Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

NJ Transit Ducks Vote on Land Deal

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

NJ Transit Ducks Vote on Land Deal

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In a surprise move, NJ Transit's board of directors removed a controversial real-estate purchase on the Hoboken waterfront from its Monday meeting agenda.

But board members still faced criticism from Hoboken's mayor and about 100 residents for holding a board meeting on Martin Luther King's birthday, a state holiday in New Jersey. This year marks 50 years since the civil right's leader's assassination.

Mayor Ravinder Bhalla called it "a slap in the face" to King's legacy to have scheduled the board meeting on the holiday to push it through.

"That's not a call to service," he said. "That's a disgrace."

NJ Transit's board was originally scheduled to meet last Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed to Friday, and again to Monday.

The item in dispute was NJ Transit's proposed purchase of the Union Dry Dock in Hoboken, which it then planned to lease to New York Waterway as a maintenance base for its cross-Hudson ferries. …

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