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Public Invited to Police Promotions Ceremony


The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to attend a promotions ceremony for seven members of the Hoboken Police Department. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 3:00pm in the City Council Chambers at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Lieutenant Kevin Cruz is retiring and will be honored at the ceremony. Police Sergeant John Petrosino will be promoted to Police Lieutenant. Police Officers Saverio R. Binetti, Jonathan Butler, Arbend Drishti, Edward M. Sellick, Steven C. Kranz, and Robert Fulton will be promoted to Police Sergeant.

Public Hearing for CDBG 5 Year Action Plan


The City of Hoboken Department of Community Development will conduct a public hearing regarding its 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The public comment session will gather public input on the content of the Consolidated Action Plan, which will direct funds for public service activities in-line with HUD CDBG rules and regulations for a five (5) year period.

Public service activities include, but are not limited to:
· Child Care
· Youth Services
· Health Care
· Job Training / Job Creation
· Literacy program
· Recreation programs
· Education Programs
· Public Safety Services (Crime Prevention)
· Services for Senior Citizens
· Services for Homeless Persons
· Drug Abuse Counseling and Treatment
· Qualified Veteran Services
· Welfare (as defined by HUD)
· Code Enforcement Services

The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Hoboken Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Public input will inform the City’s anticipated 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan, which the City intends to submit to HUD for review and acceptance in May of 2015.

Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the public hearing may call Department of Community Development Principal Planner Christopher Brown at 201-239-6642 or email at cbrown@hobokennj.gov.

City of Hoboken Explores Creating Regional Performing Arts Center

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The City of Hoboken will be evaluating the feasibility of creating a large performing arts center near Hoboken Terminal. If the idea has community support and is deemed to be economically feasible, the City will include the construction of the center in the negotiation of the Redevelopment Agreement with the designated redeveloper of the property owned by New Jersey Transit.

“With almost unparalleled access to mass transit, southeast Hoboken could be the ideal place for a regional performing arts center for music, theater, dance, and more,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with the resurgence of the Monroe Arts Center, the preservation of Neumann Leathers through a proposed Rehabilitation Plan, and the construction of Mile Square Theatre’s new facility next to the Viaduct, the Hoboken community is demonstrating its commitment to artists and the arts.”

Hoboken to Enhance Bicycle Network with $530,000 NJDOT Grant

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Hoboken a $530,000 Transportation Alternatives Grant for the City’s bicycle network. The grant will allow the City to stripe nearly 15 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared bike lanes in long-lasting thermoplastic paint.

“With the launch of our bike share program and significant pedestrian safety improvements coming this spring, the relaunch of our Hop system with new buses, and the expansion and improvement of our bicycle network thanks to this grant, Hoboken is providing a variety of safer, healthier, and greener transportation options for our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Bike lanes don’t just benefit bikes – they have traffic calming benefits that make streets safer for everyone and are one part of an overall transportation approach to make getting around Hoboken safer and more convenient for those who walk, bike, take public transportation, and drive.”

Once implemented, 75% of municipal roadways in Hoboken will have either bike lanes or shared lane markings. Most Hoboken bike lanes are currently striped in standard traffic marking paint, which requires frequent re-painting. Thermoplastic is much more reflective than paint, so bike lanes will be more visible at night. The City will also realize cost savings on maintenance since thermoplastic has a life expectancy up to 8 times longer than paint.

“Hoboken continues to be the example all other municipalities should follow in its efforts to reduce congestion, decrease carbon emissions and improve connectivity with alternate modes of transportation,” said Jay DiDomenico, Director of the Hudson Transportation Management Association. “Hoboken’s continuing dedication to expanding bike lanes improves mobility and furthers its reputation as a healthy and progressive community.”

Reminder: Street Cleaning Enforcement in Effect

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Drivers are reminded that street cleaning enforcement will be in effect on Monday, February 9, 2015 and throughout the week so that crews can continue to clear snow from parking lanes.

Due to a series of weekend snow storms, the Monday side of roads have not been cleared of snow in several weeks, so it is important that residents move their vehicles during posted street cleaning hours.

The National Weather Service is predicting up to 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice from Sunday into Tuesday morning. Crews will be plowing and salting roads as needed, and additional crews will use payloader tractors to clear snow and ice from parking lanes.

Hoboken Police Department Enhances Park Patrols, Increases Night & Weekend Presence & Expands Customer Service Hours

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Certified Bike Patrol Officers to Begin Bike Education and Enforcement

Since becoming Chief of Police on December 1, 2014, Chief Kenneth Ferrante has implemented a series of changes in the Hoboken Police Department to improve operations and service to the community. The changes include significantly increased police presence on nights and weekends, enhanced patrols of the waterfront and parks, tripling the size and expanding the enforcement hours of the Traffic Division, new Saturday hours for the Bureau of Identification, expanded hours for the Bureau of Investigation, and expanded officer training.

“In just a matter of weeks, Chief Ferrante has made tremendous improvements that residents are already noticing on the street,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I commend him and all of our Police Officers for the work they do every day to keep us safe.”

“In January, we had only four reported burglaries and four motor vehicle thefts,” said Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante. “I attribute these exceptionally low crime rates to our expanded night patrols and to the recent arrests of six package thieves which took six career criminals off our streets. Our detectives and officers working these important shifts deserve tremendous credit. It wasn’t long ago that Hoboken had over 700 car thefts per year, but we are continuing to reduce crime and make our community even safer than it already is.”

Street Cleaning Enforcement Resumes Tuesday; Recycling Pickup on Schedule


Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will resume on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 so that crews can clear snow from parking lanes.

Recycling pickup will take place tonight as scheduled.

Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage at the reduced rate.

Drivers Reminded to Move Vehicles from Snow Emergency Routes

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** Discounted Garage Parking Available; Street Cleaning Suspended Monday, in Effect Tuesday **

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from Sunday evening into Monday evening with a forecast for snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and a quarter inch of ice.

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Residents are reminded that parking is prohibited on all snow emergency routes when they are snow-covered. Vehicles parked on snow routes will be towed once the snow begins this evening. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances for the safety and welfare of all our citizens.

Hoboken Street Cleaning Enforcement to Resume Wednesday, January 28 for Snow Clearing Operations

UPDATE (Jan 27, 2:00pm): Parking is permitted on all snow emergency roads. Parking is also permitted on the eastern half of Vezetti Way (from Willow Ave to Washington St).

Enforcement of alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations is suspended today, January 27, 2015 but will resume on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in order for plows to clear snow from parking lanes. It is critical that vehicles be removed in order to effectively clear snow.

The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Hoboken City Hall is open on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes and Vezzetti Way until further notice. Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Wednesday, January 28 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage in order to keep as many cars off the road as possible. Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Inspectors will be issuing fines to violators this afternoon. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.org/snow.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has resumed service and is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Travel Ban Lifted; No Parking on Snow Routes


The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice. Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended today, January 27, 2015. All other parking rules remain in effect.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.org/snow. Inspectors will be checking for uncleared sidewalks as of noon.