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The Hoboken City Clerk’s office hosted its annual birthday celebration for hometown crooner Frank Sinatra who would have turned 102 last week. Mayor Dawn Zimmer cut the cake, made by Carlos Bakery. (Photo by Jerry Lore)
The Hoboken City Clerk’s office hosted its annual birthday celebration for hometown crooner Frank Sinatra who would have turned 102 last week. Mayor Dawn Zimmer cut the cake, made by Carlos Bakery. (Photo by Jerry Lore)
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Menorah lighting at City Hall is Dec. 17

Join the community and elected officials for a public display of unity as they light the grand Menorah at Hoboken City Hall this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm. Hot latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, and Menorah kits will be distributed.

This event is open and free to everyone.

Prior to the lighting, at 4 p.m. there will be a children's program inside City Hall. Ventriloquist, pizza, raffle, crafts. Tickets are $10 per child in advance; $15 at door.

For more info. about this program or future events, please visit www.JewishHoboken.com or call (201) 386-5222.

Former Hoboken council president sentenced to 30 months in prison

Ex-Council President Christopher Campos was sentenced to 30 months of prison on Friday Dec. 8.

Campos was convicted last summer of bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud for a cab leasing scheme.

The $7 million scheme involved roughly 20 buyers who borrowed money to buy about 200 new cars they could not afford, claiming the cars would be for personal use, but they were in fact leased out to other people in New York as livery cabs.

“Christopher Campos, an attorney and former Hoboken City Council president, defrauded lenders out of millions of dollars,” said Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim in a press release. “He put up straw buyers to obtain loans for ‘personal use’ cars that in fact comprised a fleet of over 200 vehicles leased to livery drivers. Campos has now received the significant sentence his crimes merit.”

Campos served on the Hoboken City Council from 2001 to 2007.

In 2014 he served as a $35,000-$40,000-per-year full-time aide to former Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.

Hoboken inauguration ceremony location announced

The City of Hoboken’s inauguration ceremony for Mayor-Elect Ravinder S. Bhalla, Councilman James Doyle, Councilwoman-Elect Vanessa Falco, and Councilwoman-Elect Emily Jabbour will be held on Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. at Hoboken High School auditorium at 800 Clinton St.

The public may attend but seating is limited.

Free tickets must be reserved by visiting http://hoboken.booktix.com starting on Monday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m.

There is a limit of four tickets per person. Large bags and backpacks will not be permitted inside the venue.

You better watch out, you better not cry – Hoboken SantaCon is Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 16, Hoboken will be flooded with men and women dressed as Santa and his elves for SantaCon. The annual holiday bar crawl lasts all day and begins at 11 a.m. this year.

“Picture thousands of Santas running wild through the streets of Hoboken and having access to some of the best bars you can imagine - that’s exactly what you’ll get with this great event,” states the Eventbrite page for the bar crawl, where those who wish to attend can register and buy tickets to the various participating bars.

According to the webpage, “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kidz1st, Inc along with other local community charities.”

According to an NJ Transit press release beverages will not be permitted on any NJ Transit vehicles during SantaCon. All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

To see which venues are participating, go to

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-hoboken-santacon-crawl-2017-tickets-37350133254.

Ferry owner addresses NJ Transit board members about Hoboken land

The battle between the city of Hoboken and NY Waterway over use of the Union Dry Dock property intensified on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

According to a press release from NY Waterway, company president and founder Arthur Imperatore addressed the NJ Transit Board of Directors during their meeting on Dec. 13 about the company’s newly-purchased land on Hoboken’s waterfront.

The company has faced a backlash from residents and town officials who have spoken out against the former Union Dry Dock site becoming a ferry repair and maintenance facility. They would rather see the property turned into parkland.

NJ Transit has stated that they may purchase the land then lease it back to NY Waterway, which would still use the land as planned.

The city has authorized condemnation proceedings to acquire the property but ownership by a state agency would nullify the city’s ability to do so.

According to the press release Imperatore said, “The UDD location had long been viewed by us and various leaders of NJT as the only logical, ideally positioned geographic location that is available to us. There are no other alternatives possible between Nyack, NY, and Bayonne, NJ. Boat maintenance, dispatch, crew control, fueling and all aspects of seamanship must be from a central location and the UDD location is in the center of our operating map, equidistant to the north and south areas which we serve.”

He added, “Efficiency and control are essential for orderly dispatch on daily assignments. Moving boats into position for service can be very costly, time-consuming and disruptive to the quality of our service, hence, we strive to create the most efficient conditions possible. UDD will afford us the opportunity to create a paradigm of a ferry maintenance base for decades to come. Should ownership change by reason of the takeover of the property by NJT and the state of NJ, this will always serve as the most ideal and logical base between the Weehawken ferry terminal and the Hoboken train station. This location will protect the long-term interests of the public, regardless of who the ferry operator is, thereby protecting the enormous public investment already having been made in those two trans-Hudson locations and the future of the trans-Hudson system.”

He said that he believes the transit system will potentially be disrupted in the near future due to renovations and rehabilitations of rail lines and railroad tunnels. “Ferries are the only alternative to provide a safety valve and this factor has been recognized by NJT for many years, along with the [Port Authority].”

“At this time, we are strongly confirmed as a regional public asset, essential to the public interest, supplementing the public mass transit systems in place presently and as they may be later expanded,” Imperatore said. “We have a team of perfectionists that come to work daily to do their best to uphold the highest traditions of customer service and safety and our record so speaks. UDD is essential to its continuance.”

Track repairs scheduled

According to reports Hoboken’s terminal will undergo track repairs in 2019.

The terminal handles roughly 30,000 people per day and it is unknown what interruptions it may cause to service.

The Hoboken terminal was damaged by saltwater when Superstorm Sandy hit Hoboken in 2012.

Happy birthday to a Hoboken idol

Hoboken celebrated the 102nd birthday of Frank Sinatra on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

To commemorate the special day, City Clerk James Farina, a big fan on the Hoboken-born crooner, hosted the annual City Hall birthday party for the singer.

At the birthday celebration in the clerk’s office, Farina displayed his personal Sinatra memorabilia including magazine covers, Frank Sinatra books, and Sinatra’s key to the city from 1947.

Local comedian Artie Lange arrested

According to the Essex County Sheriff's Department led by Sheriff Armando Fontoura Hoboken resident and former Howard Stern regular Artie Lange was arrested on Tuesday Dec. 13 at 6:45 p.m. for failing to appear in Essex County Superior Court.

The court date was related to a May 12 arrest in which Lange was charged with possession heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This follows a Saturday, Dec. 9 house call by police after the Hoboken Police Department received a call that something might be wrong, although when police arrived they found he was fine.

The call seemed to stem from the comedian’s early morning Twitter post in which Lange wrote, “Hey I got a quick message for u Ang. U ain’t the man. U run for the man. I fear nothing,” accompanied by a disheveled selfie.

Lange apologized later that morning on Twitter, stating, “Everything isn’t funny as the Great Hoboken Police just explained to me,” he tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday. “I’m so sorry I made those guys deal with unimportant crap. I’m fine. In a related issue how do u delete a tweet?”

He later tweeted “Hey guys I just got myself a shower & some quick cardio. Then I had to take another shower. But I’m back to bein Artie. That lucky kid from Jersey! As u can see I’m ok!”

Lange was arrested in March in the parking garage at his Hoboken condo complex for alleged possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia. Police said he allegedly had drugs both in his car and on his person.

The comedian has written about drug use before and was hospitalized in 2010 after apparently attempting to commit suicide in his condo at the Shipyard complex in Hoboken.

PSE&G to inspect gas meters in Hudson County

Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be inspecting natural gas meters in Hoboken, Weehawken and West New York to ensure the continued safety and reliability of gas services.

“Customer safety is our number one priority,” said Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G. “It’s important for us to conduct safety inspections like these so that we can check for surface corrosion, leaks and other conditions that might require attention or repair.”

If a customer’s meter is inside, someone over the age of 18 will need to give our technicians access to the meter for a visual inspection. Meters that are located outside will also be inspected. Although technicians will be on your property, customers do not need to be home for outside meter inspections.

Important information about the inspection process:

• The inspection is free and will take about 10 minutes.

• Customers do not need to make an appointment at this time.

• Unless a meter requires immediate repair, there will be no interruption to service.

• Service will not be turned off during this inspection due to billing status.

PSE&G reminds customers to always ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door. Employees carry a PSE&G photo identification badge, wear PSE&G logo apparel and drive PSE&G cars or trucks. If a customer is concerned in any way, they should call PSE&G’s customer service line at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the identity of an employee.

Toy drive announced

The Hoboken Police Department’s Unions and Hoboken Fire Department’s Unions will host their Annual Toy Drive on Wednesday Dec. 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fire House at 1313 Washington St.

They will be collecting new unwrapped toys that will be distributed to local charities.

There is also a drop of box for toys at police headquarters and the fire house at 1313 Washington St.

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