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January, 2015

Public Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address


Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her fifth State of the City address. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. Seating is open to the public and tickets are not needed to attend.

The main entrance is on 5th Street directly across from the Stevens Park. The wheelchair entrance is located in the rear entrance of the building on River Street with handicapped parking located behind the two buildings (McLean & Babbio) located directly across the street from the ramp. For additional information, visit: http://ugstudentlife.stevens.edu/org/debauncenter/DeBaun_Auditorium_Directions.

Hoboken Street Cleaning Enforcement to Resume Wednesday, January 28 for Snow Clearing Operations

UPDATE (Jan 27, 2:00pm): Parking is permitted on all snow emergency roads. Parking is also permitted on the eastern half of Vezetti Way (from Willow Ave to Washington St).

Enforcement of alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations is suspended today, January 27, 2015 but will resume on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in order for plows to clear snow from parking lanes. It is critical that vehicles be removed in order to effectively clear snow.

The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Hoboken City Hall is open on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes and Vezzetti Way until further notice. Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Wednesday, January 28 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage in order to keep as many cars off the road as possible. Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Inspectors will be issuing fines to violators this afternoon. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/snow.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has resumed service and is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Travel Ban Lifted; No Parking on Snow Routes


The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice. Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended today, January 27, 2015. All other parking rules remain in effect.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.org/snow. Inspectors will be checking for uncleared sidewalks as of noon.

Hoboken Travel Ban In Effect as of 9:00pm


For the safety of all citizens, a vehicular travel ban will be in effect for the City of Hoboken as of 9:00pm on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Vehicular traffic will be restricted only to public safety personnel, medical professionals, mass transit operators, and public works and sanitation personnel. Vehicular travel by all others is restricted until further notice.

Stranded vehicles will hinder emergency response and plowing operations.

The City appreciates the community’s cooperation with moving cars from snow emergency routes. Parking in snow emergency routes remains prohibited until further notice.

As a reminder, all non-emergency questions and concerns can be reported to Emergency Operations Center by calling 201-239-6644.

PATH service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning at 9pm and will be suspended at 11pm until further notice.

The Hoboken Parking Utility will close on Monday at 8pm and reopen on Tuesday at 9:30am.

Blizzard Warning in Effect; Snow Emergency Declared for Hoboken

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The City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management has declared a snow emergency in advance of a major winter storm forecast to impact our area. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for a “crippling and possibly historic blizzard” from Monday, January 26 at 1:00pm through midnight on Tuesday, January 27. Snow accumulations of 20 to 30 inches or more, wind gusts up to 65 mph, life-threatening conditions, and extremely dangerous travel are forecast.

PARKING PROHIBITED ON SNOW ROUTES
Parking is prohibited on all snow emergency routes effective 9:00pm on January 25, 2015 until further notice. Vehicles are subject to towing. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances for the safety and welfare of all our citizens.

In addition, parking is prohibited on both sides of Vezzetti Way (parallel to Observer Highway). The area will be used for dumping snow.

Alternate side parking regulations are suspended until further notice. All other parking regulations remain in effect.

Public Meeting to be Held for First Street Streetscape Improvements, City-Wide Wayfinding & Branding Project

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Members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting for the First Street Streetscape Revitalization, City-Wide Wayfinding and Branding project. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7pm in the Multi Service Center (124 Grand St) Community Room.

Streetscape revitalization for First Street will span 12 blocks from Paterson Avenue to Bloomfield Street and will include rain gardens, curb extensions, new benches, bike parking, trash and recycling receptacles, ADA accessible curb ramps, shade trees, and banners. In order to implement the design, construction, and installation of a cohesive city-wide wayfinding system, a comprehensive brand identity will be created for the City. This branding will speak to the identity of Hoboken as a distinct and unique community and help to build excitement around its history and culture as a business, residential, and tourism destination.

Community Invited to Rebuild by Design Outreach Meeting


Members of the community are invited to a public outreach meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 regarding the Hudson River (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) Rebuild by Design flood resiliency plan. The meeting will take place at 7:00pm at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Rebuild by Design, City of Hoboken, Township of Weehawken, and City of Jersey City will be in attendance to discuss the project and listen to community feedback.

The Rebuild by Design project would protect Hoboken, Weehawken, and northern Jersey City from flooding. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive the $230 million in funding from HUD and manage the project. Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from the DEP.

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Port Authority Tabling Proposal to Cut Overnight PATH Service

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On January 14, 2015, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced that they had secured a commitment from Port Authority Chairman John Degnan to indefinitely table plans to eliminate overnight PATH service.

“I thank Chairman Degnan for listening to our voices and for taking the idea of PATH overnight service cuts off the table,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With 56% of Hoboken residents using public transportation to commute each day – the highest rate not just in the state, but in the nation – the success of our community and region is intrinsically linked to a robust mass transit system. Going forward, we should be focused on ideas to expand, not cut public transportation options within our region.”

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for January

The latest Hoboken Public Library newsletter is now available.

Winter Weather Advisory – Plan for Icy Monday Commute

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area from 3am to 1pm on Monday, January 12, 2014. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is forecast, with up to an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice. Hazardous travel is expected due to icy roadways so please plan extra time for the morning commute.

The City of Hoboken will spread salt brine on streets this afternoon in anticipation of the icy weather, so streets may appear white. Pre-treating roads prevents snow and ice from bonding with the pavement. All parking regulations, including street cleaning, will be in effect on Monday, January 12, 2014. If conditions change, an additional announcement will be made.