Tuesday, August 30, 2011

6th ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino notes yesterday's cleanup effort & catch basin problems

From the desk of Councilwoman Jen Giattino:

Greetings from Jen Giattino for City Council
Hello All,
Post storm clean up efforts have begun.  
This morning we had a very successful clean up of
Church Square Park. THANK YOU to all the volunteers
who came out to help.

My sincere thanks to all the residents of Hoboken.
Because of wonderful team efforts, we made it through Irene
and many of us even got to know our neighbors a little better.
A special thanks to the 6th warders who helped me out
personally and who helped others that were in need.
I am so grateful and proud to be part of such an
amazing community.
Garbage Information:
Garbage pickup will take place on Monday night
In addition, on Monday and Tuesday night the City
will pick up sandbags and damaged furniture or household
items that are placed on the curb.
Residents may also bring items (no construction material)
directly to the municipal garage. Dumpsters at the garage
will be available until 8pm every night until
Friday, September 2.
The entrance to the garage is on Willow Avenue between
Newark Street and Observer Highway.
Other helpful links - Compliments of City of Hoboken:
- More clean up info   CLICK HERE

- Mold prevention after flood  CLICK HERE

- To dispose of sand bags, call 201-420-2385.
   Provide your address, and the City will pick them up.



Talking Ed Note: If you know of a problem with any public catch basins you see clogged or backed up, note the location and which corner or house number they are nearest.

Contact NHSA Comissioner Tony Soares directly who will follow up with those who can address the matter as soon as possible

Tony Soares Commissioner NHSA

MSV Premium Content - finishing touches out tomorrow

MSV is currently working on the Premium Content and in addition to the return of Beth Mason with her meeting after the storm, there's several other items were looking to update including the all important matter of the hospital.

In the meantime, if you have any tidbits for consideration send them to Da Horsey, smartyjones@me.com while there's time. Summer hiatus is almost over and did you hear, Hoboken just hired a new Public Safety Director who has experience with the FBI.

So in the interim, keep a look out especially for Timmy who is being kept safe and dry in a secluded location.

- Posted at full gallop

New Public Safety and Acting Environmental Services Directors

City of Hoboken announces:


Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that she is appointing Jon L. Tooke as Director of Public Safety and Leslie Shenkler as acting Director of Environmental Services.

“So many people deserve recognition for the response to Hurricane Irene, but I want to thank Jon Tooke, who I am appointing Director of Public Safety,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Jon wasn’t scheduled to begin for a few weeks, but he answered the call to help when we needed it most. He caught a flight back from Washington so he could start working on Saturday just as Irene was about to hit, and I think he has done an excellent job so far at keeping our community safe. It is extremely important that we effectively integrate emergency services between Police, Fire, EMS and OEM in a way that maximizes efficiency and public safety, and Jon has the background and experience to make that happen.”

“Jon is a true professional who will bring to Hoboken nearly 30 years experience in the Jersey Police Department, which he helped modernize through professional development and the implementation of technologies like COMPSTAT,” added Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As Patrol Bureau Commander, he ran the largest bureau in the JCPD and was responsible for staffing and deploying more than 600 employees with a focus on professionalism, service to the community and efficiency. He has more than 20 years experience as a law enforcement instructor, including an FBI-run training program for police leadership and management.”

Mr. Tooke has a Masters in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University, and his professional development includes the West Point Command and Leadership School, FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy and FBI Leadership Fellows Program. He served in the Jersey City Police Department from 1979 to 2008 as City Captain, West District Commander and Patrol Bureau Commander, among other roles. He has since served as an FBI-LEEDA National Training Coordinator.

“I am also announcing that I am appointing Leslie Shenkler as acting Director of Environmental Services,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I thank him for joining our team and leading the cleanup effort after this storm.”

Mr. Shenkler, a veteran who served in the US Army Corps of Engineer, has 10 years of experience serving as Borough Administrator for the Boroughs of Rutherford and Allendale and previously served as Director of the General Services Division for Bergen County for 10 years. He is a registered architect, professional planner, and IMFA Certified Facility Manager.

The confirmation of the appointment of Director Tooke will be on the agenda at the next City Council meeting.

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Mayor expresses thanks to community efforts through storm

Office of the Mayor announces:


“I want to say thank you to everyone,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the flooding was not as severe as we had expected, this was a major storm, and everyone worked together to ensure that no one was seriously hurt in Hoboken. Most importantly, I thank the community for heeding the calls to evacuate, going to shelters, being prepared, and moving thousands of cars off the street. By being proactive together as a community, we helped protect the lives of residents.”

“The flooding is over, the state of emergency has been lifted, power has been restored almost everywhere and the cleanup effort will continue this week,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Over the next few days and weeks, we will be providing updates on the cleanup effort and the potential for assistance from FEMA. As a community, we worked together to weather a very significant storm, and there are so many people who deserve our thanks and recognition for their efforts including the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments, Office of Emergency Management, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Environmental Services, Parking Utility, my directors and staff, Stevens Institute of Technology and Stevens volunteers, Hoboken University Medical Center, North Hudson Sewerage Authority, PSE&G, Red Cross, Senator Stack and his OEM/CERT, Mayors Gonnelli, Turner and Roque, Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, Governor Christie and his team, and the NJ National Guard for all that they have done.”

City: Pump volunteers available to "pump you out!"

City of Hoboken announces:

Volunteers from the nonprofit H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 are in Hoboken to help residents whose homes still have flooding. They have a few pumps and generators available. Priority will be given to the elderly and disabled, and they will work to help as many as possible. 

Please call the Mayor's Office if you or a neighbor needs help: 201-420-2018.

Talking Ed Note: The revitalized City of Hoboken website has become a go to place for information.  It's seen tens of thousands of unique visitors in a given day checking in for updates.  Today it gave out and the server crashed.  Better today than last weekend.

Sign of the Times: Hear ye, hear ye, get your water and crackers!

Another pick from the scorching new HHA series, "Hurricane with a Purpose," this picture features BoE "Independents for Education" Peter Biancamano, Frank "Pupie" Raia and Councilwoman Beth Mason.

Beth Mason splays the granola with crackers in this pose Sunday after the hurricane joined by Peter Biancamano and Frank Raia who go "badgeless."

Grafix Avenger has a related post on the HHA's Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.  The question there isn't what he did the day after but the day before.  Why would the Executive Director not tell people to evacuate from below sea level with an approaching hurricane?


Photo courtesy Friends of Beth Mason's Facebook page who love Da Horsey