Cammarano Campaign Promise Checklist

NULL AND VOID – CAMMARANO RESIGNED

6/17/2009:

Mayoral Accountability

For the first time in history on Hoboken411 – a Mayor has been elected to office while the site has been online.

A perfect opportunity to “monitor” the progress of our new Mayor, Peter Cammarano from DAY ONE of his term, which begins on July 1, 2009.

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After the jump, see a complete chart of his campaign platform solutions as published on his website during the recent election. If and when he succeeds on his promises, the chart will be updated accordingly, with appropriate links to stories on Hoboken411.

Call this your “PIT STOP” for all Cammarano-related issues, concerns & questions for the next four years!

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE CAMPAIGN PROMISES!

(Cammarano Campaign Promise Checklist, continued…)

Peter Cammarano hopes to accomplish…

(I’ve taken some other points from his original “Issues” page during the first election as well…)

411 NOTE: A very long list, so I crunched them into easy to read sections here. Just click an appropriate title to read the campaign promises!

[slider Group=A type=auto-expand title=”Cammarano on Lowering Taxes…“]

Category: LOWER TAXES
Cammarano says: “It’s time for forward-thinking leadership in Hoboken that can get things done. Moving forward, the City of Hoboken needs common-sense solutions to strengthen our community and manage our budget so taxes are systematically reduced. Now that the State takeover of the City’s finances is a reality, we must plan properly to create responsible solutions that lower the tax burden on Hoboken residents.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Work with the City Council and sub committees to create and pass a budget that is responsible, efficient and fully transparent
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Continue to propose meaningful cuts in the budget and hiring freezes in the City where applicable
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Return home-rule to Hoboken and garner the assistance of state officials and financial experts to gain their knowledge as we move Hoboken forward
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Generate new sources of revenue throughout the City to offset the tax burden
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on The arts community…“]

Category: THE ARTS
Cammarano says: “In 1982, Hoboken jumped onto the arts scene with a six month series of music, poetry, dance, and theater performances. Since then local artists have been enriching our community. We must make sure that artists and studio spaces remain in Hoboken, so that our community continues to benefit from their creativity and talents.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Create an arts district as called for in the Hoboken Master Plan
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Establish an Arts Advisory Board comprised of local artists and citizens to work with the Cultural Affairs Department on projects related to the arts in our community
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Develop programs and resources to expose our youth to the arts
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Pursue federal and state grants to support and promote local art organizations
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Efficiency and Transparent Government…“]

Category: TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT
Cammarano says: “Municipal government must effectively deliver a wide range of services affecting residents, businesses, housing, and infrastructure. We must do so in a responsible manner that does not trade long-term prosperity and solvency for short-term gains. Peter Cammarano and his City Council team will faithfully serve the community and bring accountability and trust back to City Hall.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Deliver a fully funded budget that eliminates wasteful spending while preserving services
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work closely with county government to secure better services and value for the tax dollars paid by Hoboken
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Pursue alternative revenue sources through strategic business partnerships and federal, state, and county grants
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Host monthly Mayor’s Office hours open to the community
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Develop and maintain a municipal website that is userfriendly, informative, interactive, and accurate
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Implement an attrition and hiring policy that would safeguard against a bloated, inefficient government
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Save the taxpayers money by reducing contracted legal services and moving this work in-house
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Provide employees with the training and equipment necessary to efficiently perform their duties. Cross train all employees so that all departments have proper coverage whenever there is a shortfall due to special projects, vacations, etc.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Community Parking…“]

Category: COMMUNITY PARKING
Cammarano says: “The Hoboken Parking Utility offers a range of parking options for residents, businesses, and visitors. We can do a better job of communicating these options and maximizing the utility of each street and municipal garage parking space. We must focus on ways to reduce the congestion and confusion regarding parking in our Mile Square City.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Replace existing parking meters with hi-tech solar powered muni-meters
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Build more parking lots in business areas (Washington Street) and make them high-tech systems
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Support local businesses by reducing the cost of parking vouchers for customers and patrons
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Publish a glove-box parking reference guide and post better street signs directing residents and visitors to off street parking
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create 24-hour online and phone services to streamline ticket resolution and recover towed vehicles
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Going Green and the environment…“]

Category: GOING GREEN
Cammarano says: “Being green makes economic sense. A greener Hoboken requires a change in the way we think, plan, and act. The time has come to employ energy-smart policies that will reduce our carbon footprint and lower our municipal energy consumption. In developing our environmental policy, we must think globally and act locally.”
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Endorse a municipal Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ordinance for all future development
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Purchase Energy Star devices to conserve electricity consumption in city-owned facilities
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Replace conventional vehicles that have reached their end life with energy efficient hybrid vehicles
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Install green roof parks to augment our inventory of open space and alleviate flooding issues
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Invest in solar panels and other renewable energy technologies
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Pursue grants and programs that promote the use of renewable energy. Google the Berkeley, California’s FIRST Solar financing for an example of one such plan
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Explore the use of bio-fuels to operate city vehicles
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work with the school district to help implement a recycling program in every school.
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Senior Citizen Issues …“]

Category: SENIOR CITIZEN ISSUES
Cammarano says: “The experience and insights of our seniors will help us build a successful future. Providing our senior citizen population with more senior housing, recreational opportunities, access to community events, and health facilities is important in repaying them for their contributions to our community. Active and engaged seniors will keep our city energetic and provide diverse solutions and view points on community issues. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Continue the senior shuttle service to assist seniors with mobility within Hoboken
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create more senior citizen housing units, including assisted living facilities
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Develop senior programming at a variety of city locations
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Organize a senior health fair every other month
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Implement the Are You OK? program, a computer system that calls participating seniors on a daily basis to check their welfare
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create a mentorship program between the school district and senior citizens
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Community Transportation …“]

Category: COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION
Cammarano says: “Hoboken’s transportation system is the pride of the state, and includes trains, light rail, buses, PATH, and ferries. We rely on this intricate network to connect us with the places where we work and play. Our world-class transportation system affords us access not only to the city, but also to beaches, vacation spots, and the suburbs. Peter Cammarano is committed to providing the best alignment of these services by making them reliable, accessible, and efficient. This high standard of service is the key to Hoboken’s continued prosperity. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Ensure the current high level of service provided by NJ Transit and PATH
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Reinstate the crosstown shuttle service for efficient, safe, and dependable mobility within Hoboken
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Clearly communicate the schedules, routes, and pickup locations for all shuttle services
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Coordinate private commuter shuttles to eliminate unsafe congestion zones near the PATH
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Provide school bus transportation for students at our various school locations
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Promote a bike-friendly commuter program at the PATH and Light Rail stations
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Affordable Housing …“]

Category: AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Cammarano says: “The local housing boom of recent years has overshadowed the increasing need for affordable housing in Hoboken and throughout New Jersey. As our community continues to grow, we must ensure that affordable-housing dwellers are able to continue to meet their housing and other basic needs. Affordable-housing programs offer qualifying families a gateway to home ownership and the American dream of prosperity. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Negotiate with developers to increase the availability of affordable housing units in Hoboken, above and beyond that which is required by COAH (The Council on Affordable
    Housing)
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Identify and apply for additional affordable housing grants and programs
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Make affordable housing buildings more accessible for seniors and disabled persons
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work with property owners to maintain their stock of affordable housing, rather than converting to market-rate housing
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Initiate a comprehensive review of all PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) payments and carefully administer existing agreements
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Youth Development …“]

Category: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Cammarano says: “Youth outreach programs can provide a tremendous foundation for the children in Hoboken. In addition to sports and academic programs, other activities are essential for engaging our diverse youth community. These pursuits will help them develop the skills they will need to become productive and successful adults. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Promote seasonal athletic programs for youth of all ages
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Organize an annual youth summer job fair for teens and local businesses to keeps kids busy and out of trouble
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work with local artists, artisans, and teachers to engage students through the arts
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Develop a leadership and mentorship program that helps youth obtain “soft skills” and a good work ethic
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Encourage and supplement after-school programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club and Jubilee Center
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Small Business Development…“]

Category: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Cammarano says: “Hoboken’s small businesses and neighborhood institutions need to preserve the small-town feel that many of our residents appreciate. This is a primary reason why many choose to live here versus our larger neighbor, New York City. Residents cherish our community because of the unique businesses that call Hoboken home. Peter Cammarano wants to protect that sentiment and support small businesses, so we don’t lose the charm and character that makes Hoboken special. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Create a small business department to work with local businesses and their landlords
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create an oversight board to regulate restaurant and bar noise, overcrowding, and unsafe conditions
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create a glove-box guide for business owners, to clarify uniform rules and regulations
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Work to streamline the permit process so that businesses can operate more efficiently
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Education and Schools…“]

Category: SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
Cammarano says: “The families of Hoboken deserve a school system that meets the needs of all students and prepares our youth for every possible career and challenge. In our city, the voters empower the Board of Education and superintendent with the responsibility of administering our school district. It is in the City government’s best interest to make sure that Hoboken is a place that families want to live and enroll their children into public schools. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Create a liaison between City Hall and the Board of Education
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create magnet programs through City relationships with Stevens Institute and local artisans
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Assist the school district in any way to help facilitate the delivery of quality education to our residents
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on City Infrastructure…“]

Category: CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE
Cammarano says: “Hoboken has an aging infrastructure. Peter Cammarano will develop a comprehensive approach to maintaining and improving our roads, sidewalks, water, sewers, and electrical infrastructures. This plan will work in conjunction with the long-term goal of solving our flooding issues. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Address long-term flooding issues throughout our city using innovative technologies, including wet-weather pump stations
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Make intersections safer both for pedestrians and drivers
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Insist upon repaving of roads at developers’ expense whenever construction takes place
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Coordinate with the county to ensure that all county roads are repaved
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Increase walk signals at key intersections and enforce pedestrian laws
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Reassess our garbage and recycling plan to reduce costs and our carbon footprint
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Pursue infrastructure grants tied to the Federal Stimulus Package
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Rebuild and replace the 14th Street viaduct in two stages
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Real Estate Development…“]

Category: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
Cammarano says: “Hoboken has experienced a real estate resurgence in recent years. In a mile-square city, every acre of development impacts our entire community, from schools to infrastructure. As we plan for the future, we must pursue the right combination of projects that will best address our city’s longterm needs. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Evaluate new development projects based on what value they add to the community
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Hold developers accountable, ensuring that they are delivering what is promised (open space, infrastructure upgrades) before units can be completed and sold
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Use PILOTs and EDZ only when appropriate
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Proactively manage the existing portfolio of PILOTs and redevelopment agreements, prepare a master financial analysis of these agreements, map out exactly when these
    PILOTs are going to expire
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Pursue energy efficient designs that incorporate LEED standards
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Look for opportunities to set aside open space as we plan new projects
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Conduct municipal planning with the question in mind: What do we have and what do we need? (commercial vs. residential)
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Public Safety…“]

Category: PUBLIC SAFETY
Cammarano says: “The fine men and woman of our police, fire, and volunteer ambulance core provide vital services to our community. They protect us and the people we love everyday and are the first to respond when we need help. Our local government must ensure that we continue to deliver excellent public safety services. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Supply personnel with the latest equipment, technology and training
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Promote a robust community policing plan that includes neighborhood foot patrols
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Create a citizen’s safety committee to help identify and resolve public safety concerns
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Station a police officer to each school to address school safety issues and improve response times for neighborhood issues
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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[slider Group=A title=”Cammarano on Parks & Recreation…“]

Category: PARKS AND RECREATION
Cammarano says: “In our Mile-Square City, parks, ball fields, and public space are at a premium. We have a great inventory of parks and recreational facilities, but as our community grows, so should our park space. Parks and recreational facilities are essential for both the health and quality-of-life for our families, as well as our environment. “
Promise:
Status
Date
  • Ensure that any new development is accompanied by open space
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Rotate city festivals and cultural events throughout the different parks
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Promote parks and recreational services via Peter Cammarano’s proposed revamped Hoboken Web site
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Explore the potential to install rooftop parks on current and future buildings
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009
  • Promote a healthy outdoors program by adding bike parking and recycling bins in our parks
INCOMPLETE 7/1/2009

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HOW MANY DO YOU THINK HE’LL ACCOMPLISH? 25%? 50% More?

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17 Comments on "Cammarano Campaign Promise Checklist"

Mean Dean
Member
Mean Dean

Final grades are in!

EPIC FAILURE

realstuff
Member
realstuff

1) Expedite the disciplinary SWAT hearing(s) which has dragged on in retired judge Arthur D’talia officers in Newark. Great cost to taxpayers, great embarassment and great mess. tHIS SMESS STARTED IN 2007 yES 2007…….

2) Do we really need a Deputy Emergency Coordinator at approx. $90K per year who was hardly seen before the arrival of Judy and then he had surgery and now he is around. By the way he is in the Kenner (SWAT) show pictures because he went as t ‘medic” L0L at our taxpayers. By the way, he does not pay any taxes in Hoboken since he is a non-resident.

Give the Dir. Pope a transfer to >>>>> because he did such a good job in finding an alternate site for the municipal public works garage, crosstown bus and has such a good rapport with his employees. Political mistakes still happen!

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Cammarano is the Mayor-elect and again, (please) let’s give him a fair chance when he actually takes office and is duly authorized to act as the Mayor.

jc5201
Member
jc5201

This is a great idea. I voted for Peter, and this allows us to keep score. Can you also do a scorecard on who will be the first council person from Dawn’s slate to go rogue!

camel2
Member
camel2

Revamped website? Didn’t the city just get a brand new site?
I hope Peter isn’t going to try and take credit for that.

Or will we have to spend more tax dollars on more website development that will take years to finish?

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