Saturday, October 20, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: "Today and Tomorrow in Hoboken!"

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors:
Just wanted to push out to you a few more happenings around Hoboken this weekend.  A little of everything…  I am going to lead with two easy ways to be charitable and supportive in your own community:
DONATE SPORTS EQUIPMENT – Sunday 5-9pm – new and lightly used.
If you or your children have any equipment that either hasn’t been used or maybe just a couple of times and is still in great condition, bring it to the Hoboken little league field tomorrow from 5-9.  Or, if you are headed to Target or Walmart, just by something new.  Our neighbors are collecting these to send to the kids in Villalba Puerto Rico, a town and now a Hoboken Sister City, that was devastated by Hurricane Maria and is still rebuilding every day.  This is a super easy way to give.  The list of what they are looking for is below.   
Support Breast Cancer and HHS Class of 2019 today!  Powder Puff Football Game at Hoboken High.  12:00 Noon
Brings me back to my own High School experience.  Leaving to attend now!
Hoboken Harvest Festival – Today 11-4 at Pier A.  One of Hoboken’s best festivals of the year…
Just around the corner…First ever First Street Block Party – Today 11-4 on first between Willow and Park!  
32nd Annual Hoboken House Tour to benefit the Hoboken Historical Museum.  Sunday 10-4.
This is one of MY favorite events.  It is a great way to walk around the city with so many neighbors, peek inside some beautiful homes that you would not normally get to see, and support our precious Hoboken Museum.  Click picture for ticket info.
As always, if you have any further questions or want to discuss this or anything else, please feel free to call me at 201/208-1674 or email me.   Have a wonderful weekend!
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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PSS - Hotel detox and further City updates to come next...

Councilman Peter Cunningham blasts Mayor Ravi Bhalla for flip-flopping & lack of collaboration

Official release:

Dear Friends and Family, 

As many of you may have heard, the City Council voted 8-1 on Wednesday night to build a hotel at the site of the Post Office on the waterfront.  The press release below discusses the terms of the vote.  

I have been a huge proponent of the Hotel for many years, and have served with patience on this committee longer than any other council person. With the addition, over time, of supportive council members, Giattino, Fisher, and DeFusco the project finally gained momentum.  Although Councilman Bhalla was a member, he was not supportive and rarely attended committee meetings.    At times, it seemed he was there to stop the project most likely because Mayor Zimmer was not supportive.  Last year, Councilman Bhalla voted no on the hotel because it was too high.

Times have certainly changed!!  Over the last couple of months, the Mayor negotiated exclusively with the developer on a bigger hotel and $3 Million in cash for two nonprofits.  Actually, it was learned at our Council meeting that most, if not all, of the negotiating with the developer was not with the Mayor, but with his Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff.  Really?  Fortunately, as you all know from my last communication, the council committee then insisted on additional funding for affordable housing, our Charter Schools, infrastructure and an upfront payment for the Hoboken Community Center (the YMCA).

It is a shame that the Mayor refused to communicate and collaborate throughout the process.  I believe strongly that further negotiations could have increased the overall benefits of the hotel.  If the Mayor wasn't so reclusive and focused on self-aggrandizement, and worked productively with the council from the outset, fantastic things could have happened. 

In the end, I am very excited and pleased that the Mayor realized the importance of this project, but sadly, I think we understand its significance for different reasons.  The City has additional projects to complete, and I hope this is a lesson of how important it is that we work together for the benefit of Hoboken.  

Please read the following statement drafted by the Administration and City Council Subcommittee formed to collaborate with the Administration on this important project.