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Parking Could Be Free for the Month of December

The City Council is voting on a resolution to suspend parking for the holiday month.

The city council — which currently only has eight members — was scheduled to vote on Wednesday night to suspend parking for the entire month of December.

First Ward Councilowman Theresa Castellano together with Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo are sponsoring a resolution that calls for free parking in Hoboken for the entire month of December.

"Traditionally, the City provides free holiday parking in the weeks prior to Christmas, but the councilmembers believe the gesture should be extended for the entire month in response to superstorm Sandy in October," according to a press release sent out by Castellano.

Castellano, who owns City Discount on Washington Street, said in her statement "that Small Business Saturday failed to generate increased citywide consumer spending, in part, due to the closure of the Hoboken PATH station."

With the PATH station in Hoboken still out for several weeks, it might be difficult for out-of-towners to come to Hoboken to shop.

“We need to get the message out that Hoboken is open for
business. Our business owners have worked hard for the past month and this is a way to reward their efforts and perseverance," Russo said. "Our unique shops and restaurants are the economic backbone of our community."

Rory Chadwick November 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM
The thought is much appreciated however the above comments are spot on, free parking on Washington Street will bring problems. Small business Saturday last year was great for me. This year, I along with everyone else suffered bad sales. Emergency appropriations to allow funds to use for radio and tv ads is a good start. Atlantic City is buying media spots and it's working good for merchants there. More visibility locally to encourage people to shop locally would benefit. There has been a bit of a local push thanks to Jim at the Guitar Bar and Greg from the Chamber however they as citizens can only provide so much. Just $10,000 to buy tv, radio and print ads will make a world of difference.
Hi November 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
As with most things that Russo and Castellano do they are poorly thought out and calculated to help them politically even if it hurts Hoboken.
demosthenes November 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Until the PATH is up and running anything we do is just pissing in the wind. The opening of the PATH should be accompanied by a marketing push. The bars and restaurants will quickly get back up to speed anyway so hopefully any push will focus on the small non hospitality businesses that really need help.
puzzledone November 29, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I dunno, H411 said this was a great idea! After all, allowing people to park for the ferry into NYC for free and take up our spaces couldn't possibly cause any problems.
Hi November 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
ROFLOL :-)

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