Beth Mason makes hail mary attempt to undermine parking agreement for the hospital
Beth Mason also decries depositions and acts that she will achieve something in obtaining them from the Hospital Authority. She also asks for the deposition by the mayor. Well MSV is willing to bet any figure there isn’t going to be a bone for even the smallest toy dog in Hoboken when any of this surfaces.
You can almost hear the backpedalling amidst the schizophrenia below but make no mistake, Beth Mason wishes she could torpedo the parking agreement and with it the hospital sale.
On Tuesday, October 25th at 7PM there will be a Special Meeting of the City Council.
First, the Mayor is asking the Council to approve a 99 year lease between the City and the out-of-state developer purchasing Hoboken’s Hospital. This agreement, which will give away 1,000 parking spots for the next century, is a $155 million subsidy paid for with taxpayers’ money. This weekend The Star Ledger reported the agreement violates state law and Hoboken411 reported such parking agreements require a competitive bid process. The Hoboken Reporter also noted the developer is a “prominent contributor” with ties to Governor Christie, who Mayor Zimmer has endorsed for re-election.
Four City Council members refuse to support this potentially illegal agreement, because of the legal exposure it will cause taxpayers. As a result, the Mayor issued city-wide layoffs notices last week and stated this may include police and fire layoffs. She is demanding the Council support an illegal lease agreement or else she will jeopardize the health, safety, and welfare of Hoboken residents.
Also on the agenda is an emergency appropriation for $600,000 for outstanding legal fees for the Hospital’s bankruptcy case. The Hospital’s attorney resigned because he believes the Mayor and Hospital Authority board committed fraud and forced the hospital into bankruptcy. The Mayor and Hospital Authority board are still refusing to release depositions they gave regarding these allegations, despite requiring taxpayers to pay their legal bills.
I agree with the Mayor and Hospital Authority board that we need to defease the $52 million bonds that are guaranteed by taxpayers. However, their position that the end justifies the means does not excuse the way they have turned the sale of our hospital into a political fiefdom to reward their friends. It is time for the Mayor to stop playing politics and to start standing up for good government and the rights of everyday people.
I will continue to fight to lower taxes and will always put people first. Thank you for your time.
PS. Click on image to view the parking garage commercial everyone is talking about.