‘One Hoboken’ announces campaign platform; seeks increased transparency and revised parking laws
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HOBOKEN – The ‘One Hoboken’ slate, which will field 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti in November’s mayoral race against incumbent Dawn Zimmer and fellow challenger Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, released its campaign platform this past weekend, naming increased transparency, a stop to flooding, revised parking laws, and reduced city legal expenditures as its main issues.

Occhipinti is backed on the slate by council candidates Frank Raia, a local businessman and commissioner for the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Peter Biancamano, a school board member, and Britney Montgomery-Cook, a special education teacher.

According to an advertisement placed in last weekend’s Hoboken Reporter, the slate is attempting to unite old and new residents to a common goal of improving the city.

“Hoboken’s current political climate is too divided and detrimental to our city,” says the ad. “Whether you were lucky enough to be born here or smart enough to move here, it’s time to come together as one Hoboken and end this tale of two cities.”

Several of the slate’s ideas, namely installing three flood pumps to curb flooding, have already been voiced by the Zimmer and Ramos campaigns, although the slate did announce several ideas that were unique to election season thus far. These included posting the city’s budgets online well before adoption in an effort to increase transparency, and appointing a “taxpayers’ watchdog” to analyze Board of Ed. and county budgets. The campaign did not say whether the person would be part time or full time.

The slate also said it planned to improve quality of life by repairing broken street lights, cleaning sidewalks, and resurfacing roads throughout town damaged by potholes.

Recently, opponent Ruben Ramos criticized Occhipinti, saying that the councilman is complicit in the type of City Hall stagnancy that inspired Ramos’ campaign.

“I don’t think that Councilman Occhipinti’s record on the council, that he’s only compiled over three years, is much to speak of,” he said a few weeks ago, also naming Zimmer in his condemnation of city hall’s alleged deadlock. “Nothing is progressing in City Hall, and they’re both part of the problem.”

Zimmer recently avoided criticizing Occhipinti, and touted her own slate, which is made up of incumbent council members David Mello and Ravi Bhalla, and newcomer Jim Doyle.

“I am proud of my administration's accomplishments on parks, cutting taxes, saving our hospital and restoring integrity to City Hall,” she said in a statement. “This is only the beginning of what voters can expect from Jim Doyle, Ravi Bhalla, David Mello and me as we continue to lead Hoboken forward." – Dean DeChiaro

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September 23, 2013
It's about time candidates with real world experience ran. They are exactly what we need. Good for them.
September 23, 2013
Ok, everyone knows Raia is a developer and the article says that Ms. Cook is a special ed teacher so we have an idea, for better or for worse, what their "real world" experience is and can decide if its helpful to doing the jobs they're applying to the voters for.

But what the heck do Biancamano and Occhipinti do for a living?

The only thing I know about Biancamano is that his family runs a great deli with terrific moz. I imagine he went to school and earns a living doing something but despite the fact that he's already an elected official the public still knows nothing about his "real world" experience.

Tim seems very proud of working in the "private sector" but his bio says nothing about what he does in the "private sector" and while I've heard him repeatedly say "in the private sector we know how to....." I've never heard him explain what his job actually is and why that would help him understand finance, budgets, negotiating tactics - all the stuff he claims to know how to do because he's in the "private sector."

What the heck do these guys actually do that makes their "real world" experience helpful in governing?

Inquiring minds want to know. I wonder if the candidates will ever get around to telling us, particularly if they think their "real world" experience is part of what makes them better than the other guys.