Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR ZIMMER REGARDING PIER A

Office of the Mayor announces:


STATEMENT FROM MAYOR ZIMMER REGARDING PIER A

“Tonight's City Council agenda includes a bond and a $5.3 million contract to fund the repairs needed for the substructure of Pier A that I encourage the Council to support.

Pier A was constructed by the Port Authority. Possibly due to construction issues, the steel pilings are not properly coated to the mudline, causing various levels of degradation to occur on over 1,000 steel pilings. This issue was discovered when the City conducted an evaluation of our entire waterfront after the collapse of Sinatra Park. Funding for the maintenance of Pier A and the waterfront are provided by an account established by a 1994 agreement between the Port Authority and the City. The account funds are managed by the South Waterfront Board consisting of the Port Authority, the City of Hoboken and the developers (Applied, SJP, and Mack-Cali). That account now receives $1 million annually from the developers as part of the obligation of the developers to “give back” to the community in exchange for the development rights that were provided in Hoboken. Furthermore, that account also has many millions accumulated over the years that has not been spent. The City, as a member of the board, has been trying to work with all parties for a fair agreement to fund the repairs to Pier A from that account so that everyone can continue to safely enjoy it.

Unfortunately, the Port Authority representative on the Board has failed to attend multiple meetings and failed to participate in many meetings when present.  This action has caused a stalemate so that the Board has not been able to come to a final decision on the funding of the repairs. The Port Authority’s failure to participate in the process has occurred despite my direct discussions with Port Authority Executive Director Foye. As a public agency, the Port Authority has a fiduciary responsibility to represent the public’s interests in its capacity as a member of the board. Sadly, their failure to participate has created a deadlock much to the detriment of the public that they serve.

Tonight I ask the City Council to support the resolutions and ordinance on the agenda to fund and begin the necessary repairs to Pier A so that we can make certain that the treasure of our City is fully repaired. Since residents, visitors, and the business community benefit from our waterfront park throughout the year, it is important that these repairs are completed to ensure that Pier A can be enjoyed for years to come. The City will continue to work in good faith to engage the Port Authority and the other members of the board negotiate a fair agreement to pay for the repairs to Pier A. If no agreement can be reached, the City will pursue all appropriate legal options to protect the infrastructure and financial interests of the City of Hoboken.”

Related: Council meeting tonight live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beta-council-meeting

Mayor: 'Here's the 2017 Budget & another tax cut

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Wednesday March 15, 2017

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Community: Mayor Zimmer Introduces 2017 Budget With Tax Cut

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is introducing a municipal budget that continues to keep municipal taxes stable for the 7th straight year. The introduced 2017 budget includes a 1.25% reduction in the municipal tax rate, due to a flat municipal tax levy and an increasing ratable base.

Over the next 6 years, the City will invest $42 million in the water main system. This includes the $7 million water main replacement on Washington Street that is currently underway, $5.2 million for additional improvements authorized for priority areas, and $30 million through the 6-year capital plan which includes an additional $5 million per year over the next 6 years.

“Since becoming mayor, we have worked with the City Council to restore fiscal discipline and hold the line on taxes, and I’m pleased that this year’s budget will provide a modest municipal tax cut,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Together, we have passed fully-funded, gimmick-free budgets, restored a responsible budget surplus, and improved our credit rating to AA+ from its near junk bond rating. This year’s budget also includes a capital plan to make annual investments to continue upgrading our water main system and additional funding to help maintain our expanding parks and green infrastructure.”

A property owner’s total tax bill includes three main components: municipal, school, and county taxes, along with smaller components for the Library, municipal open space, and county open space. In 2016, municipal purposes taxes made up approximately 31% of total property taxes while County taxes composed 40% and school taxes were 24%.

The introduced 2017 budget can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/businessadmin/CY17BudgetIntroduced.pdf.
A series of budget workshops will be held on the following dates:
  • Monday, March 27, 2017
o   Police – 6:00pm
o   Corporation Counsel – 7:00pm
o   Transportation and Parking – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017:
o   Community Development – 6:00pm
o   Health and Human Services – 7:00pm
o   Environmental Services – 8:00pm
  • Monday, April 3, 2017:
o   Fire – 6:00pm
o   Administration and Finance – 7:00pm
o   City Clerk – 8:00pm

Councilman Peter Cunningham: 'lend a hand to your neighbor'

From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Good evening.

Hope everyone has weathered the storm of 2017.  Fortunately Mother Nature was kind to us, but the real challenge is now what follows.  The clean up...

I walked to the PATH this morning and returned to many uncleared sidewalks.  It will get very cold over the next couple of days, and it's important to clear what you can now.  I have also pressed upon the City to clear corners and especially storm sewers so water can clear.

Please keep in mind your neighbors that are elderly. We are a community that supports each other particularly during times of adversity.  Please assist where you can to help them clear their sidewalk, their car or run an errand.   

Thanks very much, and stay tuned for community updates.  I have several matters to offer opinions and request your involvement.  Thanks and stay warm!












Peter Cunningham