Thursday, December 22, 2011

City: How to aid Hoboken fire victims; notice to owner to demolish building at Jackson and 1st Street

City of Hoboken announces:

Opportunities For Residents To Assist Recent Fire Victims

On December 17, a fire at a building the corner of Jackson Street and 1st Street displaced five female residents.

Local businesses and residents have organized a benefit event to help raise money and collect needed items for the displaced residents. Residents or local businesses who want to contribute prizes towards the silent auction can contact Rory Chadwick at 201-589-9832 For event details, visit:

There are also several drop off locations where residents can leave clothing (sizes 0 to 10), shoes (sizes 7 to 9.5), sundries, electronics, and other items:

·         The Wicked Wolf, 120 Sinatra Drive
·         Hudson Family Chiropractic, 51 Newark St Suite #203
·         H-Mag - 80 River St Penthouse North
·         Midtown Authentic - 728 Washington St Basement
·         The Clinton Social – 700 Clinton St
·         The Madison Bar & Grill – 1316 Washington St

The owner of the building at corner of Jackson Street and 1st Street has been noticed that they must demolish the building. If the owner does not comply, the City will pursue all options to protect the public safety and quality of life interests of the community.

Quarters Lunchtime Special: How much money really was looted?

Discussion revolving around the looting of the Hoboken Parking Utility often quotes different figures as the players all had their take.  The figures on the mob connected south Jersey arcade firm are different than former Director John Corea's end.

The general consensus is that it was into seven figures, about $1.1 million.  But here's a chart you can see the strange dips in revenue over a three year period.  One commenter noted towns are able to forecast meter revenue so closely it can be sold as a reliable security.  In Hoboken, that wasn't the case under John Corea.  How he was able to slip under the net for so long is in itself a subject worth further investigation.

MSV understands law enforcement is not done doing so.

The resistance on the City Council to probing it further was mainly a battle between Councilman Peter Cunningham and Councilman Michael Russo.  Cunningham's famous quote, "there's money going out the back door" was countered by Russo repeatedly saying the council had no authority to look into the matter.  What was he hiding?

Here's a chart on the meter revenue, courtesy of the Wiley Coyote, Eric Kurta:

This chart illustrates the looting going on month by month in the Hoboken Parking Utility under John Corea. Note that November and December 2007 were months where repayments were made after the discovery was made and an agreement to pay back part of the missing funds.