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Scott M. Siegel September 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm
What is the tax levy number in the latest posted budget?Read More http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/hoboken/BOARD%20OF%20EDUCATION/Financial%20Information/Fiscal%20Year%202012-2013/User%20Friendly%20Budget%202012-2013.htm/_top Even if the next levy is up 4% that equals 1% per year. If so it is equal to municipal tax levy then it would be in the top 10% of NJ towns. Read Nancy's post on teachers using public money to buy phones: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html Frank Raia and Carmelo Garcia were President and VP of the BoE in 2005-2006, the year THEY "took money from the classrooms" like it was going out of style. Jobs! Cell phones! Steak dinners! The 2005-2006 Board used the schools' money like a personal slush fund. Jobs! Cell phones! Steak dinners! Am I wrong or do your children still attend public schools? I never said that you can't do what you want only that bloggers said that Irene's kids aren't in the public school. They are. Why didn't you object to that? Charter schools are public schools or am I wrong? Was the vote to enroll Hudson County students divisive, I remember it as being unanimous or almost so?
MaureenSullivan September 28, 2013 at 12:42 am
The point is, Scott, that we have the second-highest K-12 spending in the state and that Kids FirstRead More could have cut the levy last year, and didn't. You yourself objected to that decision at that meeting. And they didn't have to raise the levy (an enormous 4%) this year, but they did. You are using old numbers. Here is the latest posted budget: http://hoboken.k12.nj.us/hoboken/Important%20Policies/User%20Friendly%20Budget%202013-14.pdf As I said, leave my kids out of this. You imply that I've criticized other people for the choices they've made for their children. Wrong. But I do have a problem with parents who, for instance, get their children into a charter school and then fight to stop all other charter school development. (The Hudson County Schools of Technology are not charter schools.)
pdq September 28, 2013 at 07:59 am
Ms. Sullivan your information is wrong. Hoboken is no way near the second-highest K-12 spending inRead More the state and in fact, is below the state average for spending. http://www.edlawcenter.org/research/school-funding-data.html#FWP. Per pupil spending in the state of NJ: Abbot:24k 2-The upward trend in enrollment is not declining enrollment. Hola did not open until 2010. Enrollment was increasing before 2010. 3-Also, for ease of fututre comparison district to district on a base cost, weighted costs per pupil in Hoboken are $12.5k. Weighted per pupil costs are adjusted for low income and Lep.
HudsonStreet September 3, 2013 at 11:43 am
Sadly some in Hoboken have been able to use violence and intimidation to gain and hold power. WhenRead More you see those same people behind a candidate it should be clear what is their motivation.
Hoboken Answer August 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Wonder how all the women in Hoboken feel about seeing its mayor mocked saying she can't really beRead More doing this good of a job, it must be her husband doing it for her. And from midtown Manhattan no less. Not sure that is going to go over too well.
Stan Grossbarf August 22, 2013 at 02:02 pm
all the storys i read say stan is the mayor. i live her 21 years and never seen so much comotionRead More over the politics in the town and she and he make this in to a circus with clowns. he is trouble
Stan Grossbarf August 22, 2013 at 06:03 pm
because my english no good now i am someone else. i come to say my mind and i dont like the man orRead More his wife. i am me i am not anyone else
HudsonStreet August 3, 2013 at 09:41 am
When Peter Cammerano was viewd as a threat to the Beth Mason's mayoral run, Hoboken411 ran a storyRead More exposing his out of wedlock child and attacking him in the most dispiacle personal ways. Much of it was proven false and according to Cammerano helped him to get elected. So when someone who like Outofcontrol feigns concern for decency for Peter Cammerano I do not take it seriously. I think Joseph Branko' s offer to pay to bus protesters to the home of HHA Director who he did not agree has already proved to be damaging to Carmelo Garcia's Vision 20/20 real estate deal he hoped to advance.
Eric August 3, 2013 at 11:16 am
Yeah because a Mayor who was taking bribes from scumbags is the same thing as people who block theRead More approval of a huge project because the head of the HHA won't put anything in writing. I've had it with this nonsense, and I think I am not alone. We pay high taxes in this town and in this state and we are fed up with the graft and all of the dirtbags on the gravy-train in it for the freebies and the handouts that come out of our pockets. You people are making me consider that perhaps voting Republican across the board in NJ is the best solution. You all suck for making me even consider that. I'm talking to you Curious Girl and Out Of Control.
CuriousGal August 3, 2013 at 08:20 pm
Eric, you are free to vote for whoever you would like statewide but Hoboken elections areRead More non-partisan. This blog post by Mr. Siegel is not about graft, and it is not about Beth Mason, and it is not about bribes or even the HHA. It IS about protesting outside of elected officials private homes. A tactic first employed by Dawn's supporters back in the summer of 2009. Now people seem upset that the tables are being reversed and suddenly everyone is a scumbag, dirtbag, and we suck? Stay focused, take a deep breath, and reply to the post that this is, not the post you want it to be.
Scott M. Siegel July 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm
The numbers are still the numbers, millions of dollar tax cuts and the healthy surplus. There areRead More somewhere around 700-750 individual line items. if you want to spend your time on each be my guest, but as I said the numbers are accurate.
I am Spartacus July 17, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Can you imagine how hosed this town would be had it taken Mason's advice and zeroed out the surplusRead More and we had no excess cash to help cover the costs of dealing with Sandy?
Scott M. Siegel July 20, 2013 at 06:19 pm
Hoboken moves up to number 20 overall (including intros) as Spring lake goes from -7.7 to zero.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV June 19, 2013 at 06:26 pm
Finboy Fabrication Alert! Finboy Fabrication Alert! (Evidence will not be forthcoming but expectRead More more garbage from the bottom of the barrel.) Thank you very much Councilwoman Beth Mason for delivering the sewer to our homes!
CuriousGal June 23, 2013 at 02:04 pm
Scott- the 29 "major" violations were rectified in 2 weeks and led to no loss of points inRead More the annual QSAC review. The 10r issue has been explained. You have never named any of the "dozen of illegal consultants" you claim and there has not been a reduction of 100 administrative jobs. These are simply lies. What are NOT lies is that under Kids First: 1) The district has been designated a "District in Need of Improvement" for the first time in its history; 2) HHS has gone from awards and recognitions by US News and World Report and NJ Monthly to the bottom 10% of high schools in the state; 3) the district "won" the distinction of "least attractive district in the nation" by the Wall Street Journal; 4) the district has the 2nd lowest graduation rate in the county (2nd to Jersey City); 5) the district's "violence and vandalism" numbers indicate the incidents per students are higher in Hoboken than in all of Hudson County, Patterson, Newark, or Camden school districts. Plus, there's the 4.2% increase and asking for a waiver for residents NOT to vote on the budget. To say nothing of the declining SAT scores. How are those whiteboards working out?
Scott M. Siegel June 23, 2013 at 06:14 pm
1) The 29 major4 violations like the 44 City Hall violations went back for several years and wereRead More hidden from the public by your side and revealed by the reformers. 2) The reason I have never named the dozen consultants is because although detailed in the audit the names are protected via the Rice notice rules. If you want to spend your money and OPRA them be my guest. 3) Personnel cuts were implemented by KF on the admin level. 4) The only reason for DINI is solely due to the 10r scam which was also revealed in the audit release and was proven to you many times by the enrollment numbers. 5) The awards were due the lies and manipulation from the 10r scam. F and I prefer to live in reality, while your side hides from the truth. 6) The tax increase was perfectly legal as the are 14 exceptions the the 2% cap. If not the waiver would never have been granted. 7) Why don't you take the Board out to Frankie & Johnnies on your dime so the taxpayers won't get stuck with the bill like when your side was in control. 8) What about the missing SSN numbers and other vital statistic info?
Scott M. Siegel June 4, 2013 at 09:02 pm
CG you are the only one I know who believed she is unqualified. You must have the facts on your sideRead More so please email me her resume to scottsiegel@hotmail.com so I can make a sound decision. Thank you very much.
CuriousGal June 15, 2013 at 04:39 am
Mr. Siegel, the issue is around nepotism laws (the hiring of a Board member's family member) andRead More lack of experience. If you review previous posts, I do not believe you will see any mention concerning qualifications.
Scott M. Siegel June 16, 2013 at 04:53 pm
Curious Misleader: For the 4th time if you believe that someone is inexperienced it is yourRead More obligation to prove it. Saying so doesn't make it believable. KF and Mayor Zimmer have hired qualified personnel time and time again. No one is perfect, but if you don't believe it put up the facts or shut up.
HudsonStreet May 7, 2013 at 11:39 pm
Bonding for long term expenses and capital improvements is the correct thing to do for anyRead More municipality.
Scott M. Siegel May 8, 2013 at 01:43 am
Curious Fiscal Incompetent should be forced to join MORTe and participate in a mini Public FinanceRead More course by my alma mater Rutgers. Within a week they would learn the concept of asset/liability management. If CFI bought a home did you pay cash or take out a mortgage? If you took a mortgage was it one year adjustable or 20-25 years? A home being a long term asset should be financed long term. Did CFI buy a car? If so did you pay cash or take out a loan or lease? The prudent way to fiancé it would be thru a loan or lease. A traffic light is not a perishable asset, it is a long term asset and if you are fiscally competent you finance it for 10-15 years. If you buy paper, toner, pens, employee or utility bills, etc they should be paid by cash. Just like you won't give me a number for retirements for the next 3 years after saying it was easy to predict or the time when you said few NJ BOE's would move to November elections when 95% have you have once again showed that you are still fiscally incompetent.
CuriousGal May 18, 2013 at 12:30 am
Scott makes the sophomoric mistake of using personal finance as an analogy for how to conductRead More municipal finance or basically making the common categorical mistake of equating microeconomics with macroeconomics. As I have said-- if I had access to the proper information, it would be a fairly easy task to access the financial obligations concerning retirements of municipal employees. Its done everyday among competent city planners.
CuriousGal May 8, 2013 at 03:00 am
May 7, 2013 "The Supreme Court of New Jersey has refused to hear an appeal to an appellateRead More court decision that Hoboken Housing Director Carmelo Garcia is eligible to run for an Assembly seat in the 33rd District, his attorney said" : http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/05/state_supreme_court_confirms_t.html Good thing Scotty isn't a lawyer-- his advice to Mr. Garcia was "He should either withdraw from the campaign or resign his position and follow the Hatch Act." Wishful thinking? Maybe. Ill-informed interpretation of NJ law? Without a doubt.
CuriousGal May 18, 2013 at 12:35 am
Too bad you partisan clowns can't admit you were wrong.
pdq June 10, 2013 at 10:54 am
Stack is running alongside Assembly candidates Raj Mukherji and Carmelo Garcia, who will also giveRead More their endorsement to Christie... Read more at http://www.politickernj.com/66261/stack-endorse-christie-tomorrow#ixzz2VoFd6iHe or sign up for a free trial of State Street Wire at http://www.politickernj.com/freetrial
peterbelfiore April 25, 2013 at 12:27 am
Come on Eric, You know the $700,000 was not included in the budget and bonding is Dawn's way ofRead More holding down taxes. Eric I remember how you were against bonding for salary before you were for it. Eric I do read but since you want to get personal, I saw you at the School Board meeting on Channel 77 you looked out of it, as if you were ready to yell fault at the next serve. Perry
Grafix Avenger April 25, 2013 at 03:40 pm
Great job, Scott. What about Weehawken? peterbelfiore- did you check to see if you're on The List?Read More http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2013/04/lieblers-list.html
Scott M. Siegel April 25, 2013 at 05:58 pm
Weehawken has no budget on their website and I can't find a news story. Other Hudson Co. Towns:Read More Jersey City: 0% (Followed a 20% increase in 2012.) Secaucus -1.1% North Arlngton -1.3% Guttenberg 0.5% Kearney 2.4% 2012 adopted budget. Bayonne 2.3% 2012 adopted budget. North Bergen 2.8% West New York 5.0% Harrison (Hudson) 16.2% East Newark Budget adopted. Format corrupted Union City No budget on website.Claim a $2.9mm Port authority grant that many believe is nonexistent.
John Keim April 22, 2013 at 12:29 am
Scott, my facts are straight - Russo did not take over the Parking Utility, Roberts did - you haveRead More conflated two bad situations into one. Russo may have salivated over the Parking Utility surplus but it was Roberts who assimilated them into the municipal budget - Russo could not and did not do that. Where were you in 2003 and 2005 when reformers were fighting the overdevelopment that brought our population from 35000 to 50000 and forced us into state monitoring? At the time, Russo was no longer the problem - Roberts had been a reformer and indeed when Russo beat Capiello for 3rd ward seat, he was a reformer. People who too proudly proclaim themselves reformers tend to end up otherwise, current administration included.
puzzledone April 22, 2013 at 03:03 pm
Or is it that people who are intent on taking advantage of public office are willing to labelRead More themselves as whatever is needed to get into power? That certainly seems to be the case for Russo, Roberts, and Cammarano.
CuriousGal April 23, 2013 at 01:01 am
puzzledone- holds true for Dawn's KIDS FIRST board of education. In 2009 they ran on being fiscallyRead More responsible even voting down a $59.1 million dollar budget which included reduction in teachers, staff, and administrators. Fast forward to 2013 and they now take the right to vote on the school budget away from the public, ask for a waiver to go over 2% AND unanimously vote in favor of a $65+ million dollar budget. I would say Dawn's KIDS FIRST BOE is the perfect example of what you mean by politicians willing to label themselves as whatever is needed in order to get into power
HudsonStreet March 23, 2013 at 03:28 pm
The strategy of Mason and the Russos as the council minority has always been try to inflict as muchRead More damage as they can on Hoboken and try to use it for their political advantage. The scuttlebutt is that if Mason can buy herself Assembly seat from Stack she will finance Occhipinti campaign again this time to run as her surogate for mayor in November.
The Candyman April 8, 2013 at 06:15 am
Scott Siegel doesn't even live here anymore. He left town but acts like his opinion still matters.Read More Scott go take a walk and meet your new neighbors. No one cared what you had to say when you lived here. And we really really don't care now!
puzzledone April 8, 2013 at 03:48 pm
I care what Scott says. I don't care what you say.
Scott M. Siegel March 18, 2013 at 05:36 pm
There are also perpwalks and no threat of a state takeover of finances, unless the minority out ofRead More spite forces one to happen.
puzzledone March 18, 2013 at 07:16 pm
I believe that Candyman was relying on a tried a true tactic I learned all about from my good pal,Read More CuriousGal. Target, Isolate, Ridicule, Remove. AKA, when you don't like the message, attack the messenger (see Mike Russo vs. Phil Cohen) I am always very interested in what you say, (and interested in any genuine responses) and believe you speak for a lot of the residents around here, even if you don't live in town anymore.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV March 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm
The budget a fine piece of effort in a series of fine efforts with no gimmicks, no bull and noRead More giveaways is most certainly under direct threat. It's the prize for the Hoboken Sopranos: Russo, Mason, Occhipinti and Castellano after their manufactured lawsuit to keep the legally appointed Jim Doyle from his rightful seat at the table on the City Council. Tying up their defeat with appeals is going to allow them to do the utmost damage to Hoboken. They will not pass the budget and then it's trouble for Hoboken. Thanks in advance to the ever destructive and harmful politics of the Hoboken Sopranos.
Ojo Rojo March 11, 2013 at 02:04 pm
And where did I ever say that? You are just upset that nobody buys the load of horse manure youRead More have been peddling for the last few years since you killed H411 and your boss lady can't get elected to anything w/o spending 6 figures. Your hate mongering has done nothing but make you and her the laughing stock of Hoboken politics. Enjoy.
puzzledone March 11, 2013 at 02:09 pm
From Scott: "No oine form Hoboken stayed overnight to see the Super Bowl , let alone onRead More taxpayer expense. They went out to meet the Super Bowl committee." Everyone was back in their own beds by Sunday game day. This was discussed ad nauseum with Beth Mason's copyright infringing (on Gillette, to whom she previously lost a company when they sued her for her ad agency playing fast and loose with facts) "Roughing the Taxpayer" ad.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV March 11, 2013 at 04:03 pm
Really not a battle. The Hoboken Sopranos lost in Hudson County Superior Court and Jim Doyle is theRead More legally recognized councilman-in-waiting. But an appeal is blocking him from participating in and he can't vote on the budget. So the vote will be 4-4 and it will fail. Because that's what they want. (Unless the mayor capitulates and gives them municipal jobs, loot, etc.) More on all of this: http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2013/03/russo-to-mayor-you-want-dee-votes-you.html http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2013/03/budget-hearing-ends-with-declaration-of.html
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