We stand corrected
Two recent columns and one news story that appeared in The Hudson Reporter contained factual errors. The columns and story were about an alleged rape by a campaign worker in Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.
Katie Brennan has accused Albert J. Alvarez of allegedly raping her in April 2017 in Jersey City after a campaign event. Alvarez has denied the charge, claimed the encounter was consensual, and has not been charged with a crime.
The errors appeared in a news story on Jan. 24 by Al Sullivan and in his columns on Feb. 7 and 14.
The column speculated on Feb. 7, stated as fact on Feb. 14, and amplified on material reported in a Jan. 24 news article – erroneously in all cases – that someone in the office of Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez had communicated with Peter Cammarano, Gov. Murphy’s soon-to-be-chief of staff, about pending charges against Alvarez and, later, that Cammarano had a role in the decision that no charges would be filed.
Testimony by Cammarano before the Legislative Select Oversight Committee indicates this was not true. Another issue raised in the Feb. 7 column – suggesting someone in Suarez’s office kept her in the dark about the case, yet had the political savvy to communicate with the governor’s chief of staff – was based on that error of fact. Cammarano has testified he was not in contact with Suarez or anyone in her office.
His testimony was corroborated by Murphy’s Deputy Chief of Staff Justin Braz, a friend of Brennan, who also testified before the same committee that he told Cammarano about the pending charges based on information from Brennan.
City issues stop work order to NY Waterway
After NY Waterway ferries appeared at the former Union Dry Dock site and work appeared to be underway Wednesday, Feb. 13 the city issued a stop work order later that afternoon ceasing all work.
“All persons acting contrary to this order or mutilating this notice are liable to arrest unless such action is authorized by the department,” reads the neon orange legal notice taped to the property’s gates.
The Union Dry Dock property was purchased by NY Waterway in November 2017 to become the ferry company’s ferry homeport for maintenance and refueling.
City, county, and state officials have opposed the project, determined to make the property public open space citing public safety, health, and environmental concerns.
According to city spokesperson Vijay Chaudhuri, NY Waterway was permitted to do minor work on the site that does not include changes to the use, including trailer and debris removal.
He said the stop work order was issued for ferry maintenance work, which was not permitted or authorized by the city adding that “no use or conditional use of the site has been approved by the city to NY Waterways or Port Imperial Marine Service.”
In a statement, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said NY Waterway agreed to temporarily cease ferry maintenance operations in response to the stop work order and with the assistance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s office.
“We look forward to working cooperatively with the governor’s team to find solutions that advance the best interests of Hoboken’s residents,” said Bhalla. “I’ll continue taking all necessary actions to preserve Union Dry Dock for public open space. Hoboken residents deserve a park, not a ferry refueling depot. We need to do everything possible to protect our environment and our waterfront.”
Public hearing announced regarding Community Development Block Grants
The Hoboken Department of Community Development will host a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, 124 Grand St. regarding its Annual Action Plan for 2019 for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
During the meeting, the city will gather public input on the content of the Annual Action Plan, which is created every year and assists the city in determining community needs.
Public input will inform the city’s anticipated Annual Action Plan for 2019 which the city intends to submit to HUD for review and acceptance in May.
Members of the community are invited to complete an online survey to provide their feedback: https://goo.gl/forms/1S8dA3ANfjzmUeXd2.
The survey will be available until Monday, February 25.
Register for art or fitness in the park
Residents can now register for Art in the Park and Fitness in the Park programs. Art in the Park is a six-week creative arts program this summer for children ages 1-4 years of age. A parent or guardian must accompany children. You must be a Hoboken resident; proof of residency is required.
Sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at Elysian Park at 10th and Hudson streets and on Wednesdays at Pier A Park at First Street and Sinatra Drive.
Participants can sign up for the session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. or the one from from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Classes begin the week of June 17; it costs $40 for the full six-week program. To sign up go to www.hobokennj.gov/register.
Hoboken is also scheduling a free outdoor fitness, yoga, and meditation series in the park for this summer.
Dates are available for fitness instructors to host fitness classes on Tuesday night in Southwest Park and Thursday night in the Northwest Pop Up Park as well as meditation classes on Wednesday night at Pier C.
Any interested instructors should email Geri Fallo at email@example.com
Youth tennis programs launched
Hoboken will launch a tennis recreation program for children.
The city has partnered with Tennis Approach to offer tennis lessons to children ages 6 to 14.
Registration is now open to Hoboken residents on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tennis Approach’s certified tennis professionals will provide lessons at the tennis courts at the Northwest Pop-up Park.
Parents can register their children, who must be Hoboken residents, at http://www.hobokennj.gov/register.
Class times start the week of April 15 through the week of June 3, Monday through Friday.
Parents can only register their children for one session per week. Parents may request that their children be placed on a waiting list to take part in additional sessions if space is available.
FBW to host open house to save the waterfront
On Sunday, Feb. 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. the Fund for a Better Waterfront will host an open house to discuss what residents can do to save the waterfront.
NY Waterway plans to develop the former Union Dry Dock site along Hoboken’s northern waterfront into its ferry homeport for ferry maintenance and refueling.
Elected officials and residents have said they would like the property for public open space and cite environmental, safety, and health concerns with the ferry facility.
Attendees will enjoy live music, mimosas, chocolate, and learn what they can do to help save the waterfront.
FBW will be writing, calling, emailing, and tweeting the governor all day; he will make the final decision about the property according to a press release.
The FBW open house will be in the Neumann Leathers Building at 300 Observer Hwy, Fifth floor.
Noir at the Bar comes to Hoboken
On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Noir at the Bar will take place at Mulligan’s Pub at 159 First St.
Noir at the Bar is an international series of readings devoted to crime and mystery stories; this is the first time it will be hosted in Hoboken.
Participating authors include E.A. Aymar & Erika C, Jen Conley, Jim Fusilli, Kellye Garrett, Caren Lissner, Lizzie Skurnick, Jeffrey Somers, John Vercher, and host Jason Pinter.
Little City Books will sell books at the event, which is free.