Beth Mason's departure from the scene won't stop a tsunmai of loot from washing into Hoboken's municipal election.
The signs are already there.
5th Ward candidate Eduardo Gonzales is pitching the transfer of open space on the BASF site for "residential towers." More precisely, he repeated a developer's proposal from the City's confidential negotiations with BASF.
Are developers speaking directly to Gonzalez?
One thing is certain. Gonzales has taken the developer's side; he's NOT advocating for the public good, but for developer profit. Does over-crowded, densely populated Hoboken need "two residential towers" more than it needs a 6-acre park? Who is he kidding?
GA can't wait to hear the Dark Side's opposition to a rooftop municipal pool...
Oh, rooftop pools are great when developers provide them on luxury buildings, like the one going up on Willow and 14th, or the proposed Monarch.
Speaking of the Monarch, 2nd Ward candidate Peter Biancamano won't be demanding the Barrys make good on their promise of open recreational space instead of (2) 11-story waterfront TOWERS. Candidate Biancamano is very, very careful with his words about the Monarch project. Here is what he wrote recently in The Hoboken Reporter:
"In too many instances, communication between the administration and the community has been lost. The residents of the Tea Building and the community as a whole deserve to know all the details regarding the Monarch project."Rhetorical Fluffernutter.
Clearly Biancamano aims at low-information voters because everyone else knows "the community" has been FIGHTING with the Zimmer administration AGAINST the Monarch project since at least 2011... and 2nd Ward Candidate Tiffanie Fisher has been there on the front lines.
Here is what Tiffanie Fisher wrote 1 1/2 years ago in The Hoboken Reporter:
"In 1997, Applied signed a Developer’s Agreement with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Planning Board for its Shipyard Planned Urban Development which covers the area east of Hudson St. and north of 12th street. Under this agreement, a number of buildings were to be (and have been) built, with the last block to be developed as open space, tennis courts, and parking... In May 2011, only after it realized substantial profits from the completion of all of the buildings at the Shipyard, Applied announced that it no longer intended to build the open space as previously agreed."
Speaking of campaign loot, GA took an ELEC stroll on the Dark Side.
All candidates have opened up a D-1 except for Michael Russo and Frank Raia. Interestingly, Eduardo Gonzalez has left the Chairman position blank, provided no day/evening telephone numbers, and his campaign Treasurer lives in Clifton, NJ.
For inquiring minds... here is the 'first' Hoboken Democratic Committee ELEC report filed under Romano-Russo control. It shows zero monetary receipts for this quarter.
Stay tuned. By the way...
GA hears Freeholder/ Democratic Committee Chairman Anthony Romano has declared "war" on Reform.