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Update on the Location of the Municipal Garage from Mayor Zimmer

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Based on community feedback, it is very clear that there�s a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the municipal garage issue. My Administration is working as hard as possible to develop every potential option for solving this problem. The following provides an overview of the situation, along with information about the process going forward.

Important update on the bid process:
The bid responses for the two RFPs (Request for Proposals) issued two weeks ago were scheduled to be submitted no later than today, Friday, May 28th. Unfortunately, the integrity of the bidding process was compromised when the bidding list, which is confidential information prior to the bid opening, appeared on the Internet.� Business Administrator Arch Liston has directed that the bidding process be rescinded and re-advertised.� An internal investigation regarding the matter has been launched, and appropriate action will be taken against persons found to have been involved in any wrongdoing.

Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market Begins June 3rd

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There�s nothing like sweet fresh corn and a juicy Jersey tomato, and both will soon be available courtesy of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market. Beginning June 3, and running through October, the market will be open Thursdays from 3 pm to 7:30 pm. The convenient time and location ensures that residents of uptown Hoboken and beyond will have an opportunity to pick up some freshly picked lettuce for Thursday night�s dinner or a scrumptious peach pie for the weekend barbeque.

This year returning vendors include Ort Farms of Long Valley, NJ, Stony Hill Farms of Chester and an organic farm, Jeff�s Produce. All the farms are certified ‘Jersey Fresh,’ which ensures the customer is getting the best of locally grown fruits and veggies. Rounding out the veggie selection is Gina’s Bakery of Montclair with freshly baked breads and sweets. Hoboken Farms is a popular stop for a variety of epicurean delights. Surely no one can resist the call of Dr. Pickle, who will happily give customers a sample of any of his briny, delicious olives, roasted peppers and pickles, of course!

2010 Summer Fun Calendar Now Available

The summer 2010 Summer Fun Calendar of cultural events and recreation activities is now available for downloading from our website. Click here to download the calendar.

Letter from Mayor Zimmer to Governor Christie regarding Connors School

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Today Mayor Dawn Zimmer sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie regarding the funding situation with Connors Elementary School and emphasizing the urgency of funding the construction project.

Click here to download and read the letter.

Save the date: Resource Event/Career Fair

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The Hudson County Jaycees in partnership with The Hoboken Housing Authority, The Office of Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr., The Office of Freeholder Anthony Romano, The City of Hoboken, STY Academy, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and HOPES CAP, Inc. presents a Resource Event/Career Fair.

Saturday, June 19, 2010, 12:00p.m � 3:00p.m
Hoboken Multi Service Center
124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
No cost to employers or Jobseekers

Click here to download a flyer of the event.

Hoboken Reigns In Illegal Taxi Operations

The City of Hoboken has been increasing its efforts to enforce taxi and limousine regulations for the protection of residents and visitors.

�My Administration is taking taxi and limousine safety issues very seriously,� Mayor Dawn Zimmer said.

Code enforcement officers have already issued over $60,000 in summonses to illegally-operating taxi services. In addition to scheduled inspections, spot checks for proper documentation and vehicle condition are now regularly conducted.

Internal Audit Assists in Catching Illegal Use Of Parking Transponders

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In October 2009, Mayor Zimmer directed Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs to conduct an audit of all active Municipal Parking Garage transponders.

After completing the audit in January 2010, Director Sacs identified about 160 active devices that were not associated with a City vehicle and had them disabled. The arrests announced today are a result of the Mayor�s efforts to restore integrity in government and the cooperation between the City�s directors and the Hoboken Police

One Week After Departure of Fiscal Monitor: Hoboken Takes Control of its Finances

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Having completed its first full week of self-rule free of fiscal monitoring oversight, Mayor Dawn Zimmer highlighted some of the steps taken by her Administration to correct mistakes of the past and position Hoboken for a more responsible and fiscally secure future.

“Hoboken’s days of kicking the can down the road and leaving the check for our kids to pick up are over,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “My Administration will always put the City’s interests ahead of the short-sighted political expediency that brought us to this point.”

Hoboken Catholic Academy 5K Run/Walk

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A message from the Hoboken Catholic Academy:

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, Hoboken Catholic Academy will host the 5K Run/Walk for HCA. This fundraiser will be held at Pier A Park and Hoboken waterfront, starting at 9 a.m. This event will benefit the last Catholic school in Hoboken, and all proceeds will go directly to the school�s technology program. Race day activities also include a D.J., Sponsors� Meet & Greet, free children�s bounce house, and 11:00 am kids dash. All children participating in the kids dash will receive an award medal.

Statement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Municipal Garage

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I am writing to assure residents concerned about a potential municipal garage site located at 6th and Monroe Streets. My Administration is considering multiple options, none of which are ideal. Relocating the garage, even temporarily, in this or any other residential area raises serious concerns. Those concerns were heard very clearly at last night’s Council meeting, echoing publicly concerns that have been raised both internally by my Administration and by Council Members.

The lack of proper relocation planning in the five years since the garage was sold to fund operating expenses has been the single biggest challenge faced by my Administration. There were no good options available in the very limited time we were given. We have been working diligently to find the least bad solution. I have every confidence we are nearing one of several options that will avoid the outcome rumored in recent days.

The Council has been briefed on alternatives. In an effort to overlook nothing, we have been and will continue to consider additional locations through direct solicitation of property owners and the RFP process, which is scheduled to be completed on May 28th. Results of the RFP process will be shared with the City Council and the public and discussed at a public meeting.