I lost, but I’m still here.

I lost badly, finishing with only 1174 votes and now: we all might lose.

The Hoboken Board of Education, with support of winning Team Bhalla is pushing through a massively expensive sports complex with an attached high school under the guise of improving our schools. Improving our schools is a noble goal that I support – but I’d like to see every dollar spent go towards improvement in educational outcomes. Here is my open letter to the BOE:

Board of Education & Dr. Christine Johnson,

I’m a longtime Hoboken resident (August 15th, 1998) and longtime Hoboken business owner (December 5th, 2002). My daughter will soon attend school in Hoboken (fingers crossed for the upcoming pre-K lottery). Since the closure of the local movie theater, my business has become the only family entertainment facility in Hoboken. Play! Hoboken also works with schools in Hoboken to provide both academic and physical education.

I am shocked and dismayed that a referendum to bond for a school development project this important was sprung on Hoboken residents with such short notice. The scale of this project is enormous. This proposal was presented at ‘public meetings’, but concerns raised by parents and residents were completely ignored. A pre-written FAQ on a website is not an appropriate way to answer valid questions from concerned parents.

Considering the size of this project, it is more important to get things right than to get things done quickly. I’ve listened to both sides, I’m inclined to agree with those who feel that this is a sports complex first and a school second. Some believe this project will destroy Columbus Park and I agree; this project will have a negative effect on Columbus Park during construction and once completed. The school’s value to our children’s education is questionable at best. Nearly all talking points for this project involve extra-curricular. This school falls short on the improvements it will make in academics.

NJSDA is a state organization (www.njsda.gov) that funds, designs and builds New Jersey schools with the best possible outcomes for the students for 31 lucky districts within the state.  Hoboken is one of those districts.  Why isn’t NJSDA involved in this project?  The Board of Education says there isn’t funding through NJSDA for a new high school but it’s not just about funding, it’s about expertise. This sort of project is far above the qualifications of our board of education. Why does the Hoboken Board of Education believe it can do better to design and fund a school than the professionals who are tasked with this exact purpose? 

My wife is a Hoboken resident and an architect with a degree from the top school in the country. She designs schools professionally and is putting the final touches on a 1000+ student school in Queens. She would design a much better school than what you’ve shown us. Why should Hoboken children have to settle for a far inferior school than one in Queens designed by a Hoboken architect?

Please reconsider this project, we can do better for the children and residents of Hoboken.

Ian Rintel – Play! Hoboken


Things didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. Things didn’t even turn out the way I expected.

I was hopeful that I’d somehow make a runoff. It was a dream goal – and maybe not realistic without a team or the funds of the other campaigns.

I do hope that some of my ideas are adopted. I emailed Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour and Joe Quintero each individually to congratulate them and asked them to consider many of my most easily actionable ideas. The work of being a councilperson wasn’t really something I was looking forward to – it was the results of my work, the results of my ideas that was the true goal. I hope things improve.

I am NOT going to take this website down. It’s paid for, through August. It doesn’t cost very much to continue past that. I’ll make an effort to post to this website occasionally – but instead of a couple times a week, it’ll probably be once every month or two.

A final push…

My valued supporters and constituents,

Election day is Tuesday, November 2nd, and I need your help. I’m one of ten candidates running for three Hoboken City Council seats.  I campaigned hard, but without polling there is no way to know where I stand. I am mostly self-funded and working without a paid team. I have no support from the mayor or any city councilperson, something likely to change if I make a runoff. I’ve accomplished a lot and I’m optimistic, but the smartest thing is to try to get every possible vote to make sure I don’t come up short.

I have had numerous campaign successes. I collected 508 petitions in just five days. Because of Covid, I focused my campaign online. I was first to have a full website and platform, www.ianforhoboken.com. I added more instagram followers than anyone. My short cartoon commercials were viewed over 50,000 times. I sent a mailer that opens to be a window sign to the entire city (30,126 homes) and a postcard to an additional 4300 residents. I did well in both debates, and received a tremendous positive response when I knocked on neighbors doors (a frustratingly slow process with so few people home).

I’m totally independent (no party, no slate). I’m the only business owner in this election. I’ve lived here 23 years and I’m raising a family here. I have a lot of realistic ideas, experience, skills and savvy to get things done as a councilperson. I am including several links at the bottom of this email where you can learn more about my platform.

This weekend is a final push to try to get as many additional votes as possible. I’m sending this email to everyone I know who votes in Hoboken.  Please help me by sharing this with everyone you know and hopefully we can crowdsource dozens or possibly hundreds of additional votes.

You can vote early at Hoboken’s City Hall Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Or you can vote on Tuesday, election day at your regular polling place

My cartoons and Youtube channel: ianforhoboken – YouTube

My website: www.ianforhoboken.com.
Hoboken Election Profile: How Ian Rintel Answered Our Questions | Hoboken, NJ Patch

My article: The Future Of Small Business In Hoboken Post-Pandemic: | Hoboken, NJ Patch

My article:Twelve to Twenty: An Age Group Overlooked by Hoboken | Hoboken, NJ Patch

This message is the most effective when passed on, so please do! Individual emails to your Hoboken friends would be the most effective (cut & paste this message), but social media links will also help.


Ian Rintel – City Council Candidate, ballot position 3H

Election day is almost here!

I’ve already voted. I voted for myself (Ian Rintel, 3H), Manny Rivera (1H) and Cindy Wiegand (13H) – because I believe we are the three best candidates for the constituents of Hoboken. However: I encourage every voter to research all candidates and to vote for the three best – that’s democracy! You might also consider how a electing a full slate of candidates would impact Hoboken’s government: the result would be too much power for one side (or the other). Would it not be better to have true independents making decisions on your behalf?

I have two more videos that have yet to be released. Both will come out in the next 24 hours and both will be extensively shown on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. These videos were intended to be shown once I’d used my “lighter” videos to gain an audience. There is no better time than now.

Anyone who would like to talk to me can reach out and I’ll make time to meet you. It’s helpful if I’m able to meet small groups all at the same time when possible (especially since there are only five days left until election day). Even meeting a group of six constituents for a cup of coffee in a half hour winds up being more efficient than knocking on doors (which I’m also doing, but finding to be pretty inefficient with so many people so often not home).

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Why do tenants pay realtor fees in Hoboken?

I’ve been asked many questions about “cost of living” in Hoboken along with housing costs and increasing rents. I’ve also been asked about Rent Control and I have some issues with it in its present form: mostly because it is too complicated and in its present form hurts both landlords and tenants.

But one thing that nobody has mentioned is this phenomenon in Hoboken where realtor fees are commonly covered by tenants even when the realtor is hired by the landlord. I look at a landlord hiring a realtor as that landlords business decision and I don’t understand how any business can ask a customer to pay for its marketing costs. Further: placing the entire burden of realtor fees on the tenant means that there is an incentive for a landlord to look for a new tenant annually: It’s easier to raise rents on a new tenant than an existing tenant AND with no realtor fees to pay: it is very inexpensive for a landlord to replace a tenant.

This is something unique to the NYC area and two years ago, a ban was attempted in NY (see: https://gothamist.com/news/brokers-fees-are-officially-un-banned-now). Ultimately – this might be something that has to be changed at the NJ State level, but I don’t think brokers hired by landlords should have any right to charge tenants. Realtors hired by tenants should charge the tenants and realtors hired by landlords should charge the landlord.

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Dave Brenn Balloons is doing an amazing Halloween themed show at my place of business. You can buy tickets at www.hobokenpopup.com. Everyone is welcome and the event is COVID safe! Take a break from the campaign trail and see something really cool.

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Election Day Morning Help

I’ve acquired 5000 stickers that say simply “I Voted”. I’m looking for help in distributing these stickers to all Hoboken polling locations on election day morning – first thing. I’ve reached out to some other campaigns to see if we can make it a collaborative effort (with 36 polling locations, I could use the help) – but so far, no response! If this is something you can do – please reach out!

Our mailer has arrived!

Keep an eye on your mailbox: Cindy Wiegand (13H) and I (3H) split the cost of a mailer.

This mailer should have gone out to every important constituent in Hoboken.

If you received our mailer: know that Cindy and I will be working hard for you and that any concern you have can be sent to us and we’ll respond quickly (email is preferred, but I’m also quick to respond to social media inquiries). You can also text me at 201-725-7434. I don’t answer the phone (I’m never in a location where I can).

Our mailer is also designed as a Window Sign. The signs are best hung in a Window as close to street level as possible – but wherever you hang our sign: we appreciate it. I’d love it if you took a picture of your sign hanging in your window and posted it to your social media. You can also email it to me at ian@ianforhoboken.com.

I’d love to meet as many of you for coffee or if you’d like to play a quick game of pool you can meet me at Play! Hoboken – if you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask!

Thanks again for your support – I’ll continue to campaign hard and I will work hard for you once elected.

New Videos, Updates

I’ve added a couple videos. I’m amazed at how I’ve roughly treated videos equally – but some videos have had thousands of views and some hardly any views. It’s pretty amazing to see that one video will surpass 10,000 views in the near future (definitely before election day).

Printed materials are completed and will start being distributed in a few days. Cindy and I will be doing some campaigning together. Anyone who wants to meet me for coffee and chat about anything Hoboken related should reach out.

What does this sign mean?

Sign on 10th between Washington & Hudson Street

What does this sign mean?  I know what the word ONLY means.  And I also think I know what “ALL OTHERS” mean – but how can it be both at the same time?  It can’t.  

This is unfriendly for visitors to our town.  If you own a business – don’t expect anyone to drive into town to patronize your business.  We have empty storefronts for lots of reasons – and this is a big one.

I intend to change this.  All street parking will be metered and every block will have one parking meter mid-block.  Permit holders will not be required to pay for meters within residential districts.  Everyone will be required to pay for meters in commercial districts.  Meter rates will be an amount appropriate to ensure that our parking spots are available for residents.  We will limit the parking time so that spots turn over in commercial districts and so that out of towners need a permit to park “all day” or overnight in residential districts.  A percentage of all parking fees will be put into a fund to build new parking structures around the perimeter of town and to eventually extend our HOP shuttle buses and bike share services to those perimeter parking structures.

Finally – owners of private lots who have extra spaces will be encouraged to join the city’s meter program at $2.00 per hour (24 hours a day, 7 days per week) – with the parking spot owner keeping 75% of the fees collected.  $2.00 per hour at 12 hours per day and 30 days per month is $720 for the space – leaving $540 monthly for the space holder if a spot is occupied 12 hours daily.