Temporary sign nightmares in Hoboken

Signs or no signs, Hoboken will take money from residents

One Hoboken411 reader who lives in the heart of town, had the unfortunate incident of getting ticketed (and almost towed) despite NO visible signage on the street. See their story below:

“I live on Garden between 8th and 9th and there has been construction going on for a few months. I am used to looking for no parking signs and very aware of all parking rules.

I woke up today when I heard some noise outside my residence and saw the tow truck people trying to tow my car. I could hardly get my bathrobe on before leaving and made it just in time. There was a police officer there and I asked him, “How can they tow my car and give me a ticket when there is no sign up?” He said that he didn’t do it… the parking authority did. He was a witness along with about 5 other people that there were no signs up. Not only did I suffer a parking ticket, but I was embarrassed in front of my neighbors and had to move my car and walk down the street in bare feet and my bathrobe. I will never get over this embarrassment.”

“I called the parking authority about 20 minutes later to make a complaint. They told me they put the signs up a week ahead and it doesn’t matter if they aren’t up. I asked well what happens if someone was on vacation and comes home and parks safely because there is no sign up. They aren’t aware….. they haven’t been around. She just kept telling me they didn’t do anything wrong. She said they gave me a courtesy call… that is laughable…. a courtesy call… so courteous to ticket and tow my car when there is no sign. She told me the parking authority said there were signs up…… and even gave the ticket numbers. I guess to work at the parking authority, you must be able to lie. I told her I have a police officer who witnessed that there wasn’t a sign up and she kept telling me that he has nothing to do with this matter. Oh, okay…. a police officer isn’t credible enough for a witness. I even have his name. She told me that I could have parked in a free garage for 14 days. I said why would I park in a garage when there was a spot in front of my home that was available with no restriction.

I am afraid to park anywhere in Hoboken now because there could be an invisible sign!

I gave a recommendation to her and will to Ian Sacs also. The parking authority spends so much time and manpower abusing the citizens of this town. They love ticketing, booting, and towing. How about spending a little time to make sure the signs are up? A little time to protect and help the citizens of Hoboken who pay taxes .i.e., the parking authorities paycheck!!!! Isn’t it the government’s job to help the citizens and not just harm them????”

411 Note: The resident had several additional email exchanges with Ian Sacs, and despite the signs NOT being posted or visible, the stuttering parking director offered condescending responses: “It is unfortunate you insist that it is somehow our fault. I’m not sure I follow that logic, but it is certainly your right. That is too bad. you have the right to contest this ticket in court. ~ian”

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8 Comments on "Temporary sign nightmares in Hoboken"

HearditallB4
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HearditallB4

Director Sacs strikes again, amazing! SMH

Kimmysays
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Kimmysays

I live on this block as well. Clearly the temp sign policy is ridiculous. There’s also apparently no restriction on how many permits can be issued for one block. Between the daily school parking regulations, green corner car zone, and now endless permits for THREE different construction projects there are barely any available spots for residents. Besides the inconvenience of the noise, and some obnoxious & leering workers- I’ve resigned myself to the fact that our block has become a daily employee parking lot for construction companies (now even on Saturdays.) I feel for my neighbor and would be infuriated by Sacs’ and the Parking Authority’s response.

drdrool
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drdrool

“The prosecutor/judge waived the ticket fee if you plead guilty and waived your right to tow/boot reimbursement.” Soooo, you don’t have to pay the $38 dollar ticket but the $150 to the towing company is lost. You got Zimmered.

To add to the parking confusion, the construction on park between 3 and 4 just keeps putting up no parking signs but doesn’t take the old ones down. There are so many old signs you can’t tell when new ones go up.

Has anyone else tried to use the text message number city hall provides on their website? They claim that if you text the address to the number it will text you back if there is any parking restrictions at that address. It doesn’t work. Neither does the map on City Hall’s website that is supposed to tell where no temp no parking signs are.

Don’t blame me. I voted for Artie.

BklynHobo
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If Artie was still on heroin he would do a better job than these clowns running this town right now…[quote comment=”213284″]“The prosecutor/judge waived the ticket fee if you plead guilty and waived your right to tow/boot reimbursement.” Soooo, you don’t have to pay the $38 dollar ticket but the $150 to the towing company is lost. You got Zimmered.To add to the parking confusion, the construction on park between 3 and 4 just keeps putting up no parking signs but doesn’t take the old ones down. There are so many old signs you can’t tell when new ones go up.Has anyone else tried to use the text message number city hall provides on their website? They claim that if you text the address to the number it will text you back if there is any parking restrictions at that address. It doesn’t work. Neither does the map on City Hall’s website that is supposed to tell where no temp no parking signs are.Don’t blame me. I voted for Artie.[/quote]

Stpaddygirl
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I got a courtesy call the day of the Hoboken St. Patricks Day Parade no sign on Vezzetti Way the day before when I parked there and no sign when I went to the car but basically they said I was going to be towed. Of course at 11 am the day of the parade there was no way in hell to find a parking spot. After dodging countless drunk out of town idiots I was able to get one of the last spots in the Sky Club garage. This debacle cost me $99 to keep the car there overnight….hate HPU

prag
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This is by no means anything new. It’s been going on since the late 80’s when I moved here. Both times my car was towed the signs were put up after I had parked. When I complained I was told that the city has a “No parking over 24 hours” ordinance and therefore the signs need only be posted 24 hours in advance. Not much use if you leave your car in the same spot for a few days and don’t check on it. I was never able to find this ordinance on the books but never looked very hard. Either way that’s the excuse I was given.

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