Zimmer says “Council votes to close hospital”; Not the case…
Yesterday – Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer sent out certain Twitter messages that essentially said the following: “Minority Council votes to CLOSE HUMC hospital…”
This, my fellow Hoboken residents is classic propaganda.
- They did not vote on whether to keep the hospital open or closed.
- The council voted on whether to approve a $5.5 million dollar bond to ADD to the $5 million that HHI was “offering” creditors for the bankruptcy negotiations (bringing the total to about a quarter on the dollar).
- Approving or disapproving this bond did not guarantee that the bankruptcy proceedings would
- be approved by the judge
- be accepted by the creditors
- The dissenting voters on the council were not comfortable “digging the hole deeper” without written guarantees, instead of the open-ended poorly-negotiated contract that was currently in place.
Other transparency issues across the board
At 2:00am this morning, Toni Tomarazzo of the HMHA all of a sudden had a “new option” miraculously appear out of thin air. She said it’d save the deal. She didn’t elaborate as to where this deal came from – or if it was a “back pocket” contingency plan they had on the table all along.
Question: Where did it come from? If this “new option” just appeared, aren’t you curious why it wasn’t up front to begin with?
Many observers of this transaction are perplexed WHY none of the HMHA board members are willing to testify on the record, and why this has to be done in the “back room.” Others suspect shady dealings and criminal activities.
New Jersey beat reporter Jarrett Renshaw was at the State House earlier this week and said “Hoboken hospital officials refuse to testify before Senate committee.” Which makes you wonder why they refuse to be open about anything. What is going on that they cannot go on the record with facts, figures, and statements?
Lack of transparency begets massive criticism and concern
Honestly, I’d be quite happy if things turn out OK for the hospital. We’d have a stable owner, guaranteed to stay in business for the next 7 years + 100. Get the taxpayers off the hook for the bond.
However, the problems with the whole HUMC deal, are the double top-secret nature of the negotiations, the insider info, the accusations of fraud, forced bankruptcy, the “we know better than you so trust us and shut up” mentality from a PUBLIC governing body – which is totally unacceptable.
You get the feeling like they’re manipulating the whole situation, with zero feedback or tangible status updates that allow Hoboken residents to feel that we have a reason to be at ease with what’s transpiring. When you keep multi-million dollar transactions like this in the dark – it goes against what America is really like. We don’t want to feel duped like the last link in a Ponzi Scheme. Many of the residents I’ve spoken with think our governing body acts in a condescending way, as if they’re the upper-echelon “daddy knows best” breed. But for “reformers” who campaigned on transparency and honesty, they’re surely showing the voting public what they got in return.
Again, I hope everything turns out OK, but at this point it appears to be a combination of a shell game and an ego war. I’ve seen better politics in a high-school debate club. How does this happen in modern day Hoboken?