- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Pay to Play
- Content Research Area
- Quality of Life Issues
- OPRA (Open Public Records Act)
- Bribes, Payoffs, and Politics
- Letters to the Editor
- Voter Information
- OPMA (Open Public Meetings Act)
- FREE SPEECH and INTERNET ISSUES
- Eminent Domain
- Governor Corzine
- Lawsuits and Legal Actions
- Hoboken News
- Health Issues
- Employment Opportunities
- Regionalize and Shared Services
- Investigations (Restricted Access)
- Public Official Report Card
- Political Commentary
- Payments In Lieu of Taxes
- Consumer Issues
- Affordable Housing
- 2006 N.J. U.S. Senate Race
- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez
- Homeland Security
- NJ NY Port Authority
- R.I.C.O. Act
- Editorials - New Jersey Newspapers
- POG - People for OPen Government
- Investigative Agencies
- Hoboken City Council Video
- Presidential Election 2008
- Investigative Report
- Area Event Calendar
- Presedential electiom 2008
- New Jersey League of Municipalities
- NJ State Court System
- National Politics
- Social Interaction
- Shrink for Men
- Governor Chris Christie
- Tenant Rights
- NJ League of Municipalities
- NYC GROUND ZERO
- Political Figures
- Health Care
- Hoboken Lawsuits
- Featured News
- IRS TAX RELIEF
- Federal Budget
- Healthcare Fraud
- New Jersey For Profit Hospitals
- Hudson County Emergency Medical Services
Suit: Hospital takeover process too secret
- Categorized in: Municipal Hospital Authority
Suit: Hospital takeover process too secret
Thursday, January 11, 2007 Jersey Journal
HOBOKEN - An activist is suing the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority and the city, alleging that the ongoing transfer of St. Mary Hospital from its present owners has been less than transparent.
Hoboken resident Elizabeth Mason filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in early December, alleging the defendants did not provide adequate notice of two meetings - one in September, the other in October - as required under the Sunshine laws.
"If the suit does nothing else than to require or encourage the board to be more transparent and follow guidelines in spirit and in a factual way, it will be a great benefit to the community," said Mason, president of New Jersey Foundation For Open Government.
Notices were given only in The Jersey Journal, when the law requires notices to be posted in two local publications, Mason alleges.
HMHA officials acknowledge the meetings were not publicized properly, but argue if minutes are provided to members of the public - which has been done - the problem has been corrected.
Mason argues that the law should have been followed, and transcripts - not only minutes - should be made available.
But HMHA Interim Executive Director George Crimmins said the meetings were not taped.
According to Hoboken resident Bob Du Val, who attended the meeting held on Oct. 25, a tape recorder was being used.
Mason has received minutes of the Oct. 25 caucus, outlining the budget presentation by Ronald DeVito, the HMHA's chief financial officer.
But the suit alleges that transcripts of the caucus session, discussing the budget and finances for the soon to be called Hoboken University Medical Center, have been withheld or destroyed.
Crimmins, who is named as a defendant in the suit, denied there were any tapes or transcripts of the meeting, saying the authority does not own the equipment to make recordings.
He also said that extensive minutes of the caucus and other meetings were made public. Crimmins also said board members had only received a briefing on the hospital's management budget at the Oct. 25 caucus.
New comments are currently disabled.
Email to Friend
Fill in the form below to send this article to a friend:
- HAS PREDATORY HEALTH CARE LENDING COME TO HOBOKEN?
- The Emotionally Abusive Personality: Is She a Borderline or a Narcissist?
- Withholding Sex as a Form of Punishment
- Don't Marry Essay. Why Marriage Has Become a Raw Deal for Men
- NJ Business Facts
- What the Parking/Transportation industry is saying about Hoboken's Automated Garage
- You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig
- Hoboken Board of Education
Recent Employment Opportunities
- Technology Consultant - City of Hoboken
- Finance Director City of Hoboken
- ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
- Civil Service Commission Seeks Entry-Level Firefighter Applicants Applications for the entry-level Firefighter Test will be accepted for 70 municipalities and other local jurisdictions
- Senior Accountant: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
- City of Hoboken - Fire Department Audit
- Hoboken: ZONING OFFICER