Members of the Hoboken Democratic Committee win suit to keep late-filing candidates off ballot
In Hoboken elections, nothing is easy, even trying to get elected to a small Democratic committee seat in a mile-square city. There are approximately 50 seats, but each one has some influence, because the Democratic Committee ends up helping pick candidates for local office.
The filing deadline was April 5 to run for a committee seat in June. Two candidates aligned with Mayor Dawn Zimmer missed the deadline to file. Still, their forms were accepted by Hoboken City Clerk James Farina two days later.
This didn't sit well with some.
Democrats Ines Garcia-Keim and Peter Biancamano, committee members who aren't allied with Zimmer, sued City Clerk James Farina, the Hudson County clerk, and the two late candidates, Sheillah Dallara and husband Aaron Dallara.
Biancamano said on Friday that his side won in court on Friday April 21 and the Dallaras will not be appearing on the ballot.
The suit stated Biancamano and Garcia–Keim had been “deprived of fundamental due process based upon Defendant Farina’s clear abuse of discretion.”
Sheillah Dallara, who is on the Hoboken Board of Education, and Aaron Dallara filed in the 1st District of the 2nd Ward.
Biancamano and Garcia-Keim wrote a letter to Farina dated April 13.
“Follow your statutory responsibilities and reconsider this blatantly illegal action before we are forced to pursue this matter further in court and/or with the appropriate law enforcement authorities,” they wrote.
Farina responded to the suit in a letter stating, “Significantly, the Clerk was timely provided correspondence dated April 3, 2017 and April 6, 2017 from Assemblyman Vincent Prieto and Mayor Dawn Zimmer advising that both individuals were running as part of the Hudson County Democratic Organization,” he wrote. “Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:23-20, candidates properly amended the documentation provided to the clerk’s office so as to remedy any defect by timely submitting the appropriate forms within the deadline to amend,” he wrote.
The HCDO is the county's long-time Democratic political machine.
Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher explained that the Dallaras' forms were accidentally excluded when she submitted the 67 petitions for nomination for other candidates running.
Garcia-Keim and Biancamano called Farina's explanation “gibberish” and said that it did not excuse or refute the fact that the Dallaras filed petitions 48 hours after deadline.
Their attorney, Steve Kleinman, said, "We're obviously pleased with the judge's decision. The city’s position was both outrageous and ludicrous and clearly showed the city was trying to put its thumb on the scale on behalf of candidates supported the incumbent administration."
Hoboken Terminal on the mend
According to NJ Transit, the concourse and one of the two tracks damaged at Hoboken Terminal in a fatal train accident on Sept. 29 will open in June.
The concourse has been blocked near track five by green plywood barriers, causing pedestrian traffic to be rerouted through the terminal waiting room.
“The full long term permanent repairs are slated for 2019,” said NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith. “The entire project to restore it to pre-accident condition is 2019 and that includes various structural components that were damaged such as the ticketing office, the concourse, the concourse roof, and mechanical and electrical and electrical communication infrastructures.”
Win free tickets to the Hoboken Historical Black & White Masked Ball and Auction
The Hoboken Historical Museum will host a Black & White Masked Ball and Auction on Saturday, May 6 as a homage to its black-and-white photography exhibit from the 1980s.
The ball will support the museum’s exhibitions, education programs, preservation of collections and research, and collections campaign.
Tickets are $150 each or people can enter to win free tickets by submitting original black and white pictures to their social media photo contest.
To enter the contest, simply snap a current image of Hoboken in black and white, and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, tagging @HobokenMuseum and using #HobokenMakesHistory. Each Thursday until May 4, the Gala Host Committee will choose a weekly winner of a pair of tickets to the gala. Everyone has three chances to win. Enter as often as you like between April 17 and May 5. Each week’s winner will be contacted via social media, and the winning photographs will be added to the museum’s website.
This year, the event will be hosted at the David E. Rue Building, 301 Garden St., with a special Honorary Chair, Marci Rubin of News 12 New Jersey.
At the fundraiser, guests will enjoy a buffet dinner from AD Catering, an open bar, and an evening of dancing with a live DJ.
The centerpiece of the evening will be the Live Auction, which will feature a summer pass to the Shipyard pool, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade uptown viewing stand seats, a year of indoor parking in uptown Hoboken, an early fall dinner for a party of 10 from Chef Pino, with wine pairing from Bin 14, a vacation week in a condo near ski heaven, Winter Park, Col. and more.
Details and tickets are available at bit.ly/HobokenMaskedBall or by calling (201) 656-2240.
Public hearing announced on Rebuild by Design project to protect cities from flooding
A public hearing will be held on Monday, April 24 at Wallace Elementary school from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to solicit public comment on the state’s design plan for the $230 million HUD-funded flood resiliency project in Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City.
The recommended alternative, known as Alternative 3, calls for construction of a flood-resistance structure stretching from 19th Street in Weehawken and extending south into Hoboken, slightly inland from the river. An additional flood resistance structure will be constructed along the southern end of Hoboken and into Jersey City.
The flood-resistance structure is intended to provide flood protection from storm surges for the communities and for critical infrastructure.
The hearing is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is funding the project as part of its Rebuild By Design (RBD) program that resulted from the destruction caused during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
The public hearing will take place in the school cafeteria. Members of the public will be given up to three minutes each to provide comments.
Residents may also submit written comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the attention of Constituent Services, Sandy Recovery Division, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad St., P.O. Box 823, Trenton, NJ 08625.
All comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. on April 30.
For more information on the project look at our past coverage at hudsonreporter.com or go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver-archive.htm
Sightseeing running tour and wine tasting fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
A sightseeing running tour, wine tasting, and fundraiser – “Fundraiser, Sights, Bites and Sips: Hoboken” – was announced last week. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29 and proceeds from the event will be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Led by City Running Tours, the four-mile guided running tour in and around Hoboken will start and finish at Antique Bar & Bakery, and include stops and information at such historical sites such as Fiore’s Deli, the birthplaces of both Frank Sinatra and baseball, Willow Terrace, Sybill’s Cave, and scene locations from the Academy Award-winning movie, “On the Waterfront.”
At the conclusion of the run, all participants will enjoy a wine tasting provided by Grapeful and special bites from Antique Bar & Bakery’s Chef Paul Gerard.
Tickets are $50 per person and only 25 spaces are available.
All participants must be 21 years old or older and ID is required. Runners will meet at Antique Bar & Bakery, 122 Willow St., at 10 a.m. and the tour leaves at 10:15 a.m.
Bag drop is available.
For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor dedicates the City Hall rain garden to local activist
Mayor Dawn Zimmer, with family members of Joan Abel and members of the community, rededicated the City Hall rain garden “The Joan R. Abel Memorial Rain Garden at Hoboken City Hall” on Friday April 21.
Abel was born July 11, 1943 in Jersey City and made Hoboken her home in 1980. She expressed her love for Hoboken by advocating for local historic preservation and environmental causes. In 2012, Joan developed a plan to capture stormwater runoff around City Hall.
“Although Mrs. Abel passed away before seeing her plan realized, the legacy of her advocacy lives on in Hoboken’s built environment, including at the rain garden at City Hall,” stated the media release.
The rain garden is part of the Hoboken City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Demonstration project, which is designed to retain all rainwater that falls on City Hall during a 25-year storm and prevent it from contributing to flooding. The project includes four 1,200 gallon above-ground rainwater tanks (cisterns), more than 1,000 square feet of rain gardens, 100 square yards of pervious concrete sidewalk, raised planter beds, and a green wall. The aim of the project is to set an example for other city blocks for how to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that enters the combined sewer system.
Hoboken resident to perform in Theater League of Clifton’s latest production
Hoboken resident Pedro Jimenez will perform in the Theater League of Clifton’s production of “Some Enchanted Evening, the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” with shows slated for May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at the Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave., Clifton.
Songs in the two-act musical revue come from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway productions including “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” and “The King and I.”
Musical selections will include “A Cockeyed Optimist,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “A Wonderful Guy,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “A Bell is No Bell,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”
Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees will start at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for adults are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For students and seniors, prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Group rates are available. Tickets may be reserved by phone at (973) 928-7668 or online at www.theaterleagueofclifton.com. There is an additional $2 fee per ticket for all credit card reservations.
The Theater League of Clifton, founded in 2005, is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts through theatrical performances.
Hoboken Rotary club donates to local marching band
The Hoboken Rotary club has donated $1,300 to the Hoboken High School Marching band for their upcoming trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Memorial Day parade. The Hoboken band is one of four bands participating from the state of New Jersey and one of only 36 teams, from the entire country.
The club hosted a happy hour fundraiser in March and raised funds with the help of Rotarians, Hoboken Fire Department Locals 1076 and 1078, the Hoboken Police Department PBA Local #2, BCB Bank, and Investor's bank.
Hoboken expands their Fitness in the Parks series
The Fitness in the Park series will take place four nights a week starting Wednesday, April 19 and through the end of September. It provides a free sample of what the local fitness studios have to offer and the city has expanded the program “due to high demand.”
This year over 80 classes will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at various locations throughout the city including yoga, pilates, kick boxing, and more.
The city advises participants to wear sneakers and loose-fit clothing. Bring water and a mat, if needed and to keep in mind that if it rains classes may be cancelled. For the schedule of classes go to http://hobokennj.gov/2017/04/hoboken-launches-expanded-fitness-in-the-parks-series-for-2017/
It is recommended residents call the fitness studio’s for more information.
Publisher donates books to local school
Fox Chapel Publishing, an independent book publisher in East Petersburg, Pa., has donated 50 copies of the popular coloring book “Doodles Go Girl!: Coloring & Activity Book” to Connors Elementary School for a special take home gift for a Connors Elementary School celebration of the achievements of women in history.
Fox Chapel Publishing has over 100 coloring book titles in print and has rapidly become a leader in this field with a long-term commitment to featuring the industry’s most innovative artists and trend leading designers. The company also places a special emphasis on education, children, and health making this partnership a fitting relationship for all.
March for Science held in Trenton
On Saturday April 22, scientists and their supporters as well as advocated for evidence based policies were scheduled to march in Trenton in solidarity with March for Science in Washington D.C. and 515 other sites around the world.
New Jersey Congressman and member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Frank Pallone Jr. gave a keynote address
The non-partisan march is motivated by many scientific issues from climate change to medical research to education, and human rights issues.
The march was held outside the War Memorial in Trenton at 1 Memorial Drive at 10 a.m. and participants were scheduled to march half a mile to the steps of the State House Annex.