The Hoboken City Council presented the Hoboken PAL Lightweight Division Football team with a mayoral proclamation during the Dec. 19 council meeting. The team completed the season undefeated 11-0-1. (Photo by Jerry Lore.)
The Hoboken City Council presented the Hoboken PAL Lightweight Division Football team with a mayoral proclamation during the Dec. 19 council meeting. The team completed the season undefeated 11-0-1. (Photo by Jerry Lore.)

PSE&G upgrades to city grid continue

PSE&G is continuing with its $175 million project to upgrade and modernize Hoboken’s power grid. The current work will consolidate the Marshall Street and Madison Street substations into one station on Madison Street and will elevate the station to protect it from flooding, a chronic problem in that part of town.

The project also upgrades the electrical system infrastructure, which includes replacing power lines over 50 years old. PSE&G has begun installing new, sturdier utility poles in Hoboken along Madison Street.

PSE&G is upgrading the power lines from 26,000-volt to 69,000-volt lines and as such, they will install new, approximately 60-foot poles and run wires along an existing pole line to accommodate the higher voltage.

“To date, the company has installed more than 350 miles of sturdier and taller overhead 69kV circuit poles in more than 60 municipalities—69kV transmission lines are the standard of the 21st century and are needed to address increasing demand, reliability and storm preparedness,” according to an announcement from PSE&G.

Work is expected to end Jan. 4.

At the conclusion of the overhead electric circuit construction, Verizon will transfer telecommunications and CATV infrastructure to the new poles before removing the old poles. For more information, call the PSE&G Reliability Hotline at 1-800-901-5035, visit https://www.psegtransmission.com/your-town/Hoboken.

Democratic leaders speak out against government shutdown  

A partial federal government shutdown occurred last week after Congress and President Trump were unable to come to terms and pass a budget.

At the center of the issue was the president’s demand for a $5 billion appropriation to build a wall on the Mexican – U.S. border.

Nine federal departments have shut down and over 700,000 federal employees are on furlough without work or pay.

Democratic Governors Association Chair Gov.Gina Raimondo (RI) and Vice-Chair Gov.Phil Murphy (NJ) released the following statement on the government shutdown’s impact on states:

“Businesses and workers need predictability to succeed, and all that Donald Trump has offered is more chaos,” said Gov. Murphy. “Thousands of New Jersey residents will face significant economic challenges this holiday season, simply because Donald Trump wants to divide Americans. This November, voters chose Democratic governors and a Democratic Congress, because they want to get things done. It’s time for President Trump to get the message and end this needless shutdown.”

Climate mobilization meeting

The Hoboken Public Library will host a meeting with members of the Hoboken Green Team and Climate Mobilization team on Thursday, Jan.3.

Attendees will find out how they can help the environment in their homes, city, and the world.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Public Library at the corner of Park Avenue and Fifth Street in the large programming room.

 Tax amnesty program to NJ taxpayers ends Jan. 15

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is offering a limited-time opportunity for both individual taxpayers and corporations to file past tax returns and/or pay back taxes with no penalties and reduced interest, according to an announcement from John J. Ficara, director, Division of Taxation, N.J. Department of the Treasury.

The New Jersey Tax Amnesty program runs through Jan. 15, offering an opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to come into compliance and get a fresh start. Amnesty applies to individuals or businesses with outstanding tax filings or payments that are reportable on a tax return due on or after Feb. 1, 2009, and prior to Sept. 1, 2017.

Since Tax Amnesty is only offered until Jan. 15, taxpayers with an outstanding New Jersey tax liability are encouraged to take advantage of the program before the deadline so they don’t incur greater penalties.

For information regarding Tax Amnesty eligibility or process, call 1-800-781-8407 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or visit www.TaxAmnesty.nj.gov.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

 Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next two information sessions will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave., Rm. 901, on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m., and at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.

For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org