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Community Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony for Southwest Park


All members of the Hoboken community are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park – a one acre property designed with integrated flood resiliency features. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00am at the site of the future Southwest Park, located at the corner of Jackson Street and Observer Highway.

“The creation of the Southwest Park is the reason I first ran for office, so this is an especially meaningful milestone for me, and I invite everyone to join us to celebrate,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This park will not only provide much-needed green space for the southwest neighborhood, but it will also serve as a first-of-its-kind model in the state for integrating green infrastructure into parks to reduce flooding. I want to thank Councilman Mello and all of my Southwest neighbors who played a crucial role since 2006 to bring the first phase of this park to reality.”

The park will feature passive recreational space, 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. It will also include 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.

Police Investigating Fatal Hit-and-Run

At approximately 3:34am this morning a pedestrian was struck at the intersection of 6th Street and Willow Avenue, resulting in a fatality. The next of kin has been notified. The police are looking for a black Cadillac Escalade that fled the scene and ask anyone with information to call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2131 and ask for Lt. Petrosino. The Hoboken Police Department is currently investigating along with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Fatal Crash Unit.

Hoboken & NHSA Officials Lower The Pumps For New H-5 Flood Pump Station

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) Executive Director Dr. Richard J. Wolff and other City and NHSA officials for a ceremony to lower and secure the pumps for the H-5 wet weather pump station (WWPS) currently under construction.

The pump station, which is entirely underground and is designed to alleviate chronic flooding in northwest Hoboken between 9th Street and 13th Street, is a joint project between NHSA and the City of Hoboken.

“I am excited that this project is on track to be operational by the end of the summer as part of a comprehensive flood resiliency plan to protect Hoboken from all types of flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank North Hudson Sewerage Authority for their partnership on this project and the residents of Maxwell Place for their patience during the construction.”

The station will have two pumps, each with a capacity of 40 million gallons per day, for a total pumping capacity of 80 million gallons per day, if ever necessary. During intense rain events at high tide, the pumps will pump against the tide, preventing sewers from filling to capacity and overflowing onto streets.

The pumps are expected to be operational by August 2016. Final completion of the H-5 WWPS is expected for September or October.

The City of Hoboken is financing the bulk of the project, and NHSA is in charge of design and construction and will operate and maintain the pump station under a 99 year lease with Hoboken.

Parkmobile Partners with City of Hoboken to Bring Mobile Payments for Parking to the Entire City

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Coming Soon Parkmobile mobile app will allow customers to use their mobile devices to easily pay for parking–Supplements the use of credit cards or coins

Parkmobile, LLC and the City of Hoboken announced today a program that will soon allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at approximately 900 metered spaces throughout Hoboken. The service will be launched over the next month throughout the city. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones.

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. 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 15 minutes 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.

“We look forward to launching pay by phone with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with a new convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “If you decide to do some more shopping or stay for a movie after dinner, you will be able to add more time directly from your phone without going back to the meter.”

“Parkmobile is honored to partner with a city that is a progressive city,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Hoboken to offer this technology, which enhances the parking experience by eliminating the need to swipe a card or feed coins to a meter. Parkmobile looks forward to working with Hoboken over the coming weeks to offer drivers a more robust means of parking.”

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.

With the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country and 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year, Parkmobile is excited to make a difference leveraging our large network of users. Parkmobile’s mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options. All existing forms of payment (credit and debit cards, coins, and bills) are still valid for meter use.

About Parkmobile
Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network is available in more than 2,000 locations, including 35 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. It is the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country with over 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year. Parkmobile’s services include on-street parking, off-street parking deck, airport and event reservations and municipal parking permit solutions. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, FedEx Field and Nationwide Arena, to name a few. For more information, visit us at www.parkmobile.com, on Twitter @Parkmobile, or facebook.com/Parkmobile.

Special Meeting of the City Council – June 20, 7:30pm

A Special Council Meeting will take place on June 20th at 7:30pm in the City
Council Chambers. Click here to view the meeting notice.

Mayor Zimmer, Hoboken Officials & Business Owners Inaugurate New Plaza

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Council President Jen Giattino, other members of the City Council, and local business owners to cut the ribbon to inaugurate Hoboken’s new Newark Street plaza.

“Streets make up the vast majority of our public space, and this project reclaims a portion of the street to create a dynamic public space for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This project builds upon Hoboken’s reputation as one of the most walk-friendly cities in the country by creating safer intersections, wider sidewalks, and new gathering space. The new plaza will be a great place to relax, read a book, or enjoy an outdoor lunch from the many great nearby food options.”

The plaza is part of a safety redesign of Newark Street between Washington Street and Hudson Street. The new plaza includes street trees, bistro tables and chairs, and Adirondack chairs and creates a new public space at the busy corner of Newark Street and Washington Street.

“Hoboken’s unique vitality and livability is tied to a great extent to its outstanding streetscape,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “That is why we were so pleased to work in partnership to add this new plaza to Newark Street, which is actually a county road right in the heart of downtown Hoboken.”

Other project features include:

• A widened sidewalk on the south side of the street to accommodate more than 3,000 pedestrians during peak periods.
• Curb bumpouts at corners to improve pedestrian safety by extending the sidewalk, reducing pedestrian crossing distances, and improving intersection visibility.
• Restoration of the historic Belgian block roadway to emphasize the street’s historic character and naturally calm traffic.

Funding for the project was secured by Senator Robert Menendez through a $240,000 federal appropriation and through $118,000 grant from the NJ DOT through the Transportation Enhancement Program. The project was managed by Hudson County and designed in collaboration with the City of Hoboken.

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Mayor Zimmer Welcomes Brian Aloia As New Corporation Counsel

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that her Administration has hired Brian J. Aloia to serve as Corporation Counsel for the City of Hoboken. Mr. Aloia is the principal of Aloia Law Firm and served as Township Attorney and Director of the Law Department at Bloomfield Township from 2007 through 2016. He previously also served as attorney at the Essex County Department of Public Safety and as a partner with Weiner Lesniak.

“With the addition of Brian as our new Corporation Counsel along with Alysia Proko as First Assistant, I think we have a terrific legal team to represent the interests of Hoboken,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Mr. Aloia received his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law (1996) and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Scranton (1992). He is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the New York Bar.

Hoboken to Hold Vigil for Victims of Orlando Shooting

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All members of the public are invited to attend a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting which will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:15pm on the steps of Hoboken City Hall. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and City Council members will join the vigil which will include Father Gregory Morgan of All Saints Episcopal Parish, Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of United Synagogue of Hoboken, members of the LGBT community, and other community leaders.

The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be called to order at 7:00pm, as previously scheduled, but will be immediately adjourned prior to commencement of any business, until 7:45pm, so Council Members can participate in the vigil. All agenda items will be considered at the close of the adjournment at 7:45pm.

Enrollment Period Open for NJ DCA Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List

The enrollment period is now open for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Statewide Waiting List for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The enrollment period is Monday June 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The HCV Program is a federally funded program that provides housing subsidies on behalf of low-income persons for decent, safe and sanitary housing. Persons applying must meet all of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) income and eligibility requirements. Pre-applications for housing assistance will be accepted from very low-income individuals and households based on the income limits established by HUD. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply, or an emancipated minor. Only one (1) pre-application per household per county will be accepted.

Maximum Income Limits: Your total household income cannot exceed the limits shown on the income charts for the County in which you are applying. Be sure to use the figure for the size of your household. The chart only goes up to 8 household members. If you have a larger household, please contact DCA at 609-292-2528 for assistance in determining the maximum income limits (http://www.nj.gov/…/for…/docs/hcv_public_ntc_5_24_16_eng.pdf) for your household.

The income chart shows income limits that are in effect now. HUD routinely adjusts income limits on an annual basis which could affect your eligibility in the future.

When:

Pre-applications will be accepted ONLINE only. The open enrollment period is Monday, June 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday, June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Because pre-applications will be selected through a lottery process, it does not matter when you submit your pre-application as long as you do it during the open enrollment period. Every pre-application submitted during the open enrollment period has a chance of being selected during the lottery.

How:

Use the https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ559 to apply online. Pre-applications can only be made online. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on any waiting list. Only one pre-application per household per county will be accepted. Duplicate pre-applications per county will be rejected. Paper applications will not be distributed or accepted.

Where:

Pre-applications can be submitted ONLINE with the use of a personal computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. NO pre-applications will be accepted at the Housing Authority office.

Information Required:

Names, social security numbers, birthdates and income information for individuals living in the household. An email address is required. If you do not have one, the application process will allow you to create one. If you need assistance in another language, Google Translate will assist you during the pre-application process.

Reasonable Accommodation:

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will extend reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals on a case-by-case basis and will take into consideration the disability and the need(s) of the individuals. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact DCA at 609-292-4080 and select Option 1 or 8 from the Menu.

Lottery Process:

The waiting list placement will be based on a computerized selection (lottery) process. Once the wait list open enrollment period ends, pre-applications will be selected to be placed on the wait list after sorting preferences. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on the wait list, eligibility, or an offer of a Housing Choice Voucher.

Pre-application Screening:

A Screening of tenant’s background history including criminal background checks will be conducted during the eligibility interview process for all adult household members requesting housing assistance.

Additional Information:

Please visit https://www.waitlistcheck.com on or after June 24, 2016 to obtain verification if you were selected for the waiting list. Those who were selected will show a status of “Active.” Those who were not selected will show a status of “Inactive.”

If you have any further questions, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/…/dh…/forms/docs/hcv_faq_final_english.pdf

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for June

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for June is now available.

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