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Parking Director Ian Sacs to Leave Hoboken

The mayor announced some changes in her team on Tuesday.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Tuesday that Director of Parking and Transportation Ian Sacs will be leaving his job with the city as of October 15. 

Sacs, who has been with the city for about three years. Sacs will be moving to Europe, according to the mayor's announcement. 

The Parking and Transportation Department has seen innovations under Sacs, such as the corner car program and multi space meters around town. 

"Ian put Hoboken on the map as a leader in progressive transportation initiatives," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in her statement. "He brought us new technologies like multi meters and an online permit sale system, started a nationally-recognized car-sharing program, set into motion years of roadway safety design improvements, expanded customer service hours, made our streets more accommodating for all users and reduced car crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists, eliminated garage waiting lists, and expanded our shuttle system and bicycling infrastructure. I can’t thank him enough for all he has done for Hoboken."

Sacs said his choice is difficult, but "best for our family."

"It has been a sincere pleasure working alongside (Mayor Zimmer) and her team of stellar professionals," Sacs said. 

Mattaccino September 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Schemes? The multi-meters are the correct choice for their easy to use theft-thwarting electronics - they also allow more cares to park on the same block. The old meter poles are gone and the few that remain are bicycle racks. The light at 13th Street was requested for years by the people in that neighborhood and Ian got it done. The light at 1600 Park was delayed by the council minority members who'd rather see a pedestrian killed than do the right thing. That maneuver also delayed the Park at that site and the young families of the 2nd ward know it. The need to replace the HOP buses was obvious this summer when they continued to break down. Their replacement cost would have been spread over several years and - once more - this was stopped by the council minority. NJ Transit does not compete with those routes and the major inconvenience to the largely senior citizen riders did not go unnoticed and they know who to blame. Terrorized the town? Most if not all of the parking regulations were on the books before Ian got here - they're only now being enforced equally. Did you lose your entitlement? Ch. 5? You mean Fox News? No sane, reasonably educated person takes them seriously. You win the award for the most number of lies in one paragraph!
demosthenes September 11, 2012 at 07:43 PM
So to clarify, when the MORT said that they supported getting more buses but didn't want to bond for it demanding that Zimmer buy the buses but pay for it out of the budget what they really meant to say was that they opposed getting more buses because they didn't want to compete with Jersey Transit. Thanks for clearing that up Frank. Also just curious. Do you take the bus much around hoboken? Maybe you can explain how NJT can seniors to shoprite.
Jay Rattigan September 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I wish him the best. He set a new standard for the position.
maria corcoran September 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I agree with you, franksinatra, right on!!!!!!
Journey September 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
franksinatra, How does one's soul turn so black?
Hobbs September 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM
NOT TRUE Mr. B.. Please read the PATCH story on Director Solomon Steplightly's appointment.
FranzZimmer September 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Finally some smarts by Zimmer for firing this guy so she has a chance at being re-elected. The spin with the european part works good. Ian dragged her down with the approval rating.
Gardiner4Freeholder September 12, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I wish Ian Sacs the best in his life changing move. I am sure that if Ian continues in the transportation field Finland will be benefit from his innovations as well. Can you imagine if he came up with an ice boot? Now that would be sustainable innovation. Just kidding. BTW the Tango is big over in Finland. Its huge! I hope he takes it up. Its fun. Ian's predecessor was a crook who is in jail for embezzling the Hoboken taxpayer's money and was fully supported by Russo and Castellano in the "Its all cleared up" cover up. Ian's problem was he wasn't one of them and he was a serious man who did not have time for Russo's clownery. Mike Russo is a joke and the Third Ward voters who for him deserve what they get, a clown prince of corruption.
HobokenTownie September 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
frank - do you get paid by the word to write your nonsens?
Tess September 12, 2012 at 07:39 PM
you are right, i have never seen such disrespect for any one like what i saw done to Mr Sacs.....what a wonderful man he is and the great work he has done for hoboken....sorry to see him go....
peanut September 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
great job Ian..Good luck in Europe. Russo and the rest of these clowns need to go away..Hoboken has changed..Its not your personal piggy banks anymore..The new populace is well informed and can actually read..Go away
cassandra September 12, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Now that the bicycle zealot has left perhaps we can start seeing to it that laws pertaining to bicycles start being enforced or at least start public information dissemination about these laws. Perhaps they could be issued in one of the mayor's many emails to the citizens. The laws are simple; State law requires bicycles to conform to many automobile laws- stop at stop streets; obey one way street signs; stop for pedestrians in crosswalks;stop at red lights are the most important City law requires bicycles to move no faster then pedestrian speed while on sidewalks.
KenOn10 September 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Okay we have a) a traffic light that somehow makes it HARDER to cross the street ... and b) a park promised last year that is 0% constructed now but somehow WOULD HAVE BEEN OPENED if only an unplanned traffic light had been installed. All this spin is making me dizzy.
Scott M. Siegel September 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Just like the budget and tax levy, once again Cassandra you are ill informed. The Parking Utility handles parked vehicles, not moving ones. Moving vehicle enforcement is handled by the police. Feel free to voice your concerns to Chief Falco.
Journey September 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Sure, right after they stop drivers of automobiles from rolling through stop signs, and every other offence I see every day. I bike. I signal my stops and turns. I ring my bell and pass pedestrians with a foot on the ground, because if you go that slow it hard to not tip over (you would be mad if my bike fell on you, right?). But I'm considerate of people around me and mostly obey the laws. There are drivers and cyclists that just don't care. Education will not affect them, because they don't care.
Journey September 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I had to go one the sidewalk several times tidy be cars were in the bike lane.
David A. Liebler September 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Journey, you are correct. I almost get hit walking to work by about 3 cabs a day as they do not care. You maybe a good biker that obey's laws, but that is not the norm. I see bikers everyday as well that will drive down the middle of the road, while cars wait behind them beeping for them to move over. Many of the bikers could not care less. I am for the bike lanes as I was sold that this was going to reduce accidents and make people drive slower and more cautious, but there is a diminishing point of return to turn the entire city into Bike Central. This is not the suburbs, this is a highly congested city. WE do not need bike lanes everywhere. I oppose the bike lanes that Zimmer is jamming down our throats on observer hwy. This area does not need bike lanes, it need more car lanes so people can get out of Hoboken in morning. There is a place for this initiative, but not there.
Geedee September 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM
This news makes me sad, but good luck to Mr. Sacs! I hope that the next Transportation and Parking Director has the same progressive vision. Life in Hoboken is so much better because of the many innovations he helped spawn and I hope we continue on the same path.
cassandra September 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
A small percentage of automobile drivers violate these laws- a very large percentage of Hoboken cyclists do.
cassandra September 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Scott Scott I believe the police department reports to the mayor through the director. She is responsible for seeing that the laws are obeyed. Unless of course, she chooses not to do so.
Scott M. Siegel September 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
So you think that Chief Falco is Dawn's lapdog? Not a chance.
Donna Antonucci September 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thank Ian! I think you did a great job. I love that motorcycles and Vespa are exempt from paying at the muni-meters. I thought the muni-meters were so smart as way to cut down on the possibility of stealing quarters. Even now that you are gone anyone who takes the job after you would have a hard time doing what Correa did. I love the Hertz cars and
Donna Antonucci September 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I think it's great that you tightened the criteria to get a parking permit. Shame on all those who register their cars elsewhere, ripping off their insurance company and have the nerve to complain that they can't get a permit. It's a tough job being the guy who hands out tickets. Thanks Ian and best of Luck. Donna
Journey September 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It might me a small percentage of total drivers, but from my observations the bad drivers out number the bad cyclists. A car is much more deadly.
Journey September 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I don't know what the right number of bike lanes is. At least 4, one in each direction would make sense.
cassandra September 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
No, the chief is not her lapdog. However the mayor constantly talks about safety. The cycling laws are all about safety. Once a "reformer" becomes a politician hypocrisy and pandering for votes always sets in. It is inevitable.
billy September 16, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Lol all if you are stupid. This is a cover up, as fake as lady gaga's music. This is hiding something, and you sheep go right with the herd
Hazel September 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I don't understand the city council. While all the city directors are insanely overpaid, Sacs actually did seem like he knew what he was doing. Unlike Pellegrini - who is a complete jerk. Communicates like a caveman, totally unprofessional (do me a favor Leo - next time we have a meeting, spit your gum out, please. You chomp like a 12-year old girl) and a horrible manager. Leo has absolutely no qualifications for the position (previous position: managed the travel agency at HSBC. Gonna guess he earned about $80K - if that). Understand the Mayor won't hear a bad word against him. What is up with that?
Hazel September 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Yeah cassandra - bikes are a big problem! Bikes poop and pee all over the streets even tho every park has a big toilet for them...oh wait. That's dogs. Nevermind.
ThisMeansWar September 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Pretty elaborate cover-up, what with moving to Europe and all...... Maybe you shouldn't post at midnight after a long day of "pounding 'em down."

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