Tim Occhipinti Fails To Help 4th Ward Flood Victims

I moved to Hoboken in 1985. Although I recently moved out of town this blog is still primarily my take on Hoboken politics and politricks.

Since moving to Hoboken I have agreed and disagreed with many Council members. No one however has appeared to be as incompetent as Tim Occhipinti.

The 4th Ward representative rolls his eyes and humphed and stumped when anyone disagrees with him. After turning red faced he consistently stumbles and bumbles with his meager responses. With flooding occurring in his Ward (before Mayor Zimmer's pumps were installed) he recommended that his future constituents would be better off watching the Weather Channel than having the innovative Emnet technology installed.

This technology has provided Hoboken with invaluable real time information on where the largest leaks are. This is important because we do not have unlimited funds to repair every leak.

Tim apparently wants us to shoot at a flooding dart board rather than investing prudently. He then enthusiastically supported the corrupt felon Peter Camaranno, showing clearly which side he agrees with.

As a councilman he also supported a zero budget surplus. Had Tim had his way the 3 year retro pay for our police and firemen would have had no funds available, potentially causing a multi million tax increase.

After the Cammarano saga there was a discussion (I was involved with) over whether or not Hoboken should adopt stronger ethics rules. Tim was there at that time but somehow he can't remember or chose to forget the available options.

According to state law (not that Tim or the other minority members seem to care about following the law or state regulations) Hoboken can either accept a weak state law or allow the mayor to appoint a 15 member board at his/her discretion.

Although I support Mayor Zimmer, I – like the rest of the council – felt this would give any mayor too much power. Yet Tim plowed ahead in order to punish Nancy Pincus for her satirical articles ridiculing his actions. Obviously the 1st Amendment and Nancy's right to free speech means nothing to him.

Perhaps Tim will pay attention rather than forgetting crucial information in the future, but I doubt it. When the time came for Tim to stand up and give Mayor Zimmer the tools available to acquire park land in the 4th Ward he sided with developers over his citizens that deserve a park.

He also greedily lobbied former BA Arch Liston for most of the park bond issue to make Mama Johnson's Field a state of the art facility. While Mama Johnson Field needed and has been resurfaced every Ward deserves their share of the proceeds, because we all live (lived) in a small mile square city.

When Hurricane Sandy hit he not only failed to show up, but his remarks were cruel and beneath the dignity of the office which he claims to serve. He stated that people on the shore had their homes washed away (including Mayor Roberts) and therefore deserved more consideration than Hoboken residents.

Here's Nancy's take on Tim's remarks: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/12/tim-fights-flood-aid-tim-fights-for.html


As someone who has gone over my parents possessions (photos, movies, slides) that go back to the 1920's, I have found priceless treasures that Tim can't comprehend.

Maybe a flood victim has a prized painting, children's handiwork, collectables or fine furniture. Whatever you prize I can only grieve with you if you lost anything during the Nor'easter.

If you live at ground level, below, are part of a condo association or own a brownstone then you might be part of the $100 million damage that Hoboken suffered. It was not only the citizens, but the City of Hoboken itself that suffered multi million damage and loss.

Tim apparently couldn't care less about your loss. If he had his fiscally incompetent way there would be no funds available to repair and replace the city's losses. Once again a massive tax rise would have occurred if Tim had his way. It is one thing to be incompetent, it is another to not care about residents who suffer losses.

Tim also trumpeted his Train of Hope, that would deliver needed goods to flood stricken Hoboken. Instead the majority of the goods never made it to Hoboken.

Perhaps this is why Tim cries and moans over Nancy's opinion. Time after time he has shown that he really doesn't care about the 4th Ward, unless of course Beth Mason tells him to do so. Mr. “Independent” has only once voted against his paymaster in a 5-4 vote.

This shows quite clearly that he is a lapdog, not an independent. Whether you rent (subject to floods or tax surcharges) or own property in the 4th Ward, the facts are clear, Tim Occhipinti neither cares nor is interested in your survival during an emergency situation.

In the next election I urge you to vote for a candidate that truly cares about your Ward.

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recallbethmason January 08, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I concur but obviously the same can be said about beth mason. With the change in voting to November, I suspect the next election will be the end of both Tim O. and Ms. Mason's political careers....hopefully. :-)
VinVan January 09, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Lapdog? Scott Siegel has no credentials, education or experience regarding any level of public planning or administration, yet is constantly used by the Zimmer machine to propagate her spin and attack her enemies. Why else does he regurgitate the handiwork of Nancy Pincus, another shameless Zimmer propagandist with no professional credentials? Just because you quote each other doesn't make any of you experts. This is the guy who, with Ravi's help, ripped off his elderly landlord and moved back in with his mom to turn a profit for himself. Regardless, what is the intention of this post? It says nothing, and doesn't ask any questions or address any particular current issues. It's just a vague attack rant full of politicized opinions that feed the vitriol on which people like Siegel and Pincus thrive. You can't force your own relevance. Tim Occhipinti is easily more involved at ground-level with his constituents than any other council member, and his constituents - real people who aren't politically connected and don't read this garbage - realize that. That's why he was elected to replace Zimmer's personal Karl Rove, Michael Lenz, and was easily re-elected against her next pawn, Rami (nice guy, but drank too much green Kool-Aid). Fortunately, you're mostly preaching to the choir anyway, so it won't really interfere with Tim continuing to be a responsible and accessible Ward representative, in spite of the worst efforts of you and your friends. Happy New Year.
Scott M. Siegel January 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Enjoy watching the Weather Channel Vin.
puzzledone January 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM
By does things on the ground for his ward, do you mean how he hired 575 of them as campaign workers? I agree, my councilman never gave me $40 to wear a t-shirt. http://www.bluejersey.com/tag/Tim%20Occhipinti.
recallbethmason January 10, 2013 at 02:10 AM
dear VinVan, all i can is really? i just dont see it? Tim is a responsible ward rep? wow, that is news to me. all I can judge my opinion on is what he says in the city council meetings and how he votes in those meetings. my conclusion is he is an obstructionist, plain and simple. why he tries to stop progress from happening in hoboken seems to be counter intuitive for someone who like their political career to last but it is what it is.
PeoplePlease January 10, 2013 at 04:43 PM
The above rambling of random thoughts and outbursts, schemed to appear as an actual article of fact, is awarded 4 out of 5 Pinocchio’s. I show at least 25 tweets from T.O’s twitter account, tweeted up to, during and immediately after Hurricane Sandy. Tim kept Hoboken more informed than Mayor Zimmer – who tweeted no more than 4 times during the same period.
puzzledone January 10, 2013 at 05:30 PM
It's good that he learned from when he was in Boston at a bachelor party during Irene. By the way, did you check the CityofHoboken twitter account that the administration was using for formal communication. Seems there were a lot of tweets coming from there, while the Mayor was doing things like getting national support to fix the cities problems, and holding press conferences. Of course, I guess if number of tweets from an individual is the best way to solve problems, you're on to something.
Scott M. Siegel January 10, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I have 32 years of experience in the Public Finance sector. I can read a prospectus, budget and an audit backwards and forwards. This is how I know that Tim and his cabal are the most destructive fiscally reckless minority that I have ever seen. Nancy has become the premier investigative reporter in Hudson County, where she exposes things the massive amount of "campaign workers" that in entire Hudson County only seem to materialize in Tim's 4th Ward.
pdq January 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I wasnt aware that all elected officials needed to do was tweet. Is this the bar you set for elected officials- twitter? No wonder you are so happy with Tim's performance. Where was tim during the hurricane last year? or during the cc meeting last week? Where was he on the hospital sale? or the parks? how about infrastructure improvement bonding? development?Refinancing Where was he with the sw park?
Mr.budget January 11, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Scott did you back in Hoboken or still living in JC ??
Scott M. Siegel January 11, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Somerset, NJ to take care of my 80 year old mom, but my heart is still in Hoboken.
Scott M. Siegel January 14, 2013 at 07:09 PM
CuriousGal January 15, 2013 at 12:49 AM
maybe he was in the same place Dawn was during the snow storm of 2010? But then, she kind of stayed away for as long as possible and the city was crippled by a snow storm that would have been an after thought by previous administrations... remember?
XJS January 15, 2013 at 01:20 PM
CG- The snowstorm that was the day after Christmas? The snowstorm that half of the city was out of town for (including the muni workers)? Wow, you're digging mighty deep to come up with this crap. I don't remember if the mayor was in or out of town, but if she was out of town it would make sense she would visit her parents (who celebrate Christmas as they are christian) over the holiday. And that storm was 2-3 times worse than it was supposed to be. You're really all about half-truths and distortions. Maybe if the people you support did anything positive they could run on that and you'd have something interesting to add to the conversations on here.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV January 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Hey just because you gave Timmy $25 don't try to justify the stupidity to the rest of us. Occhipinti MIA for Irene choose a bachelor party in Boston and was similarly gone for this one later returning to make an appearance. Saw his "brave" return. You sound just like that lying a$$hole at Hoboken411 who tried to sell this lie. Occhipinti cost Hoboken millions in his Old Guard puppet actions on the hospital's midtown garage, a side benefit after he and his colleagues had to back off from snuffing out the hospital completely. They consoled themselves with that little tax sabotage against Hoboken. Others listed the costs of Tim "the phony independent" Occhipinti who resides in Beth Mason's checkbook until he gets further marching orders. His latest "contribution" to Hoboken is costing mere tens of thousands in legal fees as he signed his name to Beth Mason's lawsuit against the people of Hoboken. They have been bravely fighting on the valiant principle to not vote on a council appointment re: Jim Doyle. VinVan is just a paid, bitter shill who has no qualifications, nothing honest to muster and certainly no qualifications other than name calling against Hoboken residents who stood up to the Old Guard corruptocrats and won. It's absolutely killing them Hoboken residents are fighting AND winning in bringing good government skipping right past decent. Tim like the OG council fought to do harm to Hoboken with a zeroed out budget surplus. THAT'S A 100% FACT!
CuriousGal January 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM
XJS- As you know, Dawn and her administration did many things wrong during that 2010 snowstorm. So much so, she was moved to write an apology letter to the community- "Yes, I recognize that there are definitely things that went right and things that went wrong. As with everything I do, I always believe that things can be done better with reflection and evaluation, and that’s what my Administration is doing with this storm. " -Dawn 12/30/10
CuriousGal January 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Councilman Occhipinti saved the city taxpayers $5,000,000 by NOT voting for the bond that Dawn said the city needed. He also voted NO a number of times on the legal fees of the hospital sale--- seems like the law firm had a DO NOT EXCEED number of about $40,000 and went a little over that figure...as I recall, the final bill came to $500,000. Just slightly over the $40,000 DO NOT EXCEED contract. This incident even raised concern by Council person R. Balia.
pdq January 16, 2013 at 01:58 PM
let's assume you are correct. Here is the way most people see that: 1- There is no way a lawyer can oversee the entire hospital sale with all of it's issues for 40k. Taxpayers expected the legal costs to be enormous. Especailly given all of the issues caused by Mason, Russo, Occhipinti etc.. 2- $500k cost vs a $56mm cost? I'll take the 500k and send you a christmas card for saving me $55.5 million in taxes.
ThisMeansWar January 16, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Don't you have a lot of reading to do?
puzzledone January 16, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Yes, he saved the city taxpayers $5 million by trying to sabotage the deal...did the minority ever say "Let's get the state to pay for this" or was this just a cheap way to save face after they were shamed by Chris Christie. Let's go to the tape..."It is completely unacceptable that the city council placed local politics ahead of the 1,300 employees at the Hoboken University Medical Center and the people in the community who rely on the critical services provided by this hospital," Christie said in a statement. Hoboken City Councilwoman Beth Mason, one of four members who blocked the bond, blasted Christie yesterday. "The governor wants to support a back room deal to sell the hospital to one of his biggest campaign contributors for pennies on the dollar," she said. Hm. Why didn't Mason talk about how great it was that the city didn't have to pay the burden and how she saved the city $5 million. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/09/gov_christie_agrees_to_give_5m.html What should have the legal fees been to sell a $52 million hospital in a situation where you have to compete with a city council minority who is hell-bent against it? Less than 1% of the debt load retired sound fair to you?
Ojo Rojo January 16, 2013 at 04:35 PM
He only saved the city money b/c Christie stepped in to save the hospital. If Christie hadn't helped, Tim would have cost over 1,000 people their jobs and the city would be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in bonds that were immediately due and payable upon a default. Christie saved the hospital and saved the taxpayers of this town from the irresponsible machinations of the minority. Stop pretending Tim did something useful. He was playing Russian Roulette and holding a gun to the head of every taxpayer in town with his foolishness and you know it.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV January 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Yes, Gov. Christie stopped MORTe (beth Mason, tim Occhipinti, michael Russo and Terry castellano) when they attempted to shut the hospital down in order to hurt the mayor. That's exactly who they are and Gov. Christie showed who he is putting up $5,000,000 so the deal would go through and Hoboken would not be hit with an $80 million or more bill. It's pretty pathetic the Masonista lies are trotted out here again on one of the most ugly political acts against the City, ranking right up there with the corruption of felons and former mayors Peter Cammarano and Anthony Russo. We shouldn't expect less lies from the likes of Curious Gal but how she believes this helps Timmy Occhipinti and Beth Mason is beyond me. It just helps people to remember what kind of people they all are. The night before Gov. Christie stepped in to save Hoboken and the hospital I'll always remember how Terry Castellano began the discussion on behalf of the Old Guard saying the money to aid in the sale wasn't needed. Castellano who was aware as anyone the hospital was running out of money actually told the audience, "there's other bidders." Other bidders out of nowhere to drop from the sky and save a hospital on the very of bankruptcy? Yes, that's what she said and she had the support of Beth Mason, Michael Russo and Tim Occhipinti. Disgusting. Never forget.
Scott M. Siegel January 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Another bonehead move by Tim. For the second year in a row Tim asked the council to hire a full time land use attorney. As he was told last year no attorney or even one firm has a monopoly on the best lawyer(s) fora particular case. If Tim had his way we would either be underrepresented in a particular case or have to hire an additional lawyer/firm which would result in higher costs. For example one firm may specialize in environmental matters and another in variances for givebacks.When will he learn from his past mistakes or will he just go on repeating them?


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