HOBOKEN -- The Hoboken City Council argued a bit over some appointments to city boards at their meeting Wednesday night. Some of the appointments were made by the mayor and some by the council.
Regarding mayoral appointments to the Planning Board and Library Board, Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, who is one of the council members often critical of Zimmer’s administration, noted the presence of Councilman Ravi Bhalla’s brother on the Library Board appointment list. She called it “nepotism,” saying, “If it was me, you’d have me hanging outside [in effigy]. You’d have a demonstration.”
Amardeep Bhalla and Mairead Patterson were appointed to the library for terms expiring in 2015. For the Planning Board, new members Nadia Mian and Rami Pinchevsky were appointed to fill vacancies, and Daniel Weaver and David Dening were appointed as alternates.
The public wasn’t much kinder when it came time for the council to vote on appointments including the Hoboken Housing Authority board and the Zoning Board.
Lane Bajardi, a frequent critic of the current mayoral administration and the City Council, said the appointees were selected simply “to do the administration’s bidding” and were composed of “sycophants and campaign contributors.”
Former mayoral candidate Patricia Waiters gave a passionate speech that elicited much applause, saying Hoboken could “clear our name” by appointing people of “dignity and integrity” to city boards.