Thursday, September 10, 2015

First ward downtown City Council candidate Michael DeFusco shares his vision for Hoboken

From the desk of First Ward City Council candidate Michael DeFusco:

My Hopes for Hoboken
Mike DefuscoI write to share my ideas and hopes for a better downtown Hoboken.


As your councilman, I will fight for common sense constituent concerns – items that should be top priority, but have fallen by the wayside. I will ensure that our streets are free of potholes and trash, that proper lighting and crossing signals are installed and demand trash receptacles at every intersection. I will be available to all my neighbors, ensuring you have a responsive and professional connection to City Hall. And I will work constructively with everyone ---whether they agree or disagree with me politically---to make sure our neighborhood needs are addressed.

On the larger issues facing downtown, I will use my five years of land use experience on our City’s Zoning Board and advocate for sensible and innovative building projects at the Neumann Leathers factory site and NJT Rail Yards. We can make these locations spaces that encourage arts, entertainment and commerce – like Chelsea Market in NYC or Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Ensuring responsible development that brings more vibrancy, while maintaining our community’s existing scale is critical to improving our quality of life.

I believe we can and must make improvements to Washington Street, which to us in the First Ward is more than a business district; it is our back yard. And we must make sure that Hoboken remains affordable for our working families, our middle class residents and our seniors and that requires holding the line on taxes through fiscal discipline.

I pledge to bring the new energy we need and to fight hard every day for a better downtown Hoboken!

Sincerely,
Mike DeFusco