And they're off!
Tonight is the first Hoboken City Council meeting of 2016 and it features a packed agenda.
The meeting kicks off with a swearing-in ceremony for: Mike DeFusco, Tiffanie Fisher, Mike Russo, Ruben Ramos, Peter Cunningham and Jen Giattino.
Next... the Council re-org.
Who will be appointed Council President?
Rumor has it the next Council President will not have a Y-chromosome, but will be a Ward council member bearing two X-chromosomes!
City Council appointments include (2) regular and (3) alternate seats on the ZBA, Hoboken's chief municipal prosecutor and chief municipal defender, a member of the ABC Board, and a dozen special law enforcement officers.
Mayoral appointments include (4) members and (1) alternate to the Planning Board, (3) to the Historic Preservation Committee, and (3) to the Shade Tree Commission.
Speaking of the mayor...
Not to forget the dedication and service since 1968 as 11th Street and Washington's crossing guard, Mayor Zimmer will present a proclamation to Hoboken original Margaret O'Brien. Margaret retired from her post last week.
|Margaret O'Brien on CNN's American Morning- watch video|
Of course, you know Margaret.
|Author, Margaret O'Brien|
Agree with her or not, Margaret is a treasure of sorts.
GA recalls her shouting at mayoral candidates from the audience at a 2009 OLG debate. In 2011, a friend and I were campaigning for 2nd Ward candidate Tom Greaney on the corner of 12th and Washington when Margaret passed and shouted:
"He's never gonna win!"
My friend (still) does a hilarious imitation: " (anyone) 's never gonna win!"
You can buy Margaret's book, Veritas Columbus on Amazon.com.
Thank you, Margaret O'Brien!
On that note, good luck to Hoboken's newly-minted 2016 City Council, and here's tonight's agenda: