Friday, December 30, 2016

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro: 'A Brief 2016 Recap'

From the desk of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:



MSV Readers: --

As my first year in office comes to a close and we enter 2017, I wanted to provide you with a brief update on what I’ve been advocating for on behalf of the residents of the 33rd District!
Insurance Gap Bill Passed by the Assembly

I’m happy to report that the General Assembly recently passed my bill, A-3721, to prohibit the use of a gap in automobile insurance coverage as a rating factor. In short, if signed into law, you wouldn’t be hit with higher insurance rates for going without a car and then returning to driving. Many motorists in Hudson County voluntarily give up their cars to take advantage of our robust transit system. Drivers who give up their vehicles can be charged higher insurance premiums when they eventually get behind the wheel again – this bill would undue this unnecessary financial hardship.

Bike Safety, Hit and Run Prevention, And More
My bill to add information and questions about sharing the road to driver’s education classes and tests advanced earlier this month, and will hopefully be called for a vote in the General Assembly soon! This bill was inspired in part by the cyclists here in Hudson County.
I’ve also introduced bills to help police catch hit and run drivers (Zackhary’s Law, which is named after 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons, who tragically died after a hit-and-run in June near 6th and Willow) and amend the law to allow small performance theaters to sell liquor as a way to raise money in our arts community (inspired in part by the Mile Square Theater).

Happy Holidays!
Throughout the holiday season I’ve been blessed to see so many examples of people performing great acts of kindness for the communities in which they live! I’ve been fortunate enough to help and donate to the toy drive organized by Senator Stack throughout the district, witness Christmas tree lightings and Hanukkah celebrations that bring the community together, and I’ve been inspired by the small acts of kindness  I’ve seen here in my hometown to help people in need.

My position in the General Assembly has opened my eyes to the good being done here in Hudson County. Thank you for this opportunity to represent such a tremendous district – when I’m in Trenton, I’m truly proud to be there representing the people of Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City, and Weehawken. If I can ever be of assistance, please e-mail me at chaparrofornj33@gmail.com.

I look forward to helping this community as much as I can in the upcoming year and wish you nothing but the best for a healthy and happy 2017!

Annette Chaparro
Assemblywoman, D-33
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro

Saturday, December 24, 2016

From all of us at The Stable


Thursday, December 22, 2016

HOBOKEN OFFERS FREE PARKING FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS

City of Hoboken announces:


HOBOKEN OFFERS FREE PARKING FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS

To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) from December 22nd through December 25th and on Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

“Skip the mall and shop local this year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s easy to get to Hoboken by public transportation, and if you’re driving, we are offering free parking in our garages for holiday shoppers in addition to three convenient valet parking locations.”

To receive up to 4 hours of free garage parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 on food and/or retail purchases from any Hoboken business(es) that same day. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

As another convenient parking option, valet parking is available year-round for a flat rate of $15 on Fridays (5pm-3am), Saturdays (11am-3am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) at three locations: 1) River Street & Newark Street, 2) 3rd Street & Washington Street, and 3) 5th Street & Sinatra Drive.

Additional parking information for visitors is available at http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/.

Mayor Zimmer: 'Six acres officially ours'


Hi MSV readers,

I'm incredibly proud to announce that Hoboken has officially acquired 6 acres of land in Northwest Hoboken to build the City's largest park!  My administration, together with the City Council, has worked tirelessly to complete this acquisition and I'm thrilled residents will soon have access to much needed park space.

Like the new parks currently under construction at 7th and Jackson and in the Southwest, the new Northwest Park will be designed to reduce the impact of localized flooding. The park will be built with an underground detention system that can capture up to 1 million gallons of rainwater. We are also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate out the sewer system around the new park which will also reduce the impact of heavy rain events. Additionally, a new parking garage will be built on one of the parcels of land adjacent to the park, which will be the first municipal parking garage in Western Hoboken.

Now that the land acquisition is complete, there will be a robust community process in place to determine the permanent park design and uses of the open space.  But, in the near future, I am committed to creating a temporary "pop-up park" so residents can have access to recreation activities and other amenities by the summer of 2017!  The City is conducting a community workshop where the potential uses of the temporary "pop-up" park will be discussed on January 19 at 7:00 pm at the Jubilee Center (601 Jackson Street).

I hope you'll join me at this meeting to celebrate this important milestone for our City and also to provide your ideas for Hoboken's new park!


Thanks,
Dawn Zimmer

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Finale

The Hoboken City Council holds its final meeting of 2016. We'll be back with the actual live video feed and agenda for those who will want to catch it live or on a rerun.

The old vendor is back and that means access is too.



Video should be up at 7:10 pm:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beta-council-meeting

Agenda: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/agenda16/12-21-16-revised-ccm.pdf 

Resolutions: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/respack16/12.21.16.respac.pdf

A bond for Pier A infrastructure repair has been withdrawn.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Councilman Mike DeFusco: Year in Review

From the desk of Councilman Mike DeFusco:


Friends and Neighbors,

With the year wrapping up and the holidays finally upon us, I wanted to quickly update you on the progress we’ve made in downtown Hoboken and citywide. It’s been a busy year and I’ve been working hard to represent you on the City Council.

Here are some of this year’s highlights:
  • Led the Council on a complete overhaul of Washington Street, with work set to begin next month
  • Funded a brand new five-acre park in the Northwest 
  • Begun work to alleviate traffic congestion in the Southwest, along Observer Highway
  • Advanced the conversation on a European-market concept at Lackawanna Terminal
  • Advocated for pedestrian safety along Newark Street
  • Supported funding for the long-overdue 9/11 Memorial on Pier A
  • Pushed for cleaner streets with the purchase of new sidewalk sweepers and curb bump-out beautification
Scroll down for more detail, but before you do, I just want to express how honored I’ve been to serve as your representative on the Hoboken City Council.  All my best for a joyous holiday season, filled with love and happiness and for a happy, healthy and successful new year! 
Michael DeFusco
Councilman, First Ward
City of Hoboken

PS - Should you ever need anything, please email me at Mike4Hoboken@yahoo.com or call me at 646.372.4341.

A YEAR IN REVIEW

A NEW WASHINGTON STREET

After nearly two decades, Washington Street is getting a significant makeover and construction will begin in early January.  As chairman of the Council’s parking and transportation committee, I am proud to have taken an active role in leading a redesign that addressed many important community needs and concerns.  The final plan repaves the entire stretch of Washington Street, from Observer Highway to 15th Street, and includes:
  • Installing 15 new traffic signals with pedestrian countdown timers, an emergency preemption system, and optimized signal timing
  • Adds concrete bump outs at corners with ADA handicap curb ramps and high-visibility crosswalks
  • Design of 15 rain gardens and drainage improvements to capture stormwater and help reduce flooding
  • Replaces the century-old water mains and service lines to new valve boxes at the curb
  • Wire an electrical microgrid and fiber optic cabling under the roadway
  • Refurbishes all existing streetlights with more efficient lighting fixtures
  • Stripe Class II unprotected bicycle lanes from Observer Highway to 8th Street
  • Creates dedicated commercial loading zones and more well-defined bus stops

Construction will begin in the new year and status updates can be followed at www.washingtonstreetproject.com

SOUTHWEST TRAFFIC

Heading the Council’s traffic committee, I took action to deal with major rush-hour congestion at our Southwest gateway. Working in tandem with the Administration, the Council funded three new traffic signals to be installed at Harrison, Madison, and Jackson Streets where they intersect with Observer Highway, to be installed this summer.

The committee also expressed concern with a 2012 decision to narrow Jackson Street from two lanes to one, potentially backing up traffic during the morning and evening rush hour.  Though the new traffic signals will slightly alleviate this congestion, in my opinion, the Jackson bottleneck, combined with the  NJ Transit light rail crossing on Patterson Avenue, significantly limits traffic flow in and out of town.  Further, I have urged the Administration to re-stripe the area under the NJT overpass (where our well-known “Welcome to Hoboken” sign is painted), to provide two lanes into the city and two lanes out.  We need urgent attention in the southwest and I will continue to advocate to ensure residents and businesses alike can get in and out of town safely and efficiently.

FIXING WATER MAINS, HOLISTICALLY

The City Council approved funding to begin replacement of our century-old water main infrastructure.  Hoboken has over 40 miles of water mains and we allocated $5.2 million dollars towards ten of the most pressing water mains. They include part of Park Avenue (6th to 8th Street), Garden Street (Observer Highway to 2nd Street), Madison Street (4th to 6th Street) River Street (1st to 4th Street), Clinton Street (6th to 7th Street), Jefferson Street (Newark Street to 1st Street), Grand Street (6th to 8th Street), and 7th Street (Adams to Grand Street).

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ALONG NEWARK STREET

Collaborating with condo associations along the Newark Street corridor, the City was able to secure funding for a “complete street” engineering plan -- one that ensures that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists can share the road safely.  The current state of the roadway needed urgent attention, so we were able to produce the following short-term safety solutions:
  • Added vertical delineators to the northwest corner of Newark Street and Grand Street  
  • Upgraded crosswalks on Newark Street at Grand Street, as well as added “stop” striping on Grand Street 
  • Placed four solar-powered “stop for pedestrian” signs at the eastbound and westbound approaches of Newark Street 
  • Installed new ADA compliant curb cut ramps at Newark Street and Grand Street crosswalks 
And upcoming improvements include:
  • Installing metal bollards along the southern curb of Newark Street between Grand Street and Clinton Street, to prevent buses and other vehicles from parking on the sidewalk on the south side of Newark Street
  • Adding new bike lanes on the eastbound side of Newark Street, between Jefferson Street and Willow Avenue  

BRINGING A EUROPEAN MARKET TO THE HOBOKEN TERMINAL

Our turn of the century train terminal sits underutilized, rusting away, as our city continues to demand fresh locally-sourced food and innovative places to shop and dine. I have long advocated for bringing a European-style market to the terminal area and we’re finally working towards that goal. This year, the Council issued a conditional designation of developer, which permitted the City to begin conversations with stakeholders on revitalizing  the terminal area. The collaboration has been positive and a productive plan is underway.

Though there are additional details to consider, we’re working towards opening up a market at Warrington Plaza (the courtyard fenced off outside the terminal) potentially as early as this spring. More details will become available as the winter progresses, but please reach out and let me know what kind of vendors you think our community needs.

CLEAN STREETS

In this year’s municipal budget, I advocated for and received funding for the purchase of two industrial sidewalk sweepers to better maintain our public pathways.  The First Ward is the busiest and most trafficked Ward in the entire city, and we’ve long needed this heavy-duty equipment to keep our neighborhood streets in tip-top shape.

FIGHTING AGAINST (MORE) BRO BARS

I opposed a unilateral repeal of the City’s “500-foot rule,” which would have brought more bars into our ward, without doing anything to advance restaurant culture and upscale bars citywide.  I am an advocate of bringing world-class restaurants to parts of Hoboken that desperately need them, but to do this, we need to update our decades-old city wide zoning. I hope my Council colleagues and the administration will work with me in the new year to advance restaurant culture throughout Hoboken.

LARGEST PARK IN THE CITY 

After years of negotiations and debate on what was the best course of action to acquire six acres of land in the City’s northwest, formerly known as the “BASF site,” the City Council appropriated $30 million dollars to secure the land for the City without any development component. The park, once completed, will be the City’s largest and will house active and passive recreation facilities for the entire community.  Just as importantly, the plan accounts for a new municipal parking garage, which would ease the parking crunch in the northwest while providing ground floor retail to support the park.

I am thrilled to have supported this project and will continue to advocate for more parkland in Hoboken, especially in the developing Southwest.  As we move forward with expanding parkland in Hoboken, we must ensure residents get the best return for their hard-earned tax dollars and that we have the means to maintain the properties acquired.

HOBOKEN 9/11 MEMORIAL

I proudly supported funding for the long overdue September 11th Memorial, remembering the 57 Hoboken residents we lost on that fateful day.  The beautiful design repurposes glass panels purchased nearly a decade ago, each one inscribed with the name of a resident and reinforced to resist a major flood event. 

TRADER JOE’S AND A SEASONAL ICE RINK

Harlow Hoboken is the newly constructed building on the corner of 14th and Willow Street and will soon house our very own Trader Joe’s.  I’m happy to have approved this building while a commissioner on the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment, and furthered it on the Council where I worked to develop a new traffic pattern required for efficient store operations.   Now that cold weather is upon us, the building will be sponsoring a seasonal ice rink and winter village under the 14th Street Viaduct.  The rink opens Thursday at 3:30PM, and will operate Monday to Friday from 2:30PM until 10PM, and weekends from 9AM to 10PM, subject to usage.

HANDICAPPED PARKING

I passed an ordinance structuring the appointments of commissioners responsible for issuing handicapped parking permits.   It’s important that we ensure those who need spots actually get them, and those that don’t give them back to the community.  

NEW TREE GRATES - BLOOMFIELD AND FIRST

This fall, I enjoyed working with the City’s environmental services team to clean up the bump out at the intersection of Bloomfield and 1st,  adding new grates to prevent folks from walking on the plantings.  In the spring, I’ll be organizing a community planting and hope you’ll join.

IMPROVED THE SHUTTLE BUS PICKUP AREA

Though many of us in the First Ward are blessed with access to the NJT terminal, our uptown neighbors often need to take shuttle busses to get to and from Manhattan. When I took office, they were waiting on crumbling curbs and under broken lights.  Working with the the parking director, we were able to repave the waiting area and get the lights working again, simple things, but they go a long way.  In the new year, I will be advocating for the shuttles busses to drop off their passengers in the NJT bus area, clearing the public right of way for pedestrians and motorists, and alleviating congestion.

NEW BUSINESS IN THE NEW YEAR

A HILTON HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN HOBOKEN?

The City Council is discussing a potential new Hilton Hotel in the parking lot of the Post Office, located at 89 River Street.  I want to hear your thoughts, so I’ll be holding a community at The Dubliner -- 96 River Street on January 17, at 7PM. SAVE THE DATE!   Please come and hear more about the project and more importantly, express your ideas and concerns.  

REENERGIZE THE PARK THAT NOBODY KNOWS IS A PUBLIC PARK 

Did you know we have a city park, open to the public, on the corner of Newark Street and Garden Street?  If you didn’t it’s okay, because it’s currently fenced off and doesn’t look all that inviting.  I would like to see this corner park re-opened and energized with a small coffee kiosk, leased to a local Hoboken business who would take pride and authorship over making the park a multi-modal public amenity - think Bryant Park, but smaller.

FUNDING THE REHABILITATION OF COURT STREET

Hoboken’s historic, 19th-century lane parallels Washington Street and Hudson Street and is one of the oldest streets in our City, but it’s fallen into disrepair.  The City Council recently approved a grant application asking Hudson County for $500,000 dollars, money that would be spent to begin engineering studies and a “complete street” plan.  I hope Hudson County supports our request.

SantaCon and Electors roll snake eyes

It's the day after. If you're on SantaCon time, you may be recovering from a two day hangover and if you're a news junkie, withdrawal symptoms are beginning to take hold as we wind down toward Christmas and New Year's.

Then there was that strange event yesterday ballyhooed and trumpeted (pardon the pun) by the FakeStream media as the day the electors needed to overturn the will of their state voters and be selecting. At least that's what the news cycle spun at the public ceaselessly or so I hear. There's no cable TV in the stable; cable is so analogue.

So the Hamilton Selectors beckoned along with some Hollywood celebrities who missed their sell by date a few decades ago. In the end, the surprise is five electors bailed on Hillary Clinton; four in Washington State and one in Hawaii. Horsey only tells you this in the event no one else will. You might have to go out of this world to Russian Sputnik news to see this mentioned in one place.

Sure beats a sack of coal from Comrade Putin. The irony here is piling too high for measure. Karmic political debts are a horrible thing to waste. Oh to remember the good old days when the KGB Colonel retained hope for us all in in an unhacked Stasi led East Germany! Now we must draw inspiration from crapademic neo-marxists running political operations through a complicit (or is it WikiLeaks leaked, colluding) media like PMSNBC.

Unlike the mind numbing never say an election is over or can't be overturned or made illegitimate Fakestream, at least those SantaCons have the decency to pack up and leave when their sell by time is over.

Hey is that a uranium rebate courtesy of Rush-ya! Rush-ya!?
No, it's merely holiday satirical fare courtesy of A.F. Branco at the Legal Insurrection.

Talking Ed Note: Who's running against Mayor Zimmer in 2017? That's a popular question and the de facto choice is said by some not so choice and lots of jabbering to push a less than well branded and properly aged candidate in their place. Drink invitations are delayed among some parties and hey, thanks for the offers. Keep those fermented carrots and chestnut fillies on ice.

More on all this at the appropriate time in MSV Premium in a massive end of year edition next week.

Monday, December 19, 2016

SantaCon fizzles out in Hoboken

The annual mobile booze-fest known as SantaCon descended on Hoboken Saturday and the results  saw an improvement from the prior year based on initial police reports.

Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante kept a straight face while sharing timely updates via his twitter.

The overall impact was more positive, weather being some aid.

The resulting lower numbers translated into a reduction in arrests:

On the medical front, there was good news as well.


Scene of Hoboken SantaCon past. This year's event was a marked improvement in arrests and injuries.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pop-up skating rink comes to Hoboken



Hi MSV readers,

I'm happy to share more good news - Hoboken will soon have its own outdoor skating rink!  This new pop-up skating rink, known as the "Harlow Winter Village" will be located underneath the 14th Street Viaduct and will open to the public beginning next Thursday through February 28, 2017. 

The outdoor skating rink, made of synthetic ice, is the latest example of the City providing fun recreational opportunities for residents and children of all ages.  And, the rink will add to the vibrancy of the Viaduct area, which is becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods in the City!

I hope you'll join me at the opening celebration for the Harlow Winter Village on Thursday, December 22 at 3:30 pm.  If you can't make it to the opening, the rink will be open for residents and visitors Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and on weekends from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm (times subject to change based on usage).  Admission is free, if you need to rent skates they are available for a $10 rental.

And finally, thank you to Advance Realty for the sponsorship that made the skating rink possible.

Best,
Dawn Zimmer

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro shares Sen. Stack's Children's Christmas Show & Toy Giveaway

From the Facebook page of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Councilman Ravi Bhalla: Washington St. reconstruction, BASF land acquisition and budget initiative savings

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:



Dear Friends,

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season with family and friends.  I am reaching out to provide you with some exciting new updates happening here in Hoboken.

Washington Street Upgrade Set to Begin
Major upgrades are coming to Washington Street, with a substantial repaving and redesign project set to begin in just a few weeks in January 2017. The much-needed improvements include road resurfacing, new traffic signals with pedestrian countdowns, ADA accessible curb ramps, and refurbishments of lighting fixtures, among other upgrades. I’m proud to be a part of moving this project forward that will give our historic main street the look it deserves! While this project was delayed due to frivolous litigation filed by a contractor, that matter has been resolved in the City’s favor, so we can now begin. The City has set up an innovative website to track the progress of this project – sign up for updates or check out the details of the upgrade at www.washingtonstreetproject.com.

Largest Park in Hoboken Will Help Flood Resiliency and Add Parking
Last week, Mayor Zimmer signed a contract to acquire 6 acres for open space, parking, and flood prevention – effectively attacking three of the major issues facing our City through this historic announcement. This park will be located near 12th and 13th streets between Adams and Madison. There will also be a new parking garage at 13th and Adams.
This new park is one part (albeit, a major one) in a multi-faceted approach our City has taken to make Hoboken a better place for all residents. This initiative, along with the new park to be constructed at 7th and Jackson, and the new park under construction in southwest Hoboken, will provide much needed open space to residents in the western areas of Hoboken and all residents.  At the same time, these initiative are  being designed to protect our neighborhoods from floods – with underground stormwater detention integrated into each of these resiliency parks, we’re taking an innovative approach to end flooding while also increasing parks and open space.  In order to meet the increased demand on parking, we are allocating a portion of the BASF land acquisition to a new, modernized parking garage, to support the economic growth we are seeing in this area of Hoboken. Stay tuned for an official announcement regarding this project in the coming days.

Budget Trimming Initiatives Passed
At the last City Council meeting, the City Council approved contracts for the police PBA and several other unions that eliminates longevity for new hires.  The proposed new contracts for our police officers are another important step in keeping Hoboken on a sound fiscal path. The 2 percent increases in the contract are fair to the police officers who do an outstanding job ensuring the safety of our residents, and are fiscally responsible.  The ending of longevity pay for any new hires follows-up on a recently adopted ordinance, which I strongly supported to do away with longevity pay for non-union employees.  These initiatives make our City government more fiscally-sound and enable us to hold the line on taxes.
In order to keep municipal taxes under control, I'm dedicated, along with my council colleagues who supported this measure, to making the difficult choices necessary to protect Hoboken’s taxpayers.

Thank you for your time and commitment to Hoboken.  If I can ever be of any assistance or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
Ravi S. Bhalla
Councilman-at-Large
City of Hoboken

Councilman Peter Cunningham: Looking at the present and ahead for Hoboken

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear friends, family and neighbors, 

Happy holidays to all.  

Before I layout our significant accomplishments, and near term endeavors, let's give thanks to our good health and good tidings.  For those families and individuals in need, we have wonderful nonprofit organizations in Hoboken and Hudson County that can help you help them bring joy and important essentials this time of the year - such as the Hoboken Homeless Shelterthe Jubilee CenterBoys and Girls Club and Hudson County CASA.  It only take a couple of dollars to make a difference

Lot's of great things happened in Hoboken this year, and many of them were started years ago and finally came to conclusion.  

Westside Flood Pump H-5 came online this fall, and was really put to the test late November. During the "super moon" and a significant rain event, the pump kept the streets around Shoprite and beyond free of flood waters.  Quotes from the neighborhood like "its a great relief" and its "important for our community" make you really feel good about effective government working for the people.

In my last missive back in October, I announced our long protracted negotiations with BASF resulted in an agreement to acquire over 6 acres mostly for parkland in northwest Hoboken.  It will provide for additional flood mitigation and a parking facility to serve this growing part of Hoboken.  This week, Mayor Zimmer signed the deal with a closing scheduled before the end of the year.  Stay tuned in January as we expect to start the park planning process.  Please read about additional details here

Lastly after years of planning and political gamesmanship, Washington Street will finally get paved.  The process will take time as all the water mains will be replaced first.  In the end, we will have a first class main street like none other with flood mitigation and safety features (bump outs and pedestrian countdown signals), and loading zones and bike lanes.  The project plan and additional details can be found here.

That's it for now.  As always, please advise if you have any questions, and please forward to your neighbors and friends.  


Thanks, 
Peter

MONARCH TOWERS NJDEP PERMIT ORAL ARGUMENT IN APPELLATE COURT

Time: 9:30 am

Appellate Court Part G, Room 1114
Veterans Courthouse, 11th Floor
50 West Market Street, Newark, NJ

Oral arguments set for today in the NJDEP waterfront permit case surrounding the Monarch Project towers. The NJDEP will defend its granting a permit to Shipyard Associates to build two eleven story towers on a Hoboken pier.

Opposing the NJDEP permit, the City of Hoboken and the Hudson Tea Building Condo Association.

Monday, December 12, 2016

NHSA commissioner Tony Soares: My replacement and endorsement

From the desk of NHSA commissioner Anthony Soares:

I'm writing to you and to your readers who have reached out to me asking about my health and well-being after my August accident and I want to say thank you to all of them. During my recovery the messages and calls really meant a lot and it shows what a great city Hoboken truly is!

It's a great city no matter which side of a political issue you're on and and it's nice to see so many people who participate in the political process put their names out there to serve on volunteer boards and paid elected seats and stipend commission seats.

The North Hudson sewage authority has experienced it's five most challenging years since its inception as a municipality authority. It was a challenging time but also an exciting time for me. We are fortunate in Hoboken to have an extremely supportive mayor and council especially when it comes to flood mitigation and cooperation on a daily basis. Mayor Zimmer has put forth quite a bit of innovative ideas and then the NHSA has shared many with her and her team too.

From separating the sewer lines and outfall lines in the two new resiliency parks to the second flood plan, we are definitely and unquestionably the most innovative sewage authority and public utility in the area.

Over the past six years we've eliminated two public relations firms, closed out  several million dollars in bond debt, and added flood modeling technology at our plants and throughout the system. No longer will we see the days of wooden collapsed connection lines.

Our executive director embraces modern technology and our chief engineer leads several contractors who are global innovators in their field. I've learned a lot on the sewage authority and I want to give my point of view as to what I think the council should be looking for in a commissioner.

While it's always nice to have someone who is aligned with your political view points; I think the important part is to have someone that works well with the team. Unlike the City Council or the  school board, Hoboken will only have three members on the NHSA, so diplomacy is key and getting along with others and convincing them through friendly interactions is vitally important to Hoboken 

I have known Paul Blanos as a neighbor for just a couple of years and I've spoke to him on occasion about government and some politics but most importantly what it was like being a Willow Terrace resident during and after Hurricane Sandy. Paul understands firsthand what flooding can cause.

Paul is the only candidate I have seen who is completely non-political and not that there's anything wrong with that; I believe he will be a breath of fresh air and bring objective thinking to the body. I'm a believer that the seats are not lifetime entitlements and I also believe that change is good.

The NHSA could use someone like him.

From chasing Board of Education and housing authorities who weren't paying their bills to taking 6:00 AM phone calls when a neighbor has a backed up sewer line, this position requires quite a bit of interaction with your neighbors. It doesn't require being a civil engineer, an accountant, a CFO, a developer or a professor.  It simply needs a practical thinker who is honest, diplomatic on the board to others and willing to do a lot of work for the stipend of $5000 per year pretax.

Commissioner Gardiner, and Assadourian have been a pleasure to work with as well as the rest of the board. I hope the City Council takes into consideration my experience on the board and my input that I've made to them personally and publicly now that I believe Mr Blanos deserves serious consideration and their vote.

Tony Soares

Mayor Zimmer to hold open office hours at 221 Jackson tonight

Based on Mayor Zimmer's twitter account, open office hours will be held at 221 Jackson tonight.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Court: Lane Bajardi & Kimberly Cardinal condo ordered sold to pay for their frivolous lawsuit

According to a news story appearing late Friday on Hudson County View, the Hoboken condo of Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi must be sold by an order of Hudson Superior Court to cover defendant legal costs for their years long frivolous litigation.

Lane Bajardi 

The court order, issued by Judge Lisa Rose on December 2nd, 2016 instructs the Hudson County Sheriff's Office be "directed forthwith to conduct a sale" of Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi's condo on lower Park Avenue in Hoboken.

The court denoted SLAPP-suit filed by Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi alleging defamation back in July 2012 saw their years long civil litigation slammed with more than $276,000 in sanctions and legal fees of victimized defendants and a group of anonymous screen name defendants.

Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi

A cross motion filed by the plaintiffs Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi seeking to block the sale of their Hoboken condo was simultaneously denied by the court the same day.

Talking Ed NoteThe July 8th, 2015 story: Breaking: Court orders Beth Mason "Friends" Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi to pay over $275,000 for frivolous litigation.

The four year plus frivolous litigation alleging defamation by Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi was publicly supported by Beth Mason, the controversial former Hoboken City Councilwoman in an August 2012 Hudson Reporter article.

Beth Mason

For the complete Hudson County View story, see: