State: budget guidelines extended, Mayor acts, calls for special meeting Saturday to pass appropriation
In a stunning reversal of fortune to the logjam in the City Council over an emergency appropriation, a little known rule with the Department of Community Affairs extending the deadline for a budget permits temporary appropriations. In Hoboken’s case, it means 750K to be reconsidered under the budget rules.
Previous to that action, six votes were required for an emergency appropriation. In four separate votes on three different occasions, the sixth vote was withheld among MORTe: Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti, Michael Russo and Terry Castellano.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer has notified the City Council there will be a special meeting this Saturday at noon to weigh the matter and under the rules of a temporary budget, five votes are needed not six as in a super majority.
The action by the State means another sabotage of Hoboken by MORTe is all but over if the five members of the council majority show up and vote as they have earlier to approve the measure.
Included in the $750,000 appropriation is pay for firefighters, special equipment for their protection and the leveling of the site of the lower Jackson Street fire on first street.
Last night Councilwoman Terry Castellano complained a Saturday meeting interfered with her store City Discount and Tim Occhipinti complained about holding a budget hearing on the day of a cultural event – the real St. Patrick’s Day.
Each time MORTe voted down the emergency appropriation, they failed to say what benefit the City gains by doing so. The delay in approving the funds jeopardized a number of city services requiring funding before any passage of the 2012 budget and put legal cases numbering in the dozens on hiatus with no payment for services rendered by numerous legal firms retained.
The letter from Mayor Dawn Zimmer to the City Council follows:
Talking Ed Note: MORTe sabotage foiled again.