BENCH SLAPPED: Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition betrayed!
Hoboken has been riveted by the series of email revelations on MSV and Grafix Avenger after the failed civil litigation to take down the speech of more than a dozen Hoboken residents last February.
Those revelations don’t end with individuals – the war on the First Amendment tolls by Beth Mason’s dwindled coterie of ubermensch backers and extends to existing Hoboken organizations.
Here we see one such example and it’s the Quality of Life Coalition victimized. The war on the First Amendment extends beyond the dozen Hoboken residents litigated for political speech.
A true, complete email follows from December 14, 2012 where the names of the unsuspecting QLC parties have been changed.
Board members; I would like to send an e-mail to the mayor congratulating her on the presentaion she made to the U.S. Senate and perhaps
even a letter to the editor. Your opinion?
From: frances.XXXX@gmail.com To: darbXXXX@gmail.com
CC: melissa.XXXX@gmail.com; helenXXXX@verizon.net; XXXXtom@yahoo.com; bXXXX322@yahoo.com; paulXXXX.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; XXXXalez@yahoo.com
The mayor made some good points, but she made them before a Senate committee that has no jurisdiction over insurance and FEMA issues, which were the main focus of her speech. I don’t think Hoboken businesses are having a problem getting SBA loans, and in fact most businesses on Hoboken’s main street were not flooded. Mayor Zimmer had no concrete numbers on how many businesses exist in Hoboken, or how many businesses were flooded (she mentioned “hundreds” a couple of times, but no real number). She listed the flooded public buildings and 1,700 homes, but not businesses that were damaged. When Senator Landrieu asked her a question, the mayor repeated some of the points that the other speakers had made (such as lowering the SBA loan rate), and she was unable to answer Senator Gillibrand’s question about grants for businesses. She admitted that the City of Hoboken has no useful data about Hoboken businesses and asked whether the Federal government could provide it. She was also unable to quote the specific law or regulation that exempts “garden-style” businesses from flood insurance coverage. I think having that information would have made her points stronger, perhaps using a real example of the experience of a Hoboken business owner with their insurance company.
I hope no one is offended by this, but I think that Zimmer was just taking advantage of the TV notoriety she gained during the storm. It looks like she is trying to make the best of it, and I really hope that her suggestions will trickle down to the right people. It is important to give the government specific numbers so they can appropriate the right amount of money for immediate relief, because if the relief we seek is dependent on changes in legislation, that process takes a long time and it will not happen for the businesses that need help now.
The members of the Senate panel clearly had seen pictures of Hoboken’s flooded streets and the mayor’s presence and remarks helped keep Hoboken on the radar screen of politicians in Washington. That’s the main good thing that happened here, and it’s great. So while I realize I may be out-voted on this, I would refrain from playing cheerleader and would wait and see for the results of the mayor’s day in Washington.
To: Ines Garcia KeimCc: Frances XXXX ; Brad XXXX ; Helen XXXX ; Tom XXXX ; Bill XXXX ; Paul XXXX ; Eduardo XXXX Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 8:13 AMSubject: Re: congrats to mayor
Thanks, Ines, for your perspective on the situation. At the end of the day, regardless of details or the jurisdiction of the committee, her appearance there did raise the issue in the national media in a way that it hadn’t covered it before. And while the majority of businesses on Washington St. were spared from flooding, the ones on the back streets — as well as the residences — need all the help they can get.
It’s not easy to pull off your first Senate hearing appearance, so I support this letter of congratulations just to encourage public officials–present and future–to doggedly pursue all avenues to help the victims of the storm. Given the speed of government action, waiting until we see results will take too long.
Have not heard yet from Tom and Paul on this. Please respond.
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Re: congrats to mayor
Reply-To: Tom XXX <thomas@XXXX.com>
Subject: Fwd: congrats to mayor
I have never forwarded communications from the QLC board before, but I had to share this one. Just take a look at the bunch of Kool-Aid drinkers I have to deal with. Or maybe my standards are too high.
I am fed up with people whom I consider intelligent and their willingness to give Dawn a pass on everything. Is it too much to ask that she know how many small businesses we have in Hoboken, or how many were damaged by the storm? Is it too much to ask that she quote the regulation or legislation that she wants changed so flood insurance covers damages more fairly? How about the fact that Hoboken taxpayers paid for a trip to DC so she could appear before the wrong committee for the main issue she wants addressed? I wonder if these people would have been this patient with Dave Roberts, or with Beth if she were the mayor.
Some people still have the nerve to say that it is me who has changed. I disagree wholeheartedly. These people need to see how they have changed on how they judge the actions of city officials.
Sent from my iPhone
Talking Ed Note: Yeah, some people, the nerve.