Wednesday, January 26, 2011

City: More snow yet and discounted garage parking

City of Hoboken announces:


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: 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, or sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City via Nixle by visiting

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:


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 ( 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, 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


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.