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Hoboken Police Department Investigates Security Breach In City Hall

Friday, Feb 16, 2018

The Hoboken Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at the Mayor’s Office on Thursday night.

A male individual entered City Hall through the Newark Street entrance just before 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15th, 2018. The person went through metal detectors and told security officers that he was going to use the restroom.

At the time, the only person in the Mayor’s Office was Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman. Mayor Bhalla was on his way to the office following a community meeting. From his office, Mr. Freeman observed that a bag with an object had been thrown in the direction of the administrative assistant’s desk and made eye contact with the individual. The individual then ran out of the Mayor’s Office. Mr. Freeman called the police, which are currently investigating the incident.

“This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.”

“We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall,” said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante.

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Madison Park Renovation Concept Design Finalized

Friday, Feb 16, 2018


The City of Hoboken hosted a public hearing on February 15, 2018 to present final plans for renovations to Madison Park. Click here to download and view the final conceptual plan.

The final plan is based on input received from a previous community meeting and public survey. Click here to view a summary of survey responses.

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Standard & Poor’s Affirms Hoboken’s AA+ Credit Rating

Monday, Feb 12, 2018

Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to the City of Hoboken, the rating agency’s second-highest rating. S&P cited Hoboken’s “very strong economy,” “strong budgetary performance,” “very strong budgetary flexibility,” and “very strong liquidity.”

“A strong credit rating and sound financials form the foundation of a healthy government that can be responsive to the needs of the community,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “I’m committed to being Hoboken’s infrastructure mayor, and our high credit rating will allow us to make the investments we need while being responsible with taxpayers’ money. I thank everyone that worked hard to ensure we have a fiscally responsible budget.”

This rating represents a continuation of Hoboken’s economic turnaround since 2008, when Moody’s issued a Baa3 rating (the S&P equivalent of BBB-), one notch above junk bond status, to hospital bonds guaranteed by the City of Hoboken. Moody’s cited the City’s “significant deferred charges, annual cash flow borrowing, and a history of financial mismanagement.” That same year, the State of New Jersey appointed a fiscal monitor to take over management of the City.

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Public Meeting To Be Held February 27 for Northwest Resiliency Park

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

The design team for the Northwest Resiliency Park has completed a report summarizing the information gathering and community input phase of the project. The report can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/nwparkreport

Based on this information, the team is completing two preliminary concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The concepts will be presented at a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Wallace School Cafeteria located at 1100 Willow Avenue. The entrance to the cafeteria is located behind the playground, along 11th Street mid-block between Willow Avenue and Clinton Street.

After collecting community feedback on the two preliminary concepts, the team will create a final preferred concept for the park, which will be presented at a subsequent public meeting.

For more information on the Northwest Resiliency Park Design Process, visit www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

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