Hoboken’s DNA 40 years ago!


Hoboken411 reader estevens found this golden nugget from a local paper – about how Hoboken was having staffing issues back in 1968!


Overstaffing a continual problem

Hoboken’s DNA
In Hoboken, the more things stay the same, the more they stay the same.

Way back in 1968, The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce commissioned a report studying the efficiency and cost of the city’s operation. It is interesting to see how some of the comments from over forty years ago mirror present-day perceptions. From an article in the February 20, 1968 Jersey Journal:

In comparison to other Hudson County municipalities of similar population, Hoboken’s city services cost considerably more per capita than its peers. Though Union City is roughly the same size as Hoboken, it cost $81 per capita to provide services as compared to Hoboken at $112 per capita. North Bergen, geographically five times the size of Hoboken, cost $90 per capita. The study estimated that Hoboken employed 200 more employees than Union City, which had a population 12% greater than Hoboken.

“Government employes (sic) have gained increased wages generally equal to those paid by business and industry, but they have retained such benefits as shorter work hours, longer sick leave and vacations, and leniency of punctuality, attendance and extended sick leaves which should be brought in line with industry practices.”

“Sick leave with pay has in some instances been allowed for periods exceeding a full year and far in excess of earned sick leave.”

“The report maintained that a staff of 27 employees to care for three municipal parks was too large…a field survey of the three parks – Church Square Park, Stevens Park, and Elysian Park – showed only 12 men working.”

“Hoboken had 137 policemen compared to 99 for Union City and 105 for North Bergen…Hoboken has 2.96 policemen for every 1,000 of population. North Bergen has 2.40 and Union City has 1.88.”

“The report recommends the number of (police) captains be reduced from six to five; lieutenants from 16 to 10; sergeants from 20 to 15; patrolmen from 94 to 91.” Currently, Hoboken has six captains, 17 lieutenants, 33 sergeants, and 103 patrolmen.

“The board (of education) had 266 classes in the school system and 334 teachers. Although the additional teaching staffs are assigned to special subjects and to provide substitutes when needed, the reports said that a review of the number of classes and teacher assignments indicates that full-time teaching schedules are required.”

In Hoboken, the more things stay the same, the more they stay the same.


(Hoboken overstaffing problems, continued…)

See the article in it’s entirety in the photo gallery below. Five total frames of words and so on…


One word…. Sigh.

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Tama Murden

Re 10: Fact-checking County $$ from then County public servant Bado, to Roberts for a privately-owned-by-Roberts building’s rehab??

Maybe Fred secured some additional Green Acres $$ for custom landscaping–??

Re Bado’s brief-sounding County defection—just curious—did that County stint last long enough for another State pension accrual? And were there any other “Our Fred” public service “defections” of sufficient duration to accrue 3 (Ruben Ramos being the last scammer on this one)?

Just trying to be pro-active.

Thanks for all you do!


I’m told that county money was made available to Roberts for a building rehab he did a number of years ago. Haven’t had a chance to check into it yet. It’s a target-rich environment here in Hoboken…

Tama Murden

Re 8: Thanks, as ever.

Yes, ever the same—thanks for the great ephemera you’ve posted.

So Fred Bado, father/son. Cut from the same cloth, from what you’ve researched?

When did “Our Fred” dispense grants, if you know? What grants, in what amounts, to what entities, please? And with what outcomes, please?
Especially as it relates to Hoboken.
And especially since “Our Fred” may be ready to retire….

Thank you, estevens. For everything.


That Fred’s father immortalized on the Parking Garage plaque. He worked for the city as well – I believe that the initial plans for Marine View referred to the project as Bado Plaza. I’ll have to check that.

When you read through the old papers, the names are all the same, but one generation removed. A family business to be sure.

Our Fred worked for the county for a number of years. Dispensing county grants of some sort, as I recall.

Tama Murden

Re 6. Honey—Can you connect the dots, then?
Bado’s name is in relief on the plaque, lauding the 70’s muni garage, sandwiched between the 2 Marine View Plaza towers.

So what is the trajectory you infer, from then to now?

If you know about his in’s & out’s in our muni gov’t, over the past few decades…. Please post!