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Hoboken Selected to Compete In Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

The City of Hoboken is one of seven municipalities selected for the Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge program. The Solar Challenge towns are: Galloway Township, Highland Park, City of Hoboken, Hopewell Township, Maplewood Township, Verona Township and Woodbridge Township.

Hoboken will receive a $3,000 grant and technical support to set up a local Solar Challenge which is a custom online solar marketplace for local businesses and homeowners, located at The participating municipalities will compete for the title of Solar Challenge Champion and a range of awards including a $10,000 first prize.

Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey said, “Finding a contractor to install a still evolving solar technology, with a confusing array of incentives and financing options, has emerged as a significant barrier to the growth of solar energy. Sustainable Jersey launched this program to overcome obstacles and provide a simple, cost effective way for municipalities to engage homeowners and small businesses in adopting solar.”

“Solar energy could save property owners and tenants thousands of dollars per year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Modern solar inverter technology can even provide emergency or backup power during power outages, and it is now easier than ever to go solar in Hoboken. We are pleased to partner with EnergySage to offer our residents and businesses an easy-to-use online marketplace where they can compare quotes for cost effective solar technologies from pre-screened installers.”

To get started and request quotes from multiple vendors, visit

“Since we installed the solar array on our condo building (151 2nd Street), the association has been able to save thousands of dollars on electric bills, enabling us to maintain a low maintenance fee and even build reserves quicker to pay for other improvements,” said Hoboken resident Jochen Spengler.

The Hoboken Green Team will be promoting the solar challenge throughout Hoboken. More >

Hoboken Seeks Volunteers to Grow Community Emergency Response Team

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

CERT Class
The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its 100-strong and growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). State-certified trainers will hold a series of free CERT classes on two weekends in October.

Those interested in joining Hoboken CERT can submit an online application at:

Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.

All classes will be held at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street starting at 9:30am sharp and concluding at 4:00pm. There will be a 1 hour lunch break between modules.

The training schedule for October 2016 is as follows:
10/15/2016 – Disaster preparedness & Fire safety
10/16/2016 – Disaster medical operations 1 & Disaster medical operations 2
10/22/2016 – Light search and rescue operations & CERT organization
10/23/2016 – Disaster psychology & Terrorism in CERT

The final drill and exercise location and date will be announced during the class. Participants must attend every module of training as well as participate in the final emergency simulation exercise in order to receive certification as a fully trained CERT Team member.

Upon completion of the training, each participant will be issued a CERT Member Emergency Kit. No prior experience is required and the training is free.

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Hoboken Announces Tenant Advocate Office Hours

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

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 every other Thursday on September 29, October 13, October 27, and November 10, 2016.

Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email ( 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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City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Hear Public Comments on Ordinance to Eliminate “500 Foot Rule”

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016

Hoboken City Council President Jennifer Giattino has called for a Special Meeting of the City Council for Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00pm in City Council Chambers at 94 Washington Street. The meeting is to discuss an ordinance (Z-434), sponsored by Councilman Doyle and Councilman Russo, to amend the “Alcoholic Beverages” chapter of the City code to remove §68-7, the “five-hundred-foot rule.”

The meeting will allow the Council to hear the community’s perspective as they consider the proposed legislation. A vote on the ordinance will not be taken at the meeting.

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