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Is 1st Ward candidate Terry Castellano feeling the heat?
GA doesn't recall Castellano advertising online in 2011; she sure is now.
Challenger Mike DeFusco is reportedly working hard to knock incumbent Castellano off the City Council dais after a 21 year run. DeFusco can't match millionaire Terry's bank account, but he appears to make up for it in drive. DeFusco is everywhere. That makes the First Ward race a real contest.
All bets are off; voter turnout is everything. Who will turn out their vote?
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In the meantime, Castellano has got to go. GA will not miss her glowering from the dais, rolling her eyes and occasionally sassing members of the public. Worse, no one will miss her voting record.
Here's a sampler of "Terry C's Greatest (S)hits:"
Sept. 21, 2011- Castellano votes “NO” to emergency $5.5 M bond ordinance to keep hospital openAfter all of those "NO" votes on 'good' things for Hoboken, including a 9-11 memorial, has Terry Castellano ever SUPPORTED anything?
Sept. 23, 2011- Castellano votes ‘NO” on bonding for traffic light at 1600 park, delaying park opening
Oct. 20, 2011 – Castellano votes "NO" on a free midtown garage bond refinance, costing taxpayers $4.5 million
June 6, 2012- Castellano votes “NO” on the use of eminent domain to acquire land for SW Park
June 20, 2012- Castellano votes “NO” to replace 5 HOP buses and a “bucket truck” damaged by Sandy
June 20, 2012- Castellano votes “NO” on the use of eminent domain to acquire land for NW Park
March 6, 2013- Castellano votes “NO” on Sandy repairs of Pier C Park
March 21, 2013 - Castellano votes “NO” to bond for construction of a 9-11 memorial on Pier A park
Oh yeah, she supported Carmelo Garcia. Castellano supported him on August 4, 2014, the night the HHA Executive Director was fired for taking campaign contributions from HHA vendors he'd awarded no-bid contracts.
Yeah, right Terry.
Did Castellano ever read HUD's scathing report on Carmelo Garcia's management of the Hoboken Housing Authority?
Terry: "It's all cleared up."
GA asked 1st Ward candidate Mike DeFusco what he thought about Castellano's record of inertia in his ward. He replied:
"Councilwoman Castellano's campaign marketing touts 'leadership' and 'results,' so then, how have those qualities benefited Washington Street? In 2013 she voted 'NO' on a bonding ordinance that would have repaved both Washington and Newark Streets, two vital thoroughfares in the first ward. Without her support and advocacy, that ordinance failed, leaving our city's main street to fall into disrepair. Two years later, another bonding ordinance to repave Washington was introduced and the Councilwoman recused herself from that vote, this time claiming a "conflict of interest". Luckily for progress, the ordinance moved forward without her. I don't think that politics should ever be put above progress. I'm running on November 3rd because I know I can work with everyone, whether I agree of disagree with them politically, to move things forward. "Folks in the First Ward, it is time to send Tired Terry packing. Do it, Mike!