Delea: Hoboken needs our help

3/20/2009:

Hoboken resident Scott Delea (who’s run for council in the past), was considered to be a potential candidate again in this year’s Hoboken election, but has chosen instead to continue working with local community groups.

He sent this letter out yesterday about the current state of Hoboken:

Hoboken Needs Our Help More Than Ever

scott-delea-2005.jpg“Over the past several months I have been flattered by friends and neighbors who have encouraged me to run for Mayor in the upcoming May election. After careful consideration, I have decided I can best help our community by not seeking elected office at this time. Instead, I will continue to work with the various community groups I am involved with to bring about much needed change.

Our great City is being confronted with extraordinary challenges. Our residents are losing their jobs, housing values have plummeted, and homeowners have been saddled with a 47% property tax increase. As a founding member of both Hoboken Revolt and LowerHobokenTaxes.com (which have collectively grown to over 1700 members), I am proud of the progress we have made in pressuring city hall to change their wasteful ways and hold our elected officials accountable. Our work is far from complete and you can expect these organizations to play a critical role in helping to reform our city government, county government, and school system.

During these tough economic times it is critical we not forget those most vulnerable and in need of our help. We must do our best to provide the best educational and vocational opportunities for our children. I intend to help by continuing to support local charities like the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club, the Jubilee Center, and Party With Purpose, which produces the PWP Hoboken 5K and Kids’ Run each July. I hope to establish a community-wide mentor program to give our kids one-on-one support to help them reach their full potential. I am optimistic about our school system’s potential to provide better quality education to our kids and I will work to ensure this happens.

It is critical for Hoboken to have a thriving local business community which creates jobs, provides necessary products and services, and diversifies our tax base. Our City needs to do a bett er job supporting our businesses and planning economic development. We should seriously consider the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) or Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) to help spur local commerce. We should all do our part to support local business people by shopping locally. We can also help by continuing to support the great work of the Hoboken Historical Museum and looking for ways to increase tourism which invests additional dollars in our local economy.

Thanks again for your consideration and if you would like to help in any way, please contact me via email at sdelea@gmail.com or call me at 201.988.7175.

Scott Delea

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5 Comments on "Delea: Hoboken needs our help"

truth1
Member
truth1

Yes- Plywood…but today we have CHANGED to composites, which need a strong glue to keep things intact. To be unified there has to be a proper ‘mixture’. Things have to come together to have “the perfect storm”. Such a ‘combination’ will be determined in this election on which the future of Hoboken hinges. Everyone has to decide in which capacity they will serve in order attain the main objective, realizing the sum of the parts equal more than the whole.

plywood
Member
plywood

Here’s hoping Mr. DeLea is in earnest, because yes, Hoboken does need our help, now more than ever. At the same time, running for office is not the only way to help, as a matter of fact it is probably not one of the better ways to help at this stage of the game. “Reformers” running for office against each other are effectively canceling each other out, defacto causing business as usual after the election inasmuch as the status quo usually only runs one candidate. I may be repeating myself, but,IMO people move to Hoboken largely because they think it is almost like Manhattan. After moving here one learns it not like Manhattan, actually it’s like a mini-parody of Manhattan, an oddly packaged sit-com of Manhattan with a little “Sopranos” thrown in so you know which side of the state line you are on, yet it is always evolving. Then one decides to love Hoboken for what it has become, or leave it, or stay and complain about it, pining for “the way it used to be”. Then Hoboken changes the rules and turns the screws on you again. Repeat process after updating your concept of “the way it used to be”. Unified grassroots action is, it seems the real means to bring about change. IMO unify change first, then run for office.

Stpaddygirl
Member

I think we all know this town needs help!

ant
Member

we should be watching the ones running and the ones already in office – they’re the ones that really count

truth1
Member
truth1

As a founding member of Hoboken Revolt and Lower Hoboken Taxes, will he endorse any candidates in the May election for Mayor and council-at-large? Yes, let’s keep an eye on him.

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