Monday, August 27, 2012

Petitions to Consolidate Hoboken Elections Certified Set for November Ballot

The Vote Yes November citizens' committee announces:

Hoboken Voters Will Be Able to Decide Whether to Implement Election Reforms That Will Reduce the Number of Elections, Reduce Taxpayer Costs, and Improve Voter Turnout

On Friday, the Hoboken City Clerk certified over 1,800 petition signatures from Hoboken residents for two ballot questions designed to consolidate Hoboken's Municipal elections.  The ballot questions were proposed by the citizens' committee Vote Yes for November, a group of residents looking to reform the electoral system in Hoboken.  Now, the people of Hoboken will officially be able to decide when future municipal elections will be held.  If both initiatives are passed by the voters this November, Hoboken’s next municipal elections will be held in November of 2013 instead of in May, with the candidates receiving the most votes being elected to office. 

"Thanks to the outpouring of support from 1,800 residents who signed our petitions, Hoboken residents will get an opportunity to be heard on whether they seek to bring election reform to our city.  We are confident that Hoboken’s voters will support these initiatives that will consolidate multiple elections, increase voter turnout, save taxpayers money, and reduce voter fatigue," said Vijay Chaudhuri, one of the members of the Vote Yes November citizens' committee.

"I am extremely pleased that Hoboken voters will get the opportunity to vote on these common sense steps for reform.  If the two ballot initiatives are passed by voters in November, no longer will Hoboken voters have to suffer through an election year like 2009, when Hoboken voters had to vote in 5 separate elections in a single year.  Municipal elections would now be held on a single date in November - the date when voters turn out for the general election,” said Sasha Conroy, another member of the Vote Yes November citizens’ committee.

If voters choose to move the Hoboken Municipal elections to November, all future local elections will be held during November general election dates.  Hoboken’s School Board elections have already been consolidated with the upcoming November general election instead of in April as in years past.

Members of the public who support this proposal are encouraged to voice their opinions at the Hoboken City Council meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm in City Hall.

We're going to Let the People Decide

City: Westbound Detour for 14th Street Viaduct During Daytime Construction

City of Hoboken announces:

On or about August 30, 2012 and lasting for approximately 10 weeks, traffic on the 14th Street Viaduct will be closed in the west-bound direction from 9am to 3pm. East-bound traffic will remain open. 

The contract for construction of the viaduct called for the complete closure of the viaduct at night to install 50 beams that average 120 feet long. This work is not noise-free, but was expected to be done at night in August and September to reduce daytime traffic delays. 

After further consideration, the contractor indicated that they can leave one lane open on the viaduct if they were permitted to work during the day. The hours of lane closure would be from 9am to 3pm to avoid peak period traffic. Traffic congestion is still expected, but the benefit of the daytime detour is to not disturb area residents at night from the noise. Mayor Zimmer is thankful to Hudson County for working to find an alternative to nighttime construction. 

There is no additional cost or time involved with the detour change. Sheriffs will be stationed at each end of the viaduct and would, as necessary, allow emergency vehicles through. The century-old Viaduct will be completely replaced as part of a $45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade of this section of Northwest Hoboken overseen by the County. 

14th Street Viaduct Traffic Detour– Daytime (9AM to 3PM) – Eastbound open/Westbound closed 

Westbound Traffic Detour Description: 

Southern Detour: 

From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (South) 
Right to Newark Street 
Right to Observer Highway 
Right to Paterson Avenue 
Straight to Paterson Plank Road 
Straight to Viaduct approach 

Northern Detour: 

From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (North) 
Left to 19th Street 
Right to Hackensack Plank Road 
Left to Palisade Avenue 
Left to Paterson Plank Road 
Left to Viaduct approach</b>