HPU harassing Hoboken businesses?

HPU allegedly harassing Hoboken businesses

HPU Hoboken Parking Utility double parkingThe Hoboken Parking Utility is hardly in the spotlight for good reasons. Even the former head of the HPU was arrested.

Now, various Hoboken businesses have noticed a uptick in “harassing” actions,

Several sources said that the HPU is “on a rampage” and ticketing everyone under the sun, especially places that rely on food delivery.

Sometimes, businesses said, that the HPU even “waits by the bus stop” and every time a car pulls up to pick up the package to deliver – they issue tickets. Even if for just 10 seconds.

Additionally, some restaurants said that near-altercations with PEO’s occur regularly, and that the HPU even issues tickets when cars are simply WAITING FOR ANOTHER CAR TO PULL OUT OF A SPACE so they can park.

On a rampage to pickpocket businesses, all in the name of “following orders.”

How to effectively handle Hoboken food delivery?

However, this brings up more compelling points, and a dilemma I believe needs solving.

On the surface, let’s take a look at some observations. Cars that double-park in areas are technically breaking the law. City Hall receives millions of dollars a year from draconian parking regulations. All to stuff city coffers, crony pay raises, or fund relatively useless jobs or functions. Businesses rely on delivery. Most restaurants receive 70-80% of their revenue that way. Delivery double parking is MUCH different than ordinary double parkers, as they’re in-tune with the spots they block, and move quickly.

What are some possible solutions?

1. Continue blitzing businesses. Rake in the dough for city hall.
This will hurt local businesses, possibly even resulting in higher prices, or longer delivery times for customers, making them angry.
Winner: City Hall. Losers: Everyone else.

2. Use discretion. Understand businesses are the backbone of Hoboken, not the administration.
Look the other way, unless a driver complains they cannot get out of their spot. Allow businesses to operate freely.
Winners: Businesses, residents. Loser: bloated government.

3. Force businesses to get rid of cars for delivery. Bike or on foot.
More bike accidents, congested sidewalks, slower delivery time. Not in the spirit of a free republic.
Winners: Delivery people (stronger glutes). Losers: Everyone else.

4. Get rid of the HPU entirely.
Find ways to cut $3-4 million out of the budget. More money remains in the local economy. Let police officers issue the blatant parking violations. Do we need all these regulations? Has parking gotten easier with them around anyway?
Winners: Hoboken’s reputation, businesses, residents, visitors. Losers: None.

How would YOU solve this situation?

(Note: Charges were dropped against Vera in 2012, and he was re-instated with back pay. He is currently employed by the HPU as of June 2013).

Theft alleged at Zimmer Parking Utility

11/4/2010:

CH. 2 News Video on Hoboken Parking Shakedown

Ian Sacs hire charged in shakedown scheme

During the 4th ward campaign, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and ex-Councilman Mike Lenz claimed they had “cleaned up” the Hoboken Parking Utility.

Really?

Today we learn one of Zimmer’s hires at the HPU has been arrested and charged with Theft by Extortion and Official Misconduct, and had an arrest and conviction record that HPU Director (Transportation Czar) Ian Sacs apparently ignored when he hired him in February.

Now Hoboken P.D. want to hear from you if you’ve also been allegedly shaken down by the man pictured to the right.

If you have, call the Hoboken Police Department at (201)420-2110 or (201)420-2100 and ask to speak with a detective. It is believed that there may be other extortion victims.

HPU employee Kleber Vera charged

Hoboken Police report the arrest yesterday of Parking Enforcement Officer Kleber Vera, Jr., who was hired on February 8th of this year. According to employment records obtained by Hoboken411, Vera was the very first new hire of Transportation Director Ian Sacs, who has since hired 6 other PEOs. HPD says Vera would allegedly seek out a vehicle used by a local food delivery person and issue the car for parking infractions if the driver didn’t provide him with free food on demand.

According to the sworn statement of a Luca Brasi’s deliveryman, who received over 30 summons from Vera because he wouldn’t give him free food. The man says back in July he received several summons from Vera, who approached him and said, “You’re getting a lot of summons, maybe we could work things out. If you don’t charge me for any sandwiches from Luca Brasi’s I won’t give you any tickets!” This arrangement went on until August when the deliveryman said he could no longer do it.

`I will give you a ticket every chance I get!`

The police report says Vera responded by threatening, “I will give you a ticket every chance I get!” Between August and October Vera issued 30 summons. The deliveryman brought the issue up to the Municipal Court, as well as “Jackie,” a supervisor in Sacs’ HPU office at City Hall. After that conversation, Vera appeared again at Luca Brasi’s and gave the deliveryman a ticket even though there were two minutes left on his meter. The police report says Vera said “I heard you’re talking to Jackie! It’s going to keep happening. There’s nothing you can do! Every chance I get!”

On October 30th, Vera gave the deliveryman another ticket while he was still in his car, an argument ensued and police were called. Officers instructed the man not to speak with any other HPU employees and tell his story to Detectives, who arrested Vera.

Vera’s prior arrests and incarceration, and the questions people are asking today about Zimmer and Sacs’ management of the HPU, below.

Vera had a troubled history

Hoboken Police say Vera has two prior arrests before working for the HPU.

According to court records, he was arrested in February 2009 in Elizabeth, N.J. for Obstructing the Administration of Law and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia which resulted in Vera pleading guilty to violating a local ordinance, the drug charge was dismissed. As a result, he was confined to the Union County Jail for a total of 50 days. He was arrested this year on January 31 in Jersey City for Aggravated Assault and Assault on a Police Officer. Eight days later he was by hired by Ian Sacs! Both charges were downgraded to Simple Assault.

Vera was processed on the Hoboken charge and transported to Central Judicial Processing (C.J.P.) Court where bail was set at $35,000.

The questions being asked now: Why did Sacs and Zimmer hire an HPU PEO with this kind of record? Does anyone see the irony of their claims to clean up the HPU after the missing quarters scandal?

Vera is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but Hoboken Detectives are now asking local deliverymen to come forward to let them know if they, too have been (allegedly) shaken down by Zimmer’s HPU workers.

61 Responses

  1. escaped68 says:

    This is absolute pure and total incompetency all around, just about anybody who hires somebody for any type of position does some sort of a background check. There are different levels of checks but even the most basic one would have had are kinds of bells and whistles about this guy. After all of the warning signs regarding this guys hiring maybe the person who did the hiring needs a either a brain scan or a boot in the ass.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      hey former monoe enemy u never tackeled davie milne one on one unless u had a gun u r one piece of work and ray carney said hi as well as his five sons 😳 [quote comment=”199622″]This is absolute pure and total incompetency all around, just about anybody who hires somebody for any type of position does some sort of a background check. There are different levels of checks but even the most basic one would have had are kinds of bells and whistles about this guy. After all of the warning signs regarding this guys hiring maybe the person who did the hiring needs a either a brain scan or a boot in the ass.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        u were 14 u gotta be kidding kid …bobby g said hi as well…[quote comment=”199623″]hey former monoe enemy u never tackeled davie milne one on one unless u had a gun u r one piece of work and ray carney said hi as well as his five sons

        [/quote]

      • escaped68 says:

        like i said you had to hit him before he got outside, oh it hurt but he could be stopped but again it wasn’t easy[quote comment=”199623″]hey former monoe enemy u never tackeled davie milne one on one unless u had a gun u r one piece of work and ray carney said hi as well as his five sons

        [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        yeah 68 and at 15 i bet you could lmao rotf..when he punched you when you woke up your cloths would be out of style..no one ever dropped him ..no one some are dead today an would not go head to head with him if you dreamed you beat him you would apoligize.. your so wrong on your history.I saw him at 24 hit a big guy at the orchard lounge 76 washington st in 66 knocked him out of his laced shoes..trust me..if not for jimmy peck the cop catching him ohhh geee you dont know chit.. i was the bartender
        before your time …thats when we had go go girls. :( [quote comment=”199634″]like i said you had to hit him before he got outside, oh it hurt but he could be stopped but again it wasn’t easy

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      • wiskeytango1 says:

        btw love to see u stop him inside and outside lmaorotf.. you dont have a clue..wiped out the wilton house just for fun as well as harpos place many years ago..the hang out for him was the 513 bar.your funny we gotta chat over coffee not to many left. :) [quote comment=”199637″]yeah 68 and at 15 i bet you could lmao rotf..when he punched you when you woke up your cloths would be out of style..no one ever dropped him ..no one some are dead today an would not go head to head with him if you dreamed you beat him you would apoligize.. your so wrong on your history.I saw him at 24 hit a big guy at the orchard lounge 76 washington st in 66 knocked him out of his laced shoes..trust me..if not for jimmy peck the cop catching him ohhh geee you dont know chit.. i was the bartender
        before your time …thats when we had go go girls.

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      • escaped68 says:

        also, tell raymond to tell his sister marilyn i said hello and her exhusband was a j o[quote comment=”199623″]hey former monoe enemy u never tackeled davie milne one on one unless u had a gun u r one piece of work and ray carney said hi as well as his five sons

        [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        your a bit convused he married anne sica she passed on lord bless her..dont know about a sister..only know he went head to head with a professional boxer on jackson st ..he feaed no one..then u had bobbie g..and davey ..no one ever beat these guys..i know him since 55 he lives in fort lee or palisade pk open heart as well as davey..bobby can still throw them at 75..no one left yuppies take u to court…see me some time 😮 [quote comment=”199635″]also, tell raymond to tell his sister marilyn i said hello and her exhusband was a j o

        [/quote]

    • joey maxim says:

      68 hey r u ok? email please.. ❓ [quote comment=”199622″]This is absolute pure and total incompetency all around, just about anybody who hires somebody for any type of position does some sort of a background check. There are different levels of checks but even the most basic one would have had are kinds of bells and whistles about this guy. After all of the warning signs regarding this guys hiring maybe the person who did the hiring needs a either a brain scan or a boot in the ass.[/quote]

  2. mooshu says:

    Gee, I wonder what this guy could have possibly spent his salary on, that he was left without money for food, the poor soul.

    Wait. No. No, I don’t really wonder about that.

  3. lhoward222 says:

    this situation is so absurd/obvious that even NYC CBS picked it on evening news. the politics and insider-deals in this city are exhausting me from defending hoboken. it never ends. since 1988, never ends …

  4. art vandalay says:

    will someone find out who this kid’s family is…….he has to be related to someone in city hall……

  5. chacha17 says:

    it’s not real clear from the story, but was the Luca Brasi guy getting tickets while he was parking illegally? if so, the HPU kid was actually doing his job. or (1) was the “deal” with the driver that he could park illegal and the HPU would just look the other way?

    or (2) was he just being a d!ckhead and ticketing a LEGALLY parked car until he got food?

    • bornandrazedinhobo says:

      Actually all the above…..but when dealing with delivery vehicles it is just common sense to give a little quarter considering that if every delivery person was ticketed for every delivery offense the city would have nothing left but nail salons and real estate offices. And that is not far off from the current situation already. Your not gonna ticket a 90 year old couple if a guy stops and double parks to let his wife out to get a prescription.

      This kid was just completely robbing the driver and restaurant period……he is also now being looked at for several other scams……..long history of crime.[quote comment=”199689″]it’s not real clear from the story, but was the Luca Brasi guy getting tickets while he was parking illegally? if so, the HPU kid was actually doing his job. or (1) was the “deal” with the driver that he could park illegal and the HPU would just look the other way?or (2) was he just being a d!ckhead and ticketing a LEGALLY parked car until he got food?[/quote]

  6. JaeMarie says:

    I just noticed most of the comments left here were from 3yrs ago… just one or two from 2013…. How pathetic! How anyone can just be hired without a background check for the city??? Who is connected to who?? There are decent people looking for a job and this character got hired? I love Hoboken… but surely the crappola really shows as far as Zimmer is concerned and judgement. Not gettin my vote…

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