Zimmer wants to bond for firefighter pay

Hoboken City Council Calls on Mayor to Stop Wasting Taxpayers’ Money

ZIMMER ADMINISTRATION USING SPECIAL MEETING TO PREVENT PUBLIC INCLUSION AND CONCEAL MISMANAGEMENT

Hoboken City Council believes Mayor Zimmer using financial trickery in election yearHoboken City Council members Theresa Castellano, Michael Russo, Tim Occhipinti and Beth Mason will not attend the emergency City Council meeting scheduled for the evening of April 25, 2013. The Council members are concerned that the meeting prevents public inclusion and is meant to conceal the latest financial mismanagement by the Zimmer Administration.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is asking the City Council to approve borrowing $700,000 for retroactive pay for 14 fire fighters. At the last City Council meeting the Mayor asked the Council to approve $1.5 million in appropriations, but after being questioned by the Council, it turned out that only $700,000 was needed.

“Mayor Zimmer continually refuses to work with the duly elected members of the City Council who will not simply rubber stamp her agenda,” Councilman Occhipinti said, “There is no reason these items cannot be voted on at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.”

Councilman Michael Russo added, “Our fire fighters work hard to serve our community. They deserve the money owed to them. Unfortunately, Mayor Zimmer would rather fund patronage and special interest projects than give our fire fighters their rightful compensation.”

Councilwoman Theresa Castellano believes these special meetings are meant to circumvent public input and deter attention from mismanagement by the Zimmer Administration.

“Every time the administration has something it wants to hide from the public a special meeting is called. This is not the open and transparent government that Mayor Zimmer promised residents,” Castellano said.

Councilwoman Beth Mason agreed with her colleague’s sentiments.

“Hoboken is home to working class residents, many of whom have children. These last minute special meetings are very difficult for residents to attend. The cost of running the meeting is also an unfair and unnecessary burden on taxpayers,” Mason said.

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9 Comments on "Zimmer wants to bond for firefighter pay"

realstuff
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realstuff

Yes, it’s deplorable that the municipal workers are without a contract for approx. five years. Police & Fire have contracts. Regarding the terminal leave issue, it’s our council’s job to do more than engage in a 4 to 4 Tug of War. Regardless personal politics, the councilpersons should show up for important issues. That’s what they get paid for!

homeworld
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Why do they need contracts? Plenty of government employees work at-will without contracts. [quote comment=”220597″]Yes, it’s deplorable that the municipal workers are without a contract for approx. five years. Police & Fire have contracts. Regarding the terminal leave issue, it’s our council’s job to do more than engage in a 4 to 4 Tug of War. Regardless personal politics, the councilpersons should show up for important issues. That’s what they get paid for![/quote]

ohnoivotedforher
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ohnoivotedforher

Yes it is true, environmental services, parks and others have not received a pay increase in 6 years. what will the retroactive cost be when these workers get there deserved increase

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

My Lord, aren’t you people tired of being dicked around by this enept mayor. She’s accomplished absolutely NOTHING for which she’s campained almost 4 years ago. The only thing that has been constant is her continuing blaming of past administration for her stupidity, and her moving one step forward and three steps backward in regards to her promises of open space and parks. Don’t be fooled by the “bones” she’ll most likely toss you weeks before the election in November, or are you people REALLY that stupid.

joey maxim
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joey maxim

wheine -keep in mind she was voted in..all previous leaders aka presidents governors mayors accuse the former administration for their failures…the more things change the more they stay the same.oh well…we pray for better days..nothing changes but ones underware..we hope/ 😀 [quote comment=”220565″]My Lord, aren’t you people tired of being dicked around by this enept mayor. She’s accomplished absolutely NOTHING for which she’s campained almost 4 years ago. The only thing that has been constant is her continuing blaming of past administration for her stupidity, and her moving one step forward and three steps backward in regards to her promises of open space and parks. Don’t be fooled by the “bones” she’ll most likely toss you weeks before the election in November, or are you people REALLY that stupid.[/quote]

SuperG
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SuperG

Not only inept but totally ineffectual (why is the waterfront still in shambles???)…but she will campaign on the success of her handling of Sandy which in my opinion was not managed well other than her PR opportunities…[quote comment=”220567″]wheine -keep in mind she was voted in..all previous leaders aka presidents governors mayors accuse the former administration for their failures…the more things change the more they stay the same.oh well…we pray for better days..nothing changes but ones underware..we hope/ [/quote]

sasha
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sasha

What’s going on with the Municipal Employees Contract- understand they haven’t settled
on a new salary contract in 5 or 6 years!!!!! I hope they budgeted for that whatever that
sum will be!!!![quote comment=”220567″]wheine -keep in mind she was voted in..all previous leaders aka presidents governors mayors accuse the former administration for their failures…the more things change the more they stay the same.oh well…we pray for better days..nothing changes but ones underware..we hope/ [/quote]

SuperG
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SuperG

Bonding for this is the best example of the admins horrible financial management. It’s the equivalent of putting a mortgage payment on your credit card….

john14
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john14

Zimmer is to blame for this. A properly funded budget based on upcoming contractual obligations for city workers would have had this money set aside already with NO need for a special frickin city council meeting.

This just shows you the ineptitude of the mayor. And her allies try blaming the opposition because they believe it’s wrong to borrow for a standard business as usual transaction such as retirement pay.

What has she been doing for the past four years? Even a complete retard would have figured out how to run a city by now.

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