Hoboken worse off under Zimmer?
Letter: Hoboken used to be great, but worse off under Zimmer
I love Hoboken. I love the people, the restaurants, and my proximity to New York City. However, over the last four years, the quality of life in Hoboken has disintegrated significantly. I want to keep loving this town, but Hoboken has been going down hill under Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Here are some important issues that Mayor Zimmer has failed on:
- Sinatra Field, the crumbling park that has been closed for four years, but we have received numerous messages from Mayor Zimmer that it will open eventually.
- Mayor Zimmer hasn’t acquired one pieces of promised new open space anywhere in town, no SW Park, no park at the Cognis/Henkel site, nothing on the Western Edge. She has been talking about building parks for six years, four years as Mayor, and yet we don’t have a single new park.
- At 1600 Park, land was bought and paid for under Mayor David Roberts, but Dawn Zimmer doesn’t have the capabilities to build out the park, so for four years, it’s been sitting there like a giant eyesore.
- Pier C Park, has been closed for seven months since Hurricane Sandy. It’s official, Dawn Zimmer is actually reducing our open space.
- The massive flooding that occurs with each minor rainfall, floods basements, and leaves the SW and most of the Western side of town submerged. Where are the FOUR flood pumps Zimmer promised in 2008? A whole lot of lip service, but no action from the Mayor. Too little, too late.
- We have water main breaks all over town, sometimes three in a week, but the Mayor doesn’t treat it as an emergency, she just blames others.
- We have dangerous sinkholes swallowing vehicles, Mayor Zimmer doesn’t seem overly concerned. Let’s hope a bus full of people doesn’t get swallowed.
- The New York Times article last week on the new hospital owners (chosen By Mayor Zimmer’s board) have been selling hospitals to developers who use the land for condo high-rises. Is this what’s in our future, more high-rises in place of the hospital? The hospital already rejects most insurance plans and charges astronomical rates compared to other hospitals.
- If we had fully funded budgets, why does the Mayor introduce last minute emergency appropriations at every single council meeting? Every week there’s a firestorm over a “new emergency” and Mayor Zimmer puts out a press release explaining why this “unforeseen” expense is not her fault. If we’re having “emergencies” every week, shouldn’t the Administration develop better financial planning?
- Residents did not get the 25% tax break Zimmer promised in 2009, in fact, she has added fees or raised them to squeeze every last dollar out of residents, hidden taxes galore! And amendments to the budget, a few hundred thousand here and there, really adds up.
- Mayor Zimmer has taken a city rich in tradition and single-handedly decided that Hoboken doesn’t need traditions. She canceled the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade for families and Hoboken residents, but she allows the drunken beer fest to continue for all the out-of-owners.
- Dawn Zimmer doesn’t believe in democracy and letting the people decide. Instead of allowing the public to vote on the empty council seat, she wants to appoint her own “yes man” and she’ll spend any amount of tax payer dollars to fight those who oppose her.
- The general filth in our streets and parks has never been more apparent since Dawn Zimmer became Mayor four years ago. Where is the oversight on basic services that affect our quality of life?
- Even after Hurricane Irene, it didn’t occur to Dawn Zimmer that the Mayor needs to be proactive and have an emergency hurricane plan in place. Even with substantial warnings issued for several days before the storm, Dawn Zimmer waited until she could witness Hurricane Sandy’s destruction before she reacted. An impending disaster is exactly when we need top leadership to guide us. Have the generators, water, food supplies, and emergency staff in place before the storm hits, not three days after. Dawn Zimmer did not lead, she waited.
- Pedestrian safety? Zimmer gets a big F. For someone who campaigned vigorously on it, she has done little to remedy the worsening conditions. We hear daily about pedestrians getting hit by cars and bikes. It’s mayhem on the streets and sidewalks!
- An abandoned boat has been sitting on city land for seven months. Our Mayor doesn’t even have the chops to remove it. Dawn Zimmer has officially taken the LEAD out of LEADER. Plain and simple, she’s just an ER.
- Finally, under Dawn Zimmer the city has spent more than $2 Million in litigation, more than any other Mayor in history! And she has more former employers suing the City than every before. What does it say about Zimmer’s leadership when her own Directors are suing her?
Hoboken residents deserve so much better. Dawn Zimmer has had her shot at Mayor, now it’s time to bring in someone who can do the job.