Hoboken City Council draws up resolution to revoke Vape Van license;…

first_img× HOBOKEN — The Hoboken City Council’s agenda and resolution packet for this Wednesday’s meeting (May 17, 7 p.m.) includes a resolution scheduled to be voted to revoke the mobile vendor license of the 9th Cloud Vape Van. Two weekends ago, the owner of the business, Joseph Ruggiero, was caught on camera yelling epithets at a pair of people from out of town on Washington Street after an apparent parking dispute. On the video — which went viral on Facebook — he’s seen saying “go back to your country” and calling the pair “immis.”Mayor Dawn Zimmer Tweeted shortly after the video went viral that the language was “hate speech.” According to the resolution, a license may be revoked by the City Council if the terms of the license have been violated or if any municipal, state, or federal ordinances have been violated.The resolution lists several violations by the business, including parking violations, operating after 9 p.m., and allegedly having unclear or fictitious plates. The van often parks around town, and people can go inside to use e cigarettes.The resolution also states Ruggiero violated N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, New Jersey’s harassment law.“The City Council has been provided and reviewed police reports and a video of an incident that proves, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Joseph Ruggiero the owner of 9th Cloud Vape while operating his mobile retail van in the City of Hoboken [allegedly] committed the act of harassment because with purpose to harass another, he [allegedly] made a communication in offensively coarse language and in manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm.”When asked why the matter didn’t come up beforehand if the van had so many violations, city spokesman Juan Melli said the most recent incident was a catalyst to review their record of past violations. “The incident on Saturday further brought to our attention the actions of the Vape Van and caused us to thoroughly review their record,” he said. According to Melli, there is not currently a system or process in place to periodically review collected violations by businesses.The council will meet and vote on the resolution Wednesday May 17,  at 7 p.m. at City Hall, First and Newark streets.last_img

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