Thursday, April 26, 2012

Space Shuttle Enterprise to Fly Along Hudson River on Friday

City of Hoboken announces:

On Friday, April 27, NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area. The space shuttle is being flown from Washington Dulles International Airport to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.

The flight is expected to occur between 9:30am and 11:30am. The timing and exact route depend on weather and operational constraints.

It is expected that after flying from the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge along the Hudson River at an altitude of 1,500 feet, the flight will turn west through Bergen County and then return towards New York. Best views of the flight are expected along the waterfront.

Southwest Redevelopment Hearing Tonight

From the desk of Councilman Dave Mello:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

If you are at all interested in providing a smart growth future of our Southwest neighborhood, please attend our next Southwest Redevelopment Planning Board hearing TONIGHT at 7:00 PM at our Multi Service Center. The bulk of tonight's meeting will center upon questioning by the legal representation of various property owners in the Southwest study area of our Planning Board professionals who wrote the study being considered.

The Multi Service Center is located at the SW corner of 2nd and Grand Streets.

Just showing your face for a few minutes will send a strong message to our planning officials and representatives that you take the responsible planning of our Southwest neighborhood very seriously, and expect that our Planning Board will do likewise.

I hope to see you there,


David Mello
City Councilman At-Large
twitter: djmello


City of Hoboken announces:

Residents can now enjoy instant access to garage parking

The Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) announced today that the well-known waiting lists for parking in municipal garages that have forced Hoboken residents to wait for years at a time to get in have finally been eliminated. The successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center cleared the way for residents to find relief from the most notorious waiting list of all at Midtown garage.

"When I took this job, I was handed a wait list for garages that in some cases was over 200 people and nearly three years long,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs “After two years of careful management, organizational changes, and creative thinking from my staff, we can proudly say there is no longer a wait for anyone who wants to park in a municipal garage!”

The HPU manages five municipal parking structures. In 2009, four of five parking facilities had extremely long waiting lists while one was “underparked.” While some garages have availability limited to certain options, everyone who wishes to park in a municipal garage may now do so.

Corrective actions to eliminate the wait lists included eliminating unauthorized/undocumented parking accounts in an early audit of all facilities, standardizing application and wait list procedures, rigorous tracking of occupancy statistics, creation of new options that better meet the needs of customers, clearer documentation about availability, and rebalancing parking to better match supply and demand throughout all facilities.

One of the most important changes to address the mismatch between supply and demand at municipal garages has been the introduction of the “Monthly Limited” parking option for Hoboken residents. This option is designed for residents who commute with their cars to work each day; they enjoy a 30% discount on the standard rate in return for committing to be out of the garage between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. As of March 2012, about 140 residents are signed up for that option.

This year, HPU plans to upgrade the elevators and stairwells in all garages and address needed structural improvements, pending City Council approval of a bond ordinance.

Taking on Da Fish

Mighty Petz, Mighty Petz, step right up and greet your Petz.
They'll make great Petz!

Citi Field earlier today where the Mets completed a three game sweep of the Florida Marlins.

Timmy Time in the park: Let's have a park party celebrating me!

The ever shameless Tim Occhipinti despondent a ribbon cutting ceremony opened the newly refurbished park on lower Jackson Street without him is holding his own self-celebratory party for the park Saturday.

He's managed to take credit for the park while doing nothing himself at least several times now, most recently at the last City Council meeting during the New Business discussion.  The council members exhausted after another full night of MORTe politrickin made no comment when he did so as Occhipinti looked pleased to throw one self-congratulatory moment on the barbie.

One day Director Leo Pellegrini is going to slug him and be given a citation - an order of achievement.

Parents should not be exploited in the ruse and neither should their children.

The voice of the artist on lower Jackson St. is speaking out on Occhipinti's latest ruse.
They aren't happy with Timmy and remember his vote buying scheme all too well.

Talking Ed Note: Someone do the universe a favor and explain to Tim Occhipinti the 8th commandment "Thou shall not bear false witness," is not a suggestion.

Repeatedly taking credit for the work of others is tacky at best, unseemly at worst.  Okay, Da Horsey does know this is Tim Occhipinti we're talking about.

Tell him anyway.  Tell him at the Jackson St. playground with lots of parents around.  Or tell him here where the usual voices of political operatives are trying to salvage the lie: