Rent control and Councilman Doyle
Oct 21, 2012 | 1996 views | 3 3 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

I would like to clarify something for your Between the Lines columnist Al Sullivan. Here is a quote from his column that appeared in last week’s edition: “Critics of Doyle claim he is anti-development, while supporters claim he supports “reasonable” development, whatever that means.” A reporter who writes on politics in Hudson County does not know what “reasonable development” means? Well, may I be so bold as to explain it to you, Mr. Sullivan? Very simply, it is development that puts people before profit. If you need further enlightenment you could, of course, ask Mr. Doyle yourself what reasonable development means. After all, you are a “reporter,” whatever that means.

Speaking of putting people before profits, if Hoboken Public Question No. 2 is approved on November 6th it will mean the end of rent control protections for thousands and place these tenants in very vulnerable positions, giving landlords an incentive to push out their current tenants in order to raise the rents to whatever they feel they can get. Hoboken will become a community only the most upper of the upper middle class can afford to live in. Yes, landlords should expect to receive a reasonable return on their investment – and they do, which is why I suspect there are currently few, if any, apartment buildings for sale in Hoboken.

I urge my fellow residents to unite to defend Hoboken renters by voting no to Public Question 2 this Election Day. For more information please go to hobokenfairhousing.com.

Sincerely,
Eileen Lynch

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ronsimoncini
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October 22, 2012
your statement about apartment buildings is totally wrong. the reason buildings aren't for sale in Hoboken is because their value is inhibited or polluted by rent control and by Hoboken's administration of rent control by the worst performing rent leveling office and board in the state. further, a yes vote on question 2 will not end rent control in Hoboken, it very specifically and intentionally extends rent control in perpetuity for tenants in buildings of 5 rental units or greater.

the most dangerous thing about the election is that the misinformation campaign being run by the tenants has unnecessarily and in some cases fraudulently misled voters to believe that tenants are at risk when nothing could be further from the truth. tenants have eviction, harassment and conditions protections that are the strongest in the country -- state laws that will not change as a result of an amendment to a local law that only concerns new tenants moving into Hoboken.
CherryTree
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October 22, 2012
oh paleeze - multifamily buildings that go on the market are snapped up in a few short days and sell for 1mm, 2mm (and that's for small buildings) or more so don't EVEN try and suggest that rent control is inhibiting prices. Existing tenants will be put in harms way if this initiative passes and it doesn't matter how many times you lie and say they are protected...they are only protected until they leave and that leaving may take the form of a very real eviction notice. You, Gormally and the 13 dues paying members of MSTA stand to make lots of money if this harmful initiative passes. The tenants only stand to gain a good night's sleep. So tell me, who would you believe?

On Nov. 6 to protect and defend our friends and neighbors in Hoboken, we all must go to the polls and VOTE NO on Hoboken public question #2
TommyLover
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October 22, 2012
Misinformation by the tenants? My wife was at the "seminar" at the Elks and she told me the guy there stated that if your initiative lost it would be 7 years before you could get another chance at it. That's not true - it's 3 years.

Also, as I've mentioned elsewhere, I talked to a few of the $10 an hour teenage campaign zombies you had on the streets last Nov. To say they were giving out misinformation would be putting it politely. They were clearly instructed to lie. I'm not a tenant but I have been and I'll be voting with the tenants. Just so I don't have to look and listen to you stinking up the council meetings.