City Council Reduction?

This is from today’s Journal.

Not sure what benefit this would provide other than having fewer people against “the machine”. Additionally, all public positions (especially in Hoboken), should be voted in by the public, not city hall. Even the parking authority personnel.

Your thoughts?

Roberts seeks to reduce size of city council

Monday, November 20, 2006

HOBOKEN – Mayor David Roberts is looking to slash the number of City Council members, saying it would make government more efficient and take some of the politicking out of the process.

Although the mayor said he wants to open up the idea for public debate, any change would likely be timed for the next mayoral election, in 2009.

“The amount of politics that goes on in Hoboken becomes unmanageable,” said Roberts. “There should be less.”

He envisions following the model of the larger city of Bayonne, which has a five-member council. The Hoboken council has nine members.

Roberts said he would also like to see the board of education come under the control of the mayor, with its members appointed by City Hall.

Any changes to the city’s form of government would have to be placed on the ballot and voted on in a referendum.

Councilman Michael Russo said having fewer council members will reduce the level of service to the public.

“You are taking representation away from the people of Hoboken. I don’t agree with it at all,” said Russo. “I don’t think he would gain the support from the council or gain support from the public.

Russo also said he was opposed to having an appointed board of education, pointing out that the idea had been put forward in the mid-1990s and rejected.

“People want to have a choice in leaders,” said Russo. “They don’t want to have leaders shoved down their throats at any level of government.”

CHARLES HACK can be reached at

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:43 pm

See also:;f=3;t=000325;p=1#000014

I feel bad we outed his real name, but it was post-humously…

Red Haven
Red Haven
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:40 pm

Oh my god. I had no idea. I feel terrible.

I saw the H411 post about John Higgins, but did not make the connection that he was xavier. My deepest condolences to his family. This makes me very sad.

May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:26 pm

How sad. Xavier died of a heart attack the night he posted that last one…

Red Haven
Red Haven
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 12:46 pm

[quote comment=”6362″]Calling Red Haven!!! I wanna hear your take on this….[/quote]

Thanks for the Shout-Out Xavier. Sorry I wasn’t around last week to respond in a timely manner.

I see this as a great sign that all the people who want to build a better Hoboken without these clowns in charge are close to their goal. Why else would Roberts be talking about converting Hoboken to a dictatorship? The only answer to me is the people that run Roberts and his City Council robots are fearful that the tide is turning and their days are numbered. They feel their control slipping away.

They are doing so much, so wrong that the time is coming for Hobokenites of all stripes — young, old, BNR and newcomer alike — to come together to kick these people out of office before their runaway spending and developer giveaways do so much damage that it becomes irreversible.

Think about what the Mayor is proposing… they don’t want any PESKY ELECTIONS! Every four years they want to take their pool of developer and contractor cash and take over everything… the City, the School District, and of course now the Hospital. We are talking about a combined $250 million dollars a year in spending they want to control WITHOUT OUR INPUT!!

This is a really bad idea… but it just goes to show how close we are to making real change here… change that starts in May and never looks back!

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