Tim Occhipinti says city suppresses public
As you may already know, the Hoboken Municipal Garage has been quite a controversy as of late. And at this week’s City Council meeting, Council President Peter Cunningham pulled a trick often used in previous administrations – to limit the public’s participation and hold a weekend meeting when many residents are out of town.
Tim Occhipinti, who is throwing his hat into the November Special Election for the 4th Ward – issued a press release today.
Mayor, Council Suppress Public Participation with Sunday Meeting
Mayor Should Promote Transparency and Public Discourse
“With the Zimmer administration’s recent successful ploy to move a key city council meeting to Sunday, June 13, the administration is subjecting the residents of Hoboken to a political game and suppressing the public’s right to participate in their government’s decision-making process.
During this meeting, the council has scheduled the consideration of a $16 million bond ordinance. It is irresponsible for this administration to move such an important issue to a date that is not only inconvenient for residents, but infringes upon time that traditionally would be reserved for family and friends.
“This is a community that values the limited free time they have on the weekends,” said Tim Occhipinti, 4th Ward resident. “This administration has made a calculated decision to move this meeting to a time when a great deal of Hoboken’s residents are unwilling or unable to attend. These political games must stop now.”
These actions amount to nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to discourage public discussion on a project that this administration would like to push unabated through the council.
“I call on our residents to voice their disapproval and outrage over these actions,” Occhipinti said. “Transparency is not a concept to be taken lightly, especially by an administration that promised to be more open and forthright with its residents. Unfortunately, this administration has made a habit of breaking promises to Hoboken’s residents. If they truly believe in transparency and public discourse they will move the meeting back to its original date of Wednesday, June 16.”