Month: August 2019

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Councilman Mike DeFusco: Ethics Reform Proposal Adopted, Will Bar Campaigning on Taxpayer Time, Misuse of City Resources for Politics

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A comprehensive ethics reform proposal sponsored by Councilman Mike DeFusco was adopted by the City Council this week, ensuring that taxpayer money and resources will not be misused for personal or political gain. The ordinance, co-sponsored by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, bars any public official from using the city’s Nixle alert system to promote a political agenda and creates additional oversight to prevent city employees from performing political campaigning activities during working hours.  Read More...

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Councilwoman Fisher: Safety Investments Still Lacking in New e-Scooter Contracts

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Following weeks of advocating by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher for better contracts to improve the safety of Hoboken’s nascent e-Scooter pilot program, the City Council voted on amended contracts that will allow Hoboken to collect additional revenue to help address growing public safety concerns. While the terms of the new agreements are a step in the right direction, they fall short in addressing the immediate and tangible safety initiatives that Hoboken needs to properly ensure responsible ridership and safety for its residents.  Read More...

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City Council records unanimous votes for eminent domain proceedings at Union Dry Dock & negotiations for Municipal Garage with Shipyard Assoc.

Last night’s City Council meeting repeated the beginning of the 2017 process for eminent domain proceedings at Union Dry Dock.

Another unanimous vote recorded allows negotiations to continue with Shipyard Associates, re: the Barry family for developing at the site of the City of Hoboken Municipal Garage.

The following video report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View. Please note there is no settlement with Shipyard for the municipal garage site downtown. Its approval for the negotiation process and will require major redevelopment approval from the City Council at a later date. Read More...

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Councilman Mike DeFusco ‘pleased Mayor Bhalla follows advice to renegotiate e-Scooter contract’

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Councilman DeFusco Pleased Mayor Bhalla Follows Advice to Renegotiate eScooter Contract

After urging the Mayor to negotiate a better eScooter deal for Hoboken, the City Council approved amendments to the current eScooter contracts on Wednesday that will generate more revenue and begin to make much-needed investments in rider safety and enforcement. As part of the agreement, Hoboken will collect an additional $.35 per ride specifically for enforcement, rider education and transportation infrastructure investments.  Read More...

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Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: ‘Unanimous votes!’

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Dear friends and neighbors – 
This is what community looks like:
In front of a packed house at City Hall last night, the City Council not only voted unanimously in favor of both measures to complete our waterfront (Monarch and UDD), but also to invest in much needed affordable housing for Hoboken residents who are being displaced.  As Councilwoman Falco so eloquently pointed out last night… we did this in the same night.    

Thank you to everyone who worked together to make this happen.  I could not be more proud to be your neighbor and be part of our special community.  More voices matter.  #ourhoboken Read More...

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Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: ‘The August meeting’

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  Dear friends and neighbors –    Reminder that tonight the City Council will be voting on important legislation relating to the last two sites on our waterfront that if passed, would pave the way towards completing Hoboken’s waterfront.

  • NYWW/UDD – Introduction for first reading of an ordinance to acquire the site for an amount up to $13,500,000 (appraised value) through negotiation or eminent domain/condemnation. The public hearing for this will be held at the next council meeting, but members of the public are invited to speak on this tonight during the public portion of the meeting.  Also, if you haven’t done so already, please add your name to the FBW Petition to ask Governor Murphy for his help in defending our waterfront.
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    City Council set to easily pass Union Dry Dock eminent domain and Municipal Garage negotiations with Shipyard

    Tonight the only City Council meeting in August is the backdrop for two aligned issues seeing easy passage this evening.

    First is a repeat of eminent domain proceedings on the Union Dry Dock now NY Waterway property. Looming over the matter as in late 2017 is the massive presence and superior eminent domain powers of NJ Transit.

    In early 2018, the City Council reversed its earlier passage of emiment domain requested by Mayor Ravi Bhalla after fulfilling his desire and former mayor Dawn Zimmer’s earlier request to approve in 2017. Read More...

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    Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: “Defending Our Waterfront This Week”

    Official release:

      Dear friends and neighbors –    For those of you who, like me, are passionate about Hoboken’s waterfront, protecting it, defending it, and wanting to see it be complete from end to end, then this is the week you should pay attention.  The last two sites that are at risk of being commercially developed – Monarch and the former Union Dry Dock – are closer than ever to being permanently returned to public ownership.  The City Council will be voting on Wednesday night at the August council meeting on the following (more detail at the end of this newsletter):     The votes on both of these items will be at the beginning of the meeting which starts at 7pm.  Please plan to attend to show your support for either or both!  I plan to leave the HTB circle at 615pm and walk there if anyone would like to join me.   Additionally, there is also an information meeting tonight on the Monarch project at City Hall at 630pm if you would like to learn more and ask any questions.     MONARCH   The proposed settlement agreement is for the City to receive the Monarch site, a new state of the art DPW garage at Observer and Willow, and up to $1M towards both projects.  In exchange Applied / Shipyard / Ironstate will give up their rights to build 150,000SF of residential at the Monarch site and instead will be able to build up to 264,000SF at the DPW site that is owned by the City of Hoboken.  As Mayor Bhalla and Hoboken’s Director of Community Development Chris Brown explained to some of my 2nd Ward neighbors recently at a meeting at Hudson Tea, the process, if successful, is a three step process that will culminate in about a year from now with a binding Redevelopment Agreement.  

  • Step One – this Proposal
  • Step Two – by October 30th, an interim cost agreement will be signed and Applied/Shipyard/Ironstate would be approved as Redeveloper (this is a NJ Redevelopment Law requirement).  This step accomplishes two things: (a) gives the Redeveloper confidence they will be the one developing the project going forward and (b) outlines that the Redeveloper will be financially responsible for all the due diligence the City will be undertaking including financial, legal and environmental analysis on both sites.  
  • Step Three – By December 2020, a plan is agreed for both sites, a formal binding agreement will be entered into between both parties.
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    City Council President Jen Giattino: “Public Hearings, Council Meetings and Thank you”

    Official release:



    Dear friends and neighbors,
    There are a few important meetings coming up this week that may affect you:  
    PUBLIC HEARING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC PARKS
    When: Thursday, August 8th at 7PM Where: City Hall, 94 Washington St. Basement conference room This hearing will be to collect public input on improvements planned for the following parks city wide:

  • Stevens Park: Upgrade dog run surface from gravel to synthetic grass
  • Church Square Park: Upgrade dog run surface from gravel to synthetic grass and add drainage along the sidewalk north of the water feature(dolphins)
  • Elysian Park: Upgrade play equipment and surface in the 5-12 year old area from poured in place rubber to synthetic grass turf
  • Jefferson Park Playground: Upgrade play equipment and surface in the 5-12-year-old area from rubber tiles to synthetic grass turf and add 3 pickleball courts 
  • 7th and Jackson Park: Add shade sails
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