Fifth Ward Race

6/13/2007 Recap:

Cunningham Takes The Fifth

Municipal bond specialist Peter Cunningham defeated former school board member Perry Belfiore 626-512. Cunningham had a commanding lead going into the runoff, just missing a first-ballot win by about 33 votes. Cunningham added 50 votes to his May 8th total while Belfiore gained 138 to close the gap somewhat, but not enough to avoid losing by 114 votes. There were 80 fewer votes cast than on May 8th, with one theory being some of Scott Delea’s votes didn’t show up a second time.

Cunningham was seen as the clear favorite going into the runoff, as the brownstone-lined ward has long been seen as the cradle of progressive thinking in Hoboken. His victory builds on the hard work of previous fifth ward candidates from Helen Manogue to Ines Garcia-Keim. There were several reports of suspected voter fraud in the fifth ward, though it’s not clear who may have directly perpetrated the alleged fraud or if election officials will investigate and bring charges.

News or press releases regarding each candidate can be seen on their respective pages.

Peter “Perry” Belfiore
Michael T. Cricco (I) (DROPPED OUT)
Peter Cunningham
Scott Delea (not in runoff)

3/29/2007: Updated Ward Map. Get full sized original HERE.

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262 Comments on "Fifth Ward Race"

HHoney
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HHoney

[quote comment=”47243″]hey peter where r u? fox hill has worries? maybe its because you are MIA….YOU would of lost if you Perry would have looked into his election and had a RUN OFF on NOV 6TH[/quote]
1) Perry and the former Hoboken Director of Human Services are the ones that are responsible for the deteriorating conditions at Fox Hills.
2) It was on their watch that Fox Hills lost its senior housing designation. Peter fought it but was not in office yet.
3) The real questions are: why did the former Hoboken Director of Human Services want this designation change? What personal profit making scheme is he involved in? And how will his new job with the Fed further this aim?
4) Perry’s campaign is the one that there is documented evidence that they paid homeless people and youth from Jersey City to vote illegally in Hoboken. The State prosecutor has this evidence and appears (according to the newspapers) to be sitting on it.
5) Perry wouldn’t want to do a “Campos challenge” because I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want to spur the State prosecutor into action and risk being prosecuted for soliciting fraud along with his co-conspirators.

beamrider9
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beamrider9

[quote comment=”47243″]hey peter where r u? fox hill has worries? maybe its because you are MIA….YOU would of lost if you Perry would have looked into his election and had a RUN OFF on NOV 6TH[/quote]

Interesting that the same idiot who’s running his mouth over on the 4th Ward thread is now over here attacking Peter. So you’re not just some paid Campos monkey then? You’re anti-reformers in general?

Or maybe I’m being too gracious, by assuming there’s some kind of logic behind ncal023’s motivations…

ncal023
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ncal023

hey peter where r u? fox hill has worries? maybe its because you are MIA….YOU would of lost if you Perry would have looked into his election and had a RUN OFF on NOV 6TH

FAP
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Agree 100% with point #2.

Point 1 is a tough call. On one hand you don’t want this board to become like nj.com’s forum where you have one idiot with 10 screen names and/or have one person talking to or quoting themselves. That leads to chaos and brings the level of discourse, not to mention trust, down.

On the other hand you want public people; Joey from the BBQ, Mayor McCheese, or any number of other notable people, to be able to join in without fear of retaliation or dragging in other issues they may be involved in. That said it’s also nice to have a person weigh in under their own name when the subject is something they’re close to or familiar with.

My suggestion would be for anyone who feels the need to have both a public and private board persona contact Hoboken411, make your case, and let him make the call. That should keep the chaos to a minimum while reaping the gains of having public people weight in when the need arises.

I’ve been posting on boards for about 15 years now, sad I know, and I have a feel of the ropes but many people involved with Hoboken are less familiar with the Internets so unless someone is quoting themselves, causing chaos, or shilling I’d be on the side of cutting newer posters some slack until a policy is worked out.

Just my take.

krewedetat
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krewedetat

It’s the nature of the beast — you create a screen persona (and I agree it should be ONE per board) and participate in the online community discussion. I’m having fun — aren’t we all? That’s rule #1.

Rule #2: don’t piss off the webmaster.

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