A few weeks ago, I announced my candidacy to represent the residents of the 4th Ward on the Hoboken City Council. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Tim Occhipinti. I am 32 years old, hold a degree in government from the University of Virginia and work in Manhattan for an asset management company. I sit on the advisory board of the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken and am also the founder of Hoboken Volunteers, a non-profit organization which connects residents with organizations, foundations, and groups who require the assistance of volunteers.
Through my community work, I have found a troubling pattern facing Hoboken’s 4th Ward – the lack of a dedicated representative on the City Council. This seat has been held by three individuals over the past three years and the residents of our ward are craving stability and leadership. We desperately need a voice on the council who is going to be dedicated to our ward by providing constituent services, improve parking and traffic related issues, fight for parks, champion ward based community activities and ensure the safety of our families.
As many of you may know, there will be a special election in November where residents of the 4th Ward will finally be able to democratically elect their council representative. The seat is currently filled by Michael Lenz, a man who holds two paid government positions and was appointed by the council, not elected. I respect Mayor Zimmer and her council majority but believe that true democracy and solid legislation flourish in an environment where people work together, collaborate and create, even if they don’t always agree with one another. Progress is not having an administration that formulates policy and a council that rubber stamps it. After giving this troubling cycle much thought, it is with great pride and sense of duty that I stand to represent the people of the 4th Ward.
Neighbors, this is your seat and the individual who fills it reports to you, not the council majority, not the mayor. If elected, I would work tirelessly with both bodies to find smart and practical solutions to the many challenges facing our ward but ultimately report back to my fellow citizens. Let’s work together for a better Hoboken and stop pointing fingers at past mistakes or blaming political rivals for our common problems. Although Election Day is months away, it is important that I made this announcement early on. I will not have the backing of the majority in power or the financial resources of my politically-connected opponent. However, what this campaign lacks in physical resources it will make up for in spirit, passion and dedication. With all of your help I’m ready to embark on this journey and give our ward the representation we deserve.
4th Ward Council Candidate