Mayor Dawn Zimmer wrote an opinion piece in USA Today
Mayor Dawn Zimmer
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Freeholder Anthony Romano announced their support for a new bill on Friday morning in Hoboken.
On Friday morning, the corner of Newark and Garden Streets was sunny, dry and — in the words of U.S. Senator Bob Mendendez — "the way we want it to be all the time." The intersection is one of the most flood prone in the city and was hard hit during both hurricanes Irene and Sandy. For days during the direct aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the block wasn't passable, the businesses on that corner were destroyed and a mix of sewerage and rain water stood stagnant in the street. "A Hoboken that was so dark and so flooded for so long," said Menendez, "cannot easily be forgotten." With that in mind, Menendez joined local officials Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken's Congressman Albio Sires and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano on Friday morning to…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mayors Dawn Zimmer, Richard Turner of Weehawken and Michael Gonnelli of Secaucus met on Wednesday, saying that the county has to make cuts to the budget.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer — together with nearby mayors Richard Turner and Michael Gonnelli — is opposing a 10 percent increase in county taxes. The county budget was introduced, but hasn't been approved yet. The vote on the budget was scheduled for June 11. Until then, special hearings will be scheduled — likely in Hoboken — to try to amend the budget. On Wednesday afternoon, the mayors held a joint press conference, telling Hudson County to tighten the belt and make the cuts that are needed to bring the tax levy down. "We came together to express our concern," said Zimmer after the press conference. "The county has to roll up its sleeves." A 10 percent increase, Zimmer said, is "outrageous" especially coming off Sandy recovery. "The county has …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Four council members decided not to attend a special meeting on Thursday night.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Thursday night said the responsibility to pay for $700,000 due to retired firefighters is now in the city council's hands. On Thursday night, the four council members who oppose the current administration, decided not to attend a meeting to vote on the terminal leave that is owed to 14 firemen. The city proposed to pay for the cost by selling the same amount worth in emergency notes, one of two ways to fund the terminal leave, which is a retirement benefit based upon number of years of service. The ordinance had been on the agenda of the last meeting as well. Issuing the notes means that the cost can be spread out over five years, the mayor said. "Spreading the cost out in this way protects taxpayers from the unfair …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Vision for Hoboken — the mayoral and council slate challenging incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer in November — is criticizing the current administration's fiscal policy.
The political season has begun. Ruben Ramos Jr., who is challenging Mayor Dawn Zimmer in November's mayoral election, has blasted the current administration for its fiscal policies. On Thursday night, the city council was scheduled to meet for a special meeting to approve $700,000 in emergency appropriations to pay for 14 retired firefighters' terminal pay. Zimmer is urging the council to approve the appropriations so that the retirees can receive the money to which they're entitled. But, said Ramos on Thursday, this money should have been included in the budget already. Ramos is running with a council slate that is comprised of Laura Miani, Eduardo Gonzalez and Joe Mindak. On behalf of all four candidates, he sent out a press release …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A six month pilot will start in May.
A 6-month bike-sharing program that includes hybrid bicycle rentals and waterfront tours will roll into Hoboken next month. The city council on Wednesday night approved a pilot program that is scheduled to start in mid-May and last for at least six months. Hoboken is partnering with E3Think, Bike And Roll and Social Bicycles (SoBi) to launch the nation’s first hybrid bike rental and bike share program. There will be 45 bikes parked in the streets of Hoboken, said Patrick Hoffman of SoBi. The city announced on Thursday that bike rentals for Hoboken residents and visitors will be available on the waterfront near Pier A for longer recreational rides. Similar to Hoboken’s Corner Cars car-sharing program, residents will also be able to …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Elysian Charter School students sent "a message to the president."
A video made by students from the Elysian Charter School stood out among almost 2,000 applications in this year's C-SPAN 2013 StudentCam Competition. For the fourth time, students from the charter school have won a top award in the competition. Sixth Grade students Nathan Blumenfeld and Ireland Tavarez won Honorary Mention for their short film “The Unemployment Rate." Theirs was one of 1,893 submissions. C-SPAN's Pam McGorry presented the award to Blumenfeld and Tavarez last week. Mayor Dawn Zimmer was present to to congratulate the winners. In their video, Blumenfeld and Tavarez asked three questions: Why is the unemployment rate so high?; How can we create more jobs? and Do you think the unemployment rate will grow or shrink in the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
A water main break disrupted water service on downtown Willow Avenue on Friday night.
A water main break on Thursday night disrupted water service on downtown Willow Avenue on Friday morning, according to officials on the scene. The break is the sixth one in about a week, following a major water main break last Thursday, when construction workers hit a 30-inch main in uptown Hoboken. Residents took to Twitter on Friday morning, complaining about the amount of water main breaks. "This is getting to be absolutely absurd. @CityofHoboken what are you doing about this to prevent it from happenning again?" wrote Jimmy DaSilva on Friday morning. "No running water at 1st & Willow this morning. Is there an ETA on when it will be back?" tweeted Lauren Pavlick. The main break comes two days after Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced she is …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Following multiple water main breaks over the weekend, Mayor Dawn Zimmer held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
The city is looking into ways to terminate its current agreement with United Water, a 30-year agreement that was put in place in the nineties and isn't set to expire until 2024. Under the current agreement, United Water is obligated to invest $350,000 per year into Hoboken's water system for repairs and capital improvements. But, said Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Wednesday afternoon during a press conference in City Hall, that no longer seems to be enough. Of that amount, which is capped, 80 percent is spent on existing repairs, Zimmer said. That means that barely any money can be spent on improvements, the mayor continued. "We're paying the price," Zimmer said, "for investments that should have been done long ago." The agreement between the City …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The meeting is planned for Monday April 8.
The city is planning to update the public on the acquisition of a new park in the southwestern part of town. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday April 8, at the Connors School at Second and Monroe Streets. Mayor Dawn Zimmer will attend the meeting to answer questions and provide updates on the status of acquiring land for parks envisioned in the City’s Open Space Plan, the city announced. The city will discuss a Southwest Park at Jackson and Newark Streets — an acre lot that the city is purchasing with the help of eminent domain proceedings — and a park at Seventh and Jefferson Streets, as well as what is happening with the 6-acre BASF site at Eleventh and Madison Streets. The meeting previously scheduled for April 2 on the …