I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! I’m thankful that we enter 2019 on a high note with the progress we’ve made together for Hoboken. From negotiating a new hotel deal with over $4.5 million in community givebacks, opening a new constituent services office to moving forward with major park projects, we’ve reached incredible milestones.

With 2019 upon us, I wanted to take a moment and share with you a recap of our achievements from the past year.

1. Officially opened Constituent Affairs Office on first floor of City Hall, assisting over 400 residents 

2.  Secured perfect score from Human Rights Campaign for inclusive LGBTQ+ policies 

3. Negotiated hotel deal to include renovated Hoboken Community Center at former YMCA with new classroom space and new pool

4. Established an endowment for the Hoboken Public Education Foundation and secured funding for charter schools 

5. Further negotiated over $1 million in infrastructure upgrades in downtown Hoboken, $200,000 dedicated for affordable housing 

6. Advanced initiatives of homelessness task force, securing additional housing vouchers and implementing donation meters 

7. Initiated successful downtown street fair on 1st Street with local businesses and residents

8. Upgraded local parks with landscaping, new trash receptacles and new turf at Church Square Park

9. Completed energy upgrades in municipal buildings, improving local environment and saving taxpayers $100,000 per year

10. Expanded HOP service to include holiday routes to support local businesses and “ShopRite HOP” for Housing Authority residents 

11. Supported the arts with unveiling of new murals at Viaduct, 1600 Park, and work of local artists

12. Signed executive order supporting businesses run by veterans, LGBTQ, and disabled residents

13. Introduced Street Design Guide to improve pedestrian safety for all residents including children, the disabled and seniors

14. Spearheaded Hoboken’s first Pride Week with Hudson Pride Center, first ever Diwali celebration, and other multi-cultural events

15. Paved 19 blocks of Hoboken streets, planned for paving of 54 blocks in 2019 

16. Secured $500,000 grant from Hudson County to help fund Madison Street Park project, scheduled for spring completion

17. Partnered with Mile Square Theatre to expand senior programming with free shows 

18. Protected open backyard space by vetoing developer-friendly “donut hole” ordinance

 

19. Expanded summer green jobs program for local Hoboken students

20. Appointed Brian Crimmins as Hoboken’s Fire Chief 

21. Initiated Hoboken’s Climate Action Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, carbon neutrality by 2027, exceed Paris Agreement targets

22. Advanced Washington Street project to 11th Street, including implementation of pedestrian countdown timers

23. Officially recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness and Autism Awareness months

24. Replaced 30 lights in Church Square Park with energy efficient LED lights

25. Passed an ordinance permitting medical cannabis in Hoboken

In the summer I highlighted some of our work from the initial six months after I took office, including:

Turning the page to 2019, I’m excited for what’s ahead for our City. I’m looking forward to working with you as we build on these positive changes and make 2019 an even brighter year for Hoboken.

​Thanks again,

Ravi