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Local media rises to defend Frank Raia’s Petititon

The City Clerk approved the petition submitted to put on this election day ballot whether voters wish to have municipal elections on the traditional November Election Day or keep them in the spring.

The City recently moved to fix a half-century problem and codify its charter.  The move to correct the longstanding error caused alarm among the Old Guard and its new soldiers who thought such a move was a counter to their goal of keeping lower turnout elections in the spring.
Frank “Pupie Raia and his petition drive “get no respect.”
He’s bankrolled it but the local media doesn’t mention him and his money behind it.
What’s up with that?
Both the Hudson Reporter and Hoboken Patch acted swiftly when this was brought to their attention and immediately questioned the City’s codification of the 1952 code.
As for the Boys & Girls Club and the problems stemming from decades old lack of accountability in the use of a taxpayer paid building bringing in a charter school and  forcing out underprivileged children in the most vulnerable part of the community, nothing but crickets.
Heres’s the City Clerks letter.  Notice who’s on the list of the committee and who goes completely unmentioned as part of the petition effort although he bankrolled it minutes after the City Council passed its resolution moving municipal elections to November:
Frank Raia.
Neither the Hudson Reporter or Hoboken Patch has even mentioned Raia’s name.  Who do you think was paying all the people from Bayonne on Hoboken’s streets and telling people the petition was for opposing PATH/toll hikes?
Both publications were clearly “reached” by the Old Guard.  Hoboken Patch doesn’t name the concerned party while the Hudson Reporter describes them as “local activists.”
Look at the City Clerk’s list of who is notified in the letter.  You have Jamie Cryan, Franz Paetzold, Jennifer Grace and Frank Raia.  If you read the Hudson Reporter and Hoboken Patch, you’d never know it.  More importantly, you’d never know who was bankrolling the petition.
The more you know…
Talking Ed Note: Lucky for Hoboken, we have the enlightened, compassionate people running the local press.  What would we do without them?

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