Zimmer names Crimmins to replace Peskens as Hoboken’s acting fire chief

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has named Battalion Chief Brian Crimmins to replace Anton Peskens as the new provisional head of the department.

Hoboken Battalion Fire Chief Brian Crimmins has been promoted to acting chief. Twitter photo from July 17th, 2015.
Hoboken Battalion Fire Chief Brian Crimmins has been promoted to acting chief. Twitter photo from July 17th, 2015.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I thank Chief Peskens for his service to Hoboken as Provisional Chief and Battalion Chief Crimmins for stepping up to serve as our next Provisional Chief,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Crimmins has served in the Hoboken Fire Department since 2004 and was ranked no. 1 on the Battalion Fire Chief promotional list.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and also graduated no. 1 in his class at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he received a Master of Public Administration.

Furthermore, Crimmins will be sworn in this week and will serve until a new Fire Chief test is administered in early 2018.

The test will be open to all Battalion Chiefs and Captains, and Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla’s administration will make a decision on the next fire chief after the results of the test have been received.

Peskens was named the provisional chief in June 2015 and has been with the department since 1986.

The City and Chief Peskens were unable to agree upon terms for his permanent appointment to the position of Fire Chief. Therefore, the City has requested that Civil Service generate a new eligibility list,” added city spokesman Juan Melli.

“Chief Peskens did a great job as Fire Chief, but Civil Service rules do not allow the City to keep him in the provisional position while Civil Service generates a new eligibility list for consideration.”

36 COMMENTS

  1. There goes Dawn again falling for the young blue eyed voters if Hoboken
    And the son of Russo henchman George Crimmins the notorious buildings administrator under Russo’s 8 year crime wave!
    Mikey Squared cut a deal with Pac-Man Bhalla

    I do fa you you do fa meee!
    You gotz?

    • Roman Brice, do you know anything about the selection process or Crimmins’ qualifications or are you just defaming him because you are the world’s biggest crybaby?

    • Roman Brice should be spending less time spinning pathetically desperate conspiracy theories and more time washing dishes at the Elysian or maybe doing chores for his neighbors like Beth Mason to pay off his impending judgment. He writes nice things about people who let him keep the money and nasty ones about those who ask him to honor 2-year-old obligations.

      Too bad he doesn’t get paid by the word, or his purple prose might be enough to get him out of the hole.

      • If you can’t afford to lose money you’ve loaned out, then you shouldn’t loan it out.

        Airing your dirty laundry publicly is childish.

        • Until recently no one knew he was an alt-right crybaby deadbeat. No one would loan money to the person he turned out to be.

        • JudgmentProof,

          A loan is not a gift, unless the giver converts it to one. Did the person ask to “borrow” money (a loan) or for a contribution (a gift)?

          The bank can certainly “afford” to lose the balance owed on a mortgage, but if you don’t repay them they foreclose on your home. Macy’s can certainly “afford” to lose that nice handbag, but if you take it home without paying for it, you go to jail.

          Asking to borrow money from someone whom you have no intention of paying back is stealing. If you cannot pay that person back in full at once, just arrange a fair and reasonable payment schedule. What’s wrong with that?

    • My God. Is there anything that isn’t a trigger for you to spew hate? I know the ability to self reflect is not within your existing skill set but you need to at least try to get a grip on reality. Do you really want to be Tony Soares without the income stream?

      You must have family or friends who care about you enough to do an intervention. Please let them help.

  2. There is a process. Candidates take the exam and the top test scores determine the final candidates. If there was an issue with Peskens not coming to an agreement with the City over the terms of his contract then I doubt that would change if he becomes a finalist after the test was taken.

    • Roman says the process is a backroom deal with Russo. He completely tarnishes Crimmins for no reason. Some other idiot is saying Ferrante is lying to protect Bhalla on the flyers. You and Roman started this bull_ _ _ _. You kept saying everything is a P2P backroom deal. Don’t try to act like the elder statesman now that you poured gas on the city and lit a match. Don’t act like you don’t know how the fire started. No respect for the cops and no respect for fire dept because Kurt and Roman can’t handle losing. Carmelo is a victim now because Kurt and Roman can’t stand losing. Ruben is a great leader now because Kurt and Roman can’t stand losing. Defusco can go around the cops because Kurt and Roman can’t stand losing. Tiffany and Jen can represent the whole city because Kurt and Roman can’t stand losing. You’re both nothing but punch lines now.

      • Looks like someone’s mover’s left baggage behind here in Hoboken. Honestly you ex-pats are truly pathetic. We could call you sore winners but that would be silly since none of the 5 candidates can be your township’s mayor.
        Thanks for the million dollar payouts, condos on piers and public housing messes we will have be paying for decades to come.

  3. From what I hear, Chief Crimmins is a fine, upstanding and honorable man. For once can’t you people offer congratulations to someone and pledge to offer your support for the betterment of the city?

  4. Well look at the abject lunacy. I see Hoboken Resistance and Horse called Crimmins highly qualified. Ok, one said very qualified and the other said highly qualified.

    So why is Nancy, the mayor’s husband Stan among others losing their minds claiming different? Is it because there’s an issue with council support? That’s no reason to go completely bonkers. Oh well, too late for that.

    • Hoboken2, I am only commenting at HCV going forward as “GA”. Therefore, your accusations about “Nancy” on this thread are false. You know, there are other people than “Nancy” or “Stan” who are criticizing you– and who don’t like what you write here.

      • I didn’t write anything here and the editor is the person who knows. Why do you lie so often Nancy/GA? What will it take for you to stop?

        Nancy, you’ve developed an ugly record of blatant lying, defamation and personal attacks this year. You’ve lost your mind and you wonder why people will not talk to you?

        So one personality is Nancy and another personality says GA? So which is the never disclosed Ravi paid political operative?

        Unreal.

        • Here is verbatim you, “Hoboken2″ wrote-

          “…So why is Nancy, the mayor’s husband Stan among others losing their minds claiming different? Is it because there’s an issue with council support? That’s no reason to go completely bonkers. Oh well, too late for that.”

          Followed by: “I didn’t write anything here and the editor is the person who knows. Why do you lie so often Nancy/GA? What will it take for you to stop? Nancy, you’ve developed an ugly record of blatant lying, defamation and personal attacks this year. You’ve lost your mind and you wonder why people will not talk to you?”

          Um, I’ve no interest in talking to you or Kurt- I am not wondering, I’m celebrating! You have morphed into one sick pony. After years of defamation litigation, you don’t know what defamation is. You’ve become mean like Lane, only 50 IQ points lower than him. Have fun trashing your enemies under ever changing screen names. This is the only one I am using here. You have no balls to use your “known” screen name. Coward!

          • Wrote nothing here and the editor of this website knows. You simply can’t stop lying!

            You write lies about people repeatedly, you defame them and attack their reputation. You defend it just like Perry at Hoboken411. You operative exactly the same! Exactly. Someone tells you something from the Ravi campaign or an “alleged” witness and off you go immediately writing it. That is a reckless disregard for the truth.

            When you are asked to stop the lying and defamation you ALWAYS refuse and keep right on going! You have zero ethics, ZERO!

            You attack people who have years of service to Hoboken! None of the Reform people you attack and defame are required to answer to you, your reckless disregard for the truth or your political bosses. They’ve done nothing to harm Hoboken. That doesn’t stop your non-stop ugliness, endless lying, defamation and the campaign is long over.

            You are a paid political operative and proven worse than Hoboken411 ever was. What a disgrace.

          • Um, I’ve given years of service to Reform, you nut. Now you call me a “paid political operative”? Well, the good news is, it’s not defamatory and I won’t SLAPP you!

            I defame NO ONE. I can and will criticize my government- elected officials and public officials and limited public figures who try to influence public opinion on matters of public interest and public concern- never private citizens. And YOU know that is true.

            Well, this conversation with a numbskull like you is a huge waste of my time. I hope that you get your life together. It’s not looking good right now.

          • Nancy will you ever stop flapping about what you can’t back up with facts? Facts, not what you make up in your head or someone tells you they think.

            The answer is of course no. You can read the entire City of Hoboken’s minds and make up all the lying garbage you like because you think no one will sue you.

            You’ve defamed people this year and you don’t have the decency to retract or apologize. That’s your “right” to endless lying without talking to anyone connected to your hit jobs and smears. Funny, Perry at Hoboken411 claimed the exact same right. You are beneath him and that’s quite a milestone. Congratulations!

            No class but what should we expect of Ravi’s paid political operative? No shame and no class.

    • might has well have signed it sybil the horse. your fingerprints are all over it:

      Mikey Squared cut a deal with Pac-Man Bhalla

      I do fa you you do fa meee!
      You gotz?

    • now you and roman to chat about on your site while you ignore real issues. i just checked and crybabies.com is still available.

    • Nice hit job, Kurt Gardiner. Didn’t I do some in-kind graphics work for your Freeholder campaign? I’ll have to check.

      Why so shocked? I’ve been helping Reform campaigns- mostly BoE- with their lit for years. I helped you, I believe. Over the years, I’ve of graphic design work for Reform campaigns. None of it is a secret- the only ones screaming about it were Lane Bajardi and now you Kurt Gardiner and Roman Brice.

      I invoiced the Bhalla campaign like any client- had you shown any journalistic integrity, I’d have provided you with my invoice for (2) palm cards for the Bhalla campaign. All legit. No favors.

      No, I did not do “printing”- only design. Not “flyers” but palm cards- 4 x 6, 4 x 9.

      In short, I was Kids First Graphics Designer in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, and did all the design, in-kind. I coordinated primarily with Mike Lenz, Maureen Sullivan, John Kopisch in 2009, in 2010 maybe just Mike Lenz.

      I was paid $2,000 by the Mike Lenz for City Council campaign for graphics work in 2010. I worked with Sam Briggs, campaign manager and coordinated with Mike Lenz and Tony Soares.

      This year, I was paid by the Bhalla campaign for (2) cards for the Bhalla campaign: a ballot card (4 x 6) and a mass transit handout (4 x 9). I coordinated with Vijay Chaudhuri.

      Did I write an article when Roman Brice appeared in a Giattino ELEC with a $1,200 disbursement for a Giattino ad? No.

      Did I even write an article when Tiffanie Fisher sent a letter around fundraising for Roman Brice, with a goal of $10,000? No.

      Both you and Roman Brice have hit bottom. Attack me all you want, call me names. Sticks and stones. All you had to do was ask me for the circumstance surrounding the video, and the graphic design work. But no, you would rather play smear merchant and insinuate that I was involved in midnight flyers. Both of you are disgusting. The HPD investigators read this stuff- I hope they are watching both of you.

      Satan is warming up the grill for you both. Enjoy your eternal roast.

    • I love how you two idiots call articles nobody cares about EXCLUSIVE like you had to fight to get it. Not a bit surprised that you didn’t find anything else worth commenting on in the financial reports or the run off idea. The Hanky Boys don’t do relevance.

  5. Kurt Gardner (“ReformResistance”) is a SMEAR-MERCHANT and a hypocrite.

    https://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2017/12/exclusive-kurt-gardiner-scandal.html

    Yes, I designed a 5×7 palm card for for Kurt Gardiner’s Freeholder campaign in 2011– and remember doing a newsletter for him- gotta find that. In fact, Kurt Gardiner and Roman Brice both KNOW I have been doing graphic design for political campaigns since 2009 (Kids First)! It is public information. Not a secret.

    Kurt Gardiner and Roman Brice: two miserable, smear merchants with hate in their hearts.

    https://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2017/12/exclusive-kurt-gardiner-scandal.html

  6. No such hate in my heart Pinkers. I tried to point out a factual error earlier this Fall you had about a fake Facebook endorsement and you literally lost your mind and started making personal attacks on me for trying to correct the record.

    Now folks repeat after me three times:

    Nancy Pincus is a paid political operative for Ravi Bhalla.
    Nancy Pincus is a paid political operative for Ravi Bhalla.
    Nancy Pincus is a paid political operative for Ravi Bhalla.

    Some people don’t like the truth. Nancy Pincus is certainly one of them.

    • Kurt Gardiner, your description of unsolicited text harassment- not stopping when I asked you to- is very benign. It wasn’t and you are a pig. Don’t care what you have in your miserable heart. I will be there to lobby to get your crackpot self kicked off the NHSA. What a disgrace for a public figure. Now, go to Hell.

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