Mayor Zimmer: on corruption, Hoboken fire fundraiser, and more

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

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Dear Friends,
We’ve made some great strides for our City, and seen our community come together to support one another. 
I write to share some news and wish all of you and your families a very happy holiday season!
Right: National Guard helps us during Hurricane Irene.
  Happy holidays & thank you to our troops at home and abroad!
Addressing Corruption:
Former director John Corea pled guilty to stealing $600,000 in quarters from our Parking Utility. This case demonstrates that the process for holding people accountable for their actions really can work.  
As soon as I became acting mayor I moved Mr. Corea to another Dept., and lowered his salary.  As a result, he immediately resigned.  I also provided the authorities with access to the Parking Utility records and the results of an external audit. I urge all of you to watch the video below so that you understand why this matter, which was discovered in 2007, was not addressed until I became Acting Mayor in 2009.  

The short excerpted video shows Councilman Russo and Councilwoman Castellano first questioning the missing money at one meeting, and then at the next meeting coordinating with John Corea, the man responsible for the theft, to explain that the matter had been a “mistake” that had been “cleared up” warranting no further investigation.
Fundraiser for fire victims
on First Street/update:
Four young women were displaced and lost everything as a a result of the recent fire.  Our community has come together to support them with a fundraiser December 30th at Room 84. I especially want to thank Rory Chadwick of Midtown Authentic for taking the initiative to organize this event, and Joe Branco for hosting it.

My office is still trying to help find an apartment through the Housing Authority and other sources for two of the young women.
Please email if you have suggestions. The 97 Jackson street property owner has been advised that he needs to demolish the remaining structure and clean up and fence in his property immediately. If he fails to do so the City will take thenecessary steps to ensure that this is taken care of.

Donations can be made through a paypal account with Jake Stuiver (I have known him for years, and thank him for taking the initiative to help others in our community).
Capital investment bond passes!
Thank you to Councilpersons Bhalla, Castellano, Cunningham, Giattino, Marsh, and Mello for passing a  bond for desperately needed repairs to our Police and Fire stations, technology upgrades, and equipment.
I want to particularly thank Councilwoman Castellano forchanging her mind and providing the necessary 6th vote, after repeatedly opposing the bond  in the past.  This is the 4th time I have asked the Council for this over the last year. 
Bonding for capital expenses such as these is the only fair and responsible way to finance projects that will provide benefits to Hoboken’s residents not just this year but for years to come. 

The rusted equipment shown in the pictures linked to below was placed
in front of City Hall Wed. night to
provide the Council and public with
the chance to understand firsthand
the extent to which our infrastructure has been permitted to decay and why these improvements are so critical
to maintaining and improving our quality of life.
On a personal note, I am glad to report that my dad is home from a major surgery, so we are looking forward to heading to New Hampshire (not Vermont!)  to celebrate the holidays with them. 
Arch Liston will be the go to guy while I am away.
The skier in me wants snow, as long as the storm misses Hoboken!
Please try and stop by the fundraiser, Friday, Dec. 30. 
Wishing you all the best in the New Year! 


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