MESSAGE FROM SECOND WARD COUNCILMAN RICHARD DEL BOCCIO
I am writing to ask for your support on Tuesday, June 10. On that day, Second Ward voters will be going to the polls to select their City Council representative. It has been a great honor to have served in that capacity the past eight years and I would like the opportunity to continue to represent your interests.
I am a life-long Hoboken resident; a proud father of three grown children and happily married for 39 years. I am a career educator, who has served as a teacher, principal and school superintendent. I currently am Adjunct Professor at St. Peter's College.
I as council member I have strived to be sensitive to the issues facing Second Ward residents, namely fiscal and quality of life issues. I am proud of the fact that during my two terms as your councilman I have never raised municipal taxes. I fully intend to continue to hold the line on municipal spending.
I have been a strong advocate of expanding our recreational and cultural opportunities, as a founder of the Art in the Park series in Elysian Park. I have fought to add new parking spaces in our neighborhood, such as the 250 additional spaces in Sinatra Drive, and the implementation of the new "resident only" parking program.
More specifically, I would like to address the following issues and achievements:
* REVENUE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBER
I have been very careful oh how taxpayer's money is spent. I have been a homeowner for 36 years and an very sensitive to taxes. I have not voted for a tax increase over the past eight years and there will be no increase in municipal taxes in the next budget, fiscal year 2004!
* ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
I strongly supported the development of the ShopRite (currently under construction), the construction of an upscale hotel and the other office buildings on the city's southern waterfront. I have encouraged the return of ferry boats and the construction of the light rail transit system.
* LIBRARY TRUSTEE - CURRENTLY
I strongly supported the upgrading of our historic Public Library, as well as its many new services and programs.
* PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
I sponsored ordinances to increase the number of neighborhood parking spaces for city residents; to create 250 parking spaces on Sinatra Drive; and to give each senior citizen a free yearly visitor's pass. I strongly supported construction of the midtown garage, and worked to create parking spaces on 8th Street and Castle Point Terrace.
* PUBLIC SAFETY
I have always supported police and fire department initiatives, as well as new programs and services.
* EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
I frequently visit schools, both public and private. In this capacity, I meet with the Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education members to discuss educational issues.
* MASTER PLAN
I have attended and participated in all public Master Plan meetings.
* QUALITY OF LIFE
I proudly sponsored the resolution condemning "pub crawls" throughout our city's streets.
* PARKS & RECREATION COMMITTEE MEMBER
I introduced the "Art In The Park" series for Hoboken's children. I supported the upgrade of our parks and dog runs and voted to provide a new surface at the city's Soccer Field. I have always supported development of more playing fields and am currently serving on the Pier C Waterfront Steering Committee. I fully support the extension of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
* 9/11 MEMORIAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
As a member, I have helped raise funds for a permanent 9/11 tribute on Pier A Park.
* ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
I have been a strong advocate for clean streets and neighborhoods.
These a just a few of the issues that I, in the Second Ward, and Mayor David Roberts and the Hoboken United team are advocating. An open and responsive government are the essential ingredients in furthering this mission. It has been aa great honor to serve the wonderful people of this terrific city. That is why I am asking for your support on Tuesday, June 10th.
If you have any questions or comments, please call me at 201-798-1688.
Councilman Richard Del Boccio