Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9-11 Tribute to the Tribute in Light


Hoboken resident Greg Bond's tribute to the 9-11 Tribute of Light. In honor of all those murdered that day, we also honor those in Hoboken who perished. Please hold all of them and their families in prayer.

Joao A. "J.J." Aguiar Jr., 30

Jean A. Andrucki, 43

 Peter Apollo, 26

Marty Boryczewski, 29

Nick Brandemarti, 21

Swarma Chalasani, 33

Christopher Colasanti, 33

Michael S. Costello, 27

Christopher Cramer, 34

Gavin Cushny, 47

Neil Dollard, 28

 Douglas DiStefano, 24

 Michael DeRienzo, 37

Margaret Echtermann, 33

Jeffrey B. Gardner, 36

 Michael Edward Gould, 29

Scott Hazelcorn, 29

 Joseph Ianelli

Matthew Horning, 26

Thomas Knox, 31

Donna Bernaerts-Kearns, 44

Greg Malone, 42

Marc A. Murolo

Katie McGarry-Noack, 30

George McLaughlin Jr., 36

Michael Mullin, 27

John Murray, 32

 Martin S. Niederer, 23

Brian Novotny, 33

Keith K. O'Connor, 28

Lesley Thomas O'Keefe, 40

Dominique Pandolfo, 27

 Jon A. Perconti Jr., 32

Scott Rohner, 22

Joshua Rosenblum, 28

Nick Rowe, 29

 Ronald Ruben, 36

Richard L. Salinardi, 32

James Kenneth Samuel Jr., 29

 John Schroeder, 32

Alex Steinman, 32

Melissa Vincent, 28

James Patrick White, 34

Deborah Lynn Williams, 35

Michael Wittenstein, 34

Mayor Zimmer welcomes new Finance Director, Director Ian Sacs leaving Parking & Transportation, relocating family to Europe

Office of the Mayor announces:

Mayor Zimmer welcomes Solomon Steplight as new Finance Director

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs will be leaving his position on October 15, 2012 and that she has appointed Solomon Steplight as Finance Director effective today.

Director Sacs recently informed Mayor Zimmer that he and his family are moving to Europe. He has agreed to assist with completing major ongoing projects on a consulting basis.

“Ian put Hoboken on the map as a leader in progressive transportation initiatives,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “He brought us new technologies like multi meters and an online permit sale system, started a nationally-recognized car-sharing program, set into motion years of roadway safety design improvements, expanded customer service hours, made our streets more accommodating for all users and reduced car crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists, eliminated garage waiting lists, and expanded our shuttle system and bicycling infrastructure. I can’t thank him enough for all he has done for Hoboken.”

“My choice is best for our family, yet nonetheless difficult,” said Director Sacs. “I thank Mayor Zimmer for the opportunity to serve Hoboken; it has been a sincere pleasure working alongside her team of stellar professionals.”

Mr. Steplight’s strong managerial experience includes serving as Assistant Finance Director in Newark and as Director of Finance, Strategy and Administration at a national nonprofit organization. His resume is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/docs/mayor/Steplight-Resume.pdf.

“I thank Director Trasente for his service to Hoboken through a difficult time, for being a part of putting our finances back on track, and for agreeing to assist through a transition period,” said Mayor Zimmer. “During his time as Finance Director, we have made City Hall more efficient and seen a significant reduction in the municipal tax levy.”

Solomon Steplight the new Finance Director with Mayor Dawn Zimmer

City files court motion to simplify rent control ballot question

City of Hoboken announces:

Today an order to show cause, verified complaint and brief were filed with the Court on behalf of the Clerk of the City of Hoboken in relation to the rent control ballot question.

The City believes that the proposed wording for the rent control ballot question as presently written is confusing and misleading. The only way to protect the rights of the voters is for the ballot question to be framed in a simple and fair manner.

“Regardless of which side people take on the question of rent control, voters deserve a clear understanding of the issue on which they are being asked to vote,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

The proposed public question as submitted by the Petitioners to the City Clerk reads as follows:

Shall the City of Hoboken continue annual rental increase protections for current residents of rent controlled properties but allow property owners to negotiate rents for vacant apartments and exempt buildings with one-to-four units and condominium units from the rent leveling ordinance by adopting the proposed amendment to Chapter 155 of the Code of the City of Hoboken?

The Clerk proposes the following public question:

Shall Hoboken’s Rent Control law be amended to provide that upon vacancy, buildings containing 4 or fewer units that are now covered by rent control become exempt from the City’s Rent Control laws, and that buildings containing more than 4 units that are now covered by Rent Control, upon vacancy, be permitted to charge the new tenant a market rate rent, while continuing to be covered by the other provisions of the City’s Rent Control laws such as the limitations on annual rent increases and other tenant protections?

Accordingly, an order to show cause was filed with the Court asking the Court to permit the Clerk to formulate the public question as proposed above to provide clarity in the question to better aid the voters. The City strongly believes that it is crucial for voters to be provided with clear wording of the public question, however if the Court denies the Clerk’s motion to revise the public question, the City requests the approval of an interpretive statement to accompany the original public question in the ballot.  Finally, the City asks the Court to issue a stay against printing of ballots by the Hudson County Clerk until the matter is decided by the Court.

Wednesday’s Special Council meeting will not include any discussion of this matter as it is now before the Court. The filed order to show cause, verified complaint and brief will be posted to the City website, www.hobokennj.org.

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9-11 Interfaith Ceremonies at Pier A today

City of Hoboken announces:


The Hoboken community will come together to share in its annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims, their families, the City of Hoboken, and the entire nation. Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.

The service will take place on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm. on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001. All are invited to attend.