City Council Meeting: 9/21/2011
Council Meeting tonight – Zimmer on the War Path!
Settlement negotiations between the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority and its creditors are not going well, and Mayor Dawn Zimmer is on the war path over it!
If that is the best the Mayor could come up with, perhaps she should distance herself from Nancy Pincus for a while?
Personal hate impedes good impartial governance in Hoboken
Several sources also noted that Zimmer’s hatred for Mason is so apparent that it added much unneeded tension to an already emotionally charged situation. Zimmer seems to be sticking to the Lenz/Soares playbook, which calls for her to avoid working with Mason at all costs. The “First Man” of Hoboken (or is it Worst?), Stan Grossbard-Zimmer, is also said to be leading the continual efforts of the Zimmer “mean machine” to anonymously smear Mason in every way possible. Very unbecoming of a “reform” community like Hoboken, that’s for sure.
The Mayor also sent a memo to the City Council asking them to approve a $5 million bond, so she can try to get the creditors to settle. The Mayor says if the settlement isn’t approved then the Hospital will close by the end of October.
So the question remains, if the City has a month to resolve this why is Zimmer in such a rush for the City Council to bond? Experts tell Hoboken411 this could be for two reasons:
- A settlement will likely keep all depositions sealed, especially the extremely embarrassing deposition provide by Zimmer. Got transparency?
- HUMC, Holdco has a termination date and will pull out of the sale if this is not resolved before that date. What’s in it for them?
Unfortunately, since Zimmer is arbitrarily disseminating information, the City Council as a whole – is not informed. In fact, it was not too long ago Zimmer urged the City Council to keep out of the process by stating:
“It is important that the public correctly understand the legal framework under which the process is required to be handled, and not be misled that I or the City Council have legal authority which we do not have.”
Tonight’s City Council meeting is sure to feature fireworks, but probably won’t feature the Mayor unless Juan Melli is there to man the teleprompter to dictate her prepared statement.
Be sure to check back at 7pm for live video stream!
Live Hoboken City Council Meeting: September 21, 2011
Should begin around 7pm.