Hoboken Board of Ed race launched!


Analysis, affiliations, breakdown and impact of the Hoboken BoE race citywide

It’s August but the deadline for filing for trustee on the Hoboken Board of Ed race is over and done. The City Council petition deadline is August 31 when the the full Hoboken election sweepstakes will be officially underway.

Which means like it or not, election season is upon us even if it’s a sleepy summer August. Let’s flip into a higher gear approaching the backstretch and break down the details of how the BoE race may play into the critical six of nine City Council seats up for election this November.

First, one common media fallacy (among others) repeated each year is the Hoboken Board of Education candidates are influenced and/or controlled on the reform side by the mayor. It’s a local media (re: Hudson Distorter) problem due to rooting (developer/real estate) interests and affiliations with the Old Guard in conjunction to its unceasing hostility to the Reform Movement.

There’s never any factual citation pointing to any selection process out of City Hall or a position adopted as designated by Mayor Zimmer. It’s repeated as fact simply because the rest of Hudson County runs as mayoral fiefdoms where every aspect of government is directed and has done so for decades. This is what Hudson County media is familiar.

It’s part and parcel to the Hudson County tradition in the spirit of bossism historically common in NJ corruption circles with Jersey City Mayor Hague and Hoboken Mayor Bernard McFeely.

Hoboken’s depression era reign by McFeely meant acquired millions in tribute payments from city workers and an eternal carting contract putting literally dozens of his family on the Hoboken City Hall payroll.

Today, the Old Guard and the Barry family aka Applied Housing/Ironstate Development honor the good old days with a street uptown in the Shipyard named after Mayor McFeely.

It’s as big a middle finger to Hoboken residents similar to their reneging on an agreement to build the Shipyard buildings finishing with tennis courts and parking in the northeast corner.

That middle finger remains pointed at the Hudson Tea Building and the rest of Hoboken with court battles in state and federal court on the controversial Monarch Project towers.

It’s what the Hoboken Old Guard fondly look upon as their model of government and call “my turn.”

Depression era chart of the McFeely family on the Hoboken. Only a dozen or so of 72 appear where massive corruption meant the city’s poor didn’t see a plumb nickel for a little coal to keep warm in winter. The Barry family honors Mayor McFeely with a street named in northeast Hoboken in the area of the Shipyard outside the rear of storefronts off uptown Hudson St.

Eight candidates are vying for three seats for trustee on the nine member Hoboken Board of Education. At a minimum, two new faces will join the board. They are:

Sheilah Dallara
Diane Rubino
Thomas Kluepfel (incumbent)
Britney Montgomery
Addys Velez
John Madigan
Alanna M. Kauffmann
Patricia Waiters

Let’s take a closer look at the candidates, bracketing and likely positions heading into November.

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McFeely payrollers graphic courtesy of “Killing the Poormaster.”

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