Old Guard going to the mattresses to reverse November municipal election voting

The ink isn’t even dry since the last City Council meeting with its action to move the May municipal elections to November and the word on the street is a petition to reverse the action is well underway.

While the Hoboken St. Ann’s feast was affected by extreme heat, yesterday’s break in the weather allowed for some electioneering.  Perennial Hoboken candidate Frank Raia, a developer who has marshaled efforts against Mayor Zimmer and her supporters in recent elections is leading the way.  He’s personally been working to obtain signatures.  The raw total is claimed to be well over 1,000.

Frank Raia at a recent City Council meeting is spearheading an effort to overturn November
municipal elections and have them moved back to May by referendum. 

A committee is in place according to an article on Hoboken Patch led by Frank Raia to have the time of the municipal elections moved back to May.

Jamie Cryan, the Hoboken Democratic Chair is also on the committee leading the effort and stated in an email to MSV, “It is not as if the council voted to change the location of a stop sign — they moved elections and extended their term by 6 months. That decision is too important and should be decided by the people at the ballot box. They were elected for 4 years. Extending their term should only be decided by the people, not those who benefit politically or financially.” 

With about 2,000 signatures required and Raia funding the initiative, it’s likely to meet the requirement and be put on the ballot for November.  

Is another voting element in this November election too confusing for people to vote? Will the voters be smart enough with their lack of education on local issues to know they should not be voting in November?  

We’ll likely find out the answers to these and other questions oddly enough – in November.

Original photo by Jhnny “to the butter” Newman.  All rights reserved.  

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