June, 2010

Zimmer Administration Secures Additional State Funding For Hudson Place Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Hudson Place / PATH

As part of a comprehensive initiative to make Hoboken more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, the Zimmer Administration announced today that it has secured $80,000 in additional funding through the Transportation Trust Fund for improving pedestrian safety at Hudson Place.

A letter from NJDOT Local Aid and Economic Development Director Michael Russo to Mayor Dawn Zimmer stated: “On behalf of Governor Chris Christie, I am pleased to inform you that the City of Hoboken will receive an allotment of $80,000 for Hudson Place Sidewalk Improvements.”

“We are so thankful to the NJDOT and the Christie Administration for providing this important funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is one of the highest pedestrian traffic areas not just in Hoboken, but in the entire state of New Jersey. It’s a critical junction in our transportation network and the first thing most visitors experience when they arrive.”

Three Things Every Hoboken Resident Should Know About Taxis & Limousines

The City of Hoboken is reaching out to residents to help enforce taxi and limousine rules and regulations that for years have gone unenforced and have led to considerable frustration.

“We want residents to know that regardless of how things were done in the past, this Administration takes violations of taxi rules very seriously, and we’re taking action against those who break the rules,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. “We’re strictly enforcing a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy, but we need residents to let us know when there are violations so we can take action.”

Since September, 2009, the City has suspended six drivers, ranging from 3 to 15 days, as a result of increased enforcement. For at least the past six years, and perhaps longer, no drivers had ever previously been suspended in Hoboken during past Administrations.

Hoboken Premieres Grease Sing-A-Long

Grease logo

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken
along with Paramount Pictures

invite you to a special premiere of

Wed. June 30th beginning at 9pm

Pier A Park, First Street & Sinatra Drive

Paramount pictures is releasing a sing-along version of Grease in theaters this summer & Hoboken has been offered the opportunity of a sneak preview before it comes out.

More Than 100 Sign Up For “Corner Cars” In 2 Weeks

Corner Cars
Less than two weeks after kicking off the Corner Cars city-wide car-sharing initiative, more than 100 residents have signed up for the program.

As of June 28, there were 21 car-sharing vehicles deployed and 115 new members who signed up using the “Hoboken” promotional code. The 42 vehicles in the initial phase of the program are being rolled out continuously.

“The initial response is very encouraging,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. “In some cases, residents have been renting the vehicles even before we’ve had a chance to properly paint and mark the spaces.”

Residents who register and use the promotional code “Hoboken” will receive two free years of membership and a $75 credit to their account. A $25 one-time application fee is required of all users. Residents can learn more about the program at

Mayor Zimmer Proposes Innovative Solutions For Public Works Municipal Garage

Mayor Dawn Zimmer will ask the City Council to vote on a proposal for the future of the City�s public works municipal garage at the upcoming Council meeting on July 14th.

�What we are proposing will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and have no impact on any residential areas,� said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. �No traditional site-based solution comes close to the cost savings of this innovative approach.�

The City currently requires indoor space for vehicle maintenance and outdoor space for vehicle storage. There is the possibility that the City could end up with two garage locations if the City entered into a lease for a temporary new location and retained the existing municipal garage if the developer is unable to close on the sale. Additionally, the cost to retrofit a leased location which we may only need for a few months would cost at least $100,000, not including the cost of monthly rental.

Planning Board Invites Public to Master Plan Reexamination Meeting

City Hall

The Hoboken Planning Board will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 7pm in the Basement Conference Room of City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

The Board is in the process of preparing the Reexamination Report of the Master Plan and the City�s Development Regulations. The Reexamination Report evaluates the community�s planning and development regulation documents and identifies whether the community�s policies or objectives have changed since the completion of the last Master Plan.

The Planning Board welcomes members of the public who would like to add their thoughts as to what the City’s land use goals and objectives should be going forward and what new land use policies would help guide the City in the proper direction.

Elysian Charter School Students Plant Community Garden Behind City Hall


Second graders from Elysian charter school came to “break ground” in the new Elysian Charter School Community garden behind City Hall on Wednesday, June 23rd. They planted their own plants, which they had been growing in the classroom from seeds, and also planted sunflowers, herbs, tomatoes, squash, purple flowers, and seeds. Plants and seeds were donated from 14th Street Garden Center and Sobsey’s. Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Director of Environmental Services Jennifer Maier and Fred Moret of the Parks Division were in attendance along with 2nd grade teacher, Alyssa Rosen and garden volunteers Jennifer Hartshorn, Lisa Cavanaugh, Kristen Jordan and Eileen Griffen.

Reminder: Two Transportation Community Meetings Tonight


Residents are reminded of two transportation-related community meetings taking place on Wednesday, June 23rd.

A community meeting to discuss transportation issues and concerns with residents will be held tonight, Wednesday, June 23rd from 7 to 9pm at the Jubilee Center, 601 Jackson Street.

Director of Transportation and Parking Ian Sacs will discuss transportation issues including the Hop (formerly Crosstown shuttle), car-sharing, traffic in Southwest Hoboken, and more, and Mayor Dawn Zimmer will also attend to answer questions.

Council Meetings Now Broadcast on FiOS


Citizens of Hoboken can now stay current on the happenings in City Hall by viewing City Council meetings on FiOS, Cablevision, and via live streaming online video.

The City�s IT Department also recently implemented a set of wireless headsets which are available for members of the public who are hearing impaired.

Subscribers of Verizon FiOS will now be able to watch pre-recorded video of the Hoboken City Council meetings on television. The meetings will be broadcast on Channel 47 on the FiOS network, and Board of Education meetings will be broadcast on Channel 46.

Hoboken Doubles Bike Rack Locations Across City

The first new bike rack on River Street near Newark Street is seen full of bikes the day after being installed.

The first new bike rack on River Street near Newark Street is seen full of bikes the day after being installed.

The City of Hoboken is drastically expanding its bicycle parking capacity by more than doubling the number of locations with bike racks.

“They say that if you build it, they will come, and that’s exactly why we’re continuing to expand our bicycle infrastructure,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is an important component of my administration’s comprehensive efforts to make Hoboken greener and more bike and pedestrian friendly.”

New bicycle racks are being installed along the Washington Street and 1st Street commercial corridors, around the 2nd and 9th Street light rail stops, near parks, and in other key areas including the hospital and supermarkets.