Community Invited to Chief of Police Swearing-In Ceremony on December 1st

Two Additional Public Safety Swearing-in Ceremonies Next Week
All members of the community are invited to the swearing-in ceremony for Hoboken’s next Chief of Police, Kenneth F. Ferrante. The ceremony will take place at noon on Monday, December 1, 2014 in the Bissinger Room, located on the 4th floor of the Howe Center on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

The community is also invited to attend a police promotion ceremony on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm in the City Council chambers of City Hall, 94 Washington Street. Police Officers William Montanez, William Vera, and Cesar Olavarria will be promoted to the rank of sergeant, and retiring members of the department will be recognized for their service.

Finally, the community is invited to a swearing-in ceremony for two new firefighters, Eugene B. Turonis and Domenico Camporeale, which will take place at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the City Council chambers of City Hall.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for November

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for November is now available.

Hoboken Residents Invited to Community Meeting on Reassessment Process

Hoboken residents are invited to a community meeting next Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to provide information and conduct a question and answer session on the reassessment process. The meeting will take place from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Hoboken Elks Lodge, located at 1005 Washington Street.

Following last year’s revaluation, the City of Hoboken is following the best practice of conducting a “rolling reassessment” to keep property values updated on an annual basis to make sure that taxes are always distributed fairly and to prevent large disparities from occurring.

Some misunderstanding has arisen among members of the public about the effect of this on Hoboken’s share of County taxes. It is important to note that the recently completed revaluation did not result in an increase in our County taxes, and the rolling reassessment that will be conducted going forward will not either.

“Unfortunately, the system used to allocate Hoboken’s share of County taxes is completely unfair to Hoboken residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It punishes our residents for the success of our City. Every year, Hoboken’s share of County taxes goes up because Hoboken is such a desirable place to live. Whether we use the estimated value calculated with the County’s “equalization formula” or the more accurate value calculated with an actual assessment, our share of County taxes will increase because our property values are rising faster than the rest of the County. Each year, we get less value for our tax dollars because our share of County services does not increase, but our share of County taxes does. And that is just not right.” Read the rest of this entry »

VOTE! General Election is Tuesday, November 4

The General Election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls will be open from 6am until 8pm.

For additional information, visit the Hudson County Division of Elections website.

For voter records, inquiries, complaints or problems, call the office of the Superintendent of Elections: 201-369-7745/7746/7747/7748/7749. For voting machine malfunctions or questions, call: 201-369-7794/7797/7799.

Election Day is a government holiday, and municipal offices, including the Parking Utility, will be closed. Alternate side parking rules will not be in effect.

Veterans Day Ceremony to be Held November 11, 2014

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00am at the World War II memorial located near Sinatra Park. The brief service honors Hoboken’s veterans and those presently serving our nation in the armed forces.

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


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.” Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Information on Enterovirus


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. Read the rest of this entry »

United Water completes repairs to water main at Grand & 7th

UPDATE (4:30pm): The main has been repaired and placed back in service.

United Water crews are on the scene to make repairs to a broken 8″ water main on Grand Street between 6th Street and 7th Street. The broken main has been shut down, and as a result, the 600 block of Grand Street will be without water service during repairs. A utility pole at the location will need to be supported during the repair. Water service is expected to be restored in the afternoon. A water buffalo truck will be brought in to provide water to affected buildings.