City Council – 10/17/2007 Preview

10/17/07 City Council Preview:

A busy agenda ahead for the Hoboken City council, which still has not received a budget proposal from Mayor David Roberts. The lack of a budget could hold up several of the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, including borrowing millions of dollars for road and parking utility improvements.

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Public Hearings: The Bonding is Back

The first “Second Reading, Public Hearing and Final Vote” of the night is on appropriating $2 million for bonding for road improvements. That will be followed by the hearing and vote on borrowing $2.2 million to fix up parking utility facilities. Critics say this is a form of unnecessary “back door borrowing” because the Parking Utility consistently runs at an annual surplus of $3 to 4 million, which Mayor David Roberts raids to fill his annual structural budget deficit.

The 3rd hearing concerns the bonding to cover the anticipated costs of Pier C. Now that the Roberts administration has finally supplied all of the supporting documentation and has corrected the dollar figures in the ordinance, this is likely to pass easily.

Raise the Cost of Living Allowance?

An ordinance to authorize the city to “exceed the municipal budget cost of living allowance” beyond the state mandated 2.5% will also be subject to a public hearing and final vote. The Mayor wants to spend $2,156,308.00 more than the state would normally allow. Without a budget, it may be hard for the council to swallow. 2nd ward councilwoman Beth Mason voted against it on first reading. Peter Cunningham of the 5th and Terry Castellano of the 1st abstained.

Pedicab Moratorium May Continue

A public hearing and final vote will also be taken to continue the moratorium on pedicabs for another six months.

What’s up with Applied?

Applied is looking to repay a special mortgage loan for affordable housing at the Hudson Square North complex on Hudson Street. This has set off speculation that Applied is looking to close its accounts on the property so it can sell Hudson Square, or convert the existing affordable housing units there to market rate rentals.
Applied wants to pay the city back for a $2 million dollar Urban Development Action Grant loan it secured for the affordable rentals. The resolution says the city will receive $2,650,000.00 in exchange for closing out the loan.

New Ordinances: More Parking Meters!

The Parking Utility is trying to take more residential street parking away. This time they want meters installed on the west side of Monroe Street from Seventh to Eighth, and on the South side of Eighth Street from Monroe to Jackson. There would be a two hour time limit at 25 cents per 15 minutes between 8am and 6pm.
Two more Handicap Spaces will be also up for “First Reading”, one at Fifth and Bloomfield and another north of Eighth and Washington.

Holy Tax Abatements Batman!

The administration wants the council to approve a 25 year tax exemption for a 217 market rate residential/commercial project at 1000 Jefferson Street. The agreement includes an annual Payment In Lieu Of Taxes of $842,430 for the developer, which would not have to pay taxes to the Hoboken School District or Hudson County. This is believed to be another Tarragon/Ursa five-over-one building in the Northwest Redevelopment Area.

Red Light/Stop Sign Cameras

The last ordinance being introduced would change the city code to establish an automated red light and stop sign photographic system. The agenda says the ordinance “will be available at the meeting” which probably means it could end up being referred to committee.

The City Council meets at 7pm tonight at City Hall, up the front steps and to the left. As always, a public comment portion will follow at the end of the meeting for people to share their views on any subject for five minutes.

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17 Comments on "City Council – 10/17/2007 Preview"

strand tramp
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strand tramp

watching the council meeting on tv i laughed again as russo played his role of big oaf…making moronic demands and the AGAIN banging the “affordable housing” drum. it was comical to see; “blah blah affordable housing blah blah”!! tell you what, you want Hoboken to be more affordable move it away from NYC. until that happens it’s BS. we don’t need a housing project in this town either. what’s that, you bnr’s think we really need more affordable housing? how about this; OUR OWN MASTER PLAN contains “hoboken’s determination of it’s Fair Share Housing Obligation at a little over 700 units. however, with credits factored in, the city has a surplus of over 500 affordable units.”
yes. “a surplus of over 500 units”!! we do not need more affordable housing. we have a 71% more than our own master plan determines that we need!
what we really need is a zero growth resolution at City Hall until ALL the existing approved and under-construction projects are finished AND we address our miserably failing infrastructure. flooding…parking…busted budget…developer giveaways…corrupt officials…corrupt judges…gang violence…drug violence…insanity in our local elections!
there is so much to address. we need a zero growth resolution NOW.
http://www.huduser.org/rbc/search/rbcdetails.asp?DocId=843

Westful
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[quote comment=”49538″]I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cammarano’s hopes for any public office in Hoboken, Hudson County, anywhere, are now toast. He was at one time (even in my mind) seen to be a breath of fresh air. But week after weekthese mean-spirited, self-important, babyish, self-destructive streak has come out, and now everyone knows who he really is (or isn’t) inside.[/quote]
Peter Cammarano is a cautionary tale, not a tragedy. He’s not some young idealist corrupted by Hudson County. He showed up on our doorsteps corrupt. And because he had the right look, right age, and no Hudson County accent, we bought it.

If somehow we get through this mud-storm of a 4th ward election and win, the machine will figure that maybe we can spot a BnR rat, but when the rat is some well-spoken Yuppie, we blink. They’ll be looking for the next Cammarano.

We need to smarten up about who deserves to be trusted and why.

dosomethingright
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dosomethingright

[quote comment=”49046″]So wait… Cammarano spoke out *against* purging dead people from the voter rolls?[/quote]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cammarano’s hopes for any public office in Hoboken, Hudson County, anywhere, are now toast. He was at one time (even in my mind) seen to be a breath of fresh air. But week after weekthese mean-spirited, self-important, babyish, self-destructive streak has come out, and now everyone knows who he really is (or isn’t) inside.

Plus, he’s exposed himself as not a very good lawyer (even though in his own mind he is) and he has made too many of his vicious remarks ON VIDEO (now to be shown on a local YouTube station near you).

So let this be a grave warning to any other member FMHC. Every other week, we’re watching you on Channel 78. . . we’re listening, and we’re judging you, based on what you say, how you posture, who you attack, and how you vote. . . and it’s no longer the usual circle of activists who are tuning in.

Foster
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[quote comment=”49050″][quote comment=”49046″]So wait… Cammarano spoke out *against* purging dead people from the voter rolls?[/quote]
He meandered from that subject to what he wanted to talk about – the article about an absentee voter for Dawn in the JJ.

The path included his usual ‘concerned citizen’ bs about not wanting people excluded from the rolls because things were done hastily, he mentioned that this had happened some place on earth – and then got to his meat/potatoes issue. “I was very disturbed, I was very disturbed when I read, I was very disturbed when I read in last Saturday’s Jersey Journal…”[/quote]
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yeah….no purging until 2009, at least LOL

Foster
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[quote comment=”48906″]Tax abatment for 1000 Jefferson? Isn’t that the apartment complex that’s already mostly built?[/quote]
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I just caught Leah Heley…she is so smart! She asked some great questions about the abatement: Who gets the money? Hoboken 95% County 5% School 0%, Why abatement for “contstruction jobs”, any developemnt is going to create construction jobs why should they get an abatement for building a building. Why no affordable housing componant? She challanged them to put up or shut up and actually write an affordable housing componant into the Zoning……huh?

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