October, 2013

Police Department Offers Free Child Car Seat Inspections

car seat inspection

Every Wednesday from 10am-2pm, the Hoboken Police Department will provide free child car seat installations and inspections. Inspections will be conducted by certified officers at Police Headquarters, located at 106 Hudson Street.

Please enter the lobby and ask for an officer to conduct an inspection. It is not necessary to call in advance. This is a free service performed by the Hoboken Police Department.

Hoboken Police Department Receives New Vehicles And Uniforms


Left to right: Police Officer Willie Montanez, Police Chief Anthony Falco, Detective Vince Lombardi, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Sergeant John Petrosino, Police Officer Robert Truppner

Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sergeant John Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers, and Detective Vince Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Police Officers Willie Montanez and Robert Truppner to display the Hoboken Police Department’s newly purchased vehicles and new uniforms.

“Our Police Department is always there for our community when we need them most,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They deserve to be as well-equipped and prepared as possible to do their jobs and keep us safe, and I thank our Police Officers for partnering with us on investing in their new uniforms.”

“This is a big morale booster for our department,” said Police Chief Falco. “The new uniforms have the full support of our rank-and-file, meet the needs of professionalism and utility, and are more adaptable for the daily rigors of the job.”

“The steady hiring of new officers, ongoing replacement of our aging patrol vehicles, renovations of police headquarters, approval of new work uniforms, and future K9 unit are just a few of many positive and progressive endeavors supported by the mayor, and we thank her for her strong commitment to public safety.” said Detective Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association. “Protecting the public and keeping the peace is our purpose, and Mayor Zimmer has proven our purpose is her priority.” 

On Sandy Anniversary, Hoboken Marks Progress Toward a More Resilient Future


Hoboken Cove park and natural landscape for coastal defense and recreation. Concept by OMA team, Rebuild by Design competition (

One year after Superstorm Sandy flooded nearly 80% of Hoboken and left more than 90% without power, the City is making progress towards implementing a comprehensive Resiliency and Readiness Plan based on a “layers of protection” approach to protect the community from future storms and disasters.

“We’ve made significant progress towards physically and financially protecting Hoboken, but we still have a long way to go,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Flood pumps and green infrastructure are key parts of our comprehensive plan, but they alone can’t stop a storm surge or protect us from skyrocketing flood insurance costs. Through a combination of grants, low-interest loans, bonding, public-private partnerships, and the redevelopment process, we will make Hoboken a more resilient city.”

Update on Sinatra Park & Dog Parks


Sinatra Park
The reconstruction of Sinatra Park is nearing completion, with the turf for Sinatra Field being installed this week.

“The turf is down and we will soon be reopening Sinatra Field and connecting a new segment of our waterfront walkway so that we will have a continuous multiuse path from the Jersey City border to the skate park at Castle Point,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Once the installation of the nets and the railings is completed, then the field will be opened up for use.”

The park is being completed under budget, and there are no overtime costs for the completion of this field because the contract included a liquidated damages clause with a $1,500 per day penalty for failure to complete the park by the agreed-upon completion date.

City of Hoboken Begins Accepting Marriage License Applications for Same Sex Couples


The City of Hoboken has begun accepting applications from same sex couples for marriage licenses. City Hall will be open on Saturday, October 19 from 10:00am to 12:45pm to accept marriage license applications. Applications will be accepted at the Health Department, located on the third floor of City Hall.

“It is time for full equality in New Jersey, and I look forward to celebrating our first same sex wedding on Monday,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Hoboken supports equality, and our doors are open for all loving couples to apply for a marriage license.”

Mayor Zimmer will perform the first wedding ceremony in Hoboken for a same sex couple on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Renovations Underway at Elysian Park, Church Square Park & Stevens Park

Renovations to Elysian Park are underway and are expected to last several weeks. Renovation plans are available on the Elysian Park project page. Construction began today on renovations to the Church Square Park dog run and will begin next Monday on renovations to the Stevens Park dog run and playground. The dog runs, including the one being renovated at Elysian Park, will all feature one or more canopy structures for shade and shelter, new benches, 3/4″ pea gravel surface, new fencing and gates, pet waste bag dispenser, and improved dog water fountains.

City of Hoboken Acquires Property for Southwest Park

Southwest Park - Block 12

The City of Hoboken has acquired a nearly one acre property as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park.

“I fought for a long time for a Southwest Park, and I’m excited to announce that we now own an acre of property for the first part of a larger park that we will expand through the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to immediately kicking off the planning process so we can design and build the first phase of this much-deserved park that reflects the community’s vision for this neighborhood. I thank County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, and the Hudson County Freeholders for their funding support of this project.”

United Water Making Repairs to Water Main at 6th St & Grand St

United Water crews are on site to make repairs to a leak on an 8″ main. Water remains safe to drink. Excavation work is scheduled to begin at 10:00am and United Water expects work to last 6 to 8 hours. Seven vehicles were towed to the A&P parking lot. During repairs, the 600 block of Grand Street is expected to be without water for approximately 4 hours. United Water is making arrangements with the A&P supermarket to run temporary water from a hydrant to their 2” domestic line for the duration of the repairs. Grand Street is closed between 6th Street and 7th Street.

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Honors Mayor Zimmer as “Hero of the Harbor”

Christening the Beacon

Mayor Zimmer Christening Beacon. Photo Credit: Meghan Hart

Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance recognized Mayor Dawn Zimmer as a “Hero of the Harbor” for her “extraordinary leadership and courage in managing the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy” and for working to make Hoboken “a national model for preparedness.”

“It was an honor to receive this award, but it was only possible because of the residents of Hoboken -– our public safety and other city employees, the Community Emergency Response Team, and the thousands of volunteers who came together under the most challenging circumstances to keep our entire community safe,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for October

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for October is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.