I believe Hoboken’s future is bright, as long as we continue to make sound merit-based decisions that shape a better future, including holding the line on City taxes, ensuring that new development meets community needs and is on a scale that works for Hoboken, and that we secure rapidly vanishing open space. We have made great strides from the days, not all that long ago, when we faced a fiscal crisis and developers were receiving what amounted to blank checks for projects more suited towards the best interests of the developer at the community’s expense. Those days are gone, and we now take a more balanced approach to all aspects of development. I am proud of my record in turning our City around and putting it on the right track. But there is much more to do and we must always be vigilant so that the old failed and corrupt politics of the past stays where it belongs—in the past:
Holding the Line on Taxes
It is critical to older residents living on a fixed income and our middle income residents that we keep City taxes stable. I led the successful fight for no increase in the City’s tax levy in this year’s budget. To hold the line on taxes over the long-term, we must continue sound fiscal practices, such as maintaining an adequate reserve fund for any emergencies that may arise. New cost-efficiencies must continue to be identified and implemented.
Smart, Well-Thought Out and Appropriately Scaled Development
Hoboken combines the amenities of a City with the small town neighborly feel of a village. This unique combination of strengths contributes to our high quality of life. It is critical that we make development decisions that preserve this balance: that provide the restaurants, shops entertainment and recreation that enhance our quality of life without being so large scale that they threaten our small city feel. I will continue to stand up against out-of scale over-development and to make sure that new development meets real community needs.
Parks and open space are essential to our quality of life. We must continue to make obtaining new park space as well as maintaining and upgrading our existing parks a high priority,
Given the limited open space still available in our city, securing the BASF site at l2th and Adams Streets for a new 6 acre park is critical. This Spring, I sponsored the initiative to move forward with an application for a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Trust in order to accomplish this objective.
The plan is to use this location for two purposes: 1) constructing a large, multi-purpose park that includes active recreation will be constructed;.2)installing, an underground storm water retention chamber as part of the City’s comprehensive effort to tackle the flooding problem.
We must continue to seek other park space as property becomes available. But locking down the BASF site remains job 1.