Monday, May 31, 2010

Hoboken High School Students Schooled by Con Man

Earlier last week some Hoboken High School students got duped by a con man. Here is the story on's Hoboken Now and a video clip from ABC News Channel 7.

Here is a news story from ABC's Channel 7 News that covers the metro New York City area:

My comment: It would appear that the procedures that vetted this supposed fundraiser/con man broke down and Superintendent Carter admitted such on the Channel 7 news story. Moral of the story is if something is too good to be true it probably is not or just Google them baby! Seems like the High School Students are up on technology more than the current administration. ◦

Friday, May 28, 2010

Update on the Location of the Municipal Garage from Mayor Zimmer

Here is the latest update from the Zimmer Administration on the Municipal Garage. Unlike another website that gets exclusives on pregnant raccoons from rabid Cammarano supporters and only prints portions of releases to exact their spin to the detriment of fair reporting on the issues, I present this release in its entirety for the reader to dissect in the comments section below:

Update on the Location of the Municipal Garage from Mayor Zimmer

Based on community feedback, it is very clear that there’s a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the municipal garage issue. My Administration is working as hard as possible to develop every potential option for solving this problem. The following provides an overview of the situation, along with information about the process going forward.

Important update on the bid process:

The bid responses for the two RFPs (Request for Proposals) issued two weeks ago were scheduled to be submitted no later than today, Friday, May 28th. Unfortunately, the integrity of the bidding process was compromised when the bidding list, which is confidential information prior to the bid opening, appeared on the Internet. Business Administrator Arch Liston has directed that the bidding process be rescinded and re-advertised. An internal investigation regarding the matter has been launched, and appropriate action will be taken against persons found to have been involved in any wrongdoing.

When the new bid process is completed, the submitted bids in response to the RFPs will be revealed and made public by the City Clerk in the Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend when the sealed bids are opened. My Administration will review those bids in an expeditious manner, solicit input from the community, and compare these options to other alternatives, which have been suggested by the public, the City Council, and my Administration.

The situation:

The only appropriate reason for moving our Municipal Garage would be if there’s another location that would better serve our community. Before selling the existing garage, the City should have secured and completed construction on an alternative site that it believed was more beneficial than the present location. Unfortunately, this was not done. It was based instead on the desire to plug the City's budget gaps starting in 2005. As a result, there existed neither an alternative site nor any plan to obtain one.

We will not repeat those mistakes again. My Administration is taking a proactive approach and considering all alternatives for locating our garage with the single goal of achieving the best results for our City. Below are details on the history of the garage transaction along with some of the potential options and the steps we are taking to prepare.

Through a series of "sale leaseback" transactions starting in 2005, the Roberts Administration borrowed approximately $16 million against the City's interest in our existing garage to cover operating expenses. In 2008, when the City entered into a contract of sale with the developer, Hekemian, it was anticipated that when the sale closed in 2010 the proceeds of the sale would be used to pay off that debt.

At the June 2 City Council meeting, a bond ordinance will be considered by the City Council to refinance (at a much lower interest rate) the debt borrowed against the garage. This will protect us in the event that, for any reason, the sale of the existing garage does not proceed as planned, in which case there would be no need to relocate the garage prior to acquiring a better long term alternative.

Understanding the role of the Mayor, Council, and public in final decision making:

There has been a lot of misinformation that has been circulated, some mistakenly and some intentionally, about about the decision making process being followed. A constituent called yesterday who had been misled into believing that in my position as mayor I could and intended to unilaterally decide without Council approval, where the garage will be located. I want to assure everyone that this is absolutely not the case. The City Council and the public will be very much involved in the final decision with regard to the garage location.

The preliminary discussions of the options were kept confidential to protect the City’s negotiating position, and so that options could be presented to the public as real viable and available solutions. The ultimate decision making process, however is a fully public one.

The process for acquiring land requires the City Council to adopt a bond ordinance. Ordinances receive a 1st reading at a Council meeting, followed by a legal advertisement in a newspaper of record, after which a 2nd reading and public hearing is held. The Council debates and votes after the public session. A super majority, six votes, are required to adopt a bond ordinance. Leases, on the other hand, require passing a resolution, which require a simple majority, or, five votes. The public speaks on all resolutions and then the Council debates and votes. Neither a land acquisition or a lease option can be completed secretly or unilaterally by the Mayor. They can only be implemented following a full public discussion and approval by the City Council.

We will continue to involve the public in this process and keep you informed of developments. If you would like to receive updates on the status of the municipal garage, please email Juan Melli in the Mayor’s Office at


Mayor Zimmer ◦

Uptown Farmer's Market to start June 3rd

Where: 13th Street & Hudson
When: Thursdays June 3 thru October 28
What Time: 3pm to 7:30pm.

Beginning June 3, and running through October, the market will be open Thursdays from 3 pm to 7:30 pm. The convenient time and location ensures that residents of uptown Hoboken and beyond will have an opportunity to pick up some freshly picked lettuce for Thursday night’s dinner or a scrumptious peach pie for the weekend barbeque.

This year returning vendors include Ort Farms of Long Valley, NJ, Stony Hill Farms of Chester and an organic farm, Jeff’s Produce. All the farms are certified ‘Jersey Fresh,’ which ensures the customer is getting the best of locally grown fruits and veggies. Rounding out the veggie selection is Gina’s Bakery of Montclair with freshly baked breads and sweets. Hoboken Farms is a popular stop for a variety of epicurean delights. Surely no one can resist the call of Dr. Pickle, who will happily give customers a sample of any of his briny, delicious olives, roasted peppers and pickles, of course!

Uptown Farmers Market photo from 2009

For more information, please visit the Uptown Farmer's Market  website at or send an email to


Jaycees Job Search Related Workshops this June

Here are some free workshops coming up courtesy of the Hudson County Jaycees this June:


Hoboken Photo of the Day - Looking Down River Street

This weekend should be pretty quiet in Hoboken. Here is a shot of River Street and imagine it with even fewer parked cars. That is what it will likely be like this weekend with most people getting out of town to enjoy the holiday weekend.

View looking downtown on River Street


Picasso of the Day - Man with Lollipop

Today's Picasso from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is "Man with a Lollipop" painted in 1938. The Met exhibit runs through August 15 of this summer. For more information on the exhibit click here:

Met Museum of Art Picasso Exhibit 2010

Man With a lollipop 1938


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mayor Zimmer Writes Governor Christie Regarding the Connors School

Dawn Zimmer has responded to the Governor Christie's Administration and its decision to delay funding for the Connors School Renovations. Embedded is her letter and a copy of the press release below:


In response to a letter from the New Jersey Schools Development Authority to Superintendent Peter Carter indicating that the “Connors Elementary School project will not proceed to construction this June,” Mayor Dawn Zimmer today sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie emphasizing the urgency of funding the construction project.

Click here to view the letter:

Hoboken Summer Events Calendar has been released

Hoboken has released its Summer Events Calendar for 2010. Many thanks to Geri Fallo and the rest of the employees that helped out with this full itinerary of events on a shoestring budget for the denizens of Hoboken to enjoy throughout this Summer:


Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2010 Video Highlights

Yesterday evening, Hoboken held its annual Memorial Day Parade. Here are some video highlights:


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Car Sharing Program Feedback on City Website

On the Ciy of Hoboken's website is a link to the new Car Sharing Program recently introduced by Director Ian Sacs.

This was provided to me by Peter Cunningham in a brief email:

"Please see the link below to the City's website that will answer many questions.

This will be a great program for Hoboken that will create parking and convenience while reducing stress, carbon foot print and costs. Please remember it's a pilot program."

- Peter Cunningham

City of Hoboken Potential Car Sharing Sites from Community Feedback

Also, this is the link to give the City feedback on the location of the cars for the car sharing program.

Memorial Day Parade Highlights - Photos

Earlier this evening Hoboken held its annual Memorial Day Parade. Here are some photo highlights:


Hoboken reigns in illegal taxi operations

The latest from City Hall on the ongoing cleanup efforts to right the ship.......


The City of Hoboken has been increasing its efforts to enforce taxi and limousine regulations for the protection of residents and visitors.

"My Administration is taking taxi and limousine safety issues very seriously," Mayor Dawn Zimmer said.

Code enforcement officers have already issued over $60,000 in summonses to illegally-operating taxi services. In addition to scheduled inspections, spot checks for proper documentation and vehicle condition are now regularly conducted.

The relocation of the taxi stand at Hoboken Terminal combined with a dispatcher posted during peak periods has improved organization and dramatically reduced illegal and inappropriate haggling. City code states that the first fare has a right to refuse additional passengers.

These increased enforcement efforts contributed to the recent arrest of an illegally-operating driver by the Hoboken Police Department. The driver had a suspended license, four warrants out for his arrest, and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Due to this and other events, the City has been cooperating with higher level agencies to assist in expanded enforcement efforts.

"Out of town operations that had been ignoring our rules are now thinking twice before driving on our streets," Department of Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs said.

Residents are reminded that hailing a licensed Hoboken taxi is perfectly legal anywhere in the City. All licensed taxis bear a shield and number on both front doors of the car. Despite the City's efforts to crack down on unlicensed operations, residents are advised that riding in unlicensed vehicles not only poses a safety risk, but also harms legally-operating Hoboken-based taxi businesses.

Residents who suspect a violation or have a concern about a taxi should call the Taxi Division at 201-216-1090 or email and provide the number in the shield on the door.

Residents can get important updates from the Department of Transportation and Parking by following the department's twitter account: ◦

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Longest Voyage at Sea ends June 17th on the Hudson River

New York City artist, adventurer and sailor Reid Stowe, on his 70-ft. gaff-rigged schooner Anne, has less than one month left on his epic 1000+ Days non-stop and non-resupplied sea voyage. However, since Day 1,000 (January 16, 2010) of Stowe’s challenging voyage would have scheduled his return to New York Harbor in the middle of winter when the storms of the North Atlantic were at their peak, Stowe decided to sail with the variable winds and currents of the Atlantic doldrums, postponing his return until Thursday, June 17, 2010, after logging 1,152 days at sea.

On June 17, Stowe will be accompanied by a flotilla of boats up the Hudson River to Pier 81 (World Yacht pier) where he will debark at 1 p.m. and step foot on land for the first time in over three years. He will reunite with his companion, Soanya Ahmad, who sailed with Stowe for the first 306 days of the voyage, but had to leave due to morning sickness. Ahmad now holds the women’s record for the longest non-stop sea voyage. Stowe will also meet, for the first time, his son Darshen, who was conceived at sea and is now almost two years old.

Stowe left port April 21, 2007, accompanied by his companion Ahmad. Together they sailed from the Hudson towards the Atlantic on a ship laden with three years worth of food, beans for sprouting, solar panels for energy, large tarps to catch rainwater, a laptop, an Iridium satellite telephone, and a JouBeh satellite tracking unit that would verify the path of the 1000 days voyage (see Google map at Stowe survived a collision with a freighter on day 15, endured tough repairs with limited supplies, through the loss of his companion and only crewmember when she had to leave the boat due to nausea, and through the solitary days that followed. Still, Stowe managed to create two large scale conceptual art drawings with the course that he sailed, the shape of a whale in the Pacific and a heart in the Atlantic.

Why 1000 Days?

One thousand days is the time estimated for a future mission to Mars, which will have similar attributes of isolation and vessel self-reliance – hence the project’s name, “Mars Ocean Odyssey.” Stowe’s primary motivation is “to take exploration on the sea further than anyone has before.” Linked to thousands of followers on the Web, on day 638 he writes, “…it takes more to live at sea than a good boat and all the preparations, skills and psychology than you can imagine. It takes the continued support of the loving consciousness of humankind.” Despite numerous mental, physical, and emotional hardships that would have caused another person to head for the safety of the shore, Stowe remains optimistic, finding strength in a deep spiritual connection to the sea.

Please visit the official website at  to read daily blogs from the Anne, see her current location, hear audio clips, and much more.

Click on Read More to get the schedule:


Video - Memorial Day Parade Highlights 2009

Update 5/25/2010: Here are highlights from last year's Memorial Day Parade. This year's is tomorrow night starting at City Hall and ending up by the Elks club at 10th and Washington.

Original Post 5/21/2009:

I put together this raw video from the Hoboken Memorial Day Parade yesterday. The veterans that it honored seemed to enjoy the festivities as did I.

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade Highlights May 20 2009

Editor's Note: You might get the felling of deja vu since you will see a few scenes twice. That is due to the fact I walked ahead of the parade a few times and eventually up to the review stand where the parade ended. ◦

Internal Audit Catches Illegal Use of Parking Transponders's Hoboken Now did a story to arrest of two people using a stolen transponders yesterday. Here is the story:

Municipal garage employee arrested in connection with stolen transponder

Here is the corresponding press release from the Zimmer Administration yesterday:


In October 2009, Mayor Zimmer directed Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs to conduct an audit of all active Municipal Parking Garage transponders.

After completing the audit in January 2010, Director Sacs identified about 160 active devices that were not associated with a City vehicle and had them disabled. The arrests announced today are a result of the Mayor’s efforts to restore integrity in government and the cooperation between the City’s directors and the Hoboken Police.

My Commnents:

There were 160 missing units. Here are my questions:
  • Why were none of these reported or turned off until after the audit?
  • Isn't this one arrest just the tip of the iceberg?
  • Doesn't the sheer number of missing transponders indicate systemic fraud?
  • Is there a trade in stolen trsanponsers?
  • Are more arrests coming?
  • When this is said and done, will this be known as "Transponder Gate"?


Old Dave Roberts Tax Letter- Forward Planning? Due Diligence?

Here is an old tax letter from Dave Roberts:

This letter is comical in retrospect given what David Roberts wants his legacy to be rather than what it will be.

The best quote is "as we continue into this year, you will see that taxes have stabilized due to forward planning and due diligence". Just yesterday an unnamed Roberts supporter on's Hoboken Now accused the Zimmer Administration of trying to re-write history. Nice try by David Roberts but the problems with the sale of the Municipal Garage and finding its new location reveal his planning wasn't that forward and that his budgetary schemes were a house of cards that fell in when he couldn't get a council majority to back him. Adding revisionism to incompetency isn't going to help his legacy one iota.


Jaycees to have Resource Event and Job Fair June 19 12-3PM

The Hudson County Jaycees IN PARTNERSHIP WITH The Hoboken Housing Authority, The Office of Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr., The Office of Freeholder Anthony Romano, The City of Hoboken, STY Academy, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and HOPES CAP, Inc present a

Resource Event/Career Fair
Save the Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 12:00p.m – 3:00p.m
Hoboken Multi Service Center
124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
No cost to employers or Job seekers

As you are aware, many of New Jersey’s population is unemployed due to current economic conditions. Many New Jersey’s population is seeking second chances. The Hudson County Jaycees, The State, as well as the County, The STY Academy, and Department of Labor and Workforce Development are committed to assisting these workers find other employment and training opportunities and helping employers find the right applicants to fill their open positions. The event we are planning would be immensely beneficial not only to this highly qualified workforce but also to the employer community of New Jersey.

For you, as a valued New Jersey employer, the Resource Event would be an ideal opportunity to meet many of these workers who could fill your current and anticipated job openings. We expect the job seekers to be a balanced mix of young adults seeking second chances, as well as entry level, and a wide array of skills and experience from various sectors and backgrounds. We encourage and invite you to attend this event and participate actively to make it a success for New Jersey’s displaced workers and for yourself. Once registered, we will contact you and provide you with link for directions.

For additional details and to register, please contact:

Nick Calicchio, Jr
Hudson County Jaycees - Vice President of Community Development
email: ◦

Peter Cunningham on Car Sharing Program Input

Here is a note from Councilman Cunningham who is gathering information from the public to get their input on the best locations for the upcoming car share program. In another example of transparency, the public's input is appreciated.

Dear 5th Ward Neighbors,

We are soon to implement a car sharing program (just like Zip Car - but run by Hertz) throughout the city. Each Ward Council person has the opportunity to either work with their community or choose locations as they see fit for where the allocation of cars will be located on our city streets. Please see the attached document that shows where cars are currently requested, and let me know your thoughts on these and/or additional locations.

It is important to recognize that current statistical data shows for every Car Sharing vehicle in the program, over the course of two years 17.2 cars will be taken off our streets, thus creating additional parking (and perhaps a huge financial saving to yourself!).

Please respond with your thoughts (or questions) over the next couple of days.

Thanks, Peter Cunningham
5th Ward Councilman

Picasso of the Day- Harlequin

Today's Picasso of the Day includes is from 1905 and is titled "At the Lapin Agile" where Picasso depicts himself as a harlequin figure to the right. Oh, those spledid bohemian times that modern life has gotten us away from....

The Picasso exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City runs through August 15th. ◦

Monday, May 24, 2010

Video Throwback - The Ross Sisters circa 1944 - Cirque Du Soleil look out!

Hoboken has its share of female and male yoga devotees but I dare any of them to take on the Ross sisters in a fitness competition. This song and dance display has been big on YouTube and combines a display of musicality, extreme flexibility, athleticism and a touch of vaudeville. The song title is "Solid Potato Salad" but something tells me these girls didn't make that a large part of their diet.

More on the Ross sisters on Wikipedia:

Showtime Gala - Featuring Julio Fernandez and Brian Stack May 27th - 6-8PM

The Park Performing Arts Center will present three Showtime Awards at its annual gala on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 6 pm at the Park Theater in Union City.

“It is an elegant evening planned with live music, a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by a brief awards presentation,” said Gala Co-chair Diana Punales Morejon. “The Showtime Gala brings together local artists and community members for a relaxed, fun and memorable evening.” For tickets or information call 201-865-6980. Tickets are $100 per person.

For more information online go to:

Press Release from the Mayor's Office: Hoboken Takes control of its Finances

Here is a note for note release from the Zimmer Administration a week after the fiscal monitor has left the building. The Zimmer Administration is finally on their own now. Unlike another website in town that seems hell bent on brining this administration down at every chance (to bolster their self anointed  "Queen of Transparency" and possibly get the big ad revenue payday),  I  have decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they can do in the next 3 plus years. The road so far has been a rocky one and the booby traps were just about everywhere and now is time for the Administration to deliver.

I leave it up to the reader to decide how much is spin or just new fangled communication from the Mayor.....


Having completed its first full week of self-rule free of fiscal monitoring oversight, Mayor Dawn Zimmer highlighted some of the steps taken by her Administration to correct mistakes of the past and position Hoboken for a more responsible and fiscally secure future.

"Hoboken's days of kicking the can down the road and leaving the check for our kids to pick up are over," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "My Administration will always put the City's interests ahead of the short-sighted political expediency that brought us to this point."

After conducting an actuarial review, the City of Hoboken last week paid the State of New Jersey $4.2 million for an illegal early retirement incentive plan implemented by the Roberts Administration. The City is pursuing alternatives to recouping funds.

"We are quite literally paying for the mistakes of the past," noted Zimmer. "With proper research, we would have known that this was illegal. We didn't create this mess, but we will clean it up and leave Hoboken a better place for the next generation."

The relocation of the Municipal Garage, which was sold five years ago, is a major challenge inherited by the Zimmer Administration.

"They sold the garage, spent the money to plug budget holes, and never planned for where to relocate," said Zimmer. "That kind of recklessness threatens Hoboken's future and will not be tolerated in my Administration. I’m not simply determined to solve this problem; I’m committed to making sure we don’t find ourselves in this kind of situation in the future. That's why it's been a priority of mine to hire the most qualified individuals who base decisions solely on their professional judgment and on what is best for the City."

On May 12th, Mayor Zimmer traveled to Trenton and appeared before the Local Finance Board to argue for the City's release from state oversight. The board voted unanimously to eliminate fiscal monitoring oversight, four months ahead of schedule. Hoboken's first day free of oversight from State Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi was Monday, May 17th.

My comment: Paying off the Roberts Pension debacle at a one-time clip of $4.2 million is a good thing. However, in the short term, it won't give tax relief in this or the next fiscal year. Now that the fiscal monitor is gone and the Mayor can make autonomous decisions so we will see if additional tax relief can be met over the next few years. I for one never for a moment believed that a 25% tax reduction would happen in the first year and actually that was a campaign promise from Zimmer in the second election election that she lost to Peter Cammarano. Still, much remains on the Mayor's plate with Pier C, a new budget, the garage,  right sizing of government ( the police audit still needs to be acted on), SW Park, and many other such things. ◦

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Political Cartoon of the Week "Street Money Mason"

Street Money Mason based on a Dutch Painting

Over the last several weeks Beth Mason initiated and Ravi Bhalla countered with attacks on each other's ethics on separate issues. Beth Mason went after Ravi for campaign contributions to a Newark PAC demanding that he resign from his position immediately. What else is new; Beth Mason practically goes after everyone that stands in her way for her grasp for ever so fleeting power. Formerly respected Hoboken pay to play group POG even stepped in and tried to throw Zimmer and her slate under the bus demanding action but never specifying what action was required in one of the more poorly and politically charged communications in recent Hoboken non-partisan group history.

Based on what I have read and found out it is apparent to me that Ravi does not appear to be involved in any pay to play or quid quo pro activities given the nature of the PACs that he donated to that I know about. Still, I am concerned about the involvement in these machine-like organizations that are part of Ravi's political past. I have generally liked Ravi's contributions to the City Council but perhaps Mason's attack has succeeded somewhat in denting Ravi's reputation as a reformer. Where I sit now, if there was a call to get the best reformer available for a special election I don't know if I would put Ravi at the top of the list. Of course there is always time to rebuild ones reputation and adhere to the higher standards of reform that Beth Mason espouses when it is politically convenient but fails to follow herself.

Beth Mason on the other hand, is still in a categorical state of denial about her Election irregularities. Detailed analysis of her check distribution clearly shows that the concept of one check per person was violated in terms of the spirit of appropriate cash disbursements. Rather than take responsibility and own up like Ravi did when he found out he failed to file paperwork (ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially when you are a lawyer),  Beth Mason blamed it on her clerk.

Hence the inspiration for this political cartoon and possible t-shirt. Let me know if anyone would like this on a t-shirt by emailing at If I get enough interest I might open up a Cafe Press account and set up a T-shirt store.


Statement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Municipal Garage

Here is a statement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued earlier this week on the topic of the Hoboken Municipal Garage. Another web local site had leaked a potential location at 6th and Jackson Streets otherwise known as the Pino Site that got the City Council chambers packed with residents who did not want the garage in their backyard. This release from the Zimmer administration would seem to indicate there is more than one potential site in play here. So the question to the reader is: do you believe the site that works for Beth Mason and Mike Russo's political advantage and was responsible for reporting the leak and was in 100% synch with Zimmer's political detractors and naysayers, or do you understand that certain negotiations on land acquisition have to be done in confidence. More importantly than who leaked the information is (if it was a City Council person shame on them), if it not the Pino Site which is adjacent to both residential and industrial uses, than which site? In other words, Mayor QUIMBY (Roberts) set us up for this NIMBY (not in my backyard). More on other potential sites for the garage later.

The Pino Site at 6-7 and Jackson purportedly one of the options

Statement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Municipal Garage

I am writing to assure residents concerned about a potential municipal garage site located at 6th and Monroe Streets. My Administration is considering multiple options, none of which are ideal. Relocating the garage, even temporarily, in this or any other residential area raises serious concerns. Those concerns were heard very clearly at last night's Council meeting, echoing publicly concerns that have been raised both internally by my Administration and by Council Members.

The lack of proper relocation planning in the five years since the garage was sold to fund operating expenses has been the single biggest challenge faced by my Administration. There were no good options available in the very limited time we were given. We have been working diligently to find the least bad solution. I have every confidence we are nearing one of several options that will avoid the outcome rumored in recent days.

The Council has been briefed on alternatives. In an effort to overlook nothing, we have been and will continue to consider additional locations through direct solicitation of property owners and the RFP process, which is scheduled to be completed on May 28th. Results of the RFP process will be shared with the City Council and the public and discussed at a public meeting.

Residents may review the notices for two RFPs issued on our website at the following links:

Please email Juan Melli at in the Mayor's office if you would like to sign up for regular updates on the municipal garage site relocation.

As a final note, it is personally frustrating that I cannot further reduce concern by more fully briefing the public. There are a great many moving pieces to this transaction, and I am firmly advised by counsel that premature disclosure could severely undermine the City's interests. It would be far more comfortable to say more, but I will not do so if it means putting the City's interest at risk.


Dawn Zimmer ◦

Mayoral Office Advisory Traffic Study in Southern part of City May 20-27

This advisory was sent earlier in the week regarding a traffic study in the south section of town. I like Director Ian Sacs' approach to traffic problems as compared to the last HPU director. Instead of allegedly counting 25 tons of quarters in Tom's River like Roberts appointed John Correa, he is actually taking measurments and applying sound scientific engineering by gathering data to help solve some of our traffic issues.


Traffic counts in the Southwest region of Hoboken are scheduled to take place between May 20th and May 27th. The consulting firm Eng-Wong Taub will be conducting the study in various locations along Paterson Plank Road, Jersey Avenue, Newark Street, Observer Highway, and Marin Blvd.

Pole-mounted video cameras located on the sidewalk will record, count, and classify vehicles circulating through the intersections. Automatic Traffic Recorders will also be installed at several locations.

The count is taking place to resolve long standing congestion problems in Southwest Hoboken due to overlapping local and through traffic and to reevaluate this area for incoming development in terms of pedestrian and bicycle access. Both Hoboken and Jersey City have redevelopment plans for their sides of this municipal boundary. ◦

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade Honors only living Medal of Honor recipient in Hudson County

This coming Wednesday Hoboken will honor the only living Medal of Honor recipient in Hudson County. This brief recap of the upcoming memorial parade was sent in by Hoboken resident and veteran John Carey........


Date: Wednesday May 26th, 2010 @6:45PM
Location: Washington Street from City Hall to 10th Street by the Elks Club

The “Medal of Honor” is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Government. It is bestowed on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves “conspicuously by gallantry at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.”

During World War II 16 Million US Servicemen and women served their country but only 500 were awarded the “Medal of Honor.”

Hoboken is proud to recognize the only living “Medal of Honor” recipient from Hudson County, Mr. Nicholas Oresko. Mr. Nicholas Oresko entered the US Army in 1943 from is home town of Bayonne, New Jersey. He was awarded the “Medal of Honor” for his heroic actions on January 23rd, 1945 near the town of Tettington, Germany. ◦

Picasso of the Day - Minotaur

This Picasso of the Day from this summer's exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that of a blind Minotaur being led by a girl through the night. It is an action packed scene that actually seems tepid compared to the Mike Russo induced hysteria of recent Hoboken City Council meetings. It is a rare moment in Hoboken Politics where rational thought processes actually happen with that man on issues critical to the Hoboken taxpayer.  This work by Picasso really reminds me of the power of mob rule, especially when the public is manipulated by an elected official whose family background knows a little too much about the mob for my comfort. Is that Lane Bajardi or Mike Russo as the Minotaur? Of course people can see many different things in the same piece of art. Feel free to chime in your impressions of this powerfully strange work below.....

Blind Minotaur Led by a Girl through the Night (1934 Printed in 1939)

Here is a YouTube video that gives a behind the scenes tour of the Picasso exhibit at the Met this Summer:

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Behind-the-scenes Tour with the Director:

More info on the exhibit.....

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2010–August 15, 2010
Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor

This landmark exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) in the Museum's collection. It features three hundred works, including the Museum's complete holdings of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a selection of the artist's prints. The Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's multi–sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career.

For more information go to their website section on the exhibit:


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Picasso of the Day - Cubism Example 1

The Picasso of the Day series continues with an example of the artist's early cubism work around 1910-1912.....


Hoboken Photo of the Day - View of Downtown NYC on a sunny day

Here is a shot of downtown NYC from Hoboken's Pier A on a nice sunny day....


Friday, May 21, 2010

News Stories on Governor Christie's Veto of Millionaire tax

Here are some stories in the news about Governor Corzine Christie and his veto of the millionaires tax.

NJ Governor Chris Corzine Christie at Hoboken Town Hall Meeting with Zimmer and Cunningham
Photo Courtesy of MSV Blog's "Da Horsey" 
Democrats’ one-shot, a series of inoculation

A MILLIONAIRES TAX is a one-shot budget fix. Forget whether the 16,000 New Jerseyans who make more than $1 million a year should be taxed at nearly an 11 percent rate. Forget whether the more than $600 million in anticipated revenue is an accurate number. And forget whether that revenue would really be used for senior citizens. In plain New Jersey English, just fuhgeddabout the whole thing. (Doblin, The Record)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie swiftly vetos millionaires tax increase, property tax rebate bills

It took about two minutes from the time Senate President Steve Sweeney certified the passage of the millionaires tax package for Governor Christie to veto the bills at his desk. (Friedman, Fleisher, The Record)


Face-off with N.J. Dems about taxes marks defining moment for Gov. Chris Christie

After months of threatening and posturing, the battle about taxes that will define Gov. Chris Christie’s first year in office was joined Thursday. (Star-Ledger)

My comment: Feel free to chime in below. I do support Christie on many of his proposed initiatives in municipal reform that make sense regardless of whether or not you are Republican, Democrat or Independent. I do not agree with repealing or vetoing the millionaire tax on its own. On moral grounds I do not believe in a flax tax and think a fairer system of taxation is a progressive schedule. Others may disagree and that is fine. I actually agreed with Ines Garcia Keim when she spoke of this issue at the Town Hall meeting this Monday. You have to close the budget gap from both sides, both spending and revenue. Of course that is just my opinion. Feel free to disagree or not but I do ask that posters refrain from using terms like ignorance or stupid but rather phrases like I disagree and here is why. I am tired of both Fox news pablum pushers and looney liberals who think they know it all. I know I don't and I do welcome diverging opinions. ◦

Mayor Zimmer Announces Summer Concerts, Family Fun Nights & Movies Under the Stars Event Schedule

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken are proud to announce the schedule of events for Summer Concerts at Sinatra Park, Family Fun Nights at Shipyard Park, and Movies Under the Stars at Pier A Park.

“All events are free to the public and are paid for by sponsorships and grants, not tax dollars,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They’re a wonderful way to enjoy our waterfront with friends and family this summer.”

“We’re excited to continue this yearly tradition,” said Supervisor of Cultural Affairs Geri Fallo. “The opening night concert and the Grease re-release are particularly noteworthy events.”

Paramount Pictures is re-releasing Grease as a sing-along, and Hoboken has been chosen as one of the cities to premiere this new version of the popular movie.

“We invite everyone to dress up as their favorite characters from the movie and come by and strut their stuff,” added Fallo.

The opening night concert on June 3rd at Sinatra Park is a tribute to Pete Seeger. It will feature over 200 children from many of Hoboken’s Schools, as well as and some of Hoboken’s favorite musicians.

During the months of June, July and August, Summer Concerts will take place most Thursday nights from 7pm to 9pm, Family Fun Nights are scheduled from 7pm to 8pm every Tuesday. Movies Under the Stars are scheduled for 9pm most Wednesday’s in June and July and around 8:15pm in August, unless noted in the schedule below.

Click here to download a pdf document
of all summer events.For information about these events, please contact the Hoboken Cultural Affairs Office at 201-420-2207 or online at

See the full schedule by clicking read more below....


Hoboken Photo of the Day - Pier A Park in the shade

Here is a photo from Pier A Park last weekend.


Picasso of the Day

This Picasso of the day puts me in a sort of pagan mood. Where are a good set of goat leggings when you need them? Information about the Met Exhibit of Picasso this summer is below....

Head of a Faun - 1962

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2010–August 15, 2010
Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor

This landmark exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) in the Museum's collection. It features three hundred works, including the Museum's complete holdings of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a selection of the artist's prints. The Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's multi–sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career.

For more information go to their website section on the exhibit:


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Finally Getting Boats from Manhattan this Saturday

Greetings! This Sat., 5/22/10, we hope to finally bring the boats over from Manhattan, now that the cold weather seems to be gone. If the weather gods stay with us, we hope to celebrate with some of you by the Maxwell Place Boathouse around noon! Thanks for all your support, and looking forward to using our new boats this summer!

Here is a Hoboken Journal created video that shows people having fun kayacking last Summer on on eof those free kayaking days set to an elegant piece by Debussy...

Here is the summer schedule:

Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse


1. Saturday June 5, 1:30 – 6pm
2. Sunday June 20, 2 – 7pm
3. Saturday July 17, 11am – 5pm
4. Sunday August 1, 11am – 5 pm
5. Sunday August 15, 11:30am – 4:30pm


Sunday July 25, 10 am – 1pm
Saturday August 28, 12 – 3pm

The river trips will launch and land at the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. We will start booking those 2 weeks before each trip date Adults only for river trips.. Paddlers must be in very good athletic shape for these trips and must know how to swim. No real kayaking experience necessary

*Trips may be cancelled or changed due to weather and river conditions.

For more information go to their website:

Two Public Meetings Saturday, May 22 2010 on Hoboken Parks

Newly hired Communications person Juan Melli is keeping me busy with these press releases from City Hall. Last night at the City Council meeting there was a lot of talk about transparency from people who truly don't comprehend the meaning of the word . So here is an opportunity for genuinely concerned citizens to voice their opinions directly to Director Jennifer Maier on possible improvements to two local parks. Read below for your voice to be heard.


The public will have an opportunity to comment on proposed improvements planned at two Hoboken parks.

The City will hold two on-site public meetings to discuss improvements to Church Square Park and the park adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club, 123 Jefferson Street.

Church Square Park

Both projects involve replacing existing parks equipment with minor modifications to their layout.

“Residents have asked to be involved in improvements to our parks and public spaces and this is their opportunity to learn more and to provide their feedback,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

The meetings, hosted by Environmental Services Director Jennifer Maier, will be held on Saturday, May 22 at 10 am at the Boys and Girls Club park and at 1 pm to discuss improvements to Church Square Park at the site of the existing play area. ◦

Picasso of the Day - Head of a Woman

Based on inspiration of my recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art I have decided to do a Picasso of the Day series. Here is the first installment of that series using cropped photos I took of key paintings that caught my eye....

Head of a Woman - 1960
Information on the Exhibit this summer:

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2010–August 15, 2010
Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor

This landmark exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) in the Museum's collection. It features three hundred works, including the Museum's complete holdings of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a selection of the artist's prints. The Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's multi–sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career.

For more information go to their website section on the exhibit:


Hoboken Journal Called out for Perry Klaussen Post

I always take accountability for my actions and my posts and one reader whose commentary I respect hobok1880 called me out on's Hoboken forum for my recent post on Perry Klaussen. In my attempt at transparency here is the exchange:

Here are hobok1880's remarks:

"Speaking of being a hypocrite, the blog entry posted by Reformer_Giganticus making fun of Perry K's weight and personal life was disgusting. He tries to say that two people created a photo essay of it. Still, he was the one posting it. Again, these guys are not any better than 411. Even Tony Soares said it wasn't right to pick on someone's appearance. Real class coming from Perry and Roman today - just as bad as 411. Guys, if you want us to believe you are any better, CLEAN UP YOUR DIRTY ACT!"

Here is my response back:

"For this post I am no better than Perry K. in terms of what was presented on the web in that one article. I had the photos but the comments were written by real commenters. I have many stories myself but declined to share them and they are none too flattering about him and his small cadre of misanthropes.

However, I have not launched private investigations into politician's personal lives, I haven't called posters employers trying to get them in trouble at work, I haven't assaulted anyone for their camera and filed a false police report, spammed someone with Craiglist, paid campaign workers cash, intimidated local businesses, and threatened any women with rape that doesn't agree with me. It is suspected that is the handy work of the Hoboken 411 axis of political jerks.

Perry K. is a cyber-bully and my lesson from he playground is when a bully attacks you or your friends, you hit back. Still, your criticism is valid and my standards lowered.

I just found it ironic that Perry has spent years making fun of Lenz for being fat and now he is fatter than Lenz. I clearly stated I too am still fat and it sent me to the hospital.

Unlike Hoboken 411 who is a shill for all things Mason, I am not a shill for Zimmer. I take no direction from her or her staff. Sure I publish their releases but I let people comment as they wish. Yes, I did donate to Zimmer but no I did not expect anything in return other than a better government.

The Zimmer administration has not been perfect. Last night was great example of how they misread the power of NIMBY (not in my backyard). Those residents had every right to say what they said.

Things have moved too slowly for many including myself but I do know that some things will take time. If progress is not made then Zimmer will not have my support in 2013."

I do respect your opinion and this why I have taken time to write a response.

Additional comment:

I do take hobok1880's remarks seriously and acknowledge I am not perfect. I crossed a certain line of decency but I can tell you it did not come unprovoked. While I have virtually no respect for him anymore I do not hate Perry Klaussen. However, his claim that he is keeping Hoboken honest since 2006 is very laughable indeed. He has gone after countless people (even outside the political realm). Despite his occasional politically motivated orchestrations that appear like victories (like his Bajardi Russo axis leak fed political rouse up the public display last night) he has done more harm than good like when he promotes new businesses in town. That was my motivation for going after him but I acknowledge that it takes me down too. ◦

Hoboken Photo of the Day - The W Hotel

Today's photo of the day is that of the very swank W Hotel on Hoboken's Waterfront. ◦

Comment Issue Seems to be fixed

Last night comments were held up sue to what I believe was a technical issue with Blogger. Let me know if comments are not going through with a quick email to I am not filtering comments.

I did a few tests and things seem to be back to normal. ◦

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CIty Council Meeting Tonight 5/19/2010 - Live Blog with Chat

Hoboken City Council Meeting tonight 5/19/2010 starting at 7PM.  Live video feed! - with Cover it Live! Live blogging software starting at 6:45PM:

Council Agenda:

Resolution Pack:

Here is a press release from The Mayor's office on the supposed leak that has been published on Hoboken 411 about the new location of the garage. Hoboken 411 claims the leak was not provided by anyone that was bound by confidentiality. I leave it up to the reader to discern whether or not that statement is really true or not. If there was a leak from a supposed source that should have remained confidential I will hope the Perry Belfiore will file another ethics complaint on this egregious behavior on behalf of the citizens of Hoboken. Coming from Peter Cammarano's front man that would mean so much. :) There will be no vote on the bonding for the temporary garage since the RFP's are not due back next week.



Picasso Exhibit at the Met this Summer

One of the great things about Hoboken is the proximity to New York City and all of its cultural offerings. At the Metropolitan Museum of art the following Picasso exhibit is showing this summer. I highly recommend making the sojourn at least once to check out the extensive collection that the Met has of the prolific painter's work. Note: you can take pictures of the art since it is a public museum but you can not use flash in order to protect the art.

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2010–August 15, 2010
Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor

"This landmark exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) in the Museum's collection. It features three hundred works, including the Museum's complete holdings of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a selection of the artist's prints. The Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's multi–sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career."
For more information go to their website section on the exhibit:

Metropolitan Museum of Art entrance last Sunday
Sample Work - "Dying Bull" 1934

Sample Work #2: Erotic Scene (known as “La Douleur”) 1902 or 1903


Photo of the Day - Hoboken Mural

Today's Hoboken photo of the Day is the Mural "150 Years of Hoboken" down near Frank Sinatra Park on the waterfont.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pictures Of Perry Klaussen - a Photo Essay by Two Commenters

Thanks to a certain blogger in town I recently received some newer pictures of Perry Klaussen and was trying to figure out when or if I would use them. Tonight I had two commenters make remarks on an old thread about the unhinging of the proprietor of Hoboken 411, Perry Klaussen. The appropriate pictures precede the reader's comment in a way that I think hits the nail (or pool stick) on the head and meshes with their insight that ties in their points quite effectively.

Perry Klaussen - Hoboken 411's proprietor - A face of hate or a cry for help?

From commenter Jacques:

"Perry used to have a great site that spoke to all Hobokenites, regardless of political or social orientation. In the last year or so -- especially since Obama's presidency -- Perry has decided to adopt a one-sided, blatantly right-wing analysis of each issue addressed on his site. He uses headlines straight out of Fox News, with the "You Decide!" addition as some lame attempt at "impartiality".

The 411 site is now solely about Perry, and if that is to make any sense, you need to know him, as I do.

He is a lonely man. Now hard against middle age, he remains single as he has been for ages. But his waistline is now growing in direct proportion to his ego, but he remains alone. His friends and family are all now settling down, getting engaged and married, and Perry has become more and more bitter with each passing day.

Perry and his site should have kept it to nice reviews about pizza parlors and dog sitters. Once he got into politics he began with the Glenn Beck-inspired rants and anti-Obama ravings. Why does a guy who has a nice little niche decide to start dealing with global warming?

Once he was contacted by Fox to be on their mailing list for press-releases and attack pieces, he lost most of us.

I feel bad for the guy. Now I see him come into bars where he was once welcomed and feel the atmosphere tighten. He has repeatedly been thrown out of bars and restaurants because of his bizarre willingness to yell and scream about Obama's birth certificate or Glen Beck's right to Mormon polygamy.

Perry is a troubled dude. And it's too bad."

Perry Klaussen is well known for making fun of those who are fat.
Has he taken a good look in the mirror lately?
Take it from me, I should know as I have my own weight issues relating to overeating/indulgences.

From commenter Catrina:

'Perry is one fat bastard these days, eh? He's the first person to make fun of fat people. He's the first person to make fun of other's eating habits. And he's now on his way to being the fattest guy in the room.

Perry is miserable. Perry has been miserable for a long time. It's easy to figure out miserable people - they hang out in groups. Perry's friends and family might be getting engaged and married, but for the most part they are miserable people too. Misery loves company.

From what I've heard, Perry was banned from a lot of bars over the years, allowed back in because of the popularity of H411, and is now, once again, banned. I also hear he strong arms local business owners into advertising. And let's not forget his penchant for putting up unwanted advertising (see the Zimmer for mayor campaign. Perry put up ads that the Zimmer team didn't authorize or pay for and was forced to pull them down. He did it to garner credibility). I bet some of his ads aren't paid ads.

Perry is a fat, drunken loser with serious mental issues. And the more any other site discusses him the more credibility he thinks he gets. I recommend not discussing him any more."

My comment: Yes, this post is personal and Perry Klaussen has ruthlessly gone after many of my friends in his brief reign of terror since changing the focus of  his website. Not so much at first but more so lately and most likely he and his smaller circle of miscreants have gone on a binge of private investigation into personal lives, anonymous rape threats, prank phone calls, verbal threats, blatant lies and more recently bodily assault and false police report filing. Can I prove it beyond a reasonable doubt? No, but do I believe it? Absolutely yes!

With that said I was very alarmed by the last picture of him via the side profile. I too have struggled with my weight from living it up and eating too much and not getting enough exercise. Less than two months ago I had my wakeup call in the form of a visit to an acute cardiac ward with heart issues. I am doing better and now following doctor's advice but where he is in terms of his outward health should be sending off alarm bells.

Now I am not the only one in town to not like Perry Klaussen. The line of those people is a lot longer than a Beth Mason election worker payday (check or cash?). It is time Perry put away the hate, see a doctor and get some help. He should do so before it is too late. I came very close to realizing that nightmare. ◦

New Reader Poll- Is Mike Russo Knowledgable on Matters of Municipal Finance?

Hoboken 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo who ironically has the support of Hoboken 411's Perry Klaussen at the last Hoboken City Council meeting stated that because the City Council was doing a transfer of funds that would lead to an emergency appropriation. 4th Ward Councilman Mike Lenz corrected him and that is the motivation behind this poll.


Poll of the Week Results - Beth Mason

I did a poll for the last week that is now closed and here are the results when I asked:

Beth Mason is a.....

Now web polls aren't scientific but a majority of Hoboken Journal readers 70% thought 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth "Cash Money" Mason was both a hypocrite and and obstructionist. The poll allowed more than one answer. Only 10% thought Beth was either wonderful or adequate. Much work needs to be done before her husband Ricky writes more checks. ◦

Political Video - Dale Peterson (AL) "We are Republicans, We should be better than that"

Here is an entertaining and possibly effective political video of Dale Peterson (AL) who is a Republican running for Commissioner of Agriculture in Alabama. I wonder if the gun toting posturing would work in Hudson County. His best quote is: "We are Republicans, We should be better than that!"

Dale Peterson is quite simply taking folksy and cantankerous to a new level in the annals of political ad history.

Dale Peterson - Alabama Republican for Agriculture Commissioner Ad :

My Comment: I included this video since perhaps Beth Mason could try this approach to resurrect her political career. Clearly trying to go after Governor Christie didn't work too well yesterday so if you can't beat em', join em'. After all the money Beth Mason has spent for bad advice on political strategy I figured I would donate this free of charge. Tarnation! Could you picture Mason on a horse (not MSV blogger Roman Brice) toting a shotgun! Cherish the thought! ◦

Photo of the Day - Pier A Park

This last weekend was great in terms of the weather. Many Hobokenites were out and about enjoying the weather. Here is a shot from Pier A Park looking at the Lackawana Terminal from the shade....


Monday, May 17, 2010

Wacked Out Viral Video - Cheesy "Soviet" Lounge Singer

Bad taste can sometimes be subjective, especially in the realm of music which is a subject I am somewhat familiar. Here is a viral video of a really cheesy Soviet lounge singer that has made it around the inter-webs. This is bad, bad music but that is precisely what makes this video so disturbingly entertaining, well at least for me. Thank God this guy isn't Canadian or popular in the States. He makes David Hasselhoff look normal by comparison.

This video can be found on the website: