Thursday, August 8, 2019

City Council records unanimous votes for eminent domain proceedings at Union Dry Dock & negotiations for Municipal Garage with Shipyard Assoc.

Last night's City Council meeting repeated the beginning of the 2017 process for eminent domain proceedings at Union Dry Dock.

Another unanimous vote recorded allows negotiations to continue with Shipyard Associates, re: the Barry family for developing at the site of the City of Hoboken Municipal Garage.

The following video report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View. Please note there is no settlement with Shipyard for the municipal garage site downtown. Its approval for the negotiation process and will require major redevelopment approval from the City Council at a later date.

Talking Ed Note: Mayor Ravi Bhalla is quoted saying Governor Phil Murphy "will support our position on Union Dry Dock." To date, the governor has done no such thing. Governor Murphy holds major influence over NJ Transit where a possible compromise solution may be available at the downtown Lackawana location.

To this point, NJ Transit has not publicly voiced support for that request by Hoboken residents.

NJ Transit holds eminent domain powers superior to Hoboken at the former Union Dry Dock site leaving many Hoboken residents to wonder how an eminent domain action to take the Union Dry Dock site will be any different when it was approved and then quickly rescinded prior.

Councilman Mike DeFusco 'pleased Mayor Bhalla follows advice to renegotiate e-Scooter contract'

Official release:

Councilman DeFusco Pleased Mayor Bhalla Follows Advice to Renegotiate eScooter Contract
After urging the Mayor to negotiate a better eScooter deal for Hoboken, the City Council approved amendments to the current eScooter contracts on Wednesday that will generate more revenue and begin to make much-needed investments in rider safety and enforcement. As part of the agreement, Hoboken will collect an additional $.35 per ride specifically for enforcement, rider education and transportation infrastructure investments. 
Councilman Mike DeFusco is releasing the following statement on the new contract:
“I have always believed eScooters can revolutionize micro-mobility and transportation in Hoboken, but the Mayor’s rushed roll-out has resulted in serious public safety concerns. For this program to succeed long term though, it’s important for us to immediately begin making the proper investments in rider safety and transportation infrastructure. The new contract that myself and Councilwoman Fisher advocated for allows us to generate substantial revenue to properly enforce scooter laws and build safer streets without straining taxpayer resources. I’m happy to see the mayor act on our call to renegotiate the existing contracts and put the safety of our residents above all else and believe these new terms are a step in the right direction in finding ways to implement a more sustainable program. I look forward to receiving continued community feedback and working with the administration to decide the best ways to proceed from here.” 

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: 'Unanimous votes!'

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors – 

This is what community looks like:

In front of a packed house at City Hall last night, the City Council not only voted unanimously in favor of both measures to complete our waterfront (Monarch and UDD), but also to invest in much needed affordable housing for Hoboken residents who are being displaced.  As Councilwoman Falco so eloquently pointed out last night… we did this in the same night.    

Thank you to everyone who worked together to make this happen.  I could not be more proud to be your neighbor and be part of our special community.  More voices matter.  #ourhoboken

As always, please forward to everyone you think may be interested in this.  And don’t hesitate to email me or call at 201/208-1674 to discuss this or anything else important to you.