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Finale on responsibility on behalf of the taxpayer

Last night Hoboken got a glimpse on what is to come with the new ‘majority,’ – the five members who have assumed control with the installation of Tim Occhipinti on the City Council.

Fiscal responsibility was the first victim on the paltry recreation fee.  The public was told by the Council of No Four (Russo, Mason, Castellano, Occhipinti) plus Nino Giacchi there is really no need for a $25 fee for recreation, they said the taxpayers should pick up the whole tab.

Councilman Nino Giacchi – resolute for the Council of No increasing the taxpayer burden
Not so when it comes to State of NJ law re: parking ordinance for the Corner Cars program

Families who can’t afford the $25 usage fee for each activity are covered by the existing policy of the Zimmer Administration ensuring that children’s parents who truly can’t afford it are able to have their kids participate.

MSV made a spontaneous trip to the mic to first correct an error the revenue cost to the city was in the range of $20,000.  Several speakers made the point it was only $20,000 and it was necessary to clear up the mistake as written here earlier.

The true cost to the Hoboken taxpayer to allow every kid in Hoboken free recreation is $32,000.

Those fees are actually helpful to Director Leo Pellegrini to expand and run the program.  He made an impassioned and fact based argument to retain the reasonable cost to parents who can most afford to do so.

The Council of No Four rejected facts and common sense entirely.  Councilman Nino Giacchi weighed in with the giveaway, one that out of town children will also burden the taxpayers of Hoboken.

In the end, it’s going to cost taxpayers more than $32,000.

Also of note, the Corner Cars parking ordinance as required by NJ law was for the THIRD TIME in a row, voted down by the Council of No Four along with Councilman Nino Giacchi.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla gave rousing comments pointing out the flagrant hypocrisy of the continued inconsistency and violation of state law with the latest rejection of Corner Cars.  (Video to come.)

Law, who needs to obey the law.  It’s more fun to be reckless with legal jeopardy to the City, especially when you are playing politics.

The residents of Corner Cars need to take note and spread the word.  This is what happens when you let people pay up to six-hundred ‘campaign workers’ in the fourth ward election and buy a swing seat.

If the will of the people isn’t respected, don’t count on that showing in the City Council now.  As far as they are concerned, they bought a majority and the public, especially the taxpayers be damned.

More to come.

Related: Hoboken Patch is first up with a story on the Council of No Four rejection of fiscal responsibility with a nominal recreation fee:

http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/city-council-votes-to-repeal-25-recreation-fee

If you wonder why there’s no public comments highlighted in the story, wonder not.  Other than some Mason411 operatives, the public didn’t show up to argue on behalf of repealing the nominal cost of recreation in Hoboken.

Katie Colaneri weighed in for the Jersey Journal:

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2010/12/hoboken_city_council_repeals_2.html

(Comments here are now open.  Sorry for the delay.)

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