No place for us in Zimmer’s Hoboken
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Dear Editor:

I have lived in Hoboken for my entire life and witnessed some pretty disturbing behavior by the Zimmer Administration, but this week’s Hoboken Housing Authority meeting may be the worst yet. The voices of hundreds of residents were ignored and the mayor attempted to further the divide our community by pitting police officers against residents who were voicing their displeasure with the mayor’s administration. It was a planned peaceful demonstration, but Mayor Zimmer's administration brought in the K-9 unit and outside law enforcement to create a hostile environment. This was done for the purpose of blaming and exploiting the residents when the ugly vitriol was fueled by her majority on the HHA Board.

Our mayor enjoys holding press conferences, which are carefully crafted and scripted by the renowned political consultant on the city payroll, and appearing on Cake Boss. Yet, few who witness the Dawn Zimmer on television have to opportunity to bear witness to the real Dawn Zimmer. The viewers don’t see the side of the mayor who runs a government that not only promotes bullying and intimidation, but she encourages and participates in aiding and abetting this conduct.

Four years ago, two of Dawn Zimmer’s staunchest political supporters began to author daily blogs that attack those who disagree with the mayor. Some people dismissed it as simply being hardnosed politics that is typical in Hudson County. They are wrong. These blogs are fueled by hate and express the disdain that the mayor and her supporters have for certain members of our community. The other night this hate spilled over into the HHA meeting where two of the mayor’s supporters were escorted out of the meeting by police.

Some people were surprised by what transpired at the HHA meeting, but many of us were not. There are certain groups of people that are not welcome in Dawn Zimmer’s Hoboken, namely born and raised residents, the poor and elderly. Yesterday it was the HHA residents having their civil rights trampled on and tomorrow it will be you.

The “us vs. them” mentality that exists here destroys communities. Hoboken has always been a densely populated, urban city, I have been told our charm is our diversity, over the years we have lived side by side with many different ethnicities, religions, backgrounds, now you come here and you will not accept us.

Zimmer strategy has been divide and conquer, you are not dividing us. You are uniting us.

Theresa Castellano
1st Ward Councilwoman

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VoteHoboken
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August 10, 2014
Councilwoman Castellano latest "us vs. them" hate mongering letter is not unexpected as she has often vocalized her extreme distain for the new residents who have come to Hoboken.

Perhaps it is because many of those new residents are actually looking at Hoboken politics, getting involved and focus on making things better rather than ignoring the corruption and mismanagement that plagued the City while she sat on the City Council.

These new residents are voting and not voting to maintain the old political structure in Hoboken and as one of the matriarchs of that aging system Theresa Castellano is understandably upset.

Councilwoman Castellano failed to mention the names of the two blogs she is so fearful of, so I will. Mile Square View and Hoboken Grafix Avenger. Both are very well known and read. Agree with their point of view or not they give their readers an opportunity to make up their own minds about what is going on in Hoboken politics.

One other observation is that Mrs. Castellano is trying to equate criticism of a few political leaders who wear the badge of born and raised in Hoboken is the same as disliking all those who are born and raised in Hoboken. It is most certainly not.

assilem
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August 18, 2014
Vote Hoboken, given your refutals/I believe your reading comprehension is off.
PAX07030
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August 10, 2014
Funny I remember a red faced Councilwoman Castellano screaming from her seat on the City Council that if any of the new residents didn't like what she was doing they should move out.

As part of the family of the former mayor and convicted felon Anthony Russo, who has tried to use dividing Hoboken with fear tactics so they could remain in power this shameful rant of a letter is not unexpected.

recallbethmason
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August 10, 2014
how unfortunate that one of our city council members would write such an inappropriate letter? very sad that you would write something that its sole purpose seems to be fear mongering? very unproductive.
PAX07030
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August 10, 2014
I have a feeling that this letter is part of a orchestrated plan by a few to divide Hoboken.

Anthony Russo and his family used very similar tactics to stay in power and Terry Castellano is first and foremost part of that family and it's self serving politics.

Notice the comments below using racially charged words like KLAN to advance the plan. Shameful.

assilem
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August 10, 2014
One word for the meeting HEINOUS!!! A complete and total violation of civil rights. The HHA board chair was but on notice immediately by this residents, the Chief of police and an hour advisement by the HHA attorney, that she needed to either get a space large enough to contain the members of the public, provide speakers or change the date. Wefer decided to hold the meeting despite breaking the law and members of the public were forced out of the Council chambers.
assilem
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August 10, 2014
I was harassed no less than five times over the last few months by the demographic that Zimmer has allowed to take over our City. I decided it was time to take further action when the hostilities were growing. Two weeks ago, a woman on man fight broke out when the man was interfering with the woman's right to space in the park by allowing his and his son's ball playing to continuously land near her and eventually hit her.

The Zimmer klan claims our sidewalks, our parks and subtly or even viscously they attempt to make our public spaces solely their own.

Trying to avoid further tension, I had resorted to going to Columbus Park because I knew the County Parks belong to us all. But no, I was severely chastised by parents who wanted to dominate the lawns and sidewalks with recreational activities that Hoboken has dedicated fields for. After much abuse and finally consulting an attorney, signage was placed in Columbus Park and we are all now free again to use this park.

I pray that we can rid our Community of this discriminatory and divisive Mayor and her cronies without more people having to suffer the humiliation and abuse of her Administration.