Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How much should a parking permit be in Hoboken?

The issue came up with some public comment at the last City Council meeting and two of its nine members politely differed on the $15 annual parking permit for Hoboken residents.

Historically, the parking permit has been a battle royale subject to not a small amount of fraud with residents previously using out of town addresses for lower insurance in an effort to obtain a low cost parking permit. Private parking locally runs about $200 to $300 a month.

As it currently stands, a Hoboken parking permits is $15 per year. It's unclear when the last increase occurred.

Councilman Mike Russo says zero would be better than the $15 annual fee for Hoboken residents. Councilman Peter Cunningham responding to pro bike advocate resident Jim Vance agreed with his suggestion the parking permit should be increased from $15 to $300.

This being an election year, it's fascinating for any council member not facing election to trumpet such a massive increase.

There's no resolution under consideration and no keen observer of Hoboken government anticipates any astronomical increase in parking permits to to show up in a resolution let alone a vote this year.

Video of the brief remarks with shallow applause from a sparse audience comes courtesy of The Hudson County View:





Talking Ed Note: A different viral explosion is underway as a verbal altercation on Washington St. over the weekend between what looks like two street vendors led to a fight over turf. Some legal beagles smell another First Amendment litigation coming with the City of Hoboken adding another lawsuit to that bucket.

No one will defend the speech by one member of the notorious Vape Van but the effort to leverage a verbal altercation as reason to remove a business license may be legally problematic. Legal minds should be giving pause not fueling such an expeditious action.

Late yesterday, a story followed the Hudson County View on NJ.com and blowback is seen in the comments section before any council resolution is available for legal review and public scrutiny.

Perhaps a pause would be wiser sans a criminal complaint. Wait, has anyone seen a criminal complaint? Is an alleged crime needed with an alleged victim before government actions are taken?

More questions emerging than answers should give some time to study.