Grist for the Mill: PBA SOS – Get Paul Swibinski!
|Paul Swibinski (c) was master of ceremonies for Beth Mason’s
failed mayoral run last November
A rumor last week the Hoboken PBA would be bringing in a big gun to take on City Hall proved true with the release of today’s press release. Some whispers last week said Hudson County’s Prince of Darkness – Paul Swibinski of Vision Media would be taking a $25,000 contract to represent the police in their battle against layoffs.
Although there’s no confirmation on the amount of the retainer, the press statement from an underling of Paul Swibinski did confirm it is in fact Vision Media.
There’s been unhappiness in the PBA membership with the results of talks in both the union negotiations and in trying to obtain concessions in the city’s announced layoff plan that will see both substantial demotions and layoffs. Earlier last year announced layoffs by then Fiscal State Monitor Judy Tripodi were announced but never implemented after ex-mayor Peter Cammarano was arrested.
Paul Swibinski is a big inside player in the communications and elections game in Hudson County. A recent video posted has gone viral with thousands of hits discussing his connections and multiple contracts in Hudson County. Invoices in the video stated he is paid $3,000 a month for “services” in many suspected tawdry areas of the county. For any other work, even just taking a picture, the additional cost challenges the top hourly rate of the state’s best defense attorneys.
Last year, Swibinski successfully led ex-mayor Peter Cammarano’s to a big win, making Camma-RAT-0 the youngest mayor in Hoboken history. He didn’t fare as well with a heavy negative campaign on behalf of Councilwoman Beth Mason last November where she came in thousands of votes behind eventual winner Dawn Zimmer.
Earlier this year Councilwoman Beth Mason held an event uptown and Andrew Tavani of Hoboken Path confirmed Vision Media as one of two consulting firms on retainer.
A NJ.com columnist also listed him part of the “North Bergen Sacco stable.”