Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hoboken in the News - Lawmakers got fed funds for fancy frontage, $8 million in Earmarks

Update 6/9/2010 11:55AM:

I received this statement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer in response to this story:

"Concerned resident Jim Doyle raised these issues at a City Council meeting some time ago. I was extremely concerned about it, as were a few other City Council members. Going forward I will do everything in my power to make sure we do not repeat mistakes. Hoboken will seek grant opportunities only for the benefit of its citizens. We must do everything we can to safeguard our reputation to ensure that our City is seriously considered for future grant opportunities."

- Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Original Post 6/8/2010 8:50AM:
Below is an interesting story sent in by a reader from the Washington Times on Hoboken water front development and federal earmarks:

HOBOKEN, N.J.  With a rooftop pool and 24-hour concierge service, the new luxury condominiums off Frank Sinatra Drive here seem an unlikely spot in need of a multimillion-dollar federal giveaway.

Yet U.S. taxpayers doled out at least $8 million on a public walkway and park space in front of the Maxwell Place development here overlooking the New York City skyline - an amenity the development touts alongside its entertainment lounge, rooftop hot tub and theater screening room.

But the decision to use tax dollars to fund the walkway project was made after private developers had already agreed in 2003 to pay for it - indeed, it was a key condition for getting the project off the ground, according to public records and interviews.


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