Rent Control Upheld in Hoboken After All Votes Are Counted

While the difference is less than 100 votes, the referendum to change to a vacancy de-control model rather than rent control in Hoboken was officially voted down.

Rent control is officially upheld in its current form in the city of Hoboken.

The final results from November's referendum are in and 8,248 voters said "no" to the question to change a vacancy de-control model, after vote by mail ballots, provisionals and email ballots were counted. Voting "yes," were 8,196 voters.

While the margin is small — with 49.84 percent voting "yes" and 50.16 percent voting "no" — county board of elections clerk Michael Harper said that the results are final and confirmed.

In a statement in response to the result, Ron Simoncini — who represents landlords and would have liked to see the rules changed — said that "this is far from over."

Before the provisionals, vote by mails and email votes were counted, there was more than a 500 vote difference between the two answers.

"What do you say to the 8,196 people who voted the other way?" said Simoncini, "there’s no conclusive victory here either way."

Gardiner4Freeholder November 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
No BOE results being reported here. Wow. Just like Hoboken 411, no election happened if the people that purportedly pay Purple Pillow Perry lose.
Geoff Vincent November 30, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Thank goodness, though that's an awfully slim margin. That 49.84% needs more sympathy for the poor.
Indiecom November 30, 2012 at 04:10 PM
By the way, I'm told that Ron Simoncini was standing right next to the man in the blazer. You can't see him in the photo because he doesn't cast a reflection.
xtreme November 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@RG, Um, there's a whole separate article about the BOE election results published yesterday. You may want to check the headlines again.
franksinatra December 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Geoff -- rent control generally doesn't help the poor. It usually helps middle class folks, and up, who are able to work the system to their advantage and could easily pay market rates (which I believe would be lower for most people anyway because more supply would come on the market). In NY you're always getting scandals with movie stars and other rich folks getting exposed for living in cheap apartments in the best neighborhoods. In Hoboken the poor end up in Applied Housing or the projects. And even if the poor benefited, it's not exactly showing sympathy for the poor by forcing a politically unfavored group--property owners--to forfeit part of their income and part of their control over their own private property so that some politically favored people can get a discount on their rent. Truly showing sympathy for the poor would be individually donating to homeless shelters or to the many non-profit housing groups that do good work.


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