12/1 City Council Meeting: Recap

12/2/2010 Recap:

What happened at last night’s marathon Hoboken City Council meeting?

Hertz on Demand Connect Corner Cars Continue

The Corner Cars program has been approved by resolution for another 200 days while the new council majority seeks to address the many criticisms of the program.

Contrary to email blasts from Mayor Zimmer and her council allies, the program was never in danger of being canceled. The Ordinance to make the Corner Car spots permanent was not approved, but Corner Cars customers will see no change in service.

The council spent (wasted) about three and a half hours on Corner Cars. Some residents still wonder if there’s a back-room connection here somewhere.

Police demotions move forward

Many police officers were on hand to plead their case to stop the Zimmer demotion plan from taking effect today.

Instead of informing the union members of what was to come, Zimmer’s PR team sent out a press release announcing it at about 10pm last night. Observers say many of the demotions appear politically motivated.

Police Captain – and Hudson County Freeholder – Anthony “Stick” Romano will be demoted to Lieutenant. Former PSOA President Ken Ferrante – who actively supported Tim Occhipinti – will drop from Lieutenant to Sergeant. In all, 12 demotions will take place taking about $167,000 in salary from the officers involved.

The council does not vote to approve layoff plans, which are handled by the Mayor.

Changing of the guard

Earlier this year, at the urging of the Mayor the council changed the budget year from a fiscal type to a calendar year.

We are now wrapping up the 6-month Transition Year budget, and a new budget will have to be adopted for 2011. Council President Carol Marsh was elected by the old Council Majority, which included appointed representative Michael Lenz. Now that the people of the 4th ward have chosen their own Councilman in a 60/40 romp, the new majority is moving forward to reorganize the council for the new budget year beginning in January.

A resolution was approved to amend the council rules to remove Marsh in 2011, paving the way for members of the new duly elected majority to choose new leadership.

The recap continues – Pincus, hidden taxes, and who are those public speakers? After the jump!

$25 Recreation fee repeal progresses

Councilman Occhipinti’s proposed repeal of the Zimmer Recreation Fee (Hidden Tax) was approved on first reading and will face a public hearing and final vote at the next meeting. Same for the Maxwell Place Park deed transfer ordinance sponsored by 2nd ward Councilwoman Mason.

Pincus-gate Update

Corporation Counsel Mark Tabakin was called away on a family “emergency,” and was not available to present his report on what the council can do about embattled Zoning Board member Nancy Pincus.

After her Nazi-themed attacks came to the council’s attention at the last meeting, Tabakin said he would report back on steps that could be taken against Pincus.

In the absence of Tabakin, 1st ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano noted Mayor Zimmer still has not commented on the controversy, and she formally requested a comment from the Mayor on the issue her Rabbi has now weighed in on, along with the ADL and NJDC.

Non-disclosure note

Several Zimmer-appointed members of the Planning, Zoning, Housing Authority, Library and other boards rose to “support” the Mayor’s initiatives without identifying their positions in City Government.

Hoboken411 is considering a “spotters’ guide” for Council Watchers who want to know who is getting their talking points and marching orders direct from the Mayor’s office. Because obvious and calculated efforts were put in to give a false perception of what the actual public (who rarely attends council meetings) feels.

Joy: Hoboken Council meeting tonight at 7pm

Has it been two weeks already? Yup. Time for another Hoboken City Council meeting. With Hanukah getting underway and only about three weeks to go before Christmas, most good Hoboken citizens have other things on their mind. For the others, here’s a brief look at what’s ahead tonight…

Occhipinti: repeal the Zimmer Recreation Tax

Newly elected 4th ward councilman Tim Occhipinti makes good on a campaign promise tonight by sponsoring a repeal of Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s $25 per child, per sport recreation fees. The highly unpopular fees have been called an added tax on Hoboken families. The original ordinance included no exemptions, but the administration has been acting outside of the rules to give certain people exemptions above and beyond the law. Occhipinti’s ordinance repealing the fees will see a vote on first reading, followed by a pubic hearing and final vote at the next meeting.

More wrangling over Hertz Corner Cars

At the last meeting an ordinance to officially hand the green-lined parking spaces to Hertz for their use at a measly $100 a month per spot failed by a 4-4 tie vote.

Taxpayers want to know why they can’t buy a dedicated on-street spot for $100 a month. Restaurant and other small business owners want to know why the city keeps taking parking away from their customers to serve a big business like Hertz. In case you haven’t noticed by looking for a parking spot lately, the Corner Cars program hasn’t pulled many cars off the streets of Hoboken. The city claims less than four dozen, which is a lot less than originally promised and not backed up by anything other than press releases they keep pushing out like welfare babies. You’ll soon realize that Hoboken has less parking than ever!

Apparently, the relationships of some key people at City Hall with the Hertz Corporation are so strong that they’re giving the ordinance another go tonight. A 90-day temporary extension will also be offered by resolution. It has a better shot of passing than the ordinance.

Meanwhile, nobody on the council has publicly called Zimmer Transportation Czar Ian Sacs to account for the fact that his very first hire has been charged with Theft by Extortion and Official Misconduct in connection with his work for the Parking Utility.

Will tonight be the night?

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21 Comments on "12/1 City Council Meeting: Recap"

truth1
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truth1

The council should stop acting in their own political interests and work together. That’s their job, to represent the public and serve in a manner that is in the public’s best interests……………….Let’s see what the new year brings. Unfortunately, it looks like much of the same BS……………………………………………………………………..

4th Ward Guardian
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4th Ward Guardian

INcorrectamundo truth1. Now that the 4th ward has an ELECTED councilman chosen by the people there will be some much needed changes to the way the council does business. The Zimmer rubber stamps knew this was coming and they don’t like it. Too bad. They had their chance to make real change and did nothing but politics for the year and a half they were in control. A new year will bring a new council President and a new budget process.[quote comment=”200682″]The council should stop acting in their own political interests and work together. That’s their job, to represent the public and serve in a manner that is in the public’s best interests……………….Let’s see what the new year brings. Unfortunately, it looks like much of the same BS……………………………………………………………………..[/quote]

Stpaddygirl
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I hate the stupid Hertz cars there are two huge spots right by my apartment that are basically equivalent to three spots for these tiny matchbox cars. My car and those two can pretty much fit in 1.5 spots so annoying.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

…Even in NYC i don’t believe your encouraged to give up your car. opp’s forgot 25′
from the corner is allowed for the matchbox cars.. Paddy imagine four corners =100′.of space..lost by stupid car owners..Let the hpu director take a train or plane to his work place as well as the other dolts..btw Why are all the pkg spaces on newark st off limits to the powers that are.?? As well as Bloomfield ST?? If our leader rides a bike to work so can those who want people to give up their cars. 🙄
[quote comment=”200640″]I hate the stupid Hertz cars there are two huge spots right by my apartment that are basically equivalent to three spots for these tiny matchbox cars. My car and those two can pretty much fit in 1.5 spots so annoying.[/quote]

homeworld
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Really? I guess you weren’t paying attention to Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal for Manhattan. [quote comment=”200643″]…Even in NYC i don’t believe your encouraged to give up your car. opp’s forgot 25′
from the corner is allowed for the matchbox cars.. Paddy imagine four corners =100′.of space..lost by stupid car owners..Let the hpu director take a train or plane to his work place as well as the other dolts..btw Why are all the pkg spaces on newark st off limits to the powers that are.?? As well as Bloomfield ST?? If our leader rides a bike to work so can those who want people to give up their cars.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

right homey..your talking 9 million not including the illegals compared to 45thousand not counting the illegals..You may be right…[quote comment=”200657″]Really? I guess you weren’t paying attention to Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal for Manhattan.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

It no secret that Marie Antionette was going to chop like a lumberjack on december 2nd
Its printed that 167,000 $$$$$$$$ was the relief for the the taxpayers…between just two directors and a bunch of aids and new hires..does that balance out..She screws famlies and a people that put their lives on the line to satifsfy her marble head constipated tax payers. layoff public saftey and how many new hires in the hup and elsewhere coming soon..?btw NP is the best thing to happen snce sliced bread.

whewwhewwhew
Member

Is that Carol Marsh single or what? Bugs Bunny saw her pic and was asking me.

wiskeytango1
Member
wiskeytango1

who would you take to the prom ? buckey beaver or carol the barrel? peuuu[quote comment=”200588″]Is that Carol Marsh single or what? Bugs Bunny saw her pic and was asking me.[/quote]

camel2
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camel2

Were you visiting him in the Loony Bin?[quote comment=”200588″]Is that Carol Marsh single or what? Bugs Bunny saw her pic and was asking me.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
Member
wiskeytango1

camel admit after a drunken nite out …either one yipes..they made the cover of popular mechanics…ohhhhh geeee. kiss me cupcake[quote comment=”200591″]Were you visiting him in the Loony Bin?

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

wait don’t leave out the dawn patrol !!! She is a dreamboat ..Fats Domino (when my dream boat comes home) I will never more to roam..was he kidding? that was 50 yrs ago[quote comment=”200597″]camel admit after a drunken nite out …either one yipes..they made the cover of popular mechanics…ohhhhh geeee. kiss me cupcake

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KenOn10
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KenOn10

“Taxpayers want to know why they can’t buy a dedicated on-street spot for $100 a month.” Why not? Because you don’t share your car with 10 other people.

“Restaurant and other small business owners want to know why the city keeps taking parking away from their customers to serve a big business like Hertz.” Seriously, how many Hoboken residents drive to a Hoboken restaurant?

“In case you haven’t noticed by looking for a parking spot lately, the Corner Cars program hasn’t pulled many cars off the streets of Hoboken.”

Maybe not, but the intangible here is that Corner Cars may mean fewer NEW parking permits issued in Hoboken. Also the program is still quite new and potential customers might be scared off by all the complaints right from the get-go. I think it deserves a longer trial period.

Remember, Corner Cars didn’t make parking bad in Hoboken – parking has been bad for years! Before every damned election you hear the same old story about how candidate X is going to solve the parking problem… and after the election the silence is deafening and cobwebs grow on plans for perimeter parking, etc. If nothing else, this is an ATTEMPT to improve parking in town… more than any other recent administration can say.

If they gave out $100 bills at a city council meeting there would still be a bunch of complaints that it should have been $200.

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