Runningmate of mayoral candidate Ramos files complaint against Zimmer over pay to play
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HOBOKEN – Hoboken City Council candidate Eduardo Gonzalez, who is part of Ruben Ramos’s campaign slate that will challenge the leadership of incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a November election, filed a complaint with the city’s pay-to-play compliance officer over contributions Zimmer received last spring that he said he believes violates city code.

The contributions in question, $150 from Boswell Engineering on March 14 and $150 from Bernard Kenny of the law firm Florio & Kenny LLP on April 4, both cause those donors to exceed the aggregate amount any professional firm can donate to a political candidate, $300. With the newest contributions, both Kenny and Boswell have given Zimmer $450 each.

After Gonzalez filed his complaint with the city, Ramos blasted the mayor, saying that her “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude has gone far enough.

“Mayor Zimmer doesn’t seem to care about ordinances, rules or deadlines when they don’t fit her own political agenda,” he said in a press release. “We all have heard over and over that the mayor ran as a reformer, but what she has done since getting elected is grab power and become just another politician that causes a traffic jam in City Hall.”

Zimmer said last week that she planned to return the contributions, but her most recent filing with the Election Law Enforcement Commission showed no refunds. It was filed on July 15, well past the state’s 45-day grace period for returning such contributions.

Zimmer did not offer comment by the end of the day on Wednesday, but said that her campaign’s treasurer would issue a response to Ramos’ criticisms as soon as possible. Keep an eye on hudsonreporter.com as this story develops. – Dean DeChiaro

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DowntownObs
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August 08, 2013
LOL did you watch the video your linking to. they had to give the contribution back! and late, better late then never, g!

Masonop#9
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August 08, 2013
Looks like some part time video bloggers already proved your story and the allegation incorrect:

http://hudsoncountytv.com/news/ruben-ramos-say-mayor-dawn-zimmer-violated-pay-to-play-laws-zimmer-campaign-refutes-claim/

Who's running that place over at the HR? Zimmer campaign complied with the law out of the gate and only accepted the legal maximum.

You would have known that if you didn't rush to print the allegation. Beth Mason is not happy with this because now you make Mayor Zimmer's campaign look good.

You're getting journalistically pwned by lowly part time video bloggers now?

hobokendave
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August 07, 2013
oooh busted for 600 bucks. What a friggin joke.
Toneitdown
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August 07, 2013
"Zimmer did not offer comment by the end of the day on Wednesday, but said that her campaign’s treasurer would issue a response to Ramos’ criticisms as soon as possible."

In other words, she got busted and can't respond to something without one of her handlers crafting a response. TRUE LEADERSHIP. I'm glad someone will put Zimmer's feet to the fire this spring - between her overzealous blind supporters and bloggers, she gets a free pass on everything. Questioning the mayor once in a while is a good thing - someone needs to keep her honest.
Toneitdown
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August 07, 2013
this spring = this fall. Sorry - so use to voting in May.