Council approves potential 10 percent raises for top city officials
The Hoboken City Council voted 5-4 on Wednesday to increase the minimum and maximum salaries for eight of the city’s top administrative posts, with many of the increases jumping close to 10 percent.
The measure was introduced just three weeks after Mayor Dawn Zimmer achieved a majority of allies on the City Council.
The actual ordinance that was voted on does not provide the raises, but increases the salary ranges for these top positions. Such a measure generally allows the city to give higher salaries if they decide to, and is often passed so that they may do that soon after.
If the city decides to give raises based on the new maximum, the raises will add $109,682 to the city’s payroll.
According to the ordinance, city attorney Mellissa Longo could receive the largest of the bunch, a $28,182 increase from $109,318 to $137,500.
Melli, whose official title is Confidential Aide to Mayor Dawn Zimmer, will receive a $6,500 raise, bringing his salary to $78,000.
Business Administrator Quentin Wiest, Assistant Business Administrator Stephen Marks, Community Development Director Brandy Forbes, Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini, Public Safety Director Jon Tooke, and Transportation and Parking Director could each receive a raise of $12,500. All of the salary ranges except one will jump from $125,000 to $137,500; Wiest’s will increase from $150,000 to $162,500.
HUMC opens new wound care center
Hoboken University Medical Center, a subsidiary of CarePoint Health – held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its state-of-the-art wound care center this week. The new Centers for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy at CarePoint Health provide the latest cutting-edge technology in wound treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a medical treatment that places the patient suffering from chronic wounds in a pressurized oxygen chamber to enhance the body’s natural healing and strengthens the immune system. The Centers are located at Hoboken University Medical Center and Bayonne Medical Center.
The Centers for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy at CarePoint Health apply proven wound care practices and advanced clinical approaches to all types of wounds, including leg ulcers, vascular wounds, bone infections, radiation tissue damage, diabetes-related wounds, and slow-healing wounds.
Dr. Diane Dworkin, medical director for the wound care center at Bayonne Medical Center, noted that the new Centers for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy at CarePoint Health “also offers patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials utilizing the latest wound care products, dressings and antibiotics.”
“This is an added benefit to our patients,” added Dr. Dworkin, “Many of these products are not yet available to the general public.”
Hoboken Public Library resumes ESL classes
The Friends of the Hoboken Library resumed the free English as a Second Language classes on Jan.15, 2014, which will run each Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until March 19. All classes are held at the Hoboken Public Library. Students and tutors welcome. For more info, please contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b>Super Bowl Shabbat A Super Bowl Shabbat Dinner for Young Jewish Professionals will be held Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. in Hoboken. The gourmet, Super Bowl-themed Shabbat dinner will include an open bar, sushi, delectable desserts and special guest speaker: former Super bowl champion and ring bearer Alan Veingrad.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. There’s an early bird discount in effect until Monday. RSVPs close on Thursday. Buy tickets at www.JewishHoboken.com/yjp, and join the Facebook group for a discount (Hoboken YJP).
Wallace teacher named District Teacher of the Year
Mark Mautone, a head teacher in the Wallace School’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for educating children with autism, was named the Hoboken School District’s Teacher of the Year this week. Mautone has logged nearly two decades of service in the sphere of special education. A graduate of Kean University’s special education program, Mautone also holds a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Caldwell College.
Working in the ABA’s preschool program, Mautone helps each student through individualized instruction which is constantly being updated and molded to fit each student’s needs through ongoing in-depth assessments and data analysis on his students’ behavior and skills. Through this method, Mautone has found a way for each student to receive exactly the type of education which fits their needs and plays to their strengths.
Mautone has been recognized nationally for his efforts to include the use of technology, especially the iPad, into his curriculums. He has been crafting the use of the iPad for children with autism and other disabilities since the product was first released in 2010. He helps students use commercial applications and has also modified several himself in ways that will help his students.
“Mark believes all children, despite the obstacles, deserve the highest quality of education possible so that they can learn to their maximum potential and lead a productive life as independently possible,” said the district. “Mark has seen children with special needs not be given the educational opportunities each one of them deserves. It is those experiences that maintain his determination to ensure that all children, despite ability are educated appropriately.”