Month: May 2019


Sign of the Times: Pupie Power pales under Feds pincer pressure

In 2013, the “One Hoboken” slate with council candidate Frank “Pupie” Raia and his fellow
slate underwriter Beth Mason were all smiles. Several guilty pleas of co-conspirators
allegedly directed by Raia according to the Feds may leave his fate twisting in the wind.

The tide is turning in Hoboken on its alleged tradition of buying votes. The first of several dominoes to drop came last fall when Liz “Church Lady” Camis accepted responsibility for her role in what the Feds called a voter bribery scheme.

The next domino tumbled earlier this month when long-time thug Matt Calicchio, a years-long worker most of this decade for former Councilwoman Beth Mason followed suit.

Then yesterday, Raia sidekick Dio Braxton pled to his role in the alleged bribery scheme and flipped. He’s pointing a ready finger in the direction of Frank “Pupie” Raia. Read More...


Hoboken needs a bigger public safety push on e-Scooters

Director Ryan Sharpe riding an e-Scooter and not protecting the noggin.
It’s an opportunity missed for public education, an uphill battle
in the new world of e-Scooter transportation. Oh yeah, bad form
all around.

Ending week one of the Hoboken e-Scooter pilot allows a chance for evaluation and necessary self-criticism.

The Hoboken pilot didn’t kick off too well. Any educational efforts leading into the launch were inadequate with the public response strong in favor and in opposition. All agree continuous education is necessary.

Talking over the weekend to a man and woman traveling on the upper Washington St. sidewalk; it was clear they didn’t have any idea they were doing anything wrong. They admitted they hadn’t read much other than to get the e-Scooters rolling. Read More...


Councilman Mike DeFusco to kick off Pride Month

Official release:

Hudson County LGBTQ Caucus Will Host Drag Queen Story Hour, Brunch to Kick Off Pride Month HOBOKEN, N.J. — The Hudson County Democratic Organization’s LGBTQ Caucus is hosting a drag queen story hour and brunch on Saturday morning to celebrate the beginning of Pride Month. The event will feature Harmonica Sunbeam, who was recently antagonized by hateful protesters in Hoboken

, and will allow for a community dialogue to discuss the prejudices and injustices faced by the LGBTQ community. Read More...


Councilman Mike DeFusco calls for a waterfront surveillance system to enhance safety

Official release:

Councilman DeFusco: No ‘Smiley Face Killer,’ but Hoboken’s Waterfront needs more security, life-saving initiatives

HOBOKEN — There may be no “smiley face killer” on the waterfront, but the number of people dying off the shores of Hoboken is still alarming. Law enforcement agencies do not believe foul play was involved Read More...


Councilman Peter Cunningham: Union Dry Dock and Coffee with a Cop

Official release:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  Two really important engagement initiatives for you and our community.  First, please sign the petition to keep Union Dry Dock from being developed into a refueling station for NY Waterway.  We need more signatures!!  The link is below, and it’s quick and simple to do.  It’s important to keep the pressure on the Governor’s office while NY Waterway mounts a campaign against our efforts. Second, tomorrow morning at 8am, I will host with the Mayor and Chief Ferrante, Coffee with a Cop at Anthony Davids. Wednesday, May 29nd, 2019, from 8am-930am Anthony David’s at 953 Bloomfield Street Host: Councilman Peter Cunningham In Attendance with Chief Ken Ferrante will be Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Captain Tory Pasculli (Training and Administrative commander), Lieutenant John Petrosino (Traffic Commander), Sergeant Jonathan Butler (Day street supervisor), Officer Dylan Archilla (Traffic officer and member of the Hudson County regional Collision Team, and recent recipient of a Hudson County 200 Club Valor Award). This is a great national initiative that Chief Ferrante has been at the forefront to enhance the relationship between our Police Department and community on local issues and how we can all work together to solve them.  These have been a great success throughout Hoboken, and hope to see you there tomorrow morning.   Please circulate and let me know if you have any questions!!


Peter Cunningham

Illegal dual Sinatra e-Scooter riders lead to a crash and ambulance

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Sunday afternoon, two men in their early twenties coasted by on a scooter designed for one. As they went by upper Hudson turning south on Sinatra Drive, they received an unsolicited warning.

“That’s dangerous and illegal,” a voice called out.

The taller man, a passenger, turned around and gave a smug stare.
“You could get a summons too,” came the audible response.
More smugness from the rear “passenger” on the e-scooter suffering abuse.

Not 20 yards down the roadway, the driver began to make erratic movements to and fro. Was it intentional or due to the uneven section of the road? Read More...


Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: “E-Scooters: How are kids getting access?”

Official release:

  Dear friends and neighbors: This is a follow up to the email I sent yesterday E-Scooters: to be or not to be.  First, a reminder again to take responsibility for your actions and the potential impact you are having to your neighbors and on the PILOT.  I spoke with Hoboken Police Chief Ferrante just now and he said that things seem to be calming some, but there are still plenty of instances of unsafe behavior being reported.  Here are a few updates:

  • As of this writing, I have confirmed with Chief Ferrante that there have been no reported injuries.  That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of near hits (near misses as a term makes no sense…) because there still are.
  • Reports of unsafe riding have come down since day one.
  • Observations of underage riders has only increased.  
  • People are still parking in places that are disruptive to pedestrians (although I saw more evidence of improvement).
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    Team Bhalla appeals to virtue signaling, cult of personality and “stuff”

    A good turnout Tuesday at 10th and Willow begins the long march to November and Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s political options out of Hoboken.

    Call it the backup plan if he’s trapped in the Mile Square City forcing a run for re-election in 2021.

    The current City Council will never back Ravi Bhalla’s broken promises like his second job with a
    politically connected Republican law firm. It’s one real reason he wants compliant replacements.

    Officially, the campaign is for a November council slate for six ward seats. On this ticket with the exception of Phil Cohen, nary a single individual is known to the wider community. There’s nothing in the way of ever backing The Reform Movement, fighting on any important Hoboken issue let alone any issue in this decade on behalf of the Mile Square City. Read More...