Councilwoman Jen Giattino: “Hoboken is on the radar for 2014 Superbowl opportunities”

The Giants will have their parade today, the crowds will be cheering but in Hoboken tomorrow’s City Council meeting is where the battle may begin over potential Hoboken business and the City’s efforts to date for a slice of $500 million in anticipated business for the Super Bowl in 2014 scheduled for Metlife Stadium in NJ.

Councilwoman Jen Giattino who returned from a trip to Indianapolis Sunday morning discussed the contacts made that will be essential for Hoboken to get a slice of the $500 million pie.  “There are things that Hoboken can do.  If we didn’t go, Hoboken wouldn’t be on their (the NFL’s) radar, but now we are,” the councilwoman said highlighting discussions with the NFL host committee and network partners (TV) to host events in Hoboken.

“I wanted to look at what would work and what wouldn’t work in Hoboken.  The NFL Village is something that can absolutely be done in Hoboken.  The ESPN set is also another opportunity with Hoboken as the host.  I spoke to them about why Hoboken would be a great backdrop for this.”

The Councilwoman paid for all her expenses while advocating in advance why the City should pick up the cost for two city employees.  She referenced efforts with her City Council colleagues two weeks ago and preferred some of them go and she would provide the NFL and related contacts.  The councilwoman has three young boys at home.

After the cancellation of last Wednesday’s Council meeting, Hoboken Patch posted a report that evening MORTe planned questions for the people involved in City government who went to Indianapolis and released unconfirmed information from a City employee on the airfare of the Parking Utility’s Ryan Sharpe for $339.20.  That followed with a Councilwoman Beth Mason attack ad over the weekend claiming the City sent “two supporters” to the Superbowl at taxpayers expense.

Sharpe was joined by Director Leo Pellegrini along with Councilwoman Jen Giattino to further ties with contacts developed with the NFL after the 9-11 ceremony at Pier A Park. None of the three attended the game on Sunday nor was it in the plans.

“I spoke to Councilmen Michael Russo and Tim Occhipinti why this was an important business opportunity for Hoboken.”  She added no one in the end agreed to take her up on the invitation and there was no disagreement that city employees should pay their own costs adding, “I emailed the entire City Council two weeks prior to the trip, and no one responded with any questions or comments.”

Councilwoman Jen Giattino added there were two street concerts in Indy with the first hosting 100,000 people sponsored by Pepsi and would present another business opportunity for the town.

Councilwoman Beth Mason continued with her latest attack in a release yesterday saying, “The latest example of pork barrel spending is taxpayers footing the bill for members of the Zimmer administration to take a trip to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this week.”

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