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Angelo Valente: On an “Independent Leadership for Hoboken’s Future”

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Hoboken Neighbors and Friends,
I believe in the greatness of Hoboken and I believe in you!
I also believe that our city deserves leaders with passion and vision,
whose only special interest will be the residents of our great city. Whether
you chose to live in Hoboken, one year ago, or over one hundred years ago, the
future belongs to all of us. 
I am proud to announce that I will be asking  for your
support, and vote, to become an independent
Councilperson-at-Large representing our entire city.
In a little over 100 days, residents of the great community
of Hoboken will through the ballot box determine the next chapter in Hoboken’s
history. November 7th’s election will have an enormous,
lasting  impact on the future of our city. 
We are all on this journey together. One hundred and fourteen
years ago my great grandparents left Italy in their late teens and chose
Hoboken to begin their life journey together…now 5 generations later, my wife
Jane and I still choose Hoboken as the community we want to live in and raise
our children in. 
Why Hoboken in 1903 and why now in 2017?
It was and continues to be the unique and special quality of
life. First and foremost it’s all about community; we have a small town
atmosphere is a big city environment…it’s where neighborhood block parties
are the norm, and you still know your local barber and dry
cleaner by name–and they know yours.
It’s tolerance for the tight space of land we all have to
share; our beautiful tree lined blocks, and our magnificent waterfront.  It
our bustling Avenue and diverse civic, cultural and religious celebrations that
fill our calendars.Hoboken is just a great place to live!
But like you, I am extremely concerned…because the future of
this quality of life is on shaky ground.
Recent decisions are challenging the Hoboken quality of life that
we all cherish…there is a war on residents who use automobiles and this
war has to stop—immediately.
We are now invading our beautiful residential community with
parking meters that are just wrong at every level…we are taking
away traffic lanes and parking spaces; and causing our neighbors and
friends to spend hours each week in traffic and circling blocks to
find a space that not in a yellow, red, purple or orange zone.  If you
drive a car you know exactly what I mean.
Our restaurants and retailers are concerned as well, as we now
have a reputation among visitors as the town with a tow away sign that has
replaced the welcome sign. There are some who look at our public streets as yet
another veiled way
to tax our already overtaxed tenants and homeowners, and now our children, and
grandchildren.
We  also have a town with very few cultural and
recreational facilities to enjoy in return for the high rents and
taxes we all are paying…it’s time we refocus our attention, our money and
efforts on building facilities for our residents of all
ages. It’s time to put the people of Hoboken first, and not the
politicians who are losing sight of the cherished vision you and I share for
our city. 
Hoboken’s infrastructure needs immediate attention. Our Community
is fortunate enough to be the home of one of the most prestigious engineering
schools in the country, Stevens Institute of Technology. It is time we partner
with Stevens to develop practical solutions to protect our residents in those
sections of town that are in dire need of flood prevention initiatives.
Hoboken has experienced unprecedented development that generates
millions of dollars in new taxes annually . It’s time that condo and small home
owners start seeing real tax relief.
Over the next 100 days I hope to share in person with each of you
my plan and vision for Hoboken’s
future.
 
A vision for Hoboken’s future filled with hope and bold new
innovative plans that will bring our community together — with the
primary goal of improving the quality of life for every resident, while
bringing efficiency and innovation to our government. 
Now the naysayers and skeptics will say that these
plans, our shared vision, and
more importantly my promise to each of you cannot be achieved….to all of
them I say: Watch Us! Because together, with your support, and
vote, there is nothing that we can’t accomplish. 
       Angelo Valente 

       Independent Leadership for Hoboken’s
Future

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