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  • 29 Oct 2019 3:57 PM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

    I can't remember when a referendum in Jersey City has created a such an uproar.  Most of this uproar is caused by Airbnb, who is waging a campaign of disinformation.  Compound that with an administration that some would prefer to vote against and it is the residents of Jersey City that lose.  The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) wrote an Op-ed for NJ.com.  The DCNA are your neighborhood leaders and residents.  The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association's President, Shannon Pennock, has worked tirelessly on this and the Necessities before Amenities Campaigns.  She has always worked to put the residents of Hamilton Park and the adjacent neighborhoods first.  Please take a moment and read it.

    https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/10/vote-yes-and-approve-regulations-on-airbnb-rentals-letter.html

  • 17 Oct 2019 9:15 AM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

    Thank you to all who came out in the deluge to the HPNA Public Meeting.  Those present heard from Board of Education Candidates and participated in a lively debate on Short Term Rentals.  

    The vast majority of the Members and Residents who voted at the meeting are in favor of reasonable regulations on Short Term Rentals.  Vote "Yes"  

    In addition, the HPNA Board of Trustees also endorse a "Yes" vote.

  • 16 Oct 2019 2:31 PM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

    I was sent this document from a resident.  It provides information on the 'hosts', who I thought were Jersey City Residents.  According to this, they are not.  In one case study, exhibit 3, he outlines the website: deedeesapartments.com.  As far as I can tell, it's not affiliated with AirBnB.  I can't imagine how many others are running websites like this one.  Please take some time and educate yourself, don't rely on the glossy mailers to make your decision.

    Jersey City Airbnb Research Exhibits.pdf

  • 14 Oct 2019 11:34 AM | Shannon Pennock (Administrator)

    Hamilton Park will be having a Candidates' Forum this Wednesday at 7PM in the lobby of Hamilton House located at 232 Pavonia Ave. 

    Because it is highly likely that it will rain, you may not have an opportunity to ask candidates questions from 6-7 at the Farmers Market as previously scheduled. 

    To recap the election: 

    There are 5 seats up for election. 

    There are 13 candidates on the ballot. 

    Change for Children has a slate of 5, Education Matters also has a slate of 5, plus there are two independent candidates. 

    The two independent candidates are: 
    Tara Stafford 
    Neisha Louhar 

    The Change for Children candidates and terms are as follows:

    Three year term: 
    Noemi Velazquez 
    Asheenia Johnson 
    Alexander Hamilton 
    One year term: 
    Anthony Sharperson 
    David Czehut 

    The Education Matters candidates and terms are as follows: 
    Three year term:
    Sudhan Thomas 
    Gerald Lyons
    Darwin Ona
    Unexpired terms:
    Gina Verdibello
    Lekendrick Shaw

  • 11 Oct 2019 3:46 PM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

    Here is the 2019 curbside leaf schedule pick up.

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  • 11 Oct 2019 3:41 PM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

  • 09 Oct 2019 12:06 PM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

    Neighbors,  I was sent this by a downtown resident.  Take a read of the two files below, then read the ordinance, and then decide which side, "yes or no" that you stand on.  Don't let non-residents, big corporations, and special interests make your decision for you.  Educate yourself!

    Detailed Fact Sheet.pdf 

    FAQ.pdf

  • 07 Oct 2019 4:24 PM | Diane Atwell (Administrator)

    If you're like me you've received many flyers regarding Short Term Rentals.  The City's short term rental ordinance regulates home sharing with an intent to preserve: quality of life, housing affordability, and safety for Jersey City Residents.  After reading the proposed revisions, It is clear that the original ordinance was broad and much room was left for interpretation.  This revision helps define the rules, and it does not bar short term rentals, but don't trust me.  Read it yourself.

    Full Ordinance.pdf

  • 05 Oct 2019 11:23 AM | Shannon Pennock (Administrator)

    HPNA and other leaders from Neighborhood Associations around Jersey CIty met with Mayor Fulop to discuss the Necessities Before Amenities Campaign.  Mayor Fulop was receptive to the feedback and the presentation which can be found here.

    Mayor Fulop agreed with several issues raised by the group, and specifically agreed that from now on developers should be required to provide escrow monies upfront to City Planning to allow City Planning to hire outside independent consultants to conduct impact studies for particular developments.  This is routinely done in Manhattan and the studies are used to consider key impacts such as traffic, density, environment and other systemic impacts from large scale development.  Mayor Fulop also agreed that City Planning should be focused on studying how to develop the area north of Hamilton Park in a holistic manner that contemplates the building of community necessities such as adequate green space, public schools, and other public necessities. 

    HPNA and other neighborhood leaders from Jersey City will be meeting with City Planning regarding the Necessities Before Amenities campaign on October 16.  Further updates will be provided.  

    We need to continue to remind the Administration that public schools, affordable housing, public green space, libraries and other public necessities must be driving the development in Jersey City and not high rise building amenities.  Planning must be done in a holistic manner.  

     

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