December, 2012

An Important Message from Mayor Zimmer for Residents and Businesses Severely Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Dear Hoboken Resident and Business Owners:

Help Us to Help You 

I know many of you are very frustrated with navigating the insurance and FEMA process and I want to connect directly with you so that we can try as hard as possible to get you the assistance that you may need to prevent the foreclosure of your home, or the closure of your business.

Thanks to the advocacy and teamwork by Governor Christie working with Senator Menendez and Senator Lautenberg, the $60.4 billion federal recovery package proposes to include direct aid for residents and local businesses, through $17 billion in Community Development Block Grants.

Hoboken, with its insurance gap challenges due the “basement issue” is well positioned to receive additional aid, but I need your help to make sure Hoboken receives its fair share of funding.

City of Hoboken Announces Basketball Clinic For Special Needs Children

The City of Hoboken is proud to announce the addition of a challenger sports clinic to its winter sports lineup for the first time. As part of continued expansion of providing more recreation programs and services for children with special needs, the Challenger Division will accommodate children with disabilities and cognitive delays.

The first Challenger Division activity kicks off with the basketball program starting on January 5, 2013 and will be open to individuals 7 to 14 years of age. The clinic will run at 8:00 am at the Wallace School, 1100 Willow Avenue. Challenger Division seasonal activities will also include baseball and soccer.

Rescheduled: Community Meeting for Elysian Park Improvements

A community meeting previously scheduled for October 30th has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 20th at the Hoboken Historical Museum (1301 Hudson Street) to solicit input from the public on improvements to Elysian Park. Residents are invited to attend any time between 7pm and 9pm.

In addition to attending the community meeting, residents can also submit their feedback via an online survey available at

Holiday Parking Enforcement Information

The City of Hoboken will suspend enforcement of all parking rules from Friday, December 21, 2012 at 4:00pm until Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 8:00am as well as on Saturday, December 29, 2012, Sunday, December 30, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Parking rules will be in effect on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Hoboken PATH to 33rd Street to Re-Open Wednesday, December 19


The PATH train from Hoboken to 33rd Street will resume operation at 5:00am on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 and will operate seven days a week from 5am to 10pm. The restoration of 24/7 PATH service is expected by the end of the year in time for New Year’s Eve. Direct PATH service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center remains several weeks away pending ongoing repairs.

“The reopening of the Hoboken PATH station is a tremendous relief for our commuters and local businesses,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Hoboken is open for business and we welcome and encourage our residents and visitors to support the local shops that make our community great. I thank the Port Authority for their nonstop work to restore service and NJ Transit for accommodating our commuters during this incredibly difficult time.”

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Newtown Tragedy

“I am horrified and sickened by the tragedy in Newtown,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “My heart breaks for the families of all the victims. On behalf of the residents of Hoboken, we extend our deepest sympathy to the community of Newtown for their tremendous loss. The City of Hoboken will continue to assist the Connecticut State Police in any way requested.”

Mayor Zimmer Testifies at US Senate Committee About Sandy’s Impact on Hoboken

Mayor Dawn Zimmer testifed before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship on Thursday, December 13th (view the video). She discussed the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on Hoboken and the challenges still faced with the recovery process. She also met with Members of Congress to highlight the unmet needs of businesses and residents. Her prepared remarks before the committee are available below.

Groundbreaking for Waterfront Corporate Center III – Pearson to Bring 900 Jobs to Hoboken

State-of-the-Art, 500,000 SF Sustainable Office and Retail Building to be Anchored by Pearson, the World’s Leading Learning Company
The development of a new, state-of-the-art office and retail building that will generate significant economic growth and bring the world’s leading learning company to Hoboken, N.J., began today with a groundbreaking for Waterfront Corporate Center III, located on the final site within the city’s 26-acre waterfront, mixed-use master plan neighborhood.

Redwings Capture State Championship…Parade on Monday!

The Hoboken High School Football Team won the 9th State Championship in program history on Friday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. After breezing by their first two rounds of playoff opponents by a combined score of 89 to 14, the Redwings defeated Roselle Park High School 39 to 9 to secure the Group I North II Championship. The Redwings, led by Coach Lou Taglieri and his staff, will be honored in a parade on Monday, December 10th. The parade will begin at 11th Street and Washington Street at 3:30pm and will conclude at City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Weekend PATH Closure to Expedite Restoration of Service to Hoboken

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued the following statement following the announcement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that they will be able to expedite restoration of service to Hoboken by closing PATH service to Midtown Manhattan during the next two weekends. According to the Port Authority, each weekend of suspended service will reduce the schedule for restoration of service to Hoboken by as much as five or more days:

“A higher percentage of Hoboken residents – 56 percent – rely on mass transit for commuting than any other city in the country, so the loss of the PATH has had a disproportionate impact on our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am very grateful that the Port Authority made this decision that will fully restore PATH service as quickly as possible. Hoboken is open for business, and we look forward to the PATH coming back online sooner rather than later so our residents and visitors can enjoy all that makes our community great.”

The full announcement from the Port Authority is below: