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.”