Hoboken Plowing Mismanaged?

12/28/2010 Update:

Orlando Magic gives bad press to Hoboken

Hoboken411 broke the story that the Orlando Magic Bus got stuck on 4th and Washington Street before their game with the NJ Nets last night (I called it – the Nets got blown out).

The situation was so bad for the Magic – that coach Stan Van Gundy even mentioned it in the post-game report:

“A snow-related transportation problem got the Orlando Magic to the arena a little later than normal for their game against the New Jersey Nets.

Orlando hit a dozen 3-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field despite having the team show up less than 90 minutes before the game because one of its buses got stuck in a snow drift a couple of blocks from the team hotel in Hoboken.

“It was crazy,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I didn’t have to go through things like that when I was a small college coach. The roads in Hoboken were atrocious.

We went past a lot of abandoned cars on our way here. The bus got stuck and our guys had to walk back to the hotel. It was a little crazy, to say the least. At least we got the game in. That was the key.”

Another good nugget in the news for the Mile Square. NOT!

12/27/2010:

Residents feel Hoboken did terrible job with Blizzard

From the comments on the Botched Emergency Route post, and emails sent directly to Hoboken411 – It became obvious that the trend about how the city handled this Blizzard was not so positive.

Comments ranged from “Worst job of plowing I’ve seen in Hoboken in 50 years!” and “The worst city response to a storm!” to the more cynical like “If they plow the roads then we have to drive over the ridiculous pot holes and cracks. The snow just smoothes out the ride.”

Then of course – some drivers were smart and realized a bad thing when they saw it – like William, who submitted the photo below and said “Took these this afternoon when we tried to come back to Hoboken. We decided to turn around and go back to our parents who live in towns where they plow.”

How did Hoboken handle the December 2010 Blizzard?

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54 Comments on "Hoboken Plowing Mismanaged?"

john14
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john14

Willow, just submit the pictures and the bill to City Hall. Simple.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

hey John ..this head sports director saved the city 36,000 k..what till the snow bill comes in and bty in re to inlaws he has a short memory,,tee hee, If he was a fly on the wall during the russo administration..chitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt..[quote comment=”201574″]Willow, just submit the pictures and the bill to City Hall. Simple.[/quote]

willow
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willow

I have to comment on the snow removal here in town. I only can tell you that Willow was barely plowed until the day after the snow storm. One plow came by in about a 6 hr window. Ambulances and cars kept getting stuck. 3 times I had to lend my shovel to a ambulance driver to get out. 2 of them had patients on board and were stuck for over 30 minutes. (how do they not cover snow gear i am not sure) one guy didnt even have snow gloves.

Also, A plow got stuck and rammed into my car and the car in front of me. Did 3k worth of damage and didn’t even leave a note or report it. There were 2 witnesses at 4:45am but they did not get a license plate or truck number. If anyone saw this accident on 9th and willow please let us know. Thank you. It was a black suv and a cream colored volvo.

Tunamelt
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Link below … It’s nice to see that Jennifer Maier’s hometown is doing just fine (she is a Rahway Councilwoman), while Hoboken (the city that pays her salary) continues to struggle. Shear disregard and deriliction. Will Mayor Zimmer hold her accountable? I doubt it. She’ll probably get a raise.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/29/nyregion/29jersey.html?ref=nyregion

homeworld
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I’m still wondering where were the big Hudson County tandem dump trucks that used to plow the county roads during every past major event were? I saw one Hudson County pickup truck, and that was it.

Anyone know if this has something to do with that Mayor Roberts agreement for the County to relinquish maintenance responsibility of the County roads in turn for paving them recently?

elvisroberts
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35+ years ago Mayor John Lindsay struggled with a big snowstorm in NYC. Many would say he never recovered politically from the perception that was created that the Mayor “didn’t care about Queens” due to the City’s lackluster performance outside of Manhattan. No accident that John Liu, the first Asian American elected official in NYC”s history, has been by Bloomberg’s side during all his recent Mea Culpas for the camera….

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Interesting point. I dare say though that John Lui ,from his history, is a stand up man all by himself.[quote comment=”201375″]35+ years ago Mayor John Lindsay struggled with a big snowstorm in NYC. Many would say he never recovered politically from the perception that was created that the Mayor “didn’t care about Queens” due to the City’s lackluster performance outside of Manhattan. No accident that John Liu, the first Asian American elected official in NYC”s history, has been by Bloomberg’s side during all his recent Mea Culpas for the camera….[/quote]

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