The first meeting of the new Hudson County Board of Freeholders was not without controversy, as freshman Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and long-time Freeholder Bill Oâ€™Dea differed on a bill that would create a new Meadowlands Commission – opening up the possibility of private development in Liberty State Park.
Sam Pesin – representing Friends of Liberty State Park â€“ said the bill would begin a â€œdark chapterâ€ in the parkâ€™s history, and called on the board to pass a resolution in opposition to the legislation.
District 8 Freeholder Anthony Vainieri â€“ who represents North Bergen and Secaucus – said, â€œthe bill was important for the county as a whole,â€ and added that County Exec Tom DeGise and the entire delegation of Hudson County state legislators supported the bill.
He cited tax relief the bill would created for his district, as well as the continuation of funding for Kearny and Jersey City, from reform to the Meadowlands Tax Sharing Program â€“ a priority of NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), who resides in Secaucus.
District 2 Freeholder Bill Oâ€™Dea voiced his opposition to development in Liberty State Park, saying Gov. Christie â€œsnuck that language into the billâ€ for a reason and ripped him for creating division within Hudson County.