A New Milford man, Darren Drake, 33, was among the eight victims of last Tuesday’s terror attack in lower Manhattan, The Record of Hackensack reported on Thursday. The paper reported that the man commuted from the Hoboken train station to the World Trade Center each day, and had been working on a master’s degree at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
The Record said Drake was a project manager at Moody’s Investors Service and had served on the New Milford school board.
“James Drake said he and his son spent a lot of time together because he drove Darren every day to the Hoboken Terminal, so that he could catch the PATH train to work,” the article states.
Hoboken art studio tour held Sunday
Over 100 local artists will be featured in the 37 Annual Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The self-guided walking tour features local artists’ studios, galleries, and group exhibitions, ranging from sculptures to photographs to paintings. It’s free for attendees and is co-sponsored by the Reporter.
According to Hoboken Administrator of Cultural Affairs Geri Fallo, the tour is designed so that patrons can walk easily from studio to studio and gallery to gallery, as Hoboken is only a square mile and every location is convenient.
Attendees can stop by City Hall at 94 Washington St. to pick up a tour map or download one online at http://hobokennj.gov/artists-studio-tour/.
‘Great War’ documentary will screen Saturday, Nov. 4 in WNY
In commemoration of Veteran’s Day and the centennial year of America’s entry into World War 1, The West New York Free Public Library and the West New York Museum at 425 W. 60th St. will present a screening of the PBS documentary “The Great War” on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m.
This feature length documentary explores how, where, when, and why World War I began, and concludes with President Wilson’s historic April 2, 1917 address to Congress, asking for a declaration of war.
Also part of the presentation will be multiple displays and light refreshments.
Music, poetry, and art exhibit Saturday Nov. 4
Issyra Gallery will host ONE ART – Hoboken, a monthly art, music, poetry series which will feature different acts from Hoboken and Jersey City the first Saturday of every month.
This month features the band Psych-O-Positive who just released a debut single, hip hop beats by Roper Williams, and poetry by Frank Messina, Joel Lewis, and Melissa Goodrum.
The event is free and located at 300 Observer Hwy. at 8 p.m.
Mayoral candidate responds after Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno calls Hoboken and Jersey City residents ‘millionaires’, questions preK
Republican nominee for governor Kim Guadagno characterized Hoboken and Jersey City residents as “millionaires” in a statement to Observer.com Thursday, in which she discussed the state’s school funding formula, the state Supreme Court, and affordable housing.
She wrote that “allowing the judiciary to set the state’s school funding and affordable housing policy has been a disaster for taxpayers. My administration will work to reform the school funding formula so millionaires in Hoboken and Jersey City pay their fair share for pre-K, K-12 education, and school construction.
“Lessons from previous attempts to address fairness in education funding teach us that any changes to the school funding formula will undoubtedly be challenged in court. In order to uphold changes to the formula to address inequities and unfairness, it is important to have an updated administrative record of whether districts are able to provide a thorough and efficient education and contribute towards educational expenses.
“As governor, I will direct the commissioner of education to establish an administrative hearing process to develop a record that will be used to uphold the new school funding formula in court.”
In response to the statement in the Observer, Hoboken mayoral candidate Ravi Bhalla, a councilman, issued a press release Thursday.
“The Lt. Governor’s statement is a direct threat to underfund our city’s schools and force an increase in property taxes,” he said. “It demonstrates that she doesn’t understand our community, which contains many financially squeezed middle and low income residents. I urge all candidates for mayor to join me in expressing strong opposition to the Lieutenant Governor Guadagno’s ill-informed attack on Hoboken’s residents and our schools.”
Besides luxury housing, Hoboken and Jersey City also have low-income public projects that house thousands of residents.
Both towns also have federally funded free pre-K Head Start-type classes in the public schools, going back to the Abbott v. Burke Supreme Court decisions in the 1970s and 1980s. The decisions were designed to allow poor students to have access to funded pre-k programs so they’d have the same chance at a good education as students in wealthier districts with bigger school budgets. Currently, anyone in the public schools has access to free pre-K.
Most of Hoboken’s mayoral candidates have endorsed Guadagno’s opponent in the race, Democrat Phil Murphy. However, mayoral candidate Karen Nason has endorsed Guadagno, and Councilwoman Jen Giattino – a registered Republican who has received some Republican financial support – has said she is undecided, saying she wants to work with whoever wins.
Last-minute candidate endorsements
Former State Sen. Bernard Kenny, a Democrat, endorsed council president and mayoral candidate Jen Giattino for Hoboken mayor last week.
“The campaign that Ravi [Bhalla] has been running against Jen, all about Trump – it’s a little insulting to a lifelong Democrat like me,” Kenny said to Insider NJ. “This is a smart, three-time council president whom I have found to be a giving and tolerant person. I’ve never voted for a Republican. I voted for Hubert Humphrey for President in 1968, the first election in which I could vote, but on Nov. 7 I will vote for Jen, but remember – it’s a nonpartisan election.”
Giattino is a registered Republican. One of her five mayoral opponents, Councilman Ravi Bhalla, has sent out mailers saying he will stand up to Donald Trump. Gattino has not spoken out against Trump and did not at first say, when asked, for whom she voted last year. She later said she voted for Gary Johnson.
“I am incredibly honored and grateful that Senator Bernie Kenny has chosen to support my run for mayor,” said Giattino in a press release. “His support over the years has been invaluable to me as a public servant. As is Bernie’s way, his comments are thoughtful and compelling.”
Last week, Bhalla’s spokesman, Rob Horowitz, said, “While many other Republican elected officials at all levels of government, including Sen. John McCain, Gov. John Kasich and Mayor of Miami Tomás Regalado have spoken out against President Trump when it was called for, Councilwoman Giattino has remained silent. In the era of Trump, it is critical that our local elected officials, no matter their party affiliation, to stand up and be counted, speaking up for American values and on key issues that impact Hoboken, such as the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and cuts in federal funding to organizations.”
Of the endorsement, Horowitz said, “We respect Senator Kenny’s right to support the candidate of his choice. But it was one of the worst kept secrets in Hoboken that he has been actively backing Jen Giattino, so his public endorsement is no surprise.”
One more surprising endorsement came from Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner James Sanford, a member of the Hoboken Republicans group, who said he supports businesswoman (and Republican) Karen Nason for mayor, but also supported councilmen Doyle and Mello for re-election to their council spots on Tuesday, even though they are both on separate tickets headed by Democrats (Bhalla and Anthony Romano respectively.) Of Nason, he said, “Nason’s business experience will benefit our city.” He added that he is a past supporter of council president and mayoral candidate Jen Giattino, but did not appreciate that Giattino won’t endorse a gubernatorial candidate.
He added that if residents can’t vote for Nason, “then please consider voting for either Mr. Ravi Bhalla or Mr. Anthony Romano. Since I will be voting for Mr. Doyle and Mr. Mello who are on their respective slates, it is only logical that voters consider the top of their tickets.”
Meet famous ballet dancers at book signing
On Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Little City Books, the Mile Square Theater, and Hoboken Children’s Theater, will host a reading, signing, and conversation with professional ballet dancers David Hallberg and Misty Copeland. The two will discuss Hallberg’s memoir “A Body of Work.”
The reading will take place at the Mile Square Theater at 1400 Clinton St.
The ticket price is purchase of one book which can be preordered at http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/abt-principal-dancer-david-hallberg-misty-copeland and costs $28.