Monday, June 4, 2012

Pupie parking, the musings of Frank Raia

Back in the fall of 2009, a full all out scramble was on in a winner take all race for mayor. Hoboken was splintered with candidates and whoever came out on top no matter how small a percentage would take the crown.

Frank "Pupie" Raia who is a legend in his own mind put out an unintentionally hilarious video on parking.  If you put aside his contention angle parking would double the space in town, you could certainly enjoy it.  (It's not even legal or possible in many places.)

We found this gem on youtube after thinking it was lost forever.  It was part of a resident's contribution supporting then Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Raia was in a close battle for second place but finished distant to Mayor Zimmer.  He's been "angling" since but it isn't for parking.  He's a viable candidate for mayor next spring in 2013.

In 2009, Raia spent over $200,000 to run for the office.  He's been telling everyone in town "Hoboken loves Raia, Hoboken needs Raia."  We're not sure who's signed on yet but that will be the subject of another story.

There's a lot to tell on that front.  For now, let's enjoy some pupie wisdom or comedy.

Mayor appeals to residents in bold initiative for parks in Southwest and beyond in park challenge to City Council

Office of the Mayor announces:


Dear Hoboken Residents,

This Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 is a crucial City Council meeting for everyone who wants more park space in Hoboken. Do you want more space to play in your sports league? Do you think our parks are too crowded? Do you want more space for your child to practice and play sports? Do you want to introduce a new sport to Hoboken? Do you want more open space to just relax, lounge, read a book, and enjoy the outdoors? If you want more park space for any of these reasons, then please read on and let your Council member know your views.  

The New Park Challenge:
This Wednesday, the Council will be asked to authorize the potential acquisition of land through negotiation and, if necessary, eminent domain for parks in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wards (roughly the western half of Hoboken).

The only way our open space promises can be fulfilled is if we take the tangible steps that are needed to actually fulfill them. This means we need to acquire property before the market makes it unaffordable or development makes it impossible.

The time has come for your elected officials to deliver on the open space promises we have all made at election time. The City has $23 million (including a $3 million Open Space County grant) to acquire land for open space. On Wednesday, the Council will be voting on a 2nd and final reading to authorize the acquisition of approximately an acre of property in the Southwest. They will also vote on 1st reading to authorize the potential purchase of approximately six acres in the 5th Ward (known as the Henkel/Cognis site, now owned by BASF) and a smaller property in the 3rd Ward (known as the Pino site).

The $23 million will likely not be sufficient to acquire all of these properties, but the authorization will enable the City to conduct serious negotiations for these properties.

Council members need to hear directly from residents concerned about this issue. Please take a few moments to email them and/or attend the Council meeting to voice your views.

Council President Bhalla:
Vice President Cunningham (5th Ward):
Councilwoman-at-Large Marsh:
Councilman-at-Large Mello:
1st Ward Councilwoman Castellano:
2nd Ward Councilwoman Mason:
3rd Ward Councilman Russo:
4th Ward Councilman Occhipinti:
6th Ward Councilwoman Giattino:

If you want to discuss this directly with me, feel free to stop by my open office hours from 5pm-7pm today, Monday June 4, at my office on the 2nd floor of City Hall. No appointment is necessary.

Thanks so much for listening,

Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Unrelated: Some people are reporting a message from Trend Micro saying MSV is distributing malicious software, dangerous, etc.

It seems kind of fishy.  Well who would try such a thing and is also against free speech?

Trend Micro has been contacted and is going to fix the error and obviously MSV doesn't distribute any software.  There's nothing of concern here but it should be corrected in the next day.  Thanks.