Hoboken Councilman Occhipinti sick of ugly graffiti

Have you ever driven into Hoboken from the south end of town? Isn’t all that graffiti just a disgrace?

4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti thinks so, too – and is seeking a way to get the problem rectified, and has called upon city officials to do something about it. Below is a letter he sent to the Mayor, her Directors and other council colleagues this week.

Not a good welcome into Hoboken

“Directors,

This graffiti is all over the walls of the underpass on Newark Street in the 4th Ward as you enter/exit Hoboken.

I’d like to think that this is one of the “gateways” into Hoboken and this is unacceptable. Graffiti not only lowers property values but this is what visitors and residents see first upon entering our city.

I am not entirely certain whose jurisdiction this falls under so I included Freeholder Romano.

Please work on a corrective action plan to address the graffiti on multiple walls and let me know your course of action to resolve this. I would like you to provide the plan to address this at next week’s council meeting.

Best,
Councilman Occhipinti”

411 Note: No one at City Hall responded to Councilman Occhipinti’s concerns – however, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano did – and said that it is the city’s responsibility (not the County), and in the past, former Mayor Dave Roberts painted over these ugly tags several times. But you can probably bet that Mayor Zimmer would rather hand out raises to her pals than beautify Hoboken…