Did the media spotlight hurt Hoboken?

Letter: Zimmer focused too much on media time

One Hoboken resident felt compelled to share their thoughts about how our city turned Hurricane Sandy more into a media debacle over truly helping residents:

Using Hurricane Sandy just for publicity?

“What struck me over this entire episode with Hurricane Sandy is how our Mayor Dawn Zimmer plastered her face from coast to coast over national TV telling the entire world that we are a flooding City.

You did not see another Mayor in the surrounding cities broadcasting how devastated their city was. Good way for a media hog to get publicity, but a bad way to represent a City.”

A savvy Mayor quietly does his job, in helping their residents. Dawn takes photo opportunities on rescue trucks, I would like to know how many people were not saved as she monopolized the truck for her photo op?

She single-handedly devastated the financial backbone of this City, never mind what Sandy did. How many real estate deals, businesses, people moving into the City have been canceled out. Now that our Mayor has gone global with the information out of her selfish egotistical behavior, we will feel the loss from her antics for many years to come.

In her defense it was said she did this as a way to get the help we needed.

However, other cities got the same help, all it took was a phone call, no media time.

A true leader should think about “how are my actions going to effect my City,” weigh the possible ramifications positive and negative before acting ?

Unfortunately, as you know what we have here is someone who is so blinded by self promotion with no regard to the result of her actions and claims no responsibility.

The true heroes are our residents.”

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10 Comments on "Did the media spotlight hurt Hoboken?"


debra
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debra
3 years 6 months ago

One other thing just came to mind. Many of the problems in Hoboken are due to people from the surrounding areas coming here, both teenagers and adults who frequent our bars. I see it all the time groups coming from the Congress Street elevator.

debra
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debra
3 years 6 months ago
I am so tired of the Hoboken Housing Authority getting a bad rap. Grant you, there are problems, drug dealers, trouble makers, etc., but not every family in that area is bad. There are many hard working families living down there and pay their taxes as everyone else does. They also support those who sit home and collect welfare like everyone else does. I’m proud to say prior to moving to 9th Street, I lived in the buildings that were once called “the four tops” because they are four buildings that go to 10 stories. My husband and I raised… Read more »
debra
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debra
3 years 6 months ago
I have to agree not one other mayor was broadcasting every day in order to get help for their city, but our dear mayor wanted the publicity for herself and herself alone. I live in the 3rd ward and not one political figure came around to see if their constituents were okay and/or if we needed anything. I’m a 60 year old woman and once I was able to get out of my building, I walked the city gathering information, charging my phone (thank you to the 11th Street residents), asking for supplies and suggesting maybe they should use the… Read more »
cptpappy
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cptpappy
3 years 6 months ago
Debra, couldn’t agree more, you hit it on the head…..I never saw any representative come back by my area (9th st. Lite Rail, ShopRite Jackson St.)……Russo what a disgrace! All of them it seems except that Occhipinti gave out info…..Once the cameras and mikes went away the rats all ran back into City Hall……Obama and Christie and in NY Bloomberg and Cuomo, and look what we get!!! Too bad they don’t realize they represent the Whole City, and too not check on their own (voters) and Zimmer if she doesn’t get along with that council memeber, will NOT do anything… Read more »
Chow
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Chow
3 years 6 months ago
” Her boney-ass should be kicked back up North” Wow, not too racist….Jackson street is a dump, pay some taxes, get out of the projects and get out of my wallet. Then that fat lazy a$$ back down south.[quote comment=”218272″]Debra, couldn’t agree more, you hit it on the head…..I never saw any representative come back by my area (9th st. Lite Rail, ShopRite Jackson St.)……Russo what a disgrace! All of them it seems except that Occhipinti gave out info…..Once the cameras and mikes went away the rats all ran back into City Hall……Obama and Christie and in NY Bloomberg and… Read more »
Swaby
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Swaby
3 years 6 months ago

Chow,

Why so angry? Seriously, this is not your first truly disrespectful comment you’ve made on this site towards those who live in or around Jackson Street.

And im uncertain how you deemed cptpappy’s reference to Mayor Zimmer as “boney-ass” or telling her to return to her home state as racist. What in that comment was racist?

[quote comment=”218275″]” Her boney-ass should be kicked back up North”Wow, not too racist….Jackson street is a dump, pay some taxes, get out of the projects and get out of my wallet. Then that fat lazy a$$ back down south.[/quote]

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam
3 years 6 months ago

Huh, seems more like you are the racist one. You do realize that Jackson Street has buildings and families that are no in the projects, right?[quote comment=”218275″]” Her boney-ass should be kicked back up North”Wow, not too racist….Jackson street is a dump, pay some taxes, get out of the projects and get out of my wallet. Then that fat lazy a$$ back down south.[/quote]

BokenMike
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BokenMike
3 years 6 months ago

I think a lot of people who work for the local news channels live in Hoboken. I would give the credit to them, and not the mayor. The mayor was using them for her own benefit.

rstevens82
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rstevens82
3 years 6 months ago
Personally I like Mayor Zimmer. I know hoboken411 isn’t the biggest fan of her but I had liked her. But the way she handled the storm was pathetic. I saw her riding that bulldozer down our street doing her tv interview. Everyone in my brownstone was outside watching it – no power and flooded – thinking this bulldozer was going to help with our flooded street. Nope, just publicity for hoboken. I stopped by city hall several times after the storm, to give advice and information about the ongoings in my area. Nobody would even talk to me. It was… Read more »
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