March, 2014

Office of Vital Statistics to Relocate to Multi Service Center

Following repairs at the Multi Service Center due to damage from Superstorm Sandy, the Office of Vital Statistics will return to its original location next week.

The Office of Vital Statistics will be closed on Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 as it relocates from City Hall back back to the first floor of Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

The office will close at 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 1 and will reopen at 9:00am on Friday, April 4. Due to the reduced hours during the week, the office will also be open on Saturday, April 5 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Hoboken Green Team to Host 3rd Annual Green Fair; Invited Vendors and Participants

The City of Hoboken Green Team will host the 3rd Annual Green Fair on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (rain date: May 18, 2014).

The 3rd Annual Green Fair will be held from 11am to 4pm at Church Square Park, entering from the corner of Fourth Street and Garden Street, and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services. The Green Team will also host a rain barrel demonstration table.

Mayor Zimmer Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Dawn Zimmer delivered her fourth State of the City address on March 18, 2014 at the DeBaun Auditorium on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. Her prepared remarks are available below.

As Prepared for Delivery —

Thank you all so much for being here tonight. Since there’s been some debate about me in the news, I’m going to start off on a personal level, so you can understand more about who I am and my perspective in life and how that carries over into my approach to governing this City that I love so much.

As some of you may know, I lost my dad to cancer just about one year ago on March 31st. Losing my dad got me thinking that I need to focus much more on family and being healthier. I’m trying to build exercise more into my weekly schedule. I’m trying to cook more for my family and eat right – very proud that somehow I got my teenage sons loving Brussels sprouts with this easy recipe that my sister-in-law introduced to me. I recognize that striving to be healthy is a journey; it is a process; it is something that we all have to keep working towards as we put our goals into action. Being healthy ensures that we can not only survive but thrive in our lives.

Community Invited to Public Safety Meeting

Residents are invited to a community meeting to discuss public safety issues. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. In attendance will be Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Public Safety Director Jon Tooke, Councilman Tim Occhipinti, and representatives from the Hoboken Police Department.

Community Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address Tonight


Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her fourth State of the City address. The event will take place this evening — Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. All are welcome to attend.

The main entrance is on 5th Street directly across from 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:

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for March

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for March is now available.

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Survey

Marvel Architects will be working with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Group to develop a program and design for a new boathouse to be located at Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront. The community is invited to complete an online survey to provide an understanding of how the waterfront is currently being used and what the public would like to see at the boathouse.

The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities. The next step is to define the program of spaces required to support this goal and better define the activities that the boathouse should be designed to support. The City will also be holding community meetings this spring to refine the design.

Community Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address & 2nd Flood Prevention Public Meeting


Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her fourth State of the City address and the second community meeting to discuss a strategy for protecting Hoboken from flooding as part of the Rebuild by Design competition.

Rebuild by Design Community Meeting 
Mayor Dawn Zimmer will join representatives from OMA, the firm leading an interdisciplinary team of experts on the Hoboken flood prevention proposal as part of the Rebuild by Design competition. The meeting will be held on March 11, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Hoboken Terminal waiting room, located at 1 Hudson Place. The competition is a unique opportunity to implement solutions to protect Hoboken from flooding, and demonstration of community support is an important factor in the competition.

Crews Working to Fill Potholes


Due to the extreme winter weather, the freeze/thaw cycle, and frequent plowing, there are a large number of potholes along roadways. Hoboken crews have filled 752 potholes so far this year, including 284 potholes in the past week alone.

Due to the cold weather, potholes are filled with cold patch, which may become dislodged and require further repairs. More permanent repairs using hot asphalt require warmer weather in the spring in order for proper bonding to occur and will take place at that time.

Residents are asked to report any potholes via Reports of potholes on County roads will be forwarded to Hudson County for repair.

Mayor Zimmer Highlights Flood Prevention Opportunity & Invites Community to Public Meeting

OMA Strategy Diagram
Mayor Dawn Zimmer urged the Hoboken community to learn about the Rebuild by Design competition – an opportunity to protect the City of Hoboken from flooding – and to participate in an upcoming community meeting on the project.

“Hoboken has an excellent opportunity to protect our City from all types of flooding through the Rebuild by Design competition,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to Sandy, we face flooding challenges every year, and the cost of flood insurance is a major concern for residents and businesses. A comprehensive flood protection strategy being developed as part of this competition would not only physically protect all Hoboken residents and businesses, but also financially protect us from soaring flood insurance costs while providing valuable civic benefits. This integrated water management strategy would add a layer of protection for Hoboken Terminal, our electrical substations, hospital, flood pump, and sewage treatment plant. The winning design proposals will be chosen by the end of April, and since strong support from Hobokenites will help our chances to win the competition, I urge the entire community to learn more about this important proposal and provide your input.”