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December, 2014

Tree Disposal Information


Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled. For those disposing of Christmas trees after the holiday, they may be placed at the curb on Mondays and Thursdays. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag. Residents with any questions may call (201)-420-2385 or to report a location where a tree needs to be picked up.

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Port Authority Report Recommendation to Cut Overnight PATH Service


On Saturday, December 27, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a joint press release “accept[ing] the comprehensive and wholesale changes recommended by the Bi-State Special Panel on the Future of the Port Authority,” a panel commissioned by the two governors. The report includes a recommendation to “Implement PATH service changes” including eliminating overnight service.

“I will vigorously oppose any efforts to cut PATH service,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This irresponsible proposal is a classic example of being penny wise and dollar foolish. Shutting down overnight PATH service will cost the State of New Jersey many times the supposed savings in lost economic activity, sales tax and business tax revenues. Cities like Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark are growing because residents and businesses want good access to transportation options like the PATH. It is incomprehensible that any New Jersey official would be willing to even consider this proposal that would only hurt the State’s economy.”

“We should be investing to expand, not limit our regional transit system,” added Mayor Zimmer. “I applaud the report recommendations to build a new Port Authority Bus Terminal and pursue additional trans-Hudson tunnel capacity and hope the recommendation to undermine the PATH system is quickly scrapped.”

The report can be viewed at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SpecialPanelReporttotheGovernors2014-12-26FINAL.pdf

Hoboken Menorah Lighting & Other Hanukkah Events

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The Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 21st
Doors open 3:40pm
4:00pm: The return of the Small Wonder Puppet Theater with ‘The Chanukah Story’ and a brand new show! Fun music; pizza will be served.
5:00pm – Grand Menorah lighting outside City Hall, 94 Washington Street
Sufganiyot (donuts), Levivot (Latkes), dreidels, and wild glow in the dark glasses.
Sponsored by Chabad Hoboken and United Synagogue of Hoboken

Information on additional Hanukkah-related events are available at www.hobokensynagogue.org/programs.php#hanukkah.

City Moves Forward on New Pump to Alleviate Flooding in Western Hoboken

Flooding at 9th St and Madison St
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to fund the construction of Hoboken’s second flood pump. The 40 million gallon per day H-5 wet weather pump station with emergency generator will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken, including the area around ShopRite.

“This flood pump is part of the ‘Discharge’ component of the comprehensive ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy to make Hoboken more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank members of the community and all City Council members for their support for this project. While the City implements the Delay, Store and Discharge elements of the plan through pumps, rain gardens, green roofs, and new parks designed to absorb and hold stormwater, we look forward to working with the State to create coastal defense by implementing the ‘Resist’ strategy with the $230 million won through the Rebuild by Design competition.”

The pump, along with a pilot City Hall green infrastructure project featuring large cisterns and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, will be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust which includes 19% principal forgiveness.

Hoboken Police Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Holiday Campaign


Starting the weekend of December 19th and continuing into the new year, the Hoboken Police Department will be conducting it’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign.

The goal of the program is to reduce citizen involvement/injury due to D.W.I. related collisions through this holiday season. Through implementation of this and similar events, the Hoboken Police Department hopes to significantly reduce accidents, injuries and property damage throughout our city.

The Hoboken Police Department is committed to working hand in hand with the citizens of Hoboken to provide a safe environment for the motoring public. Please remember the following tips:

    • Don’t risk it. If you plan to drive, don’t drink.

Choose a sober designated driver before partying.
Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a friend to drive you home if you didn’t plan in advance.
Spend the night where the activity is being held.
Report impaired drivers to the Hoboken Police 201-420-2100.

For more information contact the Hoboken Police Traffic Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

Hoboken Tree Lighting Ceremony Rescheduled Due to Weather


The Hoboken City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th has been rescheduled to Monday, December 15th due to the forecast for inclement weather. The event will take place starting at 5:00pm outside in front of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Local school children & performers will sing favorite Christmas songs with Host & MC, Elvis the Elf along with a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Hoboken City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Solicit Additional Public Input on Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan


The Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm to provide members of the public with an additional opportunity to provide comments on the Hoboken Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan and the Planning Board’s recommendations regarding the plan to the City Council. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers in Hoboken City Hall, located at 94 Washington Street.

The Planning Board reviewed the plan on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 and concluded that it was consistent with the City of Hoboken Master Plan. The plan will be considered for second and final reading by the City Council on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

The Redevelopment Plan and additional documents can be downloaded at the following links.
Redevelopment Planhttp://www.hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/Hoboken-Yard-Redevelopment-Plan-October-2014.pdf
Planning Board Resolution and Recommendationshttp://www.hobokennj.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/PB-Resolution-Hoboken-Rail-Yard-Redevelopment-Plan-12-4-14.pdf
Presentation for the Redevelopment Plan:http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/Hoboken-Yard-Redevelopment-Plan-Presentation.pdf
Economic Analysishttp://www.hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/Hoboken-Yard-Redevelopment-Plan-Economic-Analysis.pdf
Plan Changes Since 2012 Draft Planhttp://www.hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/Hoboken-Yard-Redevelopment-Plan-Changes.pdf

Mayor Zimmer Announces New Finance Director


Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that she has hired Linda Dunn-Landolfi to serve as the Director of Finance for the City of Hoboken.

Ms. Dunn-Landolfi has more than 30 years of experience in municipal finance. She was previously responsible for a budget of over $800 million and assets in excess of $1 billion as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance for the City of Newark. Ms. Dunn-Landolfi is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer and holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Finance from Rutgers University. Her resume is available at www.hobokennj.org/docs/DunnLandolfiResume.pdf.

Hoboken/Weehawken Announce Spring 2015 Launch of Bike Share Program


The City of Hoboken and Township of Weehawken are partnering to launch a next-generation bike share program using smart-bike technology manufactured by Nextbike. The German-based company currently has systems with over 20,000 bikes in 70 cities across 14 countries. The Hoboken/Weehawken system would be their first in the United States. Because the technology is new to the country, the electronic components manufactured by Nextbike are still awaiting approval by the FCC, which is expected by late December. As a result, the launch of the program has been rescheduled for March, 2015.

“We are looking forward to launching one of the first next-generation bike share systems in the country,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This high-tech but considerably lower cost approach is more scalable and flexible than traditional systems and could open the door for an expansion of bike sharing into neighborhoods and communities across the region and country – not just our largest cities.”

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for December

The latest Hoboken Public Library newsletter is now available.