City Council Meeting of 4/21/2010

4/21/2010:

See archived video from tonight’s meeting after the jump!

Tax, Spend & Hire!

Yep, it’s that time again – time for the regularly scheduled Hoboken City Council meeting tonight at 7pm. For starters, here are your meeting documents to review:

Municipal workers beware: New BA in the wings

There are a few interesting items on the agenda tonight, but one in particular has generated quite a buzz in Hoboken411’s inbox. It’s the proposed hiring of Arch Liston as the new city Business Administrator.

Liston is currently employed by the city of Bridgeton, NJ (home of the Cohanzik Zoo!), and manages a budget one-fifth the size of Hoboken’s. He’d also be receiving a $35,000 pay raise (from $115k to $150k) – which several readers have said are “not commensurate with his experience.” Additionally, Liston has had run-ins with various union-related situations, including wrongful termination of a police officer, and allegations of unfair labor practices. Sources say that the Zimmer administration wants Liston to handle the unpleasant Police Union negotiations in Hoboken, in which one resident said “what does the Mayor and Council do other than hire others to do their dirty work?”

Swing back at 7pm to watch the meeting LIVE here on Hoboken411!

(Hoboken City Council Meeting of 4/21/2010, continued…)

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10 Comments on "City Council Meeting of 4/21/2010"

Margaret
Member

Liston also admitted to providing 100 animals for the Zoo he managed. I told him at the Council that was good experience for those now in the majority on our council…

He laughed….

Antinucci
Member
Antinucci

Hey Perry;

I enjoy you site very much but I’m completely surprised that you have not jumped at the chance to critic Mayor Zimmers choice for Business Administrator. Please google his name Arch Liston and you will find a plethora of information regarding issues he has had in his other line of work. Remember he worked for Mount Holly as a Chief of Police and Business Administrator in Bridgeton and what a ton of goodies the internet has. Is this the kind of person we want working in our town? How much money is he going to lose for the City of Hoboken before he is fired here?

P.S. Enjoy looking it up and posting for all to see.

matt_72
Member
Apparently, we can’t hire outside of the Hoboken PD for a new police chief so we are absolutely stuck with the limited number & limited quality of choices we have there any time we have an opening. Sorry, not at all an appropriate comparison. I sincerely wish it were an appropriate comparison, but it just flat out isn’t. And how do you know towns nearby don’t pay their business administrators something approaching $150K? I bet towns up near NYC pay a heck of a lot more than towns in South Jersey. The town this guy is coming from is not “the market” so comparing his salary there to what he is being offered here makes no sense. Would you compare what a finance guy in bumfrack south jersey makes to what one in the NYC area makes? You know full well that folks up here make substantially more than folks down there for doing the exact same job if only because the cost of living is higher here (median household income in Hoboken is more than 2x Bridgeton’s). You want him to move here, you gotta pay him to do it. If he is being paid 30% more than what folks doing the same job in neighboring towns with like size budgets get paid, I might agree with you but that is not at all the argument you are making. You are comparing apples to oranges. And nobody says we have to keep him if he sucks. Unlike most civil… Read more »
ScottyBeamed
Member
ScottyBeamed

Matt’s job is to dilute public perception with utterly ridiculous justifications. Then again, a soccer mom is Mayor. I think the floating sewage in Hoboken has caused citywide brain damage!

amh2
Member
amh2

A 30% increase – that is an OUTRAGE!!!!

I don’t care what the job is, Hoboken’s hiring and compensation practices should match the market. NO ONE is giving a 30% increases these days. Market practice was 20% + a minimal signing bonus for qualified financial services professionals in 2007 – when there was a severe talent shortage.

The story is very different these days. I spent 6 months unemployed in 2009 and market practice at that time (9/2009) was flat to down. Flat to prior compensation was considered a “win” for me and all of my fellow unemployed professionals at outplacement services. Seriously? A 30% increase? Maybe I should apply for that job.

I am usually not one to bicker on this site but, Matt_72’s comments about firing the guy if he is unqualified made me laugh. Really – Hoboken has a history of firing unqualified unemployees? Lets consider our current chief of police. I would say he is unqualified. Some might say his behavior at Hooter’s was borderline criminal. At the very least it was not appropriate for a public safety officer. Hoboken has done a great job of firing that guy so far.

charleyblueeyes
Member
charleyblueeyes

Are you on drugs ?
What current “Chief” of Police at Hooters are you talking about ???
Chief Falco is NOT A Hooter’s guy nor was he involved in any wrong doing..Get your facts straight or STFU…..!!!!

In response to amh2 who said:
A 30% increase – that is an OUTRAGE!!!!

I don’t care what the job is, Hoboken’s hiring and compensation practices should match the market. NO ONE is giving a 30% increases these days. Market practice was 20% + a minimal signing bonus for qualified financial services professionals in 2007 – when there was a severe talent shortage.

The story is very different these days. I spent 6 months unemployed in 2009 and market practice at that time (9/2009) was flat to down. Flat to prior compensation was considered a “win” for me and all of my fellow unemployed professionals at outplacement services. Seriously? A 30% increase? Maybe I should apply for that job.

I am usually not one to bicker on this site but, Matt_72’s comments about firing the guy if he is unqualified made me laugh. Really – Hoboken has a history of firing unqualified unemployees? Lets consider our current chief of police. I would say he is unqualified. Some might say his behavior at Hooter’s was borderline criminal. At the very least it was not appropriate for a public safety officer. Hoboken has done a great job of firing that guy so far.

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