Hoboken Parking Utility Attacks Verizon
Hoboken impedes infrastructure installs by Verizon
Is the city of Hoboken so strapped for cash that they now target basic (and important) installations being performed by the local phone company? Apparently so.
Last week – the Hoboken Parking Utility was on an all-out mission to ticket and boot various Verizon vans and trucks while they serviced residents in the Mile Square.
In the photo gallery below – two Verizon vans were rendered immobile by the HPU while on calls to service the telephone infrastructure in town. I spoke with both technicians, and they were dumbfounded by the sudden attack on phone company vehicles.
The driver at 7th and Bloomfield had several jobs that day – and even mentioned that one of their responsibilities is ensuring that phone lines are operating for parolees who are required to wear bracelets that track their movement. Without a working phone line, they cannot be tracked, or can be arrested. He lived in Nutley, and his family would have to wait for him to come home while a Verizon Supervisor assisted in getting the boot removed.
Further south on Bloomfield was another technician who was booted – and said he’s never seen such a difficult city to work efficiently in. “No other towns go after the phone company while they’re on calls. I service surrounding cities like Weehawken, Union City and Jersey City, and never get hassled.” This driver also lived out west, in Clifton, NJ. He too was delayed finishing his shift by several hours.
Everyone wants and needs money, right?
- Stealing money from Verizon can only increase their overhead – and result in higher fees for residents. Which in turn, leaves less money in their pockets, and less money spent at local businesses. Everyone is tugging at the strings to get money from someone else.
- If Hoboken cannot provide temporary on-street parking for public utility vehicles to do their job – then what is the solution? Would they help carrying ladders and other heavy equipment?
- What next? Would Hoboken ticket and boot a United Water truck while they’re repairing a water main break? How about the fire department?
- Perhaps the Mayor is just getting revenge for the exposé on her illegally parked car?
What is the city of Hoboken NOT telling you?