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Mayor Bhalla Appoints Environmental Services Department Director

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla announced on Tuesday the appointment of Jennifer Gonzalez to lead the Environmental Services department as its Director. Gonzalez currently serves as the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer and a Principal Planner.

Gonzalez will oversee City parks, public property, and sanitation, as well as storm water and drinking water infrastructure projects. The Department is currently run by Leo Pellegrini, who is also the Director of the Health and Human Services Department. Pellegrini will continue in his role as HHS Director. Ms. Gonzalez will continue in her role as the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

“Jennifer Gonzalez has a proven track record of great vision and excellent results, and I know she will continue to build on her successes,” said Bhalla. “I also want to thank Director Pellegrini for his tireless work of pulling double duty as the Director of two departments for five years. I believe this adjustment will allow all departments to work more efficiently.”

“I am both humbled and excited for the opportunity to continue my service to Hoboken as the Director of Environmental Services,” said Gonzalez. “I look forward to improving our parks and public spaces by incorporating asset management technology and philanthropy, while increasing the fiscal and environmental sustainability of municipal operations.”

Gonzalez will serve as Acting Director until her confirmation before the City Council. Her confirmation can take place as early as July 11, at the discretion of the Council President. Otherwise, the confirmation vote will be put on the agenda for the August 1 Council meeting. Because an existing salaried employee has been appointed, the impact on the City budget is minimal.

About Jennifer Gonzalez:

As the Chief Sustainability Officer and a Principal Planner, Gonzalez advances capital projects in areas including rainfall flood mitigation, energy, drinking water, natural resources, and composting. She manages the Northwest Resiliency Park design process and priority upgrades in Hoboken’s aging drinking water system.

Before joining the City of Hoboken in 2016, Gonzalez was a Principal Planner with the consulting firm Louis Berger, where she helped to develop the Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan and post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plans for communities throughout New York. She also served as an Environmental Planner with the County of Passaic, New Jersey.

Gonzalez earned her M.A. in Environmental Policy from Lehigh University. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a licensed professional planner (PP) in the state of New Jersey, and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

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Mayor Bhalla Announces Open Office Hours

Friday, Jul 6, 2018

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced his next open office hours will take place on Thursday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. in the Large Programming Room on the lower level of the Hoboken Public Library (500 Park Ave).

Residents are encouraged to attend if they wish to speak face-to-face with the mayor about city issues.

“My first open office hours was a great success, and I want to keep my door open for residents,” said Bhalla. “I’m also excited that this time, I’ll be joined by our new Chief of Constituent Affairs, Caroline Caulfield.”

“In my first month as Chief of Constituent Affairs, I’ve loved assisting new residents and long-time Hobokenites with daily issues and working on larger projects to improve the quality of life for residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority,” said Caulfield. “I’m looking forward to continuing this work and hearing from our residents at the Mayor’s open office hours on July 19th!”

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City Seeks Public Input on Southwest Park Sculpture

Monday, Jul 2, 2018

The City of Hoboken would like your input on the future of a sculpture in Southwest Park. Please share your opinion in the survey here.

The illustrations prepared by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners show the design steps that were taken to build Southwest Park, and possible steps regarding placement of a sculpture in the park. In addition, the survey provides a comment space to suggest other improvements to the lawn area as well.  

A public meeting was held on Thursday, June 28, at Southwest Park during which options for a sculpture to be placed on the lawn of Southwest Park were presented.

The survey will open until Monday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m.

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Hoboken Fire Department Seeking Diverse Class of New Recruits

Monday, Jul 2, 2018

The Hoboken Fire Department invites everyone interested in serving the public to apply to be a Hoboken Firefighter by taking the New Jersey Civil Service Commission Entry Level Firefighter Examination. Applications are open now through Friday, August 31, 2018. Apply online here.

“I hope to have a diverse group of applicants, including military veterans, women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community.” said Provisional Fire Chief Brian Crimmins. “A fire department that best represents the community can best serve the community.”

“I echo Chief Crimmins’s sentiments on the importance of recruiting diverse applicants for service as firefighters in Hoboken’s Fire Department,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “I commend him for his commitment to making the department as strong and inclusive as possible, and I look forward to welcoming a new class of firefighters committed to protecting the community.”

Information about veterans preference and equal employment opportunity is available on the Civil Service Commission website, along with the exam application. Candidates must be under the age of 35 as of the closing date of the examination to qualify. Benefits include paid vacation, a rotating work schedule, and health benefits.

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