Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Old Tim or New Tim, for parks, against parks - that's Tim

Here's a communication from last year by Tim Occhipinti.  No matter what happens at the City Council meeting you can be sure if Tim votes down the park ordinance tonight, he has a perfectly suitable reason why agreeing with the mayor on his demand for a Southwest Park is just not up to his standards.

Here's what he originally sold Hoboken:


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Occhipinti calls on Zimmer to Redirect Unused Grant Money 
   
Councilman renews call to create new open space and establish the Southwest Park.  
Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to share with you the following press release issued today. We need to fight for this money to be redirected to land acquisition for the Southwest Park!
(HOBOKEN) - 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti called on Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Mello to consider rerouting $3 million in unused grant money from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. The application deadline to reprogram funding is Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 and the actual grant expires on August 13, 2011.



"The Southwest Park can become a reality and over the past few months the City has made progress towards the creation of the park," said Occhipinti. "We have a golden opportunity to put unused money towards a much-needed project in the often-neglected 4th Ward and I'm afraid we are going to lose out."


This year Hudson County is giving municipalities a "one-time" chance to re-program unused funding from the Open Space Trust Fund for eligible projects. The City of Hoboken is currently seeking to redirect this funding and can seek an extension for this grant, only if the City has demonstrated progress towards a project.

"We need to double our efforts to create a park in the 4th Ward and the Administration has no plans or intentions to move this project forward. That's $3 million that could be redirected for land acquisition purposes for the Southwest Park," said Occhipinti.

"I'm urging Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Mello, both 4th Ward residents, to make this park a priority. This has the potential to be a missed opportunity to create new open space. Zimmer and Mello should be tireless advocates for this project and I urge them to uphold their commitment to creating open space and improving the quality of life for our residents."
Best,

Tim Occhipinti
4th Ward Councilman
occhipintiforcouncil.com 


Talking Ed Note: Tonight we'll have to await what Occhipinti does on the park ordinance.
The surface parking lot in the City's sights as part of the lots of Block 12 sought for a park is also the desired location for the bar business' plan to park cars via valet service.

As we all know, this property developer is a contributor to Tim Occhipinti and he's shown a remarkable enthusiasm to get behind the development there riddled with zoning violation.  He left a City Council meeting earlier this year and went downstairs to speak on the developer's behalf at the Zoning Board meeting, a highly unusual and problematic action.  The Zoning Board Attorney declined to allow an insistent Occhipinti to speak at the meeting, leading to a delay where the facts of life on Hoboken Zoning, irresponsibility and ethics were explained to him at length in a sidebar.

At least you know where Occhipinti's heart lies.