Month: October 2010


Guest of the Stable: Jake Stuiver

I stand by my statement of two weeks ago:  Mike Lenz is the best choice for City Council and essential to getting a southwest park.  While there’s still much to be done to make the park a reality, the one thing that would destroy the prospect forever would be a return to the willy-nilly distribution of zoning variances that have come to a screeching halt under this administration and council majority. 

With three Zoning Board seats up in December that could move that board in a very different direction, the importance of a continued reform council majority to the goal of a southwest park could not be clearer. It came as no surprise to me to be attacked last week by Occhipinti campaign operative Sara Stojkovic for making the fully accurate statement that the park initiative is heading in the right direction thanks to the policies of the Zimmer administration and Councilman Lenz.

I’d like to at least be able to say that Ms. Stojkovic, who supported Peter Cammarano in last year’s mayoral runoff, is sincerely and honestly engaging in a debate about an urgent need in our community, with a positive outcome being her primary agenda. However, despite her allegations to the contrary, I am not in the practice of misleading the public with false statements.

Ms. Stojkovic, who pointed to my role as a volunteer bookkeeper in the Lenz campaign but conveniently failed to disclose her own activity on Occhipinti’s team, such as a nearly $1,100 in-kind donation and being listed as an administrator on his campaign’s Facebook page, has become an obstacle to park progress.

From 2004 through 2006, I helmed the Hudson County arm of a grassroots
community-organizing network and used to forward Ms. Stojkovic’s informative Southwest Parks Coalition emails to my volunteer list, and had her speak at some of our monthly meetings.

That all changed in 2007 when Dawn Zimmer, a City Council candidate fielded by the Southwest Parks Coalition with Ms. Stojkovic as campaign manager, disagreed with some of Ms. Stojkovic’s decisions and decided to make a few of her own. One such choice was to include Mr. Lenz in the campaign, prompting Ms. Stojkovic, along with Lane Bajardi and others, to storm out and embark on a personal vendetta against Zimmer and Lenz that continues to this day. Ms. Stojkovic essentially took her bat and ball and went home, starting her own splinter group, the Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition. To anyone who’s seen Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” film, with its Judean People’s Front, People’s Front of Judea and other similarly named factions (Q: “What ever happened to the Popular Front?” A: “He’s over there!”), or read George Orwell’s “Homage to Catolonia,” with its countless four-letter-acronymed competing anti-Franco groups, this maneuver played right into historical hilarity.


Tim spreads his $40 cash and carry message in the Hoboken Housing Authority

This submittal came way by reader Raiser who was obviously inspired by the Weehawken fishy special: “James B, downfall of a wannabe shark.”

This is more chum for the waters. We’re now entering GOTV time. It’s going to be necessary for the 4-2 to out duel the 4-4’s paper weighted output. Do what you can to get out the word there’s an election in the fourth ward.

If you haven’t seen it, Griswell has returned from the shadows and has a hilarious look at some imagined local elections over on Grafix Avenger: Read More...


Board of Elections to hear VBM challenges – on election day!

The review today with the Board of Elections turned out to be anti-climatic when no challenges were made surrounding ‘The Anomaly’ of Tim Occhipinti’s initial 79 vote by mail ballots.  The decision made by the Lenz campaign allows further time for gathering and building its case of organized voter fraud to be heard election day.

The process to present the evidence of ballot by ballot fraud will be put before a Board of Elections panel of four people, two Democrats and two Republicans.  A tie vote is required to move the matter along before a judge, a decision of 4-0 or 3-1 opposing ends the matter. Read More...


Guest of the Stable: Scott Siegel

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Mike Lenz Vs. Tim Occhipinti The Battle For Hoboken’s Future
I am one of the few people in Hoboken who are a friend of both Mike Lenz and Tim Occhipinti. If James Sanford had stayed in I would probably be the only one to be friends of all 3.  I am disappointed when people such as KHoboken (who I agree with 99% of the time) use words like TIMMAY. Reformers should leave name calling to the machine and stick to the issues, which is our strongpoint. So let’s compare the issues.

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Trick or treat – give me vote by mail ballots to eat

Although much of Hoboken will be focused on Halloween fun with kid’s activities the centerpiece of much time and energy this weekend, another trick or treat will be under the microscope today at the Hudson County Board of Elections – vote by mail ballots.

Although an all encompassing suit from the Lenz for Council campaign seeking to sequester the vote by mail ballots was not granted, the claim of the suit being “bogus” as stated by Occhipinti’s lawyer is inaccurate on its face. Read More...


Lenz for Council – hold on, election investigation continuing

Lenz for Council announces:

The reports by our opponents and certain journalists that our case was “thrown out of court” are incorrect and represent wishful thinking on behalf of the Occhipinti campaign.  Judge Maurice Galipoli ruled that our application to have Vote by Mail ballots sequestered was “premature” in part because the Hudson County Superintendant of Elections is in the midst of an ongoing investigation into the clear and solid evidence of allegations of pervasive Election fraud by the Occhipinti campaign.  He did not issue any opinion or rule on the merits of the allegations that are still being investigated. Read More...


Breaking: Judge refuses hearing on voter fraud, deems claim premature

In a potential huge victory for the vote by mail operation for Tim Occhipinti, Judge Gallipoli of the NJ Superior Court has ‘thrown out the case of voter fraud in its entirety,’ according to a source who heard from a witness at the court.

Expect the ‘campaign workers’ now to be paid in a jiff, hundreds of them who have all voted by mail in the 4-4.  There is no stopping the practice of paying hundreds of people to vote by mail.  Nothing at all. (Presently anyway.) Read More...


Notice of Court Hearing Lenz vs. Occhipinti: 2:00 today

This note just arrived from the Lenz for Council campaign on the legal case announced yesterday:

There will be a Hearing for Counsel from each party today at 2 pm in front of Judge Gallipoli to get temporary restraint.  Due to the irreversible harm if the illegal ballots are counted (not only to the Mike Lenz campaign but also the Campaigns of Henrietta Dwyer, Congressman Sires, Sheriff Perez, and Undersheriff Schillari), the Lenz Campaign is calling for all Mail in Ballots to be sequestered until an investigation by the Superintendent of Elections and the Attorney General’s Office can be completed. Read More...


I’m not with Tim

In the latest youtube political ad from Occhipinti for Council is a new ad titled, “Bringing it Home,” and Tim Occhipinti has a surprise guest.

This short ad concludes with Tim speaking to someone at the Jubilee Center.  That person is yours truly.  MSV has a clearly stated policy it does not endorse candidates.  Neither Tim, nor the Occhipinti for Council campaign approached MSV about the use of my likeness or image in a political ad on his behalf.

Occhipinti knows the basic rules of political ads but even if he doesn’t his campaign handlers do.  Yet they went ahead and flouted the law.  Again. Read More...


Grist for the Mill: Midnight Monday meeting at the Occhipinti HQ Lair


Whispers early this week suggested the massive vote by mail (operation) was being scrutinized and well underway by Monday night. Based on the filed affidavits with the NJ Superior Court, investigators specializing in election law began speaking with residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and collecting evidence. The evidence in the Lenz for Council complaint, if accurate shows an ongoing operation of vote buying.

Inquiries to a small group of residents produced several alleged cases where housing authority residents admitted to being paid for their vote supporting Tim Occhipinti’s campaign in the amount of $40 each. According to the affidavits, residents also identified the individuals involved in the payments for votes. Read More...