January, 2012

Mayor Zimmer Announces Office Hours
Mayor Dawn Zimmer will hold open office hours on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm in her office on the second floor of City Hall, 94 Washington Street. No appointment is necessary.

Office hours will also be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 and Wednesday April 4, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm.

Update from Mayor Zimmer on Various Issues

City Hall
In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on a variety of important topics. The text of the memo is included below.

“Drawings, Drawings for Paintings, Paintings” Tim Daly Solo Art Show

PVS Gallery presents “Drawings, Drawings for Paintings, Paintings,” a solo art show featuring Tim Daly. Opening reception, January 29, 2012, from 3pm to 7 pm, PVS Gallery, 49 Harrison St., Hoboken, NJ. Special performances by The One and Nines and Shafer James. For more information, call 201-448-7870 or visit

At State of the City Address, Mayor Zimmer Highlights Progress and Plans for Year Ahead

At her second State of the City address, Mayor Dawn Zimmer highlighted the City of Hoboken’s progress on fiscal, infrastructure, and quality of life issues, and announced plans for 2012.

Mayor Zimmer identified a 10 percent reduction in municipal taxes and the saving of Hoboken University Medical Center as two key achievements in the last year.

“Together we saved our City from financial destruction with the successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center,” said Mayor Zimmer, who noted that the City would have been responsible for paying a $52 million bond if the sale had not been successful.

Update on Jackston Street Fire-damaged Property

Mayor Zimmer provided residents with an update on the 611 1st Street/97 Jackson Street property that caught fire in mid-December. Click here to view her letter and additional documents.

Public Invited To Hoboken State Of The City Address

All members of the public are invited to join Mayor Dawn Zimmer for her second State of the City address.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology.

The main entrance is on 5th Street directly across from the Stevens Park. The wheelchair entrance is located in the rear entrance of the building on River Street with handicapped parking located behind the two buildings (McLean & Babbio) located directly across the street from the ramp. For additional information, visit:

City Creates 850 “Extended Parking” Spaces

Working with 5th Ward Councilman Cunningham, the Zimmer Administration addressed a common parking concern of residents by introducing legislation to bring 850 new parking spaces to Hoboken near corners without compromising on public safety or pedestrian safety. With the Council’s unanimous passage of the legislation, the City will be working to develop an outreach program to help ensure residents understand the new parking options.

As a result of the new “Extended Parking Zone” law, which will go into effect in 20 days, residents will be permitted to park within 15 feet of crosswalks on outbound street segments and within 25 feet of crosswalks on inbound street segments during certain times. Parking in these “extended parking” zones is not permitted between the hours of 7am and 7pm whenever public schools are in session.

“We recognize parking remains a challenge, but we’re working to make it as easy as possible for residents who need on-street parking,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

New Jersey state law previously prohibited parking within 25 feet of intersections and 50 feet from stop signs on inbound street sections, however a recent change to state law permits municipalities to allow parking closer to intersections and stop signs when school is not in session.

Mayor Zimmer Supports Citizens Campaign Model for Insurance Contracting

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced her support for the Citizens Campaign “Best Price Insurance Contracting” model to increase competition and transparency. In March of 2011, Business Administrator Arch Liston met with the Hudson County Chair of the Citizens Campaign, John Branciforte. Based on Mr. Branciforte’s input, the Request For Proposals for insurance broker specified that the service should be bid out at a flat rate, rather than by commission. As a result, the City received bids that were for tens of thousands of dollars less than in previous years.

“We have seen first-hand that this model works and can save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I thank John Branciforte for bringing this initiative to our attention and Councilwoman Mason for introducing legislation to make it law. Our legal counsel has provided feedback to ensure that the legislation conforms to our form of government, and I strongly support making it law.”

The City is in the process of rebidding the insurance broker contract, as explained in a memo to the Council.

Public Meeting for 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove

Residents are invited to attend a public meeting for a presentation and discussion of the final conceptual design for 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove. The meeting will take place on Monday, January 23rd at 6:00pm in the basement floor conference room of City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Community Church of Hoboken Piano Concert

The Community Church of Hoboken presents: Guevara – Zhelezova Piano Duo: One Piano, Two Women, Four Hands – “Dance on the Keys: from Waltz to Tango” featuring works by Brahms, Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Piazzolla. Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Admission is Free – though contributions are appreciated and will be used to support the building’s renovation.