Residents letter: Beth Mason “has completely lost touch” with constituents

The following letter was originally submitted and appeared in the weekend paper:

Dear editor,
In light of the massive destruction caused by hurricane
Sandy, I am extremely disappointed in Beth Mason that during this time of
recovery she would pursue a lawsuit against the City of Hoboken over the
appointment of Jim Doyle to the Hoboken City Council.  I do not know Jim Doyle personally but from
afar he seems like the type of individual who is concerned with doing what is
best for the citizens of Hoboken.  Ms.
Mason, on the other hand, seems to have forgotten that she represents the
people who live in the 2nd ward of Hoboken.
Many of us who live in the 2nd ward (examples:
The Shipyard, Hudson Tea and Maxwell Place) expect our elected officials to do
what is best for the community at large and hold them to a high standard of
ethical behavior accordingly. 
Unfortunately, Ms. Mason has failed miserably in both regards.  To that first point, her refusal to vote in
favor of various common sense improvements to the City of Hoboken is irrational
at best.  I cannot express in a short
letter all of the many instances but a few examples include: 1) Mason’s vote
against the simple refinancing of the hospital garage that ended up costing the
city approximately 4 million dollars out of last years’ budget; 2) her vote
against street improvements to Washington Street, Newark Street, Sinatra Drive
and Observer Highway; and 3) her vote against putting up a traffic light at 16th
and Willow.  In regard to my second
point, her association with individuals that reek of ethical improprieties is
very disconcerting to say the least.  To
this point, I recently read in the Hoboken Reporter that Ms. Mason currently
employs an individual who was accused of harassing an official of the board of education
as well as her young daughter?  Why would
she continue to employ such an individual? 
In addition, it was reported a truck paraded around town in support of
the Move Forward campaign displaying inappropriate images?  Why would she continue to support such
unacceptable behavior?
There are many questions in this regard that surround Ms.
Mason and have been the focus of some local internet blogs.  I understand Ms. Mason must be very
disappointed with all of the attention she has drawn from these blogs (e.g. “The
Hudson Mile Square View” and “Grafix Avenger”) but she has done nothing to
explain her actions or address the issues these blogs have brought to the
public’s attention?
In my personal opinion, Ms. Mason has completely lost touch
with her constituents in the 2nd ward.  She continues to take positions on important
matters affecting Hoboken that, I believe, are counter intuitive to what most 2nd
ward residents would want.  Therefore, if
Ms. Mason is not willing to do what is in the best interests of her
constituents then I would respectfully request that she resign and give someone
else a chance to do what is in their best interests.
Eric and Michelle Sandler 
Beth Mason has a problem with 2nd ward residents as outlined in a letter in the weekend paper.

Talking Ed Note: Eric and Michelle Sandler are second ward residents.

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