Tim Occhipinti admits: Holdco contracted to keep HUMC open seven years, will finally consider allowing sale to complete

In an interview with Hoboken Patch reporter Amanda Staub released just earlier, a member of MORTe finally has spoken publicly on the mayor’s call to allow the hospital sale to close this week by allowing the immediate approval of the previously passed parking agreement.

The parking agreement requires 20 days to become effective unless six votes roll it back in the council.

“I am considering everything,” Occhipinti said in the interview on tonight’s meeting.  He added the mayor was scaring people and said the hospital’s closure could be paid off in $4.5 million annual payments.

However, Occhipinti did not say why such a negative outcome was preferred.  A simple vote of yes from six council members allows the parking agreement for the hospital’s potential new owners to go into effect immediately with the hospital sale closing next week.

Occhipinti repeated the longstanding Beth Mason talking points in the article but finally admitted Holdco is contractually required to keep HUMC open for seven years.  The admission is a first for any member of MORTe – as they have refused to concede Holdco made the best bid meeting all the conditions set out by the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority.

Keeping the hospital open as an acute care facility for seven years was a key HMHA provision.

One simple yes vote for Hoboken by Tim Occhipinti saves the hospital and Hoboken from disaster.
It costs the City nothing.  On the other side it’s tens of millions with thousands of jobs and tax hikes at risk.

At previous meetings, Tim Occhipinti has stated he was opposed to Holdco buying HUMC.  While the City Council had no vote on the bidders, responsibility solely held by the HMHA, several items including the essential portion of the hospital sale – the parking access was opposed by MORTe.

Earlier MSV reported Council members Terry Castellano and Mike Russo would not be attending tonight’s meeting.  Councilwoman Beth Mason has been in hiding and is believed to be receiving a strong public outcry for blocking the last step to the hospital’s sale.

Many suspect Councilwoman Beth Mason will not face the public’s ire for her actions.  Based on Tim Occhipinti’s comment, it appears he will be attending tonight’s City Council meeting.

One yes vote is all that’s required with the other five reform minded council members to allow the hospital’s parking agreement to be effective immediately.

If six votes authorize the parking agreement already scheduled to go into effect 20 days from last Wednesday, the sale can occur as soon as Tuesday the mayor said Friday at HUMC.

Talking Ed Note: Tonight’s emergency resolution requires six affirmative votes.
Members can vote in person or call in and place their votes by phone.

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