Month: October 2013


Mayor Zimmer – ‘Hoboken Needs the Entire Zimmer Team’

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Dear Horsey and MSV readers —

Throughout this campaign I have often been asked why the people of Hoboken should support the Zimmer Team Council Slate of David Mello, Ravi Bhalla and James Doyle.  
For me the answer is simple — we accomplish our goals.
For the last four years, I have had the honor of having Councilman David Mello and Councilman Ravi Bhalla as a part of my Team.  Our record is clear and I am proud of our accomplishments.
We saved our Hospital, getting the City off the hook for the $52 million bond guarantee. We cut City taxes by nearly 12%.  We renovated existing parks and opened new ones.  We brought great concerts to Pier A like Mumford & Sons, Bob Dylan and the New Jersey Orchestra.  And we all came together as a community to emerge from Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, stronger than ever. 
All good leaders know that difference between success and failure rests with the quality of the people on their team.  After working side by side with Dave and Ravi on the council, and with Jim Doyle during our negotiations to save the hospital and create 1600 Park—I know we are the Team that will continue to lead Hoboken forward.

This team is ready to keep working for Hoboken, we understand the challenges and the work ahead.  As we head into the final days of this election I hope you all will “team-up” with us once again to help Get Hoboken Out to Vote.
On election day, together, we can make sure we return the best Team to City Hall and the Council Chambers.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer


WABC Radio Host on Tim Occhipinti and Beth Mason – ‘dumb and dumber’

The WABC radio dude in Hoboken had a little chat about the mayoral election here. It went like this:

 In a switchover from NYC’s mayoral race, Hoboken came up leading to this host telling how me met Tim Occhipinti outside his building.

“This guy is a total idiot… He’s so stupid.  Beth Mason is funding his campaign… (so) she might be stupider than he is.”

Talking Ed Note: There’s mention of a Mason funded anti-Ramos ad last night on ESPN.  The chatter is missing because people haven’t seen the ad.  So get it and send it to Da Horsey. Read More...


Grist for the Mill: Old Guard breakdown – “just vote for me”

There’s a rampant disease airborne in the mile square and it isn’t only the vote-by-mail ‘troubles.’ (More on that later.)

The air of desperation is in the air for candidates trying to save themselves from impending defeat or what may be the end of a hoped for career.

Atop that list is one report where a resident received a knock on the door from mayoral wannabe Tim Occhipinti. After hearing out the litany of complaints against Frank “Pupie” Raia, Occhipinti acknowledged the Pupie problem but ended with a plea, “just vote for me.” Read More...


Justin says “Get out the vote!”

Mayor Zimmer addressing a throng of supporters last night.

Last night the Zimmer Team held a get out the vote rally at the 10th and Willow Bar & Grill.  An energized room of supporters enthusiastically greeted Mayor Zimmer and council members Dave Mello, Ravi Bhalla and candidate Jim Doyle.  The room featured a strong contingent of support for Kids First Jennifer Evans, Leon Gold and Irene Sobolov.

This original video comes courtesy of Bond, Greg Bond.


One Hoboken uniting behind Mayor Zimmer with endorsement from former Fifth Ward Councilman Michael Cricco

The Zimmer Team for Hoboken announces:

=&0=& =&1=& Former undefeated City Councilman Michael Cricco, who represented Hoboken’s Fifth Ward for 12 years from 1995- 2007 has endorsed Mayor Dawn’s Zimmer for re-election on November 5th.

Councilman Cricco, whose family has lived in Hoboken for generations, explained his decision to support Mayor Zimmer saying: “Mayor Zimmer inherited a city in financial disarray, righted the ship, and then led us through difficult times with Superstorm Sandy with true compassion.  She is a winner and she deserves a second term.” Read More...


Truth, Justice and the Real Hoboken Way

MSV and the Hoboken Journal are proud to announce Operation Bounty is increasing its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud in the upcoming Hoboken election.

Thanks to those who care to fight for the integrity of our elections making this possible.

If you have any information regarding voter fraud in this election please contact  All information will kept in strict confidence.

Thank you.


Councilman Bhalla to Beth Mason: ‘Enough of your vicious lies and defamation’

The following is a point by point refutation of the “vicious lies” and defamation linked by Councilman Ravi Bhalla to Councilwoman Beth Mason in a release earlier today:

Setting the Record Straight About Beth Mason’s Vicious Lies

The following is a specific and factual response, for the benefit of Hoboken’s
residents, to the malicious lies being spread by Councilwoman Beth Mason:


Recently, Bhalla was fined by the New Jersey Local Finance Board for violating the
Government Ethics Law


Almost four years ago, Councilman Bhalla sought advice from Hoboken’s City Attorney
about whether he may vote on the continuation of an existing contract with an attorney
with whom he shared office space.

He was advised by Hoboken’s City Attorney that it was perfectly permissible to cast a
vote.Upon advice of Counsel, Councilman Bhalla cast his vote. The vote was unanimous
as the matter in question was routine business to renew an pre-existing contract.

Four years later, the New Jersey Local Finance Board determined they disagreed with the
Hoboken City Attorney’s advice to Councilman Bhalla and issued a “Notice of
Violation” The notice of violation from the Division of Community Affairs (DCA)
makes clear on its face that it is simply an accusation, and not a conclusion or
adjudication. The notice and cover letter prominently and expressly says, “Please be
advised that the NOTICE is not a final determination if you desire to avail yourself of the
right to request an administrative hearing.” To further demonstrate how minor this matter
was, the Local Finance Board stated that the $100 fine associated with the notice was
being voluntarily waived by the Local Finance Board.

There is absolutely nothing ambiguous in the Local Finance Board’s statements above.
After reading it, it would be clear to anyone that it is not a finding of guilt on Councilman
Bhalla’s part. Saying or suggesting otherwise is false and defamatory. Councilwoman
Mason has apparently made no effort to contact any DCA personnel and confirm that
Councilman Bhalla has challenged the DCA’s charges, or confirm that the notice of
violation is not a finding of a violation.


Ravi Bhalla became partners with a law firm that represents the City of Hoboken and the
firm continued to represent the City after he became a partner.

This is an outright false statement. The facts are the following. Councilman Bhalla’s
commenced employment with his employer, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader (“Florio
Perrucci”) on August 1, 2013. The firm did work for the City most recently in two
matters, one, the
Sweeney v. Hoboken litigation in the Appellate Division, and second, in
connection with labor negotiations.


Campaigns gear up final push

Friends of Dawn Zimmer Hoboken mayor announce:

The Ruben Ramos for mayor campaign announces:

Happy Halloween

Join Us Tomorrow at HQ!

Celebrate Halloween with the Vision For Hoboken Team

Dear Friend,

Trick or Treat! Tomorrow is Halloween and I wanted to invite you and your family to join our team at campaign headquarters to celebrate the season and watch the annual Ragamuffin parade. Starting at 3 pm, we will be watching the parade and working hard to support our candidates. All are welcome and costumes are encouraged.

We hope you will join us Tomorrow at 3 pm!

Thank you for your support,



Guest of the Stable: Jake Stuiver – ‘Let’s work together for Hoboken and GOTV’

Dear friends,

As many of you may know, I relocated to the Philadelphia area in March and do not currently reside in Hoboken. However, I’m not finished with the work I was doing there, and the stakes in next week’s election are astronomically high for all of us. Mayor Zimmer and her City Council team have been doing an absolutely incredible job of setting things on the right track, delivering on tax relief, responsible development, honesty and accountability in city government, flooding relief, and overall high-quality, responsive, engaged and professional local government. Mayor Zimmer and her team have stared down and defeated those who would return the city to the days of millions being stolen from parking-meter coffers and mayors being arrested for bribery with an alarming degree of regularity. Without wasting any more time telling you what most of you already know about how good of a job the Reform team is doing and how important it is that they be re-elected to continue their incredible and tireless work, there’s one very important thing I need to share with you. In this final stretch — the last weekend and days before Election Day next Tuesday, the campaign of Dawn Zimmer, Ravi Bhalla, Jim Doyle and David Mello really need your help. This is a grassroots, volunteer-driven effort, and while it is a positive thing that the elections have finally been moved to November, as they should be, an unfortunate by-product is that volunteers are generally busier and have less spare time on their hands than during the spring and summer. That is why it is so important that each and every one of you who cares about good government and defeating corrupt bullies who want to resume their family business of stealing from all of you so they can maintain lifestyles where they get to sit around in deck chairs on Washington Street all day and instead of working regular jobs like the rest of us. In light of the challenges of maintaining the usual volunteer surge during this time of year, I am humbly and sincerely asking that you join me this weekend in donating some time to help the election effort. I will be driving up from Philly this weekend and working nonstop for the campaign until the numbers are tallied on Tuesday night. One of the things I have always loved about Reform campaigns is the friendship, camaraderie, fun times, generosity of spirit and united sense of purpose that ensues when we all come together around a common goal. Some of you I have met and become very good friends with purely through our work together on these campaigns over the years — campaigns that built on one another further and further to get us where we are today. I very much look forward to seeing, catching up with, having fun with, and WINNING with all of you over the next week, and cannot wait to see you when I get there. We all have many priorities — I have two kids, a small business and a new home that needs attending to — but we’ve come to far with all of this to let up now. Let’s all commit to managing our various obligations in a way that enables us to come together this weekend to MAKE IT HAPPEN AGAIN!!!! Love to you all, and see you in a few. Best, Jake
Jake Stuiver was one of the leading voices in an April 2011 protest with dozens of Hoboken residents against
Councilman Michael Russo’s corruption captured on FBI surveillance tape with informant Solomon Dwek.

Hoboken Police Department receives new vehicles and uniforms

City of Hoboken announces:

=&0=& Left to right: Police Officer Willie Montanez, Police Chief Anthony Falco, Detective Vince Lombardi, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Sergeant John Petrosino, Police Officer Robert Truppner

Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sergeant John Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers, and Detective Vince Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Police Officers Willie Montanez and Robert Truppner to display the Hoboken Police Department’s newly purchased vehicles and new uniforms. Read More...