Friday, May 24, 2013
Gov. Christie appeared at Seaside Heights boardwalk Friday to promote the Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is officially open for summer, Gov. Chris Christie said as he spent Friday morning in Seaside Heights promoting tourism in New Jersey. Early Friday, Christie appeared on NBC's Today Show, which broadcast its morning news program live from Seaside Heights. The governor later cut a ceremonial ribbon—a Guinness World Record at over five miles long—to officially declare the shore open. "It's an incredible day for New Jersey," Christie said in remarks. "I'm so thrilled that this morning we're here with the whole country welcoming the Jersey Shore back." After being battered by Superstorm Sandy, many businesses on the boardwalk are open and welcoming customers, though others continue to make repairs. Despite some grey skies, …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Legal, engineering and financial experts will be sent to Hoboken to overhaul its stormwater system to prevent flooding. Hoboken is one of eight cities selected for the RE.invest initiative.
Hoboken is one of eight cities in the country that will get an in-depth look at its stormwater system, in an effort to better prepare the Mile Square in the event of a future storm. RE.invest, a two-year initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities like Hoboken "rethink the way they design, plan, implement and finance urban infrastructure," according to the announcement. The goal is to make sure Hoboken, which was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy in October, is prepared for future natural disasters. "We are thrilled to be one of the first cities in the country chosen for this innovative partnership to develop and finance sustainable solutions to address our flooding, transportation, and other infrastructure challenges,” …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The approval means a partial opening of the park this summer.
The city council on Wednesday night approved a roughly $303,000 contract to repair Pier C Park, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy. While the exact timeline was still unclear, but the renovations would ensure a partial opening of the park this summer. Pier C Park has been closed since Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage. The contract was passed unanimously by the city council on Wednesday. Had the contract not been approved, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she would have called a special meeting to approve the contract. Zimmer said she will work with the contractor to make sure the park partially opens "as soon as possible."
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Christie administration announced $1.8 billion in federal funding on Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday announced $1.8 billion in federal funding for indiviuals and businesses in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Sean Donovan attended the announcement and mentioned Hoboken's special situation. Right after the storm, Donovan said, "one of the first calls" he received was from Mayor Dawn Zimmer. The problem with Hoboken's infrastructure is that elevating buildings — something that's encouraged when renovating and rebuilding houses down the shore — is not an option. In that phone call, Zimmer told Donovan that there had been issues with flood insurance and that those living in basement apartments should be eligible for funding as well. "We put specific guidance in…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
New Jersey Senators Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced that Hoboken is one of two towns to receive a grant to rebuild Sandy damage.
Hoboken is receiving federal aid to reimburse the municipalities for the costs of emergency public safety measures taken as a result of Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez announced on Wednesday. Hoboken will receive $1,128,294, according to an announcement. Brick Township is receiving the other half of the grant, which together totals more than $2.5 million. "Once Sandy struck," Lautenberg said, "officials in Hoboken and Brick Township didn’t hesitate to put critical public safety measures in place to protect and serve local residents. These federal funds ensure that those communities won’t have to bear the cost of responding to Sandy alone." Hoboken already received approximately $6 million from FEMA. The …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
There are 493 applicants that will receive a check from the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund.
A total of $974,309.46 is about to be distributed among almost 500 Hobokenites, according to Jackie Burton of the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund. According to Bernard Kenny, chairman of the fund, 493 checks will be mailed next week, each in the amount of $1976.46, to those Hobokenites impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The grant award was determined by the total funds available divided by the number of qualified applicants, Kenny announced on Wednesday. According to Kenny, the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund now will shift its focus to provide financial assistance in the case of future disasters, such as displacements of victims from major fires or floods. To that end, $15,000 will be held as a reserve fund, a small portion of which also will cover …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The park needs to undergo renovations after Hurricane Sandy ravaged large parts.
The city is still in the process of evaluating whether or not Pier C Park will be open this spring, according to City Spokesman Juan Melli. The opening of the park is further delayed, according to the city, because a $82,000 professional service contract wasn't approved by the city council on Wednesday night. The city asked the council to approve the contract with Boswell Engineering for rehabilitation of Pier C Park after damage done due to Sandy, but the vote failed in 4-4 stalemate, with the mayor's opponents voting "no." Zimmer turned to Twitter on Thursday. "Through O&M fund city has the money to make repairs now but minority voted against it--Currently evaluating options," the mayor tweeted. About an hour later she followed up, "it …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The center is open on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and from Monday through Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
For those Hobokenites impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the city has opened a Hurricane Resource Center on First Street. Mayor Dawn Zimmer attended the official ribbon cutting on Tuesday morning at 251 First St. The city is looking to staff the center with volunteers, Zimmer said. "People can come here to see what the opportunites are," Zimmer said, to receive FEMA money or an SBA loan. The center is supposed to help people "get back up and running," Zimmer added. Zimmer urged everyone impacted by the hurricane — if they haven't done so — to complete the paperwork and register with FEMA. The deadline to apply for aid has been pushed back to April 1. The center will be lead by Carly Ringer, who played a large role in the volunteer effort during…
Friday, March 1, 2013
The center will be located at 251 First St.
For those residents still struggling with Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, the city is opening up a Hurricane Resource Center on First Street. The center — which will be located in a store front at 251 First St. — will be open from Monday through Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., the city announced on Friday. “The process to rebuild continues, and we are here to help those who are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. “Most importantly, we need to hear from those who still need help, and we want them to know that resources are available.” The center will offer weekly workshops and one-on-one sessions. The center has private rooms so that those seeking assistance can feel comfortable …