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Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Resigns

Jake Stuiver said 'the time has come to move on' and called his last 18 months on the board 'extremely challenging.'

Former Housing Authority Commissioner Jake Stuiver in Patch file photo
Former Housing Authority Commissioner Jake Stuiver in Patch file photo
Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners member Jake Stuiver has resigned, effective Monday.

In a letter to Mayor Dawn Zimmer and City Council President Peter Cunningham, Stuiver tendered his immediate resignation in an effort to bring "to close a protracted holdover extending from my term’s official end eight months ago."

Stuiver, a former commission chairman, thanked the council for unanimously approving his appointment to the body in 2009. He noted that much was accomplished in the ensuing four years plus, including the establishment of tighter accountability and disciplinary guidelines for Housing Authority managers; his raising of "fundamental concerns" about the controversial Vision 20/20 affordable housing redevelopment plan; the passage of the agency’s first Pay-to-Play reform policy; the city's annual Health, Nutrition and Fitness Fair; fighting for "fairness and transparency" and making sure professional-services contractors serving the agency are held accountable.

Stuiver said there were some rough patches during his term, noting that "against a resolute opposition, the dais often proved to be a rather lonely place."

"While the last 18 months of my tenure on the board have been extremely challenging and at times painfully disappointing, I did not sign up for this expecting [it] to be easy," he wrote, referring to the contentious debate over the Vision 20/20 project, during which he was called a "bigot" and a puppet of Mayor Zimmer. "I deeply appreciate the strong and empowering support that came throughout the community as I attempted to bring oversight, accountability and professionalism to the Housing Authority."

Stuiver thanked Hoboken residents for giving him "moral support" that "played an extraordinary role in my ability to maintain my composure and determination to press onward."

"I sincerely believe that I leave the Hoboken Housing Authority in a far better position to reach its true potential than I found it four years ago, and am proud of the policies, changes and new traditions I helped establish," he said.

Stuiver said it was time for him to move on.

"It has been a genuine pleasure serving the City of Hoboken, but the time has come to move on with my life and focus on other priorities," he said.
Outofcontrol January 06, 2014 at 10:03 PM
How convenient that the Commissioner decides to leave two days after the Mayor takes control of the City Council. Did his conscience bother him while he was living out of town but holding on to a seat that should have rightfully been filled by a city resident?
Hobokeneer January 07, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Yeah, Jake should have rewarded Beth Mason's keeping Jim Doyle off the city council with her ridiculous lawsuit by resigning from the HHA while she kept Jim off the council dais. I don't think so. Thanks, Jake, for hanging in there, and letting Jim Doyle get his Council seat back, so the people's will can be done when you are replaced.
Hoboken Answer January 07, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Ta.. ta... two timez Hobokeneer! Thank you Jake for fighting for good in Hoboken and preserving through ugly, rancid attacks against you and your family.
Hoboken Answer January 07, 2014 at 01:02 PM
persevering (darn autospell).
Save the Projects January 07, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Strange how a man who has done so much to preserve public & senior housing in Hoboken is called a bigot? Thank you Mr Stuiver for defending those who were defenseless. Equally strange is Vision 20/20 described in this article as a controversial"affordable housing redevelopment plan". Vision 20/20 was not an affordable housing redevelopment plan. It was the replacement of public housing with luxury housing. Only this could possibly explain why Mr. Garcia refused to release a tenant Bill of Rights or a Housing Development Plan.
concerned January 08, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Does anyone have the name and photos of the two new Hoboken Housing Authority commissioners? also I heard that Jennifer Giattino is now council president... just curious. someone posted this on facebook. Thanks
demosthenes January 08, 2014 at 03:33 PM
I understand the request for the names (Dana Wefer and James Sanford I believe - not sure I got the spelling right) but the request for photos is seriously odd. If you want to know what they look like perhaps you should attend the next meeting and snap a picture yourself.
Hoboken Answer January 08, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Heard theres pix and details at the Horse on MSV. http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2014/01/so-whats-next-for-hoboken.html

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