New Year letter from Dawn Zimmer
4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer, after a much needed vacation, sent this “new year letter” out to her constituents, keeping them in the loop as to the goings on in her ward, as well as the rest of the city.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday season, and I wish you all the very best in 2008.
The holiday break gave me a chance to finally reflect on everything that happened in 2007, and I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me through three crazy election cycles. From writing letters to your neighbors, letters to the editor, getting out to campaign, voting, and so much more, it all helped to win the 4th Ward Council seat for Hoboken.
From now on, I will be sending an email update every few weeks to let you know about important Council decisions and issues in our neighborhood, and how you can get involved to help tackle the challenges facing Hoboken. Now that there’s a break in the craziness, I will also be much more responsive via email, so please contact me at email@example.com with your questions or concerns.
Volunteers are always welcome! I’m working on researching a lot of issues and figuring out potential legislation for everything from dealing with the flooding to ensuring balanced development. I’d love to have help with research or advice from people with the following areas of expertise: legal/development, environmental issues and engineering, grant writing, transportation and traffic safety.
Highlights and Spotlight on the Issues:
Open Space Trust Fund Established:
I am proud to announce that the open space ordinance passed 7-1 at the Jan. 2nd City Council meeting. Hoboken significantly expands its access to matching funds by establishing an Open Space Trust Fund. Councilman Cunningham and I are now in the process of reaching out to various community groups to ensure that Hoboken secures the land it needs for active park space as quickly as possible.
Some of my Council colleagues and I are introducing strong measures to help get Hoboken’s fiscal house in order within the next few years. It’s a challenging task, and I welcome your suggestions on this complex issue.
Ed Friedrich and I are working on arranging a presentation by the University of Notre Dame on their sensor technology that could alleviate the flooding. There’s much more to come on this issue.
I am currently working on reaching out to all the players involved in the development of the 4th Ward, including parks organizations and the developers. There’s a great deal that’s involved in advocating for the community’s best interest, so please let me know if you would like to help on this issue.
Jubilee Center Fundraiser for Hoboken’s Children:
I want to invite everyone to a fundraiser on February 1st at the Jubilee Center. This important organization offers a safe haven for the children from Hoboken’s public housing. I have volunteered there with my children, and it’s a great program. Please attend, or make a donation online right now at: Jubileecenterhoboken.org.
Fundraising Event: Friday, Feb. 1st from 6-9 p.m. at Bahama Mama’s. A $75 ticket supports your neighbors in need and includes food, drinks and music.
Know Your Neighbors/Major Hot Water Problem:
Two buildings in the Housing Authority have been without hot water during peak periods for nearly three months. There have been technical issues with a new water system installation, but management assured me today that this situation would be resolved by next Friday at the latest.
Regardless of future development, I am involved in an effort to try and get the City to take a close look at how we can improve pedestrian safety in our town.
Please email me if you have traffic safety issues that you think need to be addressed.
A Clean Up the 4th Ward Campaign:
Several residents have expressed frustration with the trash problem on our streets. Last Sunday night I noticed all the bags on my block were ripped open. I’m talking with the Sanitation Dept. the Police and others to figure out how to clean up our neighborhood!
Thanks for listening, and thanks again for all your support! Feel free to forward this to your friends. (411: see “share this” button below)
4th Ward Councilperson