Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tiffanie Fisher details commitment to attend Zoning Board meeting on QLC selected forum date

Where I stand…

Dear neighbors:

On Wednesday, September 30th, there are three exciting events going on in Hoboken in which I wanted to participate – the Hoboken Reporter Candidate Forum at 11am (Wards 1, 2 & 3, taped for later public viewing), the QLC Candidate Forum at the Elks Lodge at 7 (Wards 2, 5 and 6; public and taped for later viewing), and a special meeting of the Zoning Board for the Steven’s Gateway project which also begins at 7.  I cannot attend all three so have decided to attend the HR Forum during the day and the ZBA meeting at night.  This allows me the opportunity to both participate in a to-be-publicized discussion with my fellow candidates on important issues as well as being able to honor my current position serving the public on the Zoning Board.

Although I will not be attending the QLC Forum, I wanted you to have in advance my position on issues that you have told me matter most to you:

   Congestion and traffic.  Making this top priority in all discussions regarding future development.  It is difficult to alleviate what exists, but less difficult to manage going forward.
   Aging infrastructure: Finishing what the current administration has started concerning repair and/or replacement and ending events like the recent 14thstreet water main break.
   Irresponsible development / Monarch.  Ensuring future development is done responsibly and that developers honor their promises.  The fight against Monarch started almost 20 years ago when Applied first proposed the Shipyard Development.  The proposed development was debated at dozens of public meetings which included many old timers and BNR’s from our own 2nd Ward and from broader Hoboken.  The promise made by Applied at those meetings was for open space, tennis courts and public parking.  Monarch is the broken promise.  
   Washington Street.  Making sure Washington Street gets paved within the next 12 months.  It has been far too long.
   Taxes and fiscal responsibility.  Advocating for our residents who feel they are taxed unfairly.  Demanding from our County representatives for reduced spending and increased services to Hoboken.  And bonding responsibly in investments for our future.
   Services for the more vulnerable.  Simple actions like free metered parking for the handicapped.  And more complex actions like centralizing management of, improving transparency of, and providing support for affordable housing solutions in Hoboken.
   Cleaning up our parks and sidewalks and keep them free from dog waste.  Elysian park needs to be returned to be the 2nd ward jewel that it used to be.
   Community pool.  Reigniting an age old discussion that is broadly supported by those who do not reside in buildings with a private pool.  We have a unique opportunity to consider a community pool in a place like the BASF site.  

The public should never be the underdog. Residents should have a strong voice in important issues. That is why I believe in actively engaging with, informing and advocating on behalf of the residents of Hoboken’s 2nd Ward on the issues that matter most.  

Tiffanie Fisher
Candidate, 2nd Ward City Council

Council President Ravi Bhalla: Hoboken council election, festival voter registration and attending the papal mass

Dear Friends and Neighbors – 

In just a few short weeks on Nov. 3, Hoboken will hold very important elections for six City Council ward seats.
I am very excited about the candidates I am supporting: 1st Ward Candidate Michael DeFusco, 2nd Ward Candidate Tiffanie Fisher, 4th Ward Candidate Dana Wefer, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, and 6thWard Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino. Having these knowledgeable and dedicated residents as colleagues on the City Council will allow Hoboken to truly thrive and continue to improve. In order to ensure that Hoboken has the best representation possible, we need your help!
On October 6 at 6:30 p.m., I hope you’ll join Mayor Zimmer and I, along with Michael, Tiffanie, Dana, Peter, Jen, and many of your neighbors at Arthur’s Tavern (237 Washington St. in Hoboken) for a fundraiser to benefit those candidates for their upcoming election.
These candidates have already been working hard and spreading the word about their plans for Hoboken. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to meet with them (as well as the Mayor and I) to discuss the issues that are important to you!
Suggested contribution levels are $250 (guest), $500 (host) or $1,000 (chair). Checks can be made out to “Team Zimmer for Hoboken” and mailed to: 45 Essex Street, Suite 204, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
 Upcoming Hoboken Arts and Music Festival 
This Sunday, September 27, I will have a table at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Washington Street. Please take a moment to stop by and say hello. I sponsored a table at the Festival in order to register voters and discuss any issues that are important to you. I will post the exact location of my table on my Facebook page on Sunday morning. Hope to see you there!
More exciting news…
This evening, I am very proud to be able to represent the City of Hoboken at Madison Square Garden for a Mass by Pope Francis. Hoboken is a community with many Catholics, and I am honored to be attending on behalf of the members of our City. 
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with anything, feel free to call me at (201) 647-6090 or email me at
Councilman Ravinder S. Bhalla
Hoboken Council President

Quality of Life Coalition announces City Council and BoE forums

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition announces:

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to invite all Hoboken residents to its 2015 City Council and Board of Education candidates’ forums, a tradition the Coalition has maintained for over a decade. The forums give Hoboken voters an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running for the six ward seats on City Council and three seats on the Board of Education in the November 3, 2015, election. Due to the number of candidates for office, the City Council candidates’ forums will be divided into two groups of 7 candidates: 2nd, 5th and 6th Wards and the 1st, 3rdand 4th Wards.  

The dates this year are as follows:

  • Uptown Candidates Forum (2nd, 5th & 6th Wards) - Wednesday, September 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington Street.
  • Board of Education Candidates forum – Monday, October 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Avenue at 5th Street. This forum is co-sponsored by the Parish of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph.
  • Downtown Candidates Forum (1st, 3rd & 4th Wards) – Thursday, October 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoboken Multiservice Center, 124 Grand Street.

These events are arranged by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, Inc., and moderated by Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken, who has expertly conducted QLC-sponsored forums over the last eight years. These events have consistently delivered a lively exchange of policy ideas, opinions and comments on issues that the voters themselves consider the most important. 

Written questions will be solicited from the audience and submitted to a three-person panel, who will select the clearest and most concise questions on a wide range of topics. Candidates will have a minute and a half to respond to each question, and a one-minute rebuttal will be allowed with permission from the moderator. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make one-minute opening introductory and closing remarks, and a timekeeper will ensure that time limits are respected in answering questions. 

About the QLC
Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen organization that has been active in Hoboken over the last decade. The QLC led the successful efforts to prevent construction of the Devils hockey arena in southern Hoboken, was instrumental in forging the western alignment of the Light Rail route in Hoboken, and with several other groups fought the early battles to secure 1600 Park Avenue as designated parkland.  It participates with other civic organizations to advocate for ordinances for good government practices and to protect the historic structures that lend the city its character.  In 2008, QLC formed the Committee for a Green Hoboken, which worked with the city on an agreement to control carbon dioxide emissions and sustainable development ordinances, and helped secure funding for an energy audit of municipal buildings.

5th ward kickoff for Eduardo Gonzalez

This report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View and John Heinis:

Hoboken Ward 5 Council candidate Eduardo Gonzalez hosted his campaign kickoff at the Brownstone Ale House, located on Willow Avenue, on Thursday night.

For the complete Hudson County View story, see: