In a letter to the editor, various members of the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse are expressing their dissatisfaction with the city council for voting on the Union Dry Dock lease before it was public available.
Dear Editor, Mayor Bhalla, Mayor’s Staff, Director Gonzalez, Council President Jabbour, and members of the Council,
First of all, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation for your unwavering support in completing the acquisition of the Union Dry Dock property.
Nevertheless, we are disappointed that the public was not given a copy of the Union Dry Dock lease.
The lease was not made readily available until after the minutes of the City Hall meeting were posted the following day. Council members voted on a lease that they may have only glanced over.
In the spirit of transparency we hope that in the future, stakeholders will have a seat at the table and that the administration, council members, and the public can have a mutually informed discussion about the issue at hand.
Although our volunteers are not satisfied with the current lease agreement for Union Dry Dock and our lack of involvement, we understand that part of the governing process is compromising.
We truly hope that the compromises made will allow us to continue to run our programs in a safe manner.
Director Gonzalez, your leadership and guidance have been instrumental, and we appreciate your follow through with our request by adding Section 2.5 (a)(b)(c)(d).
We strongly urge the administration/city authorities to be vigilant and proactive in enforcing the safety and environmental provisions of the lease.
We are grateful for your commitment to the Hoboken community and your continued support of the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse programs.
The community at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse:
Alvaro Rey Garrido, Volunteer
Adrian Concepcion, Volunteer
Allison Wolf, Volunteer
Amy Lam, Volunteer
Andreas Buhelman, Volunteer
Andrew L Carlson, Volunteer
Benedicte Catelin, Volunteer
Boris Catelin, Volunteer
Carlos Hernandez De Pena, Ke Aloha Outrigger Coach, Volunteer
Carol Sun, Volunteer
Carter Craft, HCCB Board Member
Chanel Wright, Volunteer
Christopher Chan, HCCB Guide, Volunteer
Claire Kerker, Volunteer
Diane Eckerle, Ke Aloha Outrigger Coach, Volunteer
Elaine Ann Blum, Volunteer
Edward Acker, Ke Aloha Outrigger Coach, Volunteer
Elizabeth Hernandez, Volunteer
Erica Nickerson, Volunteer
Evgeniy Savov, Volunteer
Gerry Sova, HCCB Board Member
Halden Bailey, Volunteer
Frank Traineau, Volunteer
Jannar Aarse, Volunteer
Jenna Lanzaro, Volunteer
Jennifer S Cox, Ke Aloha Outrigger Coach, East Coast Outrigger Racing Association President, Volunteer
Jeremy Roche,HCCB SUP Instructor, Volunteer
Jessica Pratt, Volunteer
Jiyun Shin, Volunteer
Jose Mediavilla, Volunteer
John Farrell, Volunteer
JohnAnthony DiMaria, Volunteer
Jozef Mravik, Volunteer
Julianne Darwin, Volunteer
Katelyn Chen, Volunteer
Keith S Tsang, HCCB Board Member, Executive Director at Ke Aloha Outrigger, Volunteer
Ken Dominguez, Volunteer
Kristin Svorinic, Volunteer
Lisa Michurski, Volunteer
Madeline Karp, HCCB Guide, Volunteer
Marie Ester Rollie Vitarelli, Volunteer
Martha Levin, Volunteer
Michelle McMillian, Volunteer
Monique Baumont, Volunteer
Natasha Quiroga, Volunteer
Naomi Morton, HCCB Guide, Ke Aloha Outrigger Coach, Volunteer
Nicole Teitler, Volunteer
Oscar Hernandez, HCCB Board Member, Volunteer
Paul Bayliss, Volunteer
Riaz Shaikh, American Canoe Association New Atlantic Division Director At Large
Head Kayak Instructor at Resilience Paddle Sports, Volunteer
Rosella Venafro, Volunteer
Ryan T Connolly, Volunteer
Sean Pfarr, Volunteer
Sean A Wright, HCCB SUP Instructor, Volunteer
Shiyan Zhang, Volunteer
Stephanie Hildebrand, Volunteer
Thomas Hildebrand, Volunteer
Wendy Lau, Volunteer
Yoon-jee Kim, Volunteer
Yvonne Enigk, Volunteer
Zin Narin Nas, Volunteer
Zoe G Park, Volunteer
STOP YOUR COMPLAINING! RAVI IS THE BEST MAYOR EVER!!!
In all seriousness, you get what you vote for. #WAKEUP
Mayor Bhalla and his City Council tribe members are nothing if not compromised.
While they may profess to support the ideals of transparency and public inclusion they have a long history of hiding facts from the public and excluding them from the decision making process.
Oh screw these CHILDREN! Redirect commuter ferries so they can row on a weekday?
Boats create wakes …. The Kayakers are the woke cyclists of the water
Yep. Expensive ferry service for the already privileged is much more important.
Just as long as it is not in Weehawken where Mayor Richard Turner wants to build more riverfront multi-million dollar condos for the very privileged, very rich.
Ferries saved lives when the plane landed on the Hudson and the Hudson is a COMMERCIAL WATERWAY
it’s not a national park
One day 15 years ago New York Waterways a private for profit company did the right thing. They should be judged what they did in the last 5475 since and all those days before.
Love the whining about people who take the ferry to work in large numbers and pay substantial taxes so a few tree huggers or in this case the lame boat rowers can play in the river for a few minutes.
It’s utterly moronic. That’s what the socialists do though. They destroy everything good and turn it into shite. Let them row to NYC and enjoy the street crime.
Ravi has declared victory now at least half-a-dozen times over years and now the Ferry maintenance will go on for about half-a-decade or more. That’s fine as the practical has to be met but enough of the victory flag waving. Just agree with NYW to open up a bit of space where the pedestrian walkway is heavily trafficked and that would be a great interim step.
Maybe they should pay the city for running their Kayak school on public land?
Maybe Hoboken can end the tax payer subsidies for the Church Towers and Marine View millionaires
Hey, let’s listen to crybabies who are shills for a PIER 13 located Business
The same PIER 13 that keeps everyone at Maxwel up all night while their partiers trash our waterfront
How many of you voted for Ravinder? How many of you believe Ravinder had nothing to do with the racist fliers? How many of you believes Ravinder really gives a damn about black lives?
Make no mistake: Ravi only cares about his own political aspirations, as evidenced by his many trips to Washington DC to meet with Pete Buttigieg. He must have something Emily Jabber and Phil Cohen (Jim is just ignorant and Joe is a pawn) but they are not good for Hoboken. They are only in this for their own personal career aspirations and sadly many people are being impacted.