|2016 Saint Paddy's Day decorations in Beth Mason's Civic League storefront|
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Today Saint Patrick has brought a reminder to Hoboken, all the way from the 4th century.
Specifically about our factionalism; how we residents often judge each other based on whether or not we were born here. It is generally assumed such factions (Born-and-raised (BnR), yuppies) stick together in Hoboken politics as a voting bloc.
Well folks, check this out. St. Patrick may represent the heart and soul of Ireland, but guess what? He wasn't a BnR!
That's right, Ireland's Saint Patrick was born in Britain! At age 16, he was kidnapped by pirates who brought him to Ireland, then was sold into slavery. Not a great start! But Saint Patrick made lemonade out of lemons... so here we are today, celebrating his life, ironically, in pagan fashion sipping a Tom Collins (lemonade and gin on the rocks) on a bar stool.
Makes you think how little it matters where someone (you) were born. It's what you do where you live. Treat people how you would like to be treated- with respect.
On that note... back to local politics, and the theme of respect....
It is true that folks who work hard like to be recognized. So, GA was taken aback by remarks made in the "New Business" portion of Wednesday night's Council meeting. Specifically, Councilman DeFusco's assessment of the snow-removal work performed city workers after Tuesday's storm.
"I want to thank the hardworking men and women that took care of the snowstorm on Tuesday... everyone performed (pause) moderately well... I say "moderately" because there's always room for improvement... and to think that we've nailed it really doesn't give it any room for growth."
Hoboken's municipal employees bust their frigging humps to clear our streets, did a great job, only to get a half-biscuit from a freshman Councilman????
What's this "room for growth?" How does one "grow" at snow-shoveling? The snow is there, and then it's not.
Um... anyone else find this attitude a wee bit pompous? It is not the City's job to dig out our cars or shovel sidewalks- it is the landlord or homeowner or business' responsibility. And if a Councilman has to move his frigging bicycle around a lump of snow on the bike path- get over it. There are priorities- like roads.
I don't recognize this guy. DeFusco talking down to city workers (they "performed moderately well... but there's room for growth") sounds like a corporate exec's shitty evaluation of an inferior.
The "performance" is snow plowing and shoveling, for G-d's sake.
As if to undo the sting of DeFusco's words, Councilmen Bhalla and Russo followed with praise for the workers' snow removal effort. Bravo.
I guess all of us, no matter what our position in life, have "room for growth."