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Surveillance Cameras Coming to Hoboken Waterfront

City council agrees to purchase 10 devices worth $170,000.

The Hoboken council has agreed to invest $170,000 to install 10 new surveillance cameras along the waterfront.

The move comes in response to several recent incidents, most notably, the disappearance of a Hoboken man who was last seen running early on March 30 along the Hudson River.

Some council members feel working cameras would have better assisted authorities in their search for Andrew Jarzyk, and at least one official casts the blame on Mayor Dawn Zimmer, according to My9NJ.com.

“We’ve been dealing with this issue of not having functional cameras in the city, but the tragedies that have occurred in the past few months have really exacerbated the entire situation," Councilman Michael Russo told My9NJ.com.

"Mayor Zimmer and her administration have been very reactive in dealing with certain situations in the city of Hoboken, she has not been proactive in any of her thinking and that’s been the problem here in the city of Hoboken."

Zimmer responded by saying surveillance cameras have been a top priority for years and she has paved the way for the devices to be installed soon, according to the report.
PeoplePlease April 30, 2014 at 06:41 AM
I predict Patch folds up shop within 180 days. 1 - The cameras are already installed just not operational due to the Zimmer administration not budgeting for their operation 2 - The man's name is Michael Russo 3 - Isn't this story about a week old? 4 - Hoboken has a serious maintenance problem (Roads, Parks, Sidewalks)
Eric April 30, 2014 at 07:50 AM
$10 says those cameras were outdated tech that cost a fortune to install and maintain. I hope someone is paying attention this time and they don't buy garbage.
Eric April 30, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Oh and by the way. They found that poor guy floating in the Hudson. Way to stay on top of things Patch.
Pops May 03, 2014 at 11:50 AM
@PP: The Hoboken City Council, of which Michael Russo is a member, is the entity responsible for allocating and approving budgets in the city, not Mayor Zimmer. My guess is Michael Russo, who was caught on FBI video tape a few years ago agreeing to accept a bribe from an undercover real estate developer, realizes this and is trying (unsuccessfully) to proactively shift the blame on to the mayor, but everyone sees through the charade. It's extremely sad that Michael Russo is playing politics with the tragic death of a local resident, but par for the course. For shame.

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