Reporter Roundup – 9/17/2007
It’s been a while since a “Reporter Roundup” was done, so let’s take a long look at what was shaking in our local weekly.
Cover Stories: The everlasting election
This week the reporter leads with a thorough recap of the latest on the Fourth Ward race, including quotes from some of the key players. City Attorney Steve Kleinman says in the absence of a Fourth Ward councilperson there may be votes that end in a 4-4 tie. In that event the motion or resolution fails. Considering there has only been one 5-4 vote taken since July that probably won’t be an issue.
30 New Cops Hired By Thanksgiving
Hoboken crime statistics seem to rise and fall like clockwork. If we are coming up on a key election, the Mayor announces crime is “way down”. If the Mayor is looking to hire new police officers, you can bet that will be preceded by the release of crime stats that are “way up”.
Police Chief Carmen LaBruno told the paper violent crime was up 56 percent in August from the same month a year ago, with robberies up 77 percent, and aggravated assault up 42 percent (perhaps due to the close proximity of Lana Lounge to The Cage). The Chief blames the rise on fewer police to patrol the streets and an increase in population that he estimates to be “currently in the area of 50,000 residents”.
The Reporter also tells us Mayor Roberts plans to hire 30 full- and part-time police officers by November. The Mayor said the Police budget has almost doubled since he took office, but the retirement of senior officers is expected to partially offset the hiring of new recruits.
Was anyone else bothered by the fact that these “Class 2” officers wouldn’t have health benefits?
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Page 3: Homeless Shelter celebrates 25 years
In this feature story we learn the shelter on Bloomfield currently houses 34 men and 16 women, and provides meals and weekly showers to many more. One of the reasons why the Hoboken shelter is so busy is because of the lack of services elsewhere in the county. A companion story on page 10 takes a look at the overall homeless problem in Hudson County, and one group’s ten-year plan to address the issue.
Page 4: SWAT-shots, New Park, BOE
The feature photo shows members of the Hoboken PD SWAT team with their weapons in front of the PATH station on 9/11, sending shivers down the spines of commuters. The briefs note Mayor Roberts plans to cut a ribbon at the new Maxwell Place Waterfront Park that Hoboken411 told you first opened last week. If you need to get your “picture of the Mayor cutting a ribbon” fix, just go to page 19.
Page 5: Hoboken Remembers 9-11
Sadly, ink is wasted on noting which politicians were at the 9/11 ceremony, with no specific mention of any of the 57 Hoboken residents who died that day. The paper may have taken the lead from the Mayor, who seemed to be most concerned with making sure he publicly announced every single elected official in the audience.
Page 6: Between The Lines
Here the political column touches on Zimmer vs. Campos, and checks in on other political gossip making its way through Hudson County. Some may be surprised to read that Mayor Roberts of the HCDO reportedly attended a rooftop barbeque fundraiser for Union City Mayor Brian Stack of the DFHC. Read this morning’s overview of the recently published political columns.
Page 7: Police Beat
Here we read about a guy who trapped another guy who broke into his truck. Next is the intriguing headline “Girl-on-girl assault” following an after-hours conflict that started in a club. The most troubling report was about a group of four men randomly attacking people on Bloomfield early just after midnight Sept. 2nd.
Page 9: Pedestrian Bridge to Newport
This is where the Reporter tells us about the NJ Transit plan to extend the waterfront walkway from Hoboken across the Long Slip Canal into Jersey City.
Page 12: OEM Pamphlet Photo Op
You may have gotten one of those emergency pamphlets from the city in the mail. They seem to be pretty useless, beyond maybe coming in handy under the leg of an uneven table. People were particularly annoyed at how the Mayor’s picture was placed on the “emergency card” that is supposed to go in your wallet.
Page 57: Letters to the Editor
- The lead letter comes from Dawn Zimmer, explaining her reasoning for resigning her seat and agreeing to a third election.
- Peter Braverman identifies himself as the 4th ward father who handled a ballot for his breast-feeding wife.
- 6th ward councilman Nino Giacchi urges people to attend the Zoning Board meeting this Thursday on the proposed 9-story tower proposal on the Church of the Holy Innocents site.
- The Executive Board of the Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition announced it plans to unveil a visionary plan for six acres of open space and infrastructure improvements called “SW6” later this week.
- Perry Belfiore writes a letter opposing the open space tax that includes his own special brand of logic. If you feel like you have to read it two or three times to “get it”, don’t worry, you are not alone.
- A letter signed by “LM” suggests people who want more open space in Hoboken should “move to the suburbs.” Gosh, that’s very “Al Arezzo” of you LM.
- An anonymous writer complains of a company is thwarting the two-hour limit on Washington Street parking by continuously filling the meter in front of their storefront to allow a “rolling billboard” car to park there all day long advertising their product.
- The last letter was signed by Jerry Lewis (yes, that Jerry Lewis) thanking Hudson County residents for supporting the muscular dystrophy telethon.