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Hoboken Announces Tenant Advocate Office Hours

Monday, Aug 14, 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, August 17th and 31st, September 14th and 28th, October 12th and 26th, November 9th and 23rd, and December 14th and 28th, 2017.

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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Save the Date: North End Redevelopment Plan Community Meeting to be Held September 28th

Monday, Aug 14, 2017


The City of Hoboken will host the first community workshop as part of the community planning process for the North End Redevelopment Plan on September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm. The location for the meeting has not yet been determined and will be announced prior to the meeting date.

In December 2013 the City Council declared the North End Area in the City of Hoboken as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks.

The City of Hoboken is now in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.

As the first step of the community planning process, an online survey was issued in March, 2017 to provide public feedback on the vision for the North End. The survey results can be viewed at: http://hobokennj.gov/content/wp-content/uploads/North-End-Survey-Results-Memo.pdf.

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Hoboken Police Department to Host “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting

Monday, Aug 14, 2017


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the next “coffee with a cop” meeting on Friday, August 18th from 8:00am to 9:30am at Black Rail Coffee, located at 9th Street and Jackson Street.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.

In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Captain Dan LoBue, Lieutenant John Orrico, Sergeant Bob Fulton, and Officer Dave Montanez, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Michael Russo.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

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Message from Mayor Zimmer Regarding Plans to Continue Fighting Monarch Litigation Despite Today’s Court Setback

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

Today the NJ Appellate Division unfortunately decided in favor of  the Shipyard Developer, ruling against the City regarding the Monarch Shipyard development agreement and the City and County Planning Board’s actions.

Despite this setback, I am directing our legal team to continue the legal battle by requesting certification from the Supreme Court to hear this matter.

Now that this decision has been made, the case regarding the City’s flood prevention ordinance will move forward beginning at the Superior Court level. This legislation, approved by the City Council after Superstorm Sandy, prohibits residential development on the garden/ground level in all flood zones in our City and generally prohibits residential and commercial development on our City’s waterfront. This legislation was unanimously approved by the City Council in 2013 to protect the public safety of future residents and to protect our public safety team which would have to respond in a dangerous situation when another superstorm hits Hoboken.  Shipyard’s litigation claims that this legislation should not apply to their proposed waterfront development project.

Making rescues on a pier in the middle of another superstorm will be dangerous for the first responders and the residents of the buildings, and the City will fight for our right to protect lives as we face the impact of climate change. Science shows that Hoboken is unfortunately at risk of another Sandy-like storm given the impact of climate change and rising sea levels.

This flood prevention ordinance legal case is at the beginning stage, as the Superior Court judge determined that the other legal decisions needed to be made before the flood prevention ordinance could be heard. Given the track record of the other cases, it could take a long time for this matter to make its way through the court system. Our legal team is actively preparing to vigilantly defend this case.

With the understanding that it would be a challenge for the City to prevail in this litigation, last year my Administration put forward a proposed settlement that would stop the Monarch project and give the City ownership of the pier in exchange for settlement of development litigation at 800 Monroe. I want to make clear that based on strong community feedback and the City Council’s unanimous decision last year to reject the proposed settlement, my Administration is not willing to consider a settlement that would link the two development cases and force a neighborhood in western Hoboken to take on more development. I fully recognize that a settlement that adds density to the western side of the city would not be fair.

The City won the 800 Monroe development case at the Superior Court and is continuing to fight that case in the Appellate court.

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