Month: August 2012


Old Guard-Masonic Push Poll – ‘Mayor Zimmer is just like us’


Just when you think you’re out… they pull you back in.  It’s the same for vacation Horsey and in this case the mayor as a new push poll is out and it’s laying blame for all the sins of the Old Guard at her desk on the second floor at City Hall.

The push poll attacks are loaded with dozens of questions and attacks on the mayor claiming everything from the budget being overspent by $20 million to buying votes to get elected.  
The Old Guard-Beth Mason push poll is out selling
heaping helpings of their toxic elixir
That’s right the Old Guard has found religion and is against buying votes.  Well sorta.  They are against it as long as you point the finger at Mayor Zimmer and say she’s responsible for doing so and not the hundreds of votes purchased for Tim Occhipinti. The push poll asks all kinds of personal information from first name, marital status, family to the choice for mayor.  Among your selections are Terry Castellano, Frank “Pupie” Raia, Timmy Occhipinti, Ruben Ramos, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and yes believe it or not Beth Mason.  Doesn’t seem that the Old Guard compromise candidate Anthony “Stick” Romano made this round.  Maybe Beth Mason doesn’t want to see even worse numbers for herself. Numerous questions on the poll focus on the BoE asking about the popularity of Kids First, support for school board candidates for the coming November election and choosing the most important overall issue for Hoboken.   One can only wonder how the data will be collected, distributed and used but based on the infighting MSV has already heard getting out, more yelling can be expected among the Old Guard desperate to retain Old Hoboken and disperse effective misinformation to low information Hoboken voters with the objective knocking out a popular and effective mayor. Some active backers of the Old Guard are beginning to voice doubt there’s any successful formula to cobble a victory against the incumbent mayor no matter who sits atop the ticket.   Well there’s always Hoboken411’s eager willingness to disburse lies for a Mason price and if you can’t beat them, well just sue them. Scorched earth mode has been in play for a while.  Anyone buying that snake oil?
Old Guard poll courtesy of Beth Mason and her Old Guard friends.
Money to burn and lies to churn, this one even seeks to depict Beth Mason political operatives
as victims accusing the mayor of paying bloggers to attack them.  As if.
=&2=& =&3=&: For some time MSV has said of the Old Guard, “These are people without an argument.” The only agenda is hiring more municipal workers with still more subsidized housing at the expense of the taxpayers who will pay the increased freight every step of the way. That agenda isn’t exactly a winning formula so the Old Guard is left with “the mayor is just like us.”  That and using the courts in an attempt to level a playing field as municipal elections are headed to join the BoE in November. No hail mary is going to help the Old Guard.  The karma coming is well earned and deserved.

Mitzvah Day looking for a few good mensches

Hoboken Mitzvah Day organizers announce:

The United Synagogue of Hoboken is running its annual Mitzvah Day community-service project on Sunday, Sept. 9. The event offers an opportunity to give back to the community and participate in service projects that people could be inclined to continue to work on throughout the year.

Members of the synagogue community and the

general public are strongly encouraged to sign up for an activity for a day of fun, camaraderie and fulfilling work that will have a lasting impact. Activities this year include work for the Hoboken Shelter and for the Emergency Food Pantry, a visit to senior citizens, a story-time and art project for children, “Coupons for Troops,” a nutrition and health activity fair at the Hoboken Housing Authority, a “Bigger and Better” social-action project for teens, a bone-marrow drive, a cemetery clean-up and several other options. People interested in participating should sign up as soon as possible. A list of projects is at the link here: The online sign-up form is here: For more information, please see the following link or contact the synagogue: The day will culminate in the synagogue’s annual “Welcome Back Barbecue.”

Petitions to Consolidate Hoboken Elections Certified Set for November Ballot

The Vote Yes November citizens’ committee announces:

=&0=& On Friday, the Hoboken City Clerk certified over 1,800 petition signatures from Hoboken residents for two ballot questions designed to consolidate Hoboken’s Municipal elections.  The ballot questions were proposed by the citizens’ committee Vote Yes for November, a group of residents looking to reform the electoral system in Hoboken.  Now, the people of Hoboken will officially be able to decide when future municipal elections will be held.  If both initiatives are passed by the voters this November, Hoboken’s next municipal elections will be held in November of 2013 instead of in May, with the candidates receiving the most votes being elected to office.  “Thanks to the outpouring of support from 1,800 residents who signed our petitions, Hoboken residents will get an opportunity to be heard on whether they seek to bring election reform to our city.  We are confident that Hoboken’s voters will support these initiatives that will consolidate multiple elections, increase voter turnout, save taxpayers money, and reduce voter fatigue,” said Vijay Chaudhuri, one of the members of the Vote Yes November citizens’ committee. “I am extremely pleased that Hoboken voters will get the opportunity to vote on these common sense steps for reform.  If the two ballot initiatives are passed by voters in November, no longer will Hoboken voters have to suffer through an election year like 2009, when Hoboken voters had to vote in 5 separate elections in a single year.  Municipal elections would now be held on a single date in November – the date when voters turn out for the general election,” said Sasha Conroy, another member of the Vote Yes November citizens’ committee. If voters choose to move the Hoboken Municipal elections to November, all future local elections will be held during November general election dates.  Hoboken’s School Board elections have already been consolidated with the upcoming November general election instead of in April as in years past. Members of the public who support this proposal are encouraged to voice their opinions at the Hoboken City Council meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm in City Hall.
We’re going to Let the People Decide

City: Westbound Detour for 14th Street Viaduct During Daytime Construction

City of Hoboken announces:

On or about August 30, 2012 and lasting for approximately 10 weeks, traffic on the 14th Street Viaduct will be closed in the west-bound direction from 9am to 3pm. East-bound traffic will remain open.  The contract for construction of the viaduct called for the complete closure of the viaduct at night to install 50 beams that average 120 feet long. This work is not noise-free, but was expected to be done at night in August and September to reduce daytime traffic delays.  After further consideration, the contractor indicated that they can leave one lane open on the viaduct if they were permitted to work during the day. The hours of lane closure would be from 9am to 3pm to avoid peak period traffic. Traffic congestion is still expected, but the benefit of the daytime detour is to not disturb area residents at night from the noise. Mayor Zimmer is thankful to Hudson County for working to find an alternative to nighttime construction.  There is no additional cost or time involved with the detour change. Sheriffs will be stationed at each end of the viaduct and would, as necessary, allow emergency vehicles through. The century-old Viaduct will be completely replaced as part of a $45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade of this section of Northwest Hoboken overseen by the County.  14th Street Viaduct Traffic Detour– Daytime (9AM to 3PM) – Eastbound open/Westbound closed  Westbound Traffic Detour Description:  Southern Detour:  From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (South)  Right to Newark Street  Right to Observer Highway  Right to Paterson Avenue  Straight to Paterson Plank Road  Straight to Viaduct approach  Northern Detour:  From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (North)  Left to 19th Street  Right to Hackensack Plank Road  Left to Palisade Avenue  Left to Paterson Plank Road  Left to Viaduct approach</b>

Paddle Out Kayak on the Hudson – uptown behind the Tea Building

The new walkway between Hoboken and Weehawken is a lovely addition with kayaking an option courtesy of some young entrepreneurs.  Called Paddle Out Kayak, they are out on the mini beach of the connection closer to the Hoboken side every day.  On weekdays, people come out after 6:30 pm and they are available all day during the weekend.

Check out their lively, entertaining website with the full host of services.

Speaking of sun and surf, it’s Da Horsey’s turn and we’ve accepted an invitation from a lovely filly to spend time in East Hampton enjoying same.  We’ll likely release a story here but for those among the thousands of readers who choose to comment, be nice.  Here’s a saying to mull over:

There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.

Walter Lippmann, American journalist, 1889-1974


You say tomato, the Hoboken Historical Museum says…

Sample a Rainbow of Jersey-Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes
on Sunday, 1 – 5 pm, at the Museum
This Saturday at 2 pm, Cheer on the Hoboken Nine
at Stevens’ Baseball Diamond!
Heirloom Tomatoes Return
Sun., Aug. 26, 1-5pm; Free!
They’re back! Rich and Sue Sisti of Catalpa Ridge Farms are bringing their harvest of heritage tomatoes in a rainbow of flavors and colors to Hoboken this Sunday for the Museum’s annual Heirloom Tomato-Tasting Festival from 1 – 5 pm, at the Museum. Freshly picked from their farm in Wantage, NJ, the tomatoes are free to sample, and many varieties are available for purchase, along with summer vegetables and homemade dips and spreads in a farmer’s market at the Museum.

While you’re here, check out our new exhibit, “I Belong: A History of Civic and Social Clubs in Hoboken,” and explore some of the fascinating groups from Hoboken’s past. Interested in getting involved in a community group? Use our interactive display at the end of the exhibit to find out about new clubs catering to a variety of interests. Or start one of your own, like the new Uptown Ping Pong Club.  Read More...


Hoboken411’s Perry Klaussen imparts message of intimidation and fear

Da Horsey rarely visits the cyber-sewer over at Hoboken411 and many of you have joined in not doing so sending Das Klaussen’s traffic into a death spiral where the remnants of visitors pass through looking for store openings, closings and bar specials before quickly exiting.

Klaussen’s not departed yet, as a source close to him predicted to Vermont which is that state’s gain and Hoboken’s loss.  Perhaps a late surge of money from upper Hudson Street gave him breathing room for the moment as it isn’t advertising dollars keeping him afloat. Read More...


The right to criticize government anonymously hits Union City

Today we received an email (anonymously) from someone who asked if we would consider linking to their website  The website hasn’t been on the map too long and is using the American tradition of anonymous criticism of government, a benchmark of our democratic traditions.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation describes the historic right on its website:

Anonymous communications have an important place in our political and social discourse. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous free speech is protected by the First Amendment. A much-cited 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads:
Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.
The tradition of anonymous speech is older than the United States. Founders Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers under the pseudonym “Publius ” and “the Federal Farmer” spoke up in rebuttal. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized rights to speak anonymously derived from the First Amendment. The right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page. Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the Mayor’s office before going door-to-door. For more, see the Electronic Frontier Foundation website:

One among other criticisms on the self-named corruption site is that Union City Mayor Brian Stack and its council receive free health benefits.  The website also complains about the cost to taxpayers for a number of other activities including the infamous “Shame on You,” television segment where a city owned SUV was used to drive Stack’s former wife to a private day care job with her dogs. Read More...


Grist for the Mill: Russo’s in illicit apartment swap at 10 Church Towers

Renovations are underway at 10 Church Towers as Councilman Michael Russo prepares to move into a three bedroom apartment in the current digs of Ma and Pa Russo.

A source with an eagle eye view to the legal aspects of the Russo clan swap wonders how once again the family specializing in grifting has circumvented the law on who can obtain a three bedroom unit in the building and says, “Is there no one on the list in need who actually qualifies?”

A family of three does not qualify for a three bedroom in Church Towers based on this source.  The Church Towers list has been closed for years. Read More...