Rent Control Referendum Results Challenged; Trial Date Set

The Mile Square Taxpayers Association will challenge the results of last month's rent control ballot referendum, which affirmed the rent control status quo.

Hudson County Courthouse. Photo by Jim Miller, Jr., retouched by Ilmari Karonen, via Wikimedia Commons
Hudson County Courthouse. Photo by Jim Miller, Jr., retouched by Ilmari Karonen, via Wikimedia Commons

An association of 15 Hoboken property owners who support eliminating city rent control protections will challenge the results of last month's status quo-affirming ballot referendum on the grounds that nearly 300 mail-in ballots were not counted, the group said in a statement Thursday.

For the second consecutive year, the Mile Square Taxpayers Association will dispute election day referendum returns on the grounds that a potentially consequential number of residents were denied the right to vote.

“The purpose of the petition is to have all legitimate votes counted,” MSTA attorney Charles Gormally said in a statement.  “We are going to get to the bottom of why registered voters, some of whom delivered their own ballot to the County Board of Elections, were denied the opportunity to vote.”  

If the group's petition to wipe out the vote returns is successful, it could mean a third appearance on the ballot for the MSTA's vacancy decontrol proposal.

The group's proposal, which would have allowed the owners of condos and residential buildings with four or fewer units to re-negotiate rents upon vacancy, failed to garner enough votes when it appeared before residents last year, but returned to the ballot this November after a judge overturned the results.

The MSTA's legal challenge of this year's referendum, which failed by 122 votes, will be the subject of a trial in Jersey City Superior Court on Jan. 21, according to the group's statement.

albert ross December 12, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Hoboken Answer December 12, 2013 at 07:31 PM
They are going to defend the right of Pupie's paid for votes in the HHA? More popcorn. Holy Department of Justice Batman!
Sybilscavetroll December 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM
"vacancy decontrol proposal"?, talk about some BS!!!! Hey Zak, what dark corner did you pull that out of? Was it maybe the Mile Square Taxpayer's press release? They should be called the Mile Square Tax Cheats, since they are going to cost the real taxpayers even more by disputing these results Come on Zak, how hard is it to do the job of a journalist and dig a little deeper? Why don't you answer the real questions about these guys, like, since they call themselves the Mile Square Taxpayers association …...How many of them actually live in Hoboken? And how much do they pay in taxes on their properties. Who are they and why is their campaign run out of Secaucus? Are these "disenfranchised voters" the ones that Pupie paid for? How much did he pay them? Shame on us for expecting any real journalism from Patch. For Zak has shown us that he just is another shill who can not use logic and actually think for himself.
PeoplePlease December 13, 2013 at 04:45 PM
This is why Patch was one meeting away from folding. This is why the CEO of patch fired his PR head in front of the entire company. Patch is a joke of a local news site.
I am RIGHT December 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM
The growth of Socialism in this country is troubling. These archaic laws need to be repealed and it's only fair that ALL votes are counted. How can you be against counting ALL the votes? Unfortunately this is an all too common response today.
albert ross December 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM
I thought the MSTArds were from Edison which is where their fliers were mailed from.
KenOn10 December 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM
MSTA is all about counting the money, not the votes. Disgraceful.
Eric December 16, 2013 at 09:43 AM
It's their property why are they responsible to provide affordable housing? Of course it's about the money. It's also about the money for those who are the renters of these properties. Maybe you should turn your efforts towards rooting out the people who are squatting in the actual affordable housing units in town who can afford a nice car, shore properties etc.
Nestor Echeverria December 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM
hahahahaha after the FBI concludes their investigation who will end up in prison over this load of malarky...public officials? landlords? liars? (lawyers) spokesmen? Should be real interesting.


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