Hoboken Politics - Councilwoman Stands Her Ground

In the knock down, drag out world of Hoboken Politics, nothing beats the free entertainment courtesy of the City of Hoboken.  The February 2, 2008 City Council Meeting was no exception when over 200 spectators packed the meeting with another large group lingering outside in the hallway.   A local newspaper reported that a "majority of the audience was comprised of Hoboken taxicab drivers, owners, and supporters, who showed up to protest an ordinance that would allow the city to auction off seven more medallions, bringing the total number of taxis allowed in Hoboken to 65. This would increase the competition."  Although fares would be increased from $4 to $5, changes in the law would now allow for the suspension of a Hoboken taxi drivers permit if the driver accumulated 4 points on his state issued drivers license. 

In the one minute video, Councilwoman-At-Large Terry LaBruno responds to the disparaging remarks directed at the council when the city ordinance passed 5-4.  

Hats off to Councilwomen-at-large Terry LaBruno for saying enough is enough and putting them in their place.  Click on the Council image below to watch the video.

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Comments (1)

2nd ward joe
Said this on 2-11-2008 At 12:32 am
I was there and it was the highlight of the meeting. It was an embarassment to witness how disrespectful the livery owners treated the council. The real shame was that the council chairwoman castellano, orange sweater, allowed the outbursts to continue throughout the night. Labruno finally had enough and went after them. Bravo!

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