HOBOKEN — Havens Savings Bank made a hefty donation to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund on Wednesday afternoon. The Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to fill the anticipated gap of financial aid provided to Hoboken residents. Board secretary Scott Delea announced in late December that the charity had amassed $250,000 in donations.
On Wednesday, Havens Savings Bank, 621 Washington St., donated $250,000 itself. The fund has now reached an excess of $600,000, having collected another $100,000 since the last press conferencenk.
Haven Savings Bank will be celebrating their 75th year in Hoboken this year. President John Wessling said, “ It makes me feel good and it makes the board feel good. We have been a part of this city since 1938. Hoboken has made this bank.”
The quarter million dollar check was presented to Rebuild Hoboken Chairman, former Sen. Bernard Kenny, Vice Chair Larry Henriques, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Board Secretary Scott Delea, and Committee Chair Chris Mackin.
Mayor Zimmer stressed the lack of aid and attention that Congress has given to the matter. Former Sen. Kenny updated the public on the Rebuild Hoboken application process.
Kenny said, “The application process is in effect and full force. Thirty thousand applications will be mailed out at the beginning of next week.”
The process allows for qualified applicants to receive up to $5,000 in phase one, with a flexible end date of Feb. 20. In order to qualify, you must have a Hoboken address and a net loss of $5,000 or more after all other aid is deducted. After phase one, the board plans on reassessing distribution going forward based on monies received after February.
A gala will also be held to help raise funds. Mackin announced that the gala date had in fact changed from late January to Feb. 2. The gala will be held at the W hotel.