HOBOKEN BRIEFS
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Hoboken Briefs
HOBOKEN PRIDE – Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which barred same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer raised the rainbow gay pride flag outside City Hall on Thursday. Pictured with her is Laura Knittel, the public library’s community outreach specialist.
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Holiday deadlines

Due to the upcoming July 4 holiday, the Hudson Reporter classified and display ad deadlines will change.

For the Sunday (July 7) edition, the classified deadline is Tuesday, July 2 at 12 p.m.

For display ads for North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken and Secaucus, the deadline is Tuesday at noon. For Hoboken and Jersey City, the deadline is Thursday at noon.

As for letters – as always, the earlier, the better. Letters will be published when they are fact-checked, and formatted, and confirmed with the author.

The office will be closed Thursday, July 4. We will reopen on Friday, July 5. We thank you for your patronage and have a wonderful and safe holiday!

To place an ad call 201-798-7800 or email: Classified@hudsonreporter.com or place your ad online at www.hudsonreporter.com and click on “Place a Classified Ad.”

Hoboken exempt from pier development bill as vote in Trenton approaches

The city of Hoboken won’t be seeing any new development on its piers anytime soon. An amendment has been passed to exempt Hoboken from a new bill that would allow most waterfront towns to circumvent municipal regulations and permit construction on piers in an effort to boost economic recovery along the Hudson County coastline.

On Thursday, Assemblymen Vincent Prieto (D–Secaucus) proposed an amendment to the bill that would exempt the city at the request of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a staunch opponent of further development along Hoboken’s coastline. The amendment passed, thus allowing local zoning regulations, which make development on piers difficult, to stand in Hoboken.

A similar bill in the state Senate, sponsored by state Sen. Nicholas Sacco, will include a similar amendment.

"A huge thank you to Senator Sacco and Assemblyman Prieto for listening to my concerns and working with me to craft an amendment that will help protect Hoboken's waterfront," Zimmer said in a statement on Friday.

Zimmer said that her opposition to the legislation was three-fold, based on Hoboken’s past difficulties with waterfront development, the already-existent interest of developers looking to build in Hoboken (and not only on the waterfront, she noted), and the city’s propensity to flood.

“We know firsthand that federal policies do not at this time support urban areas,” she said. “For example, this legislation will potentially result in unwary buyers purchasing property only to find out that the flood insurance they were required to purchase does not cover their buildings and they cannot get other assistance.”

A vote on the assembly bill is expected to be held in Trenton next week.

Housing Authority unveils new Splash n’ Spray park

Over 100 children, parents, and grandparents joined Executive Director Carmelo Garcia in welcoming the new Splash and Spray park on Wednesday afternoon. The park is located at 411 Marshall Drive, on the site of what was a vacant lot on the Housing Authority property.

The park features a soft splash pad, ground sprays, and buckets that dump when full. The middle of the area is a traditional playground with slides and swings.

The park’s ribbon was cut by Garcia along with the chairman of HHA’s board of commissioners Rob Davis III and Vice Chairman Eduardo Gonzalez.

“This space will allow for our younger residents to enjoy the summer in a fun and healthy way,” said Garcia. “We were fortunate to have the financial stability in the Housing Authority and be able to bring such a fantastic feature to our residents.”

The area was paid for by the capital funds and cost approximately $110,000.

A correction from last weekend’s edition

In the June 23 issue of the Hoboken Reporter, a report on the City Council’s decision to pass a resolution to the fiscal year 2013 budget erroneously stated that the amended budget included funds to purchase a “high water vehicle” for the city to use for evacuations in the event of another Hurricane Sandy-type event. The funding for the vehicle was actually not included in the budget amendment.

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