Zimmer ignores cancer victim’s letter

Sick Senior visiting Hoboken from 400 miles away booted & ignored

Sure – we can all understand Hoboken’s crazed obsession with booting cars – even if they only stay in town for a few minutes. They need your money and skyrocketing property taxes just isn’t enough!

But what happens when the victim of such a racket was not only a visitor from far away – but a sick senior citizen? Well, it seems that even after writing a letter to Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Traffic Czar Ian Sacs – the city just doesn’t give a damn.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer ignores cancer patients letter about costly boot during visit from Pennsylvania - Zimmer ignores cancer victim's letter

Letter: Visit to Hoboken spoiled by ridiculous parking boot

Here’s a letter that Domenic R. from western Pennsylvania sent to our current administration (he’s a bit behind in his letters, it seems):

“To Dawn Zimmer & Ian Sacs:

I am writing this letter about my experience in Hoboken, NJ on November 23, 2010. I traveled to Hoboken from my home in Pittsburgh, PA (about 400 miles). I had seen on the Cake Boss show about Fiore’s Deli and Mozzarella Cheese and went there to buy some and the roast beef hoagie.

The reason I did this is because I have had cancer and had to under go hospitalization and many months of chemotherapy treatment and I am on a 3-year program where I receive chemo every two months. I also had chem treatment 2 days before and since I have relatives in South Jersey I had a place to stay.

When I arrived on Adams Street, that no parking was allowed, I did see the green sign at the end of the street about no parking since the sign was not red I was there about 1 hour when I came out of Fiore’s my car was booted. This had never happened to me before I had to pay $150 in fees to get my car back which I put on my charge card. I also received a ticket for $68 which I went to court on December 23, 2010 and the charges were dismissed, but I could not get my $150 back.

I am a 67 year old man along with chemo medicines I also have high blood pressure and diabetes medicines which can get very expensive and I am on a limited income. If you need proof of hospitals and doctors I would be happy to provide.

Anything you can do to return my money would be greatly appreciated.

Domenic R.”

411 Note: What would you have done if you were Mayor and received this letter? Would you have quietly just sent him a personal check for $150? Or would you have just tossed it into the circular file like a cheap, soulless individual?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:33 pm

When you go to court and are found not guilty any other associated fees may be waived by the judge One snag you have to apply to the Parking Authority to get your refund. Then the PA will give some BS excuse of why they can’t approve it. Back and forth it goes until the booted makes enough noise to raise a raucous between City Hall dept. Perhaps they will tell you the judge was “to lenient”. Perhaps they will tell you the council has to vote on your refund. On and on it goes— but no if the facts were set straight in court the PA should not be an impediment causing roadblocks and delays.

I hope he keeps at it on the refund and enjoys Fiore’s along the way.

Why was this guy booted anyway. Wouldn’t a ticket have sufficed?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:22 pm

I have to agree with so many of the posters….anyone who drives that huge distance for a snack cannot be destitute. On this one I have to side with the mayor.

Mitch Ultimato
Mitch Ultimato
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:55 pm

I’m glad to see that most of the commenters here agree that this guy does not deserve a refund. However lousy this mayor may be, there ARE some things you might want to cut her some slack on, and this is one instance where she did the right thing. If she HAD refunded the guy’s money or voided the ticket/boot (something she has no power to do), then you’d accuse her of abusing her power and flaunting the law.

But I have one other observation that no one else seemed to catch. This guy said this incident occurred on Nov. 23, 2010. That’s almost a year and a half ago. Has he been stewing about this for that long? If so, he’s got more issues than the fact that he’d drive this far for a piece of cake just because he saw it on a TV show. I’m sorry he is ill and hope he recovers, but using his illness to try to get money back on a deserved parking offense is just plain wrong.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6:24 pm

I feel bad for this dude because of his medical condition, but I don’t see why that alone earns him a refund for getting booted after improperly parking on the resident parking only side of the street. He acknowledges having read the signs, so he apparently decided to chance it and got caught. As has been pointed out more than once, Fiore’s has its own parking lot where free parking is provided for customers. So this guy had no excuse for choosing instead to illegally park on the street.

Had Enough
Had Enough
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:58 pm

I understand the comments about parking legally but if the ticket was dimissed then he wasnt parked illegally and certainly deserves his money back. Cancer patient, cake boss person or anyone else. If you are not guilty of the offense there should be no boot payment.

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