Phil Cohen, a voice for Hoboken and Jersey City
May 18, 2014 | 1177 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

I first met Phil Cohen on the morning of October 29, 2012 after Sandy had hit Hoboken. It was a cold morning and there was a group of volunteers including CERT members as well as those who were being “sheltered from the storm” of the previous night. We were in Wallace School that had been flooded leaving us without electricity or a way to prepare a warm meal. At that point we were not certain where we were going and there was a definite sense of anxiety within the group.

Phil and his daughter showed up asking, “What can I do?’ My spontaneous response was, “It would be nice if we had coffee.” Phil left and returned with a huge urn of hot coffee that we served to both the shelter guests and the volunteers. He later donated the urn to one of the shelters so that the coffee could continue to flow. It may not seem like a big thing but it meant a great deal to the recipients and restored a sense of normalcy to the stressed group.

Since then I have heard Phil speak at city council meetings and am impressed by his thoughtful comments. Most folks, myself included, do not know what freeholders do or what the county is responsible for. I am not proud of the fact that I have been to two meetings in my 38 years in Hoboken. I did learn something and believe that we do need to have an accounting of how our tax dollars are spent. We need to question where the money flows and how can we save money without reducing services. I am not voting against anyone but will vote for Phil Cohen. On that cold October morning, he asked, “What can I do?’ He now tells us, “I am running for freeholder to bring greater cost-effectiveness and fiscal responsibility to county government.” He has my vote.

Rose Orozco

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May 18, 2014
I can tell you that Hoboken's "cost-effective" operations, i.e. cost cutting yielded filthy streets, no snow removal, an unscrupulous Parking Utility and lower standards of Public Safety.

How did Hoboken finally get cleaned up? Through Hudson County lending essential services to Hoboken. It was directly through the coordination of our Freeholder, Anthony Romano, that our streets were quickly cleaned after six months of terribly deficient services that left uptown not only trashed but also with all manner of varmint that feed on old garbage.

I am also grateful to Freeholder Romano for all the road work that has been accomplished on County roads, various Arts and History grants and his responsiveness to any County issue. In Freeholder Romano we have an honest and responsive public servant who is very experienced and knows the issues and how to navigate them effectively.

Phil Cohen says his main aid would be a "budget auditor". Where has Mr. Cohen been involved in a full public budget previously or in running any public operations. The last thing the County needs is yet another civil servant with no municipal financial or operations experience. Where would Hoboken turn then for deficient services if Mr. Cohen sat as a Freeholder and services were cut at that level too? Could we all then line up and talk to our State Agency Heads? Maybe, but why not just vote for a responsible honest candidate that can and has done his job. My vote goes to Freeholder Romano. If there was any doubt in my mind, that was nailed shut, when I saw Mr. Cohen's campaign posters plastered all over JFK Blvd on Jersey City telephone polls.