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

new-police-recruits-hoboken.jpgHoboken 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?

READ THE REST OF THE ROUNDUP AFTER THE JUMP:

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.

ground-zero-hoboken-small.jpgPage 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.

hoboken-personal-emergency-card-oem.jpgPage 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.

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25 Comments on "Reporter Roundup – 9/17/2007"


Westful
Member
9 years 4 days ago
[quote comment=”44080″]Westful, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to write a very thoughtful post, but I have to respectfully disagree with your thesis. This is not a BNR vs. Newcomer issue. [/quote] Ok, giving me too much credit already. I didn’t quite propose a thesis. But the one you assigned to me, presumably on my behalf, was wrong. The closest I come to a thesis would be to say that the regressive element in town is overwhelmingly BnR. In a city of 40+k people, no group is unanimous in its support of anything. But the council majority and larger political machine(ry) depend utterly on 2 factors: – Preying upon the fears, mind-set, sense of identification – whatever it is – of the BnR to secure a majority of their votes. – Consistently poor voter participation by new-comers who, if forced by law to vote, would likely turn the entire city over to reformers or charlatans who sounded like reformers. It is a terrifying thought for the Usual Suspects, and why we can expect them to try everything imaginable over the next 6 weeks in the 4th Ward. [quote comment=”44080″]Perhaps like many newcomers you just don’t have many BNR friends and aquaintances. [/quote] Snarky, irrelevant, and incorrect. I have 2 teenaged children who were born at St Mary’s. That’s 7 years of little league and fall ball, with a smattering of soccer and some less than spectacular coaching thrown in. My kids attended HCS and HCA, and I’ve… Read more »
Red Haven
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Red Haven
9 years 8 days ago
Westful, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to write a very thoughtful post, but I have to respectfully disagree with your thesis. This is not a BNR vs. Newcomer issue. Perhaps like many newcomers you just don’t have many BNR friends and aquaintances. Beth Mason was supported by many BNR’s in the second ward. So was Dawn Zimmer in the fourth, where former councilman Andrew Amato introduced her to BNR seniors in the ward. [quote comment=”44066″] – Has there ever been a BnR reformer who ran for the CC? [/quote] Of course there have been BNR “reformers”. Tom Vezzetti was elected 2nd ward councilman and later became Mayor. He was joined in his efforts by other BNR’s elected to the council, including Helen Cunning and Joe Della Fave. You need to see “Delivered Vacant”. [quote comment=”44066″] – Can you remember ever hearing a BnR citizen speak out at a CC meeting in favor of open space? Or writing to the Reporter on the subject. [/quote] Though he can confuse the hell out of you in the process, Perry Belfiore has clearly done both in relation to the Henkel/Cognos site. [quote comment=”44066″] – Are any of the regular contributors on Hoboken411 who are concerned about the patronage mill and general cynicism of Hoboken politics born and raised? [/quote] Sure. though he hasn’t been around much lately wgenese is a BNR who made his feelings very clear about the situation. [quote comment=”44066″] – How many non-BnR have been elected… Read more »
Westful
Member
9 years 8 days ago
[quote comment=”43982″] It seems that your frustration and remarks were primarily directed at the council and not B&R residents and frustration at the council is MORE than understandable. Different “groups” will disagree. [/quote] In my project management day-job, one of the temptations I observe most often is the desire to fix the problem one wished one had. The US has become notorious for this, going around the world assuming US-style democracy is only a quickie coup d’etat away from springing up. The problem one wished one had is invariably more attractive and manageable than the problem one actually has. Look at that – Zu-Zu’s petals were in my pocket all along, and the townsfolk are here to pay off the debt on the Bailey Building and Loan. In Hoboken, this is manifest as the natural human longing to believe that large numbers of BnR hope for the same outcomes as ‘new-comers’. We just need to ‘reach’ them. (BTW, I’ve been a new-comer for over 11 years. My kids were born at St Mary’s, creating the interesting new category of existence “BnR outsiders”…) Some questions to consider: – Has there ever been a BnR reformer who ran for the CC? (Note: Joe Grassi, a real straight shooter, ran for freeholder.) – Can you remember ever hearing a BnR citizen speak out at a CC meeting in favor of open space? Or writing to the Reporter on the subject. (Note: Labruno’s bs populism doesn’t count. ‘As a coach, I’m all for open… Read more »
Westful
Member
9 years 8 days ago

[quote comment=”43971″]i certainly looks like the “long time” residents have been effective in stopping the growth of high rises, the WALL of buildings on the waterfront and the preservation of our parks. [/quote] That is a valid distinction. “Long term” residents have done well for this city. B&Rs….?

Indiecom@aol.com
Member
9 years 8 days ago
in comment #18 Westful said: The council essentially represents BnR Hoboken, manipulates and marginalizes the non-BnR. So far, they do not fear reformers. Respect is not an option. But fear is. If Dawn drops Campos again, a small light will go on.[/quote] Points taken, Westful, but I’m not sure if the council represents, in broad terms, B&Rs – often appears to have more to do with holding power….i.e. representing developers who can provide large campaign contributions…. Don’t know if they “fear” so-called reformers, but 3 (including Dawn) of 6 council seats went to newer residents….sure looks like the beginning of a power shift. It seems that your frustration and remarks were primarily directed at the council and not B&R residents and frustration at the council is MORE than understandable. Different “groups” will disagree. Speaking as an old timer….who was a ‘new comer’ for, at least, the first 20 years I lived in Hoboken, I think I have a small understanding of the mistrust on both sides. Everyone can be uncomfortable with change. The community attracts a different ‘type’ of resident and the previous residents wonder what’s going on. I never understood, certainly after 10+ years of residency, why many who were B&R called me a new comer as if I was some sort of interloper, but some of it must have had to do with how my ‘view’ of the city was different. For example, I believed that high rise development was destroying the town….maybe some B&Rs saw areas of… Read more »
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