Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Arts & Music Festival with Voter Registration drive this weekend

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The nice weather, baseball season, and so much more is finally here!  I hope you’re enjoying Hoboken, and all it has to offer, as much as I am.  One of the best Hoboken outdoor events is right around the corner - the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival is May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Washington Street (from Observer Highway to 7th Street).
Please stop by our table and say hello as we kick off our 2016 Voter Registration Drive, which will run until October so that residents are able to vote in the upcoming Presidential and the local school board elections. Please also make sure you register to vote or update your registration in time this Saturday for the June Presidential primaries and the November elections.
Our table at the festival will offer an opportunity to register new voters, meet with residents to answer questions, discuss issues and offer assistance.  As part of our voter registration efforts, we can also assist with voters who have moved within Hoboken since the last election so they are registered at their new polling location.
Also, if you’re interested in helping volunteer by staffing the table, please let me know as we can use your help!  This is a great way to meet your friends and neighbors, discuss what matters to you in Hoboken, while also helping register new voters. Please email me at if you are interested in volunteering for an hour or two at the festival.
I’ll post the location of my table on my Facebook page on the morning of the festival. I look forward to seeing you, and as always, please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you with city issues – I’m always happy to help!
Ravinder S. Bhalla

Councilman Mike DeFusco: 'Let's use Lackawanna Terminal now'

From the desk of Councilman Mike DeFusco:

Councilman DeFusco proposes interim use at 109-year-old Hoboken Terminal 

Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco will introduce an ordinance to expedite temporary usable space at the historic Lackawanna Terminal. 

“The redevelopment process takes a significant amount of time and I don’t want our historic terminal to sit underutilized, potentially for decades, when we can make the building productive now,” said DeFusco.  “On the terminal’s second floor, there’s a sprawling area where artist galleries and a European-style market can flourish; and, just outside, a blighted parking lot where food kiosks and green space could naturally coexist.”
Retail, art galleries, and sidewalk kiosks are all permitted under the approved 2015 redevelopment plan and the councilman’s ordinance aims to expedite these uses, on a temporary and conditional basis, while redevelopment planning continues.

“Having such a grand, centrally located, building sit underutilized as the legalities of the development process carry on is of no benefit to our community,” according to DeFusco.  “We need to make it easy for business to thrive in downtown Hoboken and I believe with City Council support, our terminal can be the next Chelsea Market or Reading Terminal Market.”

Built in 1907, Lackawanna Terminal is the second largest transit hub in New Jersey and is owned and operated by New Jersey Transit.  The proposed ordinance is being fleshed out in Council’s southern development subcommittee and will be introduced to the full council in late spring. 
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First Ward Councilman Mike Defusco seen here being sworn-in last January proposes the underutilized Lackawanna Terminal be used now, offering a temporary plan.