More resident frustrations!
You ever get the run-around from a city department in Hoboken?
Many of us have, and today, Hoboken411 reader Dan shares his story about the runaround his friend received about a motor vehicle summons:
Hoboken is mismanaged
“My name is Dan and I have been a fan of this web site (and citizen of Hoboken) for a long time. Keep up the good work.
I am writing you to let you know of a very frustrating experience with the City of Hoboken. On July 21, 2008, a visitor of mine receiving a minor traffic violation. It required her to call up the Municipal Court to receive a court date and the amount of the fine. As of today (over 3 weeks later), the court has no record of the violation in their system. My visitor called the court 6 times in the last three weeks and has received the same response each time.
Upon requesting the reason behind this, the court stated that this happens all the time and the police offers often wait until their ticket books are “full” before submitting them to the court. Therefore, it might take over a month for a ticket to be submitted to the court. During the City’s financial woes, it seems ridiculous that tickets are not submitted promptly (and therefore, payment collected promptly). If it takes a month for the ticket to be submitted to the court, it will take an extra month to collect the potential fine. Also, with the exorbitant salaries listed on this site for police officers, it seems ridiculous that police officers can not fulfill such a simply part of their job. The specific officer who issued this ticket is listed at $94k per year.
The purpose of this email is to see if you or any of your other visitors have had this experience. To me, it seems like a perfect example of mismanagement in this city. I called up City Hall to see what can be done and most people were indifferent and unwilling to help. Now, we are using this as part of non-guilty plea when we ultimately do get a court date.”