Month: December 2011


Room 84 fundraiser event raises over $5,000 for Hoboken 1st and Jackson fire victims

The fundraiser at Room 84 Friday night for the fire victims at 1st and Jackson proved a rousing success raising over $5,000.  All told the effort has raised about $6,000,  a fine effort considering the event was sandwiched between Christmas and New Year’s.

The fundraiser held for the four Hoboken women was a big success last night seen here with Room 84 club owner Joe Branco (c), Rory Chadwick (l) and HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

Rory Chadwick, the local business owner who spearheaded the effort said, “It was a real ‘feel good’ night.  We were able to give the women all the money last night too and they each have another $1000 coming from an anonymous donor whose check is coming.” Read More...


Hoboken Fire Victims event at Room 84 set for Friday night

Room 84 is anticipating a large turnout for the charity event scheduled from 6-9 tomorrow night with dozens of items set for auction and raffle including an autographed photo of Derek Jeter, a signed puck by NJ Devils Martin Brodeur with tickets to the NY Knicks and NJ Devils too.

Room 84 is anticipating a full house for Friday’s event to aid the Hoboken women who lost everything in the fire at 1st and Jackson St.

Food is being donated by The Turtle Club, Balbo’s Pizza, Giovanni’s and La Bella Torte Dessert Truck.

Come on out between 6:00 and 9:00 and show your community support for the victims of the fire at 1st and Jackson. Read More...


Trampling the Old Guard’s corruption

For the corrupt Old Guard and yes we’re aware that’s an oxymoron of hyperbolic proportion since they don’t like to think of themselves as corrupt but merely entitled to the spoils (and quarters) of the political system, the slumber is almost over in public terms as Los Federales will be making Hoboken their special domain in 2012.

The warm up phase is about complete and Patrick Ricciardi’s opening act and his colossal mistake in thinking he could funnel the entire confidential contents of the mayor’s office to “the Hub” among others is about to pay dividends and untold riches – just not what they had in mind. Read More...


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Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.

Mayor Zimmer: on corruption, Hoboken fire fundraiser, and more

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

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Dear Friends,
We’ve made some great strides for our City, and seen our community come together to support one another. 
I write to share some news and wish all of you and your families a very happy holiday season!
Right: National Guard helps us during Hurricane Irene.
  Happy holidays & thank you to our troops at home and abroad!
Addressing Corruption:
Former director John Corea pled guilty to stealing $600,000 in quarters from our Parking Utility. This case demonstrates that the process for holding people accountable for their actions really can work.  
As soon as I became acting mayor I moved Mr. Corea to another Dept., and lowered his salary.  As a result, he immediately resigned.  I also provided the authorities with access to the Parking Utility records and the results of an external audit. I urge all of you to watch the video below so that you understand why this matter, which was discovered in 2007, was not addressed until I became Acting Mayor in 2009.  

The short excerpted video shows Councilman Russo and Councilwoman Castellano first questioning the missing money at one meeting, and then at the next meeting coordinating with John Corea, the man responsible for the theft, to explain that the matter had been a “mistake” that had been “cleared up” warranting no further investigation.
Fundraiser for fire victims
on First Street/update:
Four young women were displaced and lost everything as a a result of the recent fire.  Our community has come together to support them with a fundraiser December 30th at Room 84. I especially want to thank Rory Chadwick of Midtown Authentic for taking the initiative to organize this event, and Joe Branco for hosting it.

My office is still trying to help find an apartment through the Housing Authority and other sources for two of the young women.
Please email if you have suggestions. The 97 Jackson street property owner has been advised that he needs to demolish the remaining structure and clean up and fence in his property immediately. If he fails to do so the City will take thenecessary steps to ensure that this is taken care of.

Donations can be made through a paypal account with Jake Stuiver (I have known him for years, and thank him for taking the initiative to help others in our community).
Capital investment bond passes!
Thank you to Councilpersons Bhalla, Castellano, Cunningham, Giattino, Marsh, and Mello for passing a  bond for desperately needed repairs to our Police and Fire stations, technology upgrades, and equipment.
I want to particularly thank Councilwoman Castellano forchanging her mind and providing the necessary 6th vote, after repeatedly opposing the bond  in the past.  This is the 4th time I have asked the Council for this over the last year. 
Bonding for capital expenses such as these is the only fair and responsible way to finance projects that will provide benefits to Hoboken’s residents not just this year but for years to come. 

The rusted equipment shown in the pictures linked to below was placed
in front of City Hall Wed. night to
provide the Council and public with
the chance to understand firsthand
the extent to which our infrastructure has been permitted to decay and why these improvements are so critical
to maintaining and improving our quality of life.
On a personal note, I am glad to report that my dad is home from a major surgery, so we are looking forward to heading to New Hampshire (not Vermont!)  to celebrate the holidays with them. 
Arch Liston will be the go to guy while I am away.
The skier in me wants snow, as long as the storm misses Hoboken!
Please try and stop by the fundraiser, Friday, Dec. 30. 
Wishing you all the best in the New Year! 


Mayor Dawn Zimmer on John Corea: ‘I demoted him and cut his salary’

In an interview early Friday afternoon, Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke at length about her coming into City Hall as mayor in the summer of 2009 and inheriting the Director of Parking John Corea who pled guilty last Friday to taking $600,000 in Hoboken parking meter quarters.

Mayor Zimmer discussed the process she undertook as Acting Mayor regarding that troubled department.  “When I came on board, one of my first actions was to move John Corea to another department and to lower his salary.” Read More...


City: Park & Shop till you drop

City of Hoboken announces:

City Hall/Parking Utility Holiday Closure & Parking Enforcement Information

City Hall will be closed on December 23 & 26.

The Parking Utility is closed through December 26. Street sweeping and permit parking rules will not be enforced during that time, but will resume on December 27. Parking meters will not be enforced through January 2, 2012.


Special Guest Interview

Like most, MSV is winding down for the holidays but there’s one special interview this week that’s been delayed due to time constraints but it should be wrapped up this morning with a feature to follow.

Check back shortly as we round the corner into 2012.  Does that sound funny to you too?
Here we are well into the second decade of the 21st century but we’re still discussing corruption like it’s 1952.

=&0=&  Before most head off on holiday travels, MSV would like to wish the FBI – the Boys of Summer and their families the most Merry Christmas and best through the holidays along with their devoted colleagues in the US Attorneys Office and of course our fine Attorney General Paula Dow and her team. Thank you kindly for your service to our city, state and Republic.

City: How to aid Hoboken fire victims; notice to owner to demolish building at Jackson and 1st Street

City of Hoboken announces:

=&0=& On December 17, a fire at a building the corner of Jackson Street and 1st Street displaced five female residents.

Local businesses and residents have organized a benefit event to help raise money and collect needed items for the displaced residents. Residents or local businesses who want to contribute prizes towards the silent auction can contact Rory Chadwick at 201-589-9832 For event details, visit: Read More...