|original photo: Kurt Gardiner|
GA is delighted to announce that Hoboken's long-time, TALL good government activist, Kurt Gardiner, has thrown in his, uh... leaf, to replace Frank Raia on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA).
GA thanks Frank for his NHSA service, but he does not own the seat which he's held since cave people were banging rocks to make fire.
Kurt is no giant-come-lately; he has been documenting the northwest flooding problem for years, and wants to help residents who get whacked every time it rains (a lot).
True, one NHSA commissioner cannot alone remediate flooding in Hoboken's northwest, but ask yourself: why hasn't Frank advocated for solving the flooding in that part of town, which includes his development, ShopRite?
|Hoboken's ShopRite after 2012's Superstorm Sandy|
The next disaster looms for 5th Ward residents, ShopRite shoppers, and the 4 or 5 dogs that take a dump in Pupie Park (a patch of concrete on the north side of ShopRite that was Raia's "developer giveback" to the City of Hoboken.)
Ask yourself, why is a multi-millionaire like Raia still on the dole for taxpayer-funded health insurance, a benefit not provided to new NHSA commissioners?
Finally, GA will address the elephant in the room: his money.
Yes, Raia is LOADED. So what? Did Frank's money matter in the 2015 municipal race? NO. Did it matter in 2013? NO. Will it matter in 2017?
NO, it will NOT.
GA has observed a trend: Hoboken races are not being won by MONEY nor SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, they are being won by PERFORMANCE and HARD WORK. Dirty tricks don't resonate the way they used to, our electorate has changed.
Gardiner's full statement can be read on MSV; here is why our City Council should appoint Kurt Gardiner to the NHSA.
As a dedicated reformer and good government advocate for many years I have a skill set that I know can contribute to the sewerage board's continued progress. With an extensive background in project management, budgeted for multimillion dollar projects, I am familiar with procurement processes given my Enterprise Resource Planning experience, and a passion for policy as it pertains to infrastructure improvement such as traffic management and flood abatement to name a few. For those reasons I am a strong candidate to serve on the board. I believe that this vacancy should go to a supporter of good government and to someone who is willing to communicate effectively with the public and current administration and I posses the desire and capabilities to do so. It is time Hoboken capitalized on the political capital that the good government movement has earned fairly at the ballot box and bring some fresh ideas to the board to address sewage issues comprehensibly, cooperatively and openly. --- Kurt GardinerOh yeah, GA endorses the appointment of Kurt Gardiner to the NHSA.