Backlash continues: Hoboken Snow Cleanup FAIL

12/28/2010:

Hoboken still under fire for Blizzard Blunders

The Blizzard of 2010 in Hoboken is one of those rare instances where there is no divisiveness amongst the voting constituency. The overwhelming majority of Hoboken residents feel strongly that the city administration handled this major weather event very poorly.

Below is a sample of some of the 100’s of emails Hoboken411 received today.

It was a blizzard; but give me a break!

Hoboken resident Mary was almost ready to cut some slack to the city…

“I was reading the articles regarding Hoboken’s slow snow removal and thought jeeze nobody gives this current administration a break… I mean we did get anywhere from 15-20+ inches… then this morning I stepped foot out of my apartment for the first time since the Blizzard of 2010 hit and I now totally understand everyone’s complaint!

I’m not expecting miracles overnight but what was The City of Hoboken’s government doing yesterday????? I, at the very least, expected to find the streets plowed and God forbid cleared crosswalks by this morning. I didn’t expect a mountain climbing expedition every time I crossed the street on my way to the PATH Station. I’ve lived in Hoboken all my life and as I approached City Hall, I could see a marked difference with this current administration. No matter how many inches we’ve gotten in past snow storms, City Hall by 7:30 a.m. was cleared of snow and ready for business. What I saw today was a complete and total disgrace not to mention a total lack of competence on the part of the current administration. This blizzard did not sneak up on us… we should have been better prepared, i.e., getting the salt back within city limits??

I only have one question: When are the next mayoral elections??”

City has trouble with their own sidewalks

The City of Hoboken sent a warning to all residents saying they must clear their sidewalks within 6 hours after the storm. However, one resident showed that the sidewalks on this city property near a parking garage downtown was completely un-shoveled. Do you think the city should give out tickets to households if they violate their own 6-hour shoveling rule?

Hoboken is in a snow bubble

One Hoboken reader also added this:

“I agree with you that the snow removal could have been done much better. What really shocked me was how awful it was still this morning. Yesterday, I can kind of understand since snow was still falling into the morning. But today? Doesn’t Hoboken believe in salt? If it was put down liberally yesterday with the sun out for times, we possibly could see pavement this morning. I drive up to Stamford everyday and once I left Hoboken, all of the roads were clear.

This is up River road, over the GWB, up the Saw Mill, across 287, and then 95. Completely clear and dry. I do not look forward to coming back tonight!!!!”

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38 Comments on "Backlash continues: Hoboken Snow Cleanup FAIL"

mooshu
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mooshu

I shoveled. My husband shoveled.

When the going gets tough, we tell “the man” to f*ck off and do it ourselves. I have a feeling we’ll be doing a lot of that as time goes by…

YipYap
Member

Just got back to town after a nice long trip to the ski slopes out west, drove around a bit before pulling into my nice heated garage. People really now get out there and dig out your car already. Too many lazy people in this town!

bmacqueens
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Folks, get a grip. You got whalloped with a major snow event. “Only the fifth biggest,” I can hear someone say … Yeah, number five, after 150 years of diligent record keeping. That’s rather significant, and the blizzard you just endured would have caused significant problems even in snow country. But what snow country has got that you hain’t got is room to put the snow. It’s a simple equation. The snow can’t be off the street unless it melts or gets pushed somewhere. With cars lining both sides of your streets and barely one lane of traffic up the middle, you have nowhere to put that snow. Unless you roll up some highway melters, there’s only so much that can be done, even under the best of circumstances. Now, when you add abandoned cars, it goes from merely bad to all-to-hell. Even a Snow City would have been hard pressed to have the streets clear by late Monday, and that’s with alternate parking (or flat-out parking bans). You all love to gripe about the tow trucks in this town, but the only way that this could have been avoided is for the trucks to pre-emptively tow all cars off all emergency routes so that plows could have continuously circled the city and swept up four inches at a time, rather than being restricted to passing only occasionally, if at all. Now, add on the fact that folks were probably on vacation for Christmas. You already know that mass pre-emptive… Read more »
animal_lover
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animal_lover
bmacqueens, guess you haven’t read about the successful emergency management in other municipalities … with an attitude like that I guess you’ll be blogging the joys of a mediocre to deficient local government.[quote comment=”201433″]Folks, get a grip. You got whalloped with a major snow event. “Only the fifth biggest,” I can hear someone say … Yeah, number five, after 150 years of diligent record keeping. That’s rather significant, and the blizzard you just endured would have caused significant problems even in snow country.But what snow country has got that you hain’t got is room to put the snow. It’s a simple equation. The snow can’t be off the street unless it melts or gets pushed somewhere. With cars lining both sides of your streets and barely one lane of traffic up the middle, you have nowhere to put that snow. Unless you roll up some highway melters, there’s only so much that can be done, even under the best of circumstances.Now, when you add abandoned cars, it goes from merely bad to all-to-hell.Even a Snow City would have been hard pressed to have the streets clear by late Monday, and that’s with alternate parking (or flat-out parking bans). You all love to gripe about the tow trucks in this town, but the only way that this could have been avoided is for the trucks to pre-emptively tow all cars off all emergency routes so that plows could have continuously circled the city and swept up four inches at a time,… Read more »
bmacqueens
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Animal – go search my name on this website and read my posts, and then try to tell me with a straight face that I’m easy on the local gov’t. Wake up, silly. Nothing was going to help Hoboken get through this snowfall unless half the cars disappeared from this city’s streets overnight, and all of those would have to be on clearly one side of the street or the other. That’s not going to happen. Even free parking in the garages as an emergency step couldn’t make that happen. You were screwed from the first snowflake, because this town is far over-built for the infrastructure that it has. Zimmer has nothing to do with it. You could bring back the felonious old man Russo and you’d still have been F’d from the first snowflake onward in time. And, successful management elsewhere? Go tell me that Union City got through this intact, and I’ll be impressed, because all I’m reading is that everywhere around us that has similar street congestion was a disaster … J.C., Queens, Brooklyn, etc. I’m not impressed if you tell me that a suburb somewhere got through this in one piece. Tell me about a city that got it right, ‘cuz even Manhattan got fooched from Sun thru Tues., and the crosswalks, even in Midtown, were still borderline impassable as of last night’s commute home.[quote comment=”201434″]bmacqueens, guess you haven’t read about the successful emergency management in other municipalities … with an attitude like that I guess… Read more »
HoneyDew
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HoneyDew

The title should be How didn’t Hoboken screw up snow removal. I don’t think we’d have any posts. lol

Bmac you working yet or just yelling at us that we suck?

bmacqueens
Member

Working for the past two years or so.[quote comment=”201427″]The title should be How didn’t Hoboken screw up snow removal. I don’t think we’d have any posts. lolBmac you working yet or just yelling at us that we suck?[/quote]

girlboken
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girlboken

Maybe if the snow plowers got kickbacks, our streets would be in better condition. Right now, they’re just getting time and a half.

steph32206
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steph32206

i dont agree at all the city cutting back on jobs from the dpw and forceing people into retirement caused this. why take from the people who dnt make that much money. the mayor is to blame for this mess, i dont see her helping people out shes to busy on her vacation, the mayor in newark was hands on helping ppl out who where stuck. they are working hard and it is not fair to point the blame on them, when an ambulance got stuck during the storm a city plow took the lady and the child with difficulty breathing to the hospital, and thanks to that effort the child was ok. they can only do with what they have 6 trucks not enough worker and no direction from thier goverment . [quote comment=”201384″]Maybe if the snow plowers got kickbacks, our streets would be in better condition. Right now, they’re just getting time and a half.[/quote]

girlboken
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girlboken

You’re right. It’s all Dawn Zimmer’s fault.[quote comment=”201391″]i dont agree at all the city cutting back on jobs from the dpw and forceing people into retirement caused this. why take from the people who dnt make that much money. the mayor is to blame for this mess, i dont see her helping people out shes to busy on her vacation, the mayor in newark was hands on helping ppl out who where stuck. they are working hard and it is not fair to point the blame on them, when an ambulance got stuck during the storm a city plow took the lady and the child with difficulty breathing to the hospital, and thanks to that effort the child was ok. they can only do with what they have 6 trucks not enough worker and no direction from thier goverment .

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

girlboken get in touch with yourself..There is doppler radar scanning a week ahead of time in regard to the weather..If our kids in the mid east are missiing their time with family during the holidays,give some tought to the responsibility to the people of hoboken
wisen up.. funny crissy da bamma and hazel all away at the same time..When you go to the poles give some thought to commen sense..wow! :mrgreen: [quote comment=”201394″]You’re right. It’s all Dawn Zimmer’s fault.

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