The Hoboken Democratic Committee is planning to vote on ousting 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher as the chair of the organization at a meeting scheduled for early next month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We will hold an official meeting of the committee on Monday, April 9 at 7pm at the Mile Square Theater (1400 Clinton Street). At this meeting we will vote on changes for the leadership of the Hoboken Democratic Committee. We hope you can join us,” HDC Recording Secretary Rachel Hodes wrote in an email sent out Monday morning.
Later that evening, she sent another email to committee members stating outright that the purpose of the meeting would be to vote Fisher out as chair and nominate her replacement.
“The purpose of this meeting to address leadership of the Committee. Per the by-laws and Robert’s Rules of Order, there will be a motion to rescind the vote taken on June 12, 2017 electing Tiffanie Fisher as Chair,” the email says.
“If the vote to rescind passes, the Chair shall be deemed vacant and nominations for Chair will be accepted and candidates voted upon in accordance with Committee by-laws.”
Hodes further states that HDC members have the ability to send someone to vote by proxy by preparing and signing a letter designating another committee member to do so.
By Tuesday night, Fisher issued a response, claiming that Hodes and Mayor Ravi Bhalla had been trying to install a new HDC chair since January.
” … when I recently met with the mayor (and Rachel who joined) to try to work together, my efforts were rebuffed. I then received the petition for the April 9th meeting, which I supported although felt the path taken was unnecessary,” Fisher wrote.
“I requested that the meeting be rescheduled by a few days due to the conflict with the NW Resiliency Park meeting that same night, but my request was denied. And then when I met Phil, Rachel and Nora this past Sunday to discuss the upcoming meeting, they said ‘We are being generous in offering you the opportunity to resign.'”
Fisher also said that Hodes only sent her second email to the committee after her urging, noting that she will be attending the April 9th meeting – where 39 voting members must be present to have a quorum.
With the support of Bhalla, then-Mayor Dawn Zimmer and many other officials, Fisher was elected HDC chair on June 12th, 2017.
The tension between Bhalla supporters and Fisher, who helped run 6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino’s mayoral campaign, recently boiled over earlier this month when Bhalla did not invite Fisher to a rally to elect state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack as Hudson County Democratic Organization chair.
The March 19th meeting where Stack addressed members of the HDC was the first time the April 9th committee meeting was mentioned.
A source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that Phil Cohen, the 1st vice chair of the HDC and a close ally of Bhalla, is most likely to succeed Fisher as HDC chair if she is indeed voted out.