Beth Mason: Don’t forget me and my attempts to sabotage the hospital sale!

While efforts are continuing to save the hospital, Councilwoman Beth Mason wants you to know she is gong to continue to put out as much innuendo, false information and sabotage as possible.  (Can her exclusive talking points here be far off from “release” to Hoboken411?)

At the last City Council meeting she didn’t want to risk $5.5 million in consideration of a bond to help the hospital be saved.  Now she makes reference to two past failed bidders and pretends they are not only applicable but viable today!

Of course she was looking to put the City and the hospital at IMMEDIATE risk for tens of millions of dollars with a hospital closure.  There are no last minute new bidders who will fulfill the objectives Holdco is committing to for the next seven years for the hospital but there are people who are not happy with that outcome for both financial and ideological reasons.

As for Mason, whether it’s zeroing out a budget surplus or setting Hoboken up for massive failure on the hospital, the objective is always the same: force Hoboken into a corner and create the maximum negative impact on the taxpayers – all the while you say the sabotage is for their benefit!

Here, Mason urges, no she’s practically begging the mayor to do something, anything other than complete the sale of the hospital to Holdco.  Her consulting team is hoping you will be confused enough to believe something, anything here.

What would you call the seven figures Beth Mason has spent seeking more power in Hoboken?  One apt description is it’s nothing but blind ambition of Mason’s solitary special interest.  Those issues have a way of leading people into bigger problems.

The closer the hospital gets to being saved, the more feverish the pitch to undermine the sale keeping it open for seven years as an acute care facility.  Here Beth Mason listens to her friend who she does not pay for friendship at a City Council meeting earlier this year.  They are the leading voices for sabotage and false information on the pending sale of the hospital.

Dear Friend,

Today’s settlement hearing between the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority and its creditors has again been postponed. To date two other potential buyers have released their bids.  It is time for City Hall to open discussions with the other bidders.  If our hospital is really on the verge of closing, as the Mayor says it is, why is she not urgently exploring every option possible to keep it open?  What steps has she taken to ensure that a hospital shut-down does not harm the patients?  Every option must be explored immediately to protect the patients and to relieve taxpayers of the burden of $100 million in debt we may be responsible for if the hospital closes.

Yesterday the Star Ledger reported that the current buyers, HUMC Holdco, have spent over $350,000 in special interest money to prevent the increase of transparency for “for-profit hospitals.”   Sadly, the sale of our hospital is no different.  It has been marred by secrecy and the Mayor is attempting to use this sale for political gain.  Currently, taxpayers are paying millions of dollars for the various politically connected law firms who have been hired to handle this matter, and who aided the Mayor in negotiating a flawed contract and creating a flawed process to conduct the sale.

I am once again calling on the Mayor and Hospital Authority to release their depositions and the documents they provided the creditors in this ongoing lawsuit.  The release of these documents will go a long way to provide Hoboken residents with insight into the allegations of fraud made by the hospital’s former attorney. 
I will continue to be your voice on the City Council and fight for more public inclusion in this sale process.
Thank you for your time.  

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