ELEC: In final Hoboken filing, DeFusco leads the way with $142k…

first_img This just in! A Bhalla flyer states that Zimmer trusts Bhalla and only Bhalla. ELEC: In final Hoboken filing, DeFusco leads the way with $142k on hand In the final campaign expense reports filed prior to the November 7th elections, Hoboken 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco leads the field of six mayoral hopeful with nearly $142,000 on hand. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewIn three separate reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission: Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor, Team DeFusco for Hoboken and Michael Flett for Hoboken City Council, DeFusco reports $132,631 raised since the second quarter.That would bring his overall fundraising total to $338,057, as of October 9th, with $141,816 on hand.Notable donors include the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Non-Partisan Political Education Committee, who contributed $1,500 on August 11th, and Hoboken PBA Local No.  2 donating $500 on September 19th, according to the DeFusco for Mayor report filed on October 13th.Additionally, UA Pipefitters Local, Local Union No. 164 IBEW and UA Plumbers Local 24 donated $900, $600, and $300, respectively to the DeFusco campaign.This should come as no surprise, given that seven prominent Hudson County trade unions endorsed DeFusco last month.Along the same lines, Local Union No. 464 Cope Account donated $24,600 to Team DeFusco on September 8th, with the NJ Association of Pipetrades PAC Account chipping in $10,000 on September 11th, according to the slate’s October 13th filing.The NRCC Non-Partisan Political Education Committee also wrote a $1,500 check for the DeFusco team on August 11th.Additionally, Michael Flett, one of DeFusco’s running mates, as well as his wife Michelle, each gave the team $7,800 on September 18th.Michael Flett also has a separate account for a council run, which has $19,188.22 in it after he loaned himself $20,000 on June 28th.Not too far behind DeFusco is Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, who reports raising $284,696 as of October 9th, bringing in $132,837 since the second quarter.However, Bhalla has been spending camapign cash nearly as fast as he’s bringing it in, with just $21,517 on hand.The bulk of Bhalla’s contributions came from the Sikh community across the country, ranging from Hoboken to Southlake, Texas.One donation of note is a $1,000 check from the Lester E. Taylor for Mayor of East Orange account on September 7th, according to Bhalla’s October 10th ELEC filing.Like Bhalla, Taylor works at the high-powered law firm Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt and Fader.Council President Jen Giattino, who has not previously filed an ELEC report since she filed less than five months prior to the due date of the 29-day report, raised $136,201 and has $59,833 on hand.Based on the Jen Giattino for Mayor report October 11th filing, Giattino received $1,000 each from council colleagues Tiffanie Fisher and Peter Cunningham, who have both endorsed her candidacy, on June 27th and July 17th, respectively.Furthermore, former City Councilman Michael Lenz pitched in $1,000 on June 27th, while North Hudson Sewerage Authority Commissioner Kurt Gardiner chipped in $500 on July 17th.Contributing to the Team Giattino fund was Enterprise Association Steamfitters L.U. No. 638 PAC, who gave $2,000 on August 27th, Hoboken PBA Local No. 2 chipped in $500 on September 18th, while council candidates Jim Aibel and Jason Ellis threw in $1,600 and $1,500, respectively.Also spotted on the October 12th filing is Todd Christie, Gov. Chris Christie’s brother, who gave $2,000 – one $1,000 contribution on October 6th and another $1,000 contribution that was undated.Lenz also added another $500 to the cause on October 6th.Additionally, Giattino dumped the majority of the money in her mayoral account, $22,000, into the team account on September 8th.Despite already facing an ELEC complaint from perennial political opponent Pat Waiters, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) is still yet to file an individual ELEC report.His team report, filed on October 13th, reports just $7,400 raised, with only $2,046.66 on hand.Those numbers are puzzling, given that Romano has done at least three mailers, a TV commercial and other advertisements, a fact that was not lost on DeFusco, who has punched at Romano early and often in this campaign.“This latest example of Anthony Romano ignoring campaign finance law and denying Hoboken voters the right to see who is funding his campaigns is simply outrageous and should be disqualifying for his candidacy,” DeFusco said in a statement.“Without this vital information, Hoboken voters have no idea what special interests are funding Romano’s campaigns for Mayor and Freeholder, how he’s spending money and what activities his campaigns have done.”DeFusco added that Romano failing to file shows “a total disregard for transparency and open government,” a tone he has taken with his opponent before.“We do everything according to ELEC laws and we will continue to focus our campaign on issues and policies that are important to the residents/voters of Hoboken, not on individuals from the Defusco campaign,” said Romano campaign manager Pablo Fonseca, who declined to comment further.Finally, business owner Karen Nason reports raising $11,842 to date, with $2,300 coming since the second quarter. She now has $1,226 on hand, according to her October11th filing.Nason and Giattino are the only registered Republicans seeking the mayor’s seat in the Mile Square City.Activist Ronald Bautista did not file a 29-day report with NJ ELEC, according to their website. ElectionsHoboken MTB TAGS2017 hoboken mayoral raceanthony romanojen giattinokaren nasonmike defusconj elecravi bhalla SHARE Facebook Twitter An important exercise for informed voters is to map large donations ($1000) or more to contracts awarded by City Council. Pazzo Cavallo October 17, 2017 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Bayonne October 17, 2017 6:25 pm at 6:25 pm 6 COMMENTS Bayonne Community By John Heinis – October 17, 2017 4:59 pm 6 So Ravi is the NJ pay-to-play king with an easy quarter million blown; DeFusco is the pay-to-play king of violations and who knows how many VBMs are being cooked up in the stinkin’ poop factory on Jefferson and Romano just ignores the campaign law altogether. Gee, no wonder Jen Giattino is the most trusted. Heard her fundraising is unlike all her main competitors. It’s almost all from Hoboken residents. She’s the people’s champion.Vote for Jen Giattino & Team Giattino on Election Day! October 17, 2017 7:17 pm at 7:17 pm Mike Stern October 17, 2017 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm Mike Stern???? What is Roman’s obsession with using Jewish-sounding names?It’s freaking creepy. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR $1000 worth of support Horse Stern MTB Previous articleReport: Stack buses 325 campaign workers to aid Sweeney in LD-3Next articleFisher files complaint against DeFusco alleging Hoboken pay-to-play violations John Heinis CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network October 17, 2017 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm Don’t burn yourself on a Tiki torch October 17, 2017 9:03 pm at 9:03 pm ok roman. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Kelsey Grammer Will Lead London Production of Andrew Lippa’s Big Fish Musical

first_img View Comments Kelsey Grammer(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Tony nominee Kelsey Grammer is set to play the central role of Edward Bloom in a new London production of the 2013 Broadway musical Big Fish, beginning performances at the West End’s Other Palace Theatre on November 1 for a run through December 31. Nigel Harman will direct.The musical, based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and Tim Burton’s 2003 film, features a book by screenwriter John August and a score by Andrew Lippa. It follows a frustrated son who is trying to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father’s life.Emmy-winning Cheers and Frasier star Grammer, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Finding Neverland, will be joined by Laura Baldwin as Edward’s wife, Sandra, Matt Seadon-Young as his son, Will, with Frances McNamee as Josephine Bloom, Forbes Masson as Amos/Don, Jamie Muscato as Edward, Landi Oshinowo as Witch/Jenny Hill, Dean Nolan as Karl and George Ure as Zaki. Additional cast members will include Sophie Linder-Lee, Gemma McMeel and Jonathan Stewart.The Broadway production of Big Fish was helmed by Susan Stroman and starred Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom with Kate Baldwin as Sandra and Bobby Steggert as Will. It played a brief 98-performance run at the Neil Simon Theatre.last_img read more

VIAVI Enhances its RF Field Test Portfolio for 5G Networks

first_imgViavi Solutions has made significant enhancements to its RF field test portfolio to enable service providers, network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and contractors to accelerate the deployment and management of both 5G and legacy LTE radio access networks (RAN).Strong demand for mobile data, together with anticipation of new 5G applications, is driving service providers to accelerate the deployment of their 5G networks, while ensuring existing mobile service is not compromised. As such, service providers are under pressure to reduce deployment time to meet the constant network demand even as they reduce operating expenses. VIAVI has worked closely with service providers to help them achieve these goals by delivering wide-ranging enhancements for its industry-leading RF test portfolio, including the CellAdvisor® 5G, OneAdvisor™-800 and InterferenceAdvisor™ solutions.As service providers build out dense 5G networks, the potential for RF interference grows exponentially, complicating deployment, management and troubleshooting, which can quickly lead to poor service quality and subscriber churn. Viavi’s robust portfolio of RF field test solutions leverage years of test and measurement expertise across the full network lifecycle, removing complexity from the troubleshooting process so that service providers can easily and confidently resolve performance issues for all types of cell sites.CellAdvisor 5GThe first field-portable base station test solution in the market, CellAdvisor 5G now supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) and Non-Stand Alone (NSA) functionality, delivering a single solution for deploying and maintaining 5G and LTE networks. Enhanced CellAdvisor 5G with DSS and NSA modes enables field engineers to quickly verify 5G and LTE signal performance against industry standards.While NSA and DSS technologies allow service providers to increase 5G service speed, they also introduce new challenges in identifying the root cause of poor service quality. With the addition of DSS and NSA support on CellAdvisor 5G, spectral or signal quality issues can be quickly isolated with simple over-the-air measurements, offering one easy-to-use solution for validation of 5G and LTE performance, accelerating 5G-NR deployment in existing LTE bands.OneAdvisor-800The VIAVI OneAdvisor-800 all-in-one cell site installation and maintenance tool is designed to meet the evolving needs of service providers and field technicians as they scale mobile network infrastructure. A new spectrum analysis module, SPA06MA-O, is now available for the maintenance phase of the service lifecycle to further streamline cell site troubleshooting.Maintenance technicians can stop carrying multiple stand-alone tools that make their job harder and can perform all the key cell site tests — coax sweep test, fiber OTDR test, over the air spectrum analysis, and RFoCPRI analysis — with one easy-to-use tool. The new spectrum analysis module for the OneAdvisor-800 makes tower troubleshooting faster and simpler with a workflow user interface that carefully guides technicians through pre-configured common test processes, ensuring that every job is completed in the same way and to the same specifications.InterferenceAdvisorRounding out the enhancements to the comprehensive radio access field test portfolio from VIAVI, the fully automated interference hunting solution InterferenceAdvisor now supports the CellAdvisor 5G and OneAdvisor-800. The InterferenceAdvisor software communicates with VIAVI RF field test instruments to retrieve RF power measurements (Peak, RSSI, Channel). By creating an interference signal power heat-map during a drive test, this solution automatically detects the particular service area with the highest presence of interference.The InterferenceAdvisor solution significantly simplifies RF troubleshooting, overcoming the challenges of increasingly crowded airwaves that can lead to signal interference and adversely affect customer experience. VIAVI developed InterferenceAdvisor to enable service providers to anticipate and respond to these challenges, helping to optimize customer experience while managing the costs of 5G deployment and management.Click here to know about the complete VIAVI portfolio of 5G test and measurement solutionslast_img read more