Monday, June 22, 2009
Expect me back sometime in the Fall if I am able to get the new site up and running.
There might be a few more articles on the web site during the summer but no where near the pace I was at.
I am overall happy about the development in Hoboken politics and look forward to what the new school board and City Council majorities can do to move the city forward. ◦
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here is a fundraiser for the YMCA coming up next Monday. Proceeds will go to the YMCA which needs money for continuing operations as well as capital improvements.
invites you to join our special guest
ERIN BURNETT of CNBC
and help support this important community resource
while enjoying a four course dinner with select wine pairings
at one of New Jersey’s premier dining spots
908 Washington Street
Hoboken NJ 07030
Monday, 22nd June, 2009 7pm
$ 200.00 per person
($ 150.00 tax deductible)
Tickets available at Amanda’s Restaurant
the YMCA, 1301 Washington St., Hoboken
or through our website: http://www.hobokenymca.org/
HOBOKEN'S JACK RASLOWSKY
New York City Jesuit Secondary School,
Founded 162 Years Ago, Selects 33rd Leader
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Xavier High School, Richard T. Nolan, Jr., Esq., Class of 1983, announced that John R. Raslowsky II will assume the presidency of the school on July 1st, when Rev. Daniel J. Gatti, S.J. ’59 steps down after a twelve year tenure. Mr. Raslowsky’s selection was made, after a nearly two year search and upon the recommendation of the search committee, by Xavier’s Board of Trustees and was approved by its Board of Members and by the provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.
Newly elected President Jack Raslowsky with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Richard Nolan, Esq, ’83 (l.) and outgoing President Daniel J. Gatti ’59 (r.).
Mr. Raslowsky, an experienced educator and administrator, brings to Xavier exceptionally strong educational leadership skills and an over twenty-five year record of intensive involvement in Jesuit education. His association with the Society of Jesus has been extensive, beginning as a student at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City (1975-1979), then at St. Peter’s Prep as a teacher, moderator, coach, and principal (1985-2003), and finally as an assistant in the New York Provincial’s Office (2003-2007). His in-depth exposure to, understanding of, and commitment to the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, makes him an ideal selection as Xavier’s next president.
Over the past two years, Raslowsky has been the superintendent of schools in Hoboken, New Jersey, an educational system with 2,500 students at six schools. In this position, his focus and leadership has resulted in a reinvention of expectations for the district, as well as some remarkable progress. Under his leadership, the District’s high school was recognized for its dramatic improvement by New Jersey Monthly and the U.S. News and World Report.
Prior to that, he worked in various capacities in the office of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, including serving as the Provincial’s Assistant for Pre-Secondary and Secondary Education, as well as his Assistant for Lay Faith Formation. In these positions, he had vital roles in addressing mission, clarifying identity issues, and ensuring effective governance. Raslowsky was the Provincial’s personal designee as a member on each board of the Province’s seven high schools and three province-sponsored middle schools.
John Raslowsky will be Xavier’s thirty-third president and the first layman to lead Xavier. While this may be a milestone, it is an event for which the Jesuits and their lay collaborators in this Province and in Jesuit education across the country have prepared for some time. Knowing that the Society was “graying” and that vocations were decreasing, Jesuit leadership throughout the nation over the past thirty years set forth on a mission to ignite the Ignatian flame among the Jesuit laity. Jack, as he is known, is one of those benefiting from these creative initiatives. He is among the authors of What Makes a Jesuit School Jesuit. He now joins the two other high school lay presidents in the New York Province and the ten lay presidents from the 52 Jesuit high schools throughout the country.
Mr. Raslowsky’s academic preparation includes an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Vermont and a master of education in administration from Harvard University. Next spring, he anticipates receiving a master’s degree in systematic theology from Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He has supplemented these degree programs with coursework at Jersey City State College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Columbia and Fordham Universities.
Mr. Raslowsky’s voluntary pursuits and interests include: current chair of the board of New York Nativity, the governing body of Nativity Mission Center, St. Ignatius School, and Brooklyn Jesuit Prep; a former volunteer with the Boy Scouts; a former coach of youth recreational basketball; and the interviewing of candidates for admission to two of his alma maters, Vermont and Harvard.
In his announcement, Richard T. Nolan, Jr., Esq. ’83 (the Chairman of the Xavier Board of Trustees – see paragraph one) stated that: "It is with great confidence and enthusiasm that the Board of Trustees welcomes Jack as Xavier's 33rd president. We are confident that he possesses the educational skill and experience, the understanding of and commitment to the charism of the Society of Jesus, and the authenticity of formation in Ignatian spirituality that the Board believes are essential in Xavier’s next president".
We see Jack’s educational leadership experience as impressively compelling. He's a proven leader of Jesuit educational institutions, with real world hands-on experience that ranges from teacher, retreat leader, moderator, and coach, to principal, trustee, board chairman, provincial’s assistant, and superintendent of schools. It is with strong conviction that we believe he is the leader Xavier needs to achieve even higher levels of performance and success as it seeks to prepare the young men of today and tomorrow for service to our country, our city, and our Catholic faith.
The provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, the V. Rev. David S. Ciancimino, S.J., a 1977 graduate of Xavier and a former headmaster at the school, in approving the selection, said: “Having worked with Jack, I am confident that he will serve the Society of Jesus and Xavier well.”
While Raslowsky’s work at Xavier will commence on July 1, the Xavier school community’s plans for him will include an Installation Ceremony and Mass on September 11, 2009, and at that time or shortly thereafter, a Welcoming Reception, that will permit members of the Xavier family of alumni, parents, and friends to personally meet and greet President Raslowsky and his family.
Jack Raslowsky resides in Hoboken with his wife, Sarah, who is a mathematics teacher at the Hudson School, and their four children, John, Christian, Rebecca, and Rachel, who attend St. Francis Academy in Union City. Jack and family are parishioners at Sts. Peter and Paul in Hoboken.
From the first day of classes at Xavier High School in 1847, there was a focus on “devotion to duty and learning”, and almost from the beginning, Xavier was perceived as a school which strove to fulfill the educational needs of the sons from immigrant families. This reputation included an emphasis on offering each student a quality education, one that would serve as a foundation and as an opportunity for success in life. Today, Xavier pursues this same course, performing the same role to immigrant families, but now to those from families from origins elsewhere on the globe and often with different native languages.
Xavier High School endeavors to prepare students for the 21st century who will be persons of competence, conscience, and compassion. As a Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school for young men, Xavier accomplishes this goal in the context of a multicultural, urban community dedicated to learning, faith, and service. Xavier is chartered and registered by The Regents of the University of the State of New York, the New York State Department of Education, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Here is the link to the story on Xavier's website:
Here is the press release on Slideshare:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Hoboken University Medical Center
unveils state-of-the art Emergency Department
New 17,000-square foot facility delivers faster, better care to Hudson area patients
HOBOKEN, NJ, June 16, 2009 — Hoboken University Medical Center unveiled its state-of-the-art Emergency Department yesterday and began treating patients in the new ER at 4 a.m. this morning. ER Lead Tech Troy Griffiths, M.I,C.P., welcomed the ER’s first patient, Hoboken resident Anmahian Hrant.
“Patients can expect a new standard in emergency care with a facility that is not only larger, but also better and faster in that we’re also the first hospital in the nation to adopt some cutting-edge clinical practices,” said Hoboken UMC CEO Spiros Hatiras who was also on hand to greet patients. “The area’s most advanced Emergency Department is now in Hoboken.”
Located at the new entrance at Fourth Street and Willow Avenue, the 17,000-square foot facility features at total of 30 new treatment rooms including four pediatric treatment rooms, dedicated areas for women’s services, orthopedics and mental health, as well as two trauma rooms for more seriously injured patients. “This Emergency Department is unique because it was designed with the input of doctors, nurses and ER Techs — the people who actually work in the ER,” said Director of Emergency Services George Saffran M.D. “We’ve been able to perfect the layout and function of the space which allows us to streamline the admitting process, reduce waiting times and improve our staff’s ability to care for patients.”
Hospital officials also expect to see a rise in patient admissions once the new Emergency Department opens. Hoboken UMC treats 32,000 emergency patients annually and now has the capacity to serve 70,000.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Now that he is Mayor elect we will have time to evaluate whether or not he and his administration can deliver on those campaign promises. I figure a good check point would be after 100 days or just about the end of September to go back and see what progress has been made to fulfill any of these promises. Only time and the objective lens of the Hoboken Journal as well as others will be able to tell.
One promise not on this spreadsheet was the question asked of both Dawn and Peter during the runoff debate was what should the Hoboken Municipal Budget be? Peter Cammarano answered $95 million. Here is the summary of promises on Slideshare:
Friday June 19 beginning at 7pm at Frank Sinatra Park
With host & MC - Gary "SimpSinatra" Simpson
Bliss Day Spa, Biggies Clam Bar, the Hoboken Historical Museum,
Leo's Grandevous and 340 Bar & Grill
In case of rain, the Sinatra Idol Contest will take place
at the Theater at DeBaun Auditorium located at 5th & Hudson Street,
on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology
This year's contestants:
* Joe Cofone, Paramus, NJ; retired cop who is currently employed
by an engineering firm as an accident reconstructionist; 55 years old
and has been singing Sinatra songs since the age of 16 or 17.
* Steve Holowacz, Stockholm, NJ; A retired co-owner of an
instrument manufacturing business; As a young man listened and danced
to Sinatra’s songs on local jukeboxes and became a fan.
* Mitch Maglio, Staten Island, NY; a Senior Manager of Project
Management and Operational Analysis for Choice Logistics; started
singing Sinatra in college; worked his way by hosting regular talent
nights and singing in between acts.
* Greg Myers, Plainfield, NJ; Management Consultant; As a kid
played piano and trombone and loved the standards, auditioned for a
community theater play as an adult and only singing parts were left,
had to sing on the spot and they loved his voice (got the part).
After that, got the singing bug and karaoke made it easy.
* Rory Aylward, Astoria, NY; Army Reservist who just returned
from a deployment to Afghanistan. On the civilian side, works in the
film industry; Sinatra fan since high school, but didn't start
singing until they had karaoke at the Officer's Club when on
temporary duty in North Dakota in the summer of 1995.
* Sean Reilly, Wilmington, DE; Executive Recruiter with The
Network Group in Wilmington, DE.; as a baby, his Mother would sing
him Frank songs like "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" and
"Nice & Easy" instead of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or "Mary Had A Little
Lamb", By age 7, he was playing his Parents' Sinatra albums, singing
along with them.
* Antonio Torres Jr.; Brooklyn N.Y.; late 2006 started to sing
at the Puglia Restaurant in little italy impersonating young Sinatra
(the resemblance is uncanny) and everyone has said that he should do
entertainment; now everywhere he goes carmeras take his picture.
* Bobby Fischetti, Staten Island, NY; born and raised in
Brooklyn and learned to appreciate music from his mother. She had a
particular fondness for Mr. Sinatra and was a bobbysoxer at the
Paramount in the 1940s. Has been a school bus driver for 27 years
and in his spare time sings professionally throughout New York and
* David J. Arellano, Staten Island, New York; Retired NYPD
DETECTIVE after 20 years service, singing for over 30 years,
introduce to Sinatra as a young child by my mother who adored him.
After I left the police force, I started my own music business
performing in Staten Island and the 5 boros. Doing this in memory of
* Lawrence A. Florek LCSW, Brooklyn, New York; started singing
Sinatra songs in high school (1967-1969) @ Lafayette H.S. Brooklyn
NY.; and has since continued to study voice, acting and stand-up
comedy. Has performed in various venues including Don't Tell Mama's
on 46th St. in Manhattan.
* Steve Arellano, Staten Island, NY; Sr. Equities Client Service
Rep, for Merrill Lynch for 17 1/2 years, worked on wall street for 25
years; Started singing Sinatra songs at 16, lead singer for 2
different wedding bands so has an opportunity to sing many Sinatra
songs. Dad was a huge Sinatra fan, so he heard Sinatra played at home
* Anthony Kane, Hoboken, NJ; started as a Blues singer, and in
the last few years has been doing Sinatra and standards at Clubs in
NYC.; currently works in sales.
Here is some press from last year:
CBSNEWS - Sinatra Impersonators Fly To The Moon In Hoboken
Here is an email from Dawn Zimmer on her reasons for conceding the election and to announce a party at Goldhawk this Thursday June 18th at 8PM:
Let's celebrate the election of Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and Dave Mello, and discuss how we can continue working together to set a new direction for our city:
Thursday: June 18 8:00 PM at the Goldhawk -- 10th & Park
This morning, I called, Mayor-elect Cammarano and congratulated him on his hard fought victory. I have officially ended my mayoral campaign, but our campaign to make positive change for Hoboken has just begun. I hope you will stay involved in our continuing grassroots effort that elected Kids First, Ravi Bhalla, Carol Marsh and Dave Mello, giving us working majorities on both the School Board and the City Council.
Given the closeness of the race, and the anecdotal evidence of serious improprieties, many have advised me to pursue an election challenge. I gave much thought to doing so, but I have decided against it. This election was extremely divisive, and an election challenge would literally tear our town apart. My attorney has advised me that the margin of victory -- 161 votes - was large enough to make overturning the result extremely unlikely, even if we could prove that improprieties had occurred.
I believe that the better course is to focus my efforts on working with our new City Council majority to move our agenda for change forward. During the Mayoral campaign, Mr. Cammarano adopted many new progressive positions including limitations on overdevelopment and green initiatives. I look forward to working to ensure that those promises become real policy initiatives that preserve and enhance our quality of life.
I hope to see all of you at the Goldhawk this Thursday.
Dawn Zimmer ◦
Zimmer said, “I congratulate Peter Cammarano for his victory. He worked tirelessly and campaigned effectively. While I know we will not always agree, I pledge to work cooperatively with him as we address the big challenges ahead."
Zimmer went on to say, “This has been a tough election that ended in a photo finish. Now, it is in the best interest of Hoboken that we move on to the task of governing our City."
Zimmer's at large Council slate were all elected this past Tuesday. Zimmer said, “I congratulate, Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and David Mello for their victories. They have been great running-mates and now they will be terrific colleagues."
"My mayoral election campaign ended today, but the campaign to set a new direction for Hoboken has just begun," Zimmer went on to say.
Zimmer continued, "As a Councilwoman, I will continue to work to bring about the changes that we talked about in this campaign. These include restoring fiscal responsibility, reducing taxes, ending the use of abusive PILOTS and devising a different approach to development--one that begins with what the community wants."
"This remains a pivotal time in our City and I plan to be an active voice working with the new Mayor and my Council colleagues to shape its future," Zimmer concluded.
Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and Dave Mello said, “We were proud to run with Dawn Zimmer and share her vision of lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and a better approach to development. We look forward to working with Mayor elect Cammarano, Dawn, and the rest of the City Council to bring about the changes Hoboken needs."
Monday, June 15, 2009
What: Hoboken Mayoral candidate Dawn Zimmer will announce her decision with regard to the June 9th Mayoral election. Only 161 votes separated Zimmer from her opponent in a 12,000 vote election after provisional and additional absentee ballots were counted last Friday.
When: Tuesday, June 16 at 8:30 AM
Where: Zimmer for Change Headquarters, 618 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
My Comment: Dawn will be making an announcement presumably on the results of the election. Stay tuned.
Here is tomorrow's agenda on Slideshare:
Councilwoman Beth Mason
Invites you to a community meeting to review
1600 Park & The North End
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 18th
Hudson Tea Building
15th & Washington
Issues & Opportunities
- Open / Active recreation space
- Job creation & economic development
- Public safety and access
- Community development ◦
Hoboken playwright Joseph Gallo's wonderful solo piece about family and self discovery premiered off-Broadway 10 years ago and Mile Square Theatre is thrilled to produce it in Hoboken for the first time. Joining the artistic team is former Hobokenite and two-time Emmy® award winning actor Tom Pelphrey. The play is directed by Mile Square Theatre company member Matthew Lawler, himself a resident of the mile square city.
My Italy Story
Limited Engagement • Reservations Strongly Recommended
Pay what you will • $25 suggested donation
Sponsored by Monroe Center for the Artsand Bijou Properties
Secaucus Pool - Interlocal Rates for Hoboken
Remember that community pool that was promised by soon to be departed Mayor Roberts? We might not have that pool but there is a discount deal pending with our neighbor Secaucus to get a discount for the use of their pool. Here is a message from 5th Ward Peter Cunningham:
Effective immediately, Hoboken residence have the privilege to use the outdoor Secaucus Pool at a reduced "interlocal" rate. For a family of three, two adults and one child, the cost is approximately $576. The savings is approximately $120 off last years non resident rate.
Plan A (under 21) $270
Plan B (over 21) $330
Plan C (couple) $492
Household (family of 3) $492 plus $84 per child = $576
Age 62 and over $192
Age 62 and over (couple) $290
Hoboken's City Council will pass the resolution on Wednesday June 17 to make it official, however, the Town of Secaucus has agreed to accept Hoboken resident applications for membership now.
A reduced rate structure will be in place for individuals, couples and families, and it will be officially published after next Wednesday. The Swim Center, as it is called, is located on Koelle Boulevard and the Recreation Department's phone number is 201-330-2078 for further information. It is a great facility close to home, so enjoy like many Hoboken families have over the years.
Happy swimming, and many thanks to the Town of Secaucus!
- Peter Cunningham ◦
Friday, June 12, 2009
Here are some observations:
1) The Zimmer slate won Wards 1,2,5 and 6 on the machine vote.
2) The Cammarano slate won Ward 3.
3) Ward 4 had Angel Alicea as the top vote getter but Marsh and Bhalla came and second in terms of machine vote totals in that Ward. Dave Mello even beat Addeo and Morales in that Ward.
4) The Cammarano Slate won absentees and provisionals by a wide margin to close the gap.
5) Vinny Addeo missed the third City Council slot by 88 votes being beaten out by Dave Mello.
6) There were over 3,000 undervotes in total or about 1,000 undervotes per council position. A lot of people voted for Mayor but not all three Council slots on the machines.
The only conclusion I can come from this is that many voted for Peter Cammarano but not his slate.
I want to thank all of you again for your tremendous support, and for volunteering so much of your time to help change Hoboken.
The success of my Council slate, Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and David Mello, means there will be a majority on the City Council committed to making the fundamental changes Hoboken needs. While I am disappointed by today's vote count, I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved together to move our City forward.
Our campaign stood up against outside money and development interests and well-organized interest groups, and we more than held our own. I am ahead of Mr. Cammarano among the well over 11,000 people that voted at the polls by machine on Tuesday. Mr. Cammarano is ahead over-all based on the absentee ballots- a large number of which were defective on their face and already thrown out. The large number of absentee ballots collected by a select few individuals raises significant concerns.
I ask for everyone's patience as I think about what is the best course of action.
I will keep everybody updated as new developments unfold. Thanks again for all of your incredible support.
Dawn Zimmer ◦
Here are the vote totals in order of top to bottom....
Ravi Bhalla: 5,857
Carol Marsh: 5,853
Dave Mello: 5,648
Top three above get in, Vinny Addeo missed the cut by less than 100 votes....
Vincent Addeo: 5,560
Raul Morales II: 5,431
Angel Alicea: 5,422
My Comment: The Public has spoken and we will now have a mixed government where the City Council will have a majority requiring the newly elected Mayor Peter Cammarano to work with the council if he wants to get anything done. The only one on the Council Peter would be able to count on for sure would be Nino Giacchi. ◦
Peter Cammarano Wins Hoboken Mayoral Election
June 12, 2009, Hoboken, NJ- Peter Cammarano is the new Mayor-elect of Hoboken! Mayor-elect Cammarano edged out challenger Dawn Zimmer in Hoboken's mayoral race. This morning, the county board of elections counted more than 200 provisional and absentee ballots to get the final numbers. The final results concluded that Mayor-elect Cammarano won by 161 votes.
“I am grateful to all the people of Hoboken,” said Mayor-elect Cammarano at an impromptu press conference outside of Hoboken’s City Hall. “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to my opponent, Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer for her outstanding
campaign. I look forward to working with all the members of the City Council as we work together to move this great City forward.” ◦
Cammarano won by a 161-vote margin, after 119 provisionals and 79 absentees were counted today. The additional absentee margin went 63-15 for Peter Cammarano and the provisionals went 82-36 for Peter as well.
Peter Cammarano declared victory as expected and Dawn Zimmer has yet to concede as she is keeping her options open. Here is her response on NJ.com's Hoboken Now:
The election should be certified by the end of the day. Dawn Zimmer has up to two weeks to decide on a recount or not. ◦
Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, Inc.
QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken
Next Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
567 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City
The Hudson County Planning Board will decide whether to permit further gouging out and destruction of the face of the Palisades.
The board will uphold a county regulation already on the books that will protect the cliffs that rise from Jersey City up to North Bergen.
The law that forces this decision is the Steep Slope regulation which was adopted last year by the Hudson County Planning Board and affirmed by the Hudson County Board of Freeholders. Next Wednesday will be the first time the regulation will be tested. Over 2,000 residents of Hudson County and New Jersey have already signed a petition to save the Palisades by upholding this law.
Go to the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition http://www.blogger.com/ to see further info about the matter and the petition which can be signed online. Please sign the petition and come to the board meeting. There is need for a LARGE turnout to let the Planning Board know that the people of the county and the entire state want to save what is left of the Palisades. Perhaps needless to say, there are many powerful politicians working behind the scenes to see that this regulation is not enforced. Don’t let them win.
The final breakdown of those 79 missing-and-then found absentee ballots is 63 for Cammarano, 15 for Zimmer, and one no-vote for mayor.
Here is the full story:
Rumor has it City Clerk Jimmy Farina is bringing in one of his his own big guns like Peter Cammarano with Genova, Burns, etc. to assist with the final count.....
The special guest is none other than Sesame Street's very own "The Count". If anyone can find any additional absentee ballots in a bin or stuffed in a drawer with other unpaid health insurance bills it would be "The Count". Stay tuned and bring lots of garlic. :) -End of Parody
On a serious note: If the count holds up in favor of Peter Cammarano which it probably will but the margin is still under 100 there will most likely be a recount. For the machine totals this will be an academic exercise but a recount would open up discovery for greater scrutiny of the absentee ballots. It is possible the election might not be certified today.
For more in depth coverage go to NJ.com's Hoboken Now. I am getting ready to go to work. ◦
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Red Molly concert scheduled for tonight June 11th in Sinatra Park from 7 pm to 9 pm will take place tonight rain or shine in the Sinatra Park Cafe - Crepe Grill if it rains and in Sinatra Park amphitheater if it doesn't.
For more information on Red Molly go to their website:
The Hudson County Board of Elections announced yesterday that 79 uncounted absentee ballots were discovered under a desk in the board's office yesterday. Those 79 votes will be counted Friday along with 122 provisional ballots, and those 201 should go a long way in determining who will be the next mayor of Hoboken. For its part, the board insists the ballots were unopened, not tampered with and secure in the county administrative building, which was patrolled by the Hudson County Sheriff's Office.
The article also mentions that 40 of the provisional ballots have been rejected of the 162 submitted mostly because those persons were not registered to vote in Hoboken. That leaves 122 ballots that are deemed good. ◦
For those who voted provisionally and voted for Dawn you should reach out to their campaign as noted below. I recieved this email from Peter Cunningham that asked me to pass the information. Here is the email:
Please forward this note around:
As you know, there's a 67 vote difference between Dawn and Peter, in Peter's favor. However, provisional ballots have not been counted as well as additional absentee ballots.
Provisional ballots need to be verified TODAY by 4pm. If you voted provisionally, Please contact the campaign As SOON as possible at 201-428-4239 or email our field organizer Matt Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure your vote counts. We can still win this election!!
Forward this note around ASAP
Peter Cunningham ◦
One reader that I know asked me to post this to clarfiy absentee ballots and whether or not they are valid:
"I called the County Board of Elections about eligibility of voters who have moved out of the voting district & out of the county before the election, and it turns out, as long as they were legal residents when they registered (at least 21 days before the election), their absentee ballots count and they are eligible to vote, as long as they haven't already registered somewhere else by the date of the election.
So, it might be good to post that to quiet all those people complaining about the Stevens students -- if they were eligible 21 days ago, their votes should count." ◦
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here are the results for the Mayor's Race which include absentee ballots but not provisional.
Peter Cammarano leads by 67 votes currently not counting the provisionals and there is still the possibility of a recount depending on the margin of the provisionals. Here is some numerical analysis which brings me back to my college years as a mathematics major:
1) Dawn Zimmer won a total of 4 wards on the machines 1,2,5, and 6 or 66% of the wards and Peter Cammarano won two wards, 3 and 4 out of six wards total.
2) Dawn Zimmer won a total of 21 out 36 Districts on the machines or 58.3% of the districts and Peter Cammarano won 15 districts or 41.7%.
3) Dawn Zimmer won the total machine vote narrowly by 265 votes or 51.2% to 48.8% over Peter Cammarano.
4) Peter Cammarano won the absentee ballots by over a 3-1 margin and was up 332 votes. The percentages were 76.5% Peter vs. 23.5% Dawn on these votes.
5) Peter Cammarano is ahead in the total count not including provisionals by 67 votes. The current percentage is Peter 50.3% to Dawn's 49.7%.
6) There were a total of 110 under votes for Mayor. The biggest total was in the 4th Ward. Most of the undervotes were in districts that favored Peter Cammarano.
If this analysis proves anything, every vote counts. NJ.com is reporting that the election could possibly be decided tomorrow. That could be the case unless there is a law suit filed or there is a recount.
Peter Cammarano: 6043
Dawn Zimmer: 5976
Hoboken City Council At-Large:
Ravi Bhalla: 5810
Carol Marsh: 5803
Dave Mello: 5597
Vinny Addeo: 5437
Raul Morales: 5305
Angel Alicea: 5302
Update 7:40AM 6/10/2009:
NJ.com Hobokenow reported late last night the absentee ballots have been counted. With the help of absentees, Peter Cammarano leads Hoboken's election by 67 votes. The current vote count, including absentees was 6,043 Cammarano to 5,976 to Dawn Zimmer. Provisional ballots have yet to be counted. We should know the the total sometime today but the provisional ballots can't be opened until at least 48 hours after the election which is June 11th. Assuming the absentee ballots disparity of almost 3-1 holds up and provisionals are in the order of the 100 this would appear to mathematically favor Cammarano at this point. Any margin less than 100 would mean a recount. There also still exists the possibility of legal challenges as well in addition to the recount.
I have no official word on the City Council races but given the gap in the machine totals it is very likely that all three of Zimmer's slate are in as City Council. A tentative congratulations goes out to Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla, and Dave Mello.
If anything breaks on this I will let you know. Otherwise expect a light blogging period on this site for the next few days so I can get some rest.:)
Original Post 6/9/2009 10:28PM:
Here are the Machine totals for the runoff Election today. One district is not yet reporting so the machine numbers could change. As of now Dawn Zimmer is up on the machine count by 244 votes and that does not include the results from 775 absentee ballots or provisional ballots.
Vote Count Percent
- Dawn Zimmer 5,786 51.08%
- Peter Cammarano 5,542 48.92%
Total 11,328 100.00%
The Council margins look good for Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla and David Mello. Unless something extremely improbable with the provisionals happens it looks like they safely have the margins to all get in to City Council. Again this is preliminary. Stay tuned for more. I will update from my I phone. Dawn's ticket is having a gathering at the Goldhawk at 10th and Willow that started around 10:15PM.
Hoboken Council At Large
Vote Count Percent
- Carol Marsh 5,621 17.97%
- Ravi S. Bhalla 5,623 17.98%
- David Mello 5,419 17.33%
It is possible we will not know the final results of the Mayoral elction tonight but it looks pretty sure for the Zimmer Council slate.
- Angel L. Alicea 4,832 15.45%
- Vincent Addeo 4,953 15.84%
- Raul Morales II 4,826 15.43%
Total 31,274 100.00% ◦
Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse will host the next Summer 2009 Kayaking Day at the Maxwell Place Boathouse on Sunday, June 14 from 11am – 3pm.
Hoboken Boathouse – in partnership with the City of Hoboken and Downtown Boathouse of New York City – has sponsored free kayaking in Hoboken for the past six years, serving over 3,100 paddlers. The Hoboken Boathouse is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers, boathouse space from the City of Hoboken, and borrowed kayaking equipment from the Downtown Boathouse.
The programs are free, open to all, and require no reservations. Trained kayakers will be on-hand to provide tips for new paddlers. The boathouse is located in Maxwell Place Park near the intersection of Sinatra Drive and Maxwell Place (metered parking is available on the east side of Sinatra Drive).In addition to next weekend, Hoboken Boathouse will sponsor programs on the following dates:Saturday, July 11, 10am-2pmSaturday, July 25, 10am-2pmSaturday, August 15, 1pm-5pmPlease note that all programs are tentative based on weather and water conditions, and are subject to cancellation.
For the latest information on Hoboken Boathouse programs, please email email@example.com, visit our website at http://www.hobokencoveboathouse.org/ or join us on Facebook or Twitter. ◦
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Here are two photos of Peter Cammarano workers trying to dominate the street scape with all of the outside money:
Actually a total of about 8 workers were milling around Brandt Street in yet another great
example of outside money not spent too well.
I am heading back to my post now to prevent voter intimidation in the waning moments of this election.
Thank you to my readers for wishing me a happy birthday. I don't want any presents other than for everyone in this town to get out and vote. That would be the best birthday gift of all.
May the force be with us and deliver the good result that is best for all of Hoboken in the long run. That is my birthday wish! ◦
Team Cammarano - Pirates! Argggh! Photo 1
Team Cammarano - Pirates! Argggh! Photo 2
I caught Dawn Zimmer's campaign manager Sam Briggs who had to tell one person that the fliers were by the Cammarano team and that his campaign was lying about Dawn's involvement. The man wanted to remain anonymous as he worked in the entertainment industry had taken a day off from work and agreed that scumbag was a good word for those behind this campaign trickery. Some people have no shame. ◦
Hoboken mayoral candidate Peter Cammarano's ELEC filings late
Cammarano’s finance reports late to state, but Hoboken Reporter has them
With your help, neither rain nor sleet nor snow can deter us from victory today.
Here is how YOU will lead Dawn Zimmer and the Change that Works City Council slate to victory today:
1. VOTE! - The Polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm. Click here to find your polling place.
2. Call, visit, text, and tweet 5 friends and get them to VOTE! Also get them to forward this email to 5 more people!
3. Volunteer! Come to HQ (618 Washington), grab a T-Shirt and some lit, and hit the streets for Change. We will have Ponchos too in case it rains.
Let's Do it Now!
Candidate, Hoboken City Council ◦
Keep in mind the ad is legit since it has the paid for language. It is just pointing out the fact that Peter Cammarano is trying to stuff Hoboken with as many people from outside of Hoboken as possible to give the illusion of electoral domminance. Don't be fooled.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tomorrow June 9th, Hoboken will have two distinct choices in the Mayoral candidacies between Dawn Zimmer and Peter Cammarano and their respective slates. The choice will be that between governmental reform (Dawn) and keeping the status quo (Peter). It will also entail a choice between between the patronage model of government which creates jobs for the sake of creating jobs (Peter) and a more service oriented perspective which looks at what level of employees is needed to provide City services (Dawn). What is at stake is taxes for sure but most importantly the scope of potential big scale development of the NJ transit plan and Northwest Redevelopment plan as well as many other potential projects including SW6 Park. A City Government that is overstaffed can always be corrected by a future mayor but these large scale projects once done will forever change the scale of Hoboken for a long time, for better or for worse. Do we seriously want to be like Jersey City? I say no and therefore support Dawn Zimmer and her team on Development issues. Peter is simply backed by too many big money interests to be trusted on this issue in my opinion.
This election is simply about turnout now so I am not expecting to change any minds this late in the game but rather express to you the reader why I have taken the position I have taken. Some Zimmer team supporters may see the the election of the Cammarano slate as a sort of a Hoboken Armageddon as depicted in this parody of Peter Cammarano and his slate but I simply include this here to provide a little pre-election humor and to note that this depiction would be a bit of an exaggeration to say in the least.
The Four Horsemen of the Hoboken Apocalypse? :)
Not Exactly - Parody by Graphix_Avenger
A lot is at stake for both political camps but even more importantly Hoboken as a whole. Although Peter Cammarano would like to paint every Zimmer supporter as a divisive minority, I find that Peter's remarks made directly to me indicate that he is in fact not the uniter he claims to be. During his campaign he has made a remark to one door knock person " I feel sorry for you for supporting Dawn", he has said to me that Dawn supporters are seflish, and has thrown out numerous other insults towards Zimmer supporters. Note to Peter: if you are trying to convert voters to your side who are informed 1) don't make up history 2) don't insult their intelligence with your verbal belligerance 3) if unable to convince retreat gracefully rather spewing insults. Sure, some Zimmer supporters I am sure crossed the line of decorum but this is the actual lead candidate himself showing contempt for differences in opinion. Not a leadership quality I look for in a future Mayor.
Dawn may not be the perfect candidate in terms of political presentability but I trust her judgement and her integrity as well as her intelligence. Peter Cammarano is still bragging about his debate performance. However, in that debate while showy in what he thinks is his rhetorical brilliance he showed me a few things that were actually disturbing besides the fact that like past arch-nemesis and new political turncoat friend Lane Bjardi, he loves to hear the sound of his own pontificating voice. Trust me on this one folks, Lane is a much better speaker because he actually understands what he is speaking about rather than stringing together talking points.
Anyway, I digress, back to my concerns on the debate: One, he slandered the performance record of Ravi Bhalla as rent control attorney which has since been rebutted by a long standing member of our community. Two, he said the hospital was thriving and yet it has less than 8 days cash on hand according to Moody's. Not exactly an example of great financial judgement. Lastly he misstated Dawn Zimmers record on the Pier C Park. Dawn passed that resolution only when it was properly funded.
Dawn does have a real plan to cut taxes by 25% although I too realize that she will probably get a lot of resistance on this if elected. Peter will cut garbage pickup. Either Dawn or Peter will benefit from the elimination of the one-time reserves that were required this year in part due to the financial mismanagement of the past and the other part due to reserve requirements mandated by the state.
There are many other issues that I could delve into but due to my own time contraints I will end it here. Three main areas to me where Dawn excels over Peter are 1) Honesty and Transparancy (where are Petey's ELECs still not filed in the runoff), 2) The Bottom line and the Budget 3) Development that is in scale with the community.
Dawn's Slate also shares her vision and willingness to dicsuss the issues. It is unfortunate that they have been shut out of certain buildings during this campaign in their efforts to reach out to all voters. My recommendation is to vote Dawn Zimmer 1A, Carol Marsh 1B, Ravi Bhalla 2B, and Dave Mello 3B. They were also the only runoff candidates that agreed to a debate.
This election should be very close and is truly all about turnout in this point and that always puts more pressure on the non-establishment candidates to trun out the vote. Those behind the machine vote tend to always show up and pull the lever. If this election breaks decisively it would most likely go to the establishment candidate Peter Cammarano only because his base of support has a much more reliable track record. Demographics are changing in Hoboken and I do feel this will be a real close election with an uncertain outcome. More the reason to get out and vote regardless if you agree with my choice or not.
I pledge that whoever wins this election I will offer my advice and expertise in particular technology, IT services contracts and business process mapping if needed free of charge to Hoboken as I can make myself available. I want a better government for Hoboken and should not be belittled for having a different opinion than some and vice versa. I will let bygones be bygones after Tuesday. Will the rest of Hoboken do the same? Stay tuned.◦
So far Peter Cammarano has only filed his D-2 form wich was recieved on May 28,2009. This form just indicates the formation of a new Joint Committee with the candidates listed. The other two forms that should have been filed are the R-1 forms which show donations and disbursements for both his Mayoral race and the joint committee. As of June 8th, 2009 and 1:30PM those forms are NOT YET filed on NJ's ELEC website. These reports are supposed to be filed 11 days before the runoff election.
Peter Cammarano Runoff filings to date (No Donations or Disbursements for 11 day report) :
Dawn Zimmer filed her Mayoral R-1 form and it has a recieved date of May 29,2009:
Dawn's Joint Committee filing which has the bulk of the contributions has a recieved date of 6/1/2009:
Ravi Bhalla has his own seperate Council Candidate filings and his shows a recieved date of 6/1/2009:
Editorial Comment: So far Dawn Zimmer's team is winning on the transparency front. Just citizen donors, no outside PACS and appropriate filings before the election.◦
Certinaly a possible explanation is that a leave of absense was taken to shore up the final moments of his campaign or perhaps even an online glitch that for some reason doesn't have him listed. Those are just possible explanations and as of yet I do not have a definitive reason. See picture below of blank search when looking for the last names starting with a C as of 12:30PM 6/8/2009.
I did call the Newark Office in an attempt to reach his voice mail and they did say he was not available but did not elaborate any further. Presumably, it is the correct office since they did not refer me to another office. It should be noted that when I called I did identify myself properly and elected not to leave a message after being re-routed. I also sent an email to his press person but as of yet have not recieved a reply.
Editor's Statement: To be doubly clear, I am not implying anything else other than stating the fact that Peter Cammarano is simply not listed in his law firms directory and it is something that I find curious and no more. I'm sure there is an explanation for this and I haven't recieved an official one yet.◦
REVOLT MISSION: to ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability in Hoboken government
Peter Cammarano: Voted YES to Mayor Roberts' underfunded and overspent 2008 budget. Voted YES to the State Fiscal monitor's $120 million 2009 budget. - City Council Meeting, June 2, 2008 and City Council Meeting, March 18, 2009
Dawn Zimmer: Voted NO to Mayor Roberts' underfunded and overspent 2008 budget. Abstained on the State Fiscal Monitor's 2009 budget. - City Council Meeting, June 2, 2008 and City Council Meeting, March 18, 2009
REVOLT MISSION: to reduce waste and eliminate mismanagement in government
Peter Cammarano: “I strongly urge you to withdraw the proposed cuts against Hoboken police and firefighters, and to explore other avenues for trimming the city budget.” - Cammarano Letter to the State Monitor, March 26, 2009
Cammarano proposes only “hiring freezes where applicable” as a way to reduce labor costs. - Cammarano Website
Dawn Zimmer: “I think we need to review the number of employees that we have. I've called again to see the operational audits - to look at them and benchmark them against other communities. As for the public safety cuts, we need less officers at the higher level”. -Mayoral Debate, May 28, 2009
Zimmer Proposes a 10% reduction in labor costs, through a variety of cost-cutting measures including reduction of health care costs, wage freezes, furloughs, elimination of unneeded functions, and where appropriate and consistent with the public safety needs of the community, demotions and layoffs as a last resort. -Zimmer Website
Revolt Objective: Set standards for smart PILOTs that improve the fiscal condition of the City.
Peter Cammarano: Voted YES to a ten-year extension of the Church Towers PILOT without any apparent affordable housing program in place. - City Council Meeting, March 4, 2009
Dawn Zimmer: Voted NO to the ten-year extension of the Church Towers PILOT in the absence of a program in place to ensure that the goal of providing affordable housing to families who need it would be served. - City Council Meeting, March 4, 2009
Introduced a resolution, passed by the council, to require a cost-benefit analysis before voting on any future PILOTS. - City Council Meeting, April 15, 2009
The mayoral vote on may 12th yielded only a 72 vote difference between candidates
Dawn zimmer and peter cammarano. remember, Every vote counts.
MAYORAL RUNOFF ELECTION,TUESDAY JUNE 9, 6AM-8PM
LOVE YOUR TOWN. VOTE.
To read more on Revolt go to: http://www.hobokenrevolt.com/. ◦