Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hoboken City Council repeals 500 foot rule

This report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

The Hoboken City Council voted to repeal a controversial, decades old “500 foot rule” for bars and restaurants at last night’s meeting.

The 500 foot rule was adopted in 1966 to help regulate the locations of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. The law requires establishments to be at a minimum of 500 feet from each other in order to receive a liquor license.

For the full story, please see the Hudson County View.

Councilman Bhalla calls on NJ Transit for added commuter options

official release

Councilman Bhalla Calls on NJ Transit to Provide Hoboken Bus and Rail Commuters Option to Use Tickets on Ferry During Anticipated Summer Over-crowding 

Councilman Ravi Bhalla today called on NJ Transit to provide Hoboken bus and rail commuters with the option of using their tickets on the new ferry service from Hoboken to 39th Street as a way of combating the overcrowding anticipated this summer due to service changes resulting from scheduled repairs. An additional 7,400 commuters, according to NJ Transit’s own estimate, will be diverted to Hoboken beginning on July 10, with the majority likely to use the already at or beyond capacity PATH or NJ Transit buses to get to New York City. These commuters are being diverted from the Morristown/ Essex line.

Bhalla noted the so-called cross-honoring option to access Ferry Service is being made available to the diverted commuters, but as of now not to Hoboken ones.

Councilman Bhalla said, “The least Hoboken commuters deserve for the inconvenience and additional over-crowding they will experience this summer is the same cross-honoring options as other commuters. I call on NJ Transit to provide this needed flexibility and consideration.”

NJ Transit is modestly increasing bus and rail service in Hoboken during the morning rush over the summer. But the increase fails to match the scale of the over-crowding problem.

Councilman Bhalla adds his voice to Mayor Zimmer’s who made a similar request of NJ Transit recently.

State of the race

Decades back, Hoboken was a scalding hot election environment. The rich tapestry of Hoboken election history is to put it mildly, colorful. Back in the day, institutional power was used rather liberally.

From Hoboken author, Holly Metz on Hoboken's depression era politics:

I had heard from Hoboken old-timers (and later read in Department of Justice files deposited in the National Archives) that under the reign of then-Mayor Bernard McFeely, dissent in Hoboken was viciously quashed. Protestors would be hauled into the police station—the mayor’s brother, Edward, was the chief—and some would leave with broken ribs and swollen faces. The McFeelys did not want anyone to disrupt what one critic called their “nepotistic republic.” More than 60 McFeely kin or in-laws, according to reports I later consulted, pulled down rich salaries in city posts during the Depression years, while Poormaster Barck denied desperate families aid, asserting that the city had insufficient funds for moochers. The McFeelys cultivated support by dispensing small, low-paying jobs on the city payroll; in return, their “friends” became the administration’s eyes and ears on the streets. They reported on the actions of dissenters and threatened them with harm if they spoke out.

Tomorrow, more on the state of the 2017 Hoboken race in MSV premium.

City Council candidate Joshua Einstein campaign Launch

Joshua Einstein for Hoboken City Council announces:

Einstein for Hoboken
Campaign Launch Event

Einstein for Hoboken invites the people of Hoboken to participate in the campaign launch event Saturday, July 8th at 4pm in the backyard of Hoboken Hothouse (200 Monroe St) - the first of many events in support of Joshua Einstein’s run for Hoboken City Council. The campaign launch will include grilled food, an address by the candidate as well by a representative of True Mentors, an amazing local non-profit that is the only one on one mentoring program for children in the Mile Square City. Funds will not be raised for the campaign at this event, however donations to True Mentors are encouraged.

“This is an opportunity for the Hoboken community to come, listen, and dialogue about the challenges and opportunities our city faces as well as to support a terrific local non-profit,” stated Einstein. He continued “leadership is not about being frozen into arcane dogmatic positions or forced into narrow political tribes and teams, it’s about exposing people to new ideas and ways of tackling problems to improve lives and that’s why I wanted a representative of True Mentors to speak about the amazing and unique work they do with Hoboken’s children.”

Einstein has stirred the local political pot by being the first City Council candidate independent of a Hoboken political faction to declare his candidacy and the only registered Republican in the race to loudly and proudly embrace the GOP label. In fact, Einstein was recently elected to be one of Hudson Counties representatives to the New Jersey Republican State Committee, garnering over 1,300 votes. “I’m a proud Republican and I have many liberal friends who also understand the fiscal road our city is on, the stagnant policies that continue by inertia, and ignoring the needs of the majority of people in Hoboken is the wrong path to go down,” Einstein said. He continued “that’s why I’m happy to invite everyone to come and discuss the issues they believe are facing our city and areas that they see need change. I know no two people are ever going to see eye to eye on every topic and I don’t expect every voter to agree with every policy stance I have taken, but I always enjoy exchanging out of the box ideas, learning new perspectives, and brainstorming solutions.”

The Einstein for Hoboken campaign launch event is scheduled for July 8 at 4pm at Hoboken Hothouse. All are welcome.