Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mayor notes third success with second NHSA pump implementation

Office of the Mayor announces:

“For the third time yesterday, our new H-5 flood pump, combined with our existing H-1 pump, kept western Hoboken dry through the kind of major storm that previously would have flooded our neighborhoods. But as we saw the river splash over the bulkhead along Weehawken Cove and fill the tracks in Hoboken Terminal, yesterday was also a reminder that we face a real flood risk not just from downpours, but from the river itself – and not only during hurricane season. That is why the Rebuild by Design project is so important, and I invite everyone to attend the public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project on March 16. Thank you to the Office of Emergency Management, Police and Fire Departments, Environmental Services, and Construction Office for making sure we were prepared for yesterday’s storm.”

A flyer with the latest updates on the Rebuild by Design project is available at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/docs/rbdh-newsletter-201701-eng.pdf

For the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project website, visit: http://rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov.

Talking Ed Note: MSV witnessed the Shoprite at 9th and Madison last night at 10:30 with sandbags placed against all doors but there was no water on the streets or sidewalk.

Two earlier MSV stories highlighted the success of the NHSA's second water pump going online:

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro on pedestrian and bike safety unanimously passes NJ Assembly

From the desk of Aseemblywoman Annette Chaparro:


Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro’s bill (A-4165) aimed at educating new drivers on the correct ways to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians passed the General Assembly today by a vote of 67-0-2.

“This bill was drafted after I noticed more and more residents in Hoboken and Jersey City using a bicycle through share programs or just buying one for personal use,” Chaparro said. “Given this change in the way that people travel, it is important to ensure that our driver’s education classes, tests, and manuals are updated to reflect the changing landscape of the roads. We need to work to eliminate fatalities and injuries of pedestrians and bicyclists in New Jersey, and by improving the education of new drivers, this bill is one way we can work toward that goal.”

The bill requires that the curriculum for approved driver’s education courses and informational brochures from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) include information concerning the importance of safely sharing the road with bicyclists, skaters, and pedestrians. The MVC would also include bicycle and pedestrian safety questions as part of the written examination required to obtain a permit and basic driver’s license. The legislation hopes to raise awareness to all drivers about sharing the road safely.

The legislation was supported, in part, by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

“With many riders in New Jersey dependent upon bicycles to meet all of their transportation needs, plus the tens of thousands who ride for fitness and recreation, educating drivers of the rules of the road for motorists and for bike riders becomes critical to reaching zero bike rider deaths and injuries,” said Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. “New Jersey has continued to be at the top of the list in the country for the percentage of road deaths that occur to bike riders and pedestrians. New York City, right next door, has been leading the country in Vision Zero, and New Jersey has yet to adopt such an approach. We will not begin to eliminate these senseless fatalities unless we educate drivers on the rules of the road."

“Since 2009, New Jersey has been labeled a Pedestrian and Bicyclist ‘Focus’ state by the Federal Highway Administration due to its high rate of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities,” said Janna Chernetz, Director of New Jersey Policy at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Early education is a key component in efforts to make roads safer for all users and to remove this label once and for all.  This legislation also complements the efforts of the state, 8 counties and 133 municipalities that have adopted Complete Streets policies as they move to engineer roadways to safely accommodate all users.”

The bill is also sponsored by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31), Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31), and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37). A-4165 is co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38), Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26), and Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34).

On rebuilding a GOP opposition in Hudson County

The following article is submitted by Hoboken resident Josh Sotomayor-Einstein

A state GOP leadership that fails to take the field in Bayonne, Hoboken, or Secaucus cannot be expected to be taken seriously. A Republican Party that ignores that many citizens in Jersey City and across Hudson County with conservative and liberty leanings and that doesn’t run School Board or City Council candidates is a joke we can no longer afford. The Republicans of Hudson County, and of NJ, need change. Republicans can be a critical part of changing the state GOP right now by donating to the campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/gop-state-committee. GOP voters can choose a new direction – of outreach, supporting candidates for local office, and a state party that will build our local branches and grow the list of responsible Republican local officials – by voting for me, Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein, for NJ Republican State Committee.

For years, New Jersey has been a leader in state government bad-enough to create a population drain, an out-state migration that would be all the more pronounced if not for the immigrants who flock to our region and find a home in our greater NYC and Philly metro areas. It is no surprise that blue state progressive policies make daily living for residents of California, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, and others so bad as to convince them to move. 

Despite New Jersey’s Republican governor, the state is still headed off a fiscal cliff, remains insolvent, maintains a bloated bureaucracy, and is still ineffective and inefficient. New Jersey’s regulatory regime has chased away business owners, job creators, and investors. It has denied parents the right to send their children to the school of their choice and continues confusing public schools (a method of delivery) with public education (the actual goal). Despite nearly 8 years of a well-intentioned Governor Christie, who served his entire time with Democrats in control of the legislature, NJ is still a blue occupied state.

The question is both how did this come to pass and what is the solution? The answer is that during the almost 8 years of a Republican governor, neither he nor the state party spent any political capital on electing purple district Republicans to the legislature, and thus our state continued down the progressive path of high taxes and low growth. The solution is that the NJ GOP must be held accountable for its inaction. New blood is needed to shift the state GOP to outreach and engagement. The State Committee, the highest leadership element of the state party has an important fundraising role and added to its billet should be speaking engagements, building community relationships, candidate scouting, and organizational reinforcement.

Many of these are overlapping, a State Committee person traveling to a county or municipal meeting can scout for solid candidates for local office and deliver an address. The State Committee should be organizing speaking engagements at county branches of the NAACP, the many regional Jewish Federations in NJ, and with many other community based organizations in their counties. It should invest in training candidates for local office, working with grassroots small government and liberty movements, hosting conservative activist skills building sessions, facilitating citizen journalism through media seminars, and more.

The state GOP leadership has used the activist NJ State Supreme court as a foil for its failure to reform NJ’s finances and government. That the NJ Supreme Court has engaged in unimpeded legislating from the bench is an argument trotted out by some in the GOP leadership. It accurately describes past events, but also camouflages the fact that there is no other way to return the court to its proper constitutional role other than electing more Republicans to the State Senate. There is also no other way to pay the debt, junk the job killing red tape, lower the population displacing taxation, and eliminate the special interest bureaucracy that places public employees above public education other than by getting more Republicans to Trenton. The only way to get more conservative, liberty-focused, smaller government, and pro-average-Joe Republicans elected is by engaging in activism, outreach, and engagement. We need a voice on NJ Republican State Committee that will take a stand so that the NJ GOP takes the battle of ideas to the neighborhoods and cities of Hudson County. I am that voice; on primary day vote Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein for Republican State Committee.