Hoboken’s 2011 City Council Grades: the good, the bad, the ugly
MSV readers have submitted their 2011 comments online and
via email and the year was both momentous and fortuitous. The first in the saving of Hoboken University Medical Center and the second in the retaking of the Hoboken City Council back to a majority responsive to the public without the antics of the Hoboken Sopranos re: the Beth Russo hydra or MORTe: beth Mason, tim Occhipinti, michael Russo and Terry Castellano.
from Councilwoman Beth Mason producing an immediate improvement in respect for
the institution by merely not manipulating the proceedings and running the meeting as
a criminal political operation. Just as important showed deference to members to
give voice to their concerns within the framework of the rules. Has allowed emotion to find its way into his
behavior in one rare occasion and he understands it’s inconsistent with a bar he’s set for himself and the institution.
cognizant the totality of his actions both as Council President and legal livelihood makes him and Reform a target at all times and must act accordingly within required ethical standards. Earns more
respect for being the council majority interface with the Administration sparing others the time and
effort needed to move Hoboken forward. Overall handling of council meetings has been beyond impressive. Grade A-
Cunningham has seen more of the bad old days than any normal person could stomach. He’s moved into an adjusted but slightly more quiet statesman role,
one he is well suited. Wants to see a proactive agenda take shape in Hoboken after two years of fixing the problems of the past, he’ll be trying to aid that process and see projects move ahead.
to the ground and it showed in last May’s election when he took out multiple
opponents and won on the first ballot avoiding a runoff in the 5th
ward. He knows the voices
of his constituents and Hoboken as well as anyone. He’s been battle tested and he’s beloved by those who are aware of his contribution in both the recent and more distant past. Grade A
acting to temper the lessons of the past to the eagerness of the present. She knew how dangerous MORTe was but until newer members got to see their destructive actions for themselves as a minority, they couldn’t understand.
MORTe – The readers were pretty much unanimous – it’s a collective F. But it’s not just for noisy obstructionism or the contemptuous dismissive attitude towards Hoboken. The hostile action on every legislative issue on the hospital put before them made it obvious to any objective observer their intent was its destruction. That success would have cost thousands of people their livelihood and forced Hoboken into bankruptcy.
The Beth Russo hydra thought it was a great plan. The resistance to refinancing the midtown garage will come back to hurt the people they claim to represent with more layoffs and needlessly so. Pointing fingers is their reflexive action and will be on this issue when those cuts hit too.
Beth Mason – the epitome of the worst in any politician, is there any lower bar left to go? To say she’s become a disappointment would be gracious but that was almost two years ago. Her single-minded actions to satisfy her ambition for power at all costs can’t be accurately measured; it’s beyond the scale of decency. One small example is her attack on Cunningham and his wife while they were away attending the funeral of her mother. It even made Councilwoman Castellano visibly cringe.
On the plus side, the worst management seen in the council chair as President. That term become the shortest in living memory after the May council elections. Suspicion about her behavior didn’t end there and MSV has pointedly shown the light on her email witch hunt making Mason a primary target in the FBI’s investigation into the Data Theft Conspiracy Ring. Absolutely believes her inconsistencies on the issue publicly will not lead to any problem for her personally. Do the Feds let her off with pointing the finger at minions? Nuts!
Mason is not only a nightmare to Hoboken’s good governance, she’s proven herself utterly useless except to the Russo clan in feeding their voracious appetite for power and taxpayer money. Destructive, petty and vindictive are evident in her behavior at almost every council meeting. Those are her good moments.
Terry Castellano – no one can make a better claim among MORTe last spring that they were elected fair and square but that’s where the upside ends. Hates the Hoboken of today and the lost power wielded in the “On the Waterfront” past especially the mayor who is the visible symbol of it all ebbing away. Actually stated “the mayor hates Hoboken,” on a live microphone in a council meeting. It’s her hate eating her up.
Best moments in the City Council is the effective sniping out of order combined with a shameless ability to ignore what was done or said, be it a minute or a meeting ago. A decades long loyal soldier to pushing the Russo clan agenda treating taxpayer money as personal piggybank. Her coverup of the million dollar HPU quarter swindle is her living epitaph. “It’s been cleared up.”
involvement he called in and the ensuing “investigation” can be called anything but a blight. The youthful symbol of Old Guard corruption with massive voter fraud in BOTH his elections, Occhipinti is the worst combination of hubris and utter vacuousness.