Grist for the Mill: Al Arezzo’s Back!

File this one as back from the dead but not in the way some expect.  Al Arezzo the former Construction Office official who’s reign of terror caused much gnashing of teeth in Hoboken returned to town yesterday.

He did not return to the Construction Office Monday.
Instead, a tipster says Al and his construction office cronies had a midday party at the Knights of Columbus on lower Adams Street.  The party was in his honor and no doubt the excitement set off another round of “Al is coming back next week” rumors we’ve been hearing since last fall.
Only that would not be true and there’s no interest here in giving hope to the Old Guard who cherish such a thought.
As this story doesn’t have enough confirmation to even make the grist, we’re going to put it in the Earwitness Rumor Grafix Avenger file.  We relished the thought of attending just to hear Al’s infamous foul mouth but conflicts didn’t permit making Al’s Monday midday celebration.
MSV is sticking to its earlier stories Al ain’t ever coming back.

Update: A commenter who may be a pal of Al’s says he’s in fact coming back.
In addition, the commenter says Al will be contacting MSV.  We’re excited with this development.

But we still don’t think Al’s coming back.

The weekend paper decided to review some of the foes lining up to take on an expected run against Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  There’s no shortage of bravado among the Old Guard, but coherency, that’s another matter.
Everyone needs a little help now and then and perhaps some external forces will offer aid.
The objective for the Old Guard is to identify a candidate after Labor Day but there’s a monkey wrench in that plan with petitions on the street to have Hoboken voters decide if November next year and thereafter is the will of the people for municipal elections.
So far the dog days of August have made the work a humid slog but Da Horsey ran into several in our random travels this past weekend and one last night.  The question uptown was, is it true, has Franz Paetzold gotten on board to “Let the People Decide?”
The Old Guard has been very silent about the petitions and except for some adherents complaints about higher turnout (no joke) and the one time extension of the mayor and at-large council seats, they appear at a loss what to say, let alone do.
Vijay Chaudhuri reported that every person who contacted him has been successfully signed up.  Vijay said he enjoyed going around town and meeting the MSV fans.  He invited people to go ahead and contact him for another round of petition signing and email your number at
Okay the game clock is almost up.  It’s 4th and 22, who is going to throw a hail mary and try to salvage something for a Beth Mason paycheck?
Got a juicy carrot for Da Horsey?  Send it to  Can’t guarantee it will make the grist but if you were in the room and have to get it off your chest, you can do it here confidentially and no one will know.  

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