Ed Mecka

Hoboken Police Captain Ed Mecka (ret) is a 28 year veteran of the Hoboken, New Jersey Police Department. 

But retirement hasn't stopped Ed from doing what he does best, investigations into political curruption and managing his Hoboken Community Activist website "edmecka.com"

New Jersey's OPRA "Open Public Records Act" and OPMA "Open Public Meetings Act" are the citizens' window into the inner workings of New Jersey government. 

The Open Public Records Act "OPRA" provides guidelines for the dissemination of “public” government records.  Not every government record is “public” and there are restrictions.  But for the most part, OPRA does a good job in providing record access.  Unfortunately, sometimes even the simplest request for a "public" document can be a nightmare for many citizens.  If you know your rights under OPRA and the record is “public”… you should have an easier time getting the requested information.   Learn more about OPRA.

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Hoboken Board of Education

While most Hoboken residents settled into and savored the last remaining dog days of summer, Mayor Dave Roberts continued to shakeup the Hoboken political landscape.  At the Tuesday, September 7th Hoboken Board of Education meeting, board membe...

Fighting pay-to-play by redevelopers

The Times, NJ

Until now, the focus of reformers attempting to curb New Jersey's notorious pay-to-play system has been on the purchase of goods and services. They have sought to win passage of laws that eliminate politicians' opportunities to bestow no-bid contracts and favored treatment on businesses that give generously to political campaigns. But another area in which political favoritism can flourish is the redevelopment process; this is all the more true in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision giving state and local governments major discretion in condemning private properties for redevelopment purposes. Among the more than 50 New Jersey local ordinances that bar campaign contributors from eligibility for municipal work, only Hightstown's goes the additional step and extends the ban to redevelopers.

Now a good-government group, the Citizens' Campaign, has launched a statewide effort to end pay-to-play in the awarding of redevelopment projects. Last week, the organization unveiled a model local redevelopment ordinance and promised to release a proposed state law on the subject in the near future. The components include a ban on contributions by redevelopers to local and county candidates, elected officials and political parties from the onset of the redevelopment process to the completion of the agreement; a requirement that developers seeking variances or waivers from a town's regulations file a contribution disclosure form, and expanded transparency and accountability in the process.

Pay-to-play has powerful friends in public office in New Jersey, and even the modest gains that have been made against it remain in jeopardy. But as long as the Citizens' Campaign and other advocates of clean government keep fighting, there's hope.


A Hoboken developer and attorney convicted of passing bribes to former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski was disbarred this week by the state's Office of Attorney Ethics.

Joseph Barry, already serving a 25-month prison term, voluntarily consented to disbarment last month, according to court records.

Hoboken Government Structure

Faulkner Act (OMCL) Mayor-Council
NJSA:40:69A-31 et. seq.

Voters elect a nonpartisan Mayor and 9 Council members,  4 year  staggered terms.

Four Year Term - Next election, May, 2009

3 at-large - next election, May 2009
6 ward councilpersons - next election, May, 2007

Nonpartisan: July 1

Exercises executive power of the municipality, appoints department heads with Council approval. Removes department heads subject to Council disapproval by 2/3 of all members. Prepares budget. Has veto over ordinances subject to override by 2/3 of all members of Council.

Exercises legislative power of municipality, approves appointment of department heads. Disapproves removal of department heads by 2/3 vote of all members. Overrides Mayor's veto by 2/3 of all members.

Mayor exercises executive power of the municipality. Up to 10 departments under Mayor's direction. Business Administrator assists Mayor in budget preparation and administers purchasing and personnel systems. By ordinance, Business Administrator may supervise administration of departments, subject to Mayor's direction.

Doggie DNA

Hoboken Reporter

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to a letter by Mr. Peter Cunningham, President of the Hoboken Dog Association which appeared in the March 28th issue of your weekly publication, regarding some of Hoboken's dog owner's disregard of our city's "Pooper Scooper" laws. It will also address Mayor Roberts' plan to resolve this problem, which was also briefly outlined on page 17 of the same March 28th issue.

My name is Lauren Mecka, I am 12-years-old, and I am a 6th grader at The Hudson School. The reason I decided to voice my opinion on this ongoing, unresolved situation that plagues our city is simple. For my school's Science Fair, which was held on April 18th, I chose to explore the possibility of addressing the persistent violation of this quality of life issue by employing "fail safe" scientific application to its solution.

While I do not wish to undermine either the Mayor's nor Mr. Cunningham's approach to ultimately and successfully resolve our "poopy" streets dilemma, I do feel that their solutions fall short of effectiveness and are almost impossible to execute.

Hoboken's "Pooper Scooper" laws have been in the books since 1983 and to date, have been blatantly and repeatedly ignored by many of our city's dog owners. Both Mr. Cunningham and the Mayor suggest that stricter and more vigilant enforcement of these laws will result in cleaner sidewalks, parks, and dog runs. However, unless the city and private citizens alike are willing to patrol our streets around the clock, 24/7, violators will continue to escape undetected. On the other hand, what I propose and what my Science Fair project research has reveled, is an effective, fool proof way of dealing with this problem which will ultimately leave those who feel above the law...nowhere to hide.

What I propose is this: the city should amend its "Pooper Scooper" laws to include mandatory DNA samples of all registered dogs. With the cost of DNA profiling becoming increasingly more affordable, a one time fee (ranging between $50-$60/dog) paid by the owner upon registration would start the ball rolling. The DNA fingerprints should then be compiled into a data bank and kept on file for cross referencing. This would give city health officials and private citizens as well, the ability to collect and submit for positive identification the "poop" left behind by irresponsible dog owners. A hefty fine, as well as the cost of the DNA match test, should then be issued to the guilty party. If those who feel above the law are faced with the knowledge that they can and will be tracked down, they might be more apt to abide by the rules.

While many might consider this approach "over the edge" let me point out that this experimental method is being considered in Australia, the UK and various cities here in the US. If the American Kennel Association can use DNA profiling to protect dogs from harm why then can't we use the same application to protect our streets from poop? Furthermore, the public opinion poll I conducted in conjunction with my experiment, unveiled that 82 percent of the residents I polled considered this possibility an effective approach to rid or city streets of "dog poop" once and for all. In addition, my poll also revealed that 76 percent of those polled did not view this solution as a violation of their civil rights or their rights to privacy (100 Hoboken residents polled).

Obviously, the success rate of my hypothetical solution is based on the percentage ratio of registered dogs, and therefore our city should look into creative ways to promote registration. Perhaps the introduction of an annual "Doggie Registration Day," held in the Spring, sponsored by one or more of the major dog food companies and presented as a fun-filled day for pooches and owners alike, would stimulate voluntary registration compliance.

Finally, adults may feel outraged and disgusted by the undesirable sight of the unclaimed dog poop left behind to decorate our sidewalks, and parks; however, it is the health and well-being of children, like myself and younger, that is being jeopardized by this irresponsible circumstance. Canine feces is a major pollutant of ground water and has been linked to causing serious illnesses in humans, primarily children. Headaches, bronchitis and even blindness are just some of the perils associated and medically proven to be linked to dog feces. Since we, the children, are the ones who routinely ride our bikes and roll our blades on our city's sidewalks, and are also the ones who freely stage our adventures and dragon-slaying fantasies on our parks' grassy lawns, we are the ones who run the greater risk of contact and exposure. Given these odds, I strongly believe it's time we all agree that something drastic needs to be done.

Lauren A. Mecka

Pooper Scooper Laws, DNA of Dog POOP maybe the answer to the problem

  Pooper Scooper Laws, DNA of Dog POOPmaybe the answer to the problem   Hoboken Reporter 05/02/2004 Dear Editor: This letter is in response to a letter by Mr. Peter Cunningham, President of the Hoboken Dog Association...

Former Hoboken Mayor Russo Indicted for Extortion and Bribery

The former mayor of Hoboken, Anthony J. Russo, surrendered to the FBI this morning, after being charged in an Indictment with extortion and bribery for allegedly taking cash from bar owners, and city vendors, including a waterfront parking operator, towing contractor, accounting firm and an attorney, in exchange for official action on municipal contracts, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

Russo, who served two terms as mayor between 1993 and 2001, is charged in a seven-count Indictment with six counts of mail fraud in a scheme to deny honest services to the citizens of Hoboken and one count of extortion. His Indictment was returned yesterday and unsealed after his surrender to Special Agents of the FBI in Newark this morning.