Romano survives challenge to running for two positions
Anthony Romano, candidate for Hoboken mayor and Hudson County freeholder, will be able to appear on the ballot twice according to reports.
Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso ruled against injunctive relief sought by Hoboken activist Patricia Waiters, which would’ve prevented Romano from appearing on the county ballot drawing while he is also running for Hoboken mayor.
“We are very pleased and we would like to thank our attorney Stephen Edelstein of Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein, and Celso for their help,” said Romano’s campaign manager Pablo Fonseca on Friday. “At the end of the day the voters of Hoboken will decide who the next mayor of Hoboken is, and not the special interest and backroom deals and quid pr quo of other candidates.”
Romano said, “We will just do our job and move forward. The most important thing is I am on the ballot come November!”
Eric Dixon, attorney for Patricia Waiters, is reportedly seeking an appeal.
Waiters’ lawyer, Eric Dixon, sent a letter to Hoboken City Clerk James Farina on Sept. 8, objecting to the validity of Romano’s nominating petitions. Last month Dixon authored another letter – which he said was on behalf of a confidential client — to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office and the State Attorney General questioning Romano’s ability to run for two offices.
Dixon wrote, “It is my view that this candidate is not merely prohibited from holding two elected offices, but also prohibited from being a candidate for two elected offices in the same election.”
Waiters ran against Romano in the June primary for the freeholder seat, which represents Hoboken and areas of Jersey City Heights. But she was unsuccessful.
Some have asked if a political group was behind these legal challenges.
Waiters did not answer a phone call or email by press time to inquire as to whether she was self-funding her legal challenge.
Councilwoman Fisher endorses mayoral candidate Giattino, whose campaign she co-chairs
Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, who is co-chairing Councilwoman Jen Giattino’s Hoboken mayoral campaign (along with Councilman Peter Cunningham), officially endorsed Giattino and her slate of three council candidates in an email on Friday.
“The day Mayor Zimmer announced her intentions [in June] to not run again, I awoke feeling unsettled and concerned about Hoboken’s future,” Fisher wrote. “To me, the right message going forward for Hoboken is embracing what works, but fixing what doesn’t. And when Jen decided to run for mayor a week later, the unsettled feeling went away. I have been behind her ever since.”
Zimmer raised the hackles of some during a June press conference by publicly endorsing Councilman Ravi Bhalla to succeed her. Four other candidates are running for mayor as well.
Bhalla and Giattino may split the voters who supported Zimmer in the past. In a crowded campaign landscape, no one knows who will emerge victorious in November.
Fisher’s work for Giattino has been criticized by some because Fisher is the head of the Hoboken Democratic Committee, and Giattino is a registered Republican in a traditionally Democratic town. Hoboken municipal elections are non-partisan.
Fisher said she doesn’t see this as a conflict. “I don’t have an issue with this at all,” said Fisher by phone. “It’s about what’s important for Hoboken. It is about having the best candidate who’s focused on Hoboken and able to address all issues, and I don’t think party affiliation matters when discussing the potholes on Washington Street or negotiating with developers. I know Jen personally, and philosophically we have way more in common than not. Party politics isn’t involved.”
She said that a month ago, she and Giattino were passing out campaign flyers by the ferry, and out of the 200 people they spoke to, only three raised political party concerns, two of whom said they would vote for Giattino because she is a Republican and one who was a Democrat concerned about supporting someone affiliated with the Republican party.
“We get the questions on both sides,” said Fisher.
She said in the email she sent out on Friday that she supports Giattino for several reasons, one is because she has the qualities of the executive position.
She wrote, “Our next mayor needs to be someone who has demonstrated: Experience protecting the quality of life for the residents of Hoboken, Ability to lead and navigate through many prioritizes – big and small – and get things done, Willingness to challenge the status quo; Financial focus to be a steward for taxpayers; and Commitment to working with others to ensure the best outcome for Hoboken. Jen is the only candidate who has all of these.”
She added that Giattino has partnered with her on council matters that required deeper financial review including the Suez agreement and 30-year PILOT agreement. She said they share the same view that ad-hoc development is a threat to the community’s quality of life, and other issues.
Giattino confirmed on Friday that she and Councilman Peter Cunningham are co-campaign chair for Giattino. The campaign manager is David Lamando.
A day of volunteering in Hoboken
On Saturday, Sept. 30, changes will take place around town as Hoboken Grace Community Church prepares to host its seventh annual 1Day event, in which hundreds of volunteers devote themselves to community service for a day.
“This event allows us to build relationships with people in our community,” said Outreach Director Anthony Reimer. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together and work alongside each other. Many of us in this city don’t know our neighbors, and this has been a great way to build those relationships. We have been able to build relationships with local organizations while improving our city. “
1Day will kick off at 301 Garden St. at 10 a.m., where volunteers will meet and then spread throughout Hoboken to spend a few hours working on projects for various organizations and schools serving our city.
At 1:30 p.m., after the completion of various projects, the volunteers will come back together for an after-party.
Volunteers will work in small groups to help local organizations and schools, like the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, Mustard Seed School, and True Mentors. They will clean, paint, and organize.
To participate, sign up at www.1DayHoboken.com or meet at 301 Garden St. at 10 a.m. on Sept. 30.
New music from Polkadot
Ron Albanese, a.k.a., Polka Dot!, a former Hoboken resident and local kids’ party clown, has released a new song and music video titled “Beach Parade! (Live!)”
The new kiddie rock ‘n’ roll song is an ode to a season that is currently fading fast.
He says that thematically, “Beach Parade! (Live!)” is a “super-sunny number about going for it in the summer, and having a blast in the land of sand!”
The song was recorded live in concert, and features Albanese performing with his Polka Dot Pals band.
The video can be found at https://youtu.be/zmiBZwdMD3g and more information on Albanese can be found at www.RonAlbanese.com.
Spread awareness to prevent opioid abuse
On Oct. 6, New Jersey legislators, citizens, impacted families and substance abuse professionals will lead an effort to raise awareness about the opioid abuse epidemic impacting the state in the second annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day.
The statewide single-day initiative will mobilize families, members of the prevention and treatment communities, local leaders and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state.
More than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses in 2015, and the number of such deaths quadrupled from 1999 to 2015.
The effort will have a dual focus: educating physicians and raising awareness among New Jersey residents and families.
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is a project of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services; and the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, with help from thousands of volunteers across the state.
For more information go to drugfreenj.org/knockoutvolunteers.
Help prevent suicide
On Sunday Oct. 29 Stevens Institute of Technology will host the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of Darkness Walk” to raise awareness and funds to help prevent suicide.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk’s opening ceremony starting at 10 a.m. and the walk ending at 12 p.m.
Those wishing to participate can create a walker page online and help fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention New Jersey Chapter to bring suicide prevention and support programs to local communities.
For more information about the walk or to sign up go to https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5065.