Third Ward – Michael Russo
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Michael Russo won Third Ward council election on May 8, 2007.
5/10/2007 Press Release:
Councilman Mike Russo Thanks Residents of the Third Ward
During my campaign for Councilman, I had the opportunity to meet many new people and talk to them about real solutions for Hoboken’s problems. These conversations taught me a lot. I heard many great ideas that will help me be a better public servant.
Hoboken can have a brighter future if we all work together to keep the budget under control, build active parks, maintain smart development policies and improve our quality of life.
I’d like to thank all my volunteers who put their lives on hold to help me get re-elected to the City Council.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the voters of the Third Ward for showing such a great interest in the future of our City and for giving me the opportunity to serve them for four more years.
As always, I will be fully accessible to you for all of your concerns both large and small.
Councilman Third Ward
4/26/2007 Press Release:
This was received by 411 this morning.
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Councilman Michael Russo
In desperate times people do desperate things! The campaign of lies and deceit does not stop there. The feeble attempt by Raia, Rosenberg and Roberts to put a large scale developer onto the city council is failing! They continue to lie throughout this campaign to mask such problems as the massive flooding that occurs in our great city.
Councilwoman Castellano already pointed out their blatant omissions in the campaign reports and their slap in the face to all Hoboken residents by breaking our local finance reform laws.
Now, after declaring himself holier than thou, Ron Rosenberg who claims to have created the very law he is breaking, is being fully funded by Pupie Raia, the developer!
This same developer, Pupie Raia has done nothing but lie to the public! He claims to have built a supermarket in Hoboken putting Hoboken ahead of his profits. The fact is he had no other choice! He was bound by his redevelopment agreement and still profits from that land in addition to the hundreds of luxury condo’s he built in the northwest section of Hoboken.
After his first lie did not sway the minds of the voters, he tried another. He claims to have built affordable housing, when in fact another developer just placed an ad in the Hoboken Reporter, stating that they built those units he so desperately wants to call his own.
Finally, he now wants the people to believe that shop rite is closing!! How desperate can he get, that he will stoop so low and try to scare our senior citizens. He continues to take and take from the citizens of Hoboken.
We, the people of Hoboken will not allow Mayor Roberts to be beholden to the developers any longer!
Pupie Raia is not a “doer” he is a TAKER and a LIAR!
4/12/2007 Video Interview:
Introduction letter from Michael Russo extracted from this file sent to Hoboken411.
I am happy to announce my intention to seek re-election, as your Third Ward Councilman, on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007. Four years ago, I pledged to: provide more parking, curb development, lower the tax burden and improve our government’s responsibility to its residents. With your encouragement and support, I have devoted all my energies to fulfilling that pledge.
I advocated adding 2 parking spaces per block by reducing the size of the no parking zone on each corner, while fighting to keep the cost of parking at all of the municipal public garages at their current levels. I have consistently fought to keep the planned overdevelopment of the Public Works garage from becoming reality. As Chairman of the City Council’s Revenue and Finance Committee, I introduced cuts in spending where all personnel and city-run programs are kept while eliminating the reliance on selling city assets. This has resulted in lowering your tax burden this year!
Needless to say there is still much work to do. During my second term, I will fight to bring additional affordable housing units to supplement the first five affordable homes which are under contraction in our ward, and the 90 affordable rental units that have been built and are currently occupied. I will reintroduce legislation to build Hoboken’s first assisted living facility for our seniors, while taking the lead to reduce government spending.
In closing, I ask that you learn all you can about each Council candidate in this election before you make your choice. I look forward over the next few months to meeting and discussing the future of our fine city with you.