Saturday, April 22, 2017
Councilman DeFusco Threatens to 'fire' ZBA members based on their VOTE
Oh, boy. Folks out there are buzzing about this one.
Councilman Mike DeFusco's Shake Shack Suicide Mission on Facebook took a decidedly dark, authoritarian turn yesterday.
I never thought I'd say this, but even Beth Mason had the brains not to publish her vendettas against particular board members online under her own name- she had surrogates for that.
So, can a sitting City Council member threaten to axe members of an autonomous, quasi-judicial board because he does not like their vote on an application?
Since when did a Councilperson use his/her position to publicly bully and intimidate members of an autonomous board to 'get in shape' and vote the way he wants, or else get axed?
Hoboken's Corporation Council needs to look at this one. I believe this is a serious ethical transgression by an elected member of Hoboken's Legislative body. Corp Council can decide if censure is in order.
I hope ZBA members show up at the next Council meeting to address this egregious threat against their municipal service by a sitting Council member.
Of course, when it is time to appoint ZBA members, one hopes the Council takes a fair, impartial view of the qualifications of each applicant, and not subject incumbent applicants to a witch hunt. At least that should be their public position.
Councilmembers have no right to terrorize board members based upon their vote.
This is so outrageous, and a window into the authoritarian, immature mind of a person who aspires to be Hoboken's Chief Executive; somehow, his political rise has swollen his head 3 sizes too big. What GA sees is an intolerant, thin-skinned official who seems to surround himself with sycophants and cannot debate with his critics.
Yes, not only am I- a constituent- blocked on his Facebook page, but it appears he has scrubbed my comments.
That is the measure of an authoritarian. Think like him, vote like him, believe his propaganda (107-11 Washington Street= Shake shake... NOT!) or be scrubbed.
Scrubbed from Facebook, Scrubbed from the Zoning Board...
Does Hoboken need a leader like this? We already have one in the White House.