Dear friends and neighbors –
I hope that all of you were able to spend time with those close to you during the holidays and that your new year is off to only a great start.
However, yesterday, I was able to attend the historic inaugurations of our new Mayor Ravi Bhalla – the first Sikh to be elected mayor in the state of NJ - and our new At Large Councilwoman Vanessa Falco – the first African American council member in Hoboken. Not to be outshined, also the repeat inauguration of At Large Councilman Jim Doyle, and the first time inauguration of At Large Councilwoman Emily Jabbour. I offer my congratulations to all four and am looking forward to working with them on all things good for Hoboken.
As we look ahead, we have an opportunity to do so much together for Hoboken. And YOUR INPUT IS CRITICAL to me so please email me with your thoughts:
- What is important to you?
- What do you think we need to keep doing?
- What do you think we need to do differently?
- What should be our first priority?
- What would you like to see considered that has not already been?
Based upon what I have learned over the last two years, a few of my priorities for the 2nd Ward and all of Hoboken include:
- Getting Washington St. done and done right – I would like to see the city hire an experienced engineer / public works professional to manage the completion of this project and the many other infrastructure, municipal and private / public partnership projects that our city faces over the next decade.
- Implementing improved traffic calming measures at the many intersections where people feel there is danger – in particular 11th and Hudson, 13th and Park, 15th and Garden, and along Sinatra Drive.
- Making sure that developments across Hoboken work for Hoboken– in particular the three redevelopment corners of our city: SE (NJ Transit), SW and NE - and ensuring we do robust economic analyses for all development negotiations.
- Finding a way to continue the progress that makes Hoboken so desirable, but making sure we are not displacing our own residents due to affordability.
- Establishing better parking rates so that people are not kicked out of town after their meter runs out.
- Continuing to fight for a public waterfront – Union Dry Dock and Monarch - this is where I started my own community advocacy.
- Finishing Rebuild By Design and making sure all residents benefit from improved resiliency.
- Doing what we can to influence the expansion of transportation alternatives available to Hoboken residents.
I am meeting with Mayor Bhalla along with other council members to discuss our priorities and I want to make sure your voices are heard.
I am really excited about what the future holds for our city. I believe 2018 (knock on wood) will be a great year for all of us.
Wishing you and all those you love only the best in this new year.