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Hoboken Boys & Girls Club Loses $10,000 in Funding

Cutbacks on the federal level are the cause, said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

For the first time in many years, the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club will not receive a $10,000 grant through the city. 

Because of cuts on the federal level, the city hass less grant money to divide, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. 

Day Care 100, HOPES Head Start, The Jubilee Center, Nuestros Ninos, Mile Square Day Care, United Cerebral Palsy and Hoboken Family Planning will still receive funding from the city, albeit a little less than in previous years. 

"Unfortunately, I had to make a decision," Zimmer said, "who is the most needy?"

Zimmer said her decision to not allocate the funding to the Boys & Girls Club, was because "we are already supporting them." The Boys & Girls Club rents its building on Jefferson Street for $1 a year from the city. The Club also has other sources of income—such as rent paid by HoLa—and a strong fundraising network. 

Executive Director of the Hudson County Boys & Girls Clubs, Gary Greenberg, said in a phone interview that he "accepts" the cuts. 

"I'll try to fundraise and make up the difference," Greenberg said. He added that none of the programs will be impacted by the cuts. "We'll figure it out," he added. 

Greenberg said the mayor had called him on his cell phone to explain the situation. 

"I'm very thankful she informed me," Greenberg said. The executive director said he understood some organizations would see less funding through to cutbacks. 

"Unfortunately," he said, "it had to be us." 

David A. Liebler September 12, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Zimmer can spend endless money on lawyers but not for hoboken kids!!!! Gary is just being polite, because he has to be politically correct. This is BS, again, this is BS. She outspends every previous mayor by 2x and 3x on lawyers but she can not negotiate properly. We need to spend more money on the children's program not less. Very upset with this one Mayor, you screwed up big time with cutting this funding. This will come back to haunt her come election time. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
friendly fire September 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM
This is usually when GA would chime in and say something about Hola hurting the B&G club, but I don't think we'll be seeing it this time. It seems her big lies have gotten her into a heap of trouble. Karma, not just a cafe in hoboken!
Hoboken Answer September 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Tim Occhipinti whinned like a baby about this at the last meeting. Do any of these other groups get a building from the City of Hoboken for nothing? What about the monies raised from for profit groups at the Boys & Girls Club? How much money have they been collecting over the years? That's not permitted in the contract. I'm sure Tim Occhipinti will get right on that after he questions Frank Raia about the HOLA takeover from the children in the neighborhood and those uncanny paper voting ballots.
David A. Liebler September 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Im glad Tim was upset about this issue as he should be. This is zimmers little way to show some type of payback. Hola. Frank raia bs. Whatever the issue the Hoboken boys and girls club should not be short changed $10,000 in funding due to political pressures or paybacks. How can she spend thousands on lawyers and not spend $10k on the kids???? Crazy!!!!! The city can not even hold to a rfp and hold these legal fees to the budget because they are clueless in running a business and a budget. Case in point, how many times have we heard that the lawyers need another $100,000 not $10,000 but and additional $100,000 because the lawyer needs more money. How about the mayor step up and properly run a budget and stop with all the overages illegal fees. $3 million a year is many times what Any mayor has ever spent. We charge families $50 now for their kids to play sports due to budgets and now we skimp on the boys and girls club. The mayors priorities are completed screwed up as she has no sense of reality to what Hoboken families need. Keep spending money on attorneys mayor......your doing great with those budgets.
QJ201 September 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Yes because it would be perfectly legal to use federal grant money to pay for lawyers. Missed the point moron--> TRICKLE DOWN....Feds cut grant to Hoboken, Hoboken cut grant to B&G club.
puzzledone September 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Given that the boys and girls club rents property for "free" from the city and then leases this space to a school and makes money while potentially skirting it's main purpose of at risk children (see earlier string of stories in the Hudson Reporter and patch), I see it as a fair compromise to not give them additional cash. Further, as they were deficient in providing financial reports to the city, perhaps reducing the funding was the right thing to do. We are not running a charity here. If the boys and girls club would like to pay a market rent for their property or operate on private space as the other grantees do, I believe we could rent their space for more than $800 a month and provide them with $10,000. As for attorney's fees, how else should we fight against the baseless lawsuits and defend our property from the likes of Applied? I remember the meeting when Tim was complaining about the amount spent on termination lawsuits and they showed him the part of the pie chart that of total legal bills on this, it was hardly visible.
oldguard September 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Mayor gave $40K to the Homeless Shelter - a worthy cause, but how did that impact her ability to give money elsewhere? A little more transparency on the process would be welcomed.
Hoboken Answer September 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
You sound even more hysterical than Tim but since we know he's dim bulb and is basically reactionery to his sponsors and handlers, he has an excuse. What's yours?
demosthenes September 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Hi David, I know this is off topic but have you found the time yet to express your displeasure to any of the Council minority for their votes to obstruct the rehabilitation of Washington street? I'm sure it would do no good, and they likely take you no more seriously than anyone else does, but at least it would make you seem like less of a shill. As for the B&G club do you understand that the money was a pass through of a grant and the grant was reduced so the City had less money to give? Do you understand that the B&G club receives by far the largest City subsidy of any organization to the tune of something like $500,000 per year (low estimate of rental value of building)? Do you realize how silly you sound when you constantly criticize the Mayor's financial stewardship of the City in terms that make clear that you are financially illiterate and her public policy choices in terms that make clear that your priorities come from someone's political talking points? I doubt you realize any of this. Some political shills are smart people who understand that they're implementing a strategy not expressing actual opinions. Others just read what their handed and actually believe whatever they're told to say. Which kind are you? Do you realize how hypocritical you show yourself to be when you repeatedly assert that the Mayor is anti-business but don't utter a peep to your friends on the other side when they hurt business by blocking the Washington Street project?
puzzledone September 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
demo, I think the low rental understates the cities gracious benefit to the club, the B&G club has also been allowed to sublet their space to another school (also funded at taxpayer expense) at substanitally more than they pay to the city.
I am Spartacus September 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
How is it the mayor's fault that the city is getting less from the Federal Government to pass on to the Boys & Girls club? Did any of you complainers bother to read the article and think about it before bothering to complain?
I am Spartacus September 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
HOLA has nothing to do w/ the Federal Government cutting the size of the grant.
David A. Liebler September 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The budget for the boys and girls club compared to the actual city budget is .0001% of the budget. Tough decisions the mayor had to make is PRICELESS compared to her legal expenses in the $3 million range. Demosthenes, I will find out why the washington st paving project was rejected by minority as this is something that I want for the community as well. The minority and I do not agree on some topics, so I will find out why. Best I can offer you at this point. I wish the Zimmer "green mean blogging machine" would do the same with Zimmer and not just accept her opinion each and everytime. Surprised that All of you are not revolting over the size of the Zimmer's new observer hwy plan!!! Where is the OPEN SPACE givebacks? Where is the drastic height reduction she spoke about??? Her plan could have made a stronger impact, I guest when you are the governors pet, you can only push so hard!!! Hold Zimmer more accountable and stop agreeing with 100% of her moves and maybe, just maybe, you would have more credibility. In terms of scripts or being handed something to read or write about......LMAO....you surely do not know me very well!!!!!!!
Hobbs September 13, 2012 at 07:26 PM
FYI. Those who can afford the $50.00 fee for the sports programs are asked to pay it. Those who feel they can not afford it the fee is waived. Knowing the facts keeps the BS to a minimum :-)
Hobbs September 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM
One look at the Redevelopment Plan for the NJT site and anyone would clearly see the drasticly reduced heights and density compared to all the NJT proposals. The plan the the City Planners presented is a realistic. I was struck at last night's meeting that Castellano and Occhipinti seemed to be working for NJT and not Hoboken. Perhaps it is due in part to the campaign contributions Occhipinti has reportedly already accepted from NJT executives who don't even live in Hoboken. Councilman Occhipinti IMO has a conflict and should recuse himself with anything to do with NJT like Peter Cammerano had to do when he was on the City Council. As Councilman Michael Russo pointed out to Solomon Dwek in his FBI video that the City Council minority acts in unison. Mason and Russo did not attend the meeting last night.
Ojo Rojo September 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Not all of us like Zimmer's plan but it is far better than NJT's plan. Personally I want nothing on that site. NJT is not a developer, it is a transit agency. IMO, they have no business turning their land into condos or office towers and we shouldn't have to put up w/ any development on that site. By the way, had you bothered to go to the city website and look at the presentation the city put together on their plan, you'd have noticed the open space givebacks and the large differences b/w the heights proposed by the city and NJT. But you didn't b/c you have an axe to grind.
Scott M. Siegel September 14, 2012 at 04:48 PM
David: Get off your butt and organize a fund raiser. I'll come. I'm upset the money was cut but like the article says they receive things like HOLA income and $1 a year rent that no other non profits gets
Enough September 14, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Scott Siegel: The mayor gave $30,000 to the Homeless Shelter and $40,000 to the YMCA, although the YMCA has been closed to the public for 3 years. Both of those organizations have other means of support and hold fundraisers. Stop pretending this is not political. Zimmer wants Occhipinti, Delea, Carmelo Garcia and others who do fundraising and support the Boys and Girls Club to look bad.

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