Tim Occhipinti schooled on legal work, questioned on his “compromises”
The budget hearing Saturday lacked a full quartet of MORTe but don’t think grandstanding and political attacks were missing with half their team out. Tim Occhinpinti filled in although the results were not exactly what MORTe would have in mind.
Tim Occhipinti looked to point the finger at the Administration for an increase in legal costs of about $1.1 million in recent years to $1.9 million currently anticipated. He cites employee terminations and the mayor’s failure “to compromise” as part of the problem. After all, MORTe may talk a good game about taxes but their top constituents are city employees. Although Occhipinti didn’t go as far as Councilwoman Terry Castellano mentioning names at recent council meeting on active legal lawsuits against the City, he carried on the position by politicizing the cases collectively to attack the mayor.
Councilman Dave Mello counters the claim pointing to the facts in a chart presented on the legal costs to the City showing that between land use, redevelopment and rent control, the City’s legal costs take up 50% of the pie.
Not seen in the video is a point Councilman Mello later makes regarding Tim Occhipinti attending a public meeting about NJ Transit on development downtown but instead of looking at possible models created and listening to the public, Occhipinti ignored both and choose to remain with NJ Transit officials for the entirety of the event. Mello notes that compromising with NJ Transit would mean a shadow of skyscrapers over southern Hoboken.
MSV reported the exclusive story where unlike other council members who attended, and joined with the public at tables to look at possible designs and share ideas, Occhipinti ignored the public altogether and hung out with NJ Transit officials who did exactly the same.
That story, “Sign of the Times: NJ Transit, the constituent that matters most,” appeared on MSV last June.
Here’s a short video clip from Saturday’s meeting:
Does anyone remember the first time Tim Occhipinti appeared before the City Council to denounce others for not being willing “to compromise?” Here’s Tim Occhipinti reading a prepared and approved Peter Cammarano speech where he calls returning zoning board appointments back to the City Council “a power grab.” Those words were the exact ones used by the convicted felon Peter Cammarano prior to the July 2009 council meeting.
Even more humorous is Occhipinti urging the “Council needs to work together as a whole.”
His idea of compromise these days is to take his marching orders from the Beth Russo hydra and enlist the council majority to join in their sabotage against the City.
Related: Grafix Avenger takes an in-depth look at more on Occhipinti and Dr. Seuss: