Month: December 2015


New Year Dawns Friday at City Hall

Tomorrow is the New Year but a new day will dawn for the City of Hoboken as City Council members are sworn in.

The ceremony will take place at City Hall at 12 noon.

Michael DeFusco will be sworn in as First Ward Councilman on Friday at noon with five of his council colleagues at City Hall tomorrow. 
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=&0=& =&1=& =&1=& =&3=& Corporation Counsel Mellissa Longo will be returning to the private sector as an Associate Counsel at a private for-profit corporation. Her last day with the City of Hoboken will be January 15, 2016.

“Mellissa has served the City since the beginning of my Administration through some challenging times,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I appreciate all that she has done for Hoboken and wish her the very best with her new endeavor.” Read More...


Get in the spirit!

It may be unseasonable warm making some think back to 1982 when we last saw such high temps in late December but don’t let it lessen your holiday spirit.

For others, it may feel like a tundra has struck. Call it the post millenial black coal judgment.

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Mayor offers update on Rebuild by Design

Office of the Mayor announces:

=&0=& Thank you to everyone who voiced their views on the Rebuild by Design Project through the last four community meetings and in writing. I met last week with NJDEP Commissioner Martin and shared our community’s serious concerns directly with him and based on ongoing public input, the NJDEP is currently reviewing alternative options within the five concepts. I have made it clear that a flood protection feature on Garden Street between 12th and 14th Streets is not a publicly supported concept. I am optimistic that the State will address those objections. As we move ahead, I want to make sure that everyone understands that the public process is real and meaningful. Since I have been Mayor, we have engaged in a robust public planning process with every major project including park design and redevelopment plans.  In every instance, the public planning process has resulted in significant positive changes to the preliminary proposals. I encourage everyone to continue voicing constructive suggestions so that together we can help chart the best course to take advantage of this historic opportunity to protect our City from future coastal storms and sea level rise. A video presentation and all materials can be viewed at and feedback can be emailed to Thank you to those who have provided some great ideas that are currently under consideration by the State. I want to address a few concerns that I have heard during the last three meetings: =&1=& Yes, it is absolutely necessary.  However, last week I heard from some residents who advocated for the idea that we would be better off simply abandoning the “Resist” strategy to protect Hoboken from future storm surges, even if that meant returning the $230 million grant. Doing nothing on the Resist strategy is not an option. The storm surge generated by Sandy resulted in approximately 500 million gallons of water from the Hudson River flooding our City. The Resist strategy is a critical component of any comprehensive solution to protect our community. No matter how effective our Delay, Store and Discharge strategies are, they could never handle 500 million gallons of water. We need to first Resist from the water entering our City or we will be severely flooded again with the next Sandy-type storm surge.  All of the components of the four-part water management strategy, Resist, Delay, Store, and Discharge, are necessary to protect our City. During the last 30 years, New Jersey has been impacted by a major hurricane every five to six years. Scientists predict that storms will continue to become more severe, so it is important that Hoboken is protected from another disastrous hurricane in the future. Some scientists have explained that the storm surge from Sandy was not nearly as bad as it could have been — it did not have the strong winds and rain that usually accompany a major storm. In fact, Hurricane Joaquin, when it was predicted to reach our region this past fall, was predicted to be worse than Sandy due to its powerful winds and rain. Working together, we need to protect our community from future severe storm events. =&2=& The renderings that were shown were preliminary concepts, not finalized plans, meant to show that community amenities could be integrated into flood protection measures. I agree with resident concerns regarding access to the waterfront and about impacts to residential neighborhoods and have conveyed those concerns directly to the State. Residents have already provided some great suggestions on alternative approaches that are currently under review.    =&3=& We are. Stevens engineering professors with expertise in modeling coastal flooding have been hired by the NJDEP and are conducting a peer review of the work throughout the process. =&4=& Absolutely not. Sandy flooded nearly 80% of our City — existing residents and businesses suffered; not new development. This project will protect the thousands of Hoboken residents and businesses that were devastated by Sandy and Irene and are vulnerable from future storm surges. It will also benefit our entire community by protecting critical infrastructure such as our hospital, electrical substations, sewage treatment plant and police and fire stations. =&5=& It is simply not possible to protect 100 percent of our City without impacting access to our waterfront.  As I have explained at the community meetings, a balance needs to be struck that protects areas most at risk while preserving the waterfront access that helps make our City such a special place.  =&6=&

Weebles wobble but bobble heads fall down: the sad tale of woe of Natalie Morales

The year end Hoboken political fun and games season was at the finish line or so some thought.

According to Grafix Avenger, the Mile Square City is not out. As everyone is winding down weaning themselves off the political fix available on almost a daily basis in the town where On the Waterfront corruption was built, then erupted a NBC talking head.

Anti-Concept A DEP plan uptown Garden Street resident Natalie Morales of NBC TV launched an allegation of corruption against Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer tying her to big real estate interests and HudCo officials with an inflammatory tweet. Read More...


Councilman Peter Cunningham: ‘Community engagement on Rebuild by Design will lead to positive outcome’

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear friends, family and neighbors, 

There’s much going on in and around Hoboken this holiday season particularly around land use issues which should be of interest to all.

Earlier this month, the first of a series of public meetings were held to reveal and discuss five concept plans developed around the Rebuild by Design competition the City/Region won in June 2014.  


In the past week there has been much debate over the five concepts ranging from highest impact protection to lowest impact protection.  One concept in particular which appeared to be the most economical and lowest impact protection of the five, called for a wall down Garden Street from 15th to 12th street. 
When I first saw the plans, I had two thoughts:  1) there will be flood waters on one side of the wall; and 2) any kind of wall in an historic neighborhood would be unattractive.  HOWEVER, I was open to the debate given these are concept plans and that public discussions by the Community Advisory Group (CAG) called for a “hybrid” plan. A hybrid plan would take ideas from the current 5 plans and mix them with each other to create a new concept plan.  It would refer to different combinations of alignments, like natural berms, and other types of deployable structures around the perimeter instead of hardscaped walls in a residential neighborhood. 
Since being elected in 2007, my council colleagues, the Mayor, and I have hosted, I believe, more community meetings for projects more than anyone in Hoboken’s history.  Prior administrations and officials would have decided on a plan in a backroom deal.  This is by far not the case with the Rebuild By Design project.  
Since the early December unveiling of the plans, the Administration with the CAG, and project professionals have hosted a series of public meetings.  The debate has been engaging and thought provoking.  It’s important to note this is the beginning not the end of the process.  I am confident it will result in new alignments which not only protect more of Hoboken, but cease to divide our community.  

These plans are in the comment period with the Department of Environmental Protection.  It’s important that we as a community as a whole dispute the alignments that will cause harm in many ways to other neighborhoods.  This includes Concept A which depicts the “Garden Street wall.”  We must also call on the DEP to expand the CAG to be more inclusive. 
Comments can be submitted via email to, or mailed to David Rosenblatt, Director, Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501‐01A, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625‐0420.  Please register your concerns so that your voice can be heard about these plans.  
Please circulate to you friends and neighbors, and let me know what your concerns are and if you have any questions.  Thanks, Peter


SantaCon craps out as 9 arrested in drunken stupidity

The following report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Hoboken’s SantaCon yields 9 arrest, 70 summonses and angry Santas

Hoboken’s annual SantaCon bar brawl saw nine Santas and/or elves arrested, and another 70 received summons. Furthermore, patrons who purchased event bracelets were left irate when bars stopped honoring them in the early afternoon.

For the complete story see:


Mayor Zimmer endorses “Concept E” as residents flip out over “Concept A” Rebuild by Design plan

This video report comes courtesy of John Heinis of the Hudson County View:

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, council members and various other officials associated with the Rebuild by Design project largely had to play defense last night as hostile residents demanded answers on the flood preparedness program – staunchly opposing one concept that would introduce seawalls.

For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View: Read More...