GA was delighted to see all the supporters who trekked out in the rain last night to witness the swearing-in of the Forward Together team.
Supporters included the families of 'new' BoE Trustees Sheila Dallara, Jen Evans and Irene Sobolov, rockin' mommies like Vera Sirota, Linda Kwok,, Sung Kim and Emily Jabbour, Former Board Trustees Theresa Minutillo and Jean Marie Mitchell, Forward Together's campaign manager Deirdre Wall, Reach Higher candidate Addys Velez, the Honorable Mayor Dawn Zimmer, her Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhuri , Councilpersons Tiffanie Fisher, Ravi Bhalla and Jim Doyle, the brilliant Leah Healy, historic preservationist Allen Kratz, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Amber Lynn, and the lovely John Heinis, reporting for Hudson County View.
The swearing-in ceremony was (mostly) uneventful, except for one shy, little cutie who needed coaxing from dad to stand up front with mom Jennifer Evans!
|Good job, Dad! Brave girl!|
|2017 Hoboken Board of Education|
Next on the agenda was the board reorganization.
Tom Kluepfel was nominated and seconded to remain Board President.
That's when Peter Biancamano earned his nom de plume Sandwich Head. Biancamano asked for permission to give the statement before voting...
Try to follow along.
Biancamano whined how "I didn't receive any phone calls from Tom asking for my vote" and how he'd always called for "common courtesy among board members" -- calling Kluepfel out for an alleged breach of protocol or manners or both. Biancamano then proclaimed that he would go "against" his own rule and vote for Tom.
Huh? Did anybody ask why you were voting for Tom?
So why share this petulant sulk-fest with the public?
It is truly disconcerting to hear a Board Trustee announce that he was not properly stroked by a fellow board member, and that such homage is a factor in deciding his vote.
Thank goodness, Hoboken was spared BoE President Biancamano and VP Madigan.
So, after two unanimous "yes" votes (Tom- Board President, Sharon Angley - Vice President), a short speech by Freeholder Romano, the first BoE meeting of 2017 meeting ended.
GA had a quick chat with Stick before I left. I thanked him for sending the Christmas card. I asked, "You didn't send that card to anyone else in Hoboken, right? Just me!"
Well, that's all folks. Apparently I missed this scene- a friend texted:
Patty is screeching outside about the BOE- politicking and racism and segregation.
Happy New Year!