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Hoboken Police Department to Hold 4th “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the fourth “coffee with a cop” meeting on Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00am to 10:30am at La Isla Uptown, located at 25 12th Street at the corner of Maxwell Lane.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.

In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Captain Tory Pasculli, Lieutenant Scott Hochstadter, Sergeant Steve Kranz, and Detective Ed Lepre, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Hoboken in Final Negotiations to Acquire 6-Acre BASF Property

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The City of Hoboken is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire the BASF property, a 6-acre property in northwest Hoboken on which the City seeks to create a 5-acre ‘resiliency park’ and a parking garage. The total cost to acquire the property would be $30 million, which the City intends to fund through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program (NJEIFP) for the park portion and with a bond from the Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) for the parking garage portion. The debt service will be financed through the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund for the parkland acquisition and with revenue from the parking facility for the HPU bond.

“After years of work, we are near the finish line on this rare opportunity to acquire a large contiguous property and preserve it for open space,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to providing the growing northwest neighborhood with much-needed park space, the park’s underground detention system, combined with the separation of the sewer system in the surrounding neighborhood, will play an important role in alleviating flooding in the area.”

If negotiations conclude successfully, the City Council will be asked at the October 5, 2016 meeting to introduce multiple ordinances to authorize the agreement to purchase the property, a bond for the NJEIFP, and an HPU bond.

A design has not yet been determined for the park. A full community-based public planning process will take place to develop plans for the park once the property has been acquired. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park and to channel stormwater runoff to the new underground detention system.

As part of securing a low-interest loan from the State, the City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street), to hear the community’s input on the land acquisition.

The City’s NJEIFP low-interest loan application includes $26,633,416.50 for acquisition of the 5-acre property, $2,530,000 for planning, engineering, and permitting for the park design, and $2,130,673.23 for NJDEP administrative fees and a contingency. The HPU bond will be for $3,366,583.50 for land acquisition and $650,000 for soft costs including planning and design for a parking garage.

The largest portion of the BASF property is Block 107, a 4-acre property bounded by Madison Street, Adams Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Additional space for the park is south of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street. The parking garage is proposed for the property north of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Adams Street.

Hoboken Opens Two Soccer Mini-Pitches Under 14th Street Viaduct

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined representatives from the New York Red Bulls, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, County Executive Tom DeGise, other elected officials, and members of the community for the unveiling of two new mini-pitches underneath the 14th Street Viaduct. Special guests included General Manager of the New York Red Bulls Marc de Grandpre, Red Bulls players Aurélien Collin and Felipe, and Shep Messing, Red Bulls Analyst for MSG Networks.

“These soccer pitches are the latest new recreation facilities in our city and will support over 1,000 children in our soccer programs and our active adult community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York Red Bulls, and Hudson County for their partnership on this project.”

The pitches are located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Adams Street and Jefferson Street and will be open to the public for pickup games 8am to 10pm every day, year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. At times, they can be reserved for organized activities such as futsal tournaments.

The pitches are part of the New York Red Bulls’ and U.S. Soccer Foundation’s commitment to offer safe places to play in communities across the New York/New Jersey area and to provide a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities in order to support the continued growth of the game in North America.

Parking Enforcement to Resume on Observer Highway Starting August 12, 2016

Drivers are advised that enforcement of permit and street cleaning regulations will resume on Observer Highway starting Friday, August 12, 2016. New parking regulation signage has been posted on the north and south sides of Observer Highway between Hudson Street and Henderson Street.

Both sides of the street are Resident Only parking, which prohibits parking at all times by anyone without a Hoboken Resident parking permit. Street cleaning on both sides of the street takes place on Fridays.

Observer Hwy (Hudson Street to Henderson Street) Parking Regulations
Permit: Resident Parking Only (both sides)
Street Cleaning (North): Friday, 11am-12pm
Street cleaning (South): Friday, 1pm-2pm

Hoboken to Invest Millions to Upgrade Water Main System

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The Hoboken City Council voted unanimously yesterday to support a $5.2 million bond ordinance to fund priority upgrades to the city’s water mains.

“We are taking a proactive approach to repairing our century-old water system to make it more reliable and save money in the long run,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “These priority upgrades are in addition to the replacement of the water mains along all of Washington Street and build upon our commitment to improve all aspects of our city’s infrastructure.”

Suez Water conducted an evaluation to identify 50 pipe segments with a total length of 32,200 linear feet (6.34 miles) as the highest priority areas for refurbishment. The analysis considered historical main breaks, conducted a hydraulic evaluation, and included a risk-based prioritization.

The $5.2 million bond would fund the replacement of approximately a third of the highest priority water mains in the first year of the upgrade process. The segments to be upgraded in 2016-2017 include:

• Park Avenue (6th St to 8th St)
• Garden Street (Observer Hwy to 2nd St)
• Garden Street (12th St to 14th St)
• Madison Street (4th St to 6th St)
• River Street (1st St to 4th St)
• Clinton Street (6th St to 7th St)
• Jefferson Street (Newark St to 1st St)
• Grand Street (6th St to 8th St)
• 7th Street (Adams St to Grand St)

Hoboken Launches Pay-by-Phone Parking & Free Parking Promotion

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Starting today, drivers who park at all on-street metered spaces throughout Hoboken will be able to use their mobile phone to easily pay for parking using the Parkmobile application. The first 1,000 customers to use the app in August can receive up to 2 hours of free parking using the code 2FREEHOB.

“We are excited to partner with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with an easy and convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The app makes it easy to pay for parking, know how much time you have left, and add more time directly from your phone without going back to your car or the meter.”

The Parkmobile application is available for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones. Drivers can also call 877-PARK304 and will continue to have the option to pay at meters with credit card, debit card, smart card, coins, and bills where available.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Signage on parking meters will indicate the zone number, which in Hoboken range from 4710 to 4722. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters. A 35 cent fee will be charged for each transaction.

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including Newark, Union City, West New York, Bloomfield, Montclair, Summit, Chatham, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, New Brunswick, and other major cities including Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. In February, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.

Update on Park Avenue Bridge Construction & Weekend PATH Service Suspension

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Construction on the Park Avenue bridge is currently suspended due to an executive order from Governor Christie. Once the shutdown related to the Transportation Trust Fund is lifted, construction is expected to resume within 24 hours. Work is planned to take place Sunday to Thursday nights from 8pm to 6am and Friday nights from 10pm to 8am to allow for the later traffic flow out of the City of Hoboken. The Park Avenue bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during construction hours. Work will not be done on Saturday night, and the bridge will be re-opened to two-way traffic during daytime hours.

Weekend PATH Service Suspension on 33rd St Line:
Weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line in Manhattan will be suspended starting in early August as part of a comprehensive, federally-mandated safety initiative to install a new computerized signal system designed to improve passenger service and safety.

Service on the 33rd Street line will be suspended from approximately 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays until 5 a.m. on Mondays, a schedule that is set to continue most weekends through December 2016, with the exception of major holidays. Regular weekend service will continue on the Newark-World Trade Center (WTC) line and between Journal Square and Hoboken.

Direct service between Hoboken and WTC, normally not available on weekends, also will be introduced.

PATH riders affected by the closures may travel to the WTC station, which offers easy and accessible New York City subway service to uptown destinations. While service is suspended, shuttle buses will be provided, making stops between the WTC and 29th Street along 6th and 7th avenues. The weekend closures will impact the Christopher, 9th,14th, 23rd and 33rd street stations.

Further updates, bus maps and details will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website, www.panynj.gov/PATH.

The 33rd Street PATH line upgrade is part of a multi-phased plan to improve the system and provide riders more frequent rush hour service. Additional weekend closures on the system will be necessary next year on a schedule to be announced.

At the center of the project is installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an updated safety-enhanced system that the federal government has mandated be completed by the end of 2018.

Allotting this work time is vital to upgrading PATH to improve current and future service. In addition to safety enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as lay the groundwork for increased passenger capacity.

As part of the Port Authority’s 10-Year Capital Plan, PATH also will upgrade the signal system with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), which continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. Trains then will be capable of running more frequently and closer together, leading to a projected increase in rush-hour service on PATH lines of up to 20 percent. Additionally, the CBTC system also will allow for further enhancements such as real time information in PATH stations.

A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is now available at http://www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.html

Hoboken Police Department Offers Bike Theft Prevention Tips

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During the summer months, there has been an increase in bicycle thefts throughout different areas of Hoboken. The Hoboken Police Department offers the following tips to protect your bike:

• ALWAYS LOCK UNATTENDED BICYCLES. Lightweight cable or chain locks do not provide adequate security in most areas. Use a heavy duty U type lock. Do not protect a $1000 mode of transportation with a $10 lock.
• For the greatest theft deterrence, use two locks such as a U-lock and a locking cable. The longer it takes a thief to get through your bike security, the less likely your bike will be stolen.
• Lock to a fixed, immovable object like a permanent bike rack. Be careful not to lock to items that can be easily cut, broken or removed. Be careful that your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked.
• Properly secure bicycles in garages or storage units.
• Remove or secure any bicycle components and accessories that can easily be taken.
• Observe individuals loitering near parked bicycles, even if the bikes are locked. Call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to report suspicious activity and provide a good suspect description.

A thief with the proper tools can steal a bicycle in under a minute. Bicycles have been taken from bike racks and outside residences, while secured to gates. To help combat these thefts, the Hoboken Police Department urges residents to keep bicycles inside their homes whenever possible and not outside the gates or inside their garages unsecured. When a bicycle needs to be locked outdoors, always use a lock and chain of the highest quality and lock the bicycle in a well-lit place with high foot traffic.

Anyone who observes individuals loitering near parked bicycles is asked to call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to report any suspicious activity and provide a good description of the suspect.

The Hoboken Police Department uses the National Bike Registry to help bicycle owners recover their bicycles in case of theft. Bicycle owners can visit the Police Department to complete a bicycle registration forms which will be kept on file. Bicycle owners should bring their bicycle serial number(s), descriptive information (frame size, color, make, etc.) and purchase receipt (if available) to complete the registration.

Hoboken Police & Stevens Police to Host Annual Night Out Against Crime in Church Square Park

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On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, The Hoboken Police Department and Stevens Police Department will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken”. National Night Out, also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, is an annual, nationwide event that allows the community workers to give back to their community. The annual event will take place in Hoboken’s centrally located Church Square Park, where a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities is scheduled to take place from 5pm until 9pm. Elsa from “Frozen” and Cinderella will be making a visit to take pictures with everyone in attendance. We will have bounce houses, free food and giveaways throughout the night. Our giveaways include baseball tickets, a Burberry handbag, gift cards and autographed sports memorabilia. We will be conducting free child car seat inspections from inside the parking lot of the A J Demarest School (158 4th Street).

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In addition to the participation of various police agencies, several local businesses will be out in full support of this night out against crime. Additionally, there will also be bounce houses and water slides and other entertainment for children. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The National Night Out event is celebrated by over 37 million participants and over 16,000 communities across the United States.

For further information or to set up a table or make a donation for the event please contact Officer Daniel Simone at simoneda@hobokenpd.org or visit our website, www.Hobokenpd.com.

The HPD and SPD hope you can come out and help us fight against crime!

Mayor Zimmer & Hoboken Officials Break Ground on Southwest Park

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined other Hoboken officials, dignitaries, and members of the public for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park – a one acre park in southwest Hoboken designed to hold 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff that will also serve as a model for green infrastructure resiliency parks in New Jersey. The property is currently a surface parking lot and is the first phase for a larger Southwest Park.

“The Southwest Park project will transform a parking lot into a green oasis for this thriving neighborhood and will be a model for building resiliency parks that help mitigate flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This park has been a goal of mine since 10 years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom advocating with my neighbors, and it is the reason why I got involved in government. I am thankful to all of the community advocates, the City Council, Hudson County, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for their strong support of this project.”

The park will feature passive recreational space, a dog run, moveable cafe tables, a pop-up market zone, restrooms, multi-level seating for small performances, free public Wi-Fi, and a lawn with child-friendly interactive park features. It will also include green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding.

“For over ten years, it’s been a labor of love to fight for the breaking ground on this park,” said Councilman At-Large David Mello. “Countless friends and neighbors have worked together to make this cutting edge open space a reality for our growing and ever evolving southwest neighborhood. I’m so happy for the whole community that this project is finally breaking ground, and was honored to have helped bring it to fruition.”

Park renderings, project updates, and additional information is available at www.hobokennj.gov/swpark.

“Hoboken’s Southwest Park plan is an outstanding example of an innovative, multi-benefit project,” said Jane Kenny, co-chair of Jersey Water Works, a cross-sector collaborative focused on transforming New Jersey’s aging and inadequate water infrastructure. “This park will not only help solve the problem of chronic flooding in the area, but will reduce sewage discharge into the Hudson River and transform a paved parking lot into a vital and healthy recreational green space serving one of the most densely populated communities in the country. All of us at Jersey Water Works applaud today’s groundbreaking, and are delighted to see this plan become a reality.”

Funding to purchase the property was provided from a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. Financing to construct the park is provided through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.