Hoboken Awarded $1 Million in Transportation Grant Funding

The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced this week that the City of Hoboken will receive over $1 million in Municipal Aid grant funding – more than double the amount typically awarded annually.

“This tremendous increase in funding will help us implement important pedestrian safety improvements, road repairs, and other important transportation-related projects,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I thank Governor Murphy for his support and for understanding the importance of maintaining and improving our infrastructure.”

The City of Hoboken was awarded a total of $1,032,700.00 in Municipal Aid for FY2018.

“Improving our transportation infrastructure is one of my top priorities, because a robust, reliable, and efficient transportation system is the backbone of our economy,” added Mayor Bhalla. “I look forward to working with Governor Murphy, our State elected officials, and transportation agencies to renovate the Hoboken Terminal, improve bus and rail service, and provide subsidized ferry fares for commuters.”

Hoboken Police Department Investigates Security Breach In City Hall

The Hoboken Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at the Mayor’s Office on Thursday night.

A male individual entered City Hall through the Newark Street entrance just before 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15th, 2018. The person went through metal detectors and told security officers that he was going to use the restroom.

At the time, the only person in the Mayor’s Office was Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman. Mayor Bhalla was on his way to the office following a community meeting. From his office, Mr. Freeman observed that a bag with an object had been thrown in the direction of the administrative assistant’s desk and made eye contact with the individual. The individual then ran out of the Mayor’s Office. Mr. Freeman called the police, which are currently investigating the incident.

“This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.”

“We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall,” said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante.

Madison Park Renovation Concept Design Finalized

The City of Hoboken hosted a public hearing on February 15, 2018 to present final plans for renovations to Madison Park. Click here to download and view the final conceptual plan.

The final plan is based on input received from a previous community meeting and public survey. Click here to view a summary of survey responses.

Standard & Poor’s Affirms Hoboken’s AA+ Credit Rating

Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to the City of Hoboken, the rating agency’s second-highest rating. S&P cited Hoboken’s “very strong economy,” “strong budgetary performance,” “very strong budgetary flexibility,” and “very strong liquidity.”

“A strong credit rating and sound financials form the foundation of a healthy government that can be responsive to the needs of the community,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “I’m committed to being Hoboken’s infrastructure mayor, and our high credit rating will allow us to make the investments we need while being responsible with taxpayers’ money. I thank everyone that worked hard to ensure we have a fiscally responsible budget.”

This rating represents a continuation of Hoboken’s economic turnaround since 2008, when Moody’s issued a Baa3 rating (the S&P equivalent of BBB-), one notch above junk bond status, to hospital bonds guaranteed by the City of Hoboken. Moody’s cited the City’s “significant deferred charges, annual cash flow borrowing, and a history of financial mismanagement.” That same year, the State of New Jersey appointed a fiscal monitor to take over management of the City.

Public Meeting To Be Held February 27 for Northwest Resiliency Park

The design team for the Northwest Resiliency Park has completed a report summarizing the information gathering and community input phase of the project. The report can be viewed at:

Based on this information, the team is completing two preliminary concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The concepts will be presented at a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Wallace School Cafeteria located at 1100 Willow Avenue. The entrance to the cafeteria is located behind the playground, along 11th Street mid-block between Willow Avenue and Clinton Street.

After collecting community feedback on the two preliminary concepts, the team will create a final preferred concept for the park, which will be presented at a subsequent public meeting.

For more information on the Northwest Resiliency Park Design Process, visit

Community Invited to Complete Online Survey and Attend 2nd Public Workshop on 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Project

The City of Hoboken Planning Board is currently preparing the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report and a new Land Use Plan Element of the Master Plan.

As part of the Master Plan Reexamination process, the City will host a second public workshop on Thursday, February 22nd from 7pm to 9pm at the Wallace Elementary School (downstairs cafeteria), located at 1100 Willow Avenue.  All interested residents, businesses, property owners, and other stakeholders are invited to share their ideas about how Hoboken should grow and what assets the City should protect over the next 10 years and beyond.

Members of the community are also invited to share their opinions and key priorities for the City by completing an online survey available at A preliminary summary of the survey results will be presented at the February 22nd public workshop.

For more information on the planning process and the preparation of the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report and Land Use Plan Element, visit:

Jersey City and Hoboken Seek Public Input on Bike Share Expansion

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla are in discussions regarding the expansion of Hudson Bike Share into Jersey City and CitiBike into Hoboken. The potential expansion may include the addition of three stations in each city. Members of the public are invited to complete an online survey to provide input on possible locations for new bike share stations.

“As neighbors with shared borders, we want to provide our residents and visitors with more choices and access to the benefits of both programs,” said Mayor Fulop.

“Expanding our bike share programs will create important links between Hoboken and Jersey City and improve the resiliency of our regional transportation system,” said Mayor Bhalla.

The online survey is available at

Hoboken Announces CDBG Funding Opportunities for Community Groups

The City of Hoboken will accept applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year 2018 to provide funding to eligible programs and projects sponsored by public agencies or not-for-profit organizations.  The City encourages local community groups who provide quantifiable benefits to low and moderate income residents to apply. The CDBG funding is provided through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The City of Hoboken has not yet received notice from HUD of its Program Year 2018 award, however the City has received an annual allocation of approximately $1,000,000 each Program Year since becoming an Entitlement Community in 2015. Public Service Funding is capped at 15% of total funding, which would make approximately $150,000 available to organizations providing services including, but not limited to child care, after school programs, health care, family planning, and assistance to the homeless.  The City’s Public Facility Funding, also through the CDBG Program, is anticipated to be approximately $800,000 which can be allocated for capital improvements benefiting low to moderate income residents, assuming funding is in line with prior year awards. 
Applications are due by 4:00PM on Friday, March 2, 2018.   Funds will become available for the selected applications as early as July 1, 2018.  Since the funding source is limited, this is a competitive application process. The review criteria and eligibility requirements are noted in the application.
The City of Hoboken’s CDBG Program Goals are consistent with its adopted 2015-2019 five-Year Consolidated Plan as well as the National Objectives defined by HUD. The City is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Hoboken City Hall Ground Floor Conference Room, located at 94 Washington Street, to collect input and identify needs relevant to low and moderate income residents within Program Year 2018. An online survey is also available at:
Interested applicants can request an application from Christopher Brown, Principal Planner through the City of Hoboken Department of Community Development via email at or in person during business hours (9:00AM – 4:00PM) at the Hoboken Planning and Zoning Office, 94 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030. All questions should be directed via email to Mr. Brown, Principal Planner, or phone during business hours at 201-420-2000 ext. 3001.

Statement from Mayor Bhalla on Union Dry Dock

The City of Hoboken received 2,447 responses to an online survey regarding the future use of the former Union Dry Dock property – the largest response to any public survey issued by the City.

“The people of Hoboken have spoken loud and clear: we overwhelmingly oppose industrial uses and want to complete our waterfront as public open space,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “Our community’s decades-old vision for a continuous, public waterfront park is as strong as ever, and my Administration will do everything it can to make it a reality.”

Based on this public feedback, the City will continue the process of acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site by initiating good faith discussions with the property owner.

The survey responses are as follows:

Should the Union Dry Dock property remain a priority for the City of Hoboken to have a complete, publicly-accessible waterfront park system? (2,404 responses)

91.5% (2,200): Yes

8.5% (204): No


What is your preferred use for the Union Dry Dock property? (2,447 responses)

73.8% (1,807): A public open space and waterfront walkway with no industrial uses. This option would be paid for by the City of Hoboken at a potential acquisition, design, and construction cost of tens of millions of dollars. Funding sources may include the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund, County Open Space Trust Fund, and NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust low-interest loans, among other sources.

13.5% (331): A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with a public open space on top of a ferry maintenance facility, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive. This option would be paid for mostly or complete by NY Waterway.

8.1% (198): A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with pocket parks at the north and south ends of the property, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive. This option would be paid for mostly or complete by NY Waterway.

4.6% (111): Other (open-ended responses)

Individuals and Teams Invited to Register for Spring Fling 2018 Community Cleanup Day

Members of the community are invited to join the City of Hoboken’s second annual Spring Fling, a community-wide day of service dedicated to cleaning up our parks and public spaces! Spring Fling will offer Hoboken residents, businesses, and community groups the opportunity to work together on a “hands-on” high-visibility service project.

More than 500 residents participated on 47 projects at 21 sites in the 2017 Spring Fling.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 10am to 2pm. Participants are encouraged to register as teams but may also sign up as individuals. The final day for registration is April 13th. To register and for more information, visit:

Community clean-up projects may include removing debris from a park, roadway, walkway, or other public property, planting or landscaping public areas, painting benches or other public amenities, and more.

A video of highlights from last year’s event can be viewed at: