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Mayor Wants St. Pat's Parade Day Moved To a Wednesday; 34 Arrests Made This Year

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and public safety officials held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The Hoboken Police Department arrested 34 people during the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year—nine more than in 2010—Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Tuesday afternoon. She also said that because of the unruly drinking and two alleged sexual assault cases over the weekend, the parade will be held on a Wednesday next year. 

The city issued 296 summonses, the mayor also announced. The city wrote 115 summonses for open containers (down from last year's 154), 32 summonses for drinking publicly (down from last year's 77) and 40 for unruly houseparties (down from last year's 51). The number of summonses issued for public urination went up from 41 last year to 59 this year, Zimmer said. 

"Despite our best efforts," Zimmer said, the drinking after the parade was "still out of control." Zimmer also mentioned . Some of the "efforts" the mayor referred to were the $2,000 fine and the zero tolerance policy. 

The mayor also mentioned that a group of fire fighters was harassed by intoxicated people throwing beer and flowerpots at them on parade day.

Fire Chief Richard Blohm said that the fire department broke up 28 house parties on Saturday, as well as 21 more with the help of the Hoboken police. Although the fire department responded to more than 80 calls, Blohm said, only one fire occured. 

Director of Transportation and Parking Ian Sacs said that the parking utility issued 680 tickets, totaling about $32,000, for illegally parked cars on Saturday.

The mayor said it was still unclear how much the city had spent in overtime on Saturday. The Parking utility, Sacs said, spent roughly $9,000 that day, adding that the revenue generated by his department was about $69,000 (including tickets, parking garages and boots issued). 

By moving the parade to the afternoon of a weekday, the mayor said she hopes to curtail the drinking and wants the day to be safe to residents, visitors and city employees. 

"During the parade," Zimmer said, "I was proud of Hoboken." 

The decision to change the day of the parade is one that can be made by the administration,  Zimmer said, and the council does not have to vote on it. Zimmer said she reached out to the Parade Committee.

"I'm not trying to make it so that people can't come," Zimmer said, adding she wants the parade day to be "an event everyone can enjoy."

bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 11:09 PM
As for Mr. Soares I could care less how you think I sound and I quote "After years of bad behavior, Soares and Lenz are so adrift in a sea of their own half-truths, quarter-truths, hedging, smears, fence-straddling, side bets, blame-shifting, doublespeak, second-guessing, side-switching, evasions, shafting of friends and allies, and all-around equivocations, that they now cannot find safe haven anywhere.
tony March 12, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Quoting a Defunct blog... well at least we know you aren't a political operative or anything...
Hoboken Consequences March 15, 2011 at 11:20 PM
The Hoboken St. Patty’s Day Hooligans are: Brian J. Londregan, 22, of Monroe Township, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest at 2:43 p.m. at 317 Washington St., accused of punching a police officer about the head and body, the complaint says. Frank J. Vellucci, 23, of Monroe Township, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and hindering apprehension at 2:34 p.m. at 317 Washington St., accused of punching an officer about the head and body, the complaint says. Justin P. Miller, 23, of Monroe Township, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest at 2:43 p.m. at 317 Washington St., accused of punching a police officer about the head and face, the complaint says. Nicholas Ventola, 25, of Roseland, was charged with weapons offenses and criminal mischief in an incident at 77 River St. at 4:49 p.m., accused of using an aluminum bat to break a screen from a window, the complaint says.
Hoboken Consequences March 15, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Scott G. Pichler, 21, of Brick, was charged with aggravated assault at 4:49 p.m. at 98 River St., accused of punching a man about the head and face causing a facial cut that required medical attention, the complaint says. Shane A. Weigand, 21, of Woodbourne, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest at 95 Bloomfield Ave. at 1:25 p.m., accused of grabbing a police officer by the chest with both hands and pushing him, the complaint says. Jocelyn E. Justiniano, 21, Mountainside NY, obstructing administration of the law, 106 Hudson St, 1:25 AM, accused of allegedly physically interfering with police officers, the complaint says. Ryan S. Vanderway, 22, West Caldwell NJ, Simple Assault, 1024 Clinton St 4:34 PM, accused of punching a man about the head, face and body, the complaint says. Alexander G. Santucci, 25 Ocean Grove NJ, Aggravated Assault, 1024 Clinton St, 4:34 pm., accused of punching a man about the head and face and causing injuries that required medical attention, the complaint says.
Hoboken Consequences March 15, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Kevin M. McMillan, 22, Bloomfield NJ, criminal mischef, 1024 Clinton St, 4:34 pm., accused of breaking a glass pane on a door and doing in excess of $500 in damage, the complaint says. Cesar R. Berrios, 27, Rosedale NJ, aggravated assault on a police officer, failing to disperse, resisting arrest, 41 First St. 10:12 pm., accused of punching several police officers, the complaint says. Jennifer M. Dominguez, 28, Rosedale NY, aggravated assault on a police officer, refusing to disperse, resisting arrest, 41 First St, 10:12 pm., accused of bumping her chest into the chest of a police officer, the complaint says. Michael Shortell, Carteret NJ, simple assault, 41 First St, 9:30 am., accused of punching a man in the face, the complaint says. Lauren Herrick, Carteret NJ, simple assault, 41 First St, 9:30 pm., accused of striking a man's arms and legs with her hands and feet during a fight, the complaint says. Christopher W. Burns, of First St in Hoboken, two counts of simple assault against a man & a women, 41 First St, 9:30 PM., in an incident in which he is accused of punching the man in the face and causing a laceration, the complaint says.

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