Council Meeting: 7/1/2011

Hoboken holds holiday Council meeting under the radar

Minority rule returns to the Hoboken City Council today when newly elected 6th ward representative Jennifer Giattino takes the oath of office. Despite losing 57% of the vote (and 4 seats) in the May election, Mayor Dawn Zimmer is counting on Giattino to be the fifth “rubber stamp” vote she needs to push her controversial agenda.

Zimmer is pushing a huge agenda of ordinances and resolutions, including one that would unilaterally extend the terms of office of the Mayor and her three Council-at-Large running mates for six additional months beyond their 4-year term in office without a public vote!

Take a look at the agenda and resolution pack, and note in the spirit of non-transparency how Zimmer is holding this meeting at noon on a Friday before the holiday weekend, and all the ordinances up for first reading on this agenda will face a final vote on July 20th – right in the middle of summer vacations when even less people are paying much attention to what their City Government is doing.

Swing back to this URL at NOON for Live Streaming Video.

Hoboken Council Meeting of July 1, 2011 – Live Streaming Video

Meeting should begin at 12:00pm.

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6 Comments on "Council Meeting: 7/1/2011"

krewedetat
Member
krewedetat

No, Journey, there’s no need to wait until September to govern fairly and effectively. The point is that important issues that are known to be contentious, given that they have been discussed before, should not be introduced at a meeting held at 12 Noon on a Friday before a holiday weekend. The meeting is held on July 1st regardless of what day of the week it is because of statute that determines the terms of the elected officials, and it is considered a “special” meeting. None of those ordinances should be there, as well as a lot of the things listed on the consent agenda. They should re-organize, set the meeting calendar and agree on where to notice meetings, approve the claims and payroll if needed, then go celebrate with their families and guests.

I agree that this is an “under the radar” agenda, and hope the AC at the council chambers is working properly for everyone’s sake who is there.

Journey
Member
Journey

Maybe they should just close city hall and hold no meetings until September?

Journey
Member
Journey

I just don’t characterize it as under the radar. And if they are not to do anything important all summer because people are on vacation… I can’t take that suggestion seriously.

Journey
Member
Journey

Lets see.

In 2007 on July 1st the recently elected members of the city council were sworn in. It was Sunday. This site had a summary.

In 2009 on July 1st (Wednesday) the city council meet.

It just be that I’m a human, and humans love to see patterns even when there is no real pattern, but I see a pattern. If the city council always has a meeting on 7/1 this not so surprising.

4th Ward Guardian
Member
4th Ward Guardian
@Journey, of course you’re right that there have often been July 1 reorganization meetings following elections. The point you miss is these meetings are designed for reorganization and adjournment, not jamming two years worth of unpopular ordinances and resolutions into a meeting when nobody is watching. Did you look at the agenda? Dawn Zimmer is front loading a crapload of bad legislation to be approved in a final vote on July 20th. She wants it all lost in the hubub of the July 4 weekend and the pomp and circumstance of a swearing in. By the time anybody wakes up to see what’s going on here it’ll be September. For crying out loud, Zimmer wants to extend her own term of office six months with just a majority vote of her city council bobbleheads! Of course she is going to do this in July. If she did it in October there would be a line of people screaming bloody murder. Only in Hoboken can 60% of the voters reject the policies of a Mayor who is now putting pedal to the metal to jam them through anyway. Recall, anyone? [quote comment=”208298″]Lets see.In 2007 on July 1st the recently elected members of the city council were sworn in. It was Sunday. This site had a summary.In 2009 on July 1st (Wednesday) the city council meet.It just be that I’m a human, and humans love to see patterns even when there is no real pattern, but I see a pattern. If the… Read more »
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