Thursday, February 7, 2013
After an appearance in Union City with State Senator Brian Stack, PolitickerNJ labeled Councilwoman Beth Mason "poised to run" for Assembly.
When Councilwoman Beth Mason appeared alongside State Senator Brian Stack and Governor Chris Christie at an event in Union City on Thursday morning, she was there to celebrate the opening of the Colin Powell Elementary School. But, almost immediately, it turned into a quasi campaigning event. According to PolitickerNJ, Mason is looking to run for the 33rd Assembly seat come November. Mason, who currently serves as Second Ward Councilwoman, ran for mayor twice in 2009. Mason would be running to fill one of the two assembly seats in the 33rd district, one of which is held by Ruben Ramos Jr. PolitickerNJ speculated that Ramos will be vacating his seat for a mayoral run. The other seat is being vacated by Sean Connors, who reportedly is …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Heavy damage in Hoboken includes public buildings, such as fire stations and the multi service center.
Sandy's damage to Hoboken is "well over $100 million," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer during a congressional hearing on Thursday morning. "Our community center, public works garage, three of our four fire houses, and more than 1700 homes flooded," Zimmer told the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on Thursday morning. The city has started renovations, which are ongoing, and has approved millions in emergency funds already. Other public property — such as Pier C Park — also sustained have damage. This number is separate from the Port Authority's estimate of $300 million damage to the PATH system.
Friday, October 12, 2012
In a testimony Friday morning, former Hoboken Business Administrator Arch Liston identified former Public Safety Director Angel Alicea and Fire Chief Richard Blohm as recipients of leaked emails from the Mayor's Office.
Fire Chief Richard Blohm and former Public Safety Director Angel Alicea both received emails allegedly hacked from the Mayor's office, former Business Administrator Arch Liston said during a civil service hearing on Friday. Patrick Ricciardi, the former director of the IT office, was arrested in November for allegedly hacking into the mayor’s email account and leaking confidential information. The complaint against Ricciardi listed two recipients of the leaked emails, but neither were identified. The two addresses to which the emails were forwarded, Liston said, were those of Alicea and Blohm. Ricciardi allegedly had set up an archive file, "so that it would automatically forward all e-mails sent to the Mayor and two high-ranking Mayor's …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The field is getting crowded and nobody is backing out just yet; the unofficial guide to the upcoming mayoral race.
For most Hobokenites it's too early to think about next year's mayoral elections. But for those who are contemplating a run, the clock is ticking. Most people interviewed for this unofficial preview of the mayoral race said that candidates will announce their run by or before Labor Day, early next month. Important to know, before taking a look at the potential candidates, is that nothing is official yet. No candidates have officially announced that they will or will not be running against incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer. But Hoboken wouldn't be Hoboken, without some names floating around. One of the contenders whose name has been mentioned as a potential candidate is Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. "He's seriously considering a run," said Alex…
Monday, June 25, 2012
This is the 46th year the red, white and blue flag has flown.
Hoboken celebrated its Puerto Rican heritage on Saturday with the 46th annual raising of the Puerto Rican flag in front of Hoboken City Hall. The Puerto Rican Culture Committee, which has sponsored the flag-raising since 1993, also organized a special ceremony inside the city council chambers. Current PRCC president Raul Morales Sr. served as the emcee, committee member Magdalena Porrata gave an invocation prayer, and Sammy Olmedo sang the Puerto Rican and United States national anthems. The committee awarded scholarships, each $1,000, to five graduating seniors, including Alyssa Brattoli, Jayla Vega, Kyara Scott, Michael Ippolito and Natasha Rivera. So far the committee has given over $50,000 to local students. Morales noted the diversity…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Mayor says the community will be asked to help with planning for the next phase.
The city presented the results of the first phase of renovations at Legion Park, near the corner of Willow Avenue and 13th Street, on Tuesday. Legion is one of three parks whose improvements were bid together to save money. The other two parks, Jackson Street Park and Jefferson Street Park, also recently reopened. Together, the renovations at all three parks cost $239,550. “We wanted to be sure we got it done with the other two parks that were done and before the summer,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. She added that there would be a public meeting before the next phase of renovations at Legion Park. “I am going to want to hear the community’s feedback on what they would like to have remain and what they would like to see changed and how we can …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kid tested, kid approved.
Jackson Street Park reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon. “We are thrilled to provide this park to our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We want everyone in Hoboken to be a short walking distance from a park.” Zimmer said 2012 is the year of the parks. “We’ve been upgrading all of the parks in Hoboken,” she said. The mayor credited Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini and the City Council for helping to make park improvements possible. The park at 102 Jackson St. is the second to reopen with new equipment, and children from Connors Elementary School and the World of Wonder Daycare Center were on the scene to test out new slides, ladders, monkey bars, and climbing walls. “It was cool,” said six-year-…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hundreds showed up on Wednesday between 4 and 10 p.m. at Frank Sinatra Park.
While it lacked the pomp and ceremony of the usual parade or the intoxicated frolic of the new Leprecon, the city of Hoboken's first ever Irish Cultural Festival entertained hundreds of people, including many young children, at Sinatra Park on Wednesday night. Chris Halleron, a longtime Hoboken resident and an Irish American, helped organize the festival. Halleron said he hoped the festival will become a companion to the city's annual St. Patrick's parade, which this year was canceled after the committee that has organized it opposed Mayor Dawn Zimmer's proposal to move the march to a weekday. Zimmer said that a rise in excessive partying in recent years on parade day has come to endanger public safety. The committee countered that moving…
Monday, February 27, 2012
The 13th annual Richard Hicks Black Youth Empowerment Luncheon was on Saturday.
The 13th annual Richard Hicks Black Youth Empowerment Luncheon offered inspirational words to scores of children and honored several community leaders and students Saturday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club. The luncheon is named in honor of the late Hoboken resident Richard Hicks, a fixture on his front porch known for dispensing advice and keeping a protective eye on the neighborhood. "He had a beautiful smile and he always knew how to talk to young people," Hoboken Housing AuthorityExecutive Director Carmelo Garcia said. Garcia is one of the founders of the luncheon along with Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. and former Councilman Chris Campos. Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini, who was acting mayor over the weekend while …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Senator Lautenberg appeared at Carlo's bakery today to announce his wager with Senator John Kerry for the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Just 48 hours before kick-off, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) raised the stakes for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, wagering a bet with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. If the Patriots win, he owes Kerry one of Carlo’s finest cakes, but if the Giants are victorious, then Kerry owes him a Boston Cream Pie sent directly from Massachusetts. "I'm betting a Carlo’s cake against a Boston Crème pie [that the Giants will win Sunday]," Lautenberg said Friday afternoon, "and we don’t like Boston Crème Pie around here!" The walls of Carlo’s Bakery we’re packed from wall to wall to see Senator Lautenberg as well as a piece of one of Carlo’s Super Bowl-themed cakes. Upon entering the bakery, …