Heated council debate on zoning board appointments

Last night the City Council made their annual selections for the all important Hoboken Zoning Board.

Since 2009, after former mayor and convicted felon Peter Cammarano was convicted for taking $25,000 in bribes for zoning considerations by FBI informant Solomon Dwek posing as a Hoboken developer, these appointments are highly visible with strong public sentiments voiced.

As a subset to Cammrano’s conviction for trading on the mayor’s appointment powers to the Hoboken Zoning Board, then Acting Mayor and City Council President Dawn Zimmer followed through with an earlier campaign pledge to see those appointment powers moved to the nine member City Council in the summer of 2009.

At present, there’s divided positions on how to best proceed with zoning board appointments in the larger context of mapping out an updated zoning code citywide. Last night, those perspectives came into collision with members of the public and the City Council going full throttle in a wide ranging debate. The subtext to this debate being reappointments for two current Zoning Board members: Dan Weaver and Antonio Grana.

With the backdrop to those perspectives, the contested reappointments of who remains a full member and who should be a first alternate came full bore between those two candidates. (See earlier story for the debate in the posted council videos.)

Here’s a video report courtesy of Jeannette Josue at the Hudson County View:

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