Your President, Michael Novak was handed a golden opportunity to market Hoboken to potential new small business owners and large retailers in the premier business newspaper in America, The Wall Street Journal- the freakin' Wall Street Journal- and what does he tell them?
Didja get that?
"The jury's still out" he says about Washington Street commerce, then throws dirt on the grave he's dug for its larger retail spaces: " For most of (them)...I don't see new tenants".
That's in today's paper.
Hoboken Chamber of Commerce: did you HEAR what your President told the Wall street Journal about Hoboken's business environment?
That's not what YOU say about our city:
Jeez Louise! With friends like that, Hoboken businessmen/ women... get a dog! At least you know where he shits.
You were warned.
GA told you last month about how Novak was hustling the tale of 'Zimmer Violating Public Ethics and Contracting Law' he spun from a letter issued by the Office of State Comptroller (OCC)... another public trashing of our city. Novak's lies were rupiated by no less than the OCC in a press release days later. Did her issue a retraction or apology to the mayor and the business community?
What do you think?
This is what GA said:
Now that the Comptroller's office has weighed in and removed ALL doubt about their review process and findings, noting past 'deficiencies' have been addressed under the Zimmer administration, expressing confidence that the City will address outstanding deficiencies in the forthcoming Action Plan... do YOU think Novak ought to retract his attack-piece?
Pretty wise, huh? But the HCC didn't listen. They NEVER listen to me.
Personally, I think Novak's slam in The Wall Street Journal is much worse than the other. Order of magnitude-wise.
You only get one crack at the big time, the national stage... one per very long while. Millions of eyeballs read that paper each day (in pairs). Novak blew it BIG. Dissed Hoboken, hurt our business community by NOT HELPING it-- to the entire country. Essentially he told them our town's on (business) life support. The patient may die. Or he may live. Who knows?
Who the hell would be encouraged to come here to open a business with THAT diagnosis from the PRESIDENT of our Chamberr of Commerce! For G-d's sake. Would you?
Why'd he do it?
Why did Narcissus stare at his own reflection in a pool for so long he dropped dead?
Do you know?
Maybe someone could pry Novak's lips off Beth Mason's and Mike Russo's buttocks long enough to get the answer. GA's told you Novak's held City Council majority's weekly strategy meetings in his office, right? Smoooch smoooooch.
I'm told Lane Bajardi represents Mason there, which reminds me of this Sondheim tune:
Well, nice to know that the WSJ piece features business owners who contradict Novak's bleak assessment of their future:
For G-d's sake, people.
We've GOT to get rid of these PHONIES who grab powerful positions, pretending to have our best interest at heart while they're strictly in it for themselves: their ambition, ego or to nibble at our wallet (free health insurance, anyone?) . Folks running our Chamber of Commerce who say and do things to promote themselves not our city, our City Council majority members who tell you we've got a $20 million dollar surplus to give back or boast about wheeling $13,000 to the campaign of a single candidate.
We have the power to get rid of them. With our vote.
Please, please. On May 10th:
Ward 1: Vote Eric Kurta
Ward 2: Vote Tom Greaney
Ward 3: Vote Greg Lincoln
Ward 4: Vote Rami Pinchevsky
Ward 5: Vote Peter Cunningham
Ward 6: Vote Jen Giattino
Haven't we all head enough?