Great news! Hoboken University Medical Center has officially been saved.
On Friday the funds were wired and I received a certificate from TD Bank
that the City is no longer responsible for the $52 million bond guarantee!
On Thursday, November 17th, please come and join a celebration at
my house, and help make sure we can continue to move Hoboken in
the right direction. (See invitation here).
I cannot thank all the Authority members enough, and in particular,
Chairwoman Toni Tomarazzo, for their tremendous contributions to
I also want to thank all of you who gave your support on Sunday night.
Thanks to the many citizens who raised their voices the message was clear:
Our Hospital and our financial well being are not toys for cynical politicians
to play with – the political games that are threatening the health of our
community must stop now.
Tuesday, November 8th Election:
Please remember to vote this Tuesday. While many of the races are not
in doubt, there are two important items that I’d like to highlight:
Rent control: The new rent control Ordinance being challenged by
referendum maintains the core protections of our existing rent control
system and was passed unanimously by the City Council with my support.
It is not perfect, but represents a genuine attempt to resolve serious issues
with the existing law. Those issues led a court to rule that elements of the
existing law were applied in a manner which was “arbitrary and capricious.”
The new Ordinance seeks to create a fairer rent control system for both
renters and owners, while helping to protect the City from significant
potential litigation exposure. The legislation does not increase in any
way the legal rent that may be charged on any apartment.
The ballot is confusing. A “No” vote supports the new legislation and
will allow the modest changes approved unanimously by the City Council
to become law.
Freeholder: The Board of Chosen Freeholders is, in effect, the City Council
of the County. Kurt Gardiner is running as an independent against the incumbent
Freeholder, Anthony Romano. This is technically a partisan election, but no
Republican is on the ballot. Kurt stepped up to ensure that voters would have
a choice, since uncontested elections are not consistent with our democracy.
I urge each of you to learn about the candidates and cast your vote for the
individual who you feel will best represent Hoboken’s interests in the County.
Thank you all for your support, and I hope to see many of you on November 17th.
Talking Ed Note: The mayor’s fundraiser at the link has a suggested donation amount but all supporters and donations are welcome.