St. Patty’s offenders perform community service

3/30/2011:

Jackson St. lot cleaned, “Zero Tolerance” violators take part in work

Hoboken Councilman Tim Occhipinti updates the community about what’s taking place in the 4th Ward.

“An empty lot on the corner of Jackson and First streets in the 4th ward was cleared of debris and overgrown trees this week, with some of the work performed by offenders of the city’s Zero Tolerance policy.

“It was a good day for the 4th ward today,” said Councilman Tim Occhipinti, who had worked for months to get the lot cleared. “Residents had been pressing for this eyesore to get cleaned up and finally, we were able to get it done. Environmental Services Director Jen Maier and her crews did a great job clearing the final trees today.”

Last week, the debris was cleared from the lot with the work performed by violators of the city’s Zero Tolerance policy. Occhipinti said it was a fitting punishment for some of the individuals who disrespected the city on the day of the St. Patrick’s Parade.

“It’s poetic justice if you ask me. Anyone who makes a mess of our town should have to clean it up themselves,” said the councilman. “In the end, we got something good from their bad behavior.”
Occhipinti said he has been focusing on quality of life concerns, including traffic safety, flooding and street paving/potholes in his five months on the council. “Our ward has been underserved by City Hall for a long time, and residents want someone to address these seemingly small, but important issues,” he said. “That’s what makes today so gratifying. We pushed for something to get done, and it got done. One victory for the 4th ward.”

Occhipinti said residents can call his constituent services line to report any problem conditions in the ward. The number is 201.420.1445.

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5 Comments on "St. Patty’s offenders perform community service"

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

Nice, but sadly the lot will be the overgrown mosquito breeding center again in a few weeks. I wish they could track the owner down and drag him in on some charge.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

HomeTeam excellent point about the property owner. Sounds like the City only enables the owner. Furthermore it hHardly sounds like a penalty that gets at the root cause. I don’t thnk shaming addresses root cause either.

As a kid we had a neighbor that forced his son to consume more alcohol in an aversion training exercise. That’s not the answer either …how about taking them to a blighted neighbor where the properties have been abandoned for clean up? Sounds more socially redeeming.[quote comment=”205185″]Nice, but sadly the lot will be the overgrown mosquito breeding center again in a few weeks. I wish they could track the owner down and drag him in on some charge.[/quote]

john14
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john14

Ha! Serves those suckers good. But cleaning up isn’t embarrassing enough.

bryan999
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bryan999

That’s right, they also should wear bright orange signs on their backs that say:

“I trashed Hoboken on Fake St. Patrick’s Day and I suck.”[quote comment=”205173”]Ha! Serves those suckers good. But cleaning up isn’t embarrassing enough.[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Love it! I was watching 1st ward councilwoman Castellano being interviewed on one of those public access channels. They were discussing Hoboken St.Patrick’s Day Parade Day. Terry said she wants the out of town offenders names and their offense published in their hometown newspapers as well as our newspapers. I loved that idea as well. [quote comment=”205174″]That’s right, they also should wear bright orange signs on their backs that say:“I trashed Hoboken on Fake St. Patrick’s Day and I suck.”[/quote]

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