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Light Poles
In response to an incident with a dog in Church Square Park, the City has checked all light poles in the park and is working with PSE&G to check all light poles in the City. Unfortunately, numerous plates from the light poles have been stolen, and the City is working to have new plates made with a locking system for the protection of all Hoboken residents and pets. Caution tape has been placed on light poles with open plates which are of concern and will be fully repaired as soon as possible. If residents see light poles with open plates, please report them to Environmental Services at 201-420-2049.

Property Tax Reminder
Residents are reminded that in the fall of 2010, they received a tax bill for three quarters along with the corresponding due dates.

Free Garage Parking For Residents In Flood Prone Areas

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our area. As a result of the forecast for heavy rain and potential flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing free parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) through Monday, February 28 at 8pm for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

Residents who wish to extend their stay in the garage and who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00. This rate is available in Garages B, D and Midtown every day of the year.

A map of flood-prone areas is available on the City website: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/storm-flood-zones/

Observer Highway Complete Street Re-Design Community Meeting Scheduled For March 3rd

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Illustration credit: Sravya Garladenne

The public is invited to the second community meeting to provide input on the redesign of Observer Highway. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 3rd from 6-8pm in the conference room in the basement of City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

The City of Hoboken has $2 million in federal funding to improve Observer Highway which was secured by Senator Robert Menendez.

�With this funding, we have an opportunity to transform Observer Highway into �Observer Boulevard� and create a more welcoming gateway to our City and a safer street for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians,� said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Free Garage Parking For Residents In Flood Prone Areas

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our area. As a result of the forecast for heavy rain and potential flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing free parking in a municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) today, February 25, 2011 until 8pm for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

Residents who wish to extend their stay in the garage and who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00. This rate is available in Garages B, D and Midtown every day of the year.

A map of flood-prone areas is available on the City website: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/storm-flood-zones/

In State of the City Address, Mayor Zimmer Proposes Infrastructure Investments and $20 Million For New Parks, Announces Additional Tax Cut and Quality of Life Improvements

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During her first State of the City address, Mayor Dawn Zimmer emphasized her three priorities for her Administration: to operate as fiscally responsibly and cost-effectively as possible in order to reduce and stabilize taxes for the long term, to address Hoboken’s significant infrastructure challenges, and to improve the quality of life for all Hoboken residents.

The address was streamed live online and is available for viewing in its entirety at the link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/12875366. It will also be played on Channel 78 on Cablevision and Channel 47 on FiOS.

Mayor Zimmer proposed bonding $20 million, to be paid for completely from the Open Space Trust Fund, to purchase land for new park space for the underserved areas along the western side of Hoboken. In addition, the City has developed a capital investment plan to improve parks and is developing a master plan for the maintenance of the City’s neglected water main system and a maintenance manual to cost-effectively maintain the City’s waterfront for the long term.

City of Hoboken Releases Final Bicycle And Pedestrian Master Plan

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The City of Hoboken today released the final Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, funded by NJDOT and prepared by transportation consultants The RBA Group. The plan sets the bar for advanced efforts to make Hoboken even more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Highly respected transportation news source Streetsblog recently lauded the plan as “a liveable streets coup,” saying: “Hoboken is pulling out in front of every other New York City suburb. In some ways, the one-square-mile town is even lapping New York City. The latest in a string of envy-inducing projects under Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Parking and Transportation Director Ian Sacs is the city�s new bike and pedestrian plan.�

A Call For Hoboken Clean Pride From Mayor Zimmer

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I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather, and taking pride in our great city.

As the snow melts, we ask for everyone�s cooperation with cleaning up our City. Property owners are reminded that you are responsible for cleaning up the sidewalk in front of your business or residence. Our Environmental Services Department will continue working to clean up the City as the snow melts, and we ask property owners to help with this effort as well.

Thanks for your cooperation in helping to clean up our City. Enjoy the weekend and let�s hope for NO snow!

Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Public Invited To Hoboken State Of The City Address

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All members of the public are invited to join Mayor Dawn Zimmer for her first State of the City address.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology.

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://www.debaun.org/Directions.html

Hoboken Receives Grant To Conduct Redevelopment Study In North End

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The City of Hoboken has received a grant to pay for the preparation of a redevelopment study for the properties located in the City’s north end. The grant, valued at $75,000, is through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Local Assistance Program. This program assists municipalities with professional services for economic initiatives by paying for a consultant to conduct a particular planning project.

“As we take these initial steps toward studying this area for redevelopment, I remain completely committed to bringing balanced development that reflects the vision of our community and not just what’s most profitable for developers,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “That’s why it’s absolutely critical that the Council pass the anti-wheeling legislation before them to prevent outside developers from skirting our pay-to-play laws and having an undue influence over our development process.”

Mayor Zimmer Announces Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Package

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Calls on Council to vote on anti-wheeling and pay-to-play reforms

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced a series of ethics and campaign finance reform measures and called on the City Council to pass critical campaign finance reform legislation.

�Hoboken is a great, vibrant city with a rich history and so much to be proud of, but we also bear a legacy that we are not so proud of,� said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. �We must take a proactive approach to address corruption. These common sense reforms hold our government to a higher standard and are necessary to continue to restore the public�s trust in government.�

Mayor Zimmer called on the City Council to vote on anti-wheeling and pay-to-play legislation to close loopholes in campaign finance laws and strengthening existing pay-to-play laws.