That Noisy Tin Cup...

rattle rattle

Remember Tim's Tin Cup, folks? 

You know,  Tim Occhipinti's  "4th Annual Politics, Pasta and Sinatra" at Leo's Grandevous on December 12, 2013.

Did you go? 

If so, then you were one of approximately 0.0002% of Hoboken residents who did (according to the 2010 Census; that's 10 divided by 50,000)

Hey, 0.00002% is nothing to shake a stick at.  Not if it's a very short stick. Very. Very. An eensie-weensie stick.

That is, according to a source who told GA:
His "fundraiser" had about 10 people the other night and they hardly broke even.
Oh, dear.  I can hear that rattling sound coming from Tim's empty tin cup.   

Rattle rattle.

I am almost positive this source was not one of the lucky 0.00002%, which means, Timmy's got a mole.  Another (alleged) one!  God knows, his campaign was (allegedly) riddled with alleged moles!  Allegedly speaking!

Rattle rattle.

Jeez, Tim's a regular mole magnet... he's the gravitational force in a mole-universe, the central, binding force of a malodorous mole-miasma... why, he's got Mole Mojo!

It sure is a sign-'o-the-times, folks. Change.

Another 'sign': GA hears Finboy is MIA; at least that's the buzz. But you know, as long as the corpulent cod has a keyboard and internet access, he cannot control his destructive impulses. Though, sources tell me that Beth Mason has hired a replacement; which could be what her letter in last week's Hoboken Reporter was all about. Because you know she doesn't write her own stuff, though she says she does.

Remember this Oldie-but-Goodie?

The feisty exchange between Councilwoman Beth Mason and former Hoboken Business Administrator Arch Liston at a December 2011 City Council meeting:

Mason: Council President, I could ask a question there are more to ask, and actually GETTING information is only a START to being able to ask questions. Being kept in the dark is when you CAN'T ask questions. I have to.

Liston: Believe it or not my phone and my email works if you had questions you can contact me at any time as other Council members do on a regular basis and I will answer your question. Don't come to a meeting and say I have a question when I am available all during the week and anytime you want to contact me by email like I said and I'll be more than happy to get your answer. Coming to a meeting and saying I have no information and I (garbled) a question...I"M NOT PLAYING THAT GAME... That's a game. Oh, please. It's not a game? I'll take a vote, I'll take a vote of the majority. Can I have a vote of the majority to see if that's a game or not?

Referee Bhalla:  Director, Director Director...

Mason: Council President, please.

Referee Bhalla: Let's let Councilwoman Mason proceed. Thank you, Director.

Liston: It's a GAME!

Mason: It is not a game.

(Liston shouts something)

Referee Bhalla: Director,Director...

Liston: It's a GAME!

Referee Bhalla: Please... Councilwoman... sorry.

Mason: The public... I represent the public- not you.  The public has a RIGHT to know what questions I wish to ASK and they have a right to have the answers. NOT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN YOUR OFFICE OR or on a TELEPHONE.

Liston:  How about an email? I'll make it public. Email is public. Email is public. You have no problem, you have no problem opening other email. You can have mine too. I'll give you mine. You can have mine. You have a question? I'll make it a public document, I'llk put it on the web site for you if you have a question. Not a problem!

Referee Bhalla: Councilwoman Mason, continue.

Mason:  It seems to be difficult to do such.

Referee Bhalla: Well he's answering your questions.
(long pause)

Mason: I think there's an item here which kinda gives the impression or the attitude of what is going on. When you take $600 in a line item transfer to cover QUOTE "immaterial budget error".

Cunnigham: $600? 

Unidentified: In a $100 million budget?

(LAUGHTER from spectators)

Mason: And it's actually disturbing that someone would LAUGH and say that's immaterial for SOME people that's a week's salary. A WEEK'S SALARY for some people. Excuuuuse me, I have the FLOOR. (reads a written speech)... I can't support that resolution.

Liston:  I'll bet you spent more than $600 to have someone write that for you. Mason: Excuuuuse me?

"Excuuuuuuuuse me?"
Referee Bhalla: Hold on, hold on.

Mason: All due respect, I write my own stuff, Mr. Liston.

Liston: Oh, I believe that.

Referee Bhalla: Ok, we're getting off-topic here. There was a mention about City Hall layoffs, I would say if it weren't for four city council members refusing to vote for a garage bond refinance we wouldn't be stuck with a 4.5 million budget gap that causes a necessity for increased taxes or layoffs.  So don't direct responsibility on the mayor. The responsibility if there are layoffs are squarely on four members of the city council. I just wanted to address that issue because it was raised by Councilwoman Mason.
(Bhalla stands up)

Referee Bhalla: It looks like you knocked her out, Arch. When are garbage pickups here?  Is it too late?  Somebody please call over at Sanitation to see if we can bag her and put her out.  And get the procedure for disposing Hazardous Waste.  Do we hose her down first? Or stuff her in then hose down the bag? Just make sure she's not recycled. (Did he really say that?)

Ho ho ho!  Merry (almost) Christmas!

Rattle rattle.


  1. Stick a fork in him. He's done.

  2. Timmy's not done until I say he's done. If he had promoted me for the dinner we would have gotten over a dozen people or at least maybe Rory would have paid for a meal not like most of those deadbeats who showed up.

    Who's Arch Liston? He's messing with our benevolent humanitarian Beth. Keep writing us checks Beth and Timmy will keep voting the way you want. But if don't...

    My biological and political clock is ticking.


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