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January, 2014

Hoboken Opens New Section of Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Waterfront Walkway Opening

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined this afternoon by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and members of the community to cut the ribbon to open a portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The walkway between Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park includes a section completed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and a rebuilt section of walkway around Sinatra Field.

“With the opening of this walkway, Hoboken now has a continuous waterfront multiuse path from the Jersey City border to our skate park at Castle Point for our active community to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to decades of work by committed activists, our waterfront is already the envy of the state. I look forward during the next few months to working with the community to redesign central Sinatra Drive into a safe and attractive destination for everyone to enjoy.”

Super Bowl Week Information for Hoboken Residents and Visitors

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The City of Hoboken will host the Hoboken Huddle at Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront the week of January 28 to February 2 leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Hoboken Huddle will feature a 12 foot tall illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the Manhattan skyline. In partnership with the US Curling Association, the Hoboken Huddle will also feature 3 lanes of curling which will be free and open to the public each day from 10am to 10pm. Vendors will include Pizza Vita, Law Coffee, and the official Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Store which will be open daily at the gazebo at the end of Pier A from 10am to 10pm. 

Public Invited to 2nd Community Meeting For Southwest Park

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All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting to provide input on the planning of the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grant Street.

Four design concepts, developed based on input from the first community meeting and an online survey, will be presented for feedback from the community. The meeting will include a presentation regarding stormwater management.

Based on community input, a third public meeting will be held at a later date to present an updated design concept.

Community Invited to Flood Protection Plan Public Meeting

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International Design Firms’ Strategy to Protect Hoboken a Finalist in Regional Resiliency Design Competition 

The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting to learn more about a strategy to protect Hoboken from flooding. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Refreshments will be served.

“Through this design competition, we have a unique opportunity to protect Hoboken from flooding with the help of federal funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s important for our community to understand this project and provide their feedback. Ultimately, support from the community will enhance Hoboken’s chances for winning the competition and receiving federal funding to help protect us from flooding.”

The public meetings are a part of the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Hoboken is working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the community from all kinds of flooding. Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, and Director Shohei Shigematsu, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. The public meeting is a chance for our community to speak directly with these experts and learn more about this initiative.

Winter Storm Warning; Drivers Reminded Not To Park on Emergency Snow Routes; Discounted Garage Parking Available

UPDATE: Street cleaning will be in effect on Thursday, January 23. Plows will be used instead of sweepers to clear parking lanes of snow.

UPDATE: The discounted $5/day garage parking rate is extended through Thursday, January 23 at 8:00am. Street sweeping is suspended on Wednesday, January 22. All other parking rules remain in effect. Parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes. Hoboken Public Schools are closed on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow from noon on Tuesday, January 20 until 6am on Wednesday, January 21. Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are currently forecast with wind chills as low as 10 degrees and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

Drivers are reminded that vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes are subject to towing when the streets are snow covered. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” 

Sewer Replacement Project to Begin on Jackson Street on February 10

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The North Hudson Sewerage Authority will begin work on February 10, 2014 to replace three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

The existing wooden box sewer, which was constructed in the 1870’s, has deteriorated and partially collapsed, creating blockages in the combined sewer system, which adversely affects drainage in the area. The result of the project will be improved drainage which will help to alleviate local flooding. With the exception of this section of sewer, almost all of the sewer system in Southwest Hoboken has been rehabilitated during the last decade.

Construction will take place in three phases as noted below, with each phase taking approximately 2 to 3 weeks to complete. For each phase, parking will be prohibited 24/7 on both sides along the corresponding block. Police will be on site at all times during construction to provide traffic control. The North Hudson Sewerage Authority will coordinate with the local businesses and residents to allow driveway access. 

Mayor Zimmer Calls for Investigation Into Vote by Mail Ballots


Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer today called on the Hudson County Superintendent of Elections and the New Jersey Attorney General to conduct a full investigation into allegations of improprieties in Vote by Mail ballots during the November, 2013 election.

Almost 300 Vote by Mail ballots, approximately 22% of the Vote by Mail ballots cast in Hoboken, were rejected by the County Board of Elections due to a variety of concerns including signature match and undisclosed assistance. This large number of rejected ballots has led to an election challenge of the rejection of a ballot initiative proposing changes to the City’s rent control law by 122 votes. If the Superior Court determines that some or all of the rejected ballots should have been counted, then those Vote by Mail ballots will decide the future of rent control in Hoboken.

“Both the Superior Court and the public must have the information they need to evaluate whether the rejected ballots were lawfully cast,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This issue has seriously eroded the confidence of our citizens in the integrity of our election process, and it is imperative that a full investigation be conducted so that the public can have confidence that proper result has been achieved.”

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic


The Hoboken Health Department will host a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, January 25, 2012 from 11am to 2pm. The clinic will take place at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. All dogs and cats must be securely fastened with a collar and leash or in a carrier and accompanied by an adult. Dog owners must have a 2013 Hoboken dog license which can be obtained on site. Proof of Hoboken residency is required. License fees are $10 if the pet is spayed/neutered and $14 for non-spayed/neutered. Click here to view the flyer with additional important information.

Residents May Have Discolored Water – No Boil Water Advisory in Effect


A notice from United Water:
Residents in Hoboken may be experiencing discolored water as the result of the operation of valves used to locate a leak on the 36-inch Belleville Pike water main. The leak is in vicinity of Duffield Avenue south of St. Paul’s Avenue in Jersey City.

The discoloration is caused by high levels of naturally occurring minerals in the water and a buildup of harmless sediment in the water mains. However, customers may prefer to wait until the water runs clear before drinking or washing clothes or dishes. This is a temporary situation that should be alleviated once the system re-stabilizes.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for January


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