Tag Archive: Hoboken

Sinatra at 100

My Sinatra, the one I remember, is the jowly Reagan Republican. I didn’t like him much (sorry Hoboken). So, I’m happy that my friend historian Joshua Zeitz flagged this short film of the young and more forward-thinking Sinatra – all…
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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer Statement on Bridgegate Indictments

United States Attorney Paul Fishman, in speaking to the press after today’s hearing at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, declined to speak about the Hoboken allegations. Hoboken’s mayor charges that Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno threatened her in a private conversation, that state funds the city needed for recovery after Hurricane Sandy would be held up unless she made decisions in favor of a redevelopment project important to a client of David Samson. Wall Street Journal reports that investigation has “gone quiet”.

For Dawn Zimmer’s Statement about the Bridgegate indictments – Go to the jump page:

 

Bridgegate Shoes Falling: Does Wolff & Samson expect founder David Samson to be indicted soon?

Chris Christie, David Samson

I mean, they’re scrubbing his name off everything.

David Samson, who faces a widening federal criminal investigation into his actions as the former Port Authority chair, is not only retiring from the practice of law, but Wolff & Samson is changing its name, completely eliminating his.

Sounds like a defensive crouch on the part of Samson’s law firm. Maybe they’re expecting an indictment soon? David Samson is a towering figure in NJ law; the founder of a powerful firm, and a mentor of a national-figure Republican governor on track for a White House run. The Samson name should give the firm gravitas, even after his departure. But  – nope – it won’t get the chance; they’ll rebrand with another Christie insider, Jeff Chiesa, headlining the firm.

Samson’s been under investigation by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for months for dealings in a number of areas, including:  

NJDOE, Hespe Turn Blind Eye to Segregating Charter Schools

Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman. Click on any of the charts to enlarge them.

I’ve said before that Hoboken, NJ is one of the most interesting case studies of charter school expansion in the country. Charter school parents have amassed significant amounts of social, political, and financial capital for their children’s schools, making them equivalent, in my view, to New Jersey’s high-performing yet segregated suburban schools.

Keep this in mind as we look at the latest charter school news from Hoboken:

HOBOKEN — The Hoboken Board of Education’s legal fight to block the expansion of a local charter school hit a new snag last week. After resolving to reconsider its approval of Hoboken Dual Language Charter School’s expansion to seventh and eighth grade in November, the state Department of Education issued a letter on March 20 upholding the school’s expansion.



The core of the school board’s legal argument was that HoLa’s admission policy has a segregative effect by drawing white students out of the district at large. The DOE said it took up the case in order to “more closely inspect the demographic statistics surrounding the relevant community in this matter and how HoLa’s admissions policy may involve that community.”

In Hoboken, Charter Schools Rule: Part I

Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman.

There are two communities that I am watching carefully regarding the expansion of charter schools. Not because I think they are typical cases; to the contrary, I find each fascinating because they are so atypical, but are likely templates for the proliferation of school “choice” in the future.

The first is York, PA, which I’ve written about before. Peter Greene has an update, and I’ll have much more to say about this city’s struggles to save its school district soon.

The other is Hoboken, NJ. I’ve written quite a bit about the three charters in the city, and how their supporters live in denial over the rather obvious segregation that takes place within their walls.

Hoboken stands apart from the other charterized cities in New Jersey. In Newark and Camden and Paterson and other cities, children of color who are in economic disadvantage are shuffled around into different public and charter schools, eventually sorting into those who have fewer special education needs, and those who have more. Not so in Hoboken; this economically and racially diverse city is actually using charters to achieve levels of segregation usually found only when comparing urban and suburban districts. Here are some charts I’ve posted before showing the demographic disparity within Hoboken’s schools:  

2 years post-Sandy: How are we doing?

Two years ago today, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. More than 2 million households lost power. Almost 350,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Thirty-seven died. Gov. Chris Christie, a smart politician who’d already been criticized for failing to come back from Disney during a blizzard (with LG Gaudagno already out of state with her terminally ill father), put on a fleece and set off to redefine himself. Christie turned a moment of crisis doing nothing more or less than what his job required into a persona; the nation’s governor, fleece unwashed, brow sweaty, ready to help.