Councilman Peter Cunningham: End of Summer Updates

From the desk of Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear neighbors, friends and family,  
As we look to conclude the summer of 2016, there are a couple of notables needing mention that has us going out with a bang.
Generally speaking the policy and political fronts in Hoboken are quiet during the summer.  However, the council has had many committee meetings with the Administration on development, parking and transportation; policy discussions around demolitions and retail signage and it’s impact on historic preservation.  It has been a very busy summer, as these meetings have more than made up for the abbreviated city council meeting schedule.  
So as to not loose anyone’s attention on what could be a long update, I will provide links where possible to click through for additional details.

Tropical Storm Hermine.
At this time, residents and businesses are urged to take the following steps to make sure they are prepared in the event of severe weather:
  • Sign up for the City’s Reverse 911 system at and for email and text alerts through the Nixle system at
  • Download weather apps, monitor weather forecasts, and sign up for weather alerts.
  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
  • Create a family emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit. Some of the items in a basic emergency kit include: one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio; flashlight and extra batteries; and First Aid kit. Visit for more information.
  • Make a pet emergency kit and plan. Visit for more information.
  • Refill prescriptions, make a list of prescriptions, and check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled, to make sure they are prepared.
  • Additional readiness tips are available at For updates, visit or sign up for email or text alerts at

Public Safety 
There has been a rash of burglaries and theft in our neighborhoods this summer, and the Hoboken Police Department have been working on this person’s apprehension below.  Attached is a “wanted” sign.  I have had numerous discussions with Police Chief Ferrante and we plan to co-host a community meeting in mid September to discuss all safety with 5th Ward residents.  As always, lock your doors, report suspicious activity and don’t leave items outside that might attract an unwanted situation.

This was a block buster announcement earlier this week.  We have been working towards the acquisition of this land since I have been elected to council.  The BASF (Henkel) acquisition is the genesis of our Open Space Trust Account.  Attached is a picture of the site location.
Historic Preservation
There are many things Hoboken can be proud of, and one of them is its historic character.  It’s unfortunate that over the recent decades, many old factory buildings have been lost to development.  We are equally fortunate that more were not lost, and have actually formed the basis of Hoboken’s affordable housing stock we have today.
Pressure on real estate prices due to Hoboken’s desirability, flood mitigation legislation in connection with the National Flood Insurance program, and not proactively expanding Hoboken’s Historic Districts has put pressure on our housing stock like brownstones and red brick homes.  While efforts are underway to expand our historic districts working with the State Historic Preservation Office, legislation is forthcoming for consideration that will hopefully slow the demolition process.  More to come on this front.  
Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, heed the storm and be careful.  And as always, please circulate to those wanting to be informed.  

Peter Cunningham

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