Complete introductory remarks of Mayor Dawn Zimmer and HMHA Chairwoman Toni Tomarazzo
Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke Friday morning on saving Hoboken University Medical Center from the lobby to an audience of hospital employees.
She described the members of Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority as “heroes.”
The mayor noted the judge’s ruling approving the creditors settlement and sale proves the allegations of impropriety made on the sale were “unfounded.” She requested that local officials apologize for their attacks adding, “they know who they are.”
HMHA Chairwoman Toni Tomarazzo also spoke and corrected the record on the allegations made by people who tried to undermine the sale and see the hospital closed. She thanked both the mayor for her efforts to save the hospital and complete the sale keeping it open and also called the hospital’s staff “heroes” for working through a trying time. She noted they went through much distress when the fight to keep the hospital open was uncertain and days away from closure.
Tomarazzo called the success of the sale “vindication” for all their collective efforts stating they followed a singular public process. “Shame on those who think we did otherwise,” she said to the critics who tried to sabotage the sale that would have led to the hospital being closed this month.
Talking Ed Note: It’s a very sunny and beautiful day in Hoboken and saving the hospital known to many as St. Mary’s makes it all the sweeter. The efforts by Council members Michael Russo, Tim Occhipinti, Terry Castellano and especially Beth Mason to undermine the sale and lead others into a false belief there was another alternative, any alternative when they absolutely knew it would lead to the hospital’s closure should never be forgotten.
More to come.