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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."

Redrider765 March 09, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Consider yourself invited to another party next year.
davidd March 09, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Me too.
Hoboken1653 March 09, 2011 at 08:02 PM
MM is a fool. Comparing the NYC and Hoboken parades might be the dumbest thing out of an incredible history of dumb statements. Well done MM, you have outdone yourself
Redrider765 March 09, 2011 at 08:21 PM
There is no difference b/w dealing w/ an out of control drunk in NJ or NY. But in Hoboken the out of control drunks are tolerated 364 days out of the year (now) so we have a reputation for letting people get blotto without consequences. It is a well deserved reputation. You want to keep people from getting blotto and out of control on that 365th day of the year (St. Patty's) then all you have to do is have no tolerance for idiotic behavior on the other 364 days of the year. The stuff that happens in this town year round would never be tolerated by the NYPD and that is the difference b/w here and there when it comes to drinking on parade day.
KenOn10 March 09, 2011 at 08:22 PM
regardless of MM's smarts or lack of same, the points are valid: a) another PD might have better methods for handling troublemakers and b) the fun nazis might have overstated the problem just a bit.
Redrider765 March 09, 2011 at 09:59 PM
So much for reading comprehension. Did you see who wrote the article? It was not Danielle.
Danielle Elliot March 09, 2011 at 10:30 PM
As stated at the top of my comment, that was only my opinion. It was not reporting. And yes, I own a condo in Hoboken. I live there about six months out of the year.
donald j. pellicano March 10, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Of course I'm with drinking anywhere. As long as the bar is not crowded with hooplas. Oh, I quit drinking in June 1985 - YES JUNE 1985. And every person of Irish decent will now vote for the opposition. And I grew up in a almost completly Irish neighborhood, Brooklyn N Y
bornandraised March 10, 2011 at 04:52 AM
My grandmother was born in this town in 1913 and I can honestly say as long as I've been here I honestly worried less when it was more minorities and middle class. There shouldn't be any day were I should be nervous about having my kids around and when my father who served this community as a police officer has to be bothered by open house parties and wet behind the ear idiots who can't respect anyones property but their parents who would never stand for this. I'd like to see if this was a puerto rican day parade or some other minority, how everyone would tolerate it then. If you should have the right to have fun don't cry when someone catches you pissing on their property and takes the law into their own hands.
Hobbs March 10, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Wrong in so many ways. :-(
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 09:42 AM
I don't know why everyone keeps saying this big day of debauchery has been a tradition when as a lifelong resident of 38 years I can honestly tell you that growing up this was never any more significant than any other parade day of the year. I speak for all born and raised when I clarify this. It is only with the new wave of transplants that this day has taken on such an atmosphere. So stop trying to speak for those of us who really know.
tony March 11, 2011 at 01:08 PM
First of all you're 38, the parade is 25! You were 13 when it started! Here we go with the anti newcommer comments again... You don't have to be born here to "really Know" that's really offensive. I've lived here for 20 years! I know people who weren't born here and have lived here and raised families here before you were born. So can we stop with the new resident disdain. It's mostly out of town visitors who cause the problems
tony March 11, 2011 at 01:16 PM
I agree with you on this part: "I'd like to see if this was a puerto rican day parade or some other minority, how everyone would tolerate it then. " When I was on the City Council we actually got complaints about the small quiet Puerto Rican Heritage Parade that takes place down Sinatra. It was a harmless event that lasted about an hour Not a single incident ever occurred during the parade or the small festival that followed, but still the calls came in. Makes you wonder.
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Okay the point was the parade was never a big deal, and the reason I have anti-newcomer disdain is because they never prove me wrong. I don't care who you know thats raised kids here before my time i'm certain my family goes back to before you can imagine.
tony March 11, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Prove you wrong? How about the billions of dollars in new investments they brought to the city? This is a city of immigrants Nobody owns it more than anyone else!
Hoboken1653 March 11, 2011 at 08:33 PM
So your family goes back in Hoboken for centuries. Congrats. Your ancestors called and they said you were a newcomer to them and you don't know a damn thing about Old Old Old Hoboken. It's a big world out there. Look around some time. You might like it
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 08:34 PM
I don't really care about the parade I just despise this attitude every new comer has to disregard what came before them with some sense of entitlement because they make up the monetary majority and through white collar colonialism have run all the old guard out. Yeah I got disdain but you have no idea why. You couldn't imagine.
Journey March 11, 2011 at 08:51 PM
I hate that some people that have lived here for generations do not give new comers a chance, assuming we wish them gone. I count myself lucky that personally I mostly see this online. I received a very warm welcome from neighbors. Maybe that is because I moved in and adopted this neighborhood, called it home and didn't call my neighbors "BnR". They are my neighbors. One offered that if we need to borrow tools to let him know, (I was striping the paint off our rusting railing). I fixed computer for another (that is what I do for a living) and asked nothing in return. Neighbors look out for each other. When my daughter stopped eating babyfood and I still had jars of it I asked around to see if anyone in the neighborhood wanted it. I didn't do these things because I'm rich and can afford to give things away. My daughter wears hand me down. I bought the babyfood in bulk. I was blessed to have friends that gave me hand me downs. So why should I not help out someone else? I didn't move to a condo with plans to isolate myself from the community. I moved to a condo, in a community. Have you ever given a new comer a chance to surprise you?
tony March 11, 2011 at 08:56 PM
This is my town just as much as it is yours and your ancestors. As for every newcomer? WEll, thank the activist (newcomers who worked together with Born and raised residents to preserve Pier A for a Park. Or work to fight to create historic districts. Or fight corruption New and Old born or transplant ALL have a right to be treated equally. Many newcomers hate Born and Raised attitude that our residency here is not equal to theirs. The United States had something called Ellis Island, perhaps you should pay it a visit, unless your family are Native American Indians, NO GROUP is indigenous to Hoboken!
tony March 11, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Newcomers didn't run anyone out, many born and raised resident sold out, made millions and good for them! Take a look at all the Born and raised WHITE COLLAR professionals who own condos in The W, don't sell your own short!
Scott M. Siegel March 11, 2011 at 09:06 PM
C'mon it's not worth giving a bigot the time of day.
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM
let me ask you this if your grandmother lived here for upwards of 90 years and had to watch her next door neighbor urinating on her tree is that bigotry or newcomer disdain?
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 10:49 PM
As for new school politics and new money reviving the town how come we have to lay off police and threaten to demote firefighters seems like it's old school city hall to me all this so-called money being generated and nothing to show for it.
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 10:53 PM
I don't loathe new comers but I doubt that the old woman whose raised two generations and is on her way to pick up groceries is well pleased by the jerkhole kicking garbage bags that our blue collar garbage men have to then pick up. I don't even wanna hear what any politician on here has to infer I'm a little tired of listening to this weeks bulls*#t. By the way I happen to be dating a "Newcomer"
bornandraised1 March 11, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Do me a favor and look at the budget battles and tell me what this new money means to me. My family had to sell because they couldn't pay the property taxes so i'm through listening to anymore new money talk. Point blank it's now a great place.....If you can afford it. Please.
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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