Friday, November 30, 2012

Saturday Hoboken Volunteer effort to get word out on aid

From the City of Hoboken Facebook page:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: On Saturday, December 1st, we will continue canvassing the city by foot, hitting every city block affected by the flooding, to post flyers with information regarding where to seek additional assistance. FEMA is still here, as well as other organizations such as AmeriCorps, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, and Small Business Association (SBA). They are located at 59 Washin
gton Street next to Office Depot and are open 7 days a week from 9AM-7PM.

Because many in our community do not have access to social media and may not be aware of all the resources available, a team of trained volunteers will also being going door to door over the next week to assess the unmet needs of our residents whose homes were affected. If you or a neighbor are seeking assistance, please stop by 59 Washington Street or speak with the AmeriCorp team that will be knocking on doors. The team will also be reminding everyone to register any damage with FEMA, even if you made repairs on your own. The more accurate the accounting of total losses to the city, the more we can advocate for Hoboken to receive additional funding.

Help us spread the word. We will be meeting at 10:30AM Saturday morning at the High School (800 Clinton Street) to have a brief training on what needs can be met at the Disaster Resource Center (DRC) and what areas we will be canvassing. Then we will hit the streets to hang flyers. This is a “kid friendly” event for those looking to involve their children in helping our community.

Recovery continues and getting aid information to all residents is the current effort.

City: It's a free ride to Newport on Light Rail!

City of Hoboken announces:

Community: NJ Transit to Cross-Honor PATH Tickets On Light Rail Service Between Hoboken & Newport

** NJ Transit Ferry Service to Continue Until Hoboken PATH is Restored; Additional Bicycle Parking Available at Newport ** 

Until the transportation network in Hoboken is fully restored, the City is continuing to work with all transit agencies to provide alternatives for commuters. 

In order to accommodate commuters who are traveling to Newport for PATH service, Mayor Zimmer asked NJ Transit to offer free light rail service between Hoboken and Newport until PATH service is restored to Hoboken, and NJ Transit has agreed to cross-honor PATH tickets effective Monday, December 3, 2012. 

"NJ Transit has been working tirelessly under very difficult conditions to restore normalcy to our transportation system," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "I am so thankful that they have agreed to cross-honor PATH tickets on their light rail service between Hoboken and Newport in order to make commutes a little bit easier during this difficult time." 

Commuters can take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail from 9th Street, 2nd Street and Hoboken Terminal directly to Newport. Until PATH service is restored to Hoboken, PATH tickets will be cross-honored between these stations. 

In addition, since many commuters are bicycling to Newport, there has been an increase in demand for bicycle parking at Newport, which Mayor Zimmer has also requested. 

"I appreciate Mayor Healy and Jamie LeFrak's willingness to work with us to provide additional temporary bicycle parking at Newport," added Mayor Zimmer. "The Port Authority has also been accommodating of the large increase in bicyclists." 

NJ Transit will continue operating the subsidized ($10 round trip) ferry service between Hoboken Terminal and Pier 79 at 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan until PATH service is restored to Hoboken. The service operates Monday through Friday, 6am-10am and 4pm-8pm. 

NJ Transit has added 200 extra bus trips per day on the 126 bus line to accommodate an increase in ridership from 4,000 daily customers to more than 9,000 customers. They continue to work with the Zimmer Administration to make adjustments to service based on rider feedback, including running empty express buses to begin pickup mid-route. 

As a result of construction work by Spectra Energy on the Newport waterfront, the waterfront walkway between Hoboken and Jersey City will be closed from Friday 8pm until Monday 5am. Free 24 hour shuttle service will be provided every 20 minutes while the walkway is closed. The shuttle will stop at Hoboken Terminal, 14th Street & Washington Boulevard in Jersey City, and Newport PATH. 

The Port Authority has hundreds of employees working to restore PATH service following nearly $300 million in damage to the PATH system. 

"We recognize the Port Authority faced a historic level of damage and they are working around the clock to restore PATH service as quickly as possible," added Mayor Zimmer. "I know their employees worked during Thanksgiving to make repairs, and we appreciate their dedication and sacrifice."

Sign of the Times: Kids First Celebrates the Sweep

Last night dozens of Hobokenites came out to share in the grassroots victory of Kids First sweeping the BoE election against the monied Move Forward slate backed by Frank "Pupie" Raia and Beth Mason.  

Even with word a recount request is expected on December 5th by fourth place finisher Liz Markovitch, spirits were high and laughter was in the air.

How sweep it is!

BoE trustees Irene Sobolov and Theresa Minutillo hugged it out
with trustee-elect Jean Marie Mitchell.

Talking Ed Note: There was nothing but positives shared through the night with Mayor Zimmer and council members Ravi Bhalla, Peter Cunningham and Jen Giattino joining dozens of other Hoboken residents toasting the win.

No fear and trepidation was spoken by anyone regarding the recount request and it's viewed as perfunctory nothing more although a real lawyer will be paid.  If it isn't part of a retainer in Beth Mason's allowance money, well bill her hourly for the impending defeat anyway!

Kids First is done with the broom and is handing it over to Beth Mason cuz she just got swept!