Ian Sacs to head “new” HPU

9/1/2009:

New parking and traffic guy

It was announced today that Hoboken has a new man to head the Hoboken Parking Utility, along with new responsibilities and a new title: Transportation and Parking Utility.

Ian Sacs (Facebook, Website) – was chosen by acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer to take on the newly expanded department – which now supposedly includes traffic flow and congestion. I’d sure be interested how traffic will be alleviated outside of preventing cars from entering Hoboken (or building a highway around it) – but I remain optimistic nonetheless.

Some folks I speak with say that despite his “engineering degree,” this appointment is “payback” for helping Zimmer on her recent campaign. While others think that the salary is too high (why not $50k?)

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Statement from City Hall

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that she has selected Ian Sacs to head the Hoboken Transportation and Parking Utility. Zimmer is asking the City Council to rename and expand the function of the Hoboken Parking Utility to make clear that transportation and parking are related issues that will be addressed in an integrated manner in her administration.

Zimmer chose Sacs because he is an experienced and accomplished transportation professional who can bring cutting edge solutions to the City’s traffic and parking problems. He has managed, planned and analyzed many different kinds of transportation projects. Sacs received his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Florida International University.

“I am thrilled to bring Ian Sacs on board,” Mayor Zimmer said. “He brings the expertise and new ideas we need to reduce traffic congestion, to make Hoboken a safer place to walk, bike and drive, and to improve the parking situation.”

Sacs comes to the City of Hoboken from Langan Engineering, where he served as Project Manager. In his role there, he worked to improve parking and pedestrian safety, among other responsibilities.

Sacs’ responsibilities will include the upcoming restoration of the cross-town bus, engineering traffic flow in the city, and addressing our parking problems.

Sac’s salary will be $103,500. Former Parking Utility Director John Correa, whose salary had been $114,265, has been offered the opportunity to join the Environmental Services team at a reduced salary of $50,000.

Oh – and for you Democrats – it seems that Sacs isn’t too fond of Obama either (from Facebook):

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77 Comments on "Ian Sacs to head “new” HPU"

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken
I sent Ian Sacs a few question and here are his replies. Whatever this info is worth to anyone, I found it not surprising to see number that back up the obvious; how little emphasis is placed on collection and enforcement. I hope he succeeds in his petition to gain more enforcement officers! – how many parking enforcement officers are currently on our city’s payroll? WE CURRENTLY HAVE 15 PEO’S ON STAFF; HOWEVER, KEEP IN MIND THAT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE WALKING BEATS. THESE PEO’S ARE SPREAD AROUND OTHER ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS COLLECTION METER COINS, REPAIRING METERS, INSTALLION TEMPORARY NO PARKING SIGNS (FOR MOVING, ETC.), AND DRIVING THE ENFORCEMENT VAN. – is there a plan to increase the number of employees? (this may not be your direct responsibility but surely our acting mayor and future mayor will take your recommendation under advisement) YES, IT IS MY INTENTION TO PETITION THE STATE FISCAL MONITOR FOR ADDITIONAL PEO’S WHO “PAY FOR THEMSELVES” BY IMPROVING PARKING SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AND MAKING PARKIGN BATTER IN HOBOKEN. – how many officers are on duty at any given time, and when is the greatest concentration of hours of enforcement? THIS VARIES BY DAY AND TIME; HOWEVER, THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION IS IN THE LATE AFTERNOONS AND EARLY EVENINGS WHEN THE TRANSITION OF BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL PARKING IS HIGHEST. – do the officers have designated routes to patrol when on duty, or may they go where they like? THERE ARE DESIGNATED ROUTES, PREPARED AND MANAGED BY SUPERVISORS, WHICH… Read more »
strand tramp
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strand tramp

you don’t have to sell me, i merely suggested that a link would more clearly illustrate your point. so there it is for those that care. so tell us RH, how will beth mason do things differently? has she come to her senses yet and decided to distance herself from the russo camp before she runs for mayor again? that was the main thing that put me off and i’m guessing, cost her the election the 1st time around.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

strand tramp, out of respect for our humble host here on the most mighty of Hoboken websites I can’t link to the “other” site.

However, if you want to see a pic of Ian Sacs and FXFowle selling their NJTransit plans to the public you can Google the following terms together and there he is:

ian sacs fxfowle njtransit

That was just the first meeting. He was also there at the last meeting in full promotional mode when the actual proposal was unveiled.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Wow I knew something was waaaaaaaay off with this guy,Ian Sacs. This information needs to be recirculated. The FOXFWL connection is pretty damning. I remeber asking the transportation team why they had renderings with bicycles on the side walk. That team had zero credibility, Zimmer was against the NJTransit plan and then she hires one of the engineers. This stuff you just can’t make up.

His profile announcement said he is a civil engineer that worked on transportation infrastucture with responsibility for bikecycle and pedestrian safety AMONST OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES. Yes amongst the other responsibilities likely constituted 90+% of his job. Ian knows little of safety.[quote comment=”170301″]strand tramp, out of respect for our humble host here on the most mighty of Hoboken websites I can’t link to the “other” site. However, if you want to see a pic of Ian Sacs and FXFowle selling their NJTransit plans to the public you can Google the following terms together and there he is:That was just the first meeting. He was also there at the last meeting in full promotional mode when the actual proposal was unveiled.[/quote]

strand tramp
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strand tramp

if you can provide a link or post some pics of this kid stumping for the “raping of Hoboken by NJTransit” it would go a long way toward crushing this guy and zimmer. just sayin…

jman01
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jman01

Google the title of the article with Sac’s photo:

“Improved infrastructure, landscaping, historic preservation … what’s the catch? Density”

In response to strand tramp who said:
if you can provide a link or post some pics of this kid stumping for the “raping of Hoboken by NJTransit” it would go a long way toward crushing this guy and zimmer. just sayin…

jman01
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jman01

The link cannot be posted without violating 411 rules. You can Google it or go to H. Now site for Friday June 20, 2008 and you will see a photo of Ian Sacs presenting FXFOWLE’s NJ Transit plan.

In response to strand tramp who said:
if you can provide a link or post some pics of this kid stumping for the “raping of Hoboken by NJTransit” it would go a long way toward crushing this guy and zimmer. just sayin…

Red Haven
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Red Haven

Isn’t this the same Ian Sacs who was pimping the FXFowle/NJTransit plan to develop the Hoboken Terminal area? Doesn’t anybody remember his long winded presentation at the Multi-Service center with Dave Roberts?

There he served as a traffic engineer hired to convince the public about NJTransit’s plan to change the streets on the south end of Hoboken.

As part of NJTransit’s sell job on their “half billion dollars in infrastructure improvements” that would accompany their mega high-rise plan for the terminal area, Mr. Sacs was standing with them at the podium providing a lengthy (BS) presentation on how Transit’s plan would benefit us through improved traffic flow.

Mayor David Roberts made sure that Mr. Sacs’ speech was videotaped and run on Channel 78, so it’s hard to deny this fact.

What the hell is Dawn Zimmer thinking? She’s in so far over her head it’s scary.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

I remember him from that and a prior presentation at Lackawana station. He was all salesman like just like he spends his time now on every transportation board promoting himself. I asked one simple question on the renderings “why do you have bicycles on the side walk”. He had no conception then or now of safe cycling.[quote comment=”170293″]Isn’t this the same Ian Sacs who was pimping the FXFowle/NJTransit plan to develop the Hoboken Terminal area? Doesn’t anybody remember his long winded presentation at the Multi-Service center with Dave Roberts?There he served as a traffic engineer hired to convince the public about NJTransit’s plan to change the streets on the south end of Hoboken. As part of NJTransit’s sell job on their “half billion dollars in infrastructure improvements” that would accompany their mega high-rise plan for the terminal area, Mr. Sacs was standing with them at the podium providing a lengthy (BS) presentation on how Transit’s plan would benefit us through improved traffic flow. Mayor David Roberts made sure that Mr. Sacs’ speech was videotaped and run on Channel 78, so it’s hard to deny this fact.What the hell is Dawn Zimmer thinking? She’s in so far over her head it’s scary.[/quote]

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