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To be fair ,the proposed demolition ordinance was voted on twice- and Councilman DeFusco voted "NO" twice.
But on the second vote, DeFusco was joined by Councilpersons Russo, Ramos and Giattino.
According to the meeting minutes, the (second) "reconsideration" vote was requested by Mike Russo.
|October 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes for the Hoboken City Council|
I actually recall watching this vote (and re-vote) in real time, live-streaming the October 19, 2016 meeting.
I recall being confused why DeFusco would oppose this ordinance which, as Jim Doyle said, would protect Historic Structures from being demolished in the interim, before the historic district was expanded (because who knows when that might happen).
But Councilman DeFusco gave a reason: something about needing to expand the historic district first; he said something like approving the ordinance would be like building the second floor before the 1st, or something along those lines.
That is what I remember.
I only bring this up, because of the Councilman's resolution, statements and campaign video announcing his 'year-long' quest for the historic preservation of 901 Bloomfield, which is in the R-1 District, a district that was protected under the proposed demolition ordinance (which he voted against).
Personally, GA doesn't see a good reason for voting against Ordinance Z-438. Too much of historic Hoboken is disappearing too fast.
But, Councilpersons DeFusco, Russo, Ramos and Giattino did.
And only one of them is running for mayor. And the one running for mayor appears to be campaigning on saving a historic structure in an R-1 residential district. He will have a chance to explain his vote, and he's welcome to come here to do so.
This is the ordinance which passed 5-4: