Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hoboken's Train of Nope?

counter-clockwise: top-left: Bayonne Mayor/HCDO Chairman Mark Smith, bot-left: Councilwoman Beth Mason, bot-right: Nazi-Truck at Wallace School on October 16, 2012.  Nazi Truck video filmed/produced by Mason videographer Tim Brendel. According to multiple sources the Nazi Truck strategy was orchestrated by Mason operative James Barracato, top-right: Nazi Truck rides up and down Washington street looping swastikas and offensive symbols to the public on October 16 and October 17 until it was condemned by Hoboken rabbis

Here's what we know:
Then what happened?

The Occhipinti- Mason  trail of photo-ops and self-promoting press releases to the media stop right there... after a couple of headlines. Like this:

Hoboken-bound?  Not exactly; they went to Bayonne.


Mission accomplished?    Did the "Hoboken-bound donations" ever reach Hoboken? 

It would be absolutely extraordinary for Occhipinti and Mason to have distributed any amount of gifts- no less 13 pallets (half)- without fanfare: announcements, photo-ops, press releases, Twitters and Facebook postings.   (You're talking about a guy who photographs 4th Ward potholes for Facebook and demands an 'action plan' from City Hall to clean Jersey City's graffiti.)

Yet there were none.

It appears custody of that 5 tons of love ends in Bayonne. Unless it did make it to Hoboken- but how and where?  

A busload of volunteers were rounded up to BRING the donations to Bayonne. Who brought them back to Hoboken?

Why did Occhipinti coordinate this effort with Bayonne only and not City Hall? 

Scores of volunteers showed up at City Hall every day to assist flood victims, the National Guard was on site, and FEMA had a cavernous space on Washington Street.  Did Occhipinti try to coordinate the distribution of aid with the federal agencies on site in Hoboken?  

NO.

GA is finding this all a bit coincidental given the recent efforts of Beth Mason to woo Bayonne's mayor (and HCDO Chairman) Mark Smith.  Al Sullivan noticed it, too in his column last week
Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason, who recently caught up with Santa Claus at the Bayonne Tree Lighting (and possibly Mayor Smith) appears to want some county or state seat in her stocking.
And of course her 'charity' Hudson County Recovers, that selects HC municipalities to help not by need but by ballot box: all 33rd District municipalities are included and Bayonne, in the 31st but whose mayor runs the HCDO.

So on November 10, 2012 Mason rides a busload of 'gifts' to Bayonne.   Arranged by her wardrobe accessory, Tim.

Is that why Timmy is publicly downplaying the damage to our city?   Is that why the 'Train of Hope' donations ended up in Bayonne?

The politicization of charitable giving, particularly in a time of  disaster, is truly disgusting wherever it occurs.

GA doesn't understand why ALL political factions are not working together to help our City now.  

Why four members of the City Council (Mason, Occhipinti, Russo, Castellano) are wasting taxpayer dollars and throwing government into gridlock while they fight to keep Councilman Doyle off the City Council dais. Now. As residents struggle to recover and need government to work.

Why Beth Mason is sponsoring Weehawken Mayor Turner's 527 political organization with her so-called 'recovery' fund- instead of giving it to RebuildHoboken.org, a charity planning to disburse funds directly to residents in need.  Why Mason held her December 20 fundraiser in Secaucus not Hoboken, where she could have helped a local business, one in her Ward.

Why Occhipinti showed contempt and ignorance for the suffering of Hoboken residents last Wednesday night. 

So IF the generosity of folks in Louisiana never made it to Hoboken, would anyone be surprised? 

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