April, 2010

City of Hoboken to Host 16th Annual Arts & Music Festival (& NJ Transit advisory)


Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken are proud to host the 16th Annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festival on Sunday, May 2nd from 11am and 6pm. Admission is free.

The fair will take place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street and will include over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, local businesses, restaurants, food vendors and more.

Three stages of live music will feature performances by Fountains of Wayne, Freedy Johnston, The Doughboys, Jack Skuller, Verdict, and more. A special Kids Zone on 3rd Street in the Capital One parking lot will include performances, rides, games, face painting and more.

Click here for the full performance schedule and additional details.

Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Introduces FY2010 Budget


Wednesday evening the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority introduced the budget for FY2010. The budget provides a strong operating base for the hospital.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said “This budget represents another step in putting the Hospital on the path to privatization. The City’s takeover of the Hospital in 2007 was meant to be a short term measure to maintain hospital services in Hoboken. The Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority is actively pursuing strategic alternatives to transition the hospital to private ownership. This realistic budget, a more rigorous external audit process already underway, the formation of two new Authority Committees – Compliance and Audit, and Strategic Planning and Government Relations, the appointment of five new Authority Board members, and the continued exemplary cooperation and hard work of the hospital management team, medical staff and employees have repositioned the Hospital so the privatization process can be considered.”

Section of Hudson Street to Return to Parallel Parking

Due to potential liability concerns, parking along Hudson Street between 2nd Street and 4th Street will change from angled to parallel parking, as it was traditionally configured approximately ten years ago.

Hudson County began their resurfacing program in mid-April, including this portion of Hudson Street.

As noted in a memo from Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs, P.E. to Mayor Dawn Zimmer, “the angled parking configuration conflicts with county, state, and national roadway design guideline criteria” and does not provide sufficient width “to safely accommodate through vehicles. Due to this condition, Hudson County would not recommend returning to angled parking.”

Because of the liability concerns, Director Sacs recommends “returning the street to the original parallel parking configuration on both sides.” All members of the City Council Transportation and Parking Sub-Committee have been briefed on the issue are in agreement with the recommendation.

Hoboken Celebrates Earth Day With Community Events

Mayor Zimmer at the tree planting ceremony at Elysian Park with the Daisy Troop
Hoboken is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a series of community-wide �green� initiatives in an effort to beautify the City and raise awareness of the environment.

�Hoboken is an urban oasis meant be both enjoyed and respected by its citizens,� said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. �We thank the many committed community organizations for pitching in and helping to make Hoboken a little more green and clean.�

Mayor Zimmer�s Administration is committed to implementing environmentally friendly initiatives to reduce energy consumption, costs, and improve the quality of life for Hoboken residents. Recent efforts include the Council�s approval of a city-wide car sharing program. An interconnected Hop bus system with a GPS locator will soon be launched, as well as the implementation of the City�s energy audit to install sensor lighting in all city facilities.

Waterfront Walkway in Front of Pier C Now Open

Waterfront Walkway
The City of Hoboken announced the opening of the Waterfront Walkway in front of Pier C.

“In spite of construction delays with Pier C, we worked hard to reopen the walkway in front of the new park,” said Mayor Zimmer. “With the weather warming, I’ve noticed so many people outside enjoying our waterfront. I’m glad we were able to reopen this portion of the walkway so everyone can have a safer, more enjoyable experience.”

Citywide Road Work to be Curtailed During AM & PM Rush Hours


Heeding to the concerns of uptown residents, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer today announced that the ongoing street repaving program on 14th, 15th and 16th streets would be curtailed during the morning rush hours to prevent traffic backups at major intersections.

“?This project has resulted in significant traffic tie-ups, especially at the intersections of Bloomfield and Garden streets and Park Avenue,”? Mayor Zimmer said.? “Residents are concerned about the situation so this action was necessary at rush hour periods.?”

Mayor Zimmer Attends Wet Weather Pump Station Groundbreaking; Expected to alleviate 80% of City Flooding

Wet Water Pump Groundbreaking
On Monday morning Mayor Dawn Zimmer attended the groundbreaking of the H1 Wet Weather Pump Station and Screening Facility, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2010.

“The City’s chronic flooding problem is one of the main reasons I got involved in politics,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This proactive step will bring urgently needed relief to residents of the Southwest portion of Hoboken.”

The pump station, which is designed to service the most flood-prone area of the City, will be capable of pumping a total of 100 million gallons per day and is designed to handle flows generated by a five year storm event. The recent large storm on March 12th was less than a five year rain event.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces appointment of new Business Administrator

City Hall
Marking a critical turning point for the City of Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer today announced the appointment of a Business Administrator, a critical step toward the end of state fiscal control.

“I’m very excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Arch Liston for Business Administrator,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I’m confident his exceptional record and experience will be a valuable asset to our City.”

Mr. Liston currently serves as Business Administrator for the City of Bridgeton and was previously the Township Manager for Mount Holly. He brings a 25 year public safety record, including serving as police chief of the Mount Holly Police Department.

Hoboken Resurfacing Project

(Note: Schedule is subject to change)

Concrete work which consists in the construction of handicap ramps will start Tuesday, April 13th to Friday April 16th at the following locations:

  • 15th Street at Willow Avenue
  • 15th Street at Park Avenue
  • Hudson Street at 10th Street
  • Park Avenue at 2nd Street, 7th Street, 10th Street and 11th Street.
  • Newark Street at Adams Street and Jefferson Street.
  • The following is the milling schedule for the project:

    Friday, April 16th:

  • 16th Street (from Willow Avenue to Park Street)
  • 15th Street (from Willow Avenue to Park Street)
  • 14th Street (from Willow Avenue to Hudson Street)
  • Monday, April 19th:

  • Hudson Street (from 14th Street to 8th Street)
  • Tuesday, April 20th:

  • Hudson Street (from 8th Street to 3rd Street)
  • Wednesday, April 21st:

  • Hudson Street (from 3rd Street to Observer Highway)
  • Newark Street (from Hudson Street to River Street)
  • Thursday, April 22nd:

  • Garden Street (from Newark Street to Observer Highway)
  • Garden Street (from 4th Street to 7th Street)
  • Friday, April 23rd:

  • Garden Street (from 7th Street to 14th Street)
  • Monday, April 26th:

  • Park Avenue (from 11th Street to 7th Street)
  • Tuesday, April 27th:

  • Park Avenue (from 7th Street to Observer Highway)
  • Wednesday, April 28th:

  • Newark Street (from Willow Avenue to Monroe Street)
  • The following is the paving schedule for the project:

    Wednesday, April 21st:

  • 16t Street (from Willow Avenue to Park Avenue)
  • 15th Street (from Willow Avenue to Park Avenue)
  • 14th Street (from Willow Avenue to Hudson Street)
  • Hudson Street (from 14th Street to 11th Street)
  • Thursday, April 22nd:

  • Hudson Street (from 12th Street to 2nd Street)
  • Friday, April 23rd:

  • Hudson Street (from 2nd Street to Observer Highway)
  • Newark Street (from Hudson Street to River Street)
  • Garden Street (from Observer Highway to Newark Street)
  • Monday, April 26th:

  • Garden Street (from 4th Street to 14th Street)
  • Tuesday, April 27th:

  • Park Avenue (from 11th Street to Newark Street)
  • Wednesday, April 28th:

  • Park Avenue (from Newark Street to Observer Highway)
  • Newark Street (from Willow Avenue to Monroe Street)
  • County Pledges to Increase Pedestrian Safety on Revamped 14TH Street Viaduct


    Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise has committed to increased pedestrian safety measures on the proposed 14th Street Viaduct Replacement Project, announced Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

    The County has proposed narrowing vehicular lanes on the reconstructed viaduct to provide an additional four feet of shoulder area that will provide an additional buffer between the travel lanes and the sidewalk.