February, 2015

Hoboken to Host 4th Annual Green Fair; Invites Vendors & Participants

Hoboken School Children Invited to Participate in Earth Day Art Contest

The City of Hoboken Green Team invited vendors to participate in the 4th Annual Green Fair on Saturday, May 16, 2015 (rain date: May 23) from 11am to 4pm at Church Square Park. In addition, students in grades K-6 are invited to celebrate Earth Day by participating in the City of Hoboken’s Earth Day poster contest. Poster submissions will be displayed at the Green Fair.

The Green Fair will feature live music and organic food vendors and 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.

Public Invited to Police Promotions Ceremony

The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to attend a promotions ceremony for seven members of the Hoboken Police Department. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 3:00pm in the City Council Chambers at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Lieutenant Kevin Cruz is retiring and will be honored at the ceremony. Police Sergeant John Petrosino will be promoted to Police Lieutenant. Police Officers Saverio R. Binetti, Jonathan Butler, Arbend Drishti, Edward M. Sellick, Steven C. Kranz, and Robert Fulton will be promoted to Police Sergeant.

Mayor Zimmer Calls Special Meeting For Vote on Flood Pump

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called for a special meeting of the Hoboken City Council to allow all members of the Council to vote on the H-5 wet weather pump station which would alleviate flooding in Western Hoboken. The meeting will take place in City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00pm.

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the City Council voted 5 to 2 in favor of a resolution to move forward with financing the pump, however 6 votes are needed as a requirement of the New Jersey Local Bond Law in order to finance the project with a low-interest loan provided through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust program.

Council Members Bhalla, Cunningham, Doyle, Giattino, and Mello voted in favor of the resolution, while Council Members Castellano and Mason voted against the resolution. Councilmembers Occhipinti and Russo were not in attendance at the meeting.

City of Hoboken Explores Creating Regional Performing Arts Center

The City of Hoboken will be evaluating the feasibility of creating a large performing arts center near Hoboken Terminal. If the idea has community support and is deemed to be economically feasible, the City will include the construction of the center in the negotiation of the Redevelopment Agreement with the designated redeveloper of the property owned by New Jersey Transit.

“With almost unparalleled access to mass transit, southeast Hoboken could be the ideal place for a regional performing arts center for music, theater, dance, and more,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with the resurgence of the Monroe Arts Center, the preservation of Neumann Leathers through a proposed Rehabilitation Plan, and the construction of Mile Square Theatre’s new facility next to the Viaduct, the Hoboken community is demonstrating its commitment to artists and the arts.”

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for February

The latest Hoboken Public Library newsletter is now available.

Hoboken to Enhance Bicycle Network with $530,000 NJDOT Grant

River Street bike lane
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Hoboken a $530,000 Transportation Alternatives Grant for the City’s bicycle network. The grant will allow the City to stripe nearly 15 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared bike lanes in long-lasting thermoplastic paint.

“With the launch of our bike share program and significant pedestrian safety improvements coming this spring, the relaunch of our Hop system with new buses, and the expansion and improvement of our bicycle network thanks to this grant, Hoboken is providing a variety of safer, healthier, and greener transportation options for our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Bike lanes don’t just benefit bikes – they have traffic calming benefits that make streets safer for everyone and are one part of an overall transportation approach to make getting around Hoboken safer and more convenient for those who walk, bike, take public transportation, and drive.”

Once implemented, 75% of municipal roadways in Hoboken will have either bike lanes or shared lane markings. Most Hoboken bike lanes are currently striped in standard traffic marking paint, which requires frequent re-painting. Thermoplastic is much more reflective than paint, so bike lanes will be more visible at night. The City will also realize cost savings on maintenance since thermoplastic has a life expectancy up to 8 times longer than paint.

“Hoboken continues to be the example all other municipalities should follow in its efforts to reduce congestion, decrease carbon emissions and improve connectivity with alternate modes of transportation,” said Jay DiDomenico, Director of the Hudson Transportation Management Association. “Hoboken’s continuing dedication to expanding bike lanes improves mobility and furthers its reputation as a healthy and progressive community.”

Mayor Zimmer Delivers State of the City Address

State of the City
Mayor Dawn Zimmer delivered her fifth State of the City address on February 10, 2015 at the DeBaun Auditorium on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. Her prepared remarks are available below.

As Prepared for Delivery —

Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for coming out tonight. Thank you to President Farvardin for the introduction and to Stevens for once again hosting tonight’s event. Stevens is fortunate to have your strong leadership to continue to build upon a great institution. And I am thankful for the great relationship we have built over the years and for all of the ways we collaborate to improve the university and the city.

The state of the City of Hoboken is strong and growing stronger every day. The signs are everywhere. Pearson Education is bringing their headquarters and 900 jobs to Hoboken. Jet, an e-commerce startup that’s looking to take on Amazon, is also opening their headquarters along our waterfront this spring. A new independent bookstore will be opening up in May. We have the most active tech meetup in New Jersey. Mission 50’s co-working space is scheduled to triple in size with a new facility near our PATH.

Just in time for the 100 year anniversary of Frank Sinatra, the Sinatra Café will reopen soon with a new Italian restaurant called Blue Eyes. Hoboken was voted the best downtown in North Jersey. We’ve got a new park under the Viaduct with the coolest lighting thanks to the County, and Hoboken has added batting cages for all our growing young athletes. The United Nations just recognized Hoboken as a role model for flood risk management – only the second role model city in the country after San Francisco.

All of these things are happening because Hoboken is an amazing place to live, work, learn, play, and visit.

Reminder: Street Cleaning Enforcement in Effect

Drivers are reminded that street cleaning enforcement will be in effect on Monday, February 9, 2015 and throughout the week so that crews can continue to clear snow from parking lanes.

Due to a series of weekend snow storms, the Monday side of roads have not been cleared of snow in several weeks, so it is important that residents move their vehicles during posted street cleaning hours.

The National Weather Service is predicting up to 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice from Sunday into Tuesday morning. Crews will be plowing and salting roads as needed, and additional crews will use payloader tractors to clear snow and ice from parking lanes.

Mayor Zimmer Announces New Chief of Staff

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that she has hired Vijay Chaudhuri to serve as her Chief of Staff. Mr. Chaudhuri is a Hoboken resident who most recently worked as Director of Community Relations for U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley, who is Chair of the Queens Democratic Party and represents New York’s 14th Congressional District which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. Mr. Chaudhuri has a BA in Political Science from Wesleyan University.

“I look forward to working closely with Mr. Chaudhuri in the years ahead to make Hoboken an even greater place to live and work,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “His experience and knowledge of Hoboken will be a tremendous asset as we bring many exciting projects for our community to fruition.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this administration and serve the people of Hoboken,” said Mr. Chaudhuri. “I look forward to working with Mayor Zimmer as we continue to address the issues that matter most to our community.”

Mr. Chaudhuri will begin on February 24, 2015.

Hoboken Police Department Enhances Park Patrols, Increases Night & Weekend Presence & Expands Customer Service Hours

Certified Bike Patrol Officers to Begin Bike Education and Enforcement

Since becoming Chief of Police on December 1, 2014, Chief Kenneth Ferrante has implemented a series of changes in the Hoboken Police Department to improve operations and service to the community. The changes include significantly increased police presence on nights and weekends, enhanced patrols of the waterfront and parks, tripling the size and expanding the enforcement hours of the Traffic Division, new Saturday hours for the Bureau of Identification, expanded hours for the Bureau of Investigation, and expanded officer training.

“In just a matter of weeks, Chief Ferrante has made tremendous improvements that residents are already noticing on the street,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I commend him and all of our Police Officers for the work they do every day to keep us safe.”

“In January, we had only four reported burglaries and four motor vehicle thefts,” said Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante. “I attribute these exceptionally low crime rates to our expanded night patrols and to the recent arrests of six package thieves which took six career criminals off our streets. Our detectives and officers working these important shifts deserve tremendous credit. It wasn’t long ago that Hoboken had over 700 car thefts per year, but we are continuing to reduce crime and make our community even safer than it already is.”