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Letter from Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Today’s Election

We here at TheBoken.com generally try to steer clear of politics at least for the most part on this site. Today is an exception since we have some very important local issues at stake and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy it is feared that voter turnout could be very low. Mayor Dawn Zimmer has worked tirelessly and around the clock on behalf of Hoboken residents  to address the voluminous number of serious issues caused by Hurricane Sandy. She has appropriately not campaigned other than put out this brief last minute note out to residents as to her take on the issues. After consideration we decided to publish her note due to her exceptional leadership shown through this crisis. Regardless of whether you politically agree with the Mayor or not, I as editor of TheBoken.com believe the residents of Hoboken should be very thankful we have her as Mayor during this unprecedented crisis. For your consideration. If you can, please vote:

Mayor Zimmer Press Conference 11-5-2012 Hurricane Sandy

Dear Friends ,

Hoboken is emerging from the worst natural disaster in our history having demonstrated the incredible spirit of our community.

Hundreds of people volunteered every day to help their neighbors, literally saving lives as we struggled together as an extended Hoboken family. As I write this, power has been restored in most of the City thanks to the enormous assistance given to us by President Obama, Governor Christie,the National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, and most of all by the dedicated workers of PSE&G who worked 24/7 to get our antiquated and badly damaged substations running again as quickly as was humanly possible.

Some of our neighbors still remain without power and we are continuing to work hard to identify the reasons and resolve the remaining problems.

It is time to start the long and difficult process of rebuilding our City and in many cases our homes and our businesses.

Today  is Election Day and the election will go on. It is important that despite the turmoil in all of our lives, that you vote if you can.

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE

Polling locations can be easily found by texting 877877 with your address (street address and 07030 zip code) as the message. A return text with your polling location will be received in seconds. In addition to voting for President, Senator and Congressperson, three questions critical to our local Hoboken community are on the ballot.

Especially during this difficult time, it is important to the future of our community that you make sure that your voices are heard on these three critically important Hoboken ballot questions.

SCHOOL BOARD

I strongly urge you to support the Kids First School Board team of Tom Kluepfel, Jeanne Marie Mitchell and Ruth McCallister (K – L – M on the ballot). Kids First has our schools finally moving in the right direction. They have instituted the sound educational and fiscal practices that are necessary to make our schools better year after year.

The process will take time but Kids First is definitely moving our schools in the right direction and we cannot return to the past practices that led to the problems the Kids First team is working so hard to address.

ELECTION REFORM

Please vote YES on Hoboken ballot questions 1 & 3, important election reforms that would consolidate our municipal elections into a single election on Election Day in November with the candidate getting the most votes on that day elected to serve without the need for an additional runoff election.

This would replace the current system of having a separate local election in May followed by an additional runoff election if necessary in June, in addition to the June primary and the November general election.

In 2009 we had 5 elections in 8 months. If these reforms had been in place we would have had only two, a June primary and a November general election. These important reforms would greatly increase voter participation and save taxpayer money, as much as $125,000 per unnecessary election that would be eliminated.

RENT CONTROL

I will be voting NO on Hoboken Ballot question 2 which proposes amending our Rent Control law to move toward vacancy decontrol. In my opinion the proposal, which was developed by a landlord advocacy group, does not include sufficient protections for existing tenants given the new financial incentives that would be created to encourage vacancies so that rents could be raised.

If your commute has been made more difficult, please vote in the morning if you can. The process will likely be much quicker and that would ensure that a difficult commute doesn’t cause you to arrive home too late to cast your ballot.

I will be emailing more regularly over the next several months so that I can keep you updated on how our great City is progressing.

Sandy has set us back a bit, but Hoboken remains a unique and extraordinary City and our future remains bright.

- Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer


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