The “rape” of the city?

10/28/2008:

At the last City Council meeting, Terry Labruno offered up a rather unusual analogy for the City Council’s inability to do much about Hoboken’s financial crisis. In a letter to the Hoboken Reporter, city resident Rachel Mehta took offense with Labruno’s comment.

LaBruno: Inconsiderate Councilwoman

“A councilwoman-at-large’s quote in last week’s Reporter really angered me. Referring to the proposed large tax increase, she reportedly said “It’s like watching your child get raped and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

I am surprised a public official could say such an inconsiderate thing. Under no circumstances can a financial matter be likened to one of the worst crimes perpetrated against a person, not to mention a child. Rape can never be equated with an unfortunate financial situation. Simple as that.

Rachel Mehta”


Hoboken Councilwoman Terry LaBruno makes a harsh comparison from Hoboken411 on Vimeo.

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22 Comments on "The “rape” of the city?"


matt_72
Member
7 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”115018″]I’ve posted a few times but for some reason they don’t show up — so I’ll ask again.

Can you petition to have a building re-assessed? Its crazy that 600 sq. ft. apartments pay more in taxes than some ENTIRE BUILDINGS.

this city is insane.[/quote]

Don’t mention that word! Indie goes crazy anytime you mention the word “REA**MENT”. He thinks old buildings (like the one he live in) should get low taxes in perpetuity.

Stabone130
Member
7 years 10 months ago

I’ve posted a few times but for some reason they don’t show up — so I’ll ask again.

Can you petition to have a building re-assessed? Its crazy that 600 sq. ft. apartments pay more in taxes than some ENTIRE BUILDINGS.

this city is insane.

truth1
Member
truth1
7 years 10 months ago

I believe her council seat is up for the May 09 election… :mrgreen:

bmoc04
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bmoc04
7 years 10 months ago

Yes, I share your frustration as I’ve posted several times on 411. Just look at all of the buildings under the name Roberts. It’s sick. My 750 square feet are assessed at the same value as some entire buildings in town. The people who made Hoboken nice, are the ones that have to pay the price. The slumlords get to sit back and milk it for all its worth. It’s despicable.

The new city slogan should be Hoboken: the 21st century city with 1910s infrastructure, 1930s mob-like politicians, and 1987 assessed proprety values.

jpl
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jpl
7 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”114956″]jpl, the unit you are thinking of is 101 Jefferson next door to LaBruno. That’s the one on the corner with the copper flashing. It is actually assessed even lower that LaBruno’s at $198,000.
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Thanks for clarifying. I just checked google maps quickly, and they have street level photos of First St. The map image made it look like 103 was the corner building.

I live in a unit that we did a large renovation on (with permits), and my taxes and assessed value went up as soon as I received my CO back after final inspection.

I’m sure there are many others who share my frustrations.

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