Dear friends and neighbors:
A few upcoming events I wanted you to be aware of including one that is tomorrow (Sunday):
Sunday 11/11: please join me for a special Veteran’s Day service at Elysian Park commemorating the 100th anniversary of “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—signifying the end of “the War to End All Wars.” This is always a lovely service each year put on by Hoboken’s own veterans from the American Legion Post 107. It is expected to be a perfect fall day – crisp and clear - and it is a great way to be a part of our community and salute our veterans. You can read the HMAG article and learn more about how Hoboken’s role in World War I can never be understated.
Tuesday 11/13: at 9am at the steps of City Hall, I will join Mayor Bhalla, Ron Hine from Fund for Better Waterfront and 2nd Ward Resident Tina Hahn for a press conference announcing the results of the study we had done to identify the best locations for ferry operations along the Hudson River. As you may recall, in 2009 NJ Transit did a study which indicated Hoboken’s Lackawanna Terminal was the preferred site and that the former Union Dry Dock site was 6th. Rolling forward to today, you will hear that the results haven’t changed much. This announcement on Tuesday is a continuation of how important this issue is to our community, so if you can join and show your support, that would be great!
Monday 11/19: At 630 pm at the Jubilee Center Public (601 Jackson St.) we are having a community meeting to discuss Hoboken’s response to NJ’s potential legalization of marijuana. I have recently heard mixed information about what ultimately will be included in the State level legislation given the input from the various state legislators. In a recent Hoboken Patch article, Governor Murphy is referenced to say that there will be several pieces to the legislation, including expansion of the medical marijuana program. The "biggest mountain to climb," he said, will be legalizing the drug for recreational use. The email I sent on 10/23 gives you color on the draft legislation for Hoboken being proposed by the Bhalla Administration. Please join us that night to learn more, ask questions, and voice your opinion. Thank you to the approximate 100 people who have already responded to my email - I will provide specific numbers at a later date, but overall the responses were mixed with specific concerns about safety (more car crashes and second hand smoke) and enforcement (with there be any), preference to not have in any residential zones at all (including I-1w soon to be R-4), and more ok with medicinal only. That being said, there is support for recreational.
And one quick, yet major, update from our 11/7 Council Meeting that I will write more about next week:
Cost of parking – both legally & illegally – will increase. At the City Council meeting on Wednesday night, the city council voted 6-3 on second reading to make changes to public parking rates and parking violations that I informed you about in my email on 9/17. This will go into effect within one month so be on the lookout. I voted "No basically for the same reasons I identified in my 9/17 email. More to come…
Please feel free to reach out at any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 201-208-1674 to discuss this or anything else that is important to you. And please forward this to anyone you think might benefit from this information.
To all our veterans out there, thank you so much for your service.
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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