Will MORTe let Firefighters get paid?

Tonight’s City Council meeting shouldn’t be long and one looming issue is the 2% ordinary budget transfer MORTe has turned into a circus with Hoboken’s firefighters pay on the line with the third, count it third attempt to complete the simple task.

With MORTe claiming the need for additional information to allow a budget transfer to go through, the Mayor has written to the City Council letting them know any questions will be gladly answered in advance of the meeting and they should submit them so the Business Administrator Arch Liston can address it with adequate time BEFORE the meeting.

The mayor notes in her letter the City is prepared to go to court to get the Hoboken Firefighters and other employees paid.  That would be a fascinating case: City takes MORTe to court to make typical payroll payments.

The mayor’s complete December 2nd memo is available on the City website here:

There’s an additional notation in the letter stating Public Safety Director Jon Tooke is looking into the issue of the exceedingly high overtime in the Fire Department last summer.  At a recent meeting, the BA noted there was no overtime for that pay period in the Fire Department due to managerial action taken by the Public Safety Director.

Finance Director Nick Trasente attempts to give a lesson to Councilwoman Beth Mason on basic municipal finance.
Tonight the simple issue of a line item transfer totaling just 2% of the budget is up again against MORTe sabotage.

Talking Ed Note: Some supporters of the ex-mayor and imprisoned felon Peter Cammarano are unhappy he left them holding the bag.  He took them for thousands and they want their money back.  So they are suing Cammarano and the City of Hoboken.  Why?  Because Cammarano once held the title of City Councilman and that has the word City in it right?

Louis Zayas is the attorney filing their claim.  How many lawsuits does this guy currently represent against the City of Hoboken?

Yet another of his clients, a Hoboken Parking Utility employee is suing the city due to alleged harassment by her supervisors.  There’s whispers about the lack of solidity in the alleged charges.  MSV can’t conclude anything and won’t but the case was already highly politicized by an earlier Beth Mason press release (ignored by all local media but posted on MSV.)

That leads to a question on who may be behind funding not a sexual harassment case but a political one to once again target the Hoboken Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs.  MORTe badly needs a distraction and their parking operation via the fascist website Hoboken411 and local Fox news hasn’t stirred much passion.  A massive FBI corruption case certainly will.

Finally, MSV has some Elysian reports and it’s gristable but we’ll give you one nugget for now.  Last week Mike Novak surfaced with former Hoboken Public Safety Director Angel Alicia, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Freeholder Anthony Stick Romano at the Elysian Cafe.  We’re told one bartender was especially unhappy to serve the group based on an earlier encounter with one of them.  Guess which?

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