June, 2014

City of Hoboken to Celebrate Olympic Day Saturday, June 21st


** Event to feature Olympian Gail A. Marquis, 5K Race and Sports Activities for Kids **

The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Hoboken, as the city hosts a variety of athletic and recreation events in celebration of Olympic Day. Hoboken’s Olympic Day will take place on Saturday, June 21st starting at 10:00am at Pier A Park and along Sinatra Drive between 1st and 4th Streets, which will be closed to traffic during the event.

The event will feature a 5K race, a mini soccer field and gymnastics for kids, table tennis, yoga, fitness trainers, music, a mini City Challenge obstacle course, and other activities. In the spirit of the Olympic games, all are asked to wear their nation’s colors.

To register for the 5K race visit:

Hoboken Awarded $250,000 Grant For Southwest Park

The U.S. Department of Interior and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced on Monday that the City of Hoboken was awarded a $250,000 grant for the final design engineering of Block 12 – an approximately one acre property which will be the first phase of a Southwest Park. The funding from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program will assist with incorporating stormwater management capacity into the new park as part of a broader strategy to alleviate the severity of flooding in the area.

“This grant provides an excellent opportunity for Hoboken to move ahead with creating much needed green space in Southwest Hoboken while also helping to reduce the impact of increasingly common downpours that cause flash flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This grant is in addition to the $230 million funding for a comprehensive strategy to fully protect our City from all types of flooding. Thank you to Secretary Jewell and the Department of Interior for providing this funding. The City will move as expeditiously as possible to complete the final construction drawing designs for a park in Southwest Hoboken, and we hope we can start building the park early next year.”

Currently, as a largely impervious paved surface parking lot, Block 12 retains only approximately 17% of annual rainfall, with the rest of the runoff going into the combined sewer system and contributing to recurring flash flooding and combined sewer overflows into the Hudson River. The new park is being designed to capture and store 100% of the stormwater on its property from a 10 year rain event (5 inches of rain). Through surface storage, rain gardens, bioswales, and an underground detention chamber, it will be able to hold over 200,000 gallons of water.

NJ Symphony Orchestra to Perform Free Outdoor Concert at Pier A – June 19, 7:30pm


Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken proudly present the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, June 19th • 7:30pm at Pier A Park, First Street & Sinatra Drive, at the end of the Park on the big lawn. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or low back chair & a picnic basket.

Take a seat on the lawn of Pier A Park for a concert of light classics and popular favorites—with a patriotic flair. As night falls, the New York City skyline lights up and is reflected in the Hudson River, making this a very unique and romantic summer symphony concert destination.

The NJSO program honors New Jersey’s rich cultural past as part of the NJ350 celebration, honoring the Garden State’s 350th anniversary with a salute to Frank Sinatra, a medley of Jersey Boys classics and Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump.” In addition to its tradition of performing patriotic favorites, the NJSO looks ahead to the classical favorites of its 2014–15 season, performing selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony, Mozart’s Così fan tutte Overture and more.

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Captain Garcia Provisional Police Chief

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is appointing Captain Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia as Hoboken’s Provisional Chief of Police effective July 1, 2014. He is currently the Hoboken Police Division’s most senior captain, having served as captain since 1995. Hoboken’s current Police Chief Anthony Falco is retiring on June 30, 2014.

“I thank Chief Falco for his many years of service and dedication to our community and wish him a happy retirement,” said Mayor Zimmer. “During his time as Police Chief, crime in Hoboken has reached and remained at historic lows. I thank Captain Garcia for stepping up and taking on this new role as our Police Department undergoes this important transition.”

On June 2, 2014, numerous captains and lieutenants took the civil service Police Chief test. The test results are expected in several months. Following an interview process, Mayor Zimmer will appoint a permanent Police Chief in the coming months.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for June

The latest Hoboken Public Library newsletter is now available.

Primary Election – June 3, 2014

The Primary Election in New Jersey is today, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Polls will be open from 6:00am to 8:00pm.

Voting is open to registered Democrats and Republicans as well as unaffiliated registered voters. To find your polling location, visit:

Click here to view a sample ballot.

Unofficial election results are available from the Hudson County Clerk website.

Hoboken Regional Flood Protection Proposal Wins Rebuild by Design Competition

$230 Million Awarded for Comprehensive Urban Flood Protection Strategy

A comprehensive water management project that will protect Hoboken, Weehawken and northern Jersey City has won $230 million of federal funding as part of the Rebuild by Design resiliency competition. This unprecedented level of funding will enable Hoboken and its neighbors to finally solve the flooding problem that has plagued the region for so long.

“I have been advocating for a comprehensive solution to Hoboken’s flooding problems since I first ran for City Council in 2007,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This project will implement a water management strategy that will comprehensively protect all of our residents, businesses, and the critical assets we share like the PATH, transit stations, and hospital. One of the elements of the plan will use parks as flood protection, creating more open space for our residents to enjoy.”

The comprehensive strategy was developed by an international team of experts led by the firm OMA. The proposal titled “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: a Comprehensive Urban Water Strategy” employs a multi-pronged approach to address Hoboken’s historic flooding challenges. Details of the proposal can be found at