Another year of state takeover
City officials appeared before the state’s Local Finance Board on Wednesday to argue that the state financial takeover of city government is no longer necessary after one year of monitoring.
However, the board decided to continue the financial monitoring. They have set out certain milestones for the city to achieve before the monitoring can end, according to Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Passing a city budget, completing the annual audit, and providing a corrective action plan for negative audit findings are just a few things that the city will need to do before the state will reconsider releasing the city from oversight.
Zimmer said the state is also requiring the city to put a business administrator in place, but until that time Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi will continue to perform those services.
Two more directors added
Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Friday her appointment of Brandy Forbes to be director of the Department of Community Development and Leo Pellegrini to be director of Health and Human Services in City Hall.
Zimmer said Forbes brings a wealth of local government experience and most recently was the township planner for Edison. Forbes also worked as assistant township administrator for Maplewood and as the city administrator in Solon, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she majored in economics. She also received her Masters of Arts from the University of Iowa in urban and regional planning.
Pellegrini brings extensive private sector experience, Zimmer said in a release, and is leaving his post as a senior financial services officer. Pellegrini serves as the director of Hoboken’s travel soccer team and has a strong passion for Hoboken’s recreational activities. Pellegrini is a graduate of Montclair State University, where he majored in business administration.
High Holiday services
Chabad Jewish Center of Hoboken is offering free High Holiday services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
There are no membership fees and Chabad's services are open to all Jews. Chabad runs a traditional service with a contemporary message in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. Hebrew English prayer books are provided.
Kiddush lunch will be served on each of the afternoons of Rosh Hashana.
Reservations are appreciated, especially if you intend to stay for the luncheons or make use of the children’s program.
All services held at the Boys and Girls Club, 123 Jefferson St.
For a full schedule of services, visit www.JewishHoboken.com or call (201) 386-5222.
Boys & Girls Club BBQ
The Hoboken Boys and Girls Club End of Summer Barbeque and B&G Day for Kids event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Organizers invite residents to join in for food and fun, and also to learn about new fall programs and volunteer opportunities.
The B&G Club is located at 123 Jefferson St. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 963-6443.
Senators host military hopefuls
U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg will host their yearly “Service Academy Information Day,” an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors, and incoming seniors to explore a career in the military and potentially receive the equivalent to an Ivy League education.
The event is on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trayes Hall, Rutgers University Douglass Campus, 100 George St, New Brunswick.
Senators are able to recommend students to the West Point Academy, the Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard.
Please RSVP to (973) 645-3201, or for additional information, please contact Sen. Menendez’ office at (973) 645-3030 or Sen. Lautenberg’s office at (973) 639-8700.