Hoboken Reporter sham letter to the editor

7/30/2008:

Here’s today’s Hoboken411 reader mail segment about the letters to the editor section of the local paper.

Does the Reporter make backroom deals?

“I’m a longtime follower of your site, and appreciate the fact that you seem to be able to keep a lot of the paid posters that permeate other forums (like some cheesy Jersey web pages) off your site, probably by being at least somewhat vigilant about tracking multiple user names and the like.

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Wish the Hoboken Reporter would take even a small percentage of that initiative and vet some of the letter-writers that darken their back pages every week (though I’ve long believed the Reporter is in for their cut of the backroom take in this town anyway, so I shouldn’t be surprised).

This week’s example: a letter urging all Hoboken taxpayers to support the URSA/Tarragon Western Edge Development plan, one cited as the only option, outside of raising our property taxes, for the open space and pool we’ve been promised since, I believe, the Eisenhower administration.

The gist of the writer’s plea is this, that “…The proposed plan for the Western Edge seems to do that with parks and playgrounds included in the plan. Unless we are willing to pay higher taxes, which I am not, we need to support plans that have new open space included…”

The letter is signed by Ralph Santiago of Hoboken.

Well, good news Ralph. You won’t have to pay higher property taxes—according to the state property database, you already currently pay none (at least in Hoboken). . So you’re prayers are answered.

I’m tired of all these paid shills coming out of the woodwork who try to piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. I would’ve hoped the editors would have weeded out this weak lobbying attempt (it took about 30 seconds of research), but hopefully most of the voters in town can see these weak efforts for what they are.

Thanks for your time!”

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35 Comments on "Hoboken Reporter sham letter to the editor"


UrbanRose
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UrbanRose
8 years 1 month ago

The Hudson Reporter is plain CHYTIZZLE MY NIZZLE. LMAOOOO 🙄

bri777
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bri777
8 years 1 month ago

Nevermind its some subsidiary of Lee Enterprises

bri777
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bri777
8 years 1 month ago

My mistake if that is the case. Who then are the current owners?

TrumpT3
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TrumpT3
8 years 1 month ago

Yeah, the Barrys sold it about nine years ago. The Reporter has also published some articles and letetrs that have been detrimental to Applied’s projects, but of course some are favorable also, so you just have to read everything and decide what to favor, like we do here or anywhere.

Sorry about the double post above by the way

yourname
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yourname
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”96889″][quote comment=”96885″]why would a tiny paper like the Reporter publish sh1t happening in JC, especially some stupid gay parade…they have a tough time just reporting stories on Hoboken. frankly the school sports stories from all over northern NJ are stupid too. who cares? the students? the students can barely read english. and all that crap is carried in the Ledger. the Reporter can do ALOT of good in this town reporting on the fraud in city hall but clearly reporting news is NOT their mission. the publisher of that paper believes his role is to provide a vehicle for condo/apt advertising and fake letters to the editor.[/quote]

The family who owns it owns Applied Development. They have too much to gain from keeping the status quo in place to report any fraud. Hell, Papa Barry just got out of the clink for bribing politicians.[/quote]

That is not true. Joe Barry does not own the Reporter any more. He sold it to the current owners.

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