Hoboken411 isn’t productive
Hoboken411 no longer blocked
Below is a letter from Mayor Roberts forwarded to Hoboken411 via his Assistant. The site is no longer being blocked at City Hall, and the ACLU attack dogs can be called off.
I truly appreciate the fact that Mr. Roberts recognizes the value Hoboken411 provides to the community. But whether it’s some kind of event, environmental issue, political figure, or Fortune 500 Company, you will always have people that disagree with something you’re doing. That’s the beauty of living in America. But you can never please them all!
Mr. Roberts, I couldn’t resist, but I’d really check the spelling of all correspondence coming out of your office. ESPECIALLY your own name! It’s City Hall, not some website riddled with mistakes!
Here’s the News 12 NJ audio stream from the interview with City Hall. They didn’t attempt to contact me in any way shape or form. And what exactly is “downgrading” people? From “Buddy” to “Pal”?
All of a sudden when an open community website appears they “notice” excessive use? No one used the internet for personal use prior? Just another typical political spin.
I also gave notice that any council candidate (including incumbents from City Hall) can send me their press releases and campaign platforms. No takers except one.
I’d consider reading what residents have to say more of an online council meeting, rather than “spending taxpayer time”. I guess they should block that giant rabbit hole they hide in as well.
DOWN WITH THE DIRT
City Hall ban on popular Web site
Thursday, March 01, 2007
HOBOKEN – City Hall employees will have to go somewhere else for the 411.
City Hall has banned its employees from viewing a popular Web site – hoboken411.com – that has brought attention to a host of controversial issues in the city, along with providing a daily dose of the goings on around the city, such as new store openings or an upcoming volunteer fund drive.
City spokesman Bill Campbell said the ban has nothing to do with the site’s content, but with productivity in City Hall.
“We don’t think it’s appropriate for employees to spend taxpayer time reading the site,” said Campbell, adding that the prohibition came from Business Administrator Richard England.
The site’s owner, who requested anonymity and wanted to be referred to as a “citizen-journalist,” found the whole thing perplexing.
“What message is City Hall trying to send? That everything in Hoboken is just perfect and all that needs to be known is what’s printed in the newspapers? This is one of the rare times in Hoboken that you can listen to a very large number of your constituents, voters and people you are serving,” he wrote in an e-mail.
The city has not extended the ban to a number of other sites that focus on the city, which may raise questions about its legality.
Jersey City attempted a similar ban of a Web site – getnj.com – that was highly critical of Mayor Jerramiah Healy last year.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey protested, arguing the city must extend the ban to a host of sites instead of restricting access to the one particular site. The city later created a policy and expanded its list of Web sites it blocks employees from viewing.