Monday, January 31, 2011

Is there a Corner Car killer on the loose?

Domenick Amato - purported Corner Cars hater
This photo is the purported snow street dumper who hates Corner Cars so much in his leisure time he's been repeatedly seen with a shovel depositing snow into an empty designated Corner Cars spot near 8th and Garden St.  He's a one time street fruit seller who worked with the man where a street sign stands honoring that business at 7th and Willow - Bobby the Peddler.

No word if Councilwoman Terry Castellano will put him up for a civic award.  She really hates the Corner Cars program too.

Photo courtesy the Hoboken Journal
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hertz drops the ball this time on snow removal for Corner Cars

Hoboken may have seen record snowfalls over the past month but a deal is a deal and Hertz agreed to clear its Corner Cars spots of snow as part of its contract with the City.


For a company aware of the antipathy by the Old Guard City Council members who have badly sought the failure or sabotage of the Corner Cars program, the lack of action in the recent heavy storm demonstrates if nothing else a tin ear.  Councilman Mike Russo made a point in a previous council meeting to ask who was responsible for cleaning the snow from around the Corner Cars and meekly ended the line of questioning on the matter when told Hertz was in charge.


Councilwoman Terry Castellano has been hostile to the program vociferously complaining about the public showing up in numbers and waiting for hours after signing to speak in defense of the program.  She was the original council member to come out against the program voting in the negative.   Her consistent "Council of No" vote violates State law requiring parking regulations and the program be approved by ordinance.


Councilwoman Beth Mason called Corner Cars "nothing new," stating the far less popular Zip Car program here years earlier the car sharing equivalent, clearly not impressed with four digit membership of Hoboken residents.  (She's said far worse things to residents outside of the meeting.)  Tim Occhipinti the newest "Council of No," linchpin has  stated he's received lots of complaints about the program when he was out campaigning although not one person has appeared in City Council meetings from the fourth ward repeating his claim.  (Hey his invisible army of 550 'campaign workers' are busy don't ya know.)
The Hoboken Journal posted this shot of a Hertz Corner Car on Garden Street.  It remained uncleared over days after the last big storm, unlike after the blizzard in late December.


Considering this organized hostility to Corner Cars, one would expect Hertz to be especially careful to meet all its contractual obligations.  After the December blizzard, Hertz showed an ability to service the 20 pod locations but the big storm last week did not represent a repeat success to snow removal from the vehicles.  Several days after the storm, residents were reporting several locations not cleared of snow and Kurt Gardiner of the Hoboken Journal joined other residents including 1st ward candidate Eric  Kurta and the city Communications Manager Juan Melli in cleaning up Corner Car spots Saturday.


Knowing the grandstanding that goes on for next to nothing these  days in City Council meetings, (Mike Russo actually spent time in the last meeting to question a $38 expense with Director Brandi Forbes exhibiting top notch chicken hawk budget skills) Hertz must know they are leaving themselves and the City open to some harsh political attacks.


There's a City Council meeting this Wednesday and Hertz has let the city and over 1,000 customers down not properly attending to the snow removal from around its vehicles.  If  they can't do it themselves they should find someone local to subcontract the work.  Being there's still no state required ordinance addressing the program's very existence, surely they must recognize the attack they are leaving themselves and the car's members exposed to leading into this week's City Council meeting.


Talking Ed Note:  Someone might want to fill Councilman Russo in about these 21st century tools called a telephone and email.  This way if he  wants to nitpick over a $38 expense, he can do it without wasting the public's (and other colleague's) time in a City Council meeting.  Too bad he lost interest so quickly when millions of quarters went missing under the previous parking Director.  Maybe he just figured his cousin, Councilwoman Terry Castellano was right when she said three times, "It's been cleared up."


What's wrong with that picture?


The Hoboken Journal related feature can be found here:
http://thehobokenjournal.blogspot.com/2011/01/corner-car-snow-issues-at-8th-and.html

City to continue snow removal operations on 11th Street and Vezzetti Way

City of Hoboken announces:

SNOW REMOVAL INFORMATION; NO PARKING ON 11TH STREET OR VEZZETTI WAY

Beginning at 8 am on Tuesday, February 1, the City will plow and clear snow from 11th Street, and residents must move their vehicles or risk being ticketed and towed.

Similarly, residents parked along Vezzetti Way west of Willow Avenue must move their vehicles. The City has been dumping snow along 17th Street, a dirt road on the northern end of town, but is running out of space and may begin dumping snow along Vezzetti Way.

"Despite the record amounts of snow this winter, our snow removal team has worked incredibly hard to keep our streets clear," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "I want to thank them and our residents both for their cooperation in these efforts and their patience. Although it's sometimes inconvenient, we must clear our streets as much as possible for public safety reasons."

Crews have cleared both sides of the entire length of 1st and 3rd Streets and are currently clearing snow from 4th Street. After finishing to clear 4th Street, crews will continue to remove piles of snow from street corners throughout the City on Sunday and Monday.

Effective immediately for public safety reasons, cars that are improperly parked in a way that obstructs the flow of traffic or emergency vehicles anywhere in the City are at risk of being towed. Residents should monitor weather reports and ensure that they are not parked along snow emergency routes while streets are snow-covered, as they will be at risk of ticketing and towing.

Updates will be provided on the City website, http://www.hobokennj.org, and residents may also sign up for alerts from the City via text or email through the Nixle system by signing up at http://local.nixle.com/city-of-hoboken/. Parking permit holders who have not been receiving automated phone messages from the City and wish to do so may contact the Parking Utility at 201-653-1919 or parking@hobokennj.org to make sure that an accurate phone number is on file.

Link: http://www.hobokennj.org/news/snow-removal-information-no-parking-on-11th-street-or-vezzetti-way/

Fire engine no. 3, number 3, number 3, number 3

Hoboken rolled out a new crowned jewel, fire truck number 3 on Friday afternoon in front of City Hall.  The new truck is a morale booster to the Fire Department and town where reductions on other fronts and an unexpected $20 million repair price tags to the waterfront is giving taxpayers the willies.

The Hoboken Journal features a brilliant photo essay of the new beast, a Spartan Metrostar.  Here's a couple to wet your appetite if you've yet to see it (click to enlarge):




Link:
http://thehobokenjournal.blogspot.com/2011/01/hoboken-fire-engine-3-makes-its-debut.html

There's also a new video clip just added too.
Photos courtesy the Hoboken Journal

Friday, January 28, 2011

City to continue snow plowing downtown

City of Hoboken announces:


Snow Plowing And Removal To Continue Over Weekend On 1st, 3rd & 4th Streets

emergencysnowroute

Plowing and clearing of snow along the parking lanes of both sides of 1st Street and 3rd Street will take place on Saturday, January 29 and along 4th Street on Sunday, January 30.
This is necessary to ensure the safe passage of fire apparatus. The Police Chief has declared a snow emergency along these streets, and residents should remove their vehicles by 9 am on the designated day or risk being ticketed and towed. Residents may park along these streets once both sides of the street have been cleared.
“We need to clear our streets as much as possible before the next storm hits, but I recognize it can be difficult for people to dig out their cars,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I strongly encourage residents to volunteer and help their neighbors dig out, especially the elderly and disabled. Another major storm is possible next week, and we’re doing everything we can to prepare for that storm.”
Due to the impending storm and the need to address public safety issues, enforcement of alternate side parking street cleaning regulations is suspended until further notice.
In addition to clearing 1st, 3rd, and 4th Streets, the City will also continue to clear snow piles from as many street corners as possible.

Bet Mazin strikes again!

Probably no story received stronger reaction on MSV than this political parody starring our can do government official Bet Mazin.  Originally posted last July, it still causes heaves of laughter throughout the mile square.


Recently, while reviewing some clips on youtube, it appeared missing.  Somehow youtube pulled it down and said it was a violation.  It was never communicated and it's been impossible to find out where the complaint originated and why it was removed.  MSV promised it would return once again.


And so here it is, the original in its entirety.  Now how do you like dem apples?






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This supersedes all previous notices.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

City: Snow emergency route clearance rules remain in effect

City of Hoboken announces:

STREET CLEANING AND SNOW PLOWING INFORMATION

Residents are reminded that they should not be parked along snow emergency routes. Ticketing and towing operations will continue in order to clear these streets. This is necessary in order to continue to clear City streets of snow and to ensure the safe passage of emergency vehicles.

Although enforcement of street cleaning regulations is suspended for Thursday, January 27, plows will be clearing open parking lanes where possible.

Enforcement of alternate side parking and street cleaning regulations will resume on Friday so that plows can begin the process of clearing parking lanes of snow.


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Sign of the Times: Team Mason shoveling it

Team Mason, a group of three pictured here in yellow windbreakers are out shoveling it for votes today.  A reader submitted this photo with the backstory "Alex from Tenneessee," an uncle to one of the kids is the collector of the fee for their labor.  Alex then pays the young lads who shovel for residents at no charge - at least that's the understanding the kids have on remuneration.

Will we see the mysterious Alex appearing on Beth Mason's ELEC?  Only time will tell.

Three hired shovelers are pictured out and about shoveling for free while promoting Beth Mason for re-election

Committee for a Green Hoboken announces...

Welcome to the QLC & CGH Newsletter.
Interested in going green? Or saving some green? Either way, the Quality of Life Coalition’s Committee for a Green Hoboken welcomes you to our new monthly newsletter. QLC’s CGH is a group of local volunteers working on projects that will help our neighbors, local businesses and the city of Hoboken reduce our carbon footprint and create a more sustainable community.

Each month, we’ll update you on upcoming events where you can learn more about sustainability, or meet fellow Hobokenites interested in exchanging ideas about going green. We’ll keep you informed about what the city and local businesses are doing to reduce CO2 output, and ways you can reduce your own carbon footprint. Your input and involvement are welcome, just email us at 
cgh@qlchoboken.org, or visit our website, www.qlchoboken.org.





ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS:


Topic: Recycling
Date:February 8th (Tuesday),
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30 pm
Where: 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Moderator: Tom Chartier, Chartier Redevelopment Group
Panelists:  Jeff Marangi, Eagle Recycling
                    Jason Scott, The Taco Truck
                    Jason Tecza, Committee for a Green Hoboken

The panel will discuss the how-to's of recycling, from plastics and electronics to composting and construction & demolition waste.  The panel will also discuss future plans for increased recycling in Hoboken and Hudson County, followed by Q&A discussion with the audience.


 Topic: Going Green Increases Property Value
Where: 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Date: March 8th (Tuesday),
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Moderator: Tom Chartier, Chartier Redevelopment Group
Panelists:  Daniel Gans, Hoboken Brownstone Company
                    Jesse Halliburton, Halliburton Homes
TDB

Learn how various sustainability measures can improve the value of new and existing homes, followed by Q&A discussion with the audience


 TOURS:


 Eagle Recycling Facility
Where: 4711 Dell Ave, North Bergen, NJ
Date: February 11th (Friday),
Time: 3pm to 4pm

Join us for this unique opportunity to see a single streamrecycling center in operation!  The plant accepts plastic, paper, cardboard, metals, glass, concrete, wood, asphalt, etc. and is capable of recycling over 90% of the waste received!
Please RSVP to 
cgh@qlchoboken.org for this FREE event.
 
Garden Street Lofts
Where: 1425 Garden St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Date: March 11th (Friday)
Time: 3:00pm–4:00pm

Come tour Hoboken's first LEED Certified condominium building and learn first hand the benefits of building green as well as the ups and downs!
Please RSVP to 
cgh@qlchoboken.org for this FREE event.

 
GREEN DRINKS:
Our first Green Drinks of 2011 will be a fundraiser in NYC for a charity that helps provide clean drinking water within Ethiopia.

Where: TenJune26 Little W 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
Date: February 25th (Friday)
Time: 8:00 - 9:30pm

For tickets: 
http://www.showclix.com/event/15740/
To donate: 
http://mycharitywater.org/sustainablypotablefundraiser

2nd ward resident complains about Beth Mason's lack of transparency at Rent Control meeting

Here's something many 2nd ward residents are familiar with: Beth Mason not responding to constituent email.  Da Horsey knows this very well from personal experience.  Beth Mason has people on the payroll to manage every utterance she makes on any topic under the sun, but oddly can't seem to have her staff master basic constituent response to the Hoboken community.

Of her numerous grievous sins, this probably falls low on the list.  Her passive ones do far less damage than the active ones she performs in her alliance with Mike Russo and the "Association," he assumed control from his infamous father.

Here's the video clip of the constituent's complaint in this short clip.  Listen to Beth Mason's interruption and how she steers it away from her failure to the speaker's impressions of the proposed rent control ordinance.

That is what we call politrickery in action.



Video courtesy the Hoboken Journal

New Fire Engine to debut in Hoboken

City of Hoboken announces:


MAYOR ZIMMER AND FIRE CHIEF BLOHM TO SHOWCASE HOBOKEN’S NEW FIRE ENGINE

Mayor Dawn Zimmer will join Fire Chief Richard Blohm at 3 pm on Friday, January 28th in front of City Hall to accept delivery of the City’s newest fire engine.



“Our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us, so I’m glad that we are able to provide them with the best equipment utilizing the latest technology possible so they can do their jobs effectively and keep us safe,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This new Engine will improve our response capability and modernize our fleet by replacing one of our oldest vehicles purchased in 1987.”

After Chief Blohm provides Mayor Zimmer with a tour of the Engine, it will remain parked in front of City Hall until 5 pm so that residents, especially parents and their children can view the vehicle. Fire fighters will be on hand to distribute Hoboken Fire Department challenge coins, fire helmets, coloring books, rulers, pencils, and key chains.

The new fire apparatus, a Spartan Metrostar manufactured by Crimson, is capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute and can transport five seated firefighters along with a reservoir tank carrying 500 gallons of water for a quick fire attack. The vehicle, which meets or exceeds the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association, also has a variety of equipment including several ladders and more than 2,000 feet of fire hose along with the various fire nozzles and adaptors necessary to extinguish a fire.


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HPU to aid senior buildings in permit renewals

City of Hoboken announces:

HOBOKEN PARKING UTILITY ANNOUNCES CUSTOMER SERVICE VISITS TO SENIOR BUILDINGS

To better meet the needs of Hoboken’s senior community, the Hoboken Parking Utility announced today that it will begin scheduling customer service visits at senior buildings and the Multi-Service Center during permit renewal season to assist senior residents with renewing their annual parking permits. HPU will schedule a date and time for each senior facility that expresses interest in a Customer Service Representative visiting the building and conducting the permit renewal process which involves reviewing residency and age requirements as stated in the City Code. Flyers will be posted prior to the appointment to inform residents of the permit requirements.

After each visit, the HPU will process the permits in office and hand deliver the approved permits to an authorized representative at the respective building within 1 to 2 days.

This new program, developed in collaboration with Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, was designed to improve convenience and address the limited mobility challenges faced by our senior community.

“Councilman Cunningham expressed concerns to me that we needed an easier way to renew senior permits, particularly those that live farther from City Hall,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

“I'm happy to say that this solution is a considerable improvement for seniors and demonstrates the effectiveness and creativity of a strong and collaborative Council-Mayor relationship,” added Councilman Cunningham.

The program will begin with a visit to Fox Hill (311 13th Street) on Friday, January 28th at 10 am.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

City: More snow yet and discounted garage parking

City of Hoboken announces:


WINTER STORM WARNING & DISCOUNT GARAGE PARKING

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which is in effect through 6 am on Thursday, January 27. Snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are currently predicted.

Residents are reminded not to park along emergency snow routes. As soon as streets are snow-covered, cars along these routes may be ticketed and towed. Tickets are currently being issued. A state of emergency does not need to be declared for towing to occur. A list and map of emergency snow routes is available on the City website:http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/emergency-snow-routes/. In addition, no parking signs have been placed along the north side of 9th Street. If necessary, the Chief of Police may declare a snow emergency and tow cars along this street as well. Residents who believe they have been towed should call Mile Square Towing at (201) 217-3133.

Enforcement of alternate side parking regulations will be suspended during and for 24 hours after the end of the storm.

Residents can monitor the City website, http://www.hobokennj.org or sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City via Nixle by visiting http://local.nixle.com/city-of-hoboken.

Residents may contact the Emergency Operations Center as of 8 pm on Wednesday with questions or areas that need snow plowing by calling 201-239-6643/6644/6645/6647/6648. For emergencies, call 911 or the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100. Downed power lines should be reported to 911.

Due to the predicted storm, a special rate of $5 per 24 hour period is being offered in Garages B (28 2nd Street) and D (215 Hudson Street) to residents with a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard beginning at 8pm on Wednesday, January 26 through 8pm on Thursday, January 27. In addition, Hoboken residents with disabilities who posses either a handicapped license plate or hang tag for their permitted vehicle may also park in the Midtown garage (371 4th Street) for the same reduced rate. Garage space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents who wish to extend their stay in the garage and who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00. This rate is available in Garages B, D and Midtown every day of the year.

Property owners or occupants are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow within 6 hours of the completion of a storm, and residents are urged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing snow from their properties. It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants.


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Hospital Authority meeting cancelled tonight


Tonight's Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority meeting is cancelled due to weather.
Meeting is rescheduled to February 2nd at 6:00.

Parking permit renewals extended through end of February

City of Hoboken announces:

PARKING UTILITY ANNOUNCES EXTENSION FOR PERMIT RENEWALS

In a continued effort to rectify long-standing data omissions in Resident parking permit account records and non-compliance with the policies set forth in Hoboken’s City Code, the Hoboken Parking Utility announced today that it is extending the 2011 Resident parking permit renewal period until February 28. Current 2010 Resident parking permits in good standing will therefore remain valid until that date. All residents who park on-street with a Residential parking permit sticker are advised to have renewed their parking permit for the 2011 calendar year by the end of February.

Fixing Missing Address Information:
During this renewal season, HPU is focusing its attention on correcting account records to accurately reflect household addresses - both street address and apartment/unit number. This effort is being undertaken to ensure that residents are not incorrectly charged for multiple vehicles in their household. The standard pricing for Resident parking permits is $15 for the first vehicle in the household, $30 for the second vehicle in the household, and $90 for each additional vehicle in the household.

Questions About Renewal Notifications
HPU has received resident inquiries about receipt of renewal notification letters. While the majority of renewals have already been received and processed, a substantial number of renewals remain outstanding due to the records correction efforts described above. HPU will undergo a second round of notifications to reach these residents in the next week or two. In the meantime, residents can refer to the Resident Parking Permit Renewal Procedures webpage (http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/permits/) for detailed information on what documentation is necessary for an easy renewal process.    

What is a Household?
A household is generally considered the same as the United States Postal Service mailing address typically reflected on a resident's driver's license and vehicle registration; otherwise, multiple apartments/units in a residential building can be demonstrated using documentation such as current utility bills or tax records. When submitting renewal information, residents are asked to pay careful attention to including the necessary documentation to verify apartment/unit numbers and thereby establish to which household the permitted vehicle is associated. All vehicles registered to residents with the same mailing address will subsequently be considered part of the same household and subject to the pricing policies described above.

Online Permit Renewals
The City thanks residents for their cooperation with the renewal process. The Parking Utility is in the process of implementing a new system so that next year residents will have the option to renew permits online.

Other Questions
As always, Hoboken residents can easily contact HPU via email at parking@hobokennj.org, by phone at 201-653-1919, or during window hours at the Hoboken Parking Utility, Ground Floor of City Hall, from 8:15AM to 9:30PM, Monday through Friday. Please note that during permit renewal season it may take longer than usual to get a response to your inquiries.


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Beth Mason flips the tables on City Council subcommittees

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


If you thought the damage sustained from the November 4th ward elevation of Tim Occhipinti to the City Council is limited to that body you'd be wrong and Councilwoman Beth Mason is working to ensure just that.  Even with the council ward elections up ahead in Spring, the new 'majority,' is moving ahead with tilting the subcommittees council people engage on in a number of below the radar but very important areas.


As the public recently discovered in the Monday subcommittee meeting on the rent control ordinance the other night, what is done there can be of critical importance with far reaching impact.  Much of the work is completed before reaching City Council for a final vote and will probably be the case regarding the new proposed rent control ordinance.


Here's the new breakdown:
Hoboken Council Subcommittees 1-2011


Changes in key subcommittee chairs are the key to forwarding a Mason-Russo agenda controlling city government.


The most glaring example of this is Beth Mason's installation of Tim Occhipinti to chair the all important Economic Development and Open Space Committee.  This key role leads Planning and Zoning, ABC Board, the Waterfront and Affordable Housing.  Has Tim Occhipinti ever attended a Zoning or Planning Board meeting?  Probably not, but his developer friends have.


David Mello was bounced from the chair of Parking and Transportation.  Taking over is Terry Castellano and she is joined by fellow family member Mike Russo.  Word on the street is that Russo's unprofessional abuse of Director Ian Sacs reached new heights - or new lows, depending on your perspective of professionalism.  Their recent exchange on professional development entered theater of the absurd status when Mike Russo compared his physical therapy studies to Ian Sacs attending a credited transportation conference in Vancouver as part of his professional transportation development in engineering. 


Ian Sacs has instituted a number of far reaching policies improving parking and transportation in Hoboken while declining to institute the expected favors to the political elite.  Add to that the success of the Corner Cars program and you have a recipe for trouble.  Mike Russo is doing his worst to uphold his end.  Apparently, both he and Terry Castellano really are missing the old, dark ways under former Director John Corea.  (Corea is facing serious charges for embezzling $800,000 in Hoboken Parking meter quarters and the case is not yet concluded.)


Talking Ed Note: No word on whether Mike Russo found his "mistake" on the 55 tons of almost a million dollars in missing parking quarters yet or if Terry Castellano has indicated it's been "cleared up," not once, not twice, not three but maybe for the fourth time now in the subcommittee meeting.

Last, Mike Russo is again head of the Finance subcommittee!


Oh the web we weave, when our aim is to deceive.  Thank you Beth!

Parking & Transportation note: The Hoboken Parking Utility will announce today extension of 2011 Resident parking permit renewal period; 2010 permits valid until February 28 - according to a tweet earlier.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hoboken launches new Rx to residents with prescription savings plan

City of Hoboken announces:


CITY OF HOBOKEN LAUNCHES NEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAVINGS PROGRAM

Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined Heinz Foundation President Jeffrey Lewis and Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., (FMC) to announce the launch of a new prescription drug discount program.

The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all city residents -- regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. This program has already saved cardholders an average of 45% in 2010 on the cost of prescription drugs. Even pets and family members living outside the city are able to take part in the program. The Rx card will be distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Hoboken and throughout the nation and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

“With healthcare costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens Hoboken families are facing at a time when they need it the most,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

“There are no eligibility requirements, so the Rx card is expected to have a sizeable impact on uninsured residents, residents facing high insurance deductibles and will allow savings for persons in need of prescriptions not covered by their current plans,” added Jeffrey Lewis.

Providing savings for residents through the Rx program will come at no expense to the City of Hoboken or its taxpayers. Besides the discounts on prescriptions, the card also provides 50% to 80% discounts for lab and imaging tests, further helping cardholders save even more money on their healthcare costs for these services. 

“We are pleased to work with Hoboken to help individuals, their families and pets combat the rising cost of healthcare,” said Martin Dettelbach, Chief Marketing Officer of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., of Ponte Vedra BeachFlorida, the issuer of the Coast2Coast Rx free discount card. “We appreciate all that the City of Hoboken and local pharmacies are doing to help those in need.” 

The Coast2Coast Rx card will soon be available for residents to pick up at most participating pharmacies, the Mayor’s office and Clerk’s office in City Hall, the Multi Service Center, the Housing Authority, the Hoboken library, Hoboken UniversityMedical Center, and other locations.  Residents may also print the Rx card, check their prescription prices and view the nearest participating locations at www.coast2coastrx.comTo print the car, go to the Print Free Card menu button, click on city in the dropdown list, then click on the City of Hoboken.

The Coast2Coast Rx card will provide residents with a valuable tool to help maintain their health and wellbeing at an affordable cost. 

Features of the card include:

  • 59,000+ participating pharmacies including all major chains and most independents
  • Over 60,000 drugs included in formulary
  • Save up to 65% on a brand name or generic drug
  • Overall annual savings range from 30% to 45%
  • Card is good for an entire family
  • Cardholder pays no fees for the card
  • No paperwork to fill out – card is ready to use
  • There are no health, age or income restrictions; everyone qualifies
  • Card has no expiration date and can be used as often as needed
  • Card can be used to fill pet prescriptions at participating pharmacies
  • Card is primarily for uninsured although insureds can use the card if they have a high deductible
  • Insureds can use the card if their drug isn’t covered by their insurance
  • In some instances the card can be used during the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
  • Cardholder information is held confidential and is not used for any other purpose.
  • The card includes 50%-80% discounts on lab and imaging tests



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Rami Pinchevsky - It's official: In for the win for the 4th ward council seat

Rami Pinchevsky for Council announces:



RAMI PINCHEVSKY ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR HOBOKEN CITY COUNCIL

Last week Rami Pinchevsky, a current Hoboken Democratic Committeeman in the 4th Ward, filed paperwork with New Jersey Board of Elections to run for Hoboken City Council this May. His decision to run is motivated by a frustration with the current political rhetoric.

“What we need is an independent voice representing everyone in the 4th Ward. For too long, politics and the status quo have stood in the way of real progressive change. We deserve the services that our hard-earned tax dollars pay for."

“I am recently married and planning to start a family here, so the long term health of Hoboken is very important to me. With scenes like our former Mayor being cuffed and dragged out of City Hall, it is hard to believe that money for parks, road maintenance, public safety, or environmental preservation is being spent as effectively as it can be. This, combined with the political grand-standing that recently jeopardized the entire city when the council was gridlocked over a simple budget procedure, is a recipe for disaster,” Pinchevsky said.

Rami has lived in Hoboken's 4th Ward for nearly a decade. He has been an active member of the community for many years, beginning with his involvement in the Save Block 11 movement to protect designated park land from being over developed.

Pinchevsky is a credentialed actuary. He has spent his professional life analyzing employee benefits, measuring value, and assessing risk to help companies become as efficient with their finances as possible. “80% of Hoboken’s budget is salary and benefits. We need a professional on the council who can review bills, budgets, and paperwork and make informed decisions, not someone who simply takes marching orders or gauges public opinion to get reelected,” Pinchevsky said.

For more information on Rami’s campaign for City Council, go to RamiForCouncil.com 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sign of the Times: Water main street work on lower Bloomfield continues




The water main was fixed earlier but into the evening the workers continued to wrap up the construction efforts.  Things looked to be wrapping up late in the evening.


Da Horsey Via Blogpress

Proposed Rent Control ordinance for the hearing at City Hall tonight

For those who can't make the hearing tonight, here's the draft:

Proposed Rent Leveling Ordianance Draft 1


Talking Ed Note: A quick glance shows a limitation on overcharges to two years. This will prevent the absurd application where huge amounts were being tallied over decades due to all kinds of problematic paperwork coming out of files in City Hall.

Sadly, for some owners who literally lost their property, it comes too late.

There will be lots of disagreement on this proposed ordinance. The problems will not all be fixed due to the political problems stemming from the unfairness in the application. If you are a small homeowner, consider yourself on the list of those will bear the brunt of 
this discriminatory proposed ordinance.

The battle of rent control begins in earnest tonight at 6:00 in City Hall

Rent control in Hoboken is more than the mix of regulations limiting some home owners to far less than market rates on their housing units; it's a complete mish mash of decades old regulations applying to some and not to others.  The paperwork supporting the regulation has more holes in it than the Jets defensive line in last night's AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh.

Hoboken's rent control ain't a movie, it's a nightmare

That's only topped by the unfairness when an owner discovers a previous owner failed to provide correct data and now they are on the hook to a tenant for tens of thousands of dollars they believed were undercharged for rent in the first place.

Former Corporation Counsel Michael Kates worked on the process of updating the ordinance after the subcommittee had done who knows what for about eight months.  He was criticized by Councilwoman Beth Mason.  He filled her in he had a few months with the document while her subcommittee had assumed control for three times as long.

One story recounted and everyone has one is about an old Italian man in my neighborhood who had a tenant over many years.  The tenant, an actor had lived in the building for many years told the Italian owner he would be leaving but needed $12,000 to do so as he couldn't "afford" to move.

So the owner went and spoke of this odd tale to several of his friends and neighbors.  One person (who conveyed this story to Da Horsey) urged the man to pay the tenant the money and be done with it, least he find himself in more difficulties.  The old Italian homeowner found this to be ridiculous and said why should he pay a tenant to leave who he treated more than fairly and even undercharged rent.  Again, he was told to be done with it.

After relaying to the tenant he would not pay him to move, the actor went down to City Hall and had a rent calculation done going back decades on the unit. In the end he found the paperwork to his liking and the result was the Old Italian man had to pay somewhere over $40,000 to help his tenant "move."

This kind of thing has been going on for quite a while.  Tonight at 6:00 in City Hall the new version of rent control will be made available.  It's going to be quite a show.

Talking Ed Note: This isn't a confirmed story but I trust the source who told it months ago.  Not only is rent control in Hoboken archaic, it's completely discriminatory to certain homeowners over others.  The results are very bad but said to be required for diversity.

I've yet to hear what value the diversity adds to Hoboken other than putting some homeowners in a bind, while leaving other owners free reign to charge whatever the market will bear.

You never hear about celebrities complaining about the lack of diversity on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.  Now why is that?