Councilman Cunningham: Clash of the Taxpayers vs. the Tax takers

Councilman Peter Cunningham sent out the following email communication including a copy of a Facebook communication from Councilman Russo’s mother, Michelle “Five-dollars-a-tow Russo highlighting the ongoing chasm between the taxpayers and the tax takers:

Friends and neighbors…

Please see the attached posting from Michele Russo, Councilman Michael Russo’s mother.  She’s calling for all parents that have children in Hoboken sports to attend this evening’s council meeting to denounce the Mayor’s VETO which stopped the Russo/Mason Recreational Fee rollback.  The rollback ordinance was sponsored by Councilman Occhipinti.

If you can,  I am asking the same.  Please attend this evening to support the Mayor’s Veto as there’s a resolution on the table to overturn the fiscally prudent measure we passed overwhelmingly last year.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Thanks, Peter


Michele RussoHob Little


Please come to the Council Meeting tomorrow Night. Asking for $25.00 per child per sport is insulting. We have one field our Little League fieldthat isn’t even regulation size. 1 gym that we share with adults, who pay for it (I might add) I coach Cheering my girls pay for eve…rything. If we get $10,000.00 a year for competition fees that’s a lot. Come join me and my coaches and parents to tell this Mayor we are done with her stupidity. Please say it’s only $25.00 it’s the principal. Bayonne charges $5 and has over 12 fields, North Bergen charges $25 and has over 6 fields all other communities are free and have more fields and gyms that Hoboken. AND FULL COOPERATION from their BOARD OF EDUCATION.

Talking Ed Note:  Tonight’s City Council meeting will include this item for further grandstanding purposes so the entitlement class is properly ginned up for the spring elections and is motivated to keep their hands in the pockets of the taxpayer whenever possible.

More importantly, item number 1 tonight is the coronation of the the new City Council “majority’s” selection of a City Council President.  That action not seen by anyone in memory will complete the replacement of current City Council President Carol Marsh before the completion of the standard one year term via the midnight power grab last month in City Council.

The action deemed an “emergency” by Councilman Mike Russo is slated to put Beth Mason into the chair and a step away from the Mayor’s office.

All of this would not be possible without the installation of Tim Occhipinti in the fourth ward election last November – an election still under review by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.  Problems surrounding the election began with complaints by the Lenz for Council campaign and a cursory investigation by the Hudson County Board of Elections on election day uncovered numerous problems.

That initial investigation led to criminal referrals being sent on to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and then to the Attorney General in the same week.

None of this would have been possible without the monies flooding Tim Occhipinti’s campaign paying almost 600 ‘campaign workers,’ who were mostly paid $40 or more for their ‘work.’

Tonight Beth Mason collects on the bill.  Her questionable $13,400 to Occhipinti, including $8,200 from her 2007 council committee just days before the election was most certainly used to “pay” off Tim Occhipinti’s ‘workers’ on election day.

If you were not available at midnight to raise your voice to this travesty, you get your chance first thing tonight.

The City Council meeting begins at 7:00 pm tonight.

The public gets their first chance to weigh in at the very start of the meeting.

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