Hoboken PBA to rally at City Hall again
Video: Police Rally & March in Hoboken
Some raw video about what it felt like to be in the Hoboken Police Rally March on Wednesday, September 15th. From Police Headquarters on Hudson Street, around by the PATH station, up Washington Street, and arriving at City Hall – where HPD supporters were chanting “Stop the Police Layoffs, Keep Hoboken Safe!” and “Hey Hey Ho Ho, Mayor Zimmer (has) Got To Go!”
Hoboken Police Rally set for Wednesday 9/15
The Hoboken Police again are set to show their unity again on Wednesday, September 15th.
Besides showing up in the hundreds at the City Council meeting, this week’s rally will start at Police Headquarters (1st and Hudson) several hours before the meeting begins at City Hall. Union officials expect the turnout for the rally to far exceed the previous one.
This is part of the ongoing debate about whether the layoffs planned by the administration were based on accurate audit data. The unions say they have evidence refuting the state’s audit – while city officials have not responded to the PBA’s analysis.
See previous updates after the jump…
Lack of leadership at City Hall
Last night, hundreds of police officers and supporters showed up to the Hoboken City Council meeting in opposition of the proposed layoffs from Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Many speakers cited the massive budget surplus as well as personal raises and hirings directly authorized by Mayor Zimmer.
Hoboken Police Superior Officers Association (PSOA) President Eddie Drishti issued the following statement:
“Last night, a majority of the Hoboken City Council Members committed a glaring act of cowardice by refusing to vote on a resolution opposing Mayor Zimmer’s plan to decimate the police department through 37 lay-offs and demotions. Instead of voting Yes or No on the resolution, the Zimmer council majority hid behind a procedural maneuver to table the resolution. This is the kind of wishy-washy waffling by gutless politicians that is poisoning our political system. The officers who are losing their jobs deserve better than this silly political stunt. It was amazing to hear Councilman Ravi Ballah say that he wanted to hear what Mayor Zimmer had to say before he could vote Yes or No. Is Ballah a puppet on a string or is he an elected official?
It is appalling that Council Members Peter Cunningham, David Mello, Carol Marsh, Michael Lenz and Ballah do not have enough courage or character to simply vote Yes or No on this resolution and let the people of Hoboken know where they actually stand.”
Mayor Zimmer also issued a ambiguous statement today with no direction or absolute authority – which concluded with: “I will continue to consider their views as I make the difficult decisions that lie ahead,” which means she may flip flop on her decision if you read between the lines.
PBA Press conference and mass attendance at meeting
Tonight is a regularly scheduled Hoboken City Council Meeting at 7pm.
However, the Hoboken PBA has scheduled a 6pm conference in front of City Hall to show opposition to Mayor Zimmer’s ill-advised layoff intentions. Additionally, a website has been created for the purpose of communicating this message: Keep Hoboken Safe – which also urges residents to sign an online petition in support of keeping Hoboken’s Police force intact.
HPD officers bring fight to council meeting
PBA calls on Council to stop Mayor Zimmer from firing or demoting 37 officers while city sits on mega-million budget surplus
“The Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Police Superior Officers Association will join forces this Wednesday, September 1st at 6 pm at City Hall, 94 Washington St., to oppose Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s plan to layoff or demote 37 Police Officers.
In addition to the outright firing of 18 police officers, Zimmer’s Layoff Plan also calls for demoting 19 superior officers – the overwhelming majority of whom currently work street duty.
Zimmer is prepared to go ahead with these layoffs and demotions despite the fact that the City of Hoboken has a $20 million budget surplus.
New Jersey State PBA President Anthony Wieners will join the Hoboken PBA and Police Superior Officers Association to speak out against Zimmer’s ill-advised layoff plan.”
Be sure to come back at 7pm for all the action!