Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beth Mason Kicks off her Website for Second Ward City Council

Beth Mason sent out this email to a large distribution list announcing her campaign website this morning. Tom Greaney, her challenger for the seat has formally filed his ELECS and should have his website up in the next few weeks. No third candidate as of yet has filed for the 2nd Ward race to my knowledge at this time. Stay tuned as it is time to gear up for another election season:

Dear Friend,

I hope this email finds you well. As you maybe aware several weeks ago I announced my candidacy for re-election for 2nd Ward City Council and promised to re-launch my website after the holiday season. Now that we have entered the New Year I ask that you please visit my new re-election website

Leading up to the May 10th election, I am looking forward to a spirited campaign where we discuss the issues that are important to us and our families. We must continue to work together so we can continue to move the 2nd Ward in the right direction. Together we must:

  • Finish important open space initiatives such as the design and construction of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove.
  • Work with Mayor Zimmer and the City Council to repair our waterfront completely.
  • Continue to fight to cut wasteful spending such as international trips for City Directors paid for by taxpayers, multiple contracts for politically connected law firms, and raises for political consultants on the public payroll.

Finally, as you may be aware, at the February 16th City Council meeting Mayor Zimmer will introduce her 2011 Municipal Budget. Many residents are wondering what will become of Hoboken’s approximately $20 million (and still growing) surplus. From the very day the surplus was uncovered I have been an advocate of using it to provide property tax relief.

The current administration’s public relations team and the political blogs that support it are trying to rationalize why City Hall should be able to keep your money - even to the point of personally attacking those who oppose a more bloated government. Unfortunately for them this is not a discussion that will be resolved by mudslinging, but rather by examining what is right and what is wrong. This surplus exists because you were overcharged, repeatedly, on your tax bills. No amount of political spin can change that simple fact. Frankly, City Hall has no right to keep your money and to do so is wrong and unacceptable. If you are overcharged by a business - you demand your money back – and a reputable business would give it to you.

We are currently suffering through one of the worst economic climates in our nation’s history. The money saved in property taxes by returning this surplus represents a senior citizen being able to afford life saving medication, a family being able to put food on their table or save more for their child’s education or a hardworking recent college graduate paying down his or her student loans.

The spin masters in City Hall who are arguing that they should be able to keep your money are the same ones who author glossy campaign flyers promising to cut taxes every time there is an election. On February 16th that very campaign rhetoric will come to a head and the politicians in City Hall will either make good on their promise to cut taxes or yet again disappoint you.

If you are tired of the same old broken promises, the same sorry tired politics of the past, and the same over-inflated tax bills you receive every quarter, please join me in standing up to fight for lower taxes and to put people first. Together we can make Hoboken an even better and more affordable place to live and raise a family.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at (201)-916-8244 or I look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you for allowing me the time to discuss my campaign. I look forward to seeing you soon and again ask that you please visit my new website at

Beth's Kickoff Video is below: