All members of the community are invited to a promotion ceremony for the Hoboken Police Department. The ceremony will take place at noon on Monday, June 1, 2015 in the court room of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.
Police Lieutenant Daniel LoBue will be promoted to Captain, Police Sergeant Scott Hochstadter will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Police Officer Jason Falco will be promoted to Sergeant. Special recognition will be made to retired Police Officer Damian Uva and Captain James Fitzsimmons.
The City of Hoboken is beginning the transition process of identifying a new Fire Chief due to the retirement of Fire Chief Richard Blohm, who has indicated that he will be retiring on June 1, 2015. The City will appoint a Provisional Fire Chief in the very near future, followed by a Civil Service Chief’s test. Once Civil Service administers the Fire Chief’s exam and publishes the results, the Administration will interview candidates for the position of permanent Fire Chief. The Fire Department has been operating with an officer in charge over the past few weeks and will continue to do so until a Provisional Chief is named.
“I extend my sincere gratitude to Chief Blohm for his 38 years of service to the City of Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am confident the Fire Department will build on the progress of Chief Blohm’s tenure and continue to respond to the needs of our community.”
The general public is invited to a community meeting regarding the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Jubilee Center at 601 Jackson Street in Hoboken.
Maser, the City’s planner, has prepared the Redevelopment Plan for the Western Edge Redevelopment Area with input from Mayor Zimmer and the Hoboken City Council North Subcommittee and is seeking additional input from the community. The Western Edge was designated as an Area in Need of Redevelopment by the City of Hoboken in 2007. The area consists of approximately 11.15 acres on four separate properties located in the western portion of the City of Hoboken at the foot of the Palisades.
The Western Edge Redevelopment Plan provides a framework for the redevelopment of a number of properties in the northwestern portion of the City in proximity to the Ninth Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station. It sets forth standards and guidelines for land use and design, circulation and parking, and open space and recreation. The Redevelopment Plan incorporates flood management strategies outlined in the Rebuild by Design “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” plan.
At the community meeting on May 21st, there will be a presentation and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the City’s professionals regarding the Redevelopment Plan. Click here to view the draft plan (revised to include educational uses).
14% Service Reduction Without Public Process as Ridership Grows 11% in Two Years
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer wrote to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman John Degnan to urge the organization to reverse the recent PATH service cuts for Hoboken that were implemented on April 26, 2015 with no public process. The City of Hoboken learned about the issue due to complaints from residents who noticed the change in service.
“It won’t surprise anyone who has tried to squeeze onto a rush hour PATH train to learn that ridership at Hoboken has grown 11 percent in the last two years – more than at any other station in the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We should be talking about adding more capacity, yet the Port Authority cut rush hour service by 14 percent overnight with no public input. It defies all logic. In Hoboken, we have created a walk-friendly, transit-friendly, mixed-use community, but our residents and our economy are completely undermined by this action. Enough with the service cuts, enough with the short-sightedness. Let’s invest in a 21st century transportation system that will truly support our growing region.”
The service change reduces peak service on the Hoboken to 33rd Street line by 14%. Between 7:30am and 9:30am, service from Hoboken to 33rd Street has been cut from 19 trains to 16 trains. From 4:30pm to 6:45pm, service from 33rd Street to Hoboken was reduced from 24 trains to 21 trains. Late evening service from 9pm to midnight was reduced from 11 trains to 9 trains.
“I would invite any of these decision makers to come along for a ride on the PATH during the morning commute from Hoboken and provide their honest assessment as to whether or not the system needs more or fewer trains,” said Hoboken Council President Ravinder Bhalla. “Residents who keep their cars off the road and use public transit are repeatedly being punished with fare hikes, overcrowded trains, and threats to their primary mode of transportation. I fail to comprehend how an increase in ridership leads to a decrease in services. I find it unacceptable that while the Port Authority spends billions on other projects, they are penny-pinching in Hoboken, punishing their most loyal customers. I hope the Port Authority will reverse this decision and invest in a transportation system that rewards riders.”
Ridership at the Hoboken PATH station has increased by 11 percent since 2012. According to publicly available Port Authority data, the Hoboken PATH station had an average of 19,890 passengers per day in 2012 and 22,078 passengers per day in 2014.
Mayor Zimmer’s letter to the Port Authority can be found at: www.hobokennj.org/docs/mayor/5-18-15-Letter-Zimmer-Degnan.pdf
PATH Service Schedules
February 8, 2015
April 26, 2015
PATH Ridership Reports
Hoboken’s 117th Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015. The parade will assemble at 6:00pm and step off at 6:30pm from City Hall (1st Street and Washington Street) and proceed north on Washington Street to the reviewing stand on 10th Street & Washington Street in front of the Hoboken Elks Lodge.
This year marks the 117th year of marching up Washington Street to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also the oldest continuous parade in the State of New Jersey.
This year’s Grand Marshal is Ernest Prudente, a Korean War Veteran who served in the Army Medical Corps. After returning home to Hoboken, he joined the Hoboken Fire Department and retired as Captain after serving for 30 years. He has been a member of the American Legion for over thirty years.
Drivers entering Hoboken after 9:30amon May 18 should consider alternate routes.
On Monday, May 18, 2015, paving will begin at 8:00am on 4th Street between Jackson Street and Monroe Street.
In order to minimize traffic disruptions, paving of the southernmost section of Jackson Street from Newark Avenue to Paterson Avenue is scheduled to take place beginning at approximately 9:30am following the morning rush hour. The work is expected to last several hours. During this time, Jackson Street will be closed between Newark Avenue and Paterson Avenue. Through traffic will be permitted on Newark Avenue, but turns will not be permitted onto Jackson Street. Through traffic crossing over Jackson Street will not be permitted along Observer Highway or Paterson Avenue. Police will be on hand to direct traffic and the road will be reopened as quickly as possible once the asphalt has set, however there is a possibility that it will remain closed through the evening rush hour, so drivers should expect delays and plan alternate routes.
If time allows on Monday, following the paving of Jackson Street from Newark Avenue to Paterson Avenue, the contractor will complete paving Jackson Street from 4th Street to 6th Street and then proceed to begin to pave Monroe Street from Paterson Avenue to 3rd Street.
Paving of Monroe Street from Paterson Avenue to 3rd Street and on 5th Street from Jackson Street to Madison Street is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, May 19. The schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.
As part of the City of Hoboken’s street resurfacing program which will include more than 50 blocks of roadway in 2015, paving work will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015 on Jackson Street from Paterson Avenue to 6th Street.
On Monday, May 18, paving will begin at 8:00am on 4th Street between Jackson Street and Monroe Street. In order to minimize traffic disruptions, paving of the southernmost section of Jackson Street from Newark Avenue to Paterson Avenue is scheduled to take place beginning at approximately 9:30am following the morning rush hour. The work is expected to last several hours. During this time, Jackson Street will be closed between Newark Avenue and Paterson Avenue. Through traffic will be permitted on Newark Avenue, but turns will not be permitted onto Jackson Street. Through traffic crossing over Jackson Street will not be permitted along Observer Highway or Paterson Avenue. The road will be reopened as quickly as possible once the asphalt has set, however there is a possibility that it will remain closed through the evening rush hour, so drivers should expect delays and plan alternate routes.
If time allows on Monday, following the paving of Jackson Street from Newark Avenue to Paterson Avenue, the contractor will begin paving on Monroe Street from Paterson Avenue to 3rd Street. On Tuesday, May 19, the contractor will complete the paving on Monroe Street from Paterson Avenue to 3rd Street and pave 5th Street from Jackson Street to Madison Street. Please note that there will be multiple roads closed to traffic while the pavement cools.
The Jackson Street repaving project originally included work at the intersection with 1st Street as part of the 1st Street streetscape revitalization. Due to multiple utility conflicts, it will not be possible to install the planned rain garden curb extension at the intersection of 1st Street and Jackson Street. Other improvements will be made to the intersection instead including a bioswale along the Jackson Street sidewalk, the addition of a new tree in an existing empty tree pit, replacement and expansion of broken sidewalk, and an epoxy gravel curb extension with street planters and stanchions for improved pedestrian safety.
As part of the City of Hoboken’s street resurfacing program which will include more than 50 blocks of roadway in 2015, milling work will take place on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 13, 2015:
– Jackson St from Newark Ave. to 6th St.
Thursday, May 14, 2015:
– Monroe St. from Paterson Ave. to 3rd St.
– 4th St. from Monroe St. to Jackson St.
– 5th St. from Jackson St. to Madison St.
Additional updates will be provided in the days ahead.
Construction activities will commence on May 11, 2015 on Hudson Street between 14th Street and 15th Street. During construction, which is expected to last four to six months, the 1400 block of Hudson Street will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The purpose of the project is to address flooding and for utility work related to the construction of 1400 Hudson Street. The roadway will be re-graded, a rain garden will be built at the corner of 15th Street and Hudson Street, and stormwater detention systems will be installed under the street and sidewalks to alleviate localized flooding at Hudson Street and 15th Street.
Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante announced the arrests of 15 individuals for various narcotics violations in the Hoboken Housing Authority area in Hoboken. All but one of the arrests occurred on May 8, 2015, while the other occurred on May 6, 2015. The arrests took place after a two-month investigation that was performed by a collaborative effort between the Hoboken Police Narcotics Unit and the Hudson County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Task Force. The arrests followed multiple complaints by residents, stating that West Side Plaza, the strip mall with several restaurants and stores had been overrun by those who were allegedly dealing drugs in front of those stores. The investigation immediately showed an open air drug market had formed at 301 Jackson Street. The investigation also spread to several other areas around the Hoboken Housing Authority and the City of Hoboken.
“I want to thank Chief Ferrante, the Hoboken Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Sheriffs Office, NJ Transit Police, and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for working together as a team on this important investigation to ensure that every Hoboken resident feels safe in their neighborhood,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This investigation began in response to community concerns, and I thank all the residents who raised their voices about public safety. I am proud that under the leadership of Chief Ferrante and the Hoboken Police Department, we are working proactively and collaboratively with the community and other law enforcement agencies to keep our community safe.”