Superior Court Judge – No restraining order against City

The City of Hoboken is still fighting for a temporary or longer term home for its vehicles. Yesterday, Hoboken Unleashed and its Friday legal action against the city on uptown Willow Avenue headed to court with legal representatives of the City of Hoboken, and the owner of the 1714 Willow Ave. property in Jersey City Superior Court.

After review, the Superior Court judge denied Hoboken Unleashed’s request for a restraining order against the City.  The result instead was an order for the parties to meet and attempt to resolve the conflict.  That’s scheduled today between the Hoboken Unleashed and the City of Hoboken.  Another appearance of the parties is due tomorrow in New Jersey Superior Court in Jersey City.

Hoboken Unleashed needs a variance from the Hoboken Zoning Board, a process requiring at least several months before it can move into the uptown Willow Ave. location.  It’s unclear how filing against the City helps in that cause although the City’s lawyer says the dispute can be resolved.

According to the Hudson Reporter, Corporation Counsel Kates says the City has 60 days to decide how to move forward with Hoboken Unleashed and also retains the ultimate power of eminent domain.

Last November, Mike Stigliano appeared along with his counsel Jason Orlando to obtain an ordinance approval for his business in northwest Hoboken.  Council members Ravi Bhalla, Dave Mello, and Peter Cunningham voted in favor to allow Hoboken Unleashed to operate in the upper Grand St. location.  Council members Beth Mason, Mike Russo, Terry Castellano and Nino Giacchi voted no.

At the end outside Council Chambers, a citizen to citizen conversation with Mike Stigliano showed him to be frustrated with the process of trying to maintain his business in Hoboken.  He expressed his hopes to do so but felt he would be ultimately forced to move to a Jersey City location.  Da Horsey conveyed sympathy that people on the City Council were unfair to business in a section of town where it should be supported.

 Councilman Ravi Bhalla then exited the City Council chambers and went over and spoke to Mike Stigliano saying he felt the result was most unfair to him.  At the time, Councilman Mike Lenz had not yet been appointed to represent the fourth ward.

Ironically, the City of Hoboken now finds itself in a dispute with Hoboken Unleashed on another property it’s vying for after its sixty day lease expires.  It wouldn’t have happened if the City Council had granted Mike Stigliano his reasonable request earlier.

Last year another website,, blamed Councilwoman Beth Mason for Hoboken Unleashed being an unfortunate victim of a hissy fit against the new mayor and its clients.

“The vote that would have allowed Hoboken Unleashed to move just a few blocks away failed at a city council meeting this week in what appears to be a power struggle became politics as usual.

“The new Mayor, Dawn Zimmer, seems to be feeling the heat from her former opponent who also sits on the city council. Beth Mason (pictured here looking super drowsy) seems to have basically put the council on gridlock by stacking her allies against Zimmer to make a big deal out of issues that should easily pass.”

The Council of No now witnesses the repercussions for their shortsighted reactionary vote against the mayor and the administration’s council coalition on this reasonable request Hoboken Unleashed made to move.

Will any of them take responsibility for this?


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