Mayor letter on meeting with St. Ann’s Father Vinny Fortunato

The Hudson Reporter posted a story with a letter by Mayor Zimmer on her meeting with Father Vinny Fortunato of St. Ann’s Church today and their discussion outside of the church after mass last Sunday.  That discussion became a tool for political attacks after a fusillade of innuendo and character assassination appeared about “the incident” on Hoboken411.  Two news outlets Hoboken Patch and the Hoboken Now received some choice criticism from readers for linking to the “story” that had all the earmarks of a hit job from Hoboken411’s angry minions.

That Hoboken411 “story” was posted with not one identifiable or quoted witness.  Zero.  (This is a regular pattern with these guys, this zero witness thing. More on that later.)  That’s business as usual though for the angry Beth Mason minions at Hobo411.  They did obtain support from Beth Mason allies, the Russos.  Michelle “five dollars a tow” Russo was spreading word the mayor was “screaming” at the priest.  Councilman Mike Russo  claimed to be a witness but isn’t quoted as to what he witnessed on the Jersey Journal.

MSV has learned from first hand sources only a few people were close by when Mayor Zimmer spoke with Father Vinny outside of the church after the mass and no one was close enough to hear much of anything they discussed.  Neither the priest nor the mayor have shared the details of the discussion and both have refused to fuel the attempts at divisive hatred some are attempting to use for political purposes.  Father Vinny who declined comment is quoted on Hoboken Patch as saying, “It was not that big of a deal to me.”

Michelle Russo ‘prays’ for a Hobo411 story of hate to her Democratic Committee friend Lane Bajardi at a City Council meeting about a month back.  Her prayers were answered with a typical Hoboken411 hatchet job and she’s been spreading word the mayor was “screaming” at Father Vinny.  

In the letter, the mayor reveals some of her thoughts on Father Vinny’s sermon.
MSV obtained a copy:

Last Sunday I attended the St. Ann’s service dedicated to honoring Hoboken Police and Fire fighters. I went to the service to show my appreciation for all of the work that the HPD and HFD do to protect our residents.

Father Vinnie’s sermon was powerful, thought-provoking, and extremely relevant to the issues facing our city. It had a profound effect on me, and I spoke emotionally to Father Vinnie after the service.

While I regret approaching him immediately after the service to have what should have been a less emotional and private conversation, I am thankful that this has led to a dialogue with him. As a result of our meeting on Thursday, we are committed to joining together to try to heal the divisiveness in our community.

The tone of the last several weeks has been extremely concerning to me. I fear that these tough economic times have the potential to truly divide our City. During these challenging times it is important that all Hoboken residents, and especially our elected officials, focus on the need to heal and not exacerbate our divisions.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Father Vinnie for meeting with me on Thursday and agreeing to work with other community leaders to develop and implement initiatives to bring our community together.

Thank you.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer

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