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City Council Approves $2.55M in Emergency Appropriations to Pay for Sandy Damage

The money will go toward paying for Sandy damage around town and will include one new hop bus.

The City Council approved $2.5 million in emergency appropriations on Wednesday, to help pay for Sandy damage around town.

The measure, however, didn't pass without discussion.

"I'm ont prepared to pass another $2.6 million," said Councilman Tim Occhipinti.

At an earlier meeting, the city council approved roughly $4.2 million in emergency appropriations. In total, the damage done by Sandy in Hoboken which also includes damage done to personal homes and businesses.

The emergency funds were supposed to pay for two  new hop buses — both would cost between $90,000 and $100,000 — which Occhipinti said was too much money.

"We lost two hop buses in the storm, as well as the parks and recreation van. We come to you now for the hop buses," said Business Administator Quentin Wiest.

"This thing must be a super bus," he said. Occhipinti continued that, while the Jersey coastline suffered heavy structural damage, "we had some real terrible devastation ourselves, but not the structural damage of a town washed away."

"Speak for yourself," Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino shot back.

While it's unclear when and how much money FEMA will pay out to the city of Hoboken, it could be a process of multiple years.

Ultimately, the emergency funds passed, after the resolution was amended to take out $100,000. The city will be able to buy one new Hop bus with that money, rather than two.

Hi December 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Councilman Occhipinti must live in a bubble to be so callous and clueless to what so many people in Hoboken suffered because of super-storm Sandy.
recallbethmason December 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM
i never understood why the media takes quotes from clearly uneducated individuals like Tim O or Mike Russo?
Grafix Avenger December 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Occhipinti has shown his true colors- again. On December 5 he called the City's $500K grant to help YMCA complete 76 new single-room efficiency units a "government bailout." This week he opposed emergency aid to the city's flood victims because (he said) the affected areas of Hoboken did not suffer "structural damage" like the Jersey shore. He actually said that. Occhipinti displayed stunning ignorance of the magnitude of Hobooken's crisis, the dangers associated with black water immersion and how floods undermine structures that 'look' unaffected. This opposition to helping his own constituents comes the same week he took to Facebook to lobby for a parade in 2013. Incredible! While he has constituents still homeless and/or dealing with recovery like the rest of the city. I would like PATCH to ask Occhipinti what happened to the 'Train of Hope' donations from Louisiana. Tim picked them up in Newark, then drove them (with Beth Mason) to a warehouse in Bayonne and, I believe, were never heard from again. While Mason runs around Bayonne, attends their tree- lighting (but skips Hoboken's menorah lighting) and raises cash for Hudson County municipalities in Ramos' District 33. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/12/tim-fights-flood-aid-tim-fights-for.html
Hi December 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Over moderation has killed Hoboken PATCH as an open forum "Councilman ...." originally posted 1:22 pm on Friday, december 21, 2012
Scott M. Siegel December 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
What was the vote Claire?

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