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City Moves Forward on New Pump to Alleviate Flooding in Western Hoboken

Flooding at 9th St and Madison St
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to fund the construction of Hoboken’s second flood pump. The 40 million gallon per day H-5 wet weather pump station with emergency generator will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken, including the area around ShopRite.

“This flood pump is part of the ‘Discharge’ component of the comprehensive ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy to make Hoboken more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank members of the community and all City Council members for their support for this project. While the City implements the Delay, Store and Discharge elements of the plan through pumps, rain gardens, green roofs, and new parks designed to absorb and hold stormwater, we look forward to working with the State to create coastal defense by implementing the ‘Resist’ strategy with the $230 million won through the Rebuild by Design competition.”

The pump, along with a pilot City Hall green infrastructure project featuring large cisterns and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, will be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust which includes 19% principal forgiveness.

Hoboken/Weehawken Announce Spring 2015 Launch of Bike Share Program


The City of Hoboken and Township of Weehawken are partnering to launch a next-generation bike share program using smart-bike technology manufactured by Nextbike. The German-based company currently has systems with over 20,000 bikes in 70 cities across 14 countries. The Hoboken/Weehawken system would be their first in the United States. Because the technology is new to the country, the electronic components manufactured by Nextbike are still awaiting approval by the FCC, which is expected by late December. As a result, the launch of the program has been rescheduled for March, 2015.

“We are looking forward to launching one of the first next-generation bike share systems in the country,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This high-tech but considerably lower cost approach is more scalable and flexible than traditional systems and could open the door for an expansion of bike sharing into neighborhoods and communities across the region and country – not just our largest cities.”

Municipal Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday & Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

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City of Hoboken municipal offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014. The Parking Utility customer service windows will be closed Thursday through Sunday and will reopen on Monday, December 1, 2014. Parking meters, permit regulations, and street cleaning will not be enforced on Thursday or Sunday, however parking enforcement will be in effect on Friday and Saturday.

To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St) and Midtown (371 4th St) every Saturday from November 29 through December 20 and every day from December 21 through December 25 for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

To receive up to 4 hours of free parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $20 from any Hoboken business(es) during these hours. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

Winter Storm Watch Issued; Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00am to Thursday, November 28 at 7:00am and 4 to 8 inches of snow are forecast. Residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for winter weather and be aware of related regulations and procedures.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor news reports and weather forecasts and to sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City by visiting www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

Hudson County Freeholders to Hold Special Meeting in Hoboken Tonight to Consider Appeal of Monarch Project Application Denial


The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a special meeting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to vote on whether or not to uphold the Hudson County Planning Board’s denial of Shipyard’s application for the Monarch project. The Hudson County Planning Board’s denial was based on the effects of the proposed project on traffic and pedestrian safety along an abutting county roadway (Sinatra Drive). The Hearing will be limited to those issues. The meeting will take place in the cafeteria of the Wallace School, located at 1100 Willow Avenue. The meeting is open to the public, and concerned members of the community may attend and voice their opinions.

City of Hoboken Introduces New Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan

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The City of Hoboken is introducing a final draft for the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan which will be considered on first reading by the City Council at their next meeting on November 5, 2014. If approved by the Council, the plan would then be reviewed by the Planning Board. The Planning Board would provide a recommendation to the City Council, which would then hold a final vote to consider adopting the Plan.

The City’s revised Plan calls for a baseline 2.176 million square foot mixed use project with an additional 125,000 square feet of commercial space permitted if the commercial space is architecturally creative and designed to LEED Gold standard. Two-thirds of the overall plan is for office space and one-quarter for residential space, with the remainder for retail space. The plan would create a true mixed-use project that will significantly diversify the local economy, support local businesses, and revitalize the Hoboken Terminal area and Observer Highway area – an essential gateway to Hoboken.

“This plan represents the results of an extensive City Council and community process to find consensus,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It is my hope that all of the parties will objectively evaluate this project and move forward in the best interests of our State and our City.”

Kenneth Ferrante to be Appointed New Hoboken Police Chief


The Zimmer Administration announced today the appointment of Police Lieutenant Kenneth F. Ferrante as the City of Hoboken’s next Chief of Police effective December 1, 2014. Previously on July 1, 2014, Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia was appointed as Provisional Chief of Police following the retirement of Chief Falco. Chief Garcia announced that he will retire on December 1, 2014.

“It was a very difficult choice, and Hoboken was lucky to have three outstanding candidates for the position,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank Chief Garcia and Captain Pasculli for their willingness to serve, and I congratulate Lieutenant Ferrante on his appointment and look forward to working with him as our new chief. On behalf of the citizens of Hoboken, I thank Chief Garcia for his lifelong commitment to the City of Hoboken and for leading our Police Department through this transition.”

In a letter to Mayor Zimmer, Chief Garcia expressed his deepest gratitude for the opportunity to service as provisional Chief of Police. “It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity,” said Chief Garcia.

Information on Enterovirus

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According to the CDC, every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. There are more than 100 kinds of non-polio enteroviruses which are very common and can infect anyone. Most people who get infected with these viruses do not get sick or have mild illness, like the common cold. But some people can get very sick and have infection of their heart or brain or even become paralyzed. Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of having these complications. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68).

There are no known confirmed cases of EV-D68 in Hoboken at this time.

Police Department Offers Free Child Car Seat Inspections

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On Wednesday October 22, 2014 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Hoboken Police Department is inviting members of the public to have their child car seats checked. Inspections will be conducted by certified officers at 76 Park Avenue (the Park Avenue entrance to the Hoboken municipal garage).This is a free service performed by the Hoboken Police Department.

Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan & Washington Street Redesign to be Presented at Special City Council Meeting


The Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30pm for the presentation of the Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan and the Washington Street redesign conceptual plan. No action will be taken by the Council at the meeting.

Following an extensive community-driven design process that included multiple public meetings and stakeholder groups, the City conducted an updated economic analysis and incorporated post-Sandy flood mitigation measures as well as feedback from the community and the City Council in creating the revisions to the City of Hoboken’s proposed Redevelopment Plan.

In 2012, the City of Hoboken created a draft plan with 2 million square feet of development. The plan being introduced is a revision to that plan and calls for up to 2.3 million square feet of development with LEED Gold incentives.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about this plan over the years,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In 2008, a prior Administration and NJ Transit proposed a 9 million square foot project featuring a 70-story tower. I strongly opposed that project because it was wrong for Hoboken. Our current proposal is an example of the kind of balanced, smart development that the people of Hoboken both want and deserve.”