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January 31, 2014

Hoboken Opens New Section of Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 5:40 PM

More progress in restoring and extending the infrastructure in Hoboken ….

HOBOKEN OPENS NEW SECTION OF HUDSON RIVER

WATERFRONT WALKWAY

Sinatra Park Walkway Ribbon Cutting 1-31-2014

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined this afternoon by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and members of the community to cut the ribbon to open a portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The walkway between Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park includes a section completed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and a rebuilt section of walkway around Sinatra Field.

“With the opening of this walkway, Hoboken now has a continuous waterfront multiuse path from the Jersey City border to our skate park at Castle Point for our active community to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to decades of work by committed activists, our waterfront is already the envy of the state. I look forward during the next few months to working with the community to redesign central Sinatra Drive into a safe and attractive destination for everyone to enjoy.”

“The entire Stevens community is proud and excited to commemorate the long-awaited opening of this portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway,” said Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President of Stevens Institute of Technology. “We are especially thankful for the leadership of Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires and County Executive Tom DeGise for their strong advocacy in support of funding for this walkway.  This project will enhance public access to the beautiful Hudson River waterfront for our community as well as our Hoboken neighbors.”

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January 28, 2014

Update from the City of Hoboken on Superbowl Week

The latest from the City of Hoboken regarding Superbowl week….

SUPER BOWL WEEK INFORMATION FOR HOBOKEN

RESIDENTS AND VISITORS

Super Bowl 2014 in Hoboken

 The City of Hoboken will host the Hoboken Huddle at Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront the week of January 28 to February 2 leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Hoboken Huddle will feature a 12 foot tall illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the Manhattan skyline. In partnership with the US Curling Association, the Hoboken Huddle will also feature 3 lanes of curling which will be free and open to the public each day from 10am to 10pm. Vendors will include Pizza Vita, Law Coffee, and the official Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Store which will be open daily at the gazebo at the end of Pier A from 10am to 10pm.

No streets will be closed in Hoboken. The only street closure in Jersey City is 6th Street from Washington Boulevard to Marin Boulevard.

The Hoboken Police Department will be enacting a zero tolerance policy on drinking alcoholic beverages in public, public intoxication, public urination, parking and traffic violations, unruly house parties, pop up parties, and unlicensed vendors. For those visiting the Hoboken Huddle on Pier A, all bags will be subject to inspection. Anyone who observes suspicious activity is asked to report it to the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.

By Friday evening, the taxi stand will be temporarily relocated to the west side of Hudson Street between Observer Highway and Hudson Place.

An Emergency Operations Center will be open in City Hall from noon to midnight on Sunday, February 2. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, the following No Parking regulations will be in place:

Effective immediately until Monday, February 3 at 2:00am

  • Sinatra Drive from 7th Street to 11th Street (east)
  • Sinatra Drive from 1st Street to 4th Street

From Friday, January 31 at 8:00pm until Monday, February 3 at 2:00am

  • 4th Street (south side) from Washington Street to Willow Avenue
  • River Street (both sides) from Hudson Place to 4th Street
  • Hudson Place (all)
  • Hudson Street (west side) Observer Highway to Newark Street
  • Hudson Street (both sides) 1st Street to 2nd Street

From Saturday, February 1 at 8:00am until Monday, February 3 at 2:00am

  • 1st Street (both sides) from Washington Street to Bloomfield Street
  • Newark Street (north side) from Washington Street to Bloomfield Street
  • Washington Street (west side) from Newark Street to 1st Street
  • Bloomfield Street (east side) from Newark Street to 1st Street

 

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Reminder: 2nd Hoboken Southwest Park Meeting Tonight 1/28 at 7pm

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:00 PM

REMINDER: PUBLIC INVITED TO 2ND COMMUNITY

MEETING FOR SOUTHWEST PARK

One of Four Southwest Park Design Concepts to be Presented at Public Meeting

 Soutwest Park Meeting 1-28-2014

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting to provide input on the planning of the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street.

Four design concepts, developed based on input from the first community meeting and an online survey, will be presented for feedback from the community. The meeting will include a presentation regarding stormwater management.

Based on community input, a third public meeting will be held at a later date to present an updated design concept.

In October 2013, the City of Hoboken acquired a one acre property bounded by Jackson Street, Observer Highway, Harrison Street, and Paterson Avenue as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park. Starr Whitehouse, a landscape architecture and planning firm with expertise in parks design and green infrastructure for stormwater management, has been hired to lead the planning process for the Southwest Park.

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December 19, 2013

Enterprise CarShare Expands To Hoboken and Jersey City

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,traffic — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:20 PM

Hoboken first had Zip Cars, then Hertz Corner Cars, and Enteprise Rentals is expanding their CarShare program to Hoboken and Jersey City. Read below for details…..

Enterprise CarShare Expands To New Jersey

Enterprise Car Share Hoboken Jersey City

Enterprise CarShare today announced the launch of its services in Hoboken, N.J., and Jersey City, N.J. Expansion into both markets underscores the company’s rapid growth in the New York City metro area. Since June, Enterprise CarShare has doubled its fleet in New York City, and membership has increased in the metro area by nearly 50 percent.

Today, Enterprise CarShare is available on more than 75 university campuses and 40 government and business campuses and in nearly 20 major markets including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago.

“Our expansion into New Jersey will provide even more area commuters with a car share option that features up-to-date vehicles and first-rate customer service,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president of Enterprise CarShare. “As urbanization continues, car sharing plays an increasingly significant role in serving local transportation needs, and our service is poised for continued growth throughout the entire region.”

New Jersey CarShare users will have access to nearly ten types of vehicles, ranging from economy cars to minivans and SUVs. Additionally, for a limited time, Enterprise is offering to waive the application fee and one-year membership charge for any New Jersey CarShare members. New members will also receive $15 in driving credits.

“Because our car-sharing services are part of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, we have access to newer, cleaner and well-maintained vehicles and offer a lower member-to-car ratio than any other car rental or car-sharing company,” said Johnson.

Enterprise CarShare is a cost-effective alternative to car ownership, an environmentally-friendly supplement to public transit and, since it’s backed by Enterprise’s award-winning customer service, delivers convenience and reliability to members in select markets across the country.

More information is available by visiting www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page, or by following @carshare on Twitter.

About Enterprise CarShare:

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago. Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. In 2011, Enterprise entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. In May 2013, Enterprise acquired the business of IGO CarSharing, the first car-sharing program in Chicago, and in September 2013 launched in Washington, D.C.

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Mayor Zimmer to Recognize Hoboken’s First Leed Platinum Residental Building at 1pm Today

Recently reelected Mayor Dawn Zimmer is generally supportive of green initiatives that make our city more sustainable. Here is an example of a private developer Bijou Properties  being recognized for more environmentally compatible development being completed and recognized, namely the Hoboken Edge Lofts….

Mayor Zimmer to Recognize Hoboken’s First Leed Platinum

Residental Building at 1pm Today

Edge Lofts Hoboken Platinum Leed Certifed

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will participate in a ceremony on Thursday, December 19th at 1 p.m. to recognize Edge Lofts being awarded LEED® Platinum Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design.  Edge Lofts is the first residential building in Hoboken to receive LEED® Platinum certification — the highest level in USGBC’s LEED for Homes program.  The ceremony will bet at 1422 Grand Street in Hoboken, NJ.

Joining Mayor Zimmer will be principals of developer Bijou Properties and Steven Winter, former Chairman of the USGBC.  The event will include details on the boutique rental building’s sustainable design, the importance of green development in urban settings and Bijou Properties’ ongoing efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle and cleaner environment within the City.

Edge Lofts has been designed and built to raise the bar for sustainable design and building practices in Hudson County and beyond.  The building’s south façade will be covered by a living wall of ivy to provide thermal, acoustical and aesthetic benefits, while architectural sunshades reduce direct sun absorption at the southern corners.  A 25kW (kilowatt) photovoltaic array produces onsite clean energy to offset common area energy use.    Edge Lofts’ 35 residences — which are fully leased — include fresh air filtration systems, open cell spray foam insulation for maximum air and moisture control, superior sound insulation, zero VOC paint, reclaimed antique oak flooring, kitchen and bathroom tiles made with recycled contents, and Frigidaire Energy Star® appliances.  The building is also Energy Star® Certified and is a 100% smoke-free environment.

Bijou Properties designs, develops & manages the highest quality sustainable buildings and has become a recognized leader in the field of green development along the Hudson Waterfront.  Recent projects include Garden Street Lofts (NJ’s First LEED® Gold Residential Highrise) and The Hostess Factory, a 42,000 square-foot retail restoration including a 20,000 square-foot Green Roof.  Currently under construction is Park Place, a 12-story building located at 1415 Park Avenue on the north end of Hoboken that will feature 212 rental residences, 13,000 square feet of retail space, 32,000 square feet of educational space and a six level parking garage. The $131-million project was designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.  The project recently received a 2013 Smart Growth Gold Award from the Hudson County Planning Board.

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December 17, 2013

Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken Partner on Regional Bike Share Initiative

Here is the latest on bike sharing involving Weehawken, Jersey City and Hoboken banding together to create regional bike sharing……

Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken Partner on

Regional Bike Share Initiative

Three Municipalities Partner on RFP Process to Launch Bike Share

 Bike Sharing Hoboken Jersey City Weehawken

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner announced today that the three cities are partnering on a Regional Bike Share initiative that will see a minimum of 650 bikes placed in strategic locations throughout the three Hudson County municipalities.

As part of the initiative, the three municipalities as one entity will issue an RFP for a vendor to install solar-powered bike share hubs.

In Jersey City, a minimum of 300 bikes will be installed in 30 locations throughout the city.  In Hoboken, there would be a minimum of 250 bikes and a minimum of 100 bikes in Weehawken.

“We are pleased to partner with Hoboken and Weehawken to bring this bike share program to our three cities as it will provide a viable and affordable transportation alternative to motor vehicles for our residents, employees and visitors,” said Mayor Fulop. “We know that our transportation network is a regional one that connects our three waterfront communities, which is why it was important to partner on this initiative. It is our goal to make Jersey City the best mid-size city in America and to do that we must provide alternative and sustainable transportation options.”

All three City Councils will be voting on this RFP at their upcoming meetings. The program is being designed so it could be further expanded into additional municipalities.

“Following Hoboken’s extremely successful bike share pilot this summer, we are ready to scale up to a full-scale, regional bike share program,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Hoboken has the highest rate of transit commuters in the country, and this program will improve our region’s transportation resiliency and provide another low-cost, healthy transportation and recreation option.”

According to the RFP, the bike share system should utilize technology that would allow a user to release a bicycle from a station in one municipality and return it to a station in one of the other two cities.

“Weehawken Township, in conjunction with Jersey City and Hoboken, looks forward to the initiation of this bike share program,” said Mayor Richard F. Turner. “Weehawken residents will have the opportunity to not only utilize the bike service within Weehawken, but will also be able to use it while visiting their neighboring communities.”

The system will allow users to register online or using a smartphone app (iOS, Android), submit payment data and execute a user agreement.  A walk-up user would also be able to rent bicycles directly at the stations, including submitting credit cards and registering and executing a user agreement.   Each bike will be equipped with a GPS and user data will be logged continually.  Analysis of this data will allow the municipalities to adjust according to user needs.

Additionally, this bike share system will reduce congestion, ease parking issues and encourage an active lifestyle. Bike share users also tend to shop closer to home, keeping local dollars local and promoting main street shopping.

As compensation for providing the three municipalities with the services of the bike share system, the vendor will collect membership/user fees, advertising and sponsorship revenues and other revenue sources, as approved by the municipalities. There will be a variety of membership levels to make the program accessible to all residents.

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November 6, 2013

Hoboken Election Results – Mayor Dawn Zimmer and City Council Sweep – Kids First Sweeps BOE

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:30 AM

Yesterday there was an election in Hoboken for the office of Mayor, 3 City Council at Large seats, 3 Board of Education seats and the Public Question #1 on whether or no to adopt vacancy decontrol (yes vote) or leave rent control in tact (no vote). The unofficial results are as follows. Official results are expected on Friday when provisional ballots are counted:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer Victory Celebration 11-5-2013

Mayor Dawn Zimmer Celebrates her election victory at the Village Pourhouse last night

Mayor Dawn Zimmer won her re-election bid by over 1500 votes over 2nd place challenger Ruben Ramos. Tim Occhipinti financially backed by Beth Mason and Frank Raia came in a distant 3rd.

Hoboken Election 11-5-2013 Mayor results

The Dawn Zimmer team of  David Mello, Ravi Bhalla and James Doyle also swept in the three at Large City Council seats by a comfortable margin of 1,500 votes.  Mayor Dawn Zimmer will now have a working 5-4 majority for at least two years on the City Council.

Hoboken Election 11-5-2013 City Council results

The Kids First team of Leon Gold, Irene Sobolov and new candidate Jennifer Evans who were endorsed by Mayor Zimmer also swept their BOE race.

Hoboken Election 11-5-2013 BOE results

Rent Control Question is still up in the air….

Update 11/06/2013 5pm: Finally the vote on Public Question 1 initially had the No votes ahead of Yes on the Hudson County Elections website. These numbers did not include all 40 precincts or provisional. There was an erroneous count posted by NJ.com that had the yes votes ahead but that has been later reversed.

Update 11/06/2013 3:55pm:  According to a City of Hoboken source the current count actually has the No votes up by 50-60. The initial numbers given to NJ.com which was my source had three voting precincts where the numbers were either transposed or improperly counted. This is potentially good news for tenant advocates and bad news for vacancy decontrol advocates. Again this numbers are informational only. The final results won’t likely be until Friday when the provisional ballots are tallied.

 

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October 29, 2013

City of Hoboken: Progress Toward a More Resilient Future One Year After Hurricane Sandy

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 8:30 AM

The City of Hoboken courtesy of Mayor Dawn Zimmer recaps plans for resiliency for Hoboken a year after Hurricane Sandy……

ON SANDY ANNIVERSARY, HOBOKEN MARKS PROGRESS TOWARD MORE RESILIENT FUTURE

New legislation would prevent development on waterfront piers

Public awareness event to be held 4:00pm-6:30pm in front of City Hall

 1600 Park Hoboke Cove Hoboken

Hoboken Cove park and natural landscape for coastal defense and recreation. Concept by OMA team, Rebuild by Design competition (www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/comprehensive-strategy).

One year after Superstorm Sandy flooded nearly 80% of Hoboken and left more than 90% without power, the City is making progress towards implementing a comprehensive Resiliency and Readiness Plan based on a “layers of protection” approach to protect the community from future storms and disasters.

“We’ve made significant progress towards physically and financially protecting Hoboken, but we still have a long way to go,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Flood pumps and green infrastructure are key parts of our comprehensive plan, but they alone can’t stop a storm surge or protect us from skyrocketing flood insurance costs. Through a combination of grants, low-interest loans, bonding, public-private partnerships, and the redevelopment process, we will make Hoboken a more resilient city.”

The City’s concept for a comprehensive flood-mitigation plan, which includes flood pumps, green infrastructure, and coastline protection from rising seas and storm surges, is being developed and refined by teams in the federally-funded Rebuild by Design regional competition. Winning projects will be implemented with federal disaster recovery funds and private funding. Residents may view the various projects and submit their input on which should proceed to the final round by visiting www.rebuildbydesign.org.

“Hoboken is stronger than ever, not just because of what government is doing, but because of our amazing community,” added Mayor Zimmer. “More than 150 volunteers have stepped up to build our Community Emergency Response Team, and the grassroots MileMesh initiative to build a resilient wireless communications network is inspiring dozens to help build a stronger Hoboken. I encourage every resident and business to be a part of making our City more resilient. Prepare a home emergency kit, join our CERT team, submit a comment to support a Hoboken-related Rebuild by Design project, or visit www.milemesh.com and volunteer to be part of this exciting effort.”

The Administration will also introduce legislation at the next City Council meeting that would ban residential and commercial development on waterfront piers. Legislation that would result in lower flood insurance rates for all property owners, which was previously voted down by the City Council, will also be reintroduced.

“I recently met a Hoboken couple whose flood insurance costs skyrocketed from $750 to $5,000 per year,” added Mayor Zimmer. “My ultimate goal is to demonstrate to the federal government that our city is truly protected, so Hoboken residents and businesses can be free from the unfair National Flood Insurance Program that provides us almost no coverage when we need it most. Until then, we will work to lower everyone’s flood insurance rates by improving our score in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System.”

As part of the ongoing ‘Hoboken Ready’ initiative, the City and members of CERT will hold a public awareness event in front of City Hall from 4:00pm to 6:30pm to educate the community on emergency preparedness and the City’s various initiatives for flood and energy resiliency.

The City’s Resiliency and Readiness plan addresses power outages, flooding due to storm surges and rain events at high tide, and increasing threats from climate change and other disasters. The City’s progress on this plan during the past year includes:

Stormwater/Flood Management

  • Applied for $11.5 million low interest loan for 2nd flood pump
  • Requiring the funding of two additional pumps as developer givebacks
  • Supporting and advocating for North Hudson Sewerage Authority’s FEMA grant application for 3 flood pumps
  • Acquired 1 acre for new park in Southwest Hoboken, to be expanded through the Rehabilitation process, and in negotiations to acquire 7 additional acres of property for open space in Western Hoboken, and incorporating large scale flood mitigation strategies into park designs
  • Awarded $500,000 in planning assistance through the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Re.Invest Initiative to design and identify financing mechanisms to implement large-scale flood mitigation strategies into new parks
  • Developed a city-wide stormwater strategic plan with a $90,000 grant from Together North Jersey
  • Awarded a Sustainable Jersey grant to design and build a rain garden curb extension demonstration project
  • Designed a sustainable block plan for City Hall to serve as a city-wide model for disconnecting downspouts and capturing and delaying stormwater from entering the sewer system
  • Finalizing the Green Element of Hoboken’s Master Plan

Energy Resiliency

  • Entered into first-of-its-kind partnership with the Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, PSE&G & NJ Board of Public Utilities to design a resilient microgrid. Initial design expected in early 2014. State of New Jersey/Governor’s Office offering assistance for development, which may be financed through a public-private partnership
  • Bonded to purchase 7 backup generators for Police, Fire, Ambulance Corps & City Hall
  • Awarded $142,080 grant from State for emergency energy systems
  • City Administration & Council expressed support for PSE&G Energy Strong program to combine and elevate Hoboken’s three electrical substations

Shoreline/Storm Surge Protection

  • Collaborating with design teams from the federally-funded Rebuild by Design competition to design and fund regional resiliency measures, including coastal flood protection
  • Redesigning Hoboken Cove park to incorporate storm surge protection along the Hoboken/Weehawken border
  • NJ Transit Redevelopment Plan being revised to include storm surge protection along the Hoboken/Jersey City border
  • Working with researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology to evaluate concepts for protecting vulnerable coastline areas from storm surges

Personal Preparedness Readiness

  • Hosted Hoboken Ready information sessions in community centers, schools and  senior buildings
  • Mailed Hoboken Ready information flyer to all residents and businesses
  • Expanded Community Emergency Response Team to over 100 members, with 60 more in training
  • Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team recognized by FEMA and the White House

Other

  • Bonded to purchase a surplus military high water vehicle to safely reach flooded areas
  • Supporting the grassroots-driven “MileMesh” initiative – a wireless mesh network with backup power for communications resiliency
  • Established Resiliency Task Force and the position of floodplain manager in the Zoning Office
  • Pursuing National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System to lower property owner’s flood insurance rates city-wide
  • Amending Flood Damage Prevention ordinance so buildings are built to more resilient standards
  • Awarded $200,000 state grant to 1) Update design standards 2) Prepare hazard mitigation plan 3) Prepare 5 year capital plan 4) Update stormwater management plan and ordinance 5) Prepare open space plan to incorporate green infrastructure in City parks and open space
  • Applied to Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge for $1 million resiliency grant
  • Working with NJIT Center for Resilient Design studio for the renovation & rehabilitation of the Multi-Service Center site
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October 25, 2013

City of Hoboken Update on Sinatra Park and Dog Parks

The latest update from Mayor Zimmer’s office on Hoboken progress with Sinatra Park and renovations to dog runs ….

CITY OF HOBOKEN UPDATE ON SINATRA PARK AND DOG PARKS

Sinatra Park Hoboken Arial Veiw 10-24-2013Sinatra Park

The reconstruction of Sinatra Park is nearing completion, with the turf for Sinatra Field being installed this week.

“The turf is down and we will soon be reopening Sinatra Field and connecting a new segment of our waterfront walkway so that we will have a continuous multiuse path from the Jersey City border to the skate park at Castle Point,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Once the installation of the nets and the railings is completed, then the field will be opened up for use.”

The park is being completed under budget, and there are no overtime costs for the completion of this field because the contract included a liquidated damages clause with a $1,500 per day penalty for failure to complete the park by the agreed-upon completion date.

“Thanks to the fine work of our City’s legal team, the contractor has worked hard at their own expense to complete this park as quickly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Dog Parks

Renovations to the dog parks in Church Square Park, Stevens Park and Elysian Park are underway and will include canopy structures for shade and shelter for inclement weather, new benches, fences, gates, pet waste bag dispensers, and improved dog water fountain. The stone dust surface previously used at dog runs is being replaced with ¾” pea gravel. 

“Thank you to our dog owners for your patience as we complete these important renovations to make sure our City is as dog friendly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

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October 11, 2013

Hoboken’s QLC Announces Candidate Forums for Mayor, City Council, BOE and Rent Control

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 1:30 PM

Hoboken Candidate Forums October 2013

The Hoboken Quality of Life (QLC) announces the following political events as we head to the finish line in Hoboken’s 2013 election season:

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to announce the dates for its election-year candidates’ forums, a tradition the Coalition has maintained for nearly a decade. The forums give Hoboken voters an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running for mayor, council at large and Board of Education in the November 5, 2013, election. In addition, the QLC will host a debate on the ballot question concerning rent control. These events are arranged by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, Inc., and moderated by Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken, who has expertly conducted QLC-sponsored forums over the last six years.

The events this year are as follows:

  • Council at Large Candidate Forum  - Tuesday, October 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington Street.
  • Mayoral Candidates Forum  - Wednesday, October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington Street.
  • Rent Control Ballot Question Forum – Monday, October 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Avenue at 5th Street
  • Board of Education forum – Tuesday, October 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Avenue at 5th Street

For the Board of Education forum, the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition welcomes its co-sponsors The Parish of Our Lady of Grace and Saint Joseph, as well as the Hoboken Family Alliance.

As in previous candidates forums, these will follow an established format: Written questions will be solicited from the audience and submitted to a three-person panel who will select the clearest and most concise questions on a wide range of topics. On most occasions, board members of the non-partisan Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition will be the selectors.  At the Board of Education event, the three-person panel of selectors will include a representative from Our Lady of Grace Parish and the Hoboken Family Alliance.

Each candidate will have an opportunity to make opening introductory and closing remarks, and a timekeeper will ensure that time limits are respected in answering questions.

About the QLC:

Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen organization that has been active in Hoboken over the last decade. The QLC led the successful efforts to prevent construction of the Devils hockey arena in southern Hoboken, was instrumental in forging the western alignment of the Light Rail route in Hoboken, and with several other groups fought the early battles to secure 1600 Park Avenue as designated parkland.  It participates with other civic organizations to advocate for ordinances for good government practices and to protect the historic structures that lend the city its character.  In 2008, QLC formed the Committee for a Green Hoboken, which worked with the city on an agreement to control carbon dioxide emissions and sustainable development ordinances, and helped secure funding for a energy audit of municipal buildings.

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