June, 2015

Renewal for Senior Parking Permits Extended Until July 6


The renewal for senior parking permits has been extended until July 6.  The special permits issued to seniors expired on June 30, but a grace period of six days has been granted to assist those who have not already completed the renewal process.  Seniors with expired permits will not be issued tickets between June 30 and July 6 and should come to the Hoboken Parking Utility to renew. State or federal documentation with a date of birth, which includes (but not limited to) a driver’s license, passport, and Medicare card is required, along with a current utility bill.

Any senior 62 years of age or older can qualify for a special senior parking permit.  For more information or further assistance, please call the Hoboken Parking Utility at 201-653-1919.


Community Invited to Submit Input On Southwest Redevelopment Plan Through Online Survey


Members of the community are invited to visit to complete an online survey for the Southwest Redevelopment Plan.

The Southwest Redevelopment Plan Area consists of 17.64 acres in Southwest Hoboken and is bounded, roughly, by Paterson Avenue and Observer Highway on the north and the Jersey City boundary on the west and south. This portion of Hoboken was designated an Area in Need of Rehabilitation in 2012 and the City is in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the area. The redevelopment plan will address the various land uses, appropriate density and height of buildings and opportunities to encourage neighborhood goods and services. Finally, the plan will also strive to increase public parks and open spaces.

Hoboken Police Departments Provides Child Safety Seat Inspection & Installation

The Hoboken Police Department offers child safety seat inspections and installations during the following days and times:

  • Monday and Friday 9 am to 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 3 pm
  • Evenings and weekends are by appointment only – please call 201-420-5109

Mayor Zimmer Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples.

“Today we took another proud step towards fulfilling our nation’s founding principle that all of us are created equal. Our communities and families are stronger when everyone is treated fairly, which is why as mayor, it was a privilege to perform Hoboken’s first marriage between a same-sex couple and to join a friends-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination. Today we raise the rainbow flag at City Hall to celebrate with everyone who no longer faces discrimination from their government because of who they love.”

Hoboken Adds Stop Signs, Expands Traffic Enforcement to Improve Pedestrian Safety


New Stop Signs at 15th St & Bloomfield St

The City of Hoboken is implementing a variety of engineering and enforcement measures to improve pedestrian and traffic safety. Drivers should note that the corners of 9th Street and Willow Avenue as well as 15th Street and Bloomfield Street are now all-way stop intersections.

In addition, as part of the annual complete streets resurfacing project, curb ramps and crosswalks are being upgraded to be safer and compliant with modern Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Numerous other safety improvements include curb bump-outs at intersections to improve pedestrian safety by reducing crossing distances and physically preventing illegal parking in crosswalks, bike lanes designed to reduce speeding by narrowing excessively wide travel lanes, “Don’t block the box” treatments at Jackson Street and Observer Highway and Monroe Street and Observer Highway to keep cars from blocking intersections and crosswalks, and special symbols in the street to help firefighters quickly identify the locations of fire hydrants.

“I lost my father-in-law to a hit-and-run car collision in Hoboken, so the issue of pedestrian and public safety is very personal and extremely important to me,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Hoboken is already a great walking city, and we’re focused on making sure our most vulnerable residents, including the elderly, those with disabilities, and our children, feel safe and are safe as they walk around town.”

Understanding the high importance of traffic and pedestrian safety, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante has expanded the size and hours of operation of the Traffic and Transportation Bureau since taking over the Police Department in late 2014.

“Mayor Zimmer stepped in as mayor in 2009 with a commitment to provide better pedestrian safety for our residents and visitors, and the results speak volumes about the improved conditions” said Chief Ferrante. “I wanted to build upon that commitment, so I doubled the size of our traffic bureau and doubled their hours of operation. I commend Lieutenant Petrosino and his team who have done an exemplary job.”

The Traffic and Transportation Bureau is also conducting a traffic assessment for each elementary school and reevaluating the locations of the school crossing guards for the upcoming school year. All school crossing guards will also receive up-to-date training from the unit’s six newly trained state certified school crossing guard instructors.

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Anton Peskens Provisional Fire Chief

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has appointed Hoboken Fire Department Battalion Chief Anton Peskens as Provisional Fire Chief effective June 19, 2015. He is currently the Hoboken Fire Department’s most senior Battalion Chief, having joined the Fire Department in 1986 and serving as Battalion Chief since 2011. Mayor Zimmer recently interviewed all Battalion Chiefs prior to selecting a Provisional Chief.

“We are fortunate to have great talent and many qualified leaders in our Fire Department,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank Chief Peskens for agreeing to take on this major responsibility for the next several months as we begin the process of identifying a permanent Chief to lead the department in the years ahead.”

A swearing in ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 3:00pm in City Council Chambers. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Blohm retired on June 1, 2015. The department has been operating with an officer in charge for several weeks. Once Civil Service administers the Fire Chief’s exam and publishes the results, the Administration will interview candidates for the position of permanent Fire Chief.

Flood Watch in Effect for Hudson County; Discounted Overnight Garage Parking Available

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our region from June 20, 8pm until June 21, 8pm. Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Depression Bill is expected to impact the area tonight through Sunday evening. The heaviest rain is expected during the overnight hours tonight into Sunday morning, with rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches and up to 3 inches possible in some areas.

Residents are advised to monitor weather forecasts and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets.

Residents who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5 every day of the year in Garages B, D, and Midtown.

Barricades have been pre-positioned in case flooded streets need to be closed. For their own safety and to protect property, drivers must obey barricades and not drive through flooded roads. The wake generated by vehicles can cause additional flood damage to homes and businesses. Pedestrians should also not walk through flooded roads as manhole covers can become dislodged and flood waters contain a mixture of rainwater and sewage.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website:

Community Invited to Kickoff Meeting for Rebuild by Design Project

Mayor Dawn Zimmer with Rebuild by Design Citizens Advisory Group Co-Chairs Council President Ravinder Bhalla, Carter Craft and LaTrenda Ross

Residents, businesses, and everyone concerned about addressing and protecting Hoboken from future storm events are invited to attend a very important kickoff meeting for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Babbio Center on the Stevens campus. The meeting will be an opportunity to meet the State’s team and find out about the process for finalizing our City and region’s flood protection plan.

“Over the next 12 months, our City and region will be engaged in an intense community process that will set the foundation for exactly how we protect from flooding and how we address residents’ concerns,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This meeting is an opportunity to meet the State’s team that will administer and make key decisions with regard to the $230 million Rebuild by Design project, find out about important next steps, and also learn about Hoboken’s resiliency initiatives.”

The State has hired Dewberry Engineering, Inc. to perform the work for Phase I of the project. Dewberry is working with various subcontractors including OMA, the leader of the team that developed the Rebuild by Design plan, as well as landscape architecture firm SCAPE.

Community Invited to Kickoff Meeting for Rebuild by Design Project

OMA Strategy Diagram
All members of the community are invited to attend a public kickoff meeting for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Babbio Center on the Stevens campus.

In attendance at the meeting will be representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which is managing the project, the project consultant, and officials from Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City. Following brief presentations with project updates, members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the DEP, project consultant, and government officials.

“This has been an incredibly difficult week of flooding for many of our residents and businesses – perhaps the worst we’ve had since Sandy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to providing an update on the flood pump that will protect Northwest Hoboken, several parks that will double as flood resiliency projects, and other initiatives that complement the work the DEP will be leading as part of the Rebuild by Design strategy. We have to keep working together as a community to solve this problem, so I thank Carter Craft and Helen Manogue for their contributions in putting together a diverse group of more than 30 residents to serve on the Hoboken Citizens Advisory Group.”