Mason on Hoboken issues
2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason sent Hoboken411 this message about recent events and progress in Hoboken:
Council is taking Action; Mayor asked to follow lead
“As we’ve been hearing all too often the City Council has been unable to reach a strong consensus on some of the critical issues facing Hoboken. As a result, the Administration has operated behind closed doors with little legislative oversight– and the results have been runaway spending and huge tax increases.
In light of recent events where antics in city hall that would be more appropriate on the Jerry Springer show get the press coverage, I say we need to all work together to put our city back on track. And in an effort to give credit when its earned, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank my fellow Council members for their unanimous support of three initiatives I initiated that take positive action to move the city forward.
- The first begin open public hearings on the 2010 budget (which begins July 1, 2009) as soon as possible with the goal not to exceed $90 million—the level of 2007. This process will provide the public and the city council with each department’s plan and will allow us to open up the budget process to everyone. With only 4 month left in this fiscal year we must not delay the process of having a budget that the council, Mayor and the taxpayers can accept. I appreciate Ms. Tripodi’s effort and agreement to push this initiative forward while she completes the difficult task of determining the current fiscal state of the 2009 expenditures. This is a solid first step in restoring public confidence in the city’s fiscal management.
- The city has taken steps to conduct an appraisal of land zoned industrial in the southwest section of the city that we might be able to buy in a slumping real estate market that we would otherwise not be able to afford. This land could be used to create valuable open space, more recreation and help alleviate the flooding.
- Lastly, the acquisition of Paris Grants for the purpose of getting our house in order. I appreciate Councilman Ruben Ramos following up on my recommendation to put together grants to help fund the much needed improvements to our records retention system. These grants will assist the City build a records storage system that will provide more access to the critical public documents and improve government transparency.
Now, I urge all residents to urge the Mayor to take action to ensure these initiatives are enacted.
Beth Mason, City Councilwoman, 2nd Ward”
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