Hoboken Breaking & Entering

City of Hoboken breaking & entering into personal vehicles

Here we go again. The city of Hoboken breaking & entering (i.e., holding vehicles hostage for ransom.) This improper towing is unacceptable! The administration ought to get prepared because the TV news channels will be calling on them (once the hype from our current winter storm “Hercules” passes). And no – this car wasn’t towed because it was on an “emergency tow route” either. Read on for more…

Robbery by the city of Hoboken

Hoboken Breaking & Entering illegally towing cars“This morning the City of Hoboken broke into and entered my car when it was legally parked on Garden Street one block from my home. Previously, I have made calls to the City parking office to clarify parking signs and issues. I generally call more than once so I make sure I have the consistent answer. I have even taken to checking my car in the morning and evening to be sure no new signs have been placed.

It is extremely disruptive and disorienting to have one cars towed under ordinary circumstances but when you are parked legally it is liked being robbed. Last night at midnight my car was parked legally and I noted it would also be legal the following day. Today, despite confirmations that my car was legally parked, at 2 PM, I came to find it had been towed.

This is the second time the City of Hoboken has illegally towed my car when it is parked legally right near my home. Imagine the shock and massive disruption that not having your vehicle creates. All this damage, because the City uses parking tickets to raise revenue – knowing that few people will have the time or inclination to fight.

Last time the City towed me illegally, in addition to appearing in court, it took six months and letters to the council to get my tow fees refunded despite the fact that the judge had recommended refund of the fees. No remuneration was made for the time involved in recovering my vehicle or the excessive time and aggravation necessary to fight for the refund of the fee associated w/ the illegal ticketing. The Mayor even mentioned in her annual address how incensed people get over being ticket and towed and that she would institute calling before a tow. Well, that’s a laugh, calling someone before they are towed when they are parked legally is just a front for an illegal tow.

Hoboken is not unique in shaking down its citizens for parking revenues. But it does however go to vast extremes in its attempts to maximize parking revenues. Suffice it to say there are numerous examples – too many to mention in a brief note.

Currently my vehicle is in a garage in hock for a $177 tow fee. That in addition to the ticket amounts to a $225-$250 shake down of an innocent party. In the Mayors absence (where is she anyway?), I asked a constituent service aid to accompany me on this journey of what an innocent person goes through in trying to both retrieve his/her vehicle and fight the City. He declined. I also requested that a credit be held on my taxes while I am fighting this. One of the aides said that would take a new ordinance to make it happen.

This robbery of the citizens by the municipality needs to have a light shined upon it in order to be stopped. I’m sure Fox 5 or Eyewitness News would have interest in doing a story about this.”

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14 Comments on "Hoboken Breaking & Entering"

joey maxim
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joey maxim

In regard to revenue ,will the recient settlements involving a cop and director awarded huge $$$$$ effect the tax payers? just asking.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Joey Maxim, that is an excellent question! If no one holds the administration responsible for its errors, we will all pay. The easiest most invisible way for the city to pass on the cost is ( as seen in NY, NJ and PA ) to write more and more parking tickets to beef revenue.

The only covers the financial cost. It does not cover the social cost of the discrimination.

[quote comment=”222316″]In regard to revenue ,will the recient settlements involving a cop and director awarded huge $$$$$ effect the tax payers? just asking.[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim

It’s crazy..i read or heard a cop was passed up for permotion ,and the former director of ps also sued for tons of money.. They sued and won in court.from what was written. The people just have to go with the flow move the cars and pray for better days. a lawyer told me the cost comes out of taxpayers pockets,yet no one complains..guess lawsuits are situation norm.[quote comment=”222326″]Joey Maxim, that is an excellent question! If no one holds the administration responsible for its errors, we will all pay. The easiest most invisible way for the city to pass on the cost is ( as seen in NY, NJ and PA ) to write more and more parking tickets to beef revenue.The only covers the financial cost. It does not cover the social cost of the discrimination.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

No these lawsuits and the handling of them are not muni business as usual. We have an administration that snuff out info, spins ridiculous stories in the media and has her backers all over the blogosphere smear everyone not aligned with her. People get apathetic. But one person can make a difference and every voice counts.

One of the ways they prevent citizen participation is by not publishing there council dates and agenda in advance. I don’t believe the average tax payor would have agreed on this close door session that resulted in throwing out a settlement offer.[quote comment=”222335″]It’s crazy..i read or heard a cop was passed up for permotion ,and the former director of ps also sued for tons of money.. They sued and won in court.from what was written. The people just have to go with the flow move the cars and pray for better days. a lawyer told me the cost comes out of taxpayers pockets,yet no one complains..guess lawsuits are situation norm.[/quote]

BklynHobo
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It always amazes me when I read these stories, and as someone said above, there are 2 sides to the story. I have lived in Hoboken for almost 10 years and have gotten 3 parking tickets, all my fault. Maybe I’m lucky, or maybe people just don’t know the parking rules.

ntableman
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ntableman

Simple way to solve this: just do not own a car. We live in an incredibly transportation dense area, why deal with the frustration and cost. You posit in another post about how we should just walk more and that will cure our need to exercise. Well, get rid of your cars and walk, bike, bus, etc…the stress of tickets and nonsense is gone and you get more exercise!

YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

“Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” “Then don’t do that!”

–Henny Youngman[quote comment=”222293″]Simple way to solve this: just do not own a car. We live in an incredibly transportation dense area, why deal with the frustration and cost. You posit in another post about how we should just walk more and that will cure our need to exercise. Well, get rid of your cars and walk, bike, bus, etc…the stress of tickets and nonsense is gone and you get more exercise![/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

You miss the point. The city will find just another way to pad revenues. If it is not your vehicle will be some other intrusion to your life.

You may not believe this is your living under a rock, but transportation is critical to the economy. Critical to evacuation in an emergency/disaster to!

There’s an awful large jug of cool-aid going around. Wise up!

[quote comment=”222299″]“Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” “Then don’t do that!”–Henny Youngman[/quote]

YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

There is a point somewhere, but it’s unfortunately not presented in this letter/article.[quote comment=”222301″]You miss the point. The city will find just another way to pad revenues. If it is not your vehicle will be some other intrusion to your life.You may not believe this is your living under a rock, but transportation is critical to the economy. Critical to evacuation in an emergency/disaster to!There’s an awful large jug of cool-aid going around. Wise up![/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Ustay, If you need further elaboration consult the state of NY and NJ records and ordinances on this same issue of ticket writing to pump up revenues.[quote comment=”222322″]There is a point somewhere, but it’s unfortunately not presented in this letter/article.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Camel2, those were my thoughts. The City bobs and weaves and tap dances all around to wear you out of you rights. Most people do nothing, hold it in, it gets worse (i.e. City collects more unjust fines) and someone goes berserk.

The City towed “in advance” of the snow for the snow emergency. I was walking at the time the city was towing and the roads were not snow covered. As a group we band together on this issue and take it up w the City. They claim that these are individual cases when it is rampant! We need a list of names and addresses to accumulate instances. 411 can you help ( with gathering up names)?

I will promise you many cups of coffee and even a more accountable municipal government. The City needs to be reminded who pays their salaries!

camel2
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camel2

There is no way the city can have an acceptable reason because the car was towed and fines imposed. If there were no emergancy signs last night, the tow would be no charge. Hoboekn fucking needs the money, and they will stop at nothing to take even if it means doing it unjustly. Worst part is you get a rambling runaround when you try to get to the bottom of it. One day someone will go nuts and let em have it where it hurts.

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