Santa of Belmar- UPDATED

Thanks to MSV's resident horse, GA has obtained the audio of the Christmas Eve Russo Robocall, posted below for your listening pleasure.  A friend noted it sounds like he read it off a TelePrompter at gunpoint.

GA has to agree.

There are enough strange dimensions to a robocall from a politician on Christmas Eve promising future gifts to nameless charities for a 2-month old disaster. Add to that a lifeless oration. Add to that it went city-wide instead of to Russo's constituents in the 3rd Ward.

The whole thing was weird.   GA didn't get to the 'screw Hoboken' part.

With thousands of Hoboken residents struggling to recover from damage to their homes, personal property, cars, Councilman Russo interrupts Christmas Eve to stick a chubby finger in the eye of all residents, announcing:
"...Please accept our well wishes this holiday season.  In lieu of our annual Christmas card we will be making a monetary donation in the name of Hoboken residents to Sandy relief efforts across the state."

Russo wants to help "across the state."  

Hoboken residents thank him- for nothing.   Heartwarming, how a Hoboken City Councilman brags to his wounded community on Christmas Eve that he's playing Santa Claus "across the state" but we're getting a lump of coal. 

Maybe the residents of Belmar want to pay his City Council salary?  I don't.

 Why not make a monetary donation in the name of Hoboken residents to Hoboken residents for Sandy relief efforts across Hoboken?

How about donating to  The kitty is up over $600K.

Here's the robocall.

Russo Robocall AUDIO

Well, on a lighter note...

In spite of elected officials like Russo turning on Hoboken, the display of generosity of many, many others to help this community has been astounding.

As donations large and small continue to pour into, GA would like to thank these heavy-hitters whose generosity will provide recovery grants to residents (up to $5,000 depending on monies raised and number of applicants) ).  Application deadline is January 20, 2012.
Gala Presenting Sponsor Donations of $250,000+ 
Haven Savings Bank Platinum Rebuilder

Donations of $100,000+ 
 The Robin Hood Foundation

Gold Rebuilder Donations of $50,000+ 
 Major League Baseball
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

 Silver Rebuilder Donations of $25,000+ 
 Pearson Charitable Foundation

Bronze Rebuilder Donations of $10,000+ 
 Larry & Diana Henriques
Place St. Charles and the people of New Orleans
Bernard F. Kenny, Jr., ESQ
Florio & Kenny, LLC

Friends of Rebuild Hoboken Donations of $5,000+ 
Court Street Restaurant & Bar
John & Kathleen Wessling
 Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd
 Swellmax Inc (Yo La Tengo Fundraiser)
 Tisha Creative
and hMAG

GA thanks all contributors, large and small.

(Update, 4:00 PM)
Please note the above list was taken from the web site. 

If you discover errors or omissions please contact Toni at

And...  thank you to the Vote Yes for November Committee  for their generous gift of $1,000 to this charity.