Shocking: Doggie light pole hazards remain

3/20/2011 Update:

Hoboken resident Brian Wagner discovered how bad the dangerous exposed wire situation is getting..

Dangerous Hoboken wire situation worse than imagined

Following up to my previous letter which Hoboken411 published on March 14th. When writing the previous letter I was not fully aware of the magnitude of the potential problem pertaining to unprotected wiring among the street lamp and traffic light posts lining Hoboken’s Washington Street. It saddens this resident to watch Washington Street start to crumble. As you may remember, back in 2010 the American Planning Association named Hoboken’s Washington Street one of the top 10 great US streets in the US.

I guess now that we’ve won that fabulous distinction and have milked the heck out of the public relation’s machine; hence the throngs of visitors to our city each. Someone needs to shake up our city leadership, they cannot just sit back with a blind eye as both potential trouble and a lawsuit is just lurking around the corner. With the warm weather upon us corrective measures need to be taken.

When will appropriate action be taken?

The question is when will the Hoboken Environmental Protection Office (EPO) and PSE&G take appropriate action? It has been a week since this concerned pet parent first contacted Hoboken’s EPO; only to find out today that no action has yet been taken pertaining to the three unprotected lamp posts I first reported on March 14th.

On Sunday March 20th I surveyed the entire length of Washington and to my horror our dogs and small children (to my horror I watched a small boy today playing with exposed telephone wires in the phone/utility junction box at the southwest corner of Washington and 9th just as strangers stepped in to stop him) are in grave danger of electrocution or near electrocution.

Currently there are a total of 17 unprotected street lamp posts (3 of which have some form of short term remediation) and a total of 4 unprotected traffic light signal posts just along Washington Street alone. These figures most likely would grow after a review of all the lamp posts in the city’s parks and along the waterfront. Take action, join me in calling the Environmental Protection Office at 201-420-2049 and contact your council person to report this potential hazard. The more noise we all make the sooner this issue will be rectified.

[Click here for current list of exposed wires…]

Together we will make a difference and protect Hoboken’s pets and children.

Brian Wagner
Irate and Concerned Pet Parent

3/14/2011 Update:

Dangerous light pole plague continues in Hoboken

Hoboken resident Brian is a very concerned pet parent – and sheds light on the ongoing issue of exposed electrical wires around town:

“How many more of Hoboken’s best friends need to be carelessly electrocuted in Hoboken by uncovered street lamp posts? When will PSE&G and Hoboken’s Environmental Protection Office do their job and protect our city’s four legged residents. I was outraged to still find three exposed street lamps: at the corner of Washington and 13th Street (south west corner), corner of Washington and 8th (both the north west and south west corners) during my dog’s recent walk at 2pm on Sunday 3/13. The city instructed residents to call a provided phone number (201) 420-2049 to advise the Environmental Services Dept of such issues.

Not that I expected to find anyone there on a Sunday, but oddly enough to not have an answering machine to leave a message in this day and age? How backwards is our City Hall?”

411 note: There are many other exposed wires – not just on light poles, but traffic lights as well (14th & Wash).

3/1/2011 Update:

Zapped dogs a regular occurrence in Hoboken NJ

Third time in four months…

An update to this post from October of 2010 – when Hoboken411 told you that a dog was zapped on an improperly maintained light pole over at Elysian Park.

It’s apparent that the city doesn’t heed any warnings until something bad happens. Just like how Mayor Zimmer knew full well that the waterfront was in danger back in 2009 – but only acted after it collapsed.

Pei-Sze Cheng from NBC New York reported about another dog that got shocked over in Church Square Park last week. “Teddy Bear’s owners think the city can do a better job alerting residents of this problem. “It’s been over 24 hours since I reported this incident, and there isn’t even some yellow caution tape to let others know.”

Other Hoboken hazards remain

Remember that light pole that was toppled by wind over at Elysian Park this past December?

Well – that situation remains UNFIXEDand it’s located within a dog run – where hundreds of pooches run freely every day. When in God’s name will this be fixed? After more dogs get hurt?

10/20/2010:

Keep your dogs away from light poles

Light pole zaps pooch at Elysian

Playing with electricity should be avoided at all costs – for both yourself and your dogs. One dog was zapped this week by a light pole at Elysian Park.

Hopefully someone can fix this dangerous situation before some living being gets seriously hurt.

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23 Comments on "Shocking: Doggie light pole hazards remain"

mooshu
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mooshu

pawz, you’re on to something magical with that signage idea. Brilliant! I’m very tempted to try my hand at designing one.

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

I’m pretty certain that Jen Giattino the candidate running for the 6th Ward Council seat will be pleased with this considering the fact that she hates dogs and said she will target dog owners if she wins the election. That is good to know. She has already had numerous verbal and almost physical conflicts with Hoboken Residents over the last few years and is pretty adamant about not wanting anyone with dogs passing her home on 7th Street. I’ve spoken to several Hoboken dog owners that had been harassed by Jen and her husband as they walked by with their pets on a public street.

kooky kat
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I kind of wondered if this was really possible that this woman harbored such hatred for dogs. (Actually, I also wondered what you were rambling about in a couple of different threads) Then, I figured out where she lives. (quite easily I might add coupled with the poilital signs and the get your dog off my property signs)! I understand people getting p*ssed about dog owners not cleaning up after their animals, it makes me angry too, there’s no excuse unless well you simply “can’t” pick it up because it’s liquid! But wow, the signage that is posted all over their home is not only tacky, but almost an invitation!!!

I am going to make it a point to walk by there as often as possible with my dog. What a whack job.

[quote comment=”204691″]I’m pretty certain that Jen Giattino the candidate running for the 6th Ward Council seat will be pleased with this considering the fact that she hates dogs and said she will target dog owners if she wins the election. That is good to know. She has already had numerous verbal and almost physical conflicts with Hoboken Residents over the last few years and is pretty adamant about not wanting anyone with dogs passing her home on 7th Street. I’ve spoken to several Hoboken dog owners that had been harassed by Jen and her husband as they walked by with their pets on a public street.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

She’s a bitter, self-proclaimed “mother of the year” type. Yays for the sixth ward. Good luck with that.

Where does she live? I’d love to see the signage :).
[quote comment=”206644″]I kind of wondered if this was really possible that this woman harbored such hatred for dogs. (Actually, I also wondered what you were rambling about in a couple of different threads) Then, I figured out where she lives. (quite easily I might add coupled with the poilital signs and the get your dog off my property signs)! I understand people getting p*ssed about dog owners not cleaning up after their animals, it makes me angry too, there’s no excuse unless well you simply “can’t” pick it up because it’s liquid! But wow, the signage that is posted all over their home is not only tacky, but almost an invitation!!! I am going to make it a point to walk by there as often as possible with my dog. What a whack job.

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westcoastbound
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westcoastbound

So what is you know about her, Mooshu? I’d love to know where your information comes from. We have a human being and citizen of the Sixth Ward who is challenging Nino. She lives in Hoboken and in the Sixth Ward. I’m looking at both as candidates and am interested in what they say. But YOU seem to know something important. What is the reason you say she’s bitter? I assume you’ve had some experience with her personally to make that charge. And I, as a voter, should hear it. When did she proclaim herself “mother of the year?” I need to know this as a voter and you said she’s “self-proclaimed” so I’m very interested in your telling me when she proclaimed herself as such. Please, mooshu. You seem to have such a finger on the pulse of the Sixth Ward. Please tell us what you know about that “bitter” woman.[quote comment=”206648″]She’s a bitter, self-proclaimed “mother of the year” type. Yays for the sixth ward. Good luck with that.Where does she live? I’d love to see the signage .

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pawzclawz
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pawzclawz
Mooshu is not wrong on this one. I can’t personally speak about the dog issue. If it’s true,it’s a miserable way to be. What I can speak on is that I have seen Jen Giattino come into my friend’s coffeeshop on a Friday evening before closing. She comes in with her kids and her friends and her friend’s kids. They order all sorts of things all different ways. They request the drinks be divided into separate cups in equal amounts,this way the kids can share. The kids won’t feel like one got more than the other etc. Jen Giattino and crew just take the place over. They are obnoxious. Their kids are obnoxious. They truly act like there is no one else in the world but them. The world truly revolves around them. It is out of character for me to make statements like these. I am glad I am not a sixth ward resident. If she has a “keep your dog off my property” sign on her house. Someone should retaliate with a “keep Giattino off my property” sign. [quote comment=”206654″]So what is you know about her, Mooshu? I’d love to know where your information comes from. We have a human being and citizen of the Sixth Ward who is challenging Nino. She lives in Hoboken and in the Sixth Ward. I’m looking at both as candidates and am interested in what they say. But YOU seem to know something important. What is the reason you say she’s bitter?… Read more »
youme66
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youme66
That’s a good one about “Keep Giattino of my property” signs. Imagine this Giattino diva as a council rep, talking complaint calls at her home from constituents. Sounds like she’d put an end to that type of open communication, too. I get that Giattino doesn’t want to be a dog owner, but going out of her way to openly be a “dog hater” in a town that has a few thousand dogs is really stupid if you want to run for office. Why would any dog owner in the 6th ward support an extremist like her? Would Giattino really care if your dog gets charged or electrocuted by faulty street lamps? Sounds like she advocates just fine for herself and her kids because she is a very demanding diva and unpleasant even in simple situations. But, Giattino sounds like a disastrous choice for dog owners, an undiplomatic person on the council who hates dogs.[quote comment=”206676″]Mooshu is not wrong on this one. I can’t personally speak about the dog issue. If it’s true,it’s a miserable way to be. What I can speak on is that I have seen Jen Giattino come into my friend’s coffeeshop on a Friday evening before closing. She comes in with her kids and her friends and her friend’s kids. They order all sorts of things all different ways. They request the drinks be divided into separate cups in equal amounts,this way the kids can share. The kids won’t feel like one got more than the other… Read more »
mooshu
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mooshu
Gee whiz, wcb. For a lawyer, you’re sure not that smart. And somehow I just can’t find it within me to take your word on what you know about being human. See, there’s this tool the world uses to look up information called ‘Google’. Say it with me. Goo-guhl. It’s really easy to use. Just enter some information into a little rectangular box, click “go” or “Enter” and– voila!– you’ll have thousands of articles, images, and so forth pertaining to what you’re seeking pop up. JG is bitter in that she harasses folks for no reason other than they walk or own dogs, but I don’t expect you to understand that. And as for the “mother of the year” title… Where do I begin? She exhausts herself in bragging about raising three children because her career in real estate hadn’t worked out and she needs something to do. Articles go on and on about all she does for her kids, and how she doesn’t sleep, as if it’s an accomplishment to take care of the kids she brought into the world. It’s not. Yawn. Next case.[quote comment=”206654″]So what is you know about her, Mooshu? I’d love to know where your information comes from. We have a human being and citizen of the Sixth Ward who is challenging Nino. She lives in Hoboken and in the Sixth Ward. I’m looking at both as candidates and am interested in what they say. But YOU seem to know something important. What is the… Read more »
cyclewag
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cyclewag

Hi fellow dog owners and other concerned residents,
Brian here— I just got through to City Hall’s Enviromental Services dept to report the 3 explosed street lamps and 1 traffic light that Perry informed about.

Overall — this is a problem throughout the city, and for the most part it is the homeless or less fortunates walking our streets who have removed this covers for scrape recycling dollars. I can’t totally fault them however, this has been going on for 6 years that I’ve live here. You’d think PSE&G would come up with a better plan of action. Perhaps after a lawsuit. Funny how that iis.

like many above have said– it was not the dog’s fault it is the owner. Yes dogs first stop to smell these fixtures (looking for their version of pee-mail rather then e-mail) then they mark their spots. Explosed wires due to a combination of insects, weather, water, snow, and urine will rot the wire insulation causing shocks to happen. Best rule of thumb for pet owners (this is my rule) there is plenty else for our dogs to sniff in our town. Stay clear of electric appliances. Quite frankly, this applies to parents of 2 legged children too as they get curious when parents are not paying attenion ie: texting and walking.

Stabone130
Member

“but oddly enough to not have an answering machine to leave a message in this day and age? How backwards is our City Hall?””

— hehe. in this “day and age” — who has an answering machine anymore? City Hall should have voicemail or an email address that’s actually checked.

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