Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
Jonathan Cummins is allowed to return to work at Hoboken City Hall and will receive back pay, a judge has ordered.
All charges against Jonathan Cummins — the city's former IT official who was fired in May 2011 and accused of forwarding hacked emails to third parties — have been dismissed by Administrative Judge Evelyn Marose. "She could not find him guilty," said Marcia Tapia, Cummins' attorney, in a phone interview on Thursday morning. Marose ruled that Cummins is entitled to get his job as an agency aide back, effective immediately, and that he will receive back pay for the two years he hasn't worked for the city as well as attorney fees, Tapia said. The judge's ruling will now come in front of the Civil Service Comission — which has the power to approve, modify or reject it — for a final decision. Tapia said it's still unclear how much money …
Monday, May 20, 2013
A developer building a large corporate building by the water has asked the city for a noise waiver, in order to be able to construct on Saturdays.
After the city issued a stop order on Saturday morning, it will now file a motion in court this week to prevent Saturday construction at 225 River St., the administration announced on Monday. The city will ask the court to allow the construction at 225 River St., only if a noise waiver and a noise mitigation plan is approved by the Hoboken City Council, the city announced. Last month, the developer of the building — SJP Properties — asked for a noise waiver to allow weekend construction, to the dismay of local residents. On Tuesday, the developer requested that the resolution for a waiver be pulled from the Council agenda. Afterwards, the attorney for the developer advised the city that they would proceed with construction on weekends. On…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The city council failed to approve a temporary budget that included the costs to print the ballots for this June's primary elections.
Who will print the ballots for this June's primary elections? A proposed temporary budget failed on Wednesday night, after Hoboken's deadlocked city council voted 4-4 on the matter. The budget included $37,000 to print the ballots for the upcoming primary elections. It's the responsibility of the municipality to print its own ballots, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said on Thursday morning. "It's going to be a major problem," Zimmer said in response to the eight-hour meeting from the night before. "I don't even know what to do to get the ballots printed." Initially the cost for the ballots were estimated at $25,000. The actual cost, however, turned out to be $37,000. To change that line item in the temporary budget, a council vote was needed. The vote…
Dozens of Hoboken Housing Authority residents attended Wednesday night's council meeting in support of Barbara Reyes.
The Hoboken City Council on Wednesday night was unable to appoint someone to the vacant seat on the Hoboken Housing Auhtority Board. Former Chairman of the board Jake Stuiver's term ended officially on May 1. Stuiver has relocated to Pennsylvania recently, but will stay on as a chairman until a replacement is appointed. With the council deadlocked at a 4-4 vote on almost all significant issues, finding that replacement might take until the end of the summer. Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti proposed Barbara Reyes, a HHA residents who attends those board meetings and works for HOPES. "I'm here for the people, not for politics," Reyes said, when she addressed the city council on Wednesday night. "I do not have a problem about …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A resolution on Wednesday night's agenda failed in a 4-4 vote.
Multiple votes about the city's finances failed in a 4-4 stalemate on Wednesday night, with the two sides of the City Council hurling insults at each other for multiple hours. Temporary appropriations to cover the cost of the city failed, to pay for the city's costs through the month of June. The council minority — mayoral opponents Theresa Castellano, Beth Mason, Michael Russo and Tim Occhipinti — voted against the appropriations, saying they want the city council to pass the full budget instead. A vote to amend the 2013 budget also failed, because the minority said it meant a tax increase for the city of Hoboken. The majority council members, however — David Mello, Ravi Bhalla, Jennifer Giattino and Council President Peter Cunningham — …
SJP Properties have withdrawn an application to be able to do construction on Saturdays.
Earlier on Wednesday, the city announced that SJP Properties will not be asking for special permission to be able to do construction on Saturdays. "The resolution requesting a construction noise waiver for SJP Properties has been pulled from tonight's agenda at the request of SJP. The resolution will NOT be heard at tonight's meeting," stated the city's Facebook page. The waiver was proposed late last month to the chagrin of local residents. Under the city's noise ordinance, construction isn't allowed on Saturdays. SJP Properties, however, has asked the city for a waiver, in order to do construction work on Saturdays at the Waterfront Corporate Center III, a new development at Second and River Streets.
The master plan will take about six months. Afterward, it can be determined which improvements will have to be made to the more than 100-year-old infrastructure.
In the coming six months, United Water will be completing a master plan to determine what type of renovations and improvements have to be made to Hoboken's water system. After multiple water main breaks over the last few months, United Water will be looking into the water infrastructure, some parts of which haven't been changed since 1860, according to Chris Riat, a senior director at United Water. United Water will also complete a hydrolic model — a digital imitation of Hoboken's water system — that can "further help," Riat said. The plan will be completed in three phases over the next six months. The main problem with Hoboken's water system, Riat said, is age. There has also been an increased demand, with Hoboken's population growing …
Mayor Dawn Zimmer held a press conference on Wednesday morning, announcing several infrastructure changes.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Wednesday morning that the city will apply for a $9 million loan from the Department of Environmental Protection to build a second wet weather pump to complement the current pump on Observer Highway. The accompanying cost for the city will be $4,5 million over the duration of the 20-year loan, Zimmer said. Before the city can apply, the city council will have to approve the loan. "We need to prevent the rainwater from going into the sewer system," the mayor said during a press conference in City Hall on Wednesday morning, where she was joined by United Water and North Hudson Sewerage Authority officials. The pump — which has been designed and has been described by Zimmer as a "shovel ready" project — would …
That's the question NJ Transit is asking commuters at the Hoboken Terminal on Wednesday afternoon during rush hour.
Wednesday, May 15
On Wednesday afternoon, New Jersey Transit is hosting one of its forums at the Hoboken Terminal. The forums are supposed to give customers the opportunity to speak directly to NJ Transit general managers of operations and senior level staff. The feedback received will be taken into account for NJ Transit's annual scorecards. The forum is scheduled to take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., right during your evening commute, outside the waiting room at the Hoboken Terminal.