Cunningham on Open Space Ordinance

1/3/2008:

Here is 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham’s recap of tonight’s Open Space Ordinance vote, which passed 7-1 (Mason wasn’t in attendance due to illness):

peter-cunningham-hoboken-open-space-ordinance.jpg“The Open Space measure passed 7-1 with Castellano casting the only no vote. It coincides with her earlier comment from September that Hoboken already has enough open space. I guess statistics and public demands don’t mean much to her.

Just a quick reminder to everyone that the national standards for open space range from 6.25 to 10.5 acres per 1,000 residents. Hoboken is at less than 1 going to 1.04 (not including 1600 Park) per 1,000 residents. New York City is at 2.5 acres per 1,000. Hard to believe that we are that deficient to NYC. What is very clear is that there’s not enough recreational space in our city as evidenced at Maxwell Place Park and in and around Church Square Park.

I also know there’s more to cut from this budget that would make this tax, revenue neutral. Perhaps not this year, but time is of the essence. We need to identify all the space left as identified in the master plan (including the henkel site) and secure it now. With its passing we triple the amount of grant funding to over 1.5 million in total available funds annually, that could result in over $20 million in capital to acquire open space. All this with just $500,000 through your support of the Open Space Ordinance. As Councilwoman Zimmer pointed out, this is just the first phase. We now move to phase two to identify those open parcels.

I will also sponsor an Ordinance that requires public input as to how existing and new park space will be developed through community involvement and consensus.

Thanks again for your support on these important initiatives that improve our quality of life.

Peter

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15 Comments on "Cunningham on Open Space Ordinance"


upyurs
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upyurs
8 years 8 months ago

The point I was making was no council member should pass a comment about another. As for wasteful tax dollars that belongs solely to Roberts and the council members he supported both times that he ran. Today that includes Cammarano, Ramos, La Bruno and Giacchi that are gone thank you.Now these same members are against yhe budget yet they supported Roberts budget every time it came for a vote. I recall someone saying the budget went from 51 million to 90 million since Roberts is in office. Let’s start a recall on Roberts like the Open Space 2 cent tax.

Colonblow
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Colonblow
8 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”60454″]The bloated city government and inefficeint allocation of tax dollars on wasteful measures supported by Castellano, Russo, Roberts, etc…. has done substantially more to increase taxes and raise your rent than any tax to support open space. If you are upset w/ your rent and the tax burden of all property owners, the last person you should support is Castellano and her crew.[/quote]

Hear hear.

matt_72
Member
8 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”60325″]While this is good for the city, I am a little disapointed in Mr. Cunningham statement about the Council Preisent. I admire her stand on what she believes for her ward. To state a comment about her or for that matter about any council memeber is wrong.
As to answer Indie, this tax is forever. It will increase your tax bill and if you are a renter, as I am it will increase my rent since my owner can pass this on to my rent.[/quote]

The bloated city government and inefficeint allocation of tax dollars on wasteful measures supported by Castellano, Russo, Roberts, etc…. has done substantially more to increase taxes and raise your rent than any tax to support open space. If you are upset w/ your rent and the tax burden of all property owners, the last person you should support is Castellano and her crew.

westy
Member
8 years 8 months ago

Perhaps Mrs. Castellano should start acting like a City Council President .

beamrider9
Member
beamrider9
8 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”60325″]While this is good for the city, I am a little disapointed in Mr. Cunningham statement about the Council Preisent. I admire her stand on what she believes for her ward. To state a comment about her or for that matter about any council memeber is wrong.[/quote]

No, what’s wrong is her “we have enough open space” attitude, which Cunningham dismantles with hard data. In no measurable way do we have enough open space in this town. She’s entitled to her opinion, and Cunningham is entitled to call her on it, no matter how indignant it makes you.

Castellano and her family have profited immensely off the newcomers flooding into this town, and she can’t be bothered to pay the pittance required to bring more open space for all of us? Now *that* is bogus.

Big kudos to Peter and Dawn Zimmer for making this happen.

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