Cop layoffs postponed…
Both Mayor-elect Peter Cammarano and outgoing Mayor David Roberts requested that Judy Tripodi postpone the impeding police layoffs due to the upcoming July 4th Macy*s Fireworks Spectacular. The fireworks, which are being held on the Hudson River this year to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson – are expected to overwhelm the city with up to 50,000 patriotic onlookers.
Public Safety of Utmost Importance
“The layoff of 16 Hoboken police officers, scheduled for June 20, has been postponed until at least next month at the request of Mayor David Roberts and Mayor-elect Peter Cammarano, announced Hoboken Fiscal Monitor Judith L. Tripodi.
“At the strong request of Mayor Roberts and Mayor-elect Cammarano it has been agreed that the layoffs will be extended until July 20th,” said Tripodi. “The New Jersey Civil Service Commission has been notified regarding our intention to postpone these layoffs.”
The layoffs were announced earlier this year after a review by the state Fiscal Monitor of Hoboken’s finances. Mayor Roberts and Mayor-elect Cammarano cited serious public safety concerns regarding the 4th of July Macy’s fireworks celebration as a primary reason for the layoff postponement request. Mayor-elect Cammarano also requested an opportunity to further review the layoff plan before its implementation.
“Public safety as it relates to the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks celebration is of the utmost importance,” said Mayor-elect Cammarano. “In addition, I requested the opportunity to further review the plan and speak with the police and fire chiefs before any layoffs occur. I appreciate Ms. Tripodi’s concurring with me and Mayor Roberts regarding this issue.”