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Tenant Advocate Office Hours for April through June

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017

The City of Hoboken is announcing office hours for a tenant advocate for any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters. Andrew Sobel, Esq. will be available during office hours, by appointment, between the hours of 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 27th, May 11th, May 25th, June 8th, and June 22nd.

Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email (mwright@sobelhan.com) or call (973-874-5545) Mr. Sobel’s office in advance and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.

The location for the open office hours will be the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

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Hoboken Police Department Receives Vehicle for Emergency Services Unit

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017


Mayor Zimmer, Chief Ferrante, Business Administrator Marks and the ESU Team and vehicles

This week the Hoboken Police Department received delivery of an Emergency Response Truck for the department’s first-ever Emergency Services Unit (ESU) which launched on January 1st, 2017. The vehicle and specialized equipment, which cost nearly $190,000, was purchased at no cost to Hoboken taxpayers using the Local Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

“The City of Hoboken is safer today thanks to the highly-trained and specially-equipped elite Emergency Services Unit which is prepared to handle every type of situation,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank and congratulate Chief Ferrante and all members of the Hoboken Police Department on this tremendous accomplishment and for their work every day to keep our residents and visitors safe.”

The ESU Team is comprised of 11 tactical officers with extensive specialized training including active shooter response, rescue drills, firearms training, SWAT, and emergency medical responder school, as well as two crisis negotiators. All the training has been performed to national standards.

“While this unit is trained to handle worst-case scenarios, they are on patrol every day responding to every type of emergency call including motor vehicle crashes with injuries, medical calls, burglaries, robberies, fights, emotionally disturbed persons, rescue calls, weapons calls, and dangerous animal calls, just to name a few,” said Police Chief Ken Ferrante. “If the unfortunate event ever occurs involving an active shooter, barricaded suspect, or a terrorism incident, this unit has been trained and is ready to handle all kinds of scenarios.”

The ESU vehicle is equipped with flood lights, basic medical equipment including oxygen, breaching equipment, rescue ropes, ladders, ballistic shields, saws, basic fire suppression equipment, and high capacity weapons.

“In addition to the tactical officers, we have also trained a Lieutenant and a Sergeant in crisis negotiations so that we can diffuse high-risk situations before having to possibly use force, which is always the last case option,” added Chief Ferrante.

The ESU Team consists of Commander Lt. Corrado Allegretta, Sgt. Cesar Olivarria, Sgt. David Olivera, and Officers William Bullock, Luke Zeszotarski, Tyrone Huggins, Wilfredo Gomez, James Barbro, Nate Arocho, Ramon Calderon, and David DiMartino. The crisis negotiators are Lt. Anthony Pasculli and Sgt. Steven Kranz.

“There are so many people to thank who played a role in making this team come together including Mayor Zimmer, Business Administrator Marks, the City Council, my three Captains, Charles Campbell, Dan Lobue and Tory Pasculli, Lt. John Miskulin who helped with identifying funding, Lt. Corrado Allegretta, Det. Anthony Caruso, Det. Alex Gonzalez, and Det. Charles Kucz, retired Officers Robert Truppner and Walter Wehrhahn, and Union City Police Chief Rich Molinari and their ESU Commander Capt. Brian Wolpert,” added Chief Ferrante.

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Hoboken Residents Invited to 2nd Annual Propelify Innovation Festival

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

The City of Hoboken is proud to welcome back the Propelify Innovation Festival on the Hoboken waterfront. Last year over 8,000 attendees from around the tri-state united in Hoboken for a day advancing innovation and technology.

“The City of Hoboken is a great home to innovators including Jet.com, eMazzanti, GovPilot, Flow.io, Stevens Institute of Technology, the NJ Tech Meetup, and more,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re excited to welcome back the Propelify community and bring this opportunity to our residents to learn more about tech companies and perhaps even find a new career.”

As a sponsor and host city, the City of Hoboken is offering residents preferred pricing. Residents can use code hoboken07030 for 75% off a limited number of tickets.

Here’s what you can expect at Propelify on May 18th:

  • 40+ speakers across 2 stages
  • Onsite tech recruiting from Jet.com (on a ferris wheel!)
  • Investor Speed Dating
  • Startup Competition with prizes including $10K in cash and more
  • Drone Races
  • Startup/Tech Exhibitors
  • Lounges from Alley, wework, Jet
  • VR Theater by Samsung
  • Food, drinks, music, and more

See the full program at: www.propelify.com/17. Use code hoboken07030 to receive 75% off.

“I’m proud to bring the tech ecosystem of the Northeast to Hoboken,” said Aaron Price, a Hoboken resident and founder of Propelify and the NJ Tech Meetup. “Our beautiful and convenient city is a perfect place to unite the tech, startup, and corporate innovation community. We all know how hard it is to convince New Yorkers to cross the river in our direction! I’m thrilled that we welcomed thousands from NJ, NY, and even 41 other states and 10 countries to our hometown for the Innovation Festival last year. It’s an honor to collaborate with the Mayor and the City to show off the mile square for Propelify again.”

As Propelify’s motto states, idle ideas don’t fly. Let’s propel Hoboken!

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Mayor Zimmer Dedicates Joan R. Abel Memorial Rain Garden at City Hall

Friday, Apr 21, 2017


Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined family members of Joan Abel, elected officials, and members of the community to dedicate The Joan R. Abel Memorial Rain Garden at Hoboken City Hall this morning.

“Joan was the perfect example of a citizen who committed herself to making her community a better place,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This rain garden was her vision and today we are dedicating it to honor her memory.”

Joan Abel was born July 11, 1943 in Jersey City and made Hoboken her home in 1980. She expressed her love for Hoboken by advocating for local historic preservation and environmental causes. In 2012, Joan developed a plan to capture stormwater runoff around City Hall. Although Ms. Abel passed away before seeing her plan realized, the legacy of her advocacy lives on in Hoboken’s built environment, including at the rain garden at City Hall.

A rain garden is a landscaped feature that captures rainfall and snowmelt and allows stormwater to be collected and seep naturally and slowly into the ground. This helps prevent stormwater run-off and localized flooding, as well as sewer overflows into the Hudson River. Rain gardens make the community more attractive and improve the quality of the local environment.

The rain garden is part of the Hoboken City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Demonstration project, which is designed to retain all rainwater that falls on City Hall during a 25-year storm and prevent it from contributing to flooding. The project includes four 1,200 gallon above-ground rainwater tanks (cisterns), more than 1,000 square feet of rain gardens, 100 square yards of pervious concrete sidewalk, raised planter beds, and a green wall. The aim of the project is to set an example for other city blocks for how to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that enters the combined sewer system.

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