She’s done it again. Well last time Beth Mason proclaimed she “did it,” it was to tell everyone how she saved the Police Department when the mayor’s plan Mason bitterly fought led to retirements and cost the department not one layoff while saving the city $2.5 million in the first year. This one is no less of a whopper. It’s war on individuals in the Zimmer Administration and vindictive and petty to its cynical end.
It’s not about saving taxpayers any real money. Beth Mason who championed “right-sizing” in 2009 is now for anything but. She’s more in “get’em” mode as one commenter said recently and the them is anyone in the mayor’s administration.
Talking Ed Note: Just a quick note surrounding the emails mentioned here. An amendment to the witch hunt resolution after executive session passed making Beth Mason and Mike Russo’s resolution inert.
It asks for the emails to be released by the FBI. The FBI however have more important things to attend to like taking down the Mason minion Hoboken411 apparatus when they expose the truth of the intrusion(s) into City Hall’s communications.
As MSV said Wednesday, Beth Russo would get nothing. And you know what, they deserve nothing. What they will get will be ‘served’ courtesy of the FBI. Godspeed to the boys (and girls) of summer in Newark! Godspeed to you all.
From the desk of Councilwoman Beth Mason:
We did it! On Wednesday the City Council voted to pass a budget on first reading that will use Hoboken’s Budget Surplus to provide substantial property tax relief. This Amendment is scheduled for a final reading at the June 15th City Council meeting.
The City Council also voted on a series of measures to reduce patronage expenditures in City Hall and bring them closer in line with comparable sized New Jersey cities:
·Reduced a $200,000 no bid legal contact for a politically connected law firm allied with Mayor Zimmer and her supporters on City Council by almost 40%.
·Reduced the salary of the Business Administrator from $150,000 to $100,000. Our Business Administrator is also collecting a public pension. Prior to this salary reduction he was making more money that the Governor of New Jersey.
·Reduced Mayor Zimmer’s salary from $116,000 to $100,000. Even after this salary reduction Mayor Zimmer is still the third highest paid elected official in Hudson County, second to the Hudson County Executive and the Mayor of Jersey City, the second highest populated City in the State.
·Reduced the six figure salaries of City Directors by 10%. Our Director’s salaries are now more in line with the salaries of Directors from comparable sized municipalities such as Union City, North Bergen, and Bayonne.
·Called for a review of email communications between Mayor Zimmer’s public relations aides to determine if political work is being paid for with taxpayers’ money. Under our Sunshine Laws, emails sent and received on City computers are public property available for inspection by Hoboken residents. This is the very essence of open government and transparency.
As a result the 2011 Budget will cut municipal taxes 20%. Combined with the tax cut we achieved in the transition year budget that was passed in October 2010 we will cut municipal taxes 25%. These results are the product of the Hoboken City Council and our community working together to do what is best for our City. I am honored to serve as City Council President and help bring about this much needed tax relief.
Thank you for your time and continued efforts to stand up for good government and the rights of everyday people. I look forward to seeing you soon.