WE NEED A CROWD at the NJ Transit Ad Hoc Board meeting TOMORROW AT 9AM! Mayor Bhalla has informed us that he believes a large crowd of Hoboken stakeholders will make the difference in the outcome of the meeting.
Please join us and let me / us know that you are going by emailing me and / or by RSVP'ing "Going" to the Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront FB Event (for those on FB).
At this time I am aware that I will at least be joined by Mayor Bhalla, Council President Ramos, Council Vice President Giattino, leaders of Fund for a Better Waterfront, members of Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront and several other neighbors and community leaders. I have not yet confirmed with other councilmembers but am hopeful more will attend (Mayor Bhalla sent an "all hands on deck" request to all of us).
There are politics behind this meeting and this vote with pressure from our outgoing Governor to pass. But that by no means guarantees that it will. Opposing politics from our incoming Governor contributed to twice rescheduling the meeting due to sudden lack of quorum. Here are a couple of articles on this - NJ.COM and APNEWS.
What a further delay or a “No” vote gets us is more time. More time to respond. More time to get in a room with all stakeholders. More time to defend our waterfront. And more time to try to work out a solution that allows us to complete our waterfront park plan that has been underway for three decades and at the same time supports further expansion of critical ferry service.
It is reprehensible that we have to consider attending on a day we should be celebrating MLK (especially in the current political environment). Thank you Governor Chris Christie.
NJT headquarters in downtown Newark is easy to get to. If you are driving - I would plan 30 minutes (prob. will take 20 tomorrow). There are two parking lots across and next to the building. If you are taking the PATH, Newark Penn Station is across the street.
Please call me (201-208-1674) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or to let us know you will be attending.