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Zimmer: 2012 Will Be The Year of Parks

Mayor Dawn Zimmer focused on quality of life issues during her second annual state of the city address.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer reflected on 2011 and focused on quality of life improvements for 2012 in her second annual state of the city address on Wednesday night at the DeBaun Auditorium on the Stevens campus. 

In front of a crowd of about 200 people, Zimmer delivered the roughly 30 minute speech. Zimmer was introduced by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, who celebrated his one-year anniversary as a Hoboken resident.

"I believe in Hoboken, 2012 will be known as the year of parks," Zimmer said, promising that as well as Frank Sinatra Park will be opened this year. "We finally have the approvals we need, and Frank Sinatra Park and Castle Point will be reopened in 2012. We will be bidding out Frank Sinatra Cafe to transform it and make it a go-to destination for our residents and visitors."

Zimmer also announced upcoming renovations to Jackson Street Park, Jefferson Park, and Legion Park on Willow Avenue.  

While last year, Zimmer promised her audience a tax cut, this year she said she wanted to focus on improving quality of life and did not mention reducing taxes. One of such topics on Wednesday night, was the potential of extending  

"A north Hoboken stop would be more cost effective and better for Hoboken," Zimmer said. "It could be combined with a proposed light rail stop to make it an even stronger transportation connection." 

Besides the city's infrastructure, Zimmer said she also wants to improve City Hall's infrastructure, improving the city's website and creating an online service request system. Starting this year, residents will be able to get their parking permits online. After the re-wiring in City Hall is complete, Zimmer said, there will also be a 311 system in place.

The mayor looked back at a tumultuous year that included and the sale of the Hoboken University Medical Center. 

"I must say," the mayor said, "2011 was one heck of a year."

And no Hoboken speech is complete without looking at the city's parking problem. While the mayor discussed the , the city will be creating a "parking master plan" in 2012.

Present in the auditorium were city directors, the mayor's staffers, political junkies as well as elected officials. Former Mayor David Roberts was in attendance, as well as Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. and Councilmembers Jennifer Giattino, David Mello, Carol Marsh and Beth Mason. 

Mason, the only one of the mayor's opponents to attend the address, said she would have liked to hear more statistics and facts. 

"I disagree with the budget," Mason said, adding that a was created because "we spent the surplus." 

While Mason said she agrees with the mayor on parks and development, she said she has concerns about the public safety in town. Zimmer on Wednesday night said that more Class II officers would be hired, to ensure the safety of the city. 

"Jobs and budget are my biggest concerns," Mason said. 

Zimmer mentioned the recent and said that the city will be announcing the arrival of another large company to Hoboken soon. 

"Very soon we will be announcing that a world-class company will be coming to Hoboken," Zimmer said.

On the topic of development, Zimmer said that the city will be appealing the Department of Environmental Protection'sto the proposed Monarch at Shipyard development—two eleven-story towers built on one of the city's uptown piers. 

"My administration will always do everything it can to ensure that new development is done in a way that does not put unacceptable additional strain on our infrastructure or transform our City from the one we love into somebody else’s development dream," Zimmer said. 

Hobbs January 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Mayor Zimmer and her Administration continuing to movie Hoboken forward in a positive way is clear and should be applauded by all Hoboken. Except Councilperson Castellano, Mason, Russo, Occhipinti see positive change in Hoboken as counter productive to their own political ambitions. They have crossed the line from loyal opposition to sabatours of Hoboken best interests.
Lane Dastardly January 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The mason/russo group hates Hoboken or anything that has nothing in it for them. that's why they fought keeping the hospital out of backruptcy and that's why Castelllano Ochipinto and Fusso couldn't be boothered to attend state of the city. they stink, so selfissh
Bet Mazin January 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
No Lane Dastardly overselling anger management issues is of no use. As an example did it help me here? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gVjDfvnwvg Listened to the little angry bugger and spent over $100,000 saying Zimmer was hiding a tax increase. Then Tripodi leaked to that big toothed horse taxes would go down. Know where I've been since? Nowhere. Don't need angry little buggers with an easel. I need good, solid frauds who can mimick being Zimmer voters.
cassandra January 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Journey Are you kidding? Sachs has ticketing agents every where. If they see a byclist on a sidewalk moving faster then pedestrian speed- ticket them
Journey January 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
They handle parking issues. Which are non-moving violations. Do they give out speeding tickets? How about tickets for running red lights or failure to stop at a stop sign? No that is the job of the police. You still have not made any suggestions.
cassandra January 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The parking utility promotes biking; thats fine; why can't they enforce at least the sidewalk ordinance? Maybe Sachs could comment as to why he shouldn't enforce the ordinance he wrote.
Redrider765 January 27, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Well Cassandra, for starters, there is nobody by the name of Sachs who works for the city. How about if you are going to constantly complain b/c you aren't paying attention to your surroundings and those evil bikers who don't like you keep trying to kill you, you at least learn to spell Ian's last name.
BruceD January 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
cASSandra Just how are any of the "ticketing agents", who are on foot for the most part, supposed to run and catch someone speeding on a bike? A rather bizarre suggestion to make.
cassandra January 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Not too hard. If a ticketing agent sees a bicycle coming at him or her exceeding pedestrian speed - just tell them to stop and issie ticket. Law abiding bikers will comply. The roving parking utility cars that go up and down streets Ticketing corner parkers could also issue tickets. Mr. Sacs is so efficient at everything else- why not this?
Hoboken1653 January 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Is there an epidemic of sidewalk bicycling that I am missing? Don't thnk I have seen it too often. Mostly see strollers & dogs
CaptJackd January 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I wouldn't call it an epidemic. Personally I think that allowing cyclists to ride on sidewalks is the #1 way to promote cycling in town, and I'm not against it, but it can be annoying and maybe unnerving to 'encounter' bicycles on the sidewalk as a pedestrian. I dodged an able-bodied oncoming cyclist the other night who chose to ride on the sidewalk rather than the bike lane which was 10 feet away, and that was humorous more than anything else. The bike lanes seem pretty useless for cyclists --probably more effective as a traffic calming device.
cassandra January 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The primary bicycling problem is on the sidewalks of Washington street - particularly in the rush hour. Riding on the sidewalk is ok - but it must be at a safe pedestrian speed - as the ordinance states. With the promotion of bicycling the problem will only get worse. Mr. Sacs thought my idea of posting bicycling laws on city provided bike racks was a good idea. Has it happened yet? A education program about the law is required - perhaps accompanying news releases about bicycling or on the city web site
Hoboken Answer January 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Transportation accidents of all kinds are dramatically down. Yet you constantly harp about bikes being a threat to you not on the sidewalk while supporting the Old Guard "competent but corrupt" crew as you call them. No doubt they will do it as they are responsible people in government. But no thanks you you. You'll be voting for the corrupt again as soon as the polls open.
xtreme January 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Nobody on a bike would stop for a ticket agent. They would just take off and with no means of identification - like a license plate - there's nothing the agent can do. Even if someone stopped as soon as the agent started writing the ticket that person would just take off. The agent can't chance them. Be realistic. The ONLY person that can issue a summons of this kind is a cop. Also, your point about them being law abiding is off. If they warrant getting "pulled over" then they are already not law abiding. If they're already breaking the law then why do you assume they're just going to have change of heart and abide by the law?
cassandra January 28, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Can't anything be discussed on these blogs without bringing in politics.? I think we just have a sounding board for politicos of all stripes. Time to debate policy issues - not personalities.
Redrider765 January 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Well I am all for a sounding board for people of all walks of life, but I really could care less about the politicos who deserve to be wearing striped jump suits that you seem to support. If you folks want to have an honest debate about policy, how about you start by supporting honest candidates when they run for office. Can't have an honest disagreement or debate when it involves dishonest people.
Grafix Avenger January 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Trouble on the horizon from a corporation that's been accused of murder? http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/01/next-move-holdco.html
Hoboken Answer January 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Sure when you stop supporting corruption then you can start moaning about how your little pet project needs to get attention. Until then do what you people have done for decades. Get in line, put the money in the envelope and go have a meeting with the Russo crime syndicate and ask them for their benevolence. They can't do anything for you, but why break up your traditions?
cassandra January 28, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Please tell me when I have supported corruption?
Jabberwock January 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
This is a tough one for me to post as anything construed in the slightest as a criticism of this mayor is met with 1, or all, of 3 things - a) I'm a paid mason blogger ....NOT; b) someone interested in turning back the clock to the old corrupt ways...NOT; c) used by anti-zimmer bloggers as another example of how terrible this mayor is. There's been lots of talk about different transportation projects across the Hudson - but I urge everyone to watch this so-called mayoral lobbying to get a 7 train stop in Hoboken carefully. Rest assured, it would come with a building. How tall will the building (i.e.compromise) be that we get in order for the mayor to 'accomplish' this coup? I think this project is long in the offing, but an announcement of the Hoboken stop could happen prior to the next mayoral election. Any so-called 'accomplishment' in convincing MTA, NJ Transit (or whoever) to put a stop in Hoboken by this administration must be met with suspicion and a reminder of a quote from her own speech: "My administration will always do everything it can to ensure that new development is done in a way that does not put unacceptable additional strain on our infrastructure or transform our City from the one we love into somebody else’s development dream," Zimmer said. Truth is, at this point, more upzoning or increased density in this town is ALL unacceptable strain and negatively transformative. Also, we all need to pay close attention to the SW redevelopment plan.
ThisMeansWar January 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Typical paid blogger trying to turn the clock back - yet proving Zimmer is a buffoon. I think I got them all in there.
cassandra January 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Could not agree more. The history of Hoboken has been the more the development the higher the taxes - even when inflation adjusted.
Hoboken Questioner January 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
With Zimmer involved I think I'd call it the year of the lawsuit.
Hobbs January 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Jab, I agree with you for the most part. Based on the track records of previous City Administrations a close attention should and is being paid to any new development in Hoboken. There is usually some compromise for anything to get done. The benefits of another transportation link to Manhattan would be a boon to all of Hoboken. Making the commute for those in northern Hoboken would be made much easier and take some of the stress off other transportation points. If it happens it would most likely be on the Hoboken/Weehawken border if not entirely in Weehawken. Redevelopment Zones of the former industrial areas in both the SW and NW will allow Hoboken to get additional benefits not possible in with regular zoning. A park of any usable size in SW Hoboken will only be achived in a redevelopment deal with developers. Undoubtedly the buildings will be taller than the unreasonable one. two or three stories some of the zoning now allows, but the return to Hoboken will more than make up for the change and I think most people in Hoboken would agree with the exchange. The continued growth of Hoboken will happen and the goal is to make that growth a positive, sustainable and fair as possible. I think that the Zimmer Administration will achive that goal.
cassandra January 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Sorry, I have had enough development. Since Hobbs is very pro administration - I hope is is not speaking for the administration. Jabberwock's fears may be well founded
Jabberwock January 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Hobbs, thanks for your comments - I appreciate that you and GA realize that I'm not some operative, just your neighbor and fellow townie. But, I am a bit disappointed, I'm those 101 Marshall (later sky club) alarm bells (i.e. notices around town) were yours. The concerns about that project came true with added flooding in the SW. Areas that were zoned low and industrial were done that way FOR A REASON. It isn't relevant that someone could make more money on that land if the infrastructure or character of the town can't support growth. In the north or anywhere, I'm all for more mass transit - but I've got a keen eye to any spin. I'll support zimmer to the nines on any fight she wants to have with developers. Are we going to turn our backs on the uptown folks that are, for example, opposing Monarch, so the rest of us can either a) have a park or b) have another subway stop in town? That's not 'reform,' that's 'hey, my needs/wants are more important than your quality of life/condo value...whatever. Special shout out to ThisMeansWar: was beginning to wonder if s/he could type anything other then bajardi isn't on mason's elect report. Would be nice if that was a tentative way to start joining in the dialog with the rest of us not in either camp.
Hobbs January 29, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Sorry cassandra, but there will be additional development in Hoboken and that has always been a certainty no matter who is in office. The question has always been is the development of the three remaining areas (NW-SW- NJT) is how to best make it a positive as possible for all of Hoboken. One of the reasons I am most certainly pro administration is that Mayor Zimmer has always said and followed thru on her goal that any development in Hoboken has to be a net positive for Hoboken. No City Administration has been more open and tried to incorporate as many points of view from the public as the Zimmer Administration. I would suggest you and anyone else join in and make your point of view known. I do not and have never spoken for the Zimmer administration, but I have been vocal in agreeing with them when I think they are correct. I think they have been correct much of the time and see them as agents of positive change in Hoboken. Enjoy the rest of the day. :-)
Hobbs January 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Jab, You are correct that after my ummm "discussion" with the now infamous Al Arrezo, I was the first I think to sound the alarm bells on 101 Marshall Street, which thankfully was picked up by many in Hoboken. Unfortunately, the Roberts Administration was not willing to do much more than make excuses for the massive up-zoning his appointed Zoning Board gave away to the developers. I am happy that the debate the project caused did some good. Small changes to 101 Marshall Street ceptic systems etc... and it helped energize many more people to step up and be heard. The make up of Hoboken's Zoning Board has also changed in my opinion for the better. I do not think that a rational case can be made to keep large parts of Hoboken zoned industrial. Real estate realities agree. Office space would be good and from what I have heard this Administrations has been working on that as well. Making the NW and SW suitable for redvelopment will take massive amounts of new infrastructure and that can only be done in two ways a redevelopment plan or the taxpayers pick up the tab. I am in favor of having the developers pay. The Monarch project is not being ignored the Zimmer Administration in fact it has been very vocal for being against it and hopefully will be stopped. Hopefully everyone will keep an eye on all development plans both large and small and add their opinions to the mix and Hoboken can grow and evolve into an even better place to live.
Jabberwock January 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Thanks Hobbs, yes, I know the Zimmer Administration is fighting Monarch - I support that fight wholeheartedly. I've also been told that she recently joined forces with Mile Square Taxpayers (developers in disguise,) so forgive me if I just hold my breath on this and hope for the best.
Redrider765 January 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
And in the history of Hoboken, most of the people running this town either were former city employees or had family & lots of friends on the payroll so they didn't keep an eye on spending or really care about taxes. If you spending under control, the last person you vote for is someone connected to where all the tax dollars go.

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