Letter of Recommendation
Back in October, the Mayor had sought out a couple Hoboken residents to be “dollar a year advisors”. Maurice “Mo” DeGennaro was one of them, and had immediately submitted the following letter to the Mayor and City Council.
What do you think of his ideas & suggestions as “Evaluation and Efficiency Coordinator”?
“Dear Honorable Mayor and City Council Members,
I would like to thank the Mayor and the Council for accepting my appointment as the new Evaluation and Efficiency Coordinator. I appreciate that the Council and Mayor are listening to volunteers to streamline the city government. The purpose of this appointment, specifically, is to give my time for $1 per year so that we can legally be part of the payroll, in order to make recommendations and enhance the government. Our purpose is not to snoop, go into personal files, or upset the workings of the government; however, we must make decisions and recommendations to streamline the costs of the city.
I personally will work and pursue any objective from the Mayor, City Council members, or interested, sincere citizens. If someone can show me an area where a change would be beneficial, I will pursue the matter. I have offered to be on the negotiations committee because some of the politicians are always concerned about votes instead of acting on the basis of a corporate CEO.
We have embarked on several areas and we submit the following recommendations to the Mayor and Council for their considerations: appointing advisory volunteers, the palm print system, amendments to health insurance for couples, the municipal garage, and the city police horses.
It is my recommendation that the Mayor appoint advisory volunteers to advise and help the sub-committees of the council. I have spoken to and recommend Mr. Ahmed Hany, a real estate advisor and a person who has offered to serve on a committee to the council and Mayor in various ways to bring income to the city. Also recommended is Miss Helen Hirsch, who had a background in organizational market research and has been an activist and business woman for many years, as well as Mr. Robert DuVal, who has a background in law and would like to be an advisor on various committees. These people have all volunteered and said they will accept an appointment to try and serve the city on a volunteer basis so that we can work together to make a difference.”
Read the rest of his ideas after the jump.
“Next, I recommended at the previous council meeting and have coordinated with Richard England, Business Administrator, to implement the palm print time clock for City Hall. This will automatically assist and cut back a lot of work on the part of our payroll department and will be more efficient, as it is all computerized, to track our employees and for the city to get a fair shake on its personnel. We will start with city hall as the first site and upon successful implementation, will extend to the Municipal garage, Recreation center, and various other departments within the city.
I had suggested the implementation of this system several years ago, upon finding that the Port Authority has implemented it. I recently found out that the Hoboken Police Department, through Chief LaBruno’s efforts, has had this system for approximately four years. Richard England has shown much cooperation and assertiveness on this subject. I am also requesting that the City Council adopt a resolution to ask the Board of Education to implement this system as well.
Also, the Mayor has advised me of the health insurance situation in City Hall; finding that 42 people who are married and both spouses are working for the city, are collecting separate health insurance benefits. What this means to us, is that the City of Hoboken is paying for 21 health insurance policies unnecessarily.
My recommendation is that the city adds an addendum to the employees’ contracts that would request that these couples give up one of their policies, assuring them in writing and contractually, that in the event of an emergency or change in lifestyle, they will retain the same amount of benefits as they had before. This request, if fulfilled, could save the city literally thousands and thousands of dollars a year, while still leaving families fully covered in terms of healthcare.
I would like to assure everyone that by doing this, we would not be trying to relinquish coverage for these families, but instead, to bundle it into one policy and lower the costs for the city. It is my belief, that truly, sincere workers for the City of Hoboken should be glad to serve their town and save city money, as well as cutting down on duplications of benefits they are not allowed to collect.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank Theresa LaBruno and to be the first husband and wife, as Councilwoman and Deputy Chief Fire Department to relinquish one of their policies so that the city can save thousands per year, while still keeping their family fully covered with health insurance.
Further, we have all heard about the criticism pertaining to the garage and that it is costing us $100,000 a month to carry this. I am making a recommendation that the city, who advertised in various papers, that even though the developers get a DODGE report, send letters to all developers in the tri-state area. For 41 cents an envelope, we can get their attention on a request for proposal being offered for the city garage.
I am recommending this so that the city can get extra attention by companies, that we would not normally get and so that we may be able to bring in the needed amount for the Municipal garage. I think that the city should also reconsider height as Jersey City has on its borderline, like Observer Highway, they are allowing higher high-rise buildings and that the present requisite of nine stories 240 units may not be profitable enough for the city. I urge the suggestion of the letters being mail and consideration of height because if the numbers do not jive, we are not going to get a good response. You cannot take 3 from 2, it does not work.
Lastly, in the past, the city had received two horses through a grant from the state, for several years , however, it is now the responsibility of the tax payers to pay for housing, veterinary care, and police officers for care and services for the horses. While it is very nice to have the horses for public relations and show, one of the recommendations I submit is, since, we loan them out to various cities and we are paying the cost, is to get the county to adopt the costs. I have asked the county to adopt the horses and pick up the cost and be able to lend them to 12 cities in the county for their public relations and various functions (parades, crowd control, riot control, etc.)
I have spoken to Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons, who would consider a resolution for the county to adopt this suggestion, as long as, there was no flack and the consensus was to do this. I personally would rather see a stable provided by the county where the horses can be loaned out and taken care of and two stable boys could take care of the horses instead of two police officers and the Hoboken residents picking up the costs for the horses.
In the future, we will be providing new ideas and suggestions as per cutting the payroll through eliminating the duplication of services provided by the state, and by asking employees, who are of the retirement age or older, to consider taking their retirement. This would include them taking their pensions and social security from the state, as well as their healthcare for the duration of their life, and leaving their positions. For those employees, who truly wish to continue serving their city, we can hire them back with a lower salary or a stipend, so that they may continue to serve the city, while keeping the same amount of income. This would allow these employees to continue to collect the same amount of income, or near the same amount of income, while allowing someone else to foot the bill, saving the City of Hoboken money.
In finalizing this first letter of recommendations, I am happy that the Mayor has asked the directors and various departments to help, cooperate, and respect his appointment of this position. I also congratulate Richard Tremitiedi, former fire chief, on being appointed by the Mayor and that the Council Members were also advised to cooperate with and help him. I feel that is a progressive action taken by the Mayor.
Respectfully submitted, anticipating your favorable reply and thanking you for your help and consideration.