City Council @ 7:00 – 2013 budget introduction with mayor’s tax cut
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It’s the first post-Lepercon council meeting and one question among many, will there be people coming to speak about it and/or the parade two years removed? Even with the obvious Hoboken Quality of Life issue reflected in dramatically improved statistics this year from 2011, there’s moaning and accusation moving from calling the mayor an Irish racist to the latest descent with an all but apparent charge of anti-Catholicism. (MSV hears the mayor is part Irish but isn’t Catholic so this must be an elevation of Hoboken politics, a reversal “On the Waterfront” style.)
It’s not clear who elected one local priest “Hoboken Pope” for us Catholics in town; he didn’t ask. The comments in response to this ghastly Old Guard dog whistle are equally interesting.
Another big question is on introduction of the budget. Last year, not one member of MORTe voted in favor of the budget keeping with their consistent theme of all sabotage when we can, wherever we can making an exception for hurricane legislation. There’s a new round of budget hearings planned and you can bet MORTe will not be bringing any tangible solutions on how to reduce the cost of operating in the City – THEY NEVER DO! (MSV is not counting their repeated calls to cut the mayor’s and directors salaries again; that’s’ just vindictive politics.)
MORTe hardly bothers to show up for the budget hearings instituted under Mayor Zimmer. Tim Occhipinti did make a solo appearance last year. He didn’t seem to mind and apparently he doesn’t think Hoboken voters will either if he gets Mason wheeled loot to run for mayor. The always well paid Masonistas are leaving the door open as Assemblyman Ruben Ramos already announced although he’s being given the Old Guard cold shoulder, witness the silence of the Mason sponsored mercenary blog Hoboken411.
Occhipinti will try to see passed tonight an ordinance to allow the theft of Hoboken public land and be man of honor at 61 Jackson Street, a fourth ward restaurant’s grand opening. The developer was among the first if not very first to put money into Occhipinti’s pocket. This came before any announcement of his running for the fourth ward council seat in the summer of 2010.
Occhipinti also left a City Council meeting and attempted to speak on the developer’s behalf at the Hoboken Zoning Board. Shades of Cammarano all over again, Tim Occhipinti doesn’t disappoint. Developers of course.
Here’s the agenda:
UPDATE: Meeting has concluded. You can see the heart of it in segments 2 and 3 at the link: