Month: November 2011


Mayor hosting HUMC ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow at 3:30

Office of the Mayor announces:

=&0=& =&1=& Mayor Dawn Zimmer will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hoboken University Medical Center to officially hand off the hospital to its new leadership team.  The Mayor will be joined by state and local officials, including Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, to celebrate the hospital’s completed sale and transfer of ownership.  The Mayor will discuss the hospital’s bright future and invite Hudson County residents to rediscover Hoboken University Medical Center. WHAT:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony WHEN:  Thursday, December 1, 2011; 3:30 p.m. EST  WHERE:  Hoboken University Medical Center Emergency Room Lobby (entrance on Willow Ave. between 3rd St. and 4th St.) PARTICIPANTS: Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant Governor, State of New Jersey Mary E. O’Dowd, M.P.H., Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services  Dawn Zimmer, Mayor, City of Hoboken David Roberts, Former Mayor, City of Hoboken Toni Tomarazzo, Chair, Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Phillip S. Schaengold, J.D., Chief Executive Officer, Hoboken University Medical Center

Beth Mason: ‘Interfering with City legal matters is in my DNA’

Beth Mason is back and interjecting herself into another active legal matter facing the City but this one isn’t the active FBI investigation, it’s a sexual harassment claim by a Hoboken Parking Utility employee against her supervisors.

City Council members do not manage active litigation on personnel matters against the City of Hoboken but Beth Mason is making political hay on the suit.   While the City has not been served, the civil litigation was filed in Superior Court.

Councilwoman Beth Mason who receives a taxpayer paid salary as nine other members of the City Council issued a press release on the pending litigation below.  No other City Council member has commented let alone issued a press release on a pending suit against the City. Read More...


Grafix Avenger: All I want for Christmas is more turkey

Grafix Avenger who has irritated more than her fair share of the Old Guard especially their convert Beth Mason penned her latest satiric howler “FBI Letter no. 10” and it’s scalding hot under the lights.

It’s unclear if the turkey in question is in fact =&0=& MSV noted in last week’s premium content but in the end it makes little difference.  The fowl creature in her letter is noted for having the heat gradually increased until it squealed giving up other fowl creatures.  With all the Old Guard turkeys wandering about, it’s a target rich environment.  Tim Occhipinti the occupant of the 4th ward council seat contacted the police last summer complaining about an earlier satirical FBI letter calling it a “credible threat.” Letter no. 10 does indeed sound like a credible threat but what does the Old Guard do under the circumstances as they are the fowl in the FBI’s sights? Okay Tim, sit by the phone for further instructions and a binder should be arriving shortly.  Or not.
So prosbus, tell us when you first started
getting information from “the Hub.”
=&1=&  The Old Guard likes having the Mason wallet available but after cashing in and making a ruckus on everything from the hospital sale to the budget surplus, behind the scenes they are less than kind hearted in talking about the 2nd ward Councilwoman. In addition to saying she has no voting base, they add they don’t like her.  Some “allies” say far worse. Color Da Horsey shocked.

HAPP’s launches new interactive website for pre-school parents

=&0=& The Hoboken Association for Pre-school Parents (HAPP’s) has launched a new website ( that includes tools to help parents make decisions about the 2012-13 school year.  The application process for most preschools runs from December – March; HAPP’s provides a consolidated listing for open houses, school locations on a customized map, and comparative data such as application deadlines and toilet training requirements.  There is also information for parents transitioning from preschool to Kindergarten. The HAPP’s website saves parents time and effort by providing comprehensive admission information in a “one-stop shop” format. The site also offers an insider glimpse into the experiences of parents with children currently enrolled in various programs via a unique forum. The HAPP’s website also includes community building tools including:

  • The latest updates and news from the Hoboken Board of Education and Early Childhood program
  • Relevant news from a variety of local and state resources
  • A showcase to post pictures of kids, their art projects, and their schools
  • A forum to ask questions and receive answers from other parents 
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    Councilwoman Jen Giattino on the proposed food truck ordinance

    A subcommittee meeting held last Tuesday and open to the public discussed the proposed Mobile Food Truck Vendor ordinance.  Food truck vendors, other business owners, and Hoboken residents showed up to offer valuable feedback.  Much thought and consideration had already gone into the ordinance before the subcommittee meeting and much more will.  This is a public process looking to balance many views and perspectives.  Here is a summary on the proposed ordinance.

    The Mobile Food Truck Vendor ordinance needed to be created from scratch because the ordinance currently on Hoboken’s books was only written for pushcart vendors and ice cream trucks.  In addition, because of our current parking rule that enforces a 2 hour limit at meters, food trucks would no longer be able to serve Hoboken.  The 2 hour rule limits mobile food vendors just as it does any other person parked at a meter.  This would make it impossible for food trucks to exist in Hoboken considering the time that is needed for set up and breakdown, along with having enough time to serve. In addressing the existing parking situation, many ordinances were looked at from throughout the country and are much more restrictive and expensive than the template we have started with on Hoboken’s ordinance.  We are taking into consideration, the public’s feedback and concerns about the parking issues in our city. The proposed cost for each food vender truck is $4,265.  While this is a lot higher than the nominal $500 that exists today, there is a reason why that figure is more equitable to all parties concerned.  The proposed number is derived as follows: – adding 2 more hours to the current 2 hour maximum parking at metered parking is $1250 – program administration cost to the City – based on annualized cost of $61,440 for 25 licenses – a $500 application fee – a $15 Health Certificate This comes out to be less than $10 a day for trucks who operate 7 days a week. The proposed ordinance includes a proximity rule where food trucks are no closer than 100 feet from the entrance of an existing restaurant and 50 feet from another food truck.  This strikes a balance for businesses who pay property taxes and have a reasonable expectation not to have a competing business right outside their door.  It also bears recognition for our local businesses who are already contributing to the tax base of the city and employing many people in town, while balancing the increased options for both residents and visitors who want to enjoy a wide variety of food at a lower cost.  The proposed ordinance is also not restrictive on access for anyone who patronizes the food truck vendors. There have been misunderstandings on how the proposed 14 day rule works, which gives Hoboken the right to revoke a license if it is not used in a consecutive two week period.  It is intended to give the city the right to revoke a license obtained for the purpose of blocking others from operating a food truck or simply buying up a license or licenses to limit the number of trucks.  For instance, if a truck breaks down or a vendor is is going on vacation the vendor can notify the city.  The intention is not to force people to operate everyday, but to protect all license holders against unfair practices. With an update in the proposed ordinance, a mobile food truck will be legally allowed to park at a metered spot for 4 hours along with a non metered spot for 4 hours on the same day which totals up to 8 hours daily.  A mobile food truck that starts to operate at 6am can remain in in a space until 1pm as the 4 hour rule holds from 9 am to 9pm when meter collections are active. The proposed total amount of food truck licenses was calculated from a base of the current 16 in operation.  Some have quoted a figure of 45 trucks today but that number includes hotdog carts and ice cream trucks. The number 25 was determined to allow for future growth. We will be scheduling another subcommittee meeting next week discuss all of the input from the public meeting on November 22.  I want to thank everyone who attended the meeting and for putting forward all their questions, ideas and concerns.  There were many great ideas and I’m looking forward to working with everyone in this process. Thank you, Jen Giattino 6th Ward Councilwoman

    Beth Mason’s lament

    The Thanksgiving holiday is winding down but Hoboken can be grateful for the artistry of Hoboken resident Greg Bond who has put the lamentations of Beth Mason’s sole ambition to video and song.

    Hear Beth Mason cry for the chair she most wants in Hoboken.  She’s consorted and gone into bed with corrupt politicians, tried to empty the City’s coffers so it can’t afford a kleenex if it catches a cold, spent tens of thousands to buy herself the council presidency via the 4th ward seat, and last but not least used every dirty trick in the book to sabotage the sale of the hospital all in the hope to pin the resulting fallout on Mayor Zimmer. Read More...


    FBI’s data haul: 35 hard drives from City Hall and “the Hub”

    According to a report by Ray Smith at the Hudson Reporter, the FBI picked up a substantial amount of data in their late May visit to City Hall.  Based on a public records request, the Feds haul includes 35 different hard drives and four laptops taken from Patrick Ricciardi’s Information Technology Office on the third floor of City Hall.

    Patrick Ricciard is the collector of tens of thousands of emails
    to and from the mayor’s office.  Independent sources from the
    Old Guard state there is someone, re: “The Hub” who is involved and
    not believed to be either unnamed source in the FBI criminal complaint. 

    The size of the hard drives are not identified but the sheer quantity indicates a sizable amount of data.  45 DVDs were also inventoried along with five CD discs, a Galaxy Tablet and a half-dozen cell phones. Read More...


    The 3rd Annual Hoboken Thanksgiving

    The Third Annual Family & Friends Thanksgiving Buffet was a tremendous success Tuesday night, serving more than 200 people between two locations, the Multi-Service Center and the 221 Jackson Street community room. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and all the food was eaten and everyone who came got fed. Each year the event seems to get bigger and better-attended, and is becoming a great Hoboken holiday tradition that is greatly appreciated by our city’s seniors and public-housing residents. Read More...


    Das Klaussen and Beth Mason discover parking is a problem made a discovery in Hoboken and wants you to know he’s available to go to your TV studio in Manhattan because may be the equivalent (or worse) of equal parts dirt and water but discovered parking in Hoboken is hard when he isn’t lying or defaming you.

    So this leads to a local Fox TV News trip to Hoboken.  Beth Mason’s favorite news source is the self-proclaimed “watch dog” who has received “hundreds” of complaints on parking under the tyrannical rule of Hoboken Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs.  Hey remember the good old days when John Corea was in charge just looting the City’s parking utility for $1,000,000 or so? Read More...