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Mayor Zimmer: Hospital and City on critical list leading into Sunday City Council vote

Mayor Dawn Zimmer expressed to all members of Hoboken’s community the necessity to impress on the minority City Council members the need to cooperate on a Sunday vote to make immediate the parking agreement passed on Tuesday so the hospital sale can close.

Councilman Mike Russo expressed his belief such a vote was not necessary in a conversation with the City’s Corporation Counsel.  The next day Hoboken learned the sale had not closed as the Corporation Counsel stated.

The hospital is currently running on fumes and has taken extraordinary steps to make its payroll but can not make it 20 days from Wednesday when the parking agreement’s passage becomes effective.  As a result, a special City Council meeting will be held on Sunday night at 6:00 pm.

The City Council will again be asked to make the parking agreement effective so the hospital can close this Tuesday and save the hospital and the “financial interests of the City of Hoboken,” the mayor emphasized.

Adding the City would be responsible within 60 days to come up with $63 million on the original bond guarantee and the mayor said in stark terms the credit rating of Hoboken “would be destroyed.”

City council members have said they oppose the parking agreement and can not support its terms.  The consequences of further obstruction far exceed their stated concerns and the mayor indicated the City may be forced to declare bankruptcy.

The mayor asked the hospital and City employees along with concerned residents of Hoboken to express their support to vote and see the hospital sale completed.

The mayor added the Council members have “an obligation to support the City of Hoboken” and indicated she would be reaching out each of the four members who have not permitted the parking agreement to become effective and allow the completion of the hospital sale.

The mayor left the hospital for a meeting with City employees back at City Hall to inform them massive layoffs are in the works should the City Council force the hospital to close by rejecting the immediate viability of the parking agreement by next week.

Talking Ed Note: Unlike the earlier press conferences, the employees were quite animated.  This unexpected “news” was not to their liking.

At the eight minute mark the mayor asks the HMHA Chairwoman Toni Tomarazzo to say a few words.  The crowd makes their feelings known loud and clear.

The original top line emergency resolution is all that stands of the original three on the Sunday agenda.  The mayor stated the other two resolutions did not meet an independent evaluation by the bond counsel and were being removed.

With one vote on the one matter requiring action on Sunday, once again the City Council is asked to do the right thing for Hoboken.  In each of the several related votes on the hospital presented, Mike Russo, Terry Castellano, Tim Occhipinti and Beth Mason voted no.

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