Month: April 2017


Preparing for the run…

According to a report yesterday on Insidernj, Councilman Mike DeFusco is preparing to launch his bid for a mayoral run next month. MSV addressed this same topic in yesterday’s premium content.

Clifton, NJ based political operative Ryan Yacco is reportedly set to act as campaign manager.

According to the brief article, Ryan Yacco a former campaign manager of the 2011 Beth Mason council campaign was also listed as the “program director” of the Mason Civic League “charity” in an exclusive MSV report back in a June 2012 report. Read More...


About the bullying…

“Breaking The Silence”
(Hoboken, NJ)  My Way Productions and The Hoboken Historical Museum, present the screening of “Breaking The Silence” A short Anti-bullying Docu-fiction film by Anti-bullying activist and filmmaker Frank Gigante on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ.  The event will open with a violin performance dedicated to Tyler Clementi by violinist Anna Mancini. The Host for the event will be Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano.
There will be a Q & A and light refreshments following the screening featuring a cake made by Carlos Bakery for the event in support of the fight against bullying. Free Admission. Parking available at the Little man Parking Independence Garage.  (Shipyard Lane, at 12th St) The Parking lot =&5=& =&6=& =&7=&

Suicide on account of bullying is growing fast. Experts and victims of bullying share their thoughts on how we can stop this growing epidemic killing our kids.Joseph and Jane Clementi parents of the late Tyler Clementi participated in the film.The film is written by Frank Gigante & Kevin Shipp, – Exec producer Mike Sciarra, – Music : “Mother Love”, Tyler theme”, “Alone” Hope” and Ostinato” Composed by Manuele Carli Ballola. Read More...


Hamburglar strikes Hoboken?

In the words of that famous tax evader Bono, there’s been a lot of talk, maybe too much talk about…..

Coming soon to a megadevelopment near you? Can Councilman Hamburglar D Variance his way into the mayor’s office?
Mike DeFusco is taking lots of heat for promoting a lower Washington St. development in the guise of a burger joint.

Can one suffer the slings and arrows of a Shake Shack burger with an overgrown building, a permanent fixture courtesy of some beefy building variances?

Councilman Mike DeFusco, himself a veteran of the Zoning Board and a friend to D variance seeking developers everywhere finds himself in a peculiar pickle. Or did he say hold the pickle? It’s getting difficult to keep up with the Hoboken melodrama as election season begins to take its toll on Mile Square residents who dare to put a toe in those waters. Read More...


Guest of the Stable William Bayard: ‘Hoboken school choice policy ending’

As a parent of a soon to be kindergartener, the raging emotion of my peers has to do with the sudden decision by the school board to stop accepting “preference” choices in school applications.  Whereas Hoboken used to be a school choice district, it now is not. The frustrating part of this move is there is no communication of what areas are sent to what schools. Nor is there a public acknowledgement of the strategy or change in policy. Just a very quiet decision and implementation.  The downside is for families who live downtown and are subject to send their kids to Connors school which is decidedly the worst performing school in the district.  Years past, parents would submit a few schools ranked in preference to send their child. That is removed from this years application and the town is moving people to “neighborhood” schools. They don’t want to publish this anywhere or face the backlash. They also won’t articulate what neighborhood streets would send to what school.  As a Hoboken parent, all of this is very frustrating.  William Bayard is a pseudonym.  Guest submissions of 1,000 words or less are welcome. Please submit to and include a phone number for verification purposes. 

DeFusco eyeopener: $87,000 in 1st Quarter fundraising

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In a shot across the bow to his once former ally and supporter in Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the first ward councilman backed up the earlier reports of a major fundraising coup in the first quarter in 2017.

Based on the above original copy filed with NJ ELEC earlier this week, Councilman DeFusco netted $87,838 in the first quarter ending last month.

The tally likely means a face-off will be expected this November for the mayor’s seat and three at-large council seats. The results of the November election will hold major consequences for Hoboken governance. Read More...


Taxes are going up

No, not in Hoboken but the biggest part of your tax bill will be raised again, courtesy of Hudson County.

Tom DeGise in an exclusive interview with MSV admits Hoboken will see another tax increase, courtesy of
Hudson County.

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Tonight the City Council will vote on a $175 Million PSE&G project that will combine the Marshall Street substation with the Madison Street substation and elevate and modernize the substation with the most reliable technology. Both of these substations are over 50 years old and are at risk from flooding. PSE&G has already invested $130 million to upgrade and elevate Hoboken’s 16th Street substation, and the Madison Street substation project will complete efforts to bring Hoboken’s entire energy system to 21st century resiliency and reliability standards. Read More...


And then there were three?

Another entry into the Hoboken mayoral sweepstakes is official. Well at least the initial paperwork is official.

Hoboken resident Ronald Bautista an occasional speaker at council meetings and a vocal supporter for bicycle lanes filed his entry as a mayoral candidate earlier this month.

Bautista’s entry means there are three official candidates in the race. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and local businesswoman Karen Nason have already announced their intention to run for the top elected office in the Mile Square City. Read More...