Hoboken Parking Utility Attacks Verizon

9/20/2010:

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?

With the multi-million dollar surplus the city has – it can only make you wonder why Police layoffs and vigilant parking enforcement – even for essential services – is necessary.

What is the city of Hoboken NOT telling you?

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18 Comments on "Hoboken Parking Utility Attacks Verizon"

willow
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willow

Why is it that certain individuals and businesses never get booted or ticketed. Its not fair. For example the Hoboken glass company has Hoboken resident stickers on their trucks (how do they not have business papers) and they park all day and all night in front of their store. Why cant they park inside. Maybe its because there are always a car or two also parked there.

homeworld
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Same with RED construction. They park their dump trucks on the street in front of my building in resident parking areas because they somehow have a resident pass. It makes backing out of my garage real fun with the giant blind spot it creates. [quote comment=”197735″]Why is it that certain individuals and businesses never get booted or ticketed. Its not fair. For example the Hoboken glass company has Hoboken resident stickers on their trucks (how do they not have business papers) and they park all day and all night in front of their store. Why cant they park inside. Maybe its because there are always a car or two also parked there.[/quote]

beermeagain
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beermeagain

I don’t understand. You routinely criticize illegally parked cars, either by civilians or government employees, but when a business gets its cars ticketed you complain? These guys are really bad parkers. They make no effort to get snug up against the curb and away from intersections, and given the size of the vehicle, they are the most difficult ones to see around.

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

I have to say I have ZERO sympathy for Verizon for a multitude of reasons but the primary one being they simply rob their customers every chance they get either through fraudulent payments they pilfer out of your credit card without authorization or by charging you for equipment that was returned. If the drivers suffer as a result then that is a tragedy being they are just doing their jobs…

…..but if the company as a whole suffers and has to pay the debt that is just payback for their past crimes.

roadruner0
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roadruner0

I also believe the city steals even more money from Hoboken residents by purposely not putting tickets on windshields. For the second time this year, I received a notice from Hoboken City Municipal Court regarding a Failure to Appear in Court. As a result, $10 is being added to the original ticket since I did not appear in court. I never received a ticket on my windshield. I even remember the day when the violation happened. I remember walking to my car after work thinking that I got lucky that I did not receive a ticket for Street Cleaning Alternate Parking. I was home around 6 pm and the ticket according the notice I received was issued at 11:27 am. Very annoyed that Hoboken gets away with charging these Failure to Appear Notice fees and again screws over the residents.

I’m guessing that the city assumes $10 is not worth anyone’s time to miss a day of work or go to night court. They are probably right b/c I’ll probably just pay the extra $10.

Has this happened to anyone else?

homeworld
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I went to night court and wasted 3+ hours of my life to get out of a $30 “Prohibited Parking” ticket for the principal of it. The end result was that the ticket was thrown out and the curb was painted black so as not to confuse cops in the future that don’t understand that “No Parking Here To Corner” means in front of the sign, not behind it. (It’s the random black curb on the north side of Sinatra near the intersection of Sinatra and 11th)[quote comment=”197666″]I also believe the city steals even more money from Hoboken residents by purposely not putting tickets on windshields. For the second time this year, I received a notice from Hoboken City Municipal Court regarding a Failure to Appear in Court. As a result, $10 is being added to the original ticket since I did not appear in court. I never received a ticket on my windshield. I even remember the day when the violation happened. I remember walking to my car after work thinking that I got lucky that I did not receive a ticket for Street Cleaning Alternate Parking. I was home around 6 pm and the ticket according the notice I received was issued at 11:27 am. Very annoyed that Hoboken gets away with charging these Failure to Appear Notice fees and again screws over the residents. I’m guessing that the city assumes $10 is not worth anyone’s time to miss a day of work or go to night court.… Read more »
matt_72
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They put them on the windshield but are too lazy to put them under the wiper properly so they blow away. Either that or it is too complicated.[quote comment=”197666″]I also believe the city steals even more money from Hoboken residents by purposely not putting tickets on windshields. For the second time this year, I received a notice from Hoboken City Municipal Court regarding a Failure to Appear in Court. As a result, $10 is being added to the original ticket since I did not appear in court. I never received a ticket on my windshield. I even remember the day when the violation happened. I remember walking to my car after work thinking that I got lucky that I did not receive a ticket for Street Cleaning Alternate Parking. I was home around 6 pm and the ticket according the notice I received was issued at 11:27 am. Very annoyed that Hoboken gets away with charging these Failure to Appear Notice fees and again screws over the residents. I’m guessing that the city assumes $10 is not worth anyone’s time to miss a day of work or go to night court. They are probably right b/c I’ll probably just pay the extra $10.Has this happened to anyone else?[/quote]

dg
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it happens to EVERYone! i agree, it’s so wrong. my neighbor actually got pulled over in another town not too long ago b/c of his unpaid parking tickets that he never got. the cop let him go when he found out he lived in hoboken. said something about knowing how it is here. 😕 [quote comment=”197666″]I also believe the city steals even more money from Hoboken residents by purposely not putting tickets on windshields. For the second time this year, I received a notice from Hoboken City Municipal Court regarding a Failure to Appear in Court. As a result, $10 is being added to the original ticket since I did not appear in court. I never received a ticket on my windshield. I even remember the day when the violation happened. I remember walking to my car after work thinking that I got lucky that I did not receive a ticket for Street Cleaning Alternate Parking. I was home around 6 pm and the ticket according the notice I received was issued at 11:27 am. Very annoyed that Hoboken gets away with charging these Failure to Appear Notice fees and again screws over the residents. I’m guessing that the city assumes $10 is not worth anyone’s time to miss a day of work or go to night court. They are probably right b/c I’ll probably just pay the extra $10.Has this happened to anyone else?[/quote]

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

I made an illegal turn once, got pulled over, but was also let go because I “lived in hoboken and he knows how it is here”. I thought that was great, obviously, but it really says so much about our city’s perception. City managers here suck for the most part, everyone knows it, and they obviously don’t care how they are viewed. Citizens have an embarrassingly short memory as to the “elected” officials’ wrongdoings. Can we Hobokenites PLEASE vote a non-politician in during the next election? [quote comment=”197668″]it happens to EVERYone! i agree, it’s so wrong. my neighbor actually got pulled over in another town not too long ago b/c of his unpaid parking tickets that he never got. the cop let him go when he found out he lived in hoboken. said something about knowing how it is here.

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hobokenj
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hobokenj

While the boot is over the top I see no reason they shouldnt get a ticket. They have 4 hr time limit. If there ate a job that takes over 4 hrs move the vehicle or deal with the ticket. It verizon installing Fios not an ambulence saving someones life.

I see UPS and Fed X trucks get tickets every day in NYC., They may actually be in the truck or unloading it. Its simply the cost of doing business.

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