Crocodile political tears over parade and invasion of the Leper-cons

Hoboken looks to second year of dramatic improvement as Old Guard voices last second ethnic poison

A letter by Jaimie Cryan complaining about the loss of the parade for the second year is making the rounds just hours before the Leper-con invasion, the mardi gras nihilist remnant from the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  This is the second letter getting fairly wide circulation of late and there’s not even an imperceptible furor being generated from the wider Hoboken public.  Most residents in the mile square are quietly satisfied if not soberly gleeful not having their home and neighborhood turned into 48 hours of frat party mayhem suffering public spectacles, property damage and being held hostage in their own homes.

From resident, to taxpayer to most businesses, many who were forced to close and lose a Saturday business day, there’s no gnashing of teeth, no racism, no hatred and no crying.  The collective silence from the very large majority you hear is one of relief.

The acquiescence from the public shows they were pleased with the very noticeable improvement last year when bar owners signaled the party was on even with no parade.  The impact on Hoboken was markedly reduced, not only in arrests, property crimes and other mischief but in the overall sense of the City being under control.  Vastly different than in the years leading up to the change when public safety was facing direct assaults with appliances, planters and urine.  The public was forced to deal with spontaneous criminality and property damage given short shrift as bar owners counted their annual bonanza.  Many people took an escape or be held hostage reality to their decision for the weekend and it made no difference whether you were Old Hoboken, newcomer, reformer or Old Guard, everyone was in the same boat – and drowning in a growing ugliness where tens of thousands stormed in every year and took over the most of the entire mile square.

Still, the logic of how out of control things had become escapes some and Jamie Cryan, like his pal Tim Occhipinti is party to the eternal opposition of the mayor.  Charges of racism against the Irish are muted this year, at least publicly and replaced with the more subtle use of the word “hate.”  There’s been no bottom of the barrel release from the Parade Committee this year but their still seething with a strong desire to unseat a popular mayor who stood up to their absolute demand the parade continue on a Saturday.

But that’s politics and overall an improvement equal to the weekend and Hoboken’s political climate. If there was a serious effort to challenge the status quo of the parade, it would have come several months ago, not 48 hours before the typical time of the event.

In short, the organized complaint is nothing more than another Old Guard political operation.  Months ago, you heard nothing from MORTe and you can be sure the letters between Cryan and Occhipinti are part and parcel of nothing more than last minute pandering to the disgruntled, the haters, the bitter anti-Administration types who glom onto anything negative like parasites to its host.

So why hasn’t Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Beth Mason publicly signed on?  They joined Occhipinti in squawking very late at a couple of council meetings and took no action.  Last year they were utterly silent when the parade did not get approval for a Saturday after the Parade Committee dug in and said they would not yield from a Saturday date.

As for the Occhipinti-Cryan coordinated messaging, Beth Mason is funding the effort but hides in the shadows with the family checkbook.

MORTe has more important things to do anyway, like suing Hoboken residents to keep the legal City Council appointment of Jim Doyle from seeing the light of day.

Everyone have a lovely, safe weekend and don’t get infected by any of those leper-cons.

A muffin top casualty midday on a Hoboken mardi gras faux St. Patrick’s Day.  While Hoboken will see an influx of muffin tops Saturday, their numbers are not expected to overwhelm the City with their cohorts.  Some people don’t want to accept that and make political attacks claiming anti-Irish “racism” with lowbrow politics.  

Here’s the Cryan letter:

Dear Editor:

I am deeply disappointed that The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade is canceled for the second year in a row. For over a quarter century, the parade has honored Hobokenites, celebrated our diverse community as well as our Irish heritage. It’s a great day for businesses and an opportunity for new visitors to safely enjoy our great city. The parade is the good part of the day— residents new and old alongside young families and senior citizens watching high school bands, bagpipers, Irish groups, civic association, police officers, firemen and every day civic minded residents march down Washington Street with good intentions and good cheer.

Last year, the good part of the day was cancelled due to public safety concerns and again this year because it was being forced to move to a Wednesday night. Some in city hall felt the parade was the cause of the drinking and debauchery that came along for the ride. The city is making the parade move to Wednesday, but the pub crawl is accommodated. Two years in a row the good part of the day is taken away and two years in a row the pub crawl gets to hold court alone.

After Sandy, we should be walking down the middle of the Avenue with a great sense of pride. Since 1986, the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade has welcomed dignitaries of all kinds –from ballplayers to singers to heads of state. But this year, the real celebrity could have been our great city for surviving the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. The Super Storm did its worst, but we made it through and are on our way back.

I don’t know if it is hatred, stubbornness, bad advice or foolishness driving the decision, but it doesn’t make any sense to punish the only good part of the day. The simple role of our leaders is to make things work and get things done; not end them because of political pay back or because it’s too difficult. City government is supposed to come up with solutions. Not take the easy way out.

The bright minds in city hall should have the capability to put a plan in place and execute it to make sure that families can celebrate their heritage and Hoboken can celebrate a great tradition. There are too many directors in city hall making six figure salaries to not make this day work safely. They should be replaced if they cannot properly plan for an event that happens on the same day every year and has for the past 26. The concert on Pier A from the English group, Mumford & Sons, was embraced and a great success. Those who love this parade should expect the same respect and dedication from city hall.


Jamie Cryan

Chairman, Hoboken Democratic Committee

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