More about the Hoboken runaround

3/28/2007 Update:

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.

Traci Kuther

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111 Comments on "More about the Hoboken runaround"

9 years 2 months ago

It looks like someone is finally doing their job.

There is plastic all over the front of Dr. Zaklama’s building and workmen are busy.

P.S. – Does anyone know if the good Dr.’s license was renewed earlier this summer?

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9 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”19239″][quote comment=”19236″]Dr. Zaklama seems like a decent guy. Big deal there is a little water damage in one of his buildings. I am sure he has a management company handle the maintenance of his many properties, they should contact them.
This broad looks like one of those annoying neighbors that would complain to the town if the grass on the lawn next door got too long![/quote]

More fun…NOT! Cracker is right, what a decent guy Zakalema is. His building in Guttenberg deemed “A Total Horror Show” The tenants got relocated & the building got pad locked. He had warrants for his arrest for similar charges in seven different communities. Still think he’s a decent guy Cracker?

9 years 6 months ago

I can’t believe these asses said that fires that went up at 4:00 AM were started by “mischievous kids”!!!

God forgive me, but these people know exactly who did this and they did nothing about it!

9 years 6 months ago

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I think there was a documentary on Hoboken and all the people getting burnt out of their apartments in the 80’s.

Delivered Vacent. Nora Jacobs made the documentary.

Here is another article about the fires…

One of the memories I have growing up in Hoboken is hearing about a fire and riding my bike to the site to watch and then sometimes counting the body bags comming out. Pretty f**ked up.

9 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”19264″]411, I second Tama’s comments. The problem with the juvenile banter from some posters, including Cracker, ends a lot of really good discussions on these boards. Because you only have a short list of “Recent Comments” and “Recent Entries” on your home page, these annoying regular posters (who honestly seem to do nothing else but hang on take up all that precious space. We can get a good discussion going about something, then they start posting, and then the topic disappears from your home page. I’d say that 4 or 5 really useful discussions have fallen by the wayside over the last month because of these guys. Maybe there should be some sort of policing on staying on topic?[/quote]

Who else besides Cracker posts nonsense on a regular basis? Just curious.