Labruno hates 411

12/3/2007:

I’m a private citizen not elected to serve the Hoboken residents and taxpayers. I’ve simply provided a site and a forum (for free) with news and discussion about Hoboken and everything that goes on inside it.

However, at last weeks budget hearings, local taxpayer Halley honestly expresses herself about her concerns, feelings, and opinions about what the Hoboken city government could do better. She cited that she gets much of her information from Hoboken411.com (as well as public speakers at council meetings). Rightly so Halley!

After her session, at-large councilwoman Terry Labruno “gets offended” that 411 was mentioned, and that we’re (collectively) just a bunch of people “talking on the internet” (I’ll “tell” her an email later). She was also incessant that she “hadn’t eaten all day”. Boo friggin Hoo!

I’m not sure what era Ms. Labruno comes from, and she may quite possibly think that “the internet is just a fad”, but here’s a news flash: The days of secrecy and “getting away with” irresponsible governing are over. Technology has finally enabled the masses to communicate in ways never before imagined (except in the worst nightmares of corrupt officials). The racket is over.

The public in Hoboken now has a voice other than the (grossly edited) “letters” section of the local fish-wraps. Tens of thousands of voices are now being heard, and the city does not know how to handle it. It seems as if they’re in permanent “damage control” mode. Good for us!

In less than two years, we’ll have the opportunity to finally make some substantial change in this town. Out with the old, in with the new.

Keep building new condos, please! More voters willing to make a bonafide difference. We’ll handle the traffic, parking and all other issues later. We have the patience to deal with inept government for a little while longer. We’re chipping away, believe me!

Here’s the video where you can see how Labruno (claiming starvation) gets confrontational with the Hoboken taxpayer for supporting the lone entity (me) working 20 hours a day to fill the informational vacuum she helped create:

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Easy-E
Member

I would like to go to council meetings but since, unlike all of the folks working for the city, I am working from 9-7 (sometimes longer)every day.

Additionally, since when are people eligible for full-time benefits working less than full-time hours? Is this typical for all cities? What about the state?

On another note:
MauMau said…

“A good society protects and cares for it’s most vulnerable people, it’s children and elderly.”

This bears repeating over and over again in the ears of short-sighted youngsters of the “I got mine, F you” persuasion. To them I would also add: Be careful what you ask for.

Colonblow
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Colonblow

[quote comment=”56880″]The longer I read up on these issues, the more pissed I get. I wonder how much money would be saved in the Health Insurance alone if there were co-pays? I just renewed my coverage and now will have to pay over $450 out of my pocket per month, I have loads of co-pays and deductibles on top of it.

I never knew even half of what I know now. I never knew who was running, or what they stood for, so I never bothered with local elections.[/quote]

Easy, do you regularly attend Council meetings? To your first point, it’s an interesting question to pose to the Council. They have union contracts, but those contracts expire. While there’s threat of arbitration by the union, well, maybe that’s what needs to be done to make these types of financial changes.

To your other point, I agree. It’s a matter of informing, educating one person at a time. If they latch onto something that affects them directly, they’ll be more inclined to learn about their local government and uncover what we’re uncovering. I think the Zimmer-Campos election piqued a lot of new constiuents’ interests. And now they’re listening more. And now there’s talk on here of pushing that effort at the beginning of the year.

“New Hoboken” is a large contingency, and if they know what we know…you bet there’ll be change. Mike Russo and others are betting against that.

Colonblow
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Colonblow

Yip, you around?

Colonblow
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Colonblow
[quote comment=”56834″]My point is about sustainability. Our Government at all levels borrows way too much money because they are spending way beyond their means, and there are no cuts anywhere on the horizon. What will happen only time will tell but if it continues at this unabated pace you can be sure there will be no credit left for future generations. People like myself combine criticism of big government with criticism of big business. They both are ally themselves against the public. :D[/quote] You’re right Yip. I’ll borrow a sentiment from FAP who would say something to the effect of – as long as we keep the politicians in office who want to run our town into the ground by refinancing it and bonding against it, they’ll keep doing it. Obviously, they don’t care about our debt ratio in the last five years. A start is to educate people in this town to vote in new people who are ready to clean house, people who don’t have political agendas to protect. You get people in there who just want to do the job to fix what’s been broken. Period. Not beholden to anyone’s pockets. It can be done. We’re all aware. But there’s a large contingent out there (the people paying the highest taxes to cover all this crap) who need to be educated and made aware. When they realize they’re being taken for a ride, they will be more inclined to show up to the poles, and get the… Read more »
Easy-E
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[quote comment=”56866″][quote comment=”56774″] 8) A 100-year old infrastructure that cannot handle sewage and stormwater runoff when there is a high tide and . No plan in place to fix it. 9) Less open park space per capita than any metropolitan center in the country, even far less afluent ones like Newark, Detroit and Camden. 10) A City Council which gives tax abatements to friendly developers of the W-Hotel, sitting on the Hudson river and facing New York City. Some of the most valuable real estate in the country. 11) A budget over $90 million when you include the annual one time fixes. 12) A school system that ranks among the lowest test scores and highest pregancy rates in the State, while also spending one of the highest amounts per student in the country ($25K) plus. Plus an arrogant school superintendent who plays nasty politics with the reform School Board members who try to reel him in. 13) A 2-tier property tax system, in which your assessed value depends on how long you’ve lived here (and probably who you know). In effect, newcomcers are subsidizing the city services of those born and raised. BTW, which group do you think uses more cit services. 14) Subsidzied housing for upper middle class city officials making over $100K per year. 15) An municioal workforce that only works a 30-hour week, and gets to bankroll and carryover sick days and retirement days, and then get paid out as a lump sum upon retirement. Same workforce… Read more »
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