s okay that Cunningham did the EXACT same thing in his ward, but whow Russo broke the law!

Also, I love how Zimmer’s people just treated Greg Lincoln, who is probably a perfectly nice guy, like a leper. I wonder how he feels about that? Instead focusing all of their energy on Giattino, Kurta, and Greaney.

So disgusted with Hoboken politics!!!

CockeyedLeoPel
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CockeyedLeoPel
After looking over the results of yesterday’s council race, at first glance it seems that Mayor Zimmer has picked up a seat and now has a 5-4 majority. But, if you look a bit further you see that the opposition candidates may have lost a seat but beat the Mayor city wide. It was 4100 to 3500 votes in favor of the opposition, without counting almost 300 votes received by Belfiore and Luzzi and the 100 + received by the two in the second which are clearly Anti-Zimmer votes. That puts the Mayor behind 1000 votes going into the Mayoral Race. Keep in mind, when the Anti-Russo (Mayor) ticket headed by then Councilman Roberts ran 6 candidates versus the Russo slate, Roberts only picked up one seat, Ruben Ramos and they already had the vote of the Little Person. They had 3 council votes and crushed Russo in the Mayoral Race. Also, when Roberts and Ramos won their two council seats the total of votes received by their six candidates was almost 700 less the Russo’s six. So, Former Mayor Russo going into his bid for a third term against Roberts was seemingly up by 700 votes City wide and took a shellacking, Zimmer is already down almost 1000. It seems as Zimmer is “Keeping that seat warm” for whom ever the unified opposition decides on. That being said, I have spoken to Jennifer Giattino and know all four of Zimmers councilmen, none are stupid, foolish maybe but they ALL… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
leo pell get real..this Giattino is another rubber stamp that came out of no where.. If cunningham had a valid person running against him, ????????????. It was written in one of the posts or papers dont quote me that if SELDA gave the contract to an company in North Bergen at 32 2nd streed ,He could care less if people had to go to nyc to retrieve their vehicles..Yet b b eyes won ..why take a look at how many people ran against him..Keep in mind we only need one council men girl at large..That other expence can reinstated demoted PD personal..btw did we need that many people running in the 5th ward??? perry got hosed again..signs do not vote… [quote comment=”206914″]After looking over the results of yesterday’s council race, at first glance it seems that Mayor Zimmer has picked up a seat and now has a 5-4 majority. But, if you look a bit further you see that the opposition candidates may have lost a seat but beat the Mayor city wide. It was 4100 to 3500 votes in favor of the opposition, without counting almost 300 votes received by Belfiore and Luzzi and the 100 + received by the two in the second which are clearly Anti-Zimmer votes. That puts the Mayor behind 1000 votes going into the Mayoral Race. Keep in mind, when the Anti-Russo (Mayor) ticket headed by then Councilman Roberts ran 6 candidates versus the Russo slate, Roberts only picked up one seat, Ruben Ramos… Read more »
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