Oh, boy. Apparently 901 Bloomfield test-polled well, because it has risen from its eternal rest!
Check out this load of reanimated BS:
Now see original post below.
In short: Mike DeFusco blew off (3) ZBA hearings for the condo-conversion variance at 901 Bloomfield.
He didn't care about the 901 Bloomfield condo conversion when he could have made a difference.
Read the post.
DeFusco's new argument about $600K "wasted" on a pop-up park which will serve an area of high-residential density, and which can be used by the entire Hoboken community, is entirely subjective. I'd say the majority of taxpayers don't see a park which will serve the community for a couple of years a "waste."
Oh, and historic preservation of 901 Bloomfield in its present state would require far more than $600,000; the developer has pledged $1,000,000 to repair/repurpose the existing structure.
Finally, just remember that the revival of this politician's alternative fact was triggered by a poll which pitched alternative facts.
Where was Mike DeFusco to pitch a community arts center when 901 Bloomfield was vacant, before it was sold to a developer?
Original post: March 6, 2017
How does this..
Jive with this?
"Crocodile tears" derives from an ancient belief that
crocodiles shed tears while consuming their prey.
In 2015, Mike Defusco had an opportunity with his vote and his voice as a Commissioner on the quasi-judicial Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustments to speak for/against variances requested for the 901 Bloomfield application; the variances needed to convert the existing church to 6 condo units.
In 2015, with his quasi-judicial powers, DeFusco had a voice in the outcome of the project, the decision to allow the variances to be granted, to discuss his community center proposal with the owner.
So where was he?
The 1st zoning board hearing for 901 Bloomfield was on August 11, 2015. The transcript reads:
When a ZBA Commissioner is absent from a hearing that's carried, all he/she has to do is read the transcript before the next meeting.
The 2nd zoning board hearing for 901 Bloomfield was on October 20, 2015. The transcript reads:
The vote took place on October 20, 2015.
The 901 Bloomfield resolution was finalized at the next meeting, on December 22, 2015. DeFusco was absent, but technically was precluded from the discussion because he did not participate in the application.
Why does this matter?
Commissioner DeFusco's dereliction of duty for the 901 Bloomfield Street application was not a matter of public interest and public concern until he made it the subject of a toothless resolution, positing that the church interior could be "saved" if only the City could intervene (it has tried), suggesting that "bulk" could be dumped into the 1st Ward instead (the 1st Ward would never stand for it), and anyone who could not vote "yes" hates puppies (I prefer kittens).
This resolution is has already backfired for DeFusco, politically.
The resolution only highlights DeFusco's indifference to the 901 Bloomfield condo conversion in 2015 back when he had the power to influence a different outcome as a Zoning Commissioner. It is a little too late now, the variances were granted.
Speaking of variances, there's a mistake on the resolution- there was no "change of use" variance; the church is in an R-1 residential district, it is zoned as residential.
Finally, at the City Council, in a heated exchange with Councilmen Ravi Bhalla and Jim Doyle who accused him of political grandstanding, DeFusco defended himself, said he had been rallying for adaptive reuse for 901 Bloomfield for the past year, and to check his "social media feeds."
I did, and found this on Facebook:
I really, really wish Mike would run a better campaign- as a former ZBA colleague, it pains me to see him going this route. Obviously he is listening to idiots. One in particular.