Month: September 2014


Sign of the Times: Beth Mason leaves court after filing allegation against MSV

Beth Mason leaves Hoboken Municipal Court today following her harassment allegation against MSV.
The case exits Hoboken on a change of venue by the court.
MSV saw a change of venue in the latest action by Hoboken’s litigious councilwoman from the second ward, Beth Mason, who filed a harassment charge against the editor the week of September 15th. Beth Mason is anticipated to seek retaining the second ward council seat up for election next November, one of nine on the Hoboken City council. She’s been mentioned in media reports as trying to obtain a coveted spot on a potential State Senator Steve Sweeney ticket for Lt. Governor.  The State Senator is thought to be a candidate in waiting for New Jersey governor bringing a south Jersey base in a possible match up against Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Grafix Avenger offered limited details surrounding this latest legal maneuver by Beth Mason using the courts against Hoboken residents. MSV issued two related stories on the action by Beth Mason in a story here and a prophetic one in advance at the link below: MSV stands by its story and looks forward to both the truth and full transparency coming to light. =&3=&=&4=&

Analysis: Economic impact the major upside in Washington Street overhaul


Hoboken’s plan to upgrade Washington Street is a hot topic. The City’s earlier final design announcement led to well over 100 comments, much of it heated on what should or should not be done.

The layers of improvements not ground up but below ground seemed lost with individual focus on one aspect or another of the City’s proposed design. Funding will come from a variety of sources: federal, state and private to leverage the final redesign.

The Washington Street redesign will require six votes in the City Council as an unknown amount of funds will come from Hoboken itself. (MSV will update with the breakdown when possible.) The last attempt to upgrade Washington Street in 2012 was defeated when the Old Guard council: Michael Russo, Theresa Castellano, Timmy Occhipinti and Beth Mason refused to offer one vote among themselves to see passage. Read More...


Trolls R Us? Fear and Loathing in the land of trolls is ovah!

Hoboken knows Da Horsey loves a good conversation. Trolls however know that it’s easy to overrun and turn any discussion into a troll fest and often do.

Free speech lives here; it’s not an extreme endeavor but policy discussions and real critique are often lost with nothing more than trolling.

So, let’s put the brakes on and see how that goes for a spell. Commenting is handled solely through the third party software Intense Debate. You’ll need an account there or with WordPress meaning  choosing an actual name and comment under it. The days of two dozen people or more arguing with each other as “guest” is kaput. Read More...


If Truman gave them “hell” in Hoboken

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If Harry Truman wasn’t a midwestern take no guff kind of guy and found himself making noise in the political sphere of Hoboken, he’d be surprised how true his words applied today. Hoboken has a unique mixture of narcissistic political entitlement. Truth is often ignored or flatly condemned as lies. The arrogance of some in the Old Guard repeatedly leads them down the road of excess. Whether there’s an election in sight or not, it’s money and power always lighting up their eyes and their decadent souls. You can’t convince them otherwise.  The levers of government are viewed as mere formality to enrichment, by hook or by crook. There’s no interest to discuss policy with you, earn your vote or support. They’d sooner see you ignorantly write a check asking why taxes are so high and retreat back into the solitude of your life than argue why. Are Hoboken taxpayers remotely aware Hudson County taxes are now the largest local government bill two years running?  Who do you think has been holding the line here in Hoboken the last five years? The double digit decrease puts Hoboken in a select group of a handful in the entire state of over 500 municipalities.
When it comes to speech in Hoboken, there’s some well heeled people with a totalitarian streak a mile square large.
The democratization via “the internets” has driven them to crassly using the courts to level the playing field. 
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Reprieve on the Monarch as Freeholders lack quorum to vote


A vote by the county legislature – the Hudson County Freeholders didn’t occur last night on the controversial Monarch Project towers due to a lack of minimally required votes (quorum) on the nine member body.

One source is cautiously optimistic the County Freeholders may not be willing to overturn the Hudson County Planning Board’s denial for the Monarch Project giving a green light to IronState, re: (The Shipyard) Applied which reneged on an original agreement to build tennis courts at the pier location. Read More...


Beth Mason claims harassment in charges against MSV

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Beth Mason, Hoboken’s litigious councilwoman is back using the courts!  In a phone call, the Hoboken Police Department confirmed Friday a harassment charge was filed against MSV by Councilwoman Beth Mason.

According to the mailed court notice, the charge stems from September 15th, the date an attempt was made by MSV Monday evening to serve civil subpoenas on Councilwoman Beth Mason and her husband, Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Partial actual court notice following Beth Mason’s harassment filing.

Both subpoenas are related to the well known civil case involving this editor and a dozen other Hoboken residents. Read More...


City of Hoboken vs. Shipyard (Monarch Project) battle lines continues apace

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Monday September 22, 2014, 2:49 PM

City of Hoboken


Community: Update on Monarch Lawsuit & County Freeholder Meeting
Dear Horsey and MSV readers:

The City of Hoboken is continuing to oppose, through a variety of means, Shipyard Associate’s attempts to develop residential buildings on a waterfront pier, known as the Monarch project, in place of promised recreation amenities. In particular, the City is highly concerned about public safety issues associated with waterfront pier development from the well-documented flood hazard threats posed by major storm events such as Superstorm Sandy.

The City of Hoboken is legally challenging the Monarch project on several fronts:

1. The City is appealing to the appellate court the decision by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for the Monarch project.

2. The City is appealing the Superior Court’s decision regarding the Hoboken Planning Board, which rejected Shipyard’s application to amend a prior Development Agreement until all legal issues were resolved.

3. The City is fighting a lawsuit in federal court filed by Shipyard challenging the City’s flood hazard protection ordinance which bans the development of commercial and residential development on waterfront piers.

“Hoboken’s flood protection ordinance and our opposition to this project are in line with Governor Christie’s veto of state legislation that would have allowed new construction on existing piers in the Hudson River,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We will continue to vigorously defend the City’s interests and hold developers accountable for their promises.”

County Freeholder Meeting on Monarch – Tuesday, September 23rd
Separate from the City’s legal challenge, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a special meeting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 and vote on whether or not to uphold the Hudson County Planning Board’s denial of Shipyard’s application for the Monarch project. The meeting will take place on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building Annex located at 567 Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City. Concerned members of the community are urged to attend and voice their opinions.

Background on Monarch Lawsuit
The City of Hoboken filed suit in 2012 in order to enforce the 1997 Developer’s Agreement between Shipyard, the Planning Board and the City that provided for the construction of a multi-phased, mixed use project along the waterfront, including over 1,000 residential units. According to the Agreement, Shipyard agreed to construct three tennis courts on a waterfront pier as the last phase of the development. Shipyard has financially benefited from development of more than 1,000 residential units, however in 2012, the developer unilaterally decided to abandon the public recreation improvements and replace it with two 11 story residential buildings, known as the Monarch project.


Defining Freeholders meeting Tuesday on the controversial Monarch Project

UPDATE: September 22nd – Independent sources agree Hoboken does not have the votes to beat Ironstate re: the Barry’s and Applied tomorrow night.

While Anthony “Stick” Romano will vote no, it’s under the proviso a majority of the nine member body will not be joining him to vote down the Monarch Project.

Expect a little dog and pony show if Hoboken residents show up but this is where sources believe the vote is headed at the county.

One county source reportedly is pointing the finger at Mayor Dawn Zimmer saying she would not “negotiate” the Monarch project’s twin buildings. That political barb fails to address the reneging on building tennis courts and parking at that location originally agreed upon. Read More...