Hoboken council OK’s 1st reading of measure to increase union donation limits following Fisher lawsuit


In light of a lawsuit filed against the city by 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, the council again approved first reading of a measure to increase union donation limits.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“There’s been a lawsuit filed against the City of Hoboken for an ordinance that was approved last year. Councilwoman Fisher brought up some concerns and we have the opportunity to try to rectify those concerns by revoting on an ordinance that was already voted on to try to cure that issue,” explained Council President Mike Russo.

“So I’d just like to ask the council to have a vote on the emergency, number 1, ‘cuz I don’t want to just unilaterally put something on the agenda here, I most certainly don’t let anyone else do it, so I’m it gonna do it … Then if that does pass, I’d like to revote on first reading.”

The council voted 5-2 both times, to introduce the measure as an emergency and to then approve it on first reading.

4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos and 6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino voted no, while 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco and Fisher recused themselves from the vote.

Fisher’s lawsuit contends that the “trigger mechanism” added about an hour before second reading violated state statute since it was done about an hour before the vote.

City Clerk Jimmy Farina filed a complaint against 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco in October 2019 alleging he violated the city’s pay-to-play laws and it has still not reached a conclusion.

The added language, which was again included in last night’s approved ordinance, indicates that it won’t take effect unless DeFusco wins the case and the original local regulations prove to be unenforceable.

The court filing also points out that a legal opinion from Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia last month recommended a new vote on the ordinance to avoid legal challenges, though it would remain in effect if it went unchallenged, as HCV first reported.

The council did not heed his advice until last night, after the lawsuit was filed on Friday.

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  1. Ravi & Russo team up to undermine and destroy any block on special interest + “dark” money.
    Ravi & Russo, Russo & Ravi – it’s an “emergency.” Tell me what is the difference now with the bad old days in Hoboken? Hint: there isn’t any.

      • You don’t want to talk about the destruction of Dawn Zimmer’s good government ordinance being flushed by Ravi-Russo. You sure don’t want to discuss the Ravi Terror Flier either. Everyone knows about the little hate crime against Hoboken coordinated with his special interest union pals. Maybe law enforcement will deal with your boss.

        • Still waiting on all that damning tERoR fLYR proof you have. No matter how many times you say it, it still doesn’t make it any less false. But apparently in your world, #youCANmakeitup

  2. Desperation? HA. You’re the silly old man who’s been posting the same deranged nonsense for over FOUR YEARS. If you had a sense of pride you’d be embarrassed, but then again, you’re the same unemployed loser who juices like scooters like a 14 year old.

    • Why so angry? You think you’re actually keeping people from learning the truth about your boss Ravi? Keep lying about everyone and everything. Lying won’t help. More to come.