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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hudson County Board of Freeholders meet angry Hoboken taxpayers

A sleepy budget hearing converted into an angry taxpayer fueled group of Hoboken residents explaining to the county legislators the realities of back to back double digit tax increases on Mile Square residents.

As a group, Hoboken residents flat out said the tax bill is unacceptable.

Tonight's budget hearing of the Hudson County's Board of Freeholders was broadcast live from Hoboken City Hall courtesy of the City of Hoboken and Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

This is the complete, unedited meeting.  Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Council President Ravi Bhalla spoke about the severe impact of the back to back double digit increases Hoboken taxpayers are facing from the County.

After the completion of the budget hearing, the Hoboken public spoke kicked off by a blistering tax rebuke from Councilman Dave Mello and former Freeholder candidate and Reform's Phil Cohen.

Last year's increase of 14% is coupled with a projected 11.5% increase this year.

 

A number of Hoboken residents attended and a good number stayed and spoke at the end of the budget hearing and that's when things got real lively. You can forward the tape as you like.

First Mayor Dawn Zimmer addressed the board @ 4:30.
She's followed by Council President Ravi Bhalla.

The public portion began with Councilman Dave Mello @ the 1:43 mark. He's followed by Phil Cohen and a number of other Hoboken residents concluding with a Horse.  (Da Horsey felt that other Hoboken residents who came and intended to speak had left for various reasons and added perspective was useful.)

County Freeholders hearing hosted in Hoboken tonight: Tax hikes front and center

Like ships passing in the night, the legislative body of Hudson County will come sailing through Hoboken tonight for a meeting of the freeholders.

In attendance among the nine is Hoboken's representative Anthony "Stick" Romano.

The passing of the ships is akin to a tanker being intercepted by Somali pirates. The ships are certainly passing but the tidings are not friendly.

Hudson County is pillaging Hoboken with double digit tax increases annually and it's sent that portion of the tax bill to the stratosphere as illustrated in this chart over the last five years.

While Mayor Zimmer is a fiscal hawk said by political opponents to treat the City's money like her own, Hudson County's appetite is insatiable when it comes to pirating Hoboken taxpayers. 

Hudson County, re: the celebrated HudCo machine which celebrated its almost completely unoppossed primary victory on Tuesday is in little mood to hear Hoboken complaining about taxes.

They haven't even begun cleaning up the champagne bottles from the party. 

The intentions are clear both by inference and by history and the latest tax hikes on the table. Hudson County intends to bleed Hoboken for as long as it can, however it can. The patient is hospitalized but optimistic it can survive. Will the patient take the hit lying down?

Tonight the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be making its Somali pirate pit-stop into Hoboken at 6:00 PM.  Yes, it's at 6:00 when most of you are still working trying to figure out how to keep your family above the rising tide.

There will be however time to sign up and speak your peace when you arrive for public portion soon after.

The question is will even a half-dozen Hoboken residents among 52,000 show up to voice resistance?


"WE KNOW THINGS ARE BAD. WORSE THAN BAD. THEY'RE CRAZY"





So, the question is do you give a pause and throttle or shake the HudCo machine draining you and yours of your economic freedom or will you elect to say as in this movie clip:

 "Please. At least leave us alone in our living rooms." 

So get up now and go to City Hall up the steps to City Council Chambers on the first floor and tell them you're not going to take it anymore. Or at least tell them something. Short of that, HudCo is merely passing through like Somali pirates for a pitstop pickup in Hoboken with a steely smile.

TONIGHT'S MAIN EVENT: CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS BEGINNING 6:00

THE HUDSON COUNTY FREEHOLDERS WILL VISIT HOBOKEN FOR A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE PILLAGING HOBOKEN AGAIN.


Rebuild by Design Kickoff Meeting June 23rd at Stevens Babbio Center

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Community: Community Invited to Kickoff Meeting for Rebuild by Design Project - June 23, Babbio Center, Stevens campus

Dear Horsey & MSV Readers,

All members of the community are invited to attend a public kickoff meeting for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Babbio Center on the Stevens campus.

In attendance at the meeting will be representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which is managing the project, the project consultant, and officials from Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City. Following brief presentations with project updates, members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the DEP, project consultant, and government officials.

“This has been an incredibly difficult week of flooding for many of our residents and businesses – perhaps the worst we’ve had since Sandy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to providing an update on the flood pump that will protect Northwest Hoboken, several parks that will double as flood resiliency projects, and other initiatives that complement the work the DEP will be leading as part of the Rebuild by Design strategy. We have to keep working together as a community to solve this problem, so I thank Carter Craft and Helen Manogue for their contributions in putting together a diverse group of more than 30 residents to serve on the Hoboken Citizens Advisory Group.”

The Hoboken Citizens Advisory Group is being co-chaired by residents Carter Craft, LaTrenda Ross, and Council President Ravinder Bhalla. The group will help to gather input from the community and provide feedback on the project, along with the entire community.

The Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge project will protect Hoboken, Weehawken, and northern Jersey City from flooding. The comprehensive strategy uses both hard infrastructure and soft landscape for coastal defense (resist), recommends policies to enable the urban fabric to slow down water (delay), and includes a green circuit to trap water (store) and water pumps to support drainage (discharge). The DEP will receive the $230 million in funding from HUD and is the lead State agency to plan, design and construct the project. The award is expected to fund the implementation of the “Resist” element of the strategy. Details of the proposal can be found at www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/oma-final-proposal.

The City of Hoboken is independently planning and funding other resiliency initiatives that complement the “Delay,” “Store,” and “Discharge” elements of the Rebuild by Design strategy including:

· Providing $11.7 million to fund North Hudson Sewerage Authority’s construction and operation of Hoboken’s second wet weather pump station with a pumping capacity of 40 million gallons per day to alleviate flooding in Northwest Hoboken.
· Building a Southwest Park designed to hold up to 250,000 gallons of stormwater
· Negotiating through the redevelopment process to acquire a property at 7th Street and Jackson Street for park space with up to 500,000 gallons of stormwater detention.
· Negotiating with BASF to acquire a 6 acre property for open space with at least 1 million gallons of stormwater detention capacity.
· Constructing the City Hall sustainable stormwater demonstration project, which will include rain gardens and cisterns to retain all of the stormwater for a 6 hour long 100 year storm.
· Adopting legislation to encourage and facilitate the installation of green roofs.

Part of Phase One of the Hudson River project is a Feasibility Study and an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS). At a public meeting on May 13, the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors approved the use of an existing New Jersey Transit contract with Dewberry Engineering, Inc. for the State to have Dewberry perform that work.

The existing New Jersey Transit Environmental Consulting Services Task Order Contract has been available for use on Superstorm Sandy Recovery projects. Approval by New Jersey Transit to use this contract for the Feasibility Study and EIS enabled the procurement process to be accelerated, allowing feasibility work to begin this summer.

A more extensive May, 2015 project update from the DEP can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodhazard/docs/rbd-hudson-update-201505.pdf