Hoboken Ward 5 Council candidate Eduardo Gonzalez hosted his campaign kickoff at the Brownstone Ale House, located on Willow Avenue, on Thursday night.
Gonzalez was introduced by his father Pedro before addressing a room full of supporters.
The Elysian Charter School board president said the city needs to do a better job of providing parking signage, maintaing their roads and adequate garbage pickup.
He referred to these issues, along with bonding for parking meters, as well as booting and ticketing cars, as “back door tax increases.”
Also exclaiming that the city is routinely cutting services in one place while raising costs in another, the former Hoboken Housing Authority commissioner insisted that the city shouldn’t “tax their way out of problems.”
Speaking with Hudson County View outside the venue, Gonzalez said 5th Ward residents have requested time and time again for “a common sense government,” something he thought was absent in bonding $16.7 million to acquire the BASF property for the eventual Southwest Resiliency Park site.
Gonzalez also stressed the growing need for affordable housing for seniors and veterans, later questioning what projects his opponent – Councilman Peter Cunningham – has introduced and completed during his eight years on the council.
Cunningham said it takes time to get things done, stating the council is “taking a smart, thoughtful approach to development,” also noting that for 18 months during his current term, a deadlocked council (four to four) prevented a number of city endeavors from being approved.