HPU steals from public service

PSE&G robbed by Hoboken Parking Utility

Hoboken411 reader Tyler wants to share this story about the good work that PSE&G did this week, and how the Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) just feeds city hall coffers. He said that the workers who were subjected to this parking hell hole “never experienced anything like this before in the state of New Jersey.”

Hoboken Parking Utility “does it again…”

“I am a frequent reader of the site and even though I don’t own a car I always find the parking issue problems that people face astonishing.

Well this week I saw an incident that may take the cake. As many may know, PSE&G has been doing a large amount of work on 1st street replacing the gas lines that were damaged during Hurricane Irene. Around 5:30pm, the workers were just finishing up.

The PSE&G workers were kind enough to come into our apartment and relight all of our pilot lights (something they didn’t have to do). When they went back outside an HPU officer was there ticketing both of their clearly marked PSE&G trucks. One was ticketed for being on the sidewalk, even though it had been parked there for nine hours so that the large construction vehicles could get around it and even though they even had police on site most the afternoon. The other was ticketed for not feeding the meter. The PSE&G workers kindly asked for a supervisor to come down as they were clearly confused and baffled as to why they were being ticketed. Once the supervisor arrived, he advised the PSE&G workers that if indeed the no parking signs for the job, that were hanging, were issued for them he would take back the tickets.

Well, the job was clearly marked for them and the supervisor said he would take back the tickets. At this point I thought the issue would be resolved and was glad that it ended the right way. Then, the supervisor realized that the job was only listed on the no parking signs until 4pm. This made him decide that he could not take the tickets away. As he told the PSE&G employees this they became understandably upset and raised their voice in argument with the supervisor. This lead the supervisor to call the police stating that he was feeling threatened. By the time the police showed up everyone had calmed down and I was impressed in how the police handled the situation. At the end of the day, the PSE&G employees were still given their tickets.

I find it baffling how the city can penalize people for working hard and providing a service to this city. I was more than grateful for these PSE&G employees to stay on site for extra time and knock on every apartments door to relight all our pilot lights. Yet our city continues to use a complete lack of common sense and driving people away from working and providing services to this town.

All I can say is that if I was a PSE&G employee, I would never go out of my way for anyone in this town again. The risks clearly outweigh the rewards.”

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11 Comments on "HPU steals from public service"

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

I have seen them ticket both off duty cops working on a officially city closed street for an emergency (electrical/gas) and the PSE&G trucks working on the problems for parking “illegally” and not having parking permits.

escaped68
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I was a off duty cop working a construction project detail and one of these simps gave me a summons he would have to move to tibet because I would make his very existence painful. When a worker for a large utility gets a ticket i’m pretty sure he must pay out of his pocket as i have personally learned. But here is something to think about what happens when there is a emergency gas leak and the responding party has to look for legal parking or when there is a fire and the elecrical troubleshooter for PSE&G can’t park so he can disconnect the feed to the burning bldg. They might seem far off base but are they really??[quote comment=”215602″]I have seen them ticket both off duty cops working on a officially city closed street for an emergency (electrical/gas) and the PSE&G trucks working on the problems for parking “illegally” and not having parking permits.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

excellent point. I know the HPU and when the second World Trade Center Tower fell I excused myself from those neighbors congregating to move my car. Doesn’t matter if the world is ending, they will try any dishonest and low class maneuver to rase funds.

I don’t shop near uni-meters because I have no doubt that between my walking to get the ticket for the dash they will have placed one of their own on my car. Why wouldn’t they? They have ticketed my guest in even less time, the time it takes them to walk from their car in front to the door.
[quote comment=”215604″]I was a off duty cop working a construction project detail and one of these simps gave me a summons he would have to move to tibet because I would make his very existence painful. When a worker for a large utility gets a ticket i’m pretty sure he must pay out of his pocket as i have personally learned. But here is something to think about what happens when there is a emergency gas leak and the responding party has to look for legal parking or when there is a fire and the elecrical troubleshooter for PSE&G can’t park so he can disconnect the feed to the burning bldg. They might seem far off base but are they really??[/quote]

HoBoSearch
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HoBoSearch

Parked on the sidewalk and got a ticket…. No Way?!?!?!
The meter one is quite ridiculous but it is Hoboken.
My cable guy and even some delivery services all know how this town is, while it is customary to extend the courtesy of not ticketing these vehicles; it is not mandated not to issue tickets.
I get pissed when i get a ticket, then I suck it up and pay it. Not worth the time or effort to fight it. And I definately won’t loose any sleep if PSE&G has to pay a few tickets.

tberman
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tberman

These HPU stories are becoming worse by the day. PSE&G has always been very helpful and reliable to the city of Hoboken, at least in my experience, and we ticket them as a way to show our appreciation. Lovely. I’m sure PSE&G would be grateful to know they have an ally in Tyler at least. Tyler sounds like a smart guy, he knows to keep a car off the streets of Hoboken.

Alpuj
Member

Seems like this story should instead be called “PSEG Stealing Parking and Revenue from Hoboken”. They are taking up spaces without paying for them. Just like any other contractor or resident, they should have to pay for the spot or find somewhere else to park. They were granted a no parking zone for a specific amount of time. After that they should be held to the same standard as everyone else.

hobokenj
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hobokenj

So the PSE&G guys were clearly in violation of the parking rules and were summons for it and this is wrong?? People constantly complain about special treatment and entitlements but then when the HPU does not show any, they are wrong too. Do not get me wrong not a fan of HPU but if PSE&G did not pay for the proper time on the signs and are parking on the sidewalk they deserve a ticket. That’s why we have the signs, so work can be done and you can park without a ticket.

People hate entitlements and special treatment, unless it is for someone they believe deserves it. Granted these guys did a nice thing, but does that warrant free pass? How was the orginal ticket write to know he was in your home doing a good deed?

I think the HPU meter maids should do just what they are doing. Write tickets when the rules are broken, no exceptions. They should not be playing judge and jury and deciding which case merits a break and which does not.

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