October, 2011

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Hoboken University Medical Center

Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued the following statement after the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to immediately implement a parking agreement for Hoboken University Medical Center, clearing the way for the sale of the hospital.

“Since my first day as mayor more than two years ago, the saving of our hospital has been my number one priority. The effort to save our hospital has been a long road, but today our community saved it together. I thank everyone who contacted Council Members and turned out to raise their voices – hospital and City employees, taxpayers and concerned citizens, and members of the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority. I thank all members of the City Council for doing the right thing for Hoboken – the majority members for their support all along and the minority members for being willing to reconsider and change their votes. Today’s vote clears the way for saving Hoboken University Medical Center, the jobs of 1,200 employees, and averts a financial catastrophe for our City.”

City Council Minority Forces Layoff Process To Begin

Following the City Council minority’s vote to block the refinancing of bonds for the Midtown Garage and a bond for capital improvements, Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that it would unfortunately be necessary for the Administration to begin a city-wide layoff process in order to close the resulting budget gap.

“I deeply regret that this action must be taken, but unfortunately the City Council minority’s blocking of these essential bond ordinances leaves me no choice,” Mayor Zimmer explained. “Layoffs should not be necessary at all, but the City Council minority has intentionally created an easily avoidable budget gap that must now be addressed in a fiscally responsible manner.”

The refinancing of the bonds for the Municipal Garage would have saved the City $50,000. Instead of achieving this savings, the failure to refinance will require the City to unnecessarily spend $4.5 million to pay down the existing bond. This cost will have to be offset by staffing cuts in order to stay within budget and avoid a significant tax increase.

Stevens Students Volunteer to Beautify Hoboken

Stevens students are teaming up with The City of Hoboken once again to beautify the city. More than 150 members of the Stevens Greek community are expected to volunteer their time on Sunday, October 23rd for a Stevens Fraternity and Sorority Community Service Day.

Students will clean up Stevens Park, Sinatra Park, and Maxwell Park. They will also paint fencing at Stevens Park and help prepare 30 tree pits city-wide for the planned planting of new trees.

“Our students look to the City of Hoboken as their second home, outside of campus, and are proud to assist in keeping that home in the best condition possible,” said Kenneth Nilsen, Stevens Dean of Student Life. “We’re glad to be participating in Sunday’s mission.”

“From parks cleanups, to helping prepare for Hurricane Irene, to class projects focused on solving our infrastructure challenges, the Stevens community has done so much to give back to our City,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are truly fortunate to have them as a partner, and on behalf of all our residents, I express my sincere gratitude to the entire Stevens community.”

Update from Mayor Zimmer on Hoboken University Medical Center and Sinatra Park Reconstruction

In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on Hoboken University Medical Center and the reconstruction of Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park. The full text of the memo is included below.

Mile Square Theatre Presents “God of Carnage”

If you’ve ever wondered how a squabble between two sets of parents could provide enough fire for a Tony-award winning comedy, head over to Mile Square Theatre for its production of God of Carnage. The local professional theatre company stages the much lauded comedy starting October 6, every Thursday through Sunday until October 23rd. Evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; matinees on Saturday and Sunday begin at 3 PM. Tickets are available online ( ) or before each performance at the theatre’s home at the Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe in Hoboken. Tickets are $25. Students and seniors, $15.

Update from Mayor Zimmer on Hoboken University Medical Center

In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on the sale of Hoboken University Medical Center. The full text of the memo is included below.

Alice in Wonderland Journey

Tempest Productions, Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken present Alice in Wonderland Journey on Saturday, October 15. Meet up with the White Rabbit at Kidville (1202 Shipyard Lane, Hoboken) at 12:30pm sharp! Dont be Late! 12:30-4pm.

Come follow Alice and the White Rabbit as we Journey through Hoboken on our way to the Queen’s Party! Meet up with Alice, make a Madhatter Hat, attend a Tea Party, Rhyme with Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Slay a Jabberwocky and play croquet with the Red Queen!

Public Meetings for Spectra Pipeline Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold four public comment meetings on the Spectra Pipeline project�s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.�The meetings are scheduled for October 17, 18, 19, and 20.�Commenters may be required to limit verbal presentations to 5 minutes or less. Meeting detail information is below.

October 17, 2011, 7:00pm
P.S. 44 – Thomas C. Brown School
80 Maple Parkway
Staten Island, New York 10303

October 18, 2011, 7:00pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
669 Avenue C
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002

October 19, 2011, 7:00pm
James J. Ferris High School
35 Colgate Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

October 20, 2011, 7:00pm
P.S. 41 Greenwich Village School
116 West 11th Street
New York, New York 10011

Hoboken Announces Inaugural Adult Basketball League

The City of Hoboken is proud to announce its inaugural Adult Basketball League. The League will be comprised of two divisions, competitive and recreational, with a capacity of 80 players per division. Each team will have a maximum of 10 players. The cost is $75.00 per player. Online registrations only are accepted at

Open Registration for Winter Sporting Leagues – Basketball & Wrestling

The City of Hoboken is proud to announce it will be holding open registrations for the following winter sporting leagues. The registration fee is $25 for Hoboken residents, $35 for non-residents attending school in Hoboken.

Open to boys and girls ages:
Instructional Division – Age: 7 – Start date: 1/7/12
Small Fry Division – Ages: 8-9 – Start date: 1/7/12
Middle Division – Age: 10-11 – Start date: 1/3/12
Grammar (Public/Private) – Ages: 12-14 – Start date: 1/3/12
Girls Basketball: 6th – 7th – 8th graders – Start date: 1/14/12