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Hoboken Parking Utility Makes $75G on LepreCon

The parking utility wrote 838 tickets and spent $6,453.10 in overtime on March 3.

The Hoboken Parking Utility made more money and wrote more tickets on LepreCon on March 3 than during last year's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, according to city documents.

On March 3, 838 tickets were written—almost 200 more than in 2011—and 98 cars got boots. The revenue of the boots is $9,800 and the tickets come down to a total of $37,774. Visitors also spent $33,861 by parking in the city's garages on that day. All together, the Parking Utility made $74,981.90 during LepreCon. 

for not refilling meters (387 tickets) and parking within 25 feet of a crosswalk (217 tickets). One person received a ticket for parking on a sidewalk.

Last year's revenue was $60,189.66, according to Parking Director Ian Sacs. 

The extra revenue was generated with help from employees working a total of 283 hours of overtime, totaling $6,453.10. Last year, overtime at the Parking Utility totaled $9,393.34. 

"I'm extremely proud of our resilient enforcement officers," Sacs said in a recent email, "who continue to demonstrate their commitment to improved efficiency and effectiveness at protecting our limited resident parking supply."

Other overtime cost of the day included $777.28 in the Department of Public Safety and $1,682.27 in the Department of Environmental Services. The majority of LepreCon's overtime cost went to the police department, which spent in overtime. was spent on overtime in the Fire Department. 

Bob R April 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
How about next year we welcome Lepreconners with open arms, and you give 20% of your profits to property-damage victims? Didn't think so. Nice spin though. One might say you're a Lepre-con-man.
Hoboken Answer April 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Most tickets were for meters expiring. Well Liebler if you don't want to see your customers ticketed, you better get out there and pay their meters. LOL
xtreme April 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Unless someone can provide evidence that the city did not make back every penny it spent that day, I have to believe the opposite is true. The figures released so far suggest that the city will turn out fine. The cost arguments don't hold up when you start to see the revenue figures brought into the picture. Previously, this was a black box. We knew how much it cost but never what was made. Now that that information is coming to light, it's putting that argument to bed. Hopefully we'll get to see the figures on how much is made from the fines.
p1ywood April 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
It is sad that Mr Liebler's commentary is often predicated in partisan spin. His anti-administration agenda is well documented by now. Anyway, the fact that on any given day Hoboken is targeted by (for the sake of expediency) "social media" and the alcohol industry for a uber-bar-crawl does not mean enforcement of parking laws need be relaxed for the day or the city need be deemed "discouraging welcoming people to town". Come one, come all. But abide by our laws or get your legal come-uppance. Mr Liebler, in most parts of the world it's called "maintaining reasonable order". We owe our residents no less than protecting the laws governing our scarce parking. Almost never are our 100% legal municipal lots at capacity, so for the occasional visitor, there is no reason for "parking outrage" or even discouragement for that matter. There is a price to be paid for so-called "free on-street parking".
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM
City should boot & ticket cars more often all the time. Yesterday there were 3 SUVs parked on the left hand side of the road right in front of Quays. They weren't unloading passengers, the passengers were eating brunch at Quays. I was half tempted to call the cops so they could write 3 easy tickets to 3 a55holes parked illegally and making it difficult to pass on a very busy roadway b/c they were too cheap to park in a garage and too lazy to go find a free spot a few blocks away. More tickets, more towed cars, more boots, 24/7 please!
Hoboken1653 April 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Park legally and you won't get ticketed or booted. Liebler are you saying we should not enforce parking rules?
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM
LMOA, the cost arguments never made any sense and this does kind of bear out my theory that the city is rather embarrassed at how much money it made on this day. Now if only they wrote this many tickets the rest of the year! They could write a couple dozen alone to the double parked cars on Washington St. at lunch or dinner time.
KenOn10 April 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
All this back-patting is going to lead to repetitive stress injuries. If Leprecon was such a cash cow maybe we should have one every day. Disclaimer: parade fan, not affiliated with Liebler in any way.
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Once a year is fine but as a compromise, how about a city sponsored SantaCon bar crawl? We can bring in 20K people dressed up as Santa and ticket them to hell & back.
David A. Liebler April 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Never mind that it was Lepre-con and the city had so much luck in creating extra revenue in Hoboken...oh yeah! It is everyday that people are getting the scam booting in Hoboken and I don't think it is right. Tickets..fine. Booting this much in Hoboken....unacceptable and not right. Where is the signage that states you will receive a boot and have to pay $200! We are trying to force people to not to come to Hoboken and that is not right. I would like to see better everyday signage throughout Hoboken to make it fair for people and not try and scam extra money from visitors each day. It's a crime!
Hoboken1653 April 02, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Where the people who got boots parked legally or illegally?
Journey April 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I have people visit and over the years only one person got a ticket (street cleaning, they didn't move the car). I have heard lots of stories and in many of them is comon thread, ignorance. Ignorance of the laws does not earn you a free pass. Driving is not a right, but a privielge with certain responsibilities, like being aware of any local laws and obeying them.
Hoboken Answer April 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
In order to know about the penalty, you need to read the parking sign. But if you can't read the parking sign because you are drunk, you will likely get ticketed like when you are in a bar and don't pay for your expired parking meter. Why doesn't Hoboken have people feeding the parking meters so people don't have to leave the bar? That hurts the bar business. David hates that. LOL
Hobbs April 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Hey it ain't personal it's just his business..... As a paid flack for bar owners David A. Lieber is concerned with what makes this clients more cash. As a paid anti-Administraion flack Daivid A. Lieber looking to find a political campaign client. He just doing what he gets paid to do. :-)
p1ywood April 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Hoboken Santa-con? How pedestrian. How 'bout an annual city sponsored "Comment-con"? We could all bar crawl in costumes suggested by our screen names. Or an "Old Guard-con". While the name sounds redundant, we could all dress as....oh, never mind, use your imagination. Anyway, I have an old "The Riddler" costume, if any one is curious about borrowing it, let me know.
Steve Sternberg April 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I have to say that I think the booting and parking issues on Lepre-Con day was not very relevant. The important thing is that for the first time in years, families felt safe staying in Hoboken and actually going outside on this day. Everything need not be politicized. Mayor Zimmer does not really deserve kudos or sneers over Lepre Con, but she does deserve kudos for thinking of the safety of Hoboken citizens over political expediency. It would, after all, have been much easier for her to let the parade continue on Saturday. Her supporters would still support her, and her enemies would be temporarily appeased (although I suspect they still would have found a way to blame her for any chaos that ensued). Way too much hatred on both sides of this board. Hoboken is a great place to live. Let's try to lighten up and not blame the other side for everything that happens that you don't like.
PeoplePlease April 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
David, I totally understand your stance. It’s difficult however when your Parking Director is unable to develop and implement a creative solution that actually creates more spots for residents, while making it easier for money spending visitors to our city to find parking options. “No spots bad, more boots good” – I.S.
p1ywood April 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I'm with Journey here. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Mr Liebler, where is the big sign over every trash barrel that says there is a $50 fine for littering? Same idea of fair warning, right? Should we all have our foreheads tattooed with signage stating that homicidal assault, while generally a bad idea, also carries a potential penalty of long term imprisonment or capital punishment? How about mandatory bumper stickers on the front of cars that says "Stand clear! Impact with speeding vehicle may cause severe injury or worse".
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 05:39 PM
So you don't consider getting rid of the large fixed sized coin metered spots & moving to muni metered spots where people can park closer together and we can fit more cars on the same stretch of road to be a creative idea?
Karen O'Shea April 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Hate the way this article was titled. Its the wrong way to present a justifiable solution in a perjorative sense.
KenOn10 April 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
p1ywood, Ignorance of the law is no excuse, agreed, and more signage is simply a waste but the alleged "$50 fine for littering" means nothing. This fine may be on the books, but it is virtually never enforced... hence we need street sweepers every day on Washington. Same deal with pooper scoopers, no enforcement. If only they had a Canine-con.
xtreme April 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
What many people don't like admit is that events centered around taboos or questionable behavior tend to attract large crowds and make the organizers tons of money. Give people an excuse to "come it of their shell" for a day and they'll come with wallets open. That's why bars make money and the city does too, the once a year excuse to some is worth the risk. The increased enforcement and fines have not stopped the flow of revelers but have definitely increased the revenue from the day. The reason you don't see more of these types of events is because Towns don't want the headaches that come along with them. To many it's not worth it. If it was, you'd certainly see Santacons every week
Hoboken Answer April 02, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Your sentiments are fine and balanced with the fact that Hoboken is overwhelmingly happy with the results of not being hostages in their homes over a weekend. If you think the people who want to get their hands on a $100 million budget and their political operatives here under dozens of screen names will be persuaded to stop hating and attempting to undermine the "newcomer" vote here, you'd be sadly mistaken. This is not about hatred except for a couple of operatives angry their predicted path to power (and jobs) was stopped. It's about you and your family's money.
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 07:20 PM
If we had SantaCons every week then that sort of behavior wouldn't be taboo and I doubt anyone would really be all that interested in showing up. It would be just like any other Saturday.
xtreme April 02, 2012 at 07:26 PM
@RR - LOL, very true.
Steve Sternberg April 02, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I think it's time that people who have lived in Hoboken for 20 years or more (like me and a lot of folks I know) are no longer referred to as newcomers. The real newcomers tend not to vote, do not have families, and have no interest in or knowledge of any insider politics.
demosthenes April 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Does anybody know whether these figures are the excess over a normal saturday in March or are totals for the day? The way the story is phrased it sounds like these are total revenues for the day which is a pretty meaningless number if we don't know what the city would have collected anyway. If these revenues are meant to offset the costs imposed by the day then the number that matters isn't the total but the additional revenue the day brought in. That day the City incurs extra costs which are offset by extra (not total) revenue. Also tickets aren't revenue, collections from tickets are revenue and in past years a lot of the tickets were thrown out. I'm guessing when all that is added up the city is still in the red but not by that much meaning the whole money conversation by both sides is a red herring. The monetary cost to "taxpayers" at the end of the day is small enough to be pretty meaningless. I'm with Steve - this is about public safety and quality of life not taxes and any way you slice it from that standpoint the day was a huge improvement compared to the recent past. Is the improvement worth the price we paid which is saying goodbye to a weekend parade? That's pretty much the only honest question and for me the answer is a resounding yes.
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Only the people who label you as a newcomer care how long anyone has lived anywhere. What matters is what you believe, what you stand for, what you are willing to fight for & what you are willing to tolerate.
Redrider765 April 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Visitor parking is limited to a finite period of time. There just isn't enough parking in this town for visitors to park here on city streets indefinitely. As a resident of 12 years, you should have figured that out 12 years ago.
Hoboken Answer April 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Not exactly the best day to claim the parking authority was never intended or set up to make money for the City. Any city operates a parking authority for multiple reasons surrounding parking, traffic efficiency, etc. and of course revenue is part of the equation. Your claim it's new is without merit. Today the predecessor to Director Ian Sacs was sentenced to seven years in prison. He worked to rip off Hoboken for a cool million dollars. A ripoff that the folks you support and vote for David tried to cover up. "It's been cleared up," in the repeated phrase of Councilwoman Terry Castellano.

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