HOBOKEN – One of the seven candidates for Hoboken mayor on Nov. 3, former Hoboken Municipal Court Judge Kimberly Glatt, attacked opponent and Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer today, saying Zimmer has failed to alleviate the flooding problem in the 4th Ward, which Zimmer was elected to represent three years ago. While Zimmer has taken steps to deal with the flooding issue, some say she has not acted fast enough.
In fact, at Wednesday's City Council meeting, Zimmer admitted that the city missed the deadline to apply for roughly $5 million in grant money that could help alleviate flooding.
Glatt's press release states:
"Months ago, Zimmer requested a flooding update from the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) and was given a packet that laid out ways for Hoboken to secure funding. Included in this packet was information on how Hoboken could secure a $6 million pump that would help solve Hoboken’s historic flooding problem by pursuing FEMA mitigation grants and NJ DEP grants. All Dawn Zimmer had to do was submit a letter of submittal supporting the project and agreeing to have Hoboken fund $2 million by September 30. Unfortunately, Dawn Zimmer missed the deadline and failed to file this letter. Her inaction – whether due to incompetence or a lack of leadership - squandered $4 millions in available grants. Now, Hoboken taxpayers are left footing the full $6 million bill for her failure.
“ 'For years, Dawn Zimmer has never missed an opportunity to exploit Hoboken's flooding problem as a political issue. However, when given the opportunity to actually do something to fix the issues facing our families, Dawn Zimmer failed to act. Her inaction not only postponed a solution to flooding, it will also cost Hoboken’s taxpayers millions of dollars. Moreover, this is a prime example of the lack of transparency and accountability we’ve seen for far too long in City Hall,' Glatt says.