GA cannot lie; last night's meeting was for me, a mixed bag.
It was delightful to see Jen Giattino back as Council President, and at her side, VP David Mello.
Then came the buzzkill. Immediately after, a new council member proposed amending Re-org Resolution No. 4 to include The Hoboken Reporter:
4.* RESOLUTION DESIGNATING OFFICIAL NEWSPAPERS FOR LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THE CITY OF HOBOKEN FOR CY2015This Council member had already spoken with the publisher, who provided an estimated cost of $5K annually. Note, The Hoboken Reporter does not satisfy the City's requirement for posting legal notices because it does not have a paid circulation. The Hoboken Reporter could only supplement the official newspapers, not replace one of them.
Hence, taxpayers got tapped for $5K- not a big deal out of a $100M budget. Right?
What is a big deal is, for years, The Hoboken Reporter has been so overtly hostile toward members of the Zimmer administration (particularly Ravi Bhalla) and the Mayor herself, and has many times inserted itself during elections to influence the election outcome-- against the administration. For example, this recent column by Al Sullivan was published the weekend before election day.
WHY WOULD THE CITY SPEND A NICKEL TO ADVERTISE IN THIS PARTISAN RAG?
It's my observation that the Zimmer administration has divorced itself from any relationship at all with the paper. And now we're buying ads (a.k.a. funding) this partisan tabloid? That's like buying bullets for a guy taking shots at you.
Oh yeah, taxpayer-funded bullets.
Hey, that's my opinion.
I am unsure if the Council member discussed this idea with others prior to the meeting; I got the feeling it was just dropped on the table. Boom! Anyway, the vote went down, and now the city's policy has been changed.
Well, GA congratulates all of the appointees, and congratulations to my friend John Branciforte on his full-term ZBA appointment. I would encourage the Council to choose Dan Weaver for a full seat next time. Dan is an accomplished architect who has worked for two top US architectural firms.
That's it for now.
|Tell me again why a Reform Council should buy ads there?|