Phil Cohen denounces MORTe “chutzpah” for suing the People of Hoboken
Public remarks leads to all out brawl with personal attacks on Carol Marsh, Cohen with Beth Mason finally answering to hiding out on critical council vacancy vote blocking Jim Doyle’s legal appointment
Phil Cohen’s remarks:
Tonight I’m going to talk about “Chutzpah”. “Chutzpah” is a Yiddish word, which loosely translated means “that’s some nerve”. The classic example of Chutzpah is when a man, after killing his mother and father, pleads for mercy from the court because he is an orphan. That’s Chutzpah!
When you don’t attend a council meeting, and don’t phone in to participate, then claim the Council’s vote was illegal because not enough people voted . . . That’s Chutzpah!
Then, the four members of the Council Minority sued the People of Hoboken, claiming they not only had the right not to show up and vote on filling Carol Marsh’s vacancy, but when in December Judge Bariso ordered the four to show up (or participate by phone), they dragged their case out another month, APPEALING to the Appellate court, claiming (with a straight face) that they would be IRREPERABLY HARMED if they had to show up and vote on Jim Doyle’s appointment. They said the Appellate Court should “stop the vote” just like the Supreme Court stopped the Florida recount for George W. Bush in the 2000 Presidential Election. Well the appellate court denied that silly motion, and on January 16 you four were finally FORCED, BY COURT ORDER – heaven forbid – to do your job, show up and vote to fill the council vacancy.
On January 16, I asked you to “cast an honest vote” and vote “no” and not “abstain” claiming your abstention shouldn’t count as a “no vote”, because everyone knows you oppose the majority’s choice of Jim Doyle, and you are fooling no one. But Mr. Russo and Ms. Mason insisted on playing games, when they abstained and kept right on suing, claiming their abstentions shouldn’t count towards a 4-4 tie.
On February 1st, Judge Bariso called out your frivolous lawsuit.
This is what Judge Bariso said:
Instead of complying with Judge Bariso’s latest order, letting Jim Doyle sit beside you, you appealed again, dragging out your lawsuit for months.
Some may think you can play these political games, not voting at meetings, then suing and appealing, as much as you like, because it only costs you money, not the taxpayers. But make no mistake, your courtroom games cost us all.
These invoices total $16,163.08. That’s real money. That’s our money. For only two months of Hoboken’s legal fees for a case you have dragged out five months, with no end in sight!
Then it’s OUTRAGEOUS for you to expect me, and the other taxpayers of Hoboken to pay the City’s costs opposing your frivolous lawsuit and the appeals you file, each time Judge Bariso rules against you.