Below is a letter from Jake Stuiver, who helped run Beth Mason’s mayoral campaign, regarding her endorsement of Dawn Zimmer yesterday, and defending the two Mason council candidates whom Mason also endorsed.
Stuiver notes that some stereotypes about newcomers/old-timers in Hoboken are wrong, and that Beth’s two council hopefuls are reform-minded.
I am proud to join Beth Mason in endorsing Dawn Zimmer for Mayor, while standing firmly behind Vinny Addeo and Raul Morales II for City Council. Like Beth, I am supporting Ravi Bhalla for the third open Council seat.
Dawn Zimmer’s and Beth Mason’s platforms are more alike than they are different, and now is the time for all residents seeking change to come together. Let’s unite and support a good-government, reform-minded group that represents diverse pockets of the community. Beth may be out of the running, but the dream of “One Hoboken” is alive and well..
As a Fourth Ward resident, I supported Dawn enthusiastically in her City Council run in 2007. As a fellow member of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, I have spoken with her a number of times and can attest strongly to her character and values. I share her perspective on many issues, and believe she has the potential to be a great mayor. Working in alliance with Beth Mason will serve her well, given Beth’s years of experience and numerous accomplishments in the name of good government, along with her far-reaching network to different elements of our community.
Ravi Bhalla is a gifted and accomplished attorney whose track record indicates great concern for issues such as rent control and affordable housing, which are important to all Hoboken residents new and old.
The job of the next mayor will be challenging indeed. I believe from the bottom of my heart that a vital ingredient in the remedy to our city’s troubles is a City Council that includes Vinny Addeo and Raul Morales II. Hoboken is a proud community composed largely of people who were born and raised here, whose parents or grandparents arrived from overseas and set down their roots. They weathered the many economic storms that once made this city a much more difficult place to live than it is today, and established customs and traditions that are the very fabric of our community, what makes it unique and special and a truly desirable place to live.
Our current political climate contains a fundamental misunderstanding between people who were born here and those who arrived more recently. Working on the Mason Team for One Hoboken was a valuable experience for me, as it helped me understand the depth and nuances of this divide. Many members of “Old Hoboken” fear that newcomers have contempt for their traditions and rich history and want to do away with everything that came before they arrived. Many members of “New Hoboken” believe that most of the born-and-raised community are connected to city government and benefit from it in ways that render newcomers second-class citizens.
These myths are wrong, and I am here to tell newcomers that Addeo and Morales are gentlemen of character and exceptionally reform-minded, and want government to function properly and effectively for all residents. The time I’ve spent working with them has been an honor and a privilege, and I urge you to vote for them on June 9.
To people who were born here, whose families laid the foundation of this community, I urge you also to look past the stereotypes and consider what Zimmer and Bhalla really represent. They are fighting tirelessly not to change the character or culture of Hoboken, but to change its government, and make it serve all the people, from Harrison Street to Hudson Street. It’s not about new vs. old, it’s about exclusive government for the connected few vs. inclusive government for everyone. Please vote for them on June 9, and help us build a real team for One Hoboken.
Mason Team for One Hoboken Campaign Manager