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 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.