Thursday, August 25, 2011

City extends shelter information, urges residents to leave if possible

City of Hoboken announces:


The City of Hoboken continues to urge residents with the ability to do so to leave Hoboken before the arrival of Hurricane Irene. This is a very serious storm, and the City thanks residents for taking the storm seriously. All municipal parking garages are at capacity. For those residents who cannot leave Hoboken, a shelter will be open at 9am on Saturday, August 27th at the Wallace School, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.

In order to allow for the staging of buses, there will be no parking permitted on Saturday and Sunday around the Wallace School on the north side of 11th Street and south side of 12th Street between Willow and Clinton as well as the west side of Willow Street and east side of Clinton Street between 11th and 12th. In addition, no parking will be permitted on the east side of Washington Street between 10th and 12th Streets, on River Terrace between 5th and 6th Streets and on 5th Street between Hudson Street and River Terrace.

Residents needing transportation to the shelter can go to designated bus pickup locations at 3rdand Jackson, 1st and Bloomfield, 5th and Willow, and 12th and Hudson. Buses will pick up residents at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm and transport them to the Wallace School. If the shelter reaches capacity, residents will be transported by bus to shelters in Union City.

Residents going to the shelter may bring medication, a small toiletry bag, clothing for up to 3 days, and 3 days of baby supplies including diapers and formula.

Residents who wish to volunteer with emergency efforts are asked to go to the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall at 8am on Saturday, August 27th. Please bring a fully charged cell phone and phone charger.

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Municipal Garage: Potential buyer SHG gets deposit - and that's that!

City of Hoboken announces:


The City of Hoboken and SHG announced today that they had reached an agreement to settle pending litigation arising out of the termination of the purchase and sale agreement relating to Hoboken’s Municipal Garage. The settlement provides for return to SHG of their $2,550,000 deposit, which has been held in escrow since the original agreement was entered into on June, 2008. Each party will bear its own legal fees and costs incurred in connection with the transaction and ensuing litigation. In addition, as part of the settlement, SHG would waive its claim for a return of its $200,000 redevelopment fee.

“This Agreement will allow the City of Hoboken to move forward with its long term plan to relocate the Municipal Garage to a non-residential area,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Both Hoboken and SHG hold each other in high regard and may work together on future projects, including the Municipal Garage

Talking Ed Note:  I thought this was suppose to be a debacle?

Storm Map shows the potential flood threat across Hoboken


Here's the city's map showing anticipated flooding based on different categories of a hurricane coming through and additional critical information.

City of Hoboken announces:

As Hurricane Irene approaches, residents are strongly urged to take precautions and consider leaving Hoboken. Governor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for the State of New Jersey and is urging residents to leave shore areas.
Flooding Information
According to the SLOSH (Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes) model for Hoboken, the potential storm surge in the case of a direct hit from a Category 1 hurricane could result in flooding for most areas west of Garden Street (red areas in the graphic). Only areas near Washington Street and the Stevens campus are outside of the storm surge region for a Category 2 hurricane (orange areas). For this reason, even residents who live in areas that do not typically flood are strongly urged to prepare for flooding and consider leaving Hoboken.
Parking Information
The Hoboken Parking Utility typically offers free parking to residents in flood prone areas during severe rain/snow events when and if a storm is imminent. For weather due to Hurricane Irene, we expect to make such an announcement late Friday or Saturday based on the storm’s location; however, residents who wish to park in a municipal garage earlier may do so immediately with the “Vacation Spot” program at a reduced rate of $5/day. Come to the Hoboken Parking Utility office at City Hall and provide the same documentation as required for a Resident parking permit; namely, a New Jersey driver’s license and vehicle registration both with your name and Hoboken address. You will receive a “Visitor parking permit” that indicates validity in “Garage B” (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) only and the dates the permit is valid. If you do not have the standard documentation listed above, please see the requirements for a “Temporary parking permit” detailed here:
Residents are advised to monitor news and weather reports and check the City website, for updates. Residents may sign up for email or text updates and alerts from the City of Hoboken by visiting:
Emergency Contact Information
Police: 201-420-2100
Fire: 201-420-2005/2007
Emergency Operations Center information line: 201-239-6643/6644
Please contact the Emergency Operations Center as soon as possible if you or a loved one may require special assistance in the case of an evacuation due to health circumstances such as being non-ambulatory, bed-ridden, critically ill, suffering from Alzheimer’s or a similar condition, have impaired eyesight or hearing, or are reliant on a respirator, dialysis machine, or other electrical medical device.
Emergency Supply Kit
It is imperative that residents prepare now in case of an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. FEMA recommends the following items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

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Gov. Christie: 'Look out she's gonna blow' - declares State of Emergency

Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey with Hurricane Irene expected to come up the East Coast this weekend.  He's asked for people to begin a voluntary evacuation from the Jersey Shore no later than Saturday.

A link to the National Hurricane Center states you should not attempt to get through flood water whether on foot, swimming or a car.  For complete details on what you should do before, during and after a hurricane, please see the link:

This is the biggest hurricane threat in the Northeast since 1985.  Be prudent.

Council outcome: Municipal Garage settlement and attacking speech in the theater of the absurd

Some positives last night and as this is Hoboken, the steps forward to overcome the incompetent past and corrupt present were on show for all to see. Bike Hoboken, a grassroots group came out in significant force with more than a dozen of its members in helmets to support more visible bike lanes in town.

Equally big, news is the announcement of a settlement on the failed buyer of the municipal garage. The commercial market made the original plan of $25.5 million to buy the property untenable. A deal for far less was never going to happen with the property value scaled back with the economy's real estate decline. The $2.5 million deposit of the developer was contested and it appears an agreement on that amount is at hand. Those who called this a political debacle will be eating their words, perhaps millions of them when the legal settlement is filed and made public.

The highlight of the night in a reduced operating Council, Carol Marsh had a serious family emergency keeping her away, and Beth Mason and Terry Castellano were also absent. This was the second meeting in a row Beth Mason has missed and no one knows why or is saying. But she was there in spirit, even with her resolution to do away with health benefits pulled by her $30,000 4th ward seated rubber stamp Tim Occhipinti carrying out her orders. The orders didn't end there.

In the video above at the end of the night, Tim Occhipinti announced that they would take another try at removing zoning board member Nancy Pincus for "conduct unbecoming." Occhipinti then went on at length reading from a satirical series by Grafix Avenger. He presented it as a threat claiming it is part of an "ongoing criminal investigation."

MSV can add this political attack on speech will not be getting favorable reviews from the Feds in Newark or the FBI. As Occhipinti tried to present Grafix Avenger's "Letter to the FBI," as a serious matter, he read through the farce emphasizing the word gun, while trying to skim quickly on the focus and humor of the piece combining the "Vulcan Death Grip," with GA's mention of certain potential arrests around town. It was comical to the point suppressing laughter was beyond difficult, audible on the above videotape.

Tim Occhipinti may be the butt of jokes for his lack of self-awareness and basic skills to demonstrate reasonable judgement in City Council meetings, but he's reached a new low here attacking the US Constitution at the behest of his political patron Beth Mason.

With Beth Mason's failures as a council chair, managing/passing the budget, and attempts to use email communications as a political weapon, consider this the last gasp to change the subject before the real criminal investigation by the Feds falls hard on Hoboken.

Councilman Mike Russo followed Occhipinti and looked less than comfortable with the FBI becoming a focal point of discussion as he completely ignored Occhipinti's unplanned comic performance. Da Horsey pleaded for time to speak and was honored to rise on behalf of free speech against a clunky, vengeful, Masonic political attack.

Here's the original complete letter Tim Occhipinti and his patron of $30,000+ Beth Mason wish to criminalize:

Talking Ed Note: Any elected official attempting to criminalize speech particularly satire is pathetic and beyond absurd. MSV would note it won't be Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti but the FBI getting the last word - and the last laugh. Promise.

If you went back into history and Beth Mason told Tim Occhipinti to have Mark Twain or Jonathan Swift hanged, he'd do it and boast about it after. Utterly rudderless, clueless and without a modicum of common sense but always ready to serve his puppet masters or try to take credit for the work of others (on camera whenever possible). Guess you have to surrender it all when you sell out the community for personal political gain.

Bike Hoboken teams with City in unanimous vote in favor of expanded bike lanes

City of Hoboken announces:

Nearly 80% of streets will have bike lane designation

On Wednesday, August 24, the Hoboken City Council unanimously approved the establishment of an additional 10 miles of bike lanes.

"I thank the City Council for their unanimous support, Bike Hoboken for their tireless advocacy, and all the members of the public who turned out to support expanding our bike lane network," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "As we establish bike lanes on nearly 80 percent of our streets, we are taking a big leap towards making Hoboken truly bike friendly. By slowing down traffic, bike lanes make streets safer for everyone including drivers and pedestrians, and this lays an even stronger foundation for our ongoing pedestrian safety efforts."

Hoboken currently has a total of 4.5 miles of bike lanes, including 0.34 miles of a Class I lane, 2.1 miles of Class II lanes and 2.1 miles of Class III lanes. Class I lanes are protected bike lanes such as the one on the southern end of Sinatra Drive. Class II lanes are striped bike lanes such as those that currently exist on Grand and Madison Streets. Class III bike lanes are also known as "sharrows," or shared lane markings which are used on streets that are too narrow to accommodate striped bike lanes, such as numbered cross streets.

The ordinance establishes Class II bike lanes on an additional 10 miles of streets including segments of Hudson Street, Garden Street, Park Avenue, Willow Avenue, Clinton Street, Adams Street, Jefferson Street, Monroe Street, Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Newark Street, 2nd Street, and 11th Street.

The City will also be painting an additional 9.7 miles of sharrows on narrower streets that cannot accommodate a striped bike lane. In addition, the City intends to create a two-way protected (Class I) 0.43 mile bike lane along Observer Highway as part of a complete street redesign scheduled for next year.

In total, this will result in almost 25 miles of streets with bike lane designations, or nearly 80% of the 32 street miles in Hoboken.

When voter suppression and voter fraud isn't enough

We'll be back shortly with another round of all of the above and an attack on free speech brought to you by Tim Occhipinti on behalf of Beth Mason.

These two want to criminalize freedom of speech. Apparently they intend to enlist the local Hoboken Police Department as a tool of their intimidation.

This was demonstrated by Tim Occhipinti who attempted to pull off the stunt referencing a  Grafix Avenger in a satire series she feigns to the FBI.

Go on and bring it! Let's have at it before the FBI weighs in on these Hoboken criminals.

Because justice is coming!

- Posted at full gallop