Rent Control Upheld in Hoboken After All Votes Are Counted
While the difference is less than 100 votes, the referendum to change to a vacancy de-control model rather than rent control in Hoboken was officially voted down.
Rent control is officially upheld in its current form in the city of Hoboken.
The final results from November's referendum are in and 8,248 voters said "no" to the question to change a vacancy de-control model, after vote by mail ballots, provisionals and email ballots were counted. Voting "yes," were 8,196 voters.
While the margin is small — with 49.84 percent voting "yes" and 50.16 percent voting "no" — county board of elections clerk Michael Harper said that the results are final and confirmed.
In a statement in response to the result, Ron Simoncini — who represents landlords and would have liked to see the rules changed — said that "this is far from over."
Before the provisionals, vote by mails and email votes were counted, there was more than a 500 vote difference between the two answers.
"What do you say to the 8,196 people who voted the other way?" said Simoncini, "there’s no conclusive victory here either way."