Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beth Mason Email on Hoboken Municipal Garage - NIMBY

Here is the latest email blast from Councilwoman Beth Mason repeating the Russo led charge of NIMBY or not in my back yard with respect to the municipal garage.  Most reasonable people would admit that the location is certainly not an ideal long term or even short term solution especially if you live in the area. The problem with Beth Mason's press release is Hoboken 411 is on record with their leak or "deep throat" alleging that the Pino site was the site of first choice for the Zimmer Administration. Now Beth is saying it is Stevens. They can't both be right can they? Mike Russo was successful in rousing up citizen outrage convincing people in the area that the Pino site was the first choice. From how I see it, it would appear the Zimmer Administration is looking at many options for this garage and the Pino site and Stevens were some of the options on the table.

What I would love to see from Beth Mason or Mike Russo is a list of sites that are acceptable to them. The bonding ordinance would allow for the possibility for the garage to stay put for up to a year or possibly more should that option need to be taken. To not approve limits the Administrations options and will cost the taxpayers of Hoboken even more in interest. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Here is Beth Mason's full email blast below:

Dear Friend,

I am writing to you today with an important message. I need your help to protect our neighborhoods. This Sunday, June 13th at 7 pm, the City Council is having a special meeting where the Mayor will ask the Council for the authority to borrow $15 million to relocate the Hoboken Department of Public Works Garage (commonly referred to as the “Municipal Garage”). As you may be aware, this garage houses garbage trucks, plows, maintenance equipment, and dangerous chemicals, such as oil, antifreeze, and cleaning products.

Both the City Council President and the Mayor’s Spokesman have stated that strong consideration is being given to relocating the garage on the campus of Steven’s Institute of Technology. If this relocation takes place it will:
  • Recklessly waste tax dollars
  • Decrease the property value of your home
  • Create a public safety hazard
  • Increase traffic in our neighborhood
  • Reduce parking for residents and students
  • Destroy our recently revitalized roads
It is widely believed that City Administration and Stevens intend to place this garage on either the corner of 8th and Hudson Streets or on valuable waterfront property directly across from Frank Sinatra Park that would be better used to provide more open space for our residents.

My husband, Ricky, and I have lived in Hoboken longer than any other place in our lives. Our daughters Shipley and Virginia were born here and are being raised in Hoboken, which is very much our family’s hometown. In fact, we became civically involved over a decade ago when a former Mayor and Stevens Institute of Technology threatened to build a garage on 8th and Hudson Street, which would have permanently ruined the unique small town feel of our neighborhood.

No matter what our race, age, religion, political party, or income we have always worked together to protect our neighborhoods and to make Hoboken a better place to live and raise a family. Many of us are very busy working, raising families, and even caring for elderly relatives. As someone who serves on the City Council, is raising two daughters, and helps care for my elderly father-in-law who recently moved to Hoboken to be closer to us, I absolutely understand the value of your time. However, I ask that you please set aside a few moments to contact me at (201)-916-8244 or so we can stop the relocation of this garage from changing the face of our neighborhood as we know it.

Thank you for allowing me the time to speak to you about this important issue. I will continue to provide you with updates as they develop. In the meantime rest assured that I will stand up for your family and mine as I make your voice heard on the City Council and continue to be a fighter for all of us.

Beth Mason
Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilperson ◦