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Beth Mason makes hail mary attempt to undermine parking agreement for the hospital

Councilwoman Beth Mason is attempting to pull back from the double whammy of trying to sabotage the sale of the hospital and undermining Hoboken to the point that she’s triggered layoffs for innocent City workers.
Her releases previous to this one have been ignored by the media but MSV believes this one is interesting not because it’s factual, it’s not, but the various elements strewn together make up a hail mary attempt where the ball is now sailing out of bounds on the sideline and nowhere near the endzone.
Let’s look at some of the major points of this tossed together narrative.  
First Mason cites the Star Ledger but the story is clearly planted by her and in fact quotes her.  The Star Ledger reporter has been covering this story more from an ideological basis than a factual one and MSV pointed out to him he was wrong earlier on a story and offered to help him rectify the error.  He took off outside City Hall making phone calls having clearly been misfed information by JNESO, the nurse’s union.
In this story, there’s no conclusive reference to an actual law that is overstepped.  Mason then for the second time in recent weeks props up the fascist censorship loving website Hoboken411as a news source “reporting.”  MSV adamantly stands by its depiction of Hoboken411 or Mason411 – it is a political operation and does no reporting.  Perry Klaussen does not know anything about reporting and is incapable of doing so.  
Here’s the key to this release and one everyone should take note of before tomorrow’s meeting.  Beth Mason herself while planting information on the Star Ledger, Hoboken Patch and having Hoboken411 put out her misinformation does not come out and claim the parking agreement violates State law.
Beth Mason tries to protect herself as she’s faced criticism on a number of fronts recently so she calls the parking agreement a “potentially illegal agreement.”  
If the agreement is not valid, who is in fact the damaged party?  Hoboken would need to await decades out and see its grandchildren debate whether the market rate for leasing parking spaces is somehow inadequate.

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.  

This is a retreat and a rather weak attempt at distortion as the hospital sale is completing and with it the essential parking agreement along with it.  The agreement is not going to go to a court today, tomorrow or the next day and will pass with at least five votes ending the matter on Tuesday.

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.

As Peter Cunningham said at the last City Council meeting, the council minority pays lip service toward saving the hospital while working to sabotage the sale and have done so since January.  As the hospital is now hours from both closing and being saved, they complain about the sale to Holdco and can’t even mouth any other alternative.
There isn’t any.
 Dear Friend,
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. 

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