Government

August 7, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - Parking in Hoboken is getting a much-needed upgrade next week, as the City of Hoboken will begin the installation of technology in municipal garages. The new system is designed to create easier access to garages, facilitate account management for monthly users, and assist residents ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Local and county leaders are slamming a decision by the US Census Bureau, made at the behest of President Donald Trump, to roll back the deadline to be counted in Census 2020 by one month. The count will now end on September 30 and the bureau will end all surveying efforts, ...

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HOBOKEN - Promising "A New Approach to Traffic Safety in Hoboken," the City’s official Vision Zero website went live today, as a way to facilitate public engagement on traffic safety initiatives. “Hoboken is committed to eliminating all traffic related injuries and fatalities, and our new ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Sticking to the script of Hoboken's current municipal operations, contract discussions for Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante appear to have taken on a political scope. While the Bhalla Administration supports a three-year contract, discussions by the City Council favor a shorter two-year ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Late Wednesday afternoon, Hoboken City Council met for a special meeting to address the Mayor's veto of an ordinance they had previously passed regarding bicycle parking in municipal garages. By a vote of 6-3, the Council opted to override the veto. The ordinance will create a ...

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JERSEY CITY and PATERSON, NJ  - Two of his longtime colleagues in the House of Representatives are mourning the loss of Georgia Congressman, and Civil Rights icon, John Lewis. Representative Lewis passed away Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Including those celebrating his ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Last week, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced his veto of an ordinance put forth by Councilman Michael DeFusco and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher to provide sheltered bike parking in Hoboken's municipal garages. In the days that followed, questions have emerged regarding the Mayor's motivation ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ  - While bike lanes have become a priority in Hoboken as more and more effort is put into developing safe transportation alternatives along the city's thoroughfares, a recent snafu saw cyclist friendly space recently painted along Clinton Street ripped up last week when the road was ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – With the nation’s once a decade census count delayed by the COVID-19 public health crisis, Hudson County lawmakers are joining in a call to prepare for a temporary extension of the New Jersey’s redistricting process whereby New Jersey legislative seats are apportioned across the ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ  - The City Council passed a resolution Wednesday urging Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) to reconsider its decision to not further address the complaints about the High Tech High School Yearbook, which contains what parents and students maintain to be a symbol of ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ – On Monday morning, the Bhalla Administration announced that they were prepared to present their long-anticipated budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Later that afternoon, the specific details of the tentative $118 million budget were disclosed and disseminated to Councilmembers and the ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ – Following months of anticipation, the Administration of Mayor Ravi Bhalla has outlined its tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Factors weighing heavily in the budget decision process include a pre-existing budget shortfall, a reduction in surplus regeneration, and the unprecedented ...

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WASHINGTON, NJ - Federal legislation that would extend the eviction moratorium for those impacted by COVID-19 to March 27, 2021, as well as expand it to cover all renters, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-180, with the support of Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ-08). The bill, ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - UPDATED — 3:00 p.m. As a reminder that the crisis is not over, the City of Hoboken has been reporting an increase in COVD-19 cases after a relatively quiet period. According to City officials, the new cases—16 this week, per the latest report—stem from travel or residents returning ...

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HOBOKEN - UPDATED at 7:35 p.m. A bar/restaurant along the Hoboken Waterfront was issued a citation on Wednesday, as scrutiny of hospitality venues continues during New Jersey's reopening process. “A manager at Ainsworth was cited for the restaurant violating the State’s orders due to patrons ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - The City's budget battle continues to loom large on the Hoboken horizon, with dozens of municipal employees already having their jobs terminated in April. On Wednesday, June 24, the City Council will hold a Special Meeting to host discussions on the local finances. In a December ...

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HOBOKEN - Mayor Ravi Bhalla has reversed his call to reopen playgrounds in Hoboken after word came down from the Governor that the plan was premature. "Given the progress we’ve made in Hoboken, low new infection rates and sanitizing procedures we put in place, we made the initial decision to ...

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HOBOKEN - As the City gears up on bike programs, Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco wants to get a better handle on the bicycles in the Mile Square City. “Over the past five years, I’ve continued to push for legislation and infrastructure projects that make our streets safer, more walkable and ...

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HOBOKEN - On May 21, by a 6-3 vote, the Hoboken City Council voted to eliminate the Office of Constituent Services. Councilmembers Mike DeFusco, Vanessa Falco, Jen Giattino, Tiffanie Fisher, Michael Russo and Ruben Ramos voted in favor of eliminating the office, while Councilmembers Emily Jabbour, ...

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HOBOKEN - Mayor Ravi Bhalla is taking flack from First Ward Councilman Michael DeFusco, after the announcement that the law firm currently employing Bhalla has taken a case by New Jersey Republicans who are suing Governor Phil Murphy for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Weeks after his ...

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HOBOKEN - On Wednesday, the Hoboken City Council voted to eliminate the Office of Constituent Services by a 6-3 vote. Councilmembers Mike DeFusco, Vanessa Falco, Jen Giattino, Tiffanie Fisher, Michael Russo and Ruben Ramos voted in favor of eliminating the office, while Councilmembers Emily ...

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HOBOKEN — In a memorandum circulated today by Director of Operations Jason Freeman, the City of Hoboken looks to implement at 5% tax levy for the 3rd Quarter in an effort to cover budget shortfalls. "Estimated tax billing for the third quarter of this year has been discussed and agreed to over ...

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HOBOKEN - Earlier this week, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla spoke out against a City Council resolution that would see the Office of Constituent Affairs and the City Engineer abolished as a cost-cutting measure. The Mayor maintains that the motivation behind these cuts is purely political. “During a ...

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HOBOKEN — Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his political allies continue to make impassioned pleas on behalf of Administration workers as City Council resolutions move forward to eliminate the Office of Constituent Affairs and City Engineer positions. The council resolution was put forward after municipal ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - The federal government has to do more to in the way of financial assistance to help lift communities, health care providers, workers, and families out of the economic downturn brought on by the spread of COVID-19, Congressman Albio Sires said Friday with his vote in favor of the ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ — The City has announced that it will soon resume street cleaning, which has been suspended due to COVID-19 lockdown concerns. In his statement Friday night, Mayor Bhalla said, "Keeping Hoboken safe and healthy also means ensuring our streets are clean, which is understandably not ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - In the wake of a multi-million dollar budgetary shortfall, over two-dozen layoffs, and the ripple effects of COVID-19 waiting to crash down on Hoboken's finances, members of the Hoboken City Council have proposed three separate ordinances in an effort to cut municipal costs. The ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ —After months of looming municipal layoffs due to an estimated $14 million budgetary shortfall, the City of Hoboken announced that 26 employees would lose their jobs. The announcement itself was made as part of Mayor Ravi Bhalla's April 17 COVID-19 update, saying, "Like many other ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Municipal Supervisors Association has sent a 59-page letter to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission accusing Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his administration of negligence in their handling of recent layoffs. Hoboken’s fiscal woes had been apparent since December, ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - By most accounts, Hoboken has done the right thing in its fight against COVID-19. Among the first in the country to close down its non-essential businesses on March 14,  leading one Harvard professor to refer to the Mile Square City as the "model we need to move towards." With a ...

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