Guest of the Stable: Greg Lincoln – Remember who voted to kill the Hoboken University Medical Center

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Just over a week ago, against all odds, our community
hospital was saved from the brink of closure. Many thanks to the hard work and
dedication of Toni Tamarazzo and the rest of the hospital board, to Mayor
Zimmer for her perseverance, and to Governor Christie for his action to save
the hospital and the Hoboken taxpayers from those who voted to kill the

How could anyone with good conscience vote to saddle their
town with an immediate $52+ million dollar burden, flush away 1,200+ jobs in
the community, and close the acute care facility they claimed to want to remain
open? That is a question that Michael Russo, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti, and
Teresa Castellano have yet to answer.

The recklessness of those city council members nearly closed
our hospital and brought our city to financial ruin. Had the Governor not
stepped in, the consequences of their vote to not bond for the $5 million to
settle would have resulted in a massive tax hike (possibly 50%), slashed city
services, city employee layoffs, and a debilitated credit rating for our city
(in addition to the hospital closure and lost jobs).

 “It is completely
unacceptable that the City Council placed local politics ahead of the 1,300
employees at the Hoboken University Medical Center and the people in the
community who rely on the critical services provided by this hospital,” Governor
Christie said in a statement. “This administration is not going to allow political
bickering to put this hospital in jeopardy and potentially have a negative and
irresponsible impact on the city’s finances.”

Russo, Mason, and company worked diligently to sabotage the
hospital sale at every stage of the process. Michael Russo lied to the public,
claiming that the Hospital Board didn’t have the authority to conduct the sale
process. Beth Mason spent what appears to be thousands of dollars to broadcast
misleading information via mailer to the entire community regarding the sale,
and also seems to have collaborated with Appleseed and the nurse’s union to try
to undermine the sale.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Board did their best to identify a
bidder that met all the criteria that had been established. One that would
eliminate the $52 million bond hanging over our heads and would guarantee that
the hospital would remain open as a full service facility. Thankfully, they
were eventually successful despite the efforts of those who tried to stop it.

Russo, Mason, Occhipinti, and Castellano do not deserve any
thanks for their obstructionism, their pettiness, and their politically
motivated sabotage. They clearly do not have the interests of the whole
community in mind while making decisions that impact us all. If they cannot put
the community first when the community needs them most, can we ever trust them
to do what is right for Hoboken and the tax payers?

No, no we cannot.

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