Monday, January 15, 2018

HCV: Video of Mayor Ravi Bhalla & Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher on NJ Transit pending purchase of Union Dry Dock delayed

The following video report comes courtesy of The Hudson County View:

City of Hoboken issued this release on today's event:


Today the NJ Transit Board of Directors was scheduled to vote on purchasing the Union Dry Dock property and leasing the property back to NY Waterway for use as a ferry maintenance and refueling facility. The meeting was abruptly cancelled due to a lack of quorum. Following the cancelled meeting, NJ Transit issued a notice for a rescheduled board meeting at 10am on Friday, January 12, 2018.

“Today was a tremendous victory for Hoboken, and more importantly, for good government,” said Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “Hitting the pause button on this rushed and ill-conceived plan provides NJ Transit the opportunity, under the leadership of the incoming Murphy Administration, to begin a deliberative and transparent planning process that considers input from all stakeholders, including the public.  Any further attempts to subvert this process will be met with fierce resistance from me, and I pledge to use every resource at my disposal to protect Hoboken’s interests.

Thank you to Governor-elect Murphy, who understood the need for local voices to be heard on this matter. Thank you to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their advocacy. And a big thank you to Senator Stack, Assemblywoman Chaparro, Assemblyman Mukherji, the Hoboken City Council Members, and all of the advocates and residents who have been united on this issue.”

For more on this story, please see the Hudson County View:

Hoboken United wins second delay on NJ Transit-NY Waterway vote for Union Dry Dock

According to a report by the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate, today's NJ transit hearing to approve the purchase of the Union Dry Dock for use by NY Waterway is suspended.

Almost 100 members of the Hoboken public joined Mayor Ravi Bhalla with Council President Ruben Ramos and council members Tiffanie Fisher, Jen Giattino, Vanessa Falco and Jim Doyle united in opposition to the NJ Transit plan to purchase and give NY Waterway use of the location. Former councilman Dave Mello also joined the effort.

Tomorrow, the NJ governor-elect Phil Murphy will be sworn-in taking office as NJ Governor. With his term, Murphy will play a pivotal role in attempting to fashion a solution to the conflict.  NJ Transit wants to purchase the property and "sell" its use to NY Waterway so its 30,000 boat customers can see their vessels refueled at the site of the Union Dry Dock. The town of Weehawken is pushing NY Waterway off their location for development and a refueling pitstop is critical for continuing its business operations.

Some in Hoboken point to Bayonne or Brooklyn as "better" refueling depot options but the additional travel time and fuel consumption is costly. Additionally, it adds to pollution and the output of carbon which some argue causes global warming climate change.

The news on Martin Luther King Day shows the unity of almost 100 Hoboken residents who turned out joining Mayor Ravi Bhalla with council members Tiffanie Fisher, Jen Giattino, Ruben Ramos, Vanessa Falco and Jim Doyle may have had a positive impact.

No matter the result here which Hoboken does not ultimately control, the unity of its local government proves there is no reason for discord where the agenda of the residents is primary and leadership for Hoboken is held paramount.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla is surrounded in support by City Council President Ruben Ramos and council members Jen Giattino
and Jim Doyle at the NJ Transit meeting Monday morning. Council members Tiffanie Fisher and Vanessa Falco not pictured here were also in attendance. The NJ Transit agenda was tabled meaning the matter of Union Dry Dock's purchase and future use will be further weighed under the pending NJ governor-elect Phil Murphy Administration.

Talking Ed Note: Mayor Ravi Bhalla utilized the support from residents and council members alike in a strong show of force and unity. No matter what transpires on this issue, this is a positive sign of how Hoboken's local government can effectively work together.

There's no reason to expect anything less.

For more coverage on this story, please see the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate:

photo courtesy of the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate

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