NY Waterway seeks public’s help with Hoboken land dispute

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New York Waterway is looking to the public for help in its ongoing feud with the city of Hoboken about a piece of waterfront land.

The ferry company started an online petition named “Defend our Ferries” that asks the public to help stop the city of Hoboken from using eminent domain to seize a plot of land New York Waterway owns.

New York Waterway wants to turn the former Union Dry Dock on Sinatra Drive into a maintenance and refueling station for its ferries.

But Hoboken officials say that the idea of turning the site into a maintenance yard is not something that they will allow. They voted earlier this month to take the property through eminent domain if necessary and turn the site into a park.

“[A refueling station] shouldn’t be parked in the middle of our precious waterfront in the last missing link of open space,” says Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

The mayor says that the city has offered New York Waterway $11.6 million for the site, which is the appraised value of the land. City officials, last Friday, gave the company 14 days to accept its offer. The city is still waiting to hear back.

Bhalla says that he will do everything in his power to make sure that the Union Dry Dock site is preserved as open space. He has even suggested Bayonne as a possible location for the maintenance and refueling station.

New York Waterway’s petition has garnered over 2,000 signatures. A spokesperson for the company did not wish to comment on New York Waterway’s behalf.

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