More resident frustrations!

8/21/2008:

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.

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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.”

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15 Comments on "More resident frustrations!"

escaped68
Member

Although i was’t a cop iknow at the end of each tuor they are required to log in all of the tickets issued that tour. Secondly they bundled their copy and gave it to the tour sgt.. A midnight cop then was assigned to check the tickets and turn them into the violations dept. The computerized tickets were plugged in and down loaded at the end of the tour. From there the violation dept sent the to the either the court clerk of the traffic dept.I hate to say this but this is not the policemans fault. Its all of the bimbos in the clerks office, they don’t want to get off their fat asses and do anything.

Reformerus_Gianticus
Member
Reformerus_Gianticus

[quote comment=”100602″]You beat me to it. I was about to ask what’s up with still using “ticket books”? Are they still using carbon paper too? 😯

A cop has to take time to scribble, then back at the desk try to interpret what he scribbled maybe a month later when his book is done, then probably type what he had into a system (getting paid $90K a year to do clerical work when he could be walking the streets or riding his Segway). In addition, the person that got the ticket has to interpret what was scribbled and figure out what to do after a month or two.

So inefficient and costly. But that’s the Mayor Quimby way.[/quote]

That’s right. The problem is there is no investment in technology other than working on Quimby’s myspace page excuse for a city web site.

davidcdavid64
Member
davidcdavid64

We have a government in Hoboken that clearly doesn’t have to perform to any performance metrics or evaluation criteria I can see. this happens when all positions are patronage to obtain votes. this is the difference between having a professional management staff and the jokers we get stuck with. You get what you vote for

kal-el
Member
kal-el

I beleive the tickets have to be submitted with in acertain amout of time “state law” i would look into that.

veggiespam
Member
veggiespam

Doesn’t the NJ constitution say something about the right to a speedy trial?

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