A mayor, a burka and third term prognostication
Last April Fool’s Day, MSV announced there would be no third term for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Really, who saw that coming? Well no one, not even Mayor Zimmer who took the joke wrapped in an enigma of a forward looking time machine authored by a Horse with her fine sense of humor. In almost eight years at the helm of the City of Hoboken, the mayor took far worse.
|Hoboken’s indomitable mayor, Dawn Zimmer|
If there’s one thing learned over two terms, Mayor Zimmer took the slings and arrows of Hoboken’s vicious Old Guard well. She delivered some well-placed blows herself, typically on Election Day. Or for she who will not be deservedly named, when Mayor Zimmer announced the sale saving the local hospital with a herculean effort led by Toni Tomarazzo and the late Steve Rofsky against the forces of evil who sought its demise.
It was one of the finest moments for Hoboken in her two terms.
There would be other major if quiet victories for Hoboken along the way. The culture of corruption, a long time feature of Hoboken’s “On the Waterfront” past and present were most often chapters discovered, closed and filed away. About those four million missing quarters from the parking meters, “it’s been cleared up.”
So too, Mayor Zimmer discovered a penchant for taking on hurricanes. Win some, lose some but what the mayor most intangibly succeeded in achieving for Hoboken was the expectation that corruption would no longer be acceptable or tolerated. There would be bumps along the road, different visions and policy ideas but the black hole of a Hoboken Soprano tax would no longer be a factor. The former terror of the construction office, Al Arezzo, will not be back next week.
Some didn’t take it well and went kicking and screaming the entire way. Moving Hoboken to 21st century governance where professional minimums of behavior were expected became the norm.
Like a tide rolling in, there’s a time for the wave to roll out. The mayor decided she had to elect an opportunity before a window closes. No one will get further details until after the governor’s race in November. Others locally will understand and act similarly.
In the end, Mayor Zimmer kept a promise not to use Hoboken to elevate herself to higher political office. While many may have forgotten it, one of the reasons she was elected mayor was explicitly for that one. In doing so, she would remain one of us, a Mile Square City resident first and foremost. For the Reform Movement, it meant sovereignty of its citizens would not be taken for granted. Of course HudCo takes plenty of Mile Square City taxpayers cash and will continue to do so. There’s been no headway to stop that larceny.
What to make of this tidbit last April Fool’s Day, this Horse leaves it to you the reader to decide.
From the last paragraph of the column: