The above video is dedicated to the source who tipped me off:
I notice Michael DeFusco using a video snip of the demolition of 115-131 Grand Street as his example of an old historic building he'd work to save - however - I'm a little confused about his example based on this document: http://www.hobokennj.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/115-131-Grand-Resolution-of-Denia
It appears that Mr. DeFusco voted in the minority (these plans were denied) and actually voted in favor of a much larger residential development with even bigger variances on the exact site.
Wow, that's right.
On December 16, 2014, ZBA Commissioner DeFusco voted to approve multiple variances for an application which included the teardown of 115-131 Grand Street.
In 2017, mayoral candidate DeFusco uses footage of the teardown of 115-131 Grand Street in his kickoff video. While a huge crane rips into the building, DeFusco's voiceover says:
"I'm tired of watching historic buildings being torn down, displacing tenants and forever altering the charm of our city. I know that we can be doing better."Fascinating!
-Candidate DeFusco's campaign video
DeFusco wasn't "tired" enough to vote NO to these 8 variances for 115-131 Grand Street:
In fact, the ZBA transcript shows Commissioner DeFusco didn't utter a word about saving 115-131 Grand Street from teardown.
He was one of the (2) Commissioners who voted to approve the application- the rest voted "NO"; the application was DENIED.
Candidate DeFusco's lecturing the City on historic preservation is like the bear lecturing the honey jar.