Letter: Hoboken ticketing & towing stinks!

The Hoboken Hidden Tax: complicated and inaccurate ticketing!

We’ve talked about parking headaches ad nauseum here on Hoboken411 for the past 5+ years, so this topic is nothing ground-breaking. It does however, show that the city governments like in Hoboken (and likely across the country) continually strive to keep the money they (often improperly) take from law-abiding residents.

In this case, resident Nicholas gripes to city hall about the runaround he is going through regarding a parking summons he got earlier this summer…

Resident invests over 6 hours of time!

“Dear Mayor Zimmer,

My name is Nicholas Walker and I am a lifelong Hoboken resident. I apologize for having to write to you today to bring such a seemingly petty issue to your attention, however at this point I do not know what else to do. Additionally, I feel it is important that you as the Mayor are aware of the injustices that are committed against the citizens of your town and the inability for the town’s representatives to resolve these injustices without Executive intervention.

On June 16th, 2011 I received a parking ticket for parking in a school zone, despite the official municipal signage clearly stating that the spot was not a school zone. Upon commencement of the school day, my car was ticketed and towed, resulting in an $80 car release fee, $30 parking ticket, and 2 hours of lost work wages. The Police Officer involved took nearly a month to submit the ticket which resulted in a postponed court date. When I finally received a court date and appeared, I was asked to return to the court on a later date because the officer needed to be subpoenaed to make a statement. On my second visit to the Municipal Court the police officer made his statement, a trial was held, and I was found not guilty. The cost of the ticket was waived and I was given a form by the Judge and instructed to submit it to the Hoboken Parking Utility for reimbursement of the aforementioned tow release fee.

The form was submitted to the Parking Utility on August 11th, 2011 and after not hearing anything regarding the pending reimbursement, I called the Parking Utility office on September 16th, 2011. They informed me that Mr. Anthony Ricciardi would be able to help me, but was unavailable. I provided my contact information and shortly thereafter received a voicemail from Mr. Ricciardi in which he explained that because the ticket was issued by a police officer, the Parking Utility could not issue a reimbursement. He then proceeded to say that I could contact the Hoboken Police Department directly, but they were “100% not going to do anything”.

At this point I have invested over 6 hours of my time attempting to correct the wrong that occurred when I was ticketed and towed, have been out the $80 release fee for 3 months, and feel as if there is no other option but to contact you directly for your assistance in resolving this ridiculous issue. Although $80 may seem inconsequential to the city, I am a young professional at the start of my career and
$80 is significant to me. I find it puzzling that I am being forced to jump through hoops simply to be reimbursed money a Municipal Judge determined was owed to me. I am a loyal tax-paying resident and I feel that what I have been subjected to is unacceptable to the point that Mayoral intervention has now become necessary.

Perhaps most interestingly, although this entire debacle stems from a sign that incorrectly states that parking in an apparent school zone is legal; the sign remains unchanged to this day. I can only wonder how many other hardworking, tax paying, loyal Hoboken residents have been unjustly towed for parking in this very spot since my trial.”

Nick added that even as far back as 2001 – it took government intervention at a city council meeting to reimburse residents for the improper fines.

Do you think parking regulations are overly complex? Did you know the HPU brings in millions of dollars of hidden tax revenue to the city?

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11 Comments on "Letter: Hoboken ticketing & towing stinks!"


Member
heelfan211
3 years 11 months ago

Nick I am sorry you had to find out the hard way that this City Council and City Government is corrupt. Its a shame that such a great city is run by idiots.

How do we let a Parking Director who gets in fist fights with employees still work here?

We as RESIDENTS of this CITY should have more say in how Parking fines/tows/boots are given out here. It should not just be about how the city steals money from its residents. Local Government should be about helping and supporting its Residents not STEALING from them.

Member
briank
3 years 11 months ago

As the article and everyone who has lived in this town for more than a few years knows, these shenanigans have been going on for literally decades. It is the constant drumbeat of articles and comments like this that is starting to make this site lose objective credibility. Is Zimmer a failure? Of course. Should we push the elections to coincide with the national elections even if it means 6 more months of Zimmer? Yep- unless you are invested in the horrible incestuous status quo of city government/work force. Is Sacs a failure? You bet. But two of the last 3 mayors were convicted, as well as an HPU director for stealing a couple hundred thousand bucks. But its all Zimmer’s fault right? Let’s get realistic. [quote comment=”211259″]Nick I am sorry you had to find out the hard way that this City Council and City Government is corrupt. Its a shame that such a great city is run by idiots.How do we let a Parking Director who gets in fist fights with employees still work here?We as RESIDENTS of this CITY should have more say in how Parking fines/tows/boots are given out here. It should not just be about how the city steals money from its residents. Local Government should be about helping and supporting its Residents not STEALING from them.[/quote]

Member
wiskeytango1
3 years 11 months ago

The leader is responsable for all the doo doo’s’ in her kennel. When you incorperate dip sticks from never land ,this is the type of gov’t you recieve..One does not have to be corrupt to be inept….Never before has there been so much ado over the parking problems since Sac a rou aka degree in road engineering screwed up the parking situation 😛 [quote comment=”211280″]As the article and everyone who has lived in this town for more than a few years knows, these shenanigans have been going on for literally decades. It is the constant drumbeat of articles and comments like this that is starting to make this site lose objective credibility. Is Zimmer a failure? Of course. Should we push the elections to coincide with the national elections even if it means 6 more months of Zimmer? Yep- unless you are invested in the horrible incestuous status quo of city government/work force. Is Sacs a failure? You bet. But two of the last 3 mayors were convicted, as well as an HPU director for stealing a couple hundred thousand bucks. But its all Zimmer’s fault right? Let’s get realistic.[/quote]

Member
heelfan211
3 years 11 months ago

Maybe we need to “Occupy Hoboken”? Maybe the Mayor and the council will listen to everyone when thousands of people are sitting in the middle of Washington St.

Member
jonsie
3 years 11 months ago

Nicholas says he’s a taxpayer, but chooses to write Dawn Zimmer about a $100 parking inconvenience?

Moron.

Member
sasha
3 years 11 months ago

I think Nicholas is 100% right: it’s a matter of principle, whether it was 80.00 or 800.00.The judge found him not guilty: therefore he should not be given the runaround
by pure apathy and incompetence, which is the norm in this city.
[quote comment=”211262″]Nicholas says he’s a taxpayer, but chooses to write Dawn Zimmer about a $100 parking inconvenience?Moron.[/quote]

Member
MyTwoCents
3 years 11 months ago

Oh Jonsie…your comment is ridiculous on every level. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I would guess you are either a parking utility employee or perhaps just a measly internet troll. Whatever the case may be, I find your comment to be ridiculous to the point of humor. What makes you think Nicholas isn’t a taxpayer? Why does exposing a systematic failure of the towing reimbursement system in Hoboken make him a moron? Where did you get the $100 figure from? If you read the letter he wrote (it is clear that you did not) before making such an unfounded comment you would see that he apologized for even having to seek executive resolution from the Mayor, but being that no system is in place for reimbursement he was forced to either bring it to the highest power or allow the city to essentially rob him and others. I can only hope that your comment is derived from your lack of understanding of the situation, and not because you actually feel that someone who doesn’t stand down when the city is trying to pull one over on them is a moron. I for one hope the city remedies this issue expeditiously and look forward to hearing what the eventual resolution will be.[quote comment=”211262″]Nicholas says he’s a taxpayer, but chooses to write Dawn Zimmer about a $100 parking inconvenience?Moron.[/quote]

Member
Boss_50
3 years 11 months ago

Make no mistake, city incompetence and inefficiencies have cost its citizens collectively far, far more than Mr. Walker’s $100. This is a problem for which we all pay. Quality of life is measured in many ways; dollars, time and aggravation. Walker should be applauded for his perseverance on all our accounts.

If more people did this, even if it seems an illogical task, the problem would be addressed. They fact that we haven’t allows government to abuse its citizens. This is not just a parking issue, but a self-serving government that cares little to develop a system that is fair and effective for its citizens.

Member
hoboken19867
3 years 11 months ago

Since you were found not guilty by the court you should have received a refund in a reasonable amount of time which this clearly is not.

I am curious though as to why you were found not guilty. The sign clearly states that there is no parking from 8AM – 3PM on school days. The other signs apply to non-school days or for times outside of those hours. School is not in session all year long so there are times, ie holidays, summer, etc, where you can be parked there on a Friday from 1-2 if it were not for the street sweeping regulation. The 4hr parking would apply to all weekdays outside of 8-3 and on Saturdays.

When I see multiple signs that appear to conflict each other, I follow the most restrictive signs first and go up from there.

Again, with that being said, I hope you get your refund soon as you were found not guilty by the court system. If the city keeps dragging its feat its clearly not respecting the courts rulings which goes against the separation of powers in the government.