Tremitiedi: God help us (with the budget)


After all the dirty laundry was pretty much aired out in this week’s City Council meeting, $1 per year advisor Richard Tremitiedi had this to say today:

God Help Us!

richard tremitiedi hoboken head shot - Tremitiedi: God help us (with the budget)“Dear 411,

The attached are the notes that I basically followed for my less than 5 minute presentation at the May 22nd city council meeting. This was distributed to the press and the City Council. My comments were made before Mayor Roberts arrived and gave his discourse regarding Mr. Fred Tompkins’ role in the budget process. Since Mr. Tompkins(the city’s financial consultant) had left, it will be interesting if the air of uncertainty regarding finger pointing and blame will be cleared up when they address the council at the special council meeting to be held on May 28th.

Please view the attached on Hoboken 411 since I believe that it is in the public interest. Since it appears that the state will now take control of this year’s budget, it now is the time to get ready for the new fiscal year’s budget (starting July 1, 2008), and not be pointing fingers of blame for the current disaster. The real “scapegoat” or even a better word, “patsy”, is the taxpayer and residents of Hoboken who will be footing the bill.

Thank you,

Richard Tremitiedi, resident taxpayer, business renter, former fire chief (appointed by state examination), $1 yr. consultant to Mayor, former council candidate, parent and concerned citizen

Back to Basics by Richard Tremitiedi

You the governing or legislative body have had budget workshops to adopt this year’s budget. Your duties include:

  1. Set short – mid – long range goals
  2. Forecast future budget needs
  3. Define the level of services and the cost of same
  4. Facilitate citizen inquiries and complaints
  5. Approve the Mayor’s budget

The Mayor’s role is to prepare and present a budget that meets the State of New Jersey’s legal requirements. He is assisted by the Business Administrator and a professional financial consulting firm.

Citizens donate their advice and expertise to help on, but not limited to:

  1. Budget items
  2. Financial forecasting
  3. Methods of assessing effectiveness and efficiency

Surveys by State agencies and by professionals have been recommended to the Mayor and council. Mayor David Roberts has agreed to pursue such surveys and also to have the City obtain an approved bond rating.

The Mayor and Council should be working together on their sworn duties and there is no excuse for not doing same. This is no time to be pointing fingers.

It’s time to the complete this budget and not make excuses. My mother used to say “The road to hell is often paved with good intentions”. God help us with next year’s budget!

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Monday, May 26, 2008 7:40 am

I urge everyne to write the govenor and demand a thorough accounting of Hoboken’s finances. It is time to clean up and fix this mess. For those workers without health insurance we need to change the Hoboken political system to work for the good of all, not just making sure a job is kept. This mess could have been avoided by starting with sensible practices years ago, but everyone who ran for office who would truly reform never got elected. Welcome to the world of irresponsible voting.

Monday, May 26, 2008 1:30 am

It’s quite clear that the Mayor doesn’t give a fat f–k about City Hall employees. If you don’t know it now, you’re nothing but pawns in his eyes (and certain members of the City Council).
He doesn’t care about you, you’re just property to move around to help his agenda. So the next time you hear any of these clowns tip their hat to the city worker – I can’t allow them to not be paid – remember that they didn’t give two shits about the health of you or your children. I’d be in a fucking outrage if I were you….or, is it that you like being pawns?

Impeach David Roberts and any city council members on the finance committee.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008 9:08 pm

still think i was over reacting the other day? time for a personal lawsuit against roberts…and mabye the council members.

Sunday, May 25, 2008 10:39 am

[quote comment=”84455″](1) the state of NJ allows until June 30 for an ’08 budget to be signed off on [ridiculous].[/quote]

Just want to make sure that everyone knows how bad this is: the city’s budget year runs from July 1 to June 30. We’re going into June without an approved budget. Jon Gordon got it exactly right when he said that the city’s “budget” is really just a spending diary.

Sunday, May 25, 2008 10:22 am

Is there a chance that Mayor McFatass will have some sudden personal reasons to not run again next year, or does his ego make him determined to try to run the ship completely aground? Anyone have any insight?

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