Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MAYOR ZIMMER CALLS FOR HOBOKEN RESIDENTS TO REVIEW CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION’S DISASTER RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

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Tuesday February 11, 2014

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Community: Mayor Zimmer Calls for Hoboken Resident to Review Christie Administration's Disaster Recovery Action Plan
Hi smarty jones,
The Christie Administration has released its proposed $1.46 billion spending plan for the second allocation of federal Sandy recovery funds.

The City of Hoboken is fully reviewing the plan and will provide a written response by the March 5th deadline. The community is invited to provide their feedback on the plan by visiting www.hobokennj.org/sandyfeedback so that their concerns can be incorporated into the City's overall feedback to the Christie Administration.

“Our main concern is that this second allocation of funding once again does not adequately address the unique needs of urban areas that were devastated by flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In the urban environment, we cannot raise our homes on pilings and therefore we need very different solutions. We invite residents to provide their feedback and visit our upcoming resiliency open house to learn more.”

Residents are invited to provide feedback on the Christie Administration's plan in the following ways:

• Reviewing the Action Plan (English - http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/NJ Action Plan Substantial

Amendment 2 2 final.pdf/Spanish -http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/AP2_Spanish_2_2_FINAL_Word.pdf)

- for the second allocation of CDBG Disaster Recovery funds and providing feedback directly to the State by 5pm on March 5, 2014
o By email: sandy.publiccomment@dca.state.nj.us
o By mail to the attention of Gabrielle Gallagher, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, Post Office Box 800, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0800

• Providing feedback on the report to the Mayor's office: www.hobokennj.org/sandyfeedback

• Attending and speaking at one of the three public hearings on the proposed plan:
o February 11, 2014; Stockton University (Atlantic County); 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205; Performing Arts Center; 4-7 pm
o February 12, 2014; New Jersey Institute of Technology (Essex County);150 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ 07102; Campus Center; 5:30-8:30 pm
o February 13, 2014; Brookdale Community College (Monmouth County); Robert J. Collins Arena; 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738; 4-7 pm

The community is also invited to a Hoboken Resiliency Open House that will provide another opportunity to learn more about the City's comprehensive Rebuild by Design plan and Energy Resiliency Plan and to discuss the Christie Administration’s action plan more fully. The open house will be held on Thursday, February 20 in the lobby of Hoboken City Hall from 4:00pm to 7:30pm. The graduation ceremony for the latest round of CERT volunteers will be held in City hall at 7:30pm. The exhibit will remain open through the end of March. The City will also be reaching out to various groups to arrange visits to City Hall including school groups and the business community. Contact the Mayor's office at 201-420-2013 if you are interested in arranging a time to visit the exhibit and discuss the issues with Mayor Zimmer and/or a member of the Resiliency team.

The City is also working with the Rebuild by Design team to create a full narrative telling the story of the impact of flooding on our condo owners, brownstone owners, and business owners, among others. Residents and business owners are invited to share their story and information with the Rebuild by Design team. Please email City planner Caleb Stratton (cstratton@hobokennj.gov) if you are interested in sharing your story as a case study that would help demonstrate the need for a comprehensive plan to protect Hoboken.