North Bergen – Hudson County Officials Misled the Public on Braddock Park Preschool

North Bergen is in the process of acquiring the Hudson County Hi Tech H.S. building.
This acquisition will result in additional elementary school classroom space, enabling the 17 trailer North Bergen Preschool to vacate Braddock Park, where it has been illegally and dangerously situated since 2001.

North Bergen and Hudson County taxpayers must now pay for their officials’ folly.

NJDEP Green Acres told North Bergen and Hudson County to remove the preschool from Braddock Park AND to create 5X as much NEW, ADDITIONAL park land as the Preschool illegally diverted in Braddock Park as compensation for their transgression, as provided by State regulations.

Below Video of Nov 7, 2014

North Bergen-Hudson County officials previously falsely claimed this diversion would save taxpayers at least $10 million.

Their unsupported savings estimate was based on a flawed cost analysis which didn’t properly analyze school costs, and didn’t take into consideration the many millions of dollars involved in obtaining replacement land and converting it into park land.

But wait – there’s more…

North Bergen and Hudson County officials misled Green Acres and the public by attempting to provide INELIGIBLE replacement park land in Hoboken.

This was ineligible replacement land because it already was a park.
Further, they failed to enumerate the correct amount of land the Preschool diverted in Braddock Park, ignoring the Preschool’s tot lot, a walkway, the parking lot, roadway, etc.

NJDEP Green Acres and the National Park Service are responsible for ensuring that Braddock Park is saved for the public’s open space and recreational use, and not for other purposes.

Who is responsible for ensuring that public officials don’t mislead the public and don’t abuse State and Federal programs, resulting in unneeded higher taxes?

Robert Walden

 

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  1. The Real Eric Dixon

    The pre-school is actually in a nicer environment in “the park.” It’s open, bright, not a stuffy or big dark building. There is no “natural” habitat to be returned to its natural use, not inside the fenced off confines surrounding the football field. Good thing Dawn Zimmer isn’t running North Bergen; she would’ve seized a whole bunch of properties by eminent domain!

  2. The Real Eric Dixon

    Here’s a real issue: As someone who used to train (I am a long-distance runner) in that park regularly year-round, I ask this: Whose bright idea was it to do months and months of renovation of the park’s lake during the spring and summer months, precisely when the lake is being used the most? And this: How come it’s taking months and months? Trump would’ve had this finished in six weeks.

    1. CD

      The project includes pouring concrete, which can not be done during the winter months. The renovation was planned out (by more than one person) and the public was notified.

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