There’s a couple of important, looming stories for readers who are on the whole trying to enjoy the holidays with friends and families while others are feeding their appetite here in the Mile Square City.While Hoboken isn’t its big brother across the way where the city never sleeps, the Old Guard is almost always scheming how to “loveyourtaxmoney” as one of the convicted felons among them use to say on NJ.com or even better devise some corrupt practice of taking your money from you ways both direct and indirect. The most obvious way has often been in plain sight in a City Council meeting. It’s so corrupt, it’s liable to see your vision deterred or totally blurred in Vision 20/20. Back on a short holiday week with more exclusive news Monday – only on MSV. =&0=&
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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
After an hour of private discussion last night in a special city council meeting, a vote to settle the Angel Alicea discrimination case failed 5-2. Council members Michael Russo and Terry Castellano voted yes while the remaining present members voted no. *
Terms of the proposed settlement were not announced and the City released a short statement saying the litigation will continue in January next month.
Details are vague especially considering discussion on the controversial inconsistent verdict in closed session last night doesn’t allow public insight but this much is known; there will be no payout to Alicea and his attorney Louis Zayas leading into the Christmas holiday.
A pre-Christmas legal bombshell entered the fray with word another possible legal tendering centered on the Hatch Act and the arrival of Carmelo Garcia replacing his friend Ruben Ramos who is departing the Assembly seat.Word of a possible second legal challenge when Garcia actually holds the office of Assemblyman has been broached over months but it was thought among many in legal circles to be an effort not worth filing. The news if true can’t be sweet for State Senator Brian Stack who picked Garcia on his machine slate for the position last spring and has reportedly called the selection “a mistake” to vocal Hobokenites who phoned him with their misgivings.
|Carmelo Garcia who’s already facing bad news his “Ethnic Cleansing” lawsuit is likely to be thrown out
of Hudson County Superior Court may see another legal challenge to his Assembly-elect seat.
Merry Karmic Christmas?
Hangin’ on the Vine
Hoboken’s 2013 property revaluation has been completed and letters are going out to property owners. If you’ve received your letter with your new property valuation, you can use this worksheet from Appraisal Systems, Inc to calculate the tax implications of your new property assessment. Enter your current and new assessments in the orange boxes and see what your new tax amount will be in the yellow boxes, assuming there is no change in spending by the city, school, and county. On average, Hoboken property assessments have increased by about 3.5 times the old amount. If your new assessment is 3.5 times greater than your current assessment, your taxes will stay flat. If less than 3.5, your taxes will go down, and if greater than 3.5, your taxes will go up. This ratio is provided in one of the yellow boxes on the worksheet as well. To see how your neighbors and others have fared, find your block or building on this list: http://www.asinj.com/revaluation/docs/neighborhoodmap/283/NBHD%20Descriptions.pdf Use the NBHD number in the left column to find the corresponding assessment list here: http://www.asinj.com/revaluation.asp?p=current&id=283 The Wiley Coyote tending to varmints after the reval.
Again, to obtain your estimated tax data in 2014, just enter box A (old assessment) and box B (new assessment) and hit return. The 2014 estimated data will calculate automatically.
July 1st the new assessment will be noticed with new rates for 2014. If there’s an increase, that will be when it first shows up in your quarterly bill.
CBS reported on the scene of one of the arrests in Irvington. Four suspects are in custody and a press conference is minutes from beginning on most of the major TV networks.
Dustin Friedland lived in Hoboken with his wife and was murdered at the scene of a carjacking at the Short Hills Mall. The car was found in Newark the next day.
The names of the four suspects have not been released pending a press conference.
Ted Sherman of the Star Ledger filed this early morning news report:
Although a written opinion will be issued next week, Judge Lawrence Maron held a hearing in Hudson County Superior Court and issued a preliminary finding deeming Carmelo Garcia’s “ethnic cleansing” lawsuit insufficient. The court’s designation means it may be thrown out of court.
The bar for the joint motions to dismiss against Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the former HHA chairman is high based on NJ law but the judge indicated in his questions he was not impressed with Carmelo Garcia’s claim he was “a whistleblower,” stating there was nothing shown in the civil complaint and you have to blow the whistle on “something.”
City of Hoboken announces the mayor is calling for a Special Meeting of the Council this Monday:Via Hand Delivery
City Clerk James Farina
94 Washington Street
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Dear City Clerk Farina:
Please be advised that as the Mayor of the City of Hoboken, I hereby call a Special Meeting of
the Governing Body for Monday, December 23, 2013 to begin promptly at 7:00 P.M. in the City
Council Chambers, 94 Washington Street, First Floor, Hoboken, New Jersey, for the following
1. CALL TO ORDER