More about the Hoboken runaround
To quote Jarrett Renshaw’s article from today:
I am proud to announce that Hoboken resident Traci Kuther is finally getting some much needed attention from city officials. It’s just sad that it took a newspaper column to shame well-paid public officials to spring into action.
My column last week chronicling Kuther’s troubles with neighboring Garden Street landlord and property owner Esmat Zaklama – and the city’s apparent lack of support – sparked a nearly hourlong debate at last week’s City Council meeting.
The day after the City Council meeting, fire inspectors visited her neighbor’s home and prepared a report. Today, a city health inspector is expected to visit the home.
Meanwhile, Mayor David Roberts held a meeting Monday with all department heads to “get to the bottom of the story.” This wasn’t the first meeting where Roberts demanded action, but perhaps this time he means business.
City attorney Joe Sherman, who was one of the players in this saga, was asked to resign at the meeting. Sherman refused, but he was a no-show at work yesterday.
A lot of people mentioning Jarrett Rensahw’s article the other day about Zaklama and the crappy conditions for his tenants.
Here’s a letter and a photo from Traci Kuther:
There is an article today in the Jersey Journal written by Jarrett Renshaw. It is under his column and describes what happens when a Constituent of Hoboken looks to City Hall for help. I am that Constituent.
My husband and I have been battling this for over a year. Your site really seems to make people take notice. My hope is that if others read what my family and the tenants next door have been put thru, more people will come forward and have the courage to demand accountability of the Hoboken City Officials to do their jobs in a timely manner and answer the calls for help from their Constituents.
Enclosed is a photo of my 3rd floor wall. This blister like explosion covers approx. 10 ft * 5ft. of the upstairs wall leading to my children’s bedrooms.
Similar damage continues under my staircase. It smells, there appears to be mold, and it constantly flakes onto the floor preventing my dogs from going upstairs (because they lick their paws and preventing my 18 month old son from learning to climb stairs since he is at the age where everything goes in his mouth.
Yet Frank Sasso Chief Health Inspector says there is nothing wrong!
Thank you for your attention.