Month: September 2013


Tonight’s the night…. at the Madison – Eli Manning and Mayor Dawn Zimmer

The NY Giants are off to a tough start and Eli Manning must be looking for something to change the team’s luck so perhaps the fundraiser this evening with Mayor Zimmer is the elixir.

Two time Super Bowl champ Eli Manning will be a special guest at the Madison
with his wife Abby for a Mayor Zimmer fundraiser at the Madison.

Now Da Horsey doesn’t believe in superstitious trivializing of the grid iron with politics and since MSV is not a flack, nor paid by Hoboken politicos, Hoboken political families, third party firms or a Mati Hari; let’s call it a celebration of the community with a national celebrity who cares about his family and home. Read More...


Grist for the Mill: Pupie says, “Vote for Pupie”

Frank “Pupie” Raia sponsored a slate of candidates but the word filtering through Old Guard circles is he’s singularly focused on getting votes for himself. Historically, this doesn’t come as any surprise in Old Hoboken circles; that’s been a staple of Old Guard candidates through many election cycles. But what about Brit?

Timmy Occhipinti doesn’t have to go man the phones today at Alliance Bernstein.  Does he have something lined up for later at the Mason Civic? There’s no Hoboken office ready for him so he doesn’t have a place to go and work on his campaign either. Over the weekend, six pizza’s found their way to the political section at 12th and Washington. One shouldn’t say Beth Mason shies away from the family investment in Tim Occhipinti but how much will show up on an ELEC report? Will Beth Mason flagrantly break the law again in this election?   Read More...


Mayor Zimmer highlights waterfront protections, Ruben Ramos on flooding

From the desk of council candidate Jim Doyle:

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Dear Horsey and MSV readers —

We all know that one of Hoboken’s most precious resources is our waterfront. Our stunning views, parks and promenades are a big part of what makes our city a great place to live, work and visit.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has always recognized this and has been an advocate for our waterfront since taking office. She’s led the fight to protect the waterfront from inappropriate development like the Monarch project, is rebuilding Sinatra Park stronger than before, and is now focused on creating a new park at Hoboken Cove with a boathouse for recreational access to the river.
Because of her commitment to our waterfront, she is being honored on Tuesday as a “Hero of the Harbor” by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. We have to protect and continue to improve what we hold dear, and nobody understands this more than Dawn Zimmer.
This is an important election for Hoboken, and there are lots of ways you can get involved.
 ·  Join us on Wednesday, October 2nd for a house party at the home of supporters Adrienne Choma and Bo Dziman in support of Mayor Zimmer and our Council team. RSVP Today!
·  Sign up to volunteer a few hours of your time by helping us to get the word out about the campaign and issues we care most deeply about, like the waterfront.

·  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share updates with your friends and neighbors.

Thanks for everything you are doing!

James Doyle

The Ruben Ramos mayoral campaign announces:

Click here to read Ruben’s plan


Better Schools Now Campaign “bum rush” parents at 1600 Park

The morning soccer affair at 1600 Park became the site of a Ruben Ramos – Better Schools Now campaign stop.

According to spectators, tables and donuts were set up for the Ruben Ramos campaign and was later joined by the Better Schools Now campaign.
According to one parent who emailed MSV, the BSN campaign took to the pitch:

=&0=& =&1=& Among the parents in attendance, councilman at-large Dave Mello watching his daughter play in her game and Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  Neither was campaigning at the location.
Better Schools Now t-shirts featuring Murray-Falco-Waiters at 1600 Park earlier today.
According to one observer, the BSN campaign “bum rushed” parents on the field.

Patricia Waiters, a self-declared independent who last week denied she was on the Better Schools Now ticket said by phone she no longer objected but she didn’t want to be connected to the Ruben Ramos campaign. Read More...


Timmy Occhipinti in flames, Ramos camp empowered, Zimmer steady as you go


It’s late Friday with folks looking to close out the week’s business but for Hoboken campaigns, it’s winding up to just short of a dull roar. Perhaps a loud roar would be more apropos.

While the Mayor Zimmer campaign looks to put the final preparations on its Monday night fundraising event at the Madison uptown with NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning, her opposition is in a state of flux, completely at odds with each other and their status to engage the popular mayor in the campaign. Read More...


Guest of the Stable: Tim Occhipinti’s mysterious ‘resignation’


Lets get a little mathematical here. For Tim to quit his job he needs the expected payoff to be the same as his current job. Lets assume he makes $75K a year. For the election there are two possible outcomes, he loses and makes zero or he wins and makes $120K (ballpark).
Now the logical person has to assign probabilities to each outcome to get an expected return. So Tim’s equation is the percentage chance of losing (equals zero) plus the percentage chance of winning multiplied by 120K = 75K. 

So it is factored down to $120K multiplied by the percentage chance of winning = $75K. 

And solving for the probability implies that Tim thinks there is a 62.5% chance that he wins otherwise it is illogical to quit your job. 

And if anyone believes there is a 62.5% chance Tim wins they need their head checked. 
Therefore it is illogical for him to run and the reason he quit is some other factor. 

The math is simple but makes sense. 



BREAKING: Timmy Occhipinti ‘quits job’ to chase mayor’s seat


Tim Occhipinti quit his help desk application support job at Alliance Bernstein he says to pursue the mayor’s office according to a story on Hoboken Patch.

According to a campaign statement, he said:

“I am extremely committed to this election and I want the people of Hoboken to know that I am dedicated to them and will fight full-time for their point of view,” Occhipinti said. “I am going to live the next few months on a very tight budget which is something every taxpayer understands too well and wishes City Hall did the same.” Read More...


Assemblyman Ruben Ramos endorses Barbara Buono for Governor

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos who is running for mayor in Hoboken gave his support along with several other Latino elected officials for Barbara Buono for Governor as reported by the AP.

Ramos is mentioned in the story:

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr., who represents Hoboken and teaches in Paterson, said he felt confident Buono would make education and public safety priorities if elected governor.

Ramos and his council slate are competing with the new entrant, the recent backed slate of developer Frank “Pupie” Raia and Councilwoman Beth Mason who inserted Tim Occhipinti for mayor moving himself down into a council at-large seat. Read More...


Latest updates from the Hoboken campaigns:

Kids First announces:

From the kickoff: BoE trustee Ruth McAllister, Leon Gold, Irene Sobolov and Jennifer Evans
Special guest: Mayor Dawn Zimmer


Vision for Hoboken announces:

Thank You to Our Supporters!

I just wanted to thank you personally for coming out and supporting our ticket last night. The reception was overwhelming!

Here’s the thing: There is a lot more work to be done if we want to be celebrating on November 5th and I need your help to get there.

We will be campaigning hard everyday until Election Day — will you join us?

Visit: for volunteer opportunities
Stop into our headquarters at 801 Washington Street, Hoboken

Thank you for all you’ve done — and for working harder from now until Election Day.

– Ruben

P.S. For those that couldn’t make our event yesterday you can still contribute:

Fourth ward committeeman Matt Calicchio
=&0=& =&1=& With no headquarters available at its Facebook stated location downtown on Washington Street ready, a meeting of sorts took place at the Beth Mason Civil Lawsuit League at 12th and Washington. Inside the political office on the northern side were fourth ward Democratic committeeman and Beth Mason political operative Matt Calicchio, BoE trustee and council at-large candidate Peter Biancamano with a third unidentified man. No it wasn’t FinBoy.