In a letter to the editor, Hoboken Housing Authority Vice Chair James Sanford says that he’d be happy to accept a recent debate challenge initially directed at Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
In response to Mr. Einstein’s recent editorials published by Hudson County View, I accept his challenge to a public debate. If Mr. Einstein wants to debate a Hoboken City official then he can debate me anytime anywhere!
For the past 7 years, I’ve volunteered without pay to serve as a Commissioner on the Board of the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA). As a member of the HHA Board it is my responsibility to promote the interests of the HHA and provide thousands of residents with affordable housing.
In 2015, I hired Executive Director Recko and worked with him to bring sound and effective management to our facilities. Together we have worked to heal the wounds of past mismanagement. I am proud of both my record and my service to Hoboken.
In contrast, I ask the residents of Hoboken to consider Mr. Einstein’s “experience and service.”
In the several years that Mr. Einstein has lived in our city has he ever served our community on any number of Hoboken’s municipal boards?
From what dearth of governing experience does he draw upon to promote his uninformed opinions or launch attacks upon our community?
What is his record in helping to make Hoboken a better place to live?
As Vice Chair of the HHA I swore an oath to promote and safeguard the interests of public
housing in our city. All residents in Hoboken will be affected by NY Waterway’s plans for the
We can engage in a thoughtful public discourse of the issues; however, Mr. Einstein’s
rhetoric is unfair.
By calling his opponents thieves he seeks to dismiss the arguments of people who sincerely believe that NY Waterway’s plans are simply not in the best interest of the city.
Mr. Einstein has repeatedly voiced his commitment to NY Waterway and his lack of support for the people of Hoboken and a better waterfront.
Yet, Mr. Einstein offers no alternative solutions to the current debate. Instead he engages in demagoguery to promote his own agenda.
He calls Hoboken’s mayor, city council, and people thieves for engaging in a lawful and constitutional process instead of debating the substance of the issue.
Mr. Einstein owes the people of Hoboken an apology.
Therefore, if Mr. Einstein, “…truly believes in his cause, he will rise to the challenge and accept this invitation to have a public debate…”
As a Hoboken public official I stand ready to accept Mr. Einstein’s challenge to engage in a public debate.
If not, then Mr. Einstein should apologize.
Hoboken Housing Authority