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Rent Control Upheld in Hoboken After All Votes Are Counted

While the difference is less than 100 votes, the referendum to change to a vacancy de-control model rather than rent control in Hoboken was officially voted down.

Rent control is officially upheld in its current form in the city of Hoboken.

The final results from November's referendum are in and 8,248 voters said "no" to the question to change a vacancy de-control model, after vote by mail ballots, provisionals and email ballots were counted. Voting "yes," were 8,196 voters.

While the margin is small — with 49.84 percent voting "yes" and 50.16 percent voting "no" — county board of elections clerk Michael Harper said that the results are final and confirmed.

In a statement in response to the result, Ron Simoncini — who represents landlords and would have liked to see the rules changed — said that "this is far from over."

Before the provisionals, vote by mails and email votes were counted, there was more than a 500 vote difference between the two answers.

"What do you say to the 8,196 people who voted the other way?" said Simoncini, "there’s no conclusive victory here either way."

QJ201 November 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM
and the rest of the election results?
franksinatra November 29, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Very sad, though it is encouraging that so many people here agree with private property rights (virtually half the voters). I had thought the question was going to lose easily, given that the rent control people had a much longer, bigger and louder campaign, that renters outnumber owners and that you had the huge presidential turnout so all the 20-something renters were voting. But it turned out to be very close. Maybe Hoboken won’t be the next Santa Monica. The bottom line is that rent control is deeply immoral. Forcing owners to keep renting their property to people they don't want to (often in the same houses where the owners themselves live), and forcing them to charge certain prices goes against everything that is rational and just--everything that this country believes in. It gives in to people's greed -- people who want something for nothing, who want someone else to pay for their cheap rent no matter who gets hurt. Sooner or later this injustice will be fixed, as it has in so many other places around the country.
Outofcontrol November 29, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Mr. Simoncini needs a civics lesson. In a democracy the one with the most votes is the winner (except when the Electoral College gets involved). Is he trying to say that Mr. Obama isn't the president because almost as many people voted for Mr. Romney?
I am RIGHT November 29, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Sad. I'm encouraged the vote was so close.
Bill Lewinski November 29, 2012 at 05:41 AM
again "franksinatra" you don't know what you are talking about, owners who have 3 units or less and live in their buildings can indeed evict tenants in that building without having any reason at all. Landlords in Hoboken bought the buildings knowing that rent control was the law here, if they didn't like it they were free to buy rental buildings in towns that don't have rent control. Clearly they decided it was more profitable to buy here with rent control than the other towns without it. and in fact they have reaped huge profits rent control and all. The state supreme court has affirmed that it is constitutional for communities to put in rent control protections so that speculators can't come in and drive out the town's residents in order to take advantage of a hot market. After all people's homes are not an ordinary commodity and stable communities are very important. Investors who don't like that can invest in something else or elsewhere in bedroom towns where no one cares about having a real community.
Indiecom November 29, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Wow, I dare say, Hoboken's renters were much more gracious after last year's election results when they lost than either FS or Simoncini are after this recent election. Says a lot.
Hazel November 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Of course it's not over for Simoncini - it's his six-figure earning job! And the only reason it was even this close was because, once again, msta managed to get their language on the ballot and it was completely confusing. Also, it was a much larger margin on the machines (530) - it narrowed with absentee ballots - and we all know what that means.
Indiecom November 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
560 votes on the machines.
Gardiner4Freeholder November 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
No BOE results being reported here. Wow. Just like Hoboken 411, no election happened if the people that purportedly pay Purple Pillow Perry lose.
Geoff Vincent November 30, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Thank goodness, though that's an awfully slim margin. That 49.84% needs more sympathy for the poor.
Indiecom November 30, 2012 at 04:10 PM
By the way, I'm told that Ron Simoncini was standing right next to the man in the blazer. You can't see him in the photo because he doesn't cast a reflection.
xtreme November 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@RG, Um, there's a whole separate article about the BOE election results published yesterday. You may want to check the headlines again.
franksinatra December 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Geoff -- rent control generally doesn't help the poor. It usually helps middle class folks, and up, who are able to work the system to their advantage and could easily pay market rates (which I believe would be lower for most people anyway because more supply would come on the market). In NY you're always getting scandals with movie stars and other rich folks getting exposed for living in cheap apartments in the best neighborhoods. In Hoboken the poor end up in Applied Housing or the projects. And even if the poor benefited, it's not exactly showing sympathy for the poor by forcing a politically unfavored group--property owners--to forfeit part of their income and part of their control over their own private property so that some politically favored people can get a discount on their rent. Truly showing sympathy for the poor would be individually donating to homeless shelters or to the many non-profit housing groups that do good work.

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