Hoboken Board of Ed meeting – 5/14

Hoboken Board of Ed meeting (and sidewalk biking offenders!)

For those of you who might not know – the Hoboken school system takes up over a third of your quarterly property tax bill (and growing). And with just over 2,000 students (less than 5% of the city population), you probably want to know how they’re wasting spending your money – especially when Hoboken consistently ranks near the bottom in the state. Head over to the Wallace School (11th & Clinton) tonight at 7pm to see all the Hoboken Board of Ed action.

Another reason you might want to attend – is to give Hoboken Board of Ed “President” Leon Gold a piece of your mind. Here we have a so-called “leader” of this educational organization, yet he is known to set very bad examples for children. Besides his well-known bad temper, he also frequently ignores city laws by riding his bicycle on the sidewalks. He’s not the only one, as many other “city officials” have been spotted doing the very same thing, including our Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

How he is qualified in this role of “authority” is beyond me. Any complaints? Contact Superintendent of Schools Mark Toback at mark.toback@hoboken.k12.nj.us to share your thoughts about his antics.

Hoboken Board of Ed president Leon Gold rides bike on sidewalk

16 Responses

  1. ajm says:

    It’s not illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. This has come up on this site many times over the years. You should know that by now.

    From the City Code:
    § 190-50: Bicycle Rules and Regulations
    J. Riding on sidewalks.

    (1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk at a speed greater than the walking speed of pedestrians.

    (2) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.

    (3) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall keep as close to the curb as is practicable to allow pedestrians to walk along sidewalks without impedance.

    • hoboken martello says:

      you are correct ajm, however in my 33 years in hoboken I have seen at most a handful of sidewalk bikers who were actually traveling at the walking speed of pedestrians. It is quite difficult to even keep a bike upright at such a slow speed, and if you are only going as fast as people are walking what the hell is the point of riding the bike. A law that is broken all over the city I’d say dozens of times a day, much like the bikers who pay zero mind to stop signs or any other traffic laws that a motorist gets nailed for regularly. I would like to see the police or some sort of bike enforcement agency that is as fervent at writing tickets as the HPU is, but i guess that doesn’t fit in with the mayors agenda…[quote comment=”220750″]It’s not illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. This has come up on this site many times over the years. You should know that by now.From the City Code: § 190-50: Bicycle Rules and Regulations J. Riding on sidewalks.(1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk at a speed greater than the walking speed of pedestrians.(2) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.(3) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall keep as close to the curb as is practicable to allow pedestrians to walk along sidewalks without impedance.[/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      The City code an Ordinance violates the Federal Laws therefore it is null. BTW this is but one of the Ms. Zimmer created ordinance that violates State or federal laws.

      Good job with the pic. I spent over an hour during peak travel hours biking the roads of Hoboken and conservatively speaking I can easily attest to at least 75% of the riders breaking the law. I first noted the offense by type and then had to stop that process after I got past twenty. My first half block I literally almost ran into two bikers. One was riding against traffic on the street, the other against traffic but then popping up on the sidewalk 😯 to avoid my legal riding on the street.[quote comment=”220750″]It’s not illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. This has come up on this site many times over the years. You should know that by now.From the City Code: § 190-50: Bicycle Rules and Regulations J. Riding on sidewalks.(1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk at a speed greater than the walking speed of pedestrians.(2) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.(3) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall keep as close to the curb as is practicable to allow pedestrians to walk along sidewalks without impedance.[/quote]

  2. spiffy says:

    Then why the hell do we need bike lanes then?

  3. HobNJ says:

    I didn’t realize the bike laws until now. Thanks AJM. While reading through them, I have never seen any sidewalk bike riders adhere to those rules so in essence they are pretty useless and nonsensical.

  4. joey maxim says:

    welcome to bancock.laos,south east asia..so much fun.lmaorotf

  5. keenobserver says:

    Leon has bigger problems than this. He’s under investigation for getting his apartment painted at a discount after helping the guy–a pal of his from his coffee shop hangout–get the contract for painting Demarest. Hard to tell whether his school board career will end in handcuffs but it certainly would be fitting for this intolerant and obnoxious loudmouth who harasses people on the street and consistently votes to hurt the schools and raise taxes. And this is someone who considers himself a reformer.

  6. realstuff says:

    LG – Follow the ‘Golden Rule’ – don’t be a gold brick.

  7. OpenEyes says:

    Every year Kids First claims the cost per pupil comes down.First they say we are going to have 100 -200 more students that never materialize and then they have allowed more school choice so we have less Students from Hoboken and more from other towns where their districts pay a fraction of the cost.
    On top of that their rabid followers have put their children in Charter Schools.
    Other People put their children in charter schools because the charters schools at least listen respectfully to their parents opinion.
    Leon Gold is downright rude to people who have a different opinion or who question his decisions

  8. HOB424 says:

    The Charter schools also have a lot of out of town students that attend. The HBOE has to also pay for the out of town charter students.

    • OpenEyes says:

      True – Since the charters are so established right now there is no need to get out of towners especially since Hobokeners can’t get in when they want –
      but the cost of the charters is much less- not sure actual figure right now but they get around 14,000 per student versus the 24,000 per Hoboken regular district ( they inflate the numbers of student predicted for next year to make it look less). In the past Hoboken received 8,000 per out of district student – not sure the current rate.

      [quote comment=”220802″]The Charter schools also have a lot of out of town students that attend. The HBOE has to also pay for the out of town charter students.[/quote]

      • HOB424 says:

        Most get in as residents. Then once, quite a few families move out of town for cheaper housing, but keep their kids in the charters. [quote comment=”220810″]True – Since the charters are so established right now there is no need to get out of towners especially since Hobokeners can’t get in when they want – but the cost of the charters is much less- not sure actual figure right now but they get around 14,000 per student versus the 24,000 per Hoboken regular district ( they inflate the numbers of student predicted for next year to make it look less). In the past Hoboken received 8,000 per out of district student – not sure the current rate.[/quote]

      • briank says:

        It wouldn’t be “fair” to actually enforce the law and check residency of the kids. Just like its not “fair” to enforce the law and do a property reval so that everyone is on equal footing with current property values. [quote comment=”220816″]Most get in as residents. Then once, quite a few families move out of town for cheaper housing, but keep their kids in the charters.[/quote]

      • HOB424 says:

        What law??. Charter rules don’t have residency requirements. Just pointing out that a lot of kids there don’t live in town. Once you get in, you can move to surrounding towns for cheaper housing. This has nothing to do with reval. Equal footing would be no tax abatements. [quote comment=”220827″]It wouldn’t be “fair” to actually enforce the law and check residency of the kids. Just like its not “fair” to enforce the law and do a property reval so that everyone is on equal footing with current property values.[/quote]

    • krewedetat says:

      Not true. Students from out of town who attend charter schools in Hoboken receive funding from their home districts. The “money follows the child.” It is actually better for the charter schools to enroll Hoboken residents because they get more money, since our per pupil cost is the highest in Hudson County.[quote comment=”220802″]The Charter schools also have a lot of out of town students that attend. The HBOE has to also pay for the out of town charter students.[/quote]

  9. realstuff says:

    Charter schools are ‘private’ schools 90% funded by us! They are considered public schools but since they just about make their own rules, they are ‘private’…………

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