Infrastructure finger-pointing in Hoboken
Zimmer: No responsibility for Hoboken infrastructure – 4 years into term
As everyone knows, Hoboken always has issues with our infrastructure.
Not a week goes by without some kind of situation related to one of many crumbling parts of the city. Whether it’s a water main break, sinkhole, pothole or collapsing pier, the next semi-disaster always seems to be in the on-deck circle taking their practice swings.
Earlier this week – our present Mayor Dawn Zimmer (after several days of “brainstorming”) decided to announce that our current water main problems were former Mayor Anthony Russo’s fault. That we sold the rights to our water in 1994 to United Water for 30 years, etc.
What has Dawn been doing while in office for four years? Asleep at her desk? Why does it take that long, and emergency after emergency to address the problems or understand the “state of the city?”
Shouldn’t she have been completely up to speed with city affairs, contracts and infrastructure conditions THE FIRST FEW WEEKS IN OFFICE? Or at least after the 50th or 100th or 200th water main break since she’s been in office? Does your employer give you four years to learn how to work the copy machine?
There should be a law that all newly elected officials have just a THREE MONTH window where they can blame previous administrations. From that point forward – the ball is in their court.
On a related note, with two hurricanes under her belt (can’t blame Dave Roberts for those, can you?), where is the hurricane preparedness disaster plan? Hurricane season starts in two months. What has she done other than re-direct property taxpayer funds to her out-of-town pal Carly Ringer for the tune of $65,000? The lady shuffles papers 16 hours a week at the hurricane “resource center” downtown. Compare that to the victims who received a meager $1975. The funds from people who got rejected probably went to pad the pockets of this crony.
Regardless, the fact that our Mayor can’t even handle internal city issues until being cornered into them is sad, and the signs of a reactive leader instead of a forward thinking one.
But more worrisome is the possibility that she KNEW about the problem and intentionally waited for a crisis to happen in her final year – in order to use the spectacle as a re-election talking point. That would be corrupt and disrespectful to the community. But sadly, it wouldn’t be the first time in the history of politics. Just par for the course, with the voting public ending up with the short end of the stick.