Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's a dog eat dog... Hoboken?

                              
Dog, dog, dog-eatity dog?


Guest of the Stable "Furey" offers this insight into the new Hoboken311 system:

Operation: Bad Dog Owner


Ask anyone in Hoboken what is their biggest pet peeve behind lack of parking or potholes and you probably will hear about dog owners who aren't picking up after their dog. Its disgusting to walk down the street and see brown bombs all over the sidewalk. As a dog owner, it pisses me off when I notice dog owners that aren't cleaning up after their dogs "do their business".
When you walk dogs in your neighborhood, often you meet other dog owners and get to know them. Some you know by name. Some you know just by their dogs name. While there are others that you haven't met, but have seen them walk their dog often enough that you recognize them.
One owner, in particular, got my attention. After walking Rocco for the last three years, I notice that there was one dog owner who consistently was not picking up after their dog. This wasn't a once or twice thing, but it was Every. Single. Time. Every time I saw him walk his dog, he would let the dog poop - and then sort of do a quick "is anyone watching me" look to the left or the right and walk away.
At first I was going to say something. If you know me well enough i'm not someone that minces words, nor do I have a very good filter. This isn't the first time I confronted a bad dog owner. In fact, I remember once before I confronted someone else about not picking up after their dog - and they went so far to accuse me of needing glasses. I remember another time the guy was going to punch me that he was so angry that I caught him.
Perhaps third time is a charm, so I didn't say anything - I let my government do the work. I'm friendly with a few of the hardworking people in city hall, so I reached out to them and asked their advice. I first thought calling the police would be the logical step. Maybe they could do an undercover sting operation! This was met by laughter and correction - that I should contact the health department.
It turns out that by using Hoboken311: http://www.hobokennj.org/311/, I was able to report what I saw. I had a pretty detailed account of the guy who was letting his dog poop all over the place, he had a regular morning routine which was right outside his building. I knew what he looked like and knew what kind of dog he had. I basically wrote all the details in a request.
My honest thought was that no one would really do anything. I mean, how often do you really see the "little guys" get anyone to notice them in City Hall? I'm not some big campaign contributor or own a big business in town. I'm just a regular guy who gets easily annoyed at the double parked cars outside of Piccolo's. But that's a story for another day.
Imagine my surprise when I received this email only a few days later (with some details left out):
"Please be advised that earlier this morning, beginning at 6:45am, our Office conducted a surveillance of the area described in your complaint (Hoboken Health Department Complaint #[redacted]) in which the individual you described in your e-mail, was found in violation of 93-16 of the Code of the City of Hoboken (not picking up dog feces) and has been issued a summons to appear in Hoboken Municipal Court, on [redacted].

Director Pellegrini and myself would like to again thank you for taking the time to send the detailed information that you did which led to the catching of this individual in the act of creating a public health nuisance.

Frank Sasso"



Wait, what? It worked? This town isn't perfect. There's always going to be someone who is going to complain about everything City Hall does - and rarely do you ever hear someone complimenting City Hall on a good job. This is just an example that sometimes government works, and that Hoboken311 is a pretty nifty site.


As originally posted on Philly to Hoboken: http://networkedblogs.com/Kz75A

Mayor calls for special meeting for Thursday, budget peril looms

The City Clerk's Office announced:


Monday, April 22, 2013
Via Hand Delivery
City Clerk James Farina
94 Washington Street Hoboken, New Jersey 07030


Dear City Clerk Farina:
Please be advised that as the Mayor of the City of Hoboken, I hereby call a Special Meeting for the purpose of conducting a Special Meeting of the Governing Body for Thursday, April 25, 2013 to commence at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, 94 Washington Street, First Floor, Hoboken, New Jersey, for the following purposes:
  1. RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, IN THE COUNTY OF HUDSON, NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF SPECIAL EMERGENCY NOTES OF THE CITY OF HOBOKEN IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF UP TO $700,000; MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS TO EFFECT AND MAINTAIN THE EXEMPTION OF INTEREST ON SAID NOTES FROM FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION; AND AUTHORIZING SUCH FURTHER ACTIONS AND MAKING SUCH DETERMINATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE TO EFFECTUATE THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF THE NOTES

  2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CY 2013 BUDGET
No other matters unrelated to the above may be discussed, introduced, considered or acted upon at this meeting. Action on the foregoing items may be taken at the meeting. Please notice this meeting in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act N.J.S.A. 10:4-6. Please ensure that all City Council members receive adequate notice of this correspondence.

cc: Quentin Wiest, Business Administrator Mellissa Longo Esq., Corporation Counsel
Very truly yours, //s//
Dawn Zimmer Mayor 


Union City Mayor Brian Stack (c) has not shown much of a neighborly relationship with next door Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  
He however went out of his way to aid Old Guard Boss Michele Russo for a job there with benefits.
This photo is from  outside the Elk's Club with the arrival of Gov. Chris Christie after Hurricane Sandy.

Talking Ed Note: Will update on details when available but the odds of approval on the request are not looking very good.  After all, what's the point of suspending a seat (Jim Doyle's) into legal appeals if you don't use the opportunity to do more harm to Hoboken and of course the mayor?

Do you think Michele Russo who has been making recent appearance arounds town at the HHA, the Board of Ed and the City Council meetings won't want to show who's boss?  She must be very unhappy with reforms in Hoboken not to mention she lost her free illicit health benefits along with her husband Anthony Russo in 2011.

Union City Mayor Brian Stack came to the rescue and put Michele Russo (and her husband) on the Union City BoE payroll.

Yesterday, Stack via a spokesman is quoted as being confident in the Carmelo Garcia appeal.  Here's a Jersey Journal Augism: if Stack is so confident to see Judge Bariso's decision overturned, why didn't he even issue a one sentence statement in his own name saying so?

Mayoral Candidate Ruben Ramos launches Facebook page with council slate

Here's the Facebook page launched by Ruben Ramos:

Team Ramos: Joe Mindak, Laura Miani, Ruben Ramos and Eduardo Gonzalez

Talking Ed Note: MSV would strongly suggest comment discussion focus on issues. Other comments wishing to make comparisons to other officials past and present should be made with supporting reasons.  Exactly how is a reader to accept a conclusion otherwise?

Ruben Ramos is not a fan of MSV.  Da Horsey has broken some sort of unwritten rule book in Hoboken.  You aren't suppose to discuss certain topics like nepotism, voter fraud, HHA exploitation, etc.  That's the impression here but it's undoubtedly completely unknown to his council slate members.

Ramos has a long political record in and outside of Hoboken.  It will be an issue for discussion at length as the mayor's record.