Mayor Zimmer’s State of the City – the completed unedited speech
Here is the complete video of Mayor Zimmer’s State of the City speech:
Hoboken Patch is up with a summary of the speech noting major highlights. MSV notes some here:
– the Mayor was interrupted 27 times with applause by the Hoboken public
– the first applause began with the mayor’s remarks on the formidable task of saving the hospital while removing the $52 million in bonds over the city taxpayers saying that goal was within reach.
– the mayor indicated there would be an additional significant tax cut presented in the city budget to be presented at the next City Council meeting on top of the 5% reduction last year
– introduced a costless to taxpayers and seamless $20 million bond to purchase parkland paid for with the existing ongoing park funds
– 1600 Park is scheduled to go on line Fall of this year while Pier C should be fully operational this spring
– infrastructure is a major issue and bonding to repair the waterfront is a goal along with restructuring an agreement with United Water as soon as possible. An agreement negotiated for $13 million with Mayor Anthony Russo offers only $300,000 in revenue annually. The value of the infrastructure is possibly $100 million.
– the mayor urged the City Council to provide ideas and pass an anti-wheeling measure to stop the PAC infusion of money from outside Hoboken as occurred in recent campaigns with Peter Cammarano.
– development should be approved with an eye on serving the needs of all Hoboken residents not just maximizing developer profits; the mayor noted the interest in Hoboken developments is in the billions of dollars
– Emnet a flooding monitoring system will be implemented this spring and the water pump will be going online (this year as planned).
– an additional strong point early in the speech; the mayor indicated she would not shy from making the tough decisions necessary to control costs and specifically referenced personnel costs as being a driving factor
– Jim Vance a noted long time activist in Hoboken was commended twice in the speech for his contributions
– new parking meter will generate a million dollars annually in revenue
– a number of fiscal efforts are saving Hoboken millions; the video is worth a view
The mayor’s speech concluded with a standing ovation from the audience.
(Full text of the prepared remarks is under this story.)
Claire Moses’ story is available at the link:
Katie Colaneri’s story for the Jersey Journal is also available: