Resident on Richard Blohm and the HFD

1/28/2009 Update:

Below is a document, from Donna Antonucci (on behalf of the Hoboken Tax Reform Coalition), which lists the salaries and total accrued time for the Hoboken Fire and Police departments. (Wasn’t sure what post to put this – but you can also see the “Union Givebacks” thread for more on this topic.)

TOTAL HFD AND HPD LIABILITY

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1/28/2009:

Resident has questions about HFD…

fire-1100-wash-1.jpgA Hoboken resident and Hoboken411 reader sent a fairly long list of comments and observations – specifically related to the 5 minutes “Acting” Hoboken Fire Department Chief Richard Blohm spoke during the City Council Meeting of January 21, 2009.

Rather than publish list of comments in pure text format, I decided to incorporate them into a video instead, for easier comprehension.

Before you watch (video below), see my “open” questions to all HFD personnel here:

  • How are other cities able to have pure volunteer fire departments? Can a taxpayer subsidized FD ever be effectively replaced?
  • We all know Hoboken is a significant city (transportation hubs, Hudson River (which NYC has full jurisdiction over), and proximity to NYC) – but why are other municipalities able to serve a larger area, and more residents – for less?
  • You may be able to justify the expenditures – but in your opinion, is there any way to cut spending? – if so, what? If not, why not?
  • What was the HFD budget in 2001? What is it now? Why?

(Disclaimer: These opinions do not necessarily represent the views of Hoboken411)


Richard Blohm at the Hoboken City Council Meeting 1/21/2009 from Hoboken411 on Vimeo.

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209 Comments on "Resident on Richard Blohm and the HFD"

strand tramp
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strand tramp

TN is a waste of time and a whacko.

Colin
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[quote comment=”133610″]This is nothing but a place where we all vent after a hard day’s work. Yes, I am Tabula Rasa because I don’t know it all like MOST of you think you do on this website. We can post our opinions and there is nothing wrong with that but when the so-called “KNOW IT ALLS” post idiotic opinions that they strongly believe are facts makes me uncomfortable! I wanted to voice my opinion when I felt threatened for my family’s lives and homes as well as friends when I heard people were attacking Hoboken’s Public Safety and BOE. There are way too many people here who know nothing about everything! This is not a place where I want to spend my valuable time. Suggestions: 1st Post your real names 2nd Get your facts straight before posting 3rd Stick together because we are all neighbors 4th Stop complaining because we have not had a tax increase for several years now. 5th Those who have never done anything wrong cast the first stone! 6th If you are so knowledgeable in these areas of topic why don’t you speak at the council meetings? 7th Stop the jealousy! I admit I’m jealous of Donald Trump but that does not give me the right to attack him or his earnings! Please don’t say We don’t pay his salary! You get what I’m saying. 8th Many of us have children in this school system. Let’s respect our children’s teachers. 9th May God bless us all… Read more »
TabulaRasa
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TabulaRasa
This is nothing but a place where we all vent after a hard day’s work. Yes, I am Tabula Rasa because I don’t know it all like MOST of you think you do on this website. We can post our opinions and there is nothing wrong with that but when the so-called “KNOW IT ALLS” post idiotic opinions that they strongly believe are facts makes me uncomfortable! I wanted to voice my opinion when I felt threatened for my family’s lives and homes as well as friends when I heard people were attacking Hoboken’s Public Safety and BOE. There are way too many people here who know nothing about everything! This is not a place where I want to spend my valuable time. Suggestions: 1st Post your real names 2nd Get your facts straight before posting 3rd Stick together because we are all neighbors 4th Stop complaining because we have not had a tax increase for several years now. 5th Those who have never done anything wrong cast the first stone! 6th If you are so knowledgeable in these areas of topic why don’t you speak at the council meetings? 7th Stop the jealousy! I admit I’m jealous of Donald Trump but that does not give me the right to attack him or his earnings! Please don’t say We don’t pay his salary! You get what I’m saying. 8th Many of us have children in this school system. Let’s respect our children’s teachers. 9th May God bless us all in… Read more »
truth1
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truth1

[quote comment=”132461″][quote comment=”132447″]that is why Judy Tripodi has ordered the review of the police and fire depts. by an outside expert…[/quote]

The TO in the HFD and in the HPD have been changed, inflated, and re-shuffled so many times to accommodate certain connected people that it’s probably a fair guess that they are in no way reflective of what is really required to run these organizations. A completely independent review really is necessary.[/quote]
It will be interesting to see how independent the review by the DCA will be? Hopefully, it will be open and transparent to the public 🙄

hobojoe
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[quote comment=”132447″]that is why Judy Tripodi has ordered the review of the police and fire depts. by an outside expert…[/quote]

The TO in the HFD and in the HPD have been changed, inflated, and re-shuffled so many times to accommodate certain connected people that it’s probably a fair guess that they are in no way reflective of what is really required to run these organizations. A completely independent review really is necessary.

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