Changing Hoboken’s form of Government
Helen Hirsch, an outspoken community activist, and frequent speaker at City Council meetings sent Hoboken411 a letter suggesting a complete overhaul of the type of government we have here in Hoboken.
Do you think it would work?
Hoboken does not need another monarch
The country is rejoicing in the changes we are looking forward to; much of the world is holding its breath, hoping for spill-over benefits of change. Men and women of all political parties and persuasions, by joining together and setting aside deep-rooted ideologies have helped to accomplish this change with the fervent hope that the lives of all will benefit.
In the US, the philosophy and behavior of the out-going leaders have caused pain at most levels. In Hoboken the philosophy and behavior of the current administration have also caused pain to many while rewarding others.
A number of individuals in the City have recently come forward suggesting change. More will surely follow. Each leader will claim to have the cure for Hoboken’s problems and torch-carriers to spread their words. Does any of them have a resume indicating training or life-experience to bolster those claims?
Hoboken does not need another monarch, tied to a political party’s power-brokers, and with virtually unfettered power to appoint subordinates with no applicable credentials, arrange for unwarranted salary increases to insure support at the ballot box, throw trifling gifts to those already enjoying protection and providing unquestioning allegiance while depriving services to those who disagree. The Mayor/Council form of government encourages corruption and the culture of “what’s in it for me?” Continuing in this mind-set does not encourage efficient solution of Hoboken’s problems. Only by setting aside strictly personal considerations and behaving as a unified, cooperative community — witness the behavior of so many in the safe evacuation of Flight 1549 — substituting “we” for “I”, can Hoboken stand tall — a true community. I suggest, therefore, that the many community-oriented individuals who are circulating petitions or suggesting litigation or asking for money to pursue litigation, forced into those activities because the present government prefers combat with its citizens rather than service, join forces and redirect their efforts to requesting that a referendum, changing the City’s government to the Council/Manager form, be put on the June ballot. There is still time; only 8,000 signatures are necessary.
“The Council-Manager Form of government is the most widely used form of government in the United States, despite limited use in New Jersey. The National Municipal League endorsed the Council-Manager form of government as the most desirable form of local government in the United States. To thousands of communities scattered all over the United States, the Council-Manager form has brought professional management that would have been unavailable under any other known governmental system… The most important (idea) one was that politics and government could be separated.”
Council members hire a manager, based on resume; renew contracts based on performance. They would continue to serve residents of their respective wards while determining policy for the City as a whole. The manager would manage the money and oversee the fulfillment of the City’s needs — mind the store. Wake up, Hoboken, and join the “Obama” revolution.