Parking Utility

Oscar Acevedo: Hoboken plays parking games, says unhappy motorist

Hoboken parking signs read 4-hour grace period -- how about a 20-minute disgrace?

I was ticketed $218 and booted for parking on Third and Grand just for picking up a report at Hoboken University Medical Center.

What favor is Director Sacs doing me? How out of touch is this guy with the community "doing us a favor"? It's a scam and we all know it. I wasn't puzzled, but disgusted.

Ex-head of Hoboken Parking Utility admits guilt in $600G theft of meter funds, Toms River contractor previously pleaded guilty to theft

The former head of the Hoboken Parking Utility is facing eight years in prison after appearing in Superior Court on Friday to admit his role in the theft of $600,000 from that city’s parking meters.

John P. Corea pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson Jr. to official misconduct, a second-degree crime carrying a potential prison term of 10 years.

In entering his guilty plea, Corea, 45, a Hoboken resident, admitted steering three no-bid contracts to United Textile Fabricators, an arcade game manufacturer headed by a Toms River man, to collect and count coins from Hoboken’s parking meters.

Corea told the judge he made false statements to the Hoboken City Council about the company’s qualifications, and that he came to believe that the head of the company, Brian A. Petaccio, 51, of Toms River, had stolen a substantial amount of the city’s parking revenues.

Hoboken parking enforcement officer claims supervisors sexually harassed her: suit

A Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) employee is suing the utility and two of her supervisors on charges of sexual harassment.

Parking enforcement officer Catherine Stewart said in a civil complaint filed this week with the state superior court that since she began working at the utility in July 2010, she has been subjected to harassment by two employees. She also claims agency officials turned a blind eye to their lewd behavior.

Stewart says that her supervisor Hector Mojica made "direct obscene and vulgar sexual comments" even before he was in a position of authority, according to the lawsuit.

When she refused his advances, he pulled strings to give her less desirable positions (working on the street instead of in a vehicle), took away scheduled overtime hours and threatened to fire her, the suit says.

A 22-year-old employee of the Hoboken municipal garage was arrested on Friday in connection with the theft of a police transponder from back in January 2009, according to police reports.

A 22-year-old employee of the Hoboken municipal garage was arrested on Friday in connection with the theft of a police transponder from back in January 2009, according to police reports.

On Friday, police concluded that a plastic encoded transponder and a GPS SIM card, both owned by the City of Hoboken, was initially stolen by Terry McDonald, a mechanic at the Hoboken municipal garage, 256 Observer Highway, reports said.

Police generated a warrant complaint against Terry McDonald charging him with burglary, theft and theft of services, reports said.

Investigation of Toms River man leads to plea from Hoboken parking official

The former head of the Hoboken Parking Utility, who authorities say conspired with a Toms River man to steal coins from meters, has been indicted by a state grand jury.

John P. Corea, 45, used his position as head of the municipal parking authority in Hudson County to skim more than $600,000 from meters over the course of nearly three years beginning in June 2005, according to authorities. The indictment, handed up Friday, charges him with first-degree counts of conspiracy and money laundering as well as official misconduct, theft and misapplication of government property.

NJ Attorney General Indicts Hoboken Parking Utility Official

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2009

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Deborah L. Gramiccioni, Director

Former Director of Hoboken Parking Utility Charged with Conspiring with Contractor to Steal More than $600,000 in Parking Meter Funds from City of Hoboken Contractor from Toms River pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.1 million

View indictment pdf

TRENTON – Attorney General Anne Milgram announced that John P. Corea, former director of the Hoboken Parking Utility, was indicted today on charges that he conspired to steal more than $600,000 in parking meter revenue that he allegedly split with a Toms River contractor whose company was hired by the City of Hoboken to collect coins from city parking meters.

Former Hoboken Parking Utility Director John Corea indicted on $600K theft

John Corea, former director of the Hoboken Parking Utility, was indicted today on charges that he stole $600,000 from Hoboken. He is shown in January demonstrating parking in the re-opened robotic public parking garage on Garden Street in his own Corvette. The former director of the Hoboken Parking Utility has been indicted on charges he conspired to steal more than $600,000 in parking meter revenue.

State Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the indictment against John Corea, 45 of Hoboken, today.

What did you expect, Forrest?

What did you expect, Forrest?

July 10, 2008 NJVoices: Thurman Hart

"Stupid is as stupid does, that's what my mama always said."

I just don't know of anything that characterizes John Corea's "relationship" with the City of Hoboken better than that. At this point, he is a "figure in the investigation" of more than a half million dollars that just can't be found. Because, you know, that kind of money is usually left laying about in discarded Shop-Rite bags.

All other things being what they are, the best predictor of future behavior is past performance. And Corea's past performance has been less than stellar. It seems that when Corea worked at the NY Stock Exchange, he developed a habit of buying stocks with other people's money and then leaving them holding the bag - and the bill - when the stocks went sour.

State police look into missing parking $$$

City Attorney Steven Kleinman confirmed on Thursday that the state police are looking into possibly missing money from the Hoboken Parking Utility's collections from parking meters.

The city may file litigation against the coin collection company, United Textile Fabricators, a Toms River-based company that allegedly misplaced as much as $582,352 last October that they counted for the city. The money was returned in installments beginning in November 2007, but without interest.

The owner of United Textile Fabricators is Brian Petaccio, former co-owner of Grayhound Electronics, who was indicted to state Grand Jury racketeering charges on March 7, 1991.

According to Kleinman, the company has since surrendered the funds to the city, but without interest. He said that the city has stopped using the company and is with holding payments until the matter is settled.

"The administration is looking at all aspects of United Textile Fabricators," Kleinman said Thursday.

HPU Parking Director John Corea had previously said at the Dec. 6 council meeting that his agency's most recent internal audit only showed $34.61 missing.

NJ probing Hoboken's meter $$$

The Hoboken Parking Utility is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police, say sources with knowledge of the investigation.

"It is accurate that the city is currently reviewing issues involving the Hoboken Parking Utility," Hoboken Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman confirmed yesterday. "There is a law enforcement aspect to this matter, however, (so) I am constrained from commenting further at this time."

Kleinman said the investigation is related to United Textile Fabricators, the company that collected the revenue from the city's parking meters from December 2005 until a few months ago. Last October, it was learned that UTF owed Hoboken at least $582,352 in revenues that the company collected but didn't give to the city. UTF paid Hoboken in full by the end of last year.

Missing money in the Hoboken Parking Utility

And people wonder why Hoboken has a budget crisis.

Aside from property taxes, parking meter collection is one of Hoboken's biggest revenue sources. But for a two-year period between 2005 and 2007, Hoboken was owed almost $600,000 dollars from a South Jersey company it hired to run its parking meter collection. The city is now looking to collect interest on that money.

In Dec. 2005, Hoboken hired Toms River-based United Textile Fabricators to collect their parking meter coins and return the money to the City. Almost immediately, Hoboken's parking meter revenue dropped. According to an internal audit from the Hoboken Parking Utility, in Nov. 2005, the city made $115,512.82 from the meters; UTF took over the next month and only handed in only $74,470.00.

Audit finds Parking Meter Collections for fiscal year 2007 compared to fiscal year 2006 decreased 33%.

United Textile Fabricators had been previously taking the coins to their place of business in Toms River, NJ and depositing the funds in their accounts.

The Hoboken FY2007 budget (July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007) had some interesting comments on the City's parking meter coin collection, coin counting, and meter repair contract.

The City contracted with United Textile Fabricators, Toms River, NJ for coin collection services and deposit of the City’s monies for 2006 and on a month-to-month basis for 2007. Collections for fiscal year 2007 were $660,894, compared to $991,316 for fiscal year 2006, representing in a decrease of $330,422, or 33%. 

Hoboken Residents Pay Again

City Council resolutions now have Hoboken residents paying more money for parking permit fees and in daily and monthly parking garage rates

Many years ago, former Councilman/Assemblyman Robert Ranieri said at a Council Meeting…."In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King."

The Hoboken Finance Department has a responsibility to record every dollar that comes into and leaves the city's coffers. But something went seriously wrong when a Council member asked why anticipated cash revenues from the Hoboken Parking Utility "parking meters" decreased by over ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

As a point of reference, on November 14, 2005 the Hoboken City Council passed Resolution No. 05-179 approving a $300,000 one year contract with Donohue, Gironda & Doria - a Bayonne firm that specializes in municipal accounting - to privatize the city's Finance Department. The City recently entered into the third one-year contract with the accounting company that has been working alongside the city's chief financial officer to manage the city's books.


Hoboken City Council Debates Missing Parking Meter Revenue

Councilman Cunningham said "For God sake, clearly, this audit indicates that we have got money going out the back door and something needs to be done about it." Click on the parking meter for the full story.

A million bucks, [that's FOUR MILLION quarters weighing almost 50,000 pounds], reported missing from the Hoboken Parking Utility "parking meter" collections revenue?  That was the question asked by Hoboken Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo at the City Council's Budget Hearing on December 6, 2006. 

Two weeks later at the December 19, 2007 City Council Meeting, Parking Utility Director John Correa advised the Council that he initated an internal audit of parking meter revenues in response to Russo's inquiry.  The audit showed a difference of Thirty-Four Dollars and Sixty-One cents ($34.61).  Sixty-One cents?  Damm, those "penny parking meters" can really screw up the accounting system

Hoboken's robotic garage faces new delay

HOBOKEN - After three months, the patience of customers hoping to return to the Garden Street automated garage by the end this month will be tested a little longer.

The company that contracted to get the futuristic garage at 916 Garden St. up and running again is unlikely to meet a March deadline announced by the Hoboken Parking Authority.

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Asimov's Fourth Law of Robotics: Don't screw with the sys-admin... Asimov's Fourth Law of Robotics: Don't screw with the sys-admin...

The city of Hoboken, N.J., signs a deal to have Robotic Parking operate its Garden Street Garage, tripling the number of available spaces by shuffling cars in and out through automated lifts.

When Robotic hikes its monthly fees by 20 percent, however, Hoboken officials give the company the boot.

One small problem: Robotic's employees are the only ones who know how to operate the system, and the company disables its software, trapping dozens of customers' cars in the garage for days. After a court order restores its control of the garage, Hoboken pays $1.9 million to another firm to install a new system.

Firm gets second shot behind the wheel at Hoboken garage

The Hoboken City Council is putting its faith in an Israeli company to run the robotic Garden Street garage, which has been plagued by problems since it was built three years ago.

The council voted Wednesday to award Unitronics a $2 million contract to replace and fix mechanical and electrical problems and replace software that controls the 314-space garage at 916 Garden St.

HPU: City Council to vote on $1.9 million fix for Garden St. garage

HOBOKEN - The City Council will vote Wednesday whether to award a $1.9 million contract to Unitronics, Inc. to fix problems with the automated garage at 916 Garden St.

If approved, the Massachusetts-based firm will be contracted to fix mechanical, electronic and software problems to make the troubled garage run smoothly.


With last week's article on 916 Garden, we are no doubt faced with another costly blunder. And it is still not over! How much more can we take. I say none, zero, zilch, nil. This not only affects those that park at 916 Garden, but the city as a whole. With what was touted by the city as...state of the art and first of its kind; will solve our parking problems; to.. .let's dissolve the authority and bring it in house to control (and spend) the money, and lastly, appoint somebody locally to manage parking, we are now faced with virtually no solution but more posturing and more waste.

HPU: Judge: Unitronics out of 916 Garden St. Now city is left to run garage without outside help

Federal Court Judge Stanley Chesler ruled last week that the city of Hoboken broke a confidentiality agreement with Robotic Parking, the Florida-based firm that designed the software for the automated 314-car garage at 916 Garden St., when it brought in an outside firm to use Robotic's software.

Now the city of Hoboken will be forced to run the automatic garage by itself until it can be retrofitted with new operating system.

The problems began earlier this year, when the city of Hoboken continued its longstanding battle with the garage's original designer, Robotic Parking, and terminated Robotic's contract to run the garage.

However, as currently configured, the garage cannot operate without Robotic's software.

Hoboken Parking Utility: Dispite Public Outcry, Mayor Roberts Increases Monthly Parking Garage Rates 20%

Despite a $ 4 Million surplus in the Hoboken Parking Authority operating budget, the Roberts Administration faction of the Hoboken City Council voted 6-3 in favor of a 20% increase in monthly parking garage rates.

Interesting enough, Hoboken Parking Director JOHN COREA while defending the need for the increase stated that the revenue was needed to maintain the garage facilities.    When asked about the $4 Million in surplus funds, COREA admitted that the "PROFITS" garnered from parking meters, garage space rentals, parking violation summonses, and booting/towing vehicles are transferred into the Hoboken GENERAL TREASURY. 

At one time, the purpose of the Hoboken Parking Authority was to create parking within the City.  Four years ago, Mayor Roberts dissolved the autonomous Hoboken Parking Authority and created the city controlled Hoboken Parking Utility.  It is now apparent that the sole purpose of the Hoboken Parking Utility is to operate as a public “for profit” business enterprise with the “surplus funds” used to fund Hoboken City government.

The resolution to increase monthly garage parking rates was sponsored by Councilwoman-at-Large Terry LaBruno and approved by Fourth Ward Council Christopher Campos, Fifth Ward Councilman Michael T. Cricco, Sixth Ward Councilman Nino Giacchi, Councilman-at-Large Ruben Ramos Jr., and Councilman-at-Large Peter Cammarano.

First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castallano, Second Ward Councilman Richard Del Boccio and Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo voted against the increase.

Time for a Complete Accounting of the 916 Garden Street Automated Garage

Hoboken:  Just when you thought it was safe to park your car in the 916 Garden Street Automated Garage, the facility experienced major operating problems over this past weekend.

Deal a garage opener

HOBOKEN - City officials and the former operators of the Garden Street automated garage reached a settlement Wednesday that will keep the 314-space garage in business.

According to a joint statement released yesterday, the city will pay Robotics Parking Inc., of Clearwater, Fla., $5,500 a month for three years to license the software needed to operate the intricate system of elevators, pallets and pulleys.

Surprise! by Richard Kamber

Hoboken Reporter

Dear Editor:

This week's mess at the Garden Street automated garage at 916 Garden should come as no surprise. In 2002, after 33 years of providing parking structures across Hoboken, the old Hoboken Parking Authority was closed. Despite repeated promises "not to raid the piggybank" the $8 million surplus it had saved was used to close a gap in the city's budget. (This practice of liquidating Hoboken's assets to cover structural deficits in the municipal budget has continued ever since.)

At the urging of Carol Marsh and Tony Soares, Hoboken then hired Leonard Bier, an independent parking consultant, to interview candidates to head the newly formed Hoboken Parking Utility. Four finalists were selected, but none was hired. Instead the job went to John Corea, a defeated candidate for city council. What were his credentials? According to the Hoboken Reporter (February 1, 2004), Corea had no professional experience in parking. He had been a member of the New York Stock Exchange before being found guilty of improper trading and banned for life from trading on the exchange.

Since taking the helm of the Parking Utility, Corea has not been able to prevent a string of operational failures. Now, according to the Hoboken Reporter, he is quarrelling with the operators of the Garden Street garage, Robotic Parking Systems. Robotic Parking has said--in the most graphic terms - they can no longer work with him.

One of the keys to good city government is to make sure that managerial positions are filled with experienced, conscientious, and honest professionals. The cost of doing otherwise is waste and a breakdown of important services. It now appears likely that the Garden Street garage will be shut down by August 1st and 314 cars turned out on to our crowded streets. Even if the immediate crisis is avoided, the prospects for dramatic improvements in management are dim.

What to do? The first step is to transfer responsibility for running the Parking Utility to an interim director. Leonard Bier, who was on the right track three years ago, might be a good choice. The second step is to run an honest search for the best possible candidate and hire that person. The third step is to do the same throughout Hoboken city government.

Richard Kamber 

Parking issues By Al Bozulic

Hoboken Reporter

Parking issues 

Dear Editor:

The articles in your July 22nd issue about the ill-fated robotic parking garage as well as the parking officers suspended for ticketing the "politically connected" only proves that the Hoboken Parking Utility is in serious need of reform. However, there are additional parking issues that should be addressed: the excessive towing fees for illegally-parked cars, the inconvenience posed by temporary paper No-Parking signs, and the serious need for additional white parking lines to be painted. The citizens of today's Hoboken should not stand by and let the HPU play the same games anymore at our expense.

Problem 1: Towing Fees. Mile Square Towing is contracted by the city to tow cars that are illegally parked. They charge an incredulous $80 towing fee as well as $25 per day for storage. This is unreasonable, since they don't notify the car owner after towing but expect them to guess. Their customer service and storage area are substandard at best. It would be of interest to know what kind of contractual relationship they have with the city. And what happens if they cause vehicle damage during towing, as that robotic garage did when those cars fell down and got destroyed!

Problem 2: Paper white 'temporary no parking' signs that pop up everywhere. Sometimes they are put on trees, are partially obscured, or are not put up enough time in advance to warn people adequately. Just what are the regulations on use of these signs, and why does it seem that every construction project in town is using them to take up valuable sidewalk space for their trucks? Example: you park your Mercedes in a legal spot, go out of town for two days, and you return to find a white no-parking sign and your car is gone, only to make way for a flatbed cement truck!

Problem 3: Parking Lines. It would be helpful to get new white lines painted on many sidewalks to better indicate the legal parking range for cars, as well as to paint white dividing lines at diagonal parking areas so as to increase the available number of spots. Often many cars parking diagonally take up two spots because there are no dividing lines, and it is difficult to gauge a proper separation between cars.

A group of citizens should organize a committee to discuss parking issues and proper solutions to the city council. Most committees in City Hall are politically appointed, so we need new ideas to come from outside the political spectrum because the problems cannot be solved by more empty election promises. Anyone interested in forming such a group can email me at:

Al Bozulic

GARAGE STANDOFF Hoboken says firm 'hijacked' software

HOBOKEN - City officials plan to ask a federal judge on Monday to order an injunction against the former operators of the Garden Street automated garage, claiming the Florida-based company hijacked the system and trapped several hundred cars in the facility at rush hour yesterday morning.

The computer system that operates the first-in-the-nation garage came to a grinding halt early yesterday morning. As of last evening, the 314-space garage was back at work, but only on a sporadic basis, officials said.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig

  You can put lipstick on a pig,   but it's still a pig Everyone agrees that Hoboken has more than it's share of parking problems. One solution, Hoboken's “916 Garden Street automated garage,” has been at ...

Robot garage shut down, stranding Hoboken car owners

HOBOKEN - City officials plan to ask for an injunction against the former operators of the Garden Street automated garage, claiming that the Clearwater, Fla-based company found a way to hijack operations of the 314-car facility.

The computer system that operates the first-in-the-nation robotic garage came to a grinding halt early this morning, leaving hundreds of cars trapped in the catacomb-like structure.

916 Garden Street Automated Garage City Council Resolutions - Over ONE MILLION Dollars

To date, the Hoboken City Council has authorized via Resolution the payment of over ONE MILLION dollars to Robotic Parking, Inc. for management of the 916 Garden Street Automated parking Garage.

Here is a comprehensive listing of the City Council Resolutions authorizing the agreements and payment.

HOSTILE TAKEOVER. Hoboken ousts Robotics staff from automated garage

HOBOKEN - The battle between the Hoboken Parking Utility and the operators of the Garden Street automated garage broke into full-fledged war Tuesday night - and city taxpayers could be left picking up a multi-million tab.

Escorted by several Hoboken police officers, Parking Utility director John Corea entered the city-owned garage at 916 Garden St. just after 10 o'clock Tuesday night, and ordered an employee to leave the premises, according to Dennis Clarke, general manager of Robotics Parking Inc., the Clearwater, Fla.-based company that has operated the first-in-the-nation garage since it opened in 2002.

Robotics wants more $$ from Hoboken, threatens shutdown

HOBOKEN - Those who use the Garden Street automated garage could be out on the street if the city cannot negotiate a new contract in the next few days with the owners of the beleaguered first-in-the-nation robot garage.

On July 19, Robotics Parking, Inc., the operators of 916 Garden St., distributed warning letters to the 314 tenants, notifying them their cars must be removed from the facility by Aug. 1.

Quotable Quotes - Hoboken's 916 Garden Street Automated Garage

Quotable Quotes - Hoboken's 916 Garden Street Automated Garage

"Naturally, the city [Hoboken] is running for the hills, hiding behind contracts and lawyers. Gerhard [Robotic] is frustrated, of course, because he thinks the owner [Hoboken] should begin to take some responsibility for what it bought. -- John Van Horn, Editor,

"The project was way behind completion -- almost two years. When done, everyone was arguing as to whether or not it worked as it was supposed to, and who is to supply personnel to run it." -- John Van Horn, Editor,

"What is most sad is that Gerhard Haag [Robotic] was the only manufacturer that put his money where his mouth is. He built a test system in Ohio. He showed people how it would work. And he got the deal. Of course, he didn't know how to work in an environment like Hoboken. Power, influence, politics, money and perhaps a bit of rubbing right up against the law were involved. Not a good place to cut your teeth on a new technology and in a country where the customs are foreign." -- John Van Horn, Editor,


"Gerhard Haag and Robotic, never ever had any signed agreement with Hoboken to build anything." -- Donald Pellicano, Former Commissioner of the [Hoboken] parking authority

"Ahh forgot one point on the Jeep: investigations into the software recordings revealed that the operator on shift overwrote the software, kicked it out of automatic mode into manual and moved the car into the system, than switched the system back into automatic mode again. Just that the car was NOT inside the confines of the pallet. Operator on shift: the one operator of the HPU." --  Gerhard Haag, President of Robotic Parking, Inc.

"WHEN WILL YOu [Haag] STOP TELLING THE INDUSTRY THAT IT WAS MY FAULT THAT THE GARAGE DOES NOT WORK?" -- Donald Pellicano, Former Commissioner of the [Hoboken] parking authority

Read the entire Parking Today blog transcript

War over robot garage

The battle between the Hoboken Parking Utility and the operators of the Garden Street automated garage broke out into full-fledged war last night — and city taxpayers could be left picking up a multi-million dollar tab.

Escorted by several Hoboken police officers, Parking Utility Director John Corea entered the garage, at 916 Garden St., just after 10 p.m. and ordered an employee to leave the premises, according Dennis Clarke, general manager of Robotics Parking Inc., the Clearwater, Fla-based company that has operated the first-in-the-nation robot garage since it opened in 2002.

No parking. itter dispute may close automated garage Aug. 1

Like a bad marriage where the bickering parents stay together too long for the sake of the kids, the often uncomfortable union between the Hoboken Parking Utility and Robotic Parking Solutions is on the verge of dissolving.

At stake is the future of an innovative yet troubled automated 314-car automated garage at 916 Garden St., which may have to temporarily close unless a resolution is reached before Aug. 1.

Suspended parking officers cry harassment. Employees make allegations against the city.

After receiving suspensions for ticketing police officers, two of Hoboken's Parking Enforcement officers claim they are being harassed by police and mistreated by the city.

Breaking point in garage fight?

Firm wants more $$ from Hoboken, threatens shutdown

HOBOKEN — Those who use the Garden Street automated garage could be out on the street if the city cannot negotiate a new contract in the next 11 days with the owners of the beleaguered first-in-the-nation robot garage.

Did they ticket the wrong people?

Suspended Parking Utility employees claim unfair leniency for politically connected

Two Hoboken parking employees who were suspended last month for allegedly issuing tickets in a "retaliatory manner" say they are the ones being retaliated against for trying to write tickets for police officers and other connected individuals who were illegally parked.

Car tumbles at automated garage. City Council may cancel contract with management company because of recent 'deficiencies'

MORE TROUBLES AT 916 – This Jeep was the second vehicle to fall off a pallet since the garage opened in Oct. 2002. No one was hurt in the accident.  

A Hoboken resident's Jeep was totaled at around 2 a.m. Sunday after it fell about four stories inside the automated Parking Garage at 916 Garden St.

A look inside the Parking Utility's books. Report shows better enforcement, more people using municipal garages in 2004

There's good news and bad news regarding the Hoboken Parking Utility, the city agency that deals with parking permits, garages, and enforcement.

The fact that the city issued 82,191 tickets for violations last year might be bad news for the 82,191 people who parked at expired meters or without a permit. The good news is that the HPU's own report, issued last week, shows more parking enforcement and more people using the city-run garages.

Fighting words. Parking Utility head sues for defamation

COREAN CONFLICT - Hoboken Parking Utility Monitor John Corea said in a lawsuit that he was damaged by comments on an Internet message board and in a letter.  
With the growing popularity of Internet message boards, this new venue has become one of the favored outlets for anonymous mudslinging - especially in politically heated Hudson County.

City to investigate 916 Garden. Mayor to launch fact-finding task force to probe delayed garage

INQUEST – Mayor David Roberts has formed a task force uncover the current status of the 324-car automated garage. 
Frustrated with the lack of progress at the 324-car garage at 916 Garden St., Mayor David Roberts announced that he will be launching a independent investigation into the garage. According to city officials, Police Chief Carmen LaBruno and Professor Constantin Chassapis, director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, will lead the fact-finding mission on the 916 garage.

The investigation will begin immediately, and the mayor expects an initial report of findings and recommendations to be completed within the next two weeks.