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Resolution To Allow For Free Holiday Parking Fails In Tie Vote

The Hoboken City Council voted 4-4 for the measure.

A resolution that would allow for free parking citywide during the holiday season failed Wednesday night in a tie vote.

The Hoboken City Council voted 4-4 on the measure that would have suspended parking for the two weeks before Christmas.

Councilwoman Theresa Castellano sponsored the resolution. She said Hoboken is suffering from a negative image problem.

"People thought we were under mud and water and desolate," she said.

She argued that it would be a boon for local businesses and restaurants that suffered losses during Hurricane Sandy and continue to struggle due to the indefinite closure of the Hoboken PATH station.

Councilman Ravinder Bhalla warned that there could be abuses. He said drivers would take advantage of the situation and leave their cars in the same spot for hours without sponsoring Hoboken businesses.

The city has traditionally offered free parking during the two weeks before Christmas, Castellano said. Last year, parking was suspended for only one week due to an oversight.

Hoboken is still offering free four-hour parking in municipal garages for those who spend at least $20 at local restaurants and businesses for the entire month of December.

Rory Chadwick December 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I tried to make the meeting but couldn't and had sent an email out to 55 other business owners in town about the meeting, I see nobody went. I had emailed councilman Mello my concerns though, I hope they were addressed. The street parking is already abused up on Washington Street. I think one of the biggest problems is the metered spots are not included in the 4 hour rule. Only non metered spots are covered. With this being the case, on my block alone there are 8 cars parked on the event side of Washington that belong to employees of business on my block. I understand if someone is handicapped or impaired however making it free will only allow everyone to abuse the spots. It is true, it's political grandstanding. Some council members want us to not make money, then those who don't know the political scene will blame the mayor and the council of no will feel good about it. Now that they've attempted to sandbag me, I will sandbag back and if you know me I'm not afraid to speak my mind.
cassandra December 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Amen! It has lost all its charm and character; now just another neighborhood of nyc. Although the "new" hoboken has made me rich, I would rather be poorer and have the old town back. i guess you can't fight "progress".
demosthenes December 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
My point was directed more toward the 55 people you e-mailed than to you. The silence is deafening. Where were the voices of the business community when MORT blocked the repaving of Washington Street? Many in the business community seem to feel it is more important to give political cover to MORT than to speak up for their own interests, apparently believing MORT would "take care" of them after they get rid of Zimmer. Well, anyone who still thinks MORT will be getting rid of Zimmer is an imbecile and if the business community won't advocate loudly and publicly for its own interests and directly call out MORT for its antics then they will have no one to blame but themselves when MORT screws them while claiming to be helping them.
Michael Angelo Bosch December 07, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I love progress as much as the next guy and for a town as small as Hoboken we have to remember what makes it RICH. and it's it's people , without them we are still in the dark so if we the business owners politicians and investors can't find viable solutions to make our residents happier and more appreciated they will go else wear and if you sent out a city wide opinion letter to all of Hoboken you will find 95% will unanimously disapprove of the parking arrangements made for the city.therefore it is up to our leaders to look for ways to make it possible without draining the pockets of it's residents with high monthly or annually charges to find parking. and that wasn't even the issue here it was concerning the temporary free parking for the Holidays and they couldn't even try and accommodate them for that, how narrow minded and self centered can they get?
Rory Chadwick December 07, 2012 at 11:20 PM
@demo I don't think that its that the business owners don't want to go, I think it's more of 2 factors. 1 being some people feel if they speak up then there could be some sort of retaliation. We all know in this town if you pick a side or preach one side there will be blogs and people that just make stuff up, so some people fear that. Then there are the people who have sadly given up hope in town and just go about doing for them and not participating in events or situations like this where voicing an opinion can be heard. I see it every year, less and less businesses want to be involved. With lots of failed campaigns in the past people just aren't gun ho about things anymore. While a few of us do our best to change that, the show of hands from the businesses hasn't been what it should be.

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