Dealing with the cards dealt
Councilwoman Beth Mason in an off the cuff interview on break before the City Council’s closed session last night spoke about the complex issues facing the city with the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She described the problems as weekend generated with drunken activity starting early in the morning, unruly house parties and the Port Authority providing additional trains into Hoboken all exacerbating a difficult management problem.
“The Parade isn’t the problem. There’s drinking going on in the morning before the Parade… The Port Authority doesn’t help by scheduling more trains coming into Hoboken. The problem is the thousands of people (organizing) on Facebook. And the house parties are a big problem.”
After sleeping on it, we posted our piece earlier today and noted we’ve yet to hear anyone in government at any level discuss arrests, jail or lockup. We have to wonder if a few well placed batons or arrests would spread the word better than a summons. That may sound harsh but is it a better alternative than if a resident(s) gets into a physical battle when drunken revelers are caught urinating on their home. One such incident occurred just recently with a family member of Councilwoman Castellano leading to serious injuries. What happens if you multiply those incidents on a wider scale or worse?
MSV would like to thank Councilwoman Mason for the impromptu interview.
Photo: Councilwoman Beth Mason at last night’s City Council meeting. All rights reserved.