Beth Mason gets NIMBY with it
This email blast went out from Councilwoman Beth Mason today:
Beth Mason Opposes Public Works Garage in Residential Neighborhoods
I am writing to you today with an important message. I need your help to protect our neighborhoods. This Sunday, June 13th at 7 pm, the City Council is having a special meeting where the Mayor will ask the Council for the authority to borrow $15 million to relocate the Hoboken Department of Public Works Garage (commonly referred to as the “Municipal Garage”). As you may be aware, this garage houses garbage trucks, plows, maintenance equipment, and dangerous chemicals, such as oil, antifreeze, and cleaning products.
Both the City Council President and the Mayor’s Spokesman have stated that strong consideration is being given to relocating the garage on the campus of Steven’s Institute of Technology. If this relocation takes place it will:
Recklessly waste tax dollars
Decrease the property value of your home
Create a public safety hazard
Increase traffic in our neighborhood
Reduce parking for residents and students
Destroy our recently revitalized roads
It is widely believed that City Administration and Stevens intend to place this garage on either the corner of 8th and Hudson Streets or on valuable waterfront property directly across from Frank Sinatra Park that would be better used to provide more open space for our residents.
My husband, Ricky, and I have lived in Hoboken longer than any other place in our lives. Our daughters Shipley and Virginia were born here and are being raised in Hoboken, which is very much our family’s hometown. In fact, we became civically involved over a decade ago when a former Mayor and Stevens Institute of Technology threatened to build a garage on 8th and Hudson Street, which would have permanently ruined the unique small town feel of our neighborhood.
No matter what our race, age, religion, political party, or income we have always worked together to protect our neighborhoods and to make Hoboken a better place to live and raise a family. Many of us are very busy working, raising families, and even caring for elderly relatives. As someone who serves on the City Council, is raising two daughters, and helps care for my elderly father-in-law who recently moved to Hoboken to be closer to us, I absolutely understand the value of your time. However, I ask that you please set aside a few moments to contact me at (201)-916-8244 or Beth@MasonCityCouncil.org so we can stop the relocation of this garage from changing the face of our neighborhood as we know it.
Thank you for allowing me the time to speak to you about this important issue. I will continue to provide you with updates as they develop. In the meantime rest assured that I will stand up for your family and mine as I make your voice heard on the City Council and continue to be a fighter for all of us.
Talking Ed Note: Councilwoman Beth Mason is expressing concern about the Municipal Garage location. In this case she’s amped up to say “not in my back yard.” First it was the Russo clan led operation to create panic among third ward residents, now its Beth Mason’s turn, gone solo from the “Council of No” to get NIMBY with it.
She charges the City Council President and a mayoral spokesman announced this. Has anyone else heard of this? It’s news to MSV.
Is Beth Mason envious of her ally Councilman Mike Russo’s municipal garage ginned up circus and hoping to rile up similar panic to score political points? There’s no election in sight but she may have her eye on her 2nd ward election next May already.
Councilwoman Beth Mason lives up the block from this new “site” she charges is now the designated location.
Last week MSV interviewed Mayor Zimmer. Here’s that story on the Municipal Garage.