The meeting is scheduled for 7:30. No action will be taken tonight but the meeting is a predecessor to an important up or down vote next Wednesday.
The public will get to air their feelings on all aspects of the plan. The Chamber of Commerce is reportedly upset with members and local merchants on Washington Street up in arms over both the plan and a late scheduled meeting last Friday at City Hall.
The mayor reportedly arrived late and left after only a short time; some say five minutes. Expect lots of fireworks tonight.
Meeting video is in two parts:
Talking Ed Note: Advocates on both sides spoke strongly for their position but in the end, it was the opponents of a narrowed Washington Street with bike lanes who made the stronger and more concerning remarks. One local businessman collected 500 signatures oppossing the existing plan.
Watch any random segment of the public and you'll get the flavor. Lots of new faces.
Monday, February 8, 2016
The waters bubbled over at the NY Times taking a shot at Rebuild by Design's anti-flood options following another TV personality's cracks about Mayor Zimmer's "corruption" in covering the issue across the Hudson.
Natalie Morales photo courtesy the Hudson County View
Highlighting Hoboken's NBC talking head Natalie Morales, the NY Times highlighted Natalie Morales' wild shots regarding one proposal with a small wall on upper Gardent Street:
Among the over 700 people who have supported the petition was Ms. Morales, who lives on one of the blocks that would be affected. The newscaster took a shot at Ms. Zimmer on the petition site, writing, “This is corruption at its finest!” and alleging a “kickback scheme at the highest level.”
Ms. Morales did not respond to several requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the “Today” show, Megan Kopf, declined to comment about Ms. Morales’s postings or whether NBC News had policies covering the involvement of its journalists in local politics.
Ms. Zimmer seemed mystified by Ms. Morales’s statements, saying she had met her only once before the newscaster showed up at a meeting about the Rebuild by Design process and challenged the engineers. “Did any of you guys walk the streets before you did the plans?” Ms. Morales asked them.
The mayor shrugged off the personal attacks, but she and other residents said they were troubled by the idea that Hoboken should pass up the $230 million.
Sitting in his home-furnishings store that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, Brian Battaglia shook his head at the thought. “To walk away from doing anything in Hoboken that stops the water from coming in seems unbelievable,” he said, recalling how the rising water burst through the back door and shoved everything to the front wall.
Talking Ed Note: The NY Times didn't detail much on Concept A or the four other plans for Rebuild by Design choosing to first highlight the resistance to only one of the five plans.
Natalie Morales' wild allegations were not met with any comment by her for the Times or by NBC's Today Show.
Bobble heads should stick to their TV written script. Safer that way.
Tonight the Washington St. redesign plan will hear from the Hoboken public in a special City Council meeting scheduled for 7:30. The vote yay or nay on the City Hall redesign is next Wednesday night.