Year: 2015

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2nd ward outcry: Where’s Beth Mason’s apology after being fined tens of thousands for campaign violations?

Second ward resident Franz Paetzold speaking at the City Council meeting during public portion raised his concerns on the massive fines in the tens of thousands of dollars issued to Councilwoman Beth Mason by NJ ELEC (New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.)

Saying he was coming home from work and saw the breaking news with word Beth Mason is now number 15 on the all time NJ campaign fines list, he stated uncertainty if the totals of Mason’s fines were $37,000 or $44,000. Beth Mason immediately shook her head at the higher figure. Read More...

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BREAKING: BETH MASON AND RICHARD MASON WHACKED WITH MORE THAN $37,000 IN CAMPAIGN FINES!

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No press release this time from the alleged self-proclaimed transparency queen but Councilwoman Beth Mason is reeling with news breaking she was hit with $44,000 in fines by NJ ELEC.

Originally, the fines were tabulated in the hundreds with potential fines in the millions for both her, her treasurer husband, Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz but in the end they were granted much mercy from the state

Even with the big reductions in the fines the Mason family faced, they sit at #15 on the all time great campaign violations hit list for fines in NJ. Read More...

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Hoboken Board of Education rings in 2015 with swearing-in ceremony

Tuesday night at Demarest saw three year terms for three members sworn-in including two from the newly minted Parents for Progress slate.

The late surge by the previously unknown Wallace district parents received a critical late endorsement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer shocking the BoE election.

Monica Stromwall who was appointed to replace Carmelo Garcia who had to resign due to state laws on officeholders with other elected positions was sworn-in to a full three year term. Her elevation means another BoE trustee seat is taken by someone who is expected to be very active looking to  move forward the educational needle, not merely showing up at monthly meetings like her predecessor. Read More...

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FBI Data Theft investigation in Hoboken to see new conspiracy evidence emerge in 2015?

With the long holiday weekend, MSV dug into the vault on one of its biggest exclusive stories over its five plus year history. The adage “the more things change the more things stay the same” comes to mind.

The FBI obtained one arrest and conviction on the massive conspiracy on the City Hall (DTR) Data Theft Ring back in May 2011. New evidence may come to light in early 2015 seeing the US Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Newark re-examine bona fide evidence on the co-conspirators who walk the Mile Square streets.  One arrest and conviction does not a conspiracy make. A conspiracy involves two or more. MSV is absolutely certain there’s evidence of more about to hit the unweighed scales of justice in 2015.  Unlike a City Council meeting, testifying under oath to not seeing emails stolen out of Mayor Zimmer’s office from early 2010 to May 2011 in a court of law is perjury. Some quite comfortable with committing perjury may see fit to repeat the habit.  Bring it. Happy New Year! Here’s one exclusive MSV classic with Councilwoman Beth Mason, circa November 17th, 2011 with an appearance from yours truly questioning Beth Mason on seeing stolen emails out of the mayor’s office. It’s a question she =&0=& to answer. November 17th, 2011 =&1=& =&2=& =&3=& =&3=&

At the Monday City Council meeting, public portion became a gold mine, a fount of information for the keen observer of MORTe on the question of their single minded determinedness to make public tens of thousands of emails from the mayor’s office last spring.

The FBI came to Hoboken in late May and scooped up all the data including what was coming and going to the Mayor’s office – a key element of what’s on tap is nothing short of a full blown racketeering conspiracy – RICO in legal parlance. Read More...

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Regional officials gather to oppose overnight PATH service cuts

A slew of Hudson County and regional officials gathered yesterday at Jersey City’s Grove St. PATH station holding a press conference to announce their collective opposition to overnight service cuts.

The report comes courtesy of John Heinis at the Hudson County View:

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said that elected officials should not relent on this issue until the Port Authority and Governor Chris Christie to publicly denounce any plans to eliminate any PATH service.  Additionally, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop 

took a shot at Degnan Read More...

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Everyone is facing an end of year rush with the yuletide holiday parties as we head into the New Year.

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Councilman Bhalla: We’ll oppose Port Authority proposal in resolution Wednesday

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this note finds you well and that you had a wonderful 2014!
I am writing during this holiday season to bring to your attention a very serious issue facing Hoboken. As you may have heard, a Bi-State Special Panel was convened to examine the Port Authority’s operations and has floated the idea of terminating overnight PATH service.
At the next City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 7th, I will be introducing a resolution on this topic. Among the concerns expressed in the resolution is the potential impact of eliminating late night PATH service upon the feasibility of the New Jersey Transit Railyards Development Plan. The Mayor, City Council, residents and many stakeholders just recently undertook a lengthy and costly process of approving a redevelopment plan that includes an additional 2.3 million square feet of development at the doorstep of the Hoboken PATH station. It is reasonable to believe this was done with the expectation that the Port Authority would continue to honor, if not grow, its PATH service commitments to accommodate the increased usage anticipated by the plan. 
For this reason, I have serious concerns about whether eliminating overnight service will adversely impact the market feasibility of the plan, and whether the Special Panel’s recommendation will result in a depreciation of the value of New Jersey Transit’s land. Most importantly, I am concerned about whether and how these unanticipated circumstances can ultimately result in demands for increased height and density from the developer, or the elimination of givebacks to the residents of the City of Hoboken. These issues need to be openly explored and discussed before taking any further steps towards implementation of the redevelopment plan. It is critical for the Port Authority to consider the potentially disastrous impact the Special Panel’s recommendation could have upon the pace of the development of NJ Transit’s property and the feasibility of moving forward with the plan in its current form, in the future.
To this end, the City Council is reaching out to its redevelopment legal counsel to discuss these issues and ascertain what legal options and remedies the City of Hoboken may have to preserve its interests in maintaining the integrity of the NJ Transit Redevelopment Plan adopted earlier this month. It is equally important for the Mayor and City Council, Port Authority, and New Jersey Transit to commence a meaningful dialogue on this topic to ensure that the interests of the residents of Hoboken and New Jersey Transit are not inadvertently undermined by the Special Panel’s recommendation.
Finally, I was also happy to submit a letter to the editor on the general topic of potential cuts to PATH service, and speak with NJTV on Tuesday for a story that discusses the impact of this potential decision. 
As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact me at (201) 647-6090 or e-mail me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!
Sincerely,
Ravinder S. Bhalla
Councilman-at-Large