Two Hoboken councilwomen co-sponsoring ordinance that would eliminate use of parking boots
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HOBOKEN – Two members of the Hoboken City Council will try to overhaul Hoboken’s parking laws next Wednesday by introducing a law that would abolish the city’s use of wheel clamps, commonly known parking boots, which the council members say are debilitating to the city’s tourism industry and the public safety of its residents.

First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano and Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason said in a press release on Tuesday that they believed the practice of booting is too often used to generate revenue for the city, rather than its stated goal of creating parking for residents by removing illegally parked cars. The city generated $5.6 million in revenue in 2013, up $1 million from 2012.

The statement also said that the ordinance was spurred by recent news reports outlining the issue. A story that appeared in last weekend’s Hoboken Reporter tackled the legal issues associated with the city’s booting laws and can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1oJOXXr.

“If someone parks illegally, the City of Hoboken should ticket that driver,” said Mason in a statement. “But the practice of booting cars for the sake of generating revenue is overly harsh and mean spirited. It sends a message to local businesses that City Hall does not want to help attract patrons to Hoboken and it sends a message to residents that family and friends who visit them are seen as easy marks for City Hall to exploit for revenue.”

Castellano, who along with Mason is a member of the anti-Mayor Dawn Zimmer faction of the city council, said that abolishing the booting policy is an apolitical no-brainer and should be passed unanimously.

“We have the opportunity to correct a wrong that has done harm to our residents and local businesses for far too long. I hope the council members who vote in lock step with the mayor will put politics aside and do the right thing for the people of Hoboken. It’s time to reboot Hoboken’s nonsensical parking law,” she said.

The next City Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 94 Washington St. in Hoboken. – Dean DeChiaro

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80 park
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June 04, 2014
Before the boot illegally parked cars were towed. If you are going to eliminate the boot you need to bring back towing. Tickets alone will never deter illegal parking.
80 Park
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June 04, 2014
And towing contracts included lots of corruption if I recall.
recallbethmason
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May 29, 2014
it would be nice if ms. mason would sponsor budget items that help her 2nd ward residents...you know traffic safety expenditures for families with kids? ms. mason we could you use three way stop signs on 15th street and elevated crosswalks so cars could see pedestrians crossing at the dangerous intersection of 15th street and hudson street. you know in your own 2nd ward?
anonymous
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May 29, 2014
Money talks, nobody walks. My money says that booting is in Hoboken to stay. There's too much of a revenue opportunity for the City to pass up on.
assilem
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June 02, 2014
Euphemism for budget padding. NY and Phillie took care of this thievery years ago.