Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mayor Zimmer: "I have some real concerns about Snooki"

A MSV Online Hoboken Exclusive


Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp (HVAC) needs your help

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:


I usually don't send out appeals of this nature, but found this one to
be important, economical and beneficial to our community and our

The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp (HVAC) and Hoboken's Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) has recently received a generous gift
from Roger Muller of Muller Insurance.  After months of searching
HVAC and CERT found a rescue truck that would primarily be used for
emergency rescue missions and triage and would be shared with the CERT

HVAC would provide training, garage space and maintenance for the new
Special Services Unit.   Now for the ask...

HVAC is respectfully requesting tax deductible donations (tax
deductibility - please check with your accountant) to transport the
vehicle from Tampa and to outfit the vehicle.  Their goal is to raise
$2,000.  Any amount would be graciously accepted ($10, $20, etc).

Check can be made out and sent to:

Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps." In the memo it should say For "NEW

Special Ops Vehicle c/o Lou Casciano

1139 Park Ave Hoboken NJ 07030

Many thanks to Lou Casciano and the CERT team for all their tireless
work as volunteers to help protect our community.  Thanks to all for
your consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions
or concerns.  Specific questions may be directed to Lou at

Peter Cunningham

City announces passage of ordinance bringing 850 parking spaces via "Extended Parking"

City of Hoboken announces:


Working with 5th Ward Councilman Cunningham, the Zimmer Administration addressed a common parking concern of residents by introducing legislation to bring 850 new parking spaces to Hoboken near corners without compromising on public safety or pedestrian safety. With the Council's unanimous passage of the legislation, the City will be working to develop an outreach program to help ensure residents understand the new parking options.

As a result of the new “Extended Parking Zone” law, which will go into effect in 20 days, residents will be permitted to park within 15 feet of crosswalks on outbound street segments and within 25 feet of crosswalks on inbound street segments during certain times. Parking in these "extended parking" zones is not permitted between the hours of 7am and 7pm whenever public schools are in session.

“We recognize parking remains a challenge, but we’re working to make it as easy as possible for residents who need on-street parking,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

New Jersey state law previously prohibited parking within 25 feet of intersections and 50 feet from stop signs on inbound street sections, however a recent change to state law permits municipalities to allow parking closer to intersections and stop signs when school is not in session.

Transportation and Parking Director Sacs and Fire Chief Blohm conducted a careful review to determine the clearances needed to ensure that fire apparatus could navigate Hoboken's narrow streets without delay in emergency response times. It was determined that parking could be permitted along "outbound" street corners up to 15 feet from intersections, rather than 25 feet. Because of the need to maintain clearances for emergency response vehicles, any vehicle parked closer than 15 feet from an intersection is subject to summons and towing if it is determined that it could impact emergency response times.

"Outbound" street segments are the portions of the street that permit a vehicle to drive away from an intersection. Parking near corners along inbound legs blocks visibility between pedestrians, bicyclists, and oncoming vehicles, posing a serious risk to all.

The City will be mailing residents with information and a diagram clarifying the new rules. The City also plans to install curb markings to further assist residents in establishing the legal distance where they may park.

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Director Ian Sacs led the months long review working with the Hoboken Fire Department to create new extended parking spaces near corners.  Details will be sent to Hoboken residents allowing for more parking spaces while ensuring full access for Hoboken emergency vehicles.

The blind ironies of Tim Occhipinti

 Last night's Council meeting was a land speed record for time, ending before the stroke of 9:30.  How you ask?  Well two reasons, first Beth Mason did not attend and Tim Occhipinti arrived late, the latter saving maybe 30 minutes as Occhipinti is known for insisting on asking every question he can come up with in that space of time on anything in the financial report.  This sadly due to his camera hunger and aversion to email.

The meeting was efficient like no other with passage of a number of ordinances the most prominent being changes to parking near corners after an extensive safety study on the State altered 25 foot corner law.  The Fire Department was involved in this safety review over months to ensure vehicles do not impede on their vehicle's ability to turn.

It's not a Hoboken City Council meeting however without some entertainment.  Earlier the slow talking, ponderous thinking occupant of the 4th ward council seat Tim Occhipinti generated publicity with a nice story in Hoboken Patch for requesting an "action plan" from the City directors on graffiti at the southern Jersey City entrance to Hoboken.

Was that an error?  Did you just say Jersey City horsey?  Yes, Jersey City, home of mayoral aspirant Steve Fulop who happens to work in the same company if not the same floor as Tim Occhipinti during the day and who other media sources call one of the most powerful people in all of Hudson County.

So why did Timmy not just go ask his colleague Councilman Steve Fulop of Jersey City to look into the matter of graffiti IN JERSEY CITY and ask him to fix it?

If you ask this logical question then you don't know Tim Occhipinti.

Tim Occhipinti is informed that the property he's complaining about with graffiti is owned by NJ Transit.  Occhipinti has a binding relationship with transit companies; Academy Bus another said to be his landlord in a possible sweetheart tenant deal.  At one NJ Transit meeting in Hoboken last year, Occhipinti ignored Hoboken residents entirely hovering near Transit head John Leo like a two year with his mommy throughout a public review.

None of this is found by Tim Occhipinti to be ironic in the slightest degree.  See the video for yourself if you can manage not to jump out of your skin at the ever so slow, monotone and plodding Occhipinti.  (This video is an abbreviated portion of his remarks.  That's because Da Horsey shows mercy to its audience.)

Tim Occhipinti - slow, ponderous and devoid of the laughable ironies he delivers at every single meeting.  If every council member followed his example, you'd be hearing about every leaf removed from a grate on camera and the meetings would run until 2:00 am every time.  

Talking Ed Note: More Occhi-pintay notes: We'll spare you the portion of Occhipinti at the end of the meeting "playing dumb" about the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  He claims he doesn't know how the parade was cancelled and why.  Does he actually read, and no Hoboken411 another of his patrons (in service to Beth Mason) has promoted the first Saturday of March as a drinking event does not count.  Occhipinti is concerned that day may be challenging.  Is that right?

Well Tim, why don't you talk to your pal Perry Klaussen and ask him to stop hating on Hoboken?  Hoboken411 was thanked in twitter by one of the biggest social media promoters of the mardi gras faux St. Patrick's Day.

The end of this clip also features Occhipinti complaining Monroe St. could look cleaner and he inquires on a borrowed street sweeper from Secauscus?  Borrowed equipment what?  Yes, Hoboken has been so neglected on basic capital improvements, it has to rent a street sweeper.

Mayor Zimmer had been trying to bond for needed capital equipment over months and months.  Do you know who blocked that reasonable request for most of 2011?

Tim Occhipinti.

You can't make up this kind of hypocrisy.

Related: Grafix Avenger performs a public service with an article detailing how to help Tim Occhipinti find the fourth ward.  She shows Hoboken411's Perry Klaussen is a dummkopf for his mindless promotion of Tim to rid Jersey City of graffiti on NJ Transit property.

Correction: Hoboken has been fortunate to have a good neighbor and has not had to pay a rental fee for the recent use of a street sweeper from Seacaucus.  A reliable source indicates the recent usage was done as a courtesy.