Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Years of effort, hopes and dreams all come down to the Southwest Park ordinance tonight.  Of ultimate interest is how one Tim Occhipinti votes on introduction of the one and only viable option for a Southwest Park.  Let there be no doubts about it, people can talk about this or that and what their druthers is for a Southwest Park but there is no better option than the plan on the table for Block 12 tonight.

The City has made A GOOD FAITH FAIR OFFER for land and others believe they can hold out for prices that crashed long ago back in 2008.  In the end, any appraisal will be made on 2012 prices and any application of eminent domain to convert the land into a park will be impartially determined by a CURRENT APPRAISAL.

If only the City Council can produce five votes for the ordinance.  The last time this resolution was presented on directing the $3,000,000 in county funds for a Southwest Park, Tim Occhipinti was the fifth and final vote.

Will he follow through or support the Tattoli business development sitting on the edge of the potential park.  That development sees a business advantage in potentially using the parking lot across the street.

As Hoboken readers here well know, there's not much Tim Occhipinti won't do for developers.  His record of consistency supporting them is uncanny and singularly supportive.  What contrivance will Occhipinti have up his sleeve to satisfy his developer friends and what does he have in mind to cover up his tracks?  Likely Tim Occhipinti will present at some point an alternate point of view to redesignate the county funds from Block 12 to somewhere else.  

Do not be fooled by such a ruse.  This is exactly the bait and switch Hoboken saw on the hospital.  Saving the hospital and the City from bankruptcy became secondary to the fantasies of MORTe who wished for this, wished for that and also wished for the Easter Bunny to show up the next day with a magical bid from the clouds over Hoboken.

One thing we can say about the area of Block 12, there can't be two dual uses, private and public for the same land.

At 7:00 tune in as the vote is going to come up early!

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."

Tim Occhipinti
4th Ward Councilman 

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.