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June, 2013

Mayor Zimmer’s Open Office Hours Rescheduled


Mayor Zimmer’s open office hours previously scheduled for Monday, July 1 will be held on Tuesday, July 2. On Monday, Mayor Zimmer will be attending the inauguration of Jersey City Mayor-elect Steve Fulop.

Office hours will take place on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm in the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall, 94 Washington Street. No appointment is necessary.

Hoboken High School & Secaucus Pools Open to Residents for Summer


Effective immediately, Hoboken residents may use the Secaucus municipal pool at a reduced rate. The application form can be downloaded from the City website. The City thanks Mayor Gonnelli and the Town of Secaucus for making their pool available to Hoboken residents.

The pool at Hoboken High School will also be open to all residents from July 8 to August 21, Monday through Thursday from 11am to 5pm. “Mommy and Me” sessions will take place from 3pm to 5pm.

In addition, a new pool is being installed at the Boys and Girls Club which is expected to open in July.

Construction Progress Update on 1600 Park & Sinatra Park

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Progress continues to be made on two major parks projects: the new 1600 Park and the waterfront soccer field at Sinatra Park. Due to soft soil conditions found at 1600 Park, it was necessary to revise the design to strengthen the foundation for the field lighting. The lights are critical so the field can be used after dark and accommodate the high demand for field use by all ages in the community.

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This week, drilling is taking place for the foundations needed to install light poles at 1600 Park. Drilling 60 feet to the bedrock for foundations is complicated by the presence of various nearby utilities. The City thanks PSE&G and United Water for their tremendous collaboration during this process. United Water will be shutting off and rerouting water of a nearby 12” water main during drilling. This Saturday, PSE&G will install extensions so that overhead wires are not impacted by the drilling equipment and the work can be safely completed. This work may require Willow Avenue to be partially closed. County Sheriff officers will be on the scene to direct traffic. The City contractor used hand tools to dig through an area near a steel gas main, and PSE&G will be using vibration detectors to ensure drilling is performed safely. Pouring of the concrete for the foundations is scheduled for the end of the week. Concurrently, work is taking place to prepare the restrooms and storage facilities building. In early July, the contractor will start installing the sports lights, fence and turf. The benches, restrooms, slide, and dog run will be installed shortly thereafter.

City of Hoboken Will Appeal Monarch Decision & Continue to Fight Waterfront Development


The City of Hoboken is appealing a recent decision regarding Shipyard Associate’s attempts to develop residential buildings on a waterfront pier, known as the Monarch project, in place of promised amenities.

“Defending the City’s interests can require an investment in strong legal representation, but that investment is paying off,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We will continue to defend our interests, and in the case of the Monarch development, continue to fight to hold developers to their promises and protect our waterfront from inappropriate development.”

Hoboken Parking Utility Announces Parking Smart Cards & New Pilot Parking Regulations


The City of Hoboken’s Parking Utility today is announcing the availability of parking meter smart cards and the start of a pilot program for new “hybrid” permit/meter parking regulations in part of northern Hoboken.

Effective immediately, drivers can pay at all parking meters in Hoboken with a pre-paid Hoboken Smart Card. Refillable smart cards ranging in value from $20 to $240 can be purchased at the Hoboken Parking Utility. Once issued, smart cards can be recharged at any parking meter that accepts bills. The City recently installed 24 new parking meters throughout the city which accept paper bills in addition to coins, credit/debit cards and smart cards.

Residents & Businesses Reminded to Apply for Sandy Recovery Grants


Grant opportunities are available for homeowners and businesses who sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. Residents are strongly urged to submit applications by June 30, 2013, the end of the initial application period. To be eligible, residents must have previously registered for assistance with FEMA. Businesses have until October 31, 2013 to apply.

Statement on Budget from Mayor Zimmer


“I am extremely gratified that the City Council came together and finally introduced a budget amendment last night. As a result, we will be in a position to adopt both the amendment and the final 2013 budget at a special hearing that was scheduled for next Wednesday, June 26th.

The amended Budget retains the flat tax levy included in the Budget introduced by the Administration in March. However, it defers certain expenses and investments in order to offset the decision by some Council Members to include retirement benefits in full in this year’s budget. The introduced budget anticipated that these $950,000 of costs, which are not current operating expenses attributable to this year, but costs that built up over the lifetime of the employees’ service, would be financed over five years as permitted by State law.

Mayor Zimmer Continues Opposition to Legislation Exempting Private Colleges from Local Zoning Oversight


The New Jersey State Assembly Budget Committee today was scheduled to consider A-2586, legislation that would exempt private education institutions, like Stevens Institute of Technology, from local zoning jurisdiction. The exemption would apply not only to their campus, but to all other property in which they have an interest or acquire an interest sometime in the future.

“It is absolutely critical that this legislation not move forward in its current form,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As we move forward, the legislature should consult with the elected representatives of the affected communities and schedule public hearings in each of those communities. I invite them to come to Hoboken so they can explain the rationale behind this transfer of authority from government to the private sector and to hear firsthand the perspective and concerns of the City’s residents.”

Mayor Zimmer publicly expressed her concerns about the legislation last year when it was voted through the Senate. She sent the following letter to the Assembly Budget Committee and sponsors of the legislation today: .

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to Perform Free Concert at Pier A Park

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken proudly present – NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – PIER A PARK IN HOBOKEN – FREE – No tickets required, Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:30pm. Bring a blanket or low back chair and a picnic.

Take a seat on the lawn of Pier A Park where Music Director Jacques Lacombe leads the Orchestra in a concert of light classics and popular favorites—with a patriotic flair. As night falls, the New York City skyline lights up and is reflected in the Hudson River, making this a very unique and romantic summer symphony concert destination.

The Orchestra performs selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Copland’s Rodeo and Bernstein’s West Side Story, alongside favorite tunes from Gershwin and movie classics like John Williams’ Raiders March. Patriotic tributes include “America the Beautiful” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and the Orchestra honors servicemen and women with the moving Armed Forces Salute.

Thanks to our sponsors: Burgiss, HUMC and United Water

This program is made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State,
Division of Travel and Tourism.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for June


The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for April is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.