Kurt Gardiner beats the odds and Frank “Pupie” Raia on NHSA appointment

In an upset victory for Hoboken’s grass roots, the five year term for the North Hudson Sewerage Authority appointment went to decades long reformer and independent candidate Kurt Gardiner in an 8-1 City Council vote last night.

Gardiner’s somewhat late entry made him an odds on longshot versus the quarter century force situated on the NHSA in Frank “Pupie” Raia.

With an entry only a week ago last week Monday, Gardiner managed to overcome the power, money and influence Raia had accumulated swamping the final council vote 8-1.

Second ward councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher nominated Gardiner and first ward councilman Michael DeFusco led an early roll call eventual landslide vote in favor of Gardiner which would become an unstoppable freight train. Both council members took their respective seats after election victories last November.

Grafix Avenger did a semi-live blog of the council’s appointment vote and the fur continues to fly there.

More to come.

After a quarter century on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Frank “Pupie” Raia (forefront) absorbs the shocking result of the City Council’s landslide vote 8-1 appointing long time Reformer and good government advocate Kurt Gardiner.

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