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Kimberly is actively involved in the
Hoboken community and has contributed her time support to a number of local causes, including:

  • Hoboken Library Summer Reading Program
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Hoboken Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Women Business Owners - Hudson County Chapter
  • 2009 Connie Mack Boys Baseball Team
  • Hoboken Recreation Basketball (coach)
  • Hoboken Youth Soccer League (coach)
  • Hoboken Little League (coach)
  • Hoboken Girls Softball Team

Kimberly Glatt is committed to putting politics aside and working cooperatively to move Hoboken in the right direction.

 
 
Kimberly Glatt is running for Mayor to bring decisive leadership to Hoboken City Hall.

Kimberly was appointed Hoboken’s first female presiding municipal judge in 1995. She resigned her position in September 2009 to run for Mayor because she shares our concerns about Hoboken’s future.

Taxes in Hoboken have soared and our City has lost its direction because political infighting has brought our government to a standstill.

As Hoboken’s Mayor, Kimberly will apply the same leadership approach as when she was Hoboken’s judge: She will look at the facts and make a decision.

Kimberly will work to change the tone and manner in which government functions in City Hall. It is her goal to work cooperatively with the City Council to put politics aside and make forward progress on Hoboken’s real problems.

To help bring about this change, we need your help. Please vote 11- I for Kimberly Glatt for Mayor on November 3rd.

Kimberly is a lifelong Hoboken resident. She attended Stevens Academy and J.F. Brandt Middle School before graduating from St. Dominic Academy, a high school for girls, in Jersey City. After high school, Kimberly graduated from Douglass College at Rutgers University and went on to receive her law degree from New York Law School.

After law school, Kimberly returned to Hoboken and worked as an attorney in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. She then co-founded a private law practice in Hoboken, which she successfully managed until her appointment as Hoboken’s first presiding female municipal judge. Kimberly resigned as Hoboken’s judge in September 2009 – after 14 years of service – to run for Mayor.

More about Kimberly Glatt:

● Age: 45

● Years in Hoboken: 45 years

● Professional experience: Admitted to the Bar in Dec. 1989; Assistant Prosecutor in the Hudson County Prosecutors Office (1990-93); Partner in the Law Office of Yacker & Glatt (1993-95); First female Presiding Municipal Court Judge in Hoboken (1995-09)

● Community experience: Hoboken Library Summer Reading Program (financial supporter); National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (member); Hoboken Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Women Business Owners - Hudson County Chapter

(charter member); 2009 Connie Mack Boys Baseball Team (financial supporter); Hoboken Recreation Basketball (coach); Hoboken Youth Soccer League (coach and financial supporter); Hoboken Little League (coach and financial supporter); Hoboken Girls Softball Team (financial supporter).

As a judge you are precluded from active participation in many organizations. I tried my best to participate in as many organizations that I could within ethical and legal boundaries.

● Two top priorities if elected: Leadership and budget

● What makes you the most qualified candidate for the position?

As mayor, I will provide decisive leadership built upon integrity.

Last year, the City Council failed to pass a budget on time which led to a state takeover and directly resulted in a 47 percent increase in property taxes. Despite this, current City Council members continue to jockey for position – and for mayor – while stalling important decisions that affect all residents for the sake of an election. This has to stop.

As Hoboken's municipal judge for 14 years, I heard dozens of cases every day. There was no, “Let’s do this next meeting,” for many of the cases on a calendar. I had to review the facts and make decisions based on the law and the public interest.

This is the leadership approach I will take as mayor. Integrity in government begins with the chief executive. Other candidates in this race have been part of the past, and so they have been part of the problem. I’m running for mayor to turn the page on the past. My focus will be to introduce a responsible budget that eases the burden on taxpayers and creates open space


Kim's Platform for Reform 'My Vision for Hoboken':

We can make Hoboken better!

For the past 14 years I’ve had the privilege to serve as Hoboken’s Municipal Judge. I took my responsibilities seriously and always put fairness and integrity first. From my time in City Hall, however, I also had a front row seat to witness how our local government works – for better…and for worse.

I’m running for Mayor, because I’m concerned about Hoboken’s future. Like many of you, I was fed up last year when our City Council failed to pass a budget even though they knew full-well the repercussions of their inaction: taxes would skyrocket and the State would come in to take over our city! I lay the responsibility for these negative developments squarely at the feet of those who cared more about political infighting than doing their job.

It’s time for Hoboken to turn the page on the failed policies which caused our taxes to soar and our city’s reputation to plummet. Hoboken needs to get back on track, and out of the tabloids! Professionalism, integrity, and cooperation will bring us all forward as one community, and these are the qualities I will bring to office.

I’ve always believed that if you want change, you can’t just sit idly by. You need to take decisive action. That is exactly what I will do as Mayor. I will put politics aside and focus squarely on restoring Hoboken’s promise. However, I need your help! Please read my platform of policies that I believe will move our great city forward and join me in changing Hoboken for the better on November 3rd by voting for
KIMBERLY GLATT COLUMN 11-I for Mayor!

Thank You,

Kimberly Glatt


Property Taxes and Fiscal Policy

As Mayor, Kim Glatt’s #1 priority will be to stabilize property taxes.

Dawn Zimmer and Beth Mason are part of the past – and that makes them part of the problem. Dawn Zimmer and Beth Mason failed to pass last year’s budget which directly led to a state takeover and resulted in a 47% increase in our property taxes. Hoboken needs new leadership to move our city in the right direction. I can offer that leadership.

Budget

We can’t fix a problem without knowing how bad it is; that is why we need to present a budget. Until then, there can be no prudent conversation about what to cut or what not to cut. However, even without the budget we can see problems in the way our government is spending.

Hoboken should have had at least a $20 million decrease in its budget this year. But, each month that passes our city is funded through emergency appropriations. With no budget to keep track of city expenses, that $20 million in savings is slipping away each month! We need someone to pay attention and that someone is me.

I will work to reduce Hoboken’s budget by lowering employment compensation, which is known to be one of our city’s largest budget items, through a gradual process of attrition. I will also find new ways to bring new ratable to Hoboken to ease the burden on Hoboken taxpayers.

Revaluation

The process of a revaluation has been discussed by the state monitor. The issue for us is how to soften its impact on homeowners, especially low/fixed-income families and seniors. After a revaluation: (1) new taxes can be implemented in phases, and (2) there are programs to protect seniors from being displaced as a result of the reval. As mayor, before the tax bill goes out I will make sure that Hoboken has explored every option to ease the burden on Hoboken families. I will also ensure there is a process for people who are in jeopardy of losing their homes to seek relief.

Parking and Smart Development

Hoboken may be overdeveloped – but it is definitely *not* smartly developed. We have no developer incentives to provide open space or parking – we need to think outside the box. Simply increasing parking penalties does not work. That’s just a quality of life tax that generates money for a City Hall that has already proven it doesn’t know how to spend.

Asking developers to provide for their building’s parking won’t stop the growth of the city if we do it prudently. By giving incentives to developers we can sustain their desire to be a part of Hoboken’s future, and keep parking congestion low.

Hoboken Master Plan & Zoning

The master plan is the vision for Hoboken. Our city’s master plan was updated several years ago, but the new zoning laws that were needed to enforce it were never adopted by the City Council. Now, because so much time has passed, new developments have made parts of the master plan out-of-date. As Mayor, I will ensure that the master plan is updated to reflect current conditions in Hoboken, and then immediately work to adopt the zoning laws needed to enforce the master plan. To develop Smart, we need to be able to control the expansion of the tax base. A master plan – with supporting zoning laws – is the best way to do that.

PILOTs

The Purpose of PILOTS is to attract specific types of development. PILOTs *can* be good if they are properly used: (1) you have a defined purpose for the PILOT, and (2) ensure the purpose is being pursued. As mayor, before I support a PILOT payment I ensure there is a clear and necessary purpose for the PILOT, and that city government can enforce that purpose.

Parks

Everybody wants more parks. We just need to figure out a way to pay for them. Without a budget, we don’t know if we can afford to acquire more park space. As mayor, first priority will be to lower property taxes and control spending so that we can invest in – and maintain – new parks in Hoboken.

NJ Transit

Redevelopment I oppose the plan as it is currently presented. While Zimmer has felt it important to pass a resolution opposing the development, her administration didn’t offer any new proposals! That’s not leadership! As mayor, I will go to NJT with new ideas and the needs of the people of Hoboken. As Zimmer has announced, we may not be able to stop this development, but what we can do is ask to be at the table when this plan is discussed. If we are not invited our interests will not be addressed! I will have Hoboken at that table so we can demand what we need for all of Hoboken.

Affordable Housing

This is crucial for our families and seniors. The questions are: How to maintain the affordable housing we have; and how can we build more to meet the need? As mayor I will (1) Preserve our affordable housing, (2) be open to enforceable builder incentives to create more affordable housing.

My administration will work with developers and property owners to make sure that the city doesn’t just give away taxes through abatements and free parking in a mad rush to allow any kind of building. While I believe that the developers have helped Hoboken, when working with them I will always look to the needs for affordable housing and senior housing.

HOBOKEN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Bond Default Hoboken University Medical Center is on the verge of defaulting on its bond payments, and taxpayers are on the hook for $52 million if that happens! Dawn Zimmer attempted to conceal the hospital’s poor financial condition, which she has known about since August 2009. Zimmer only released hospital records in October because I petitioned the government to release the records through an official Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.

This is not leadership nor is it transparency. As one of the city’s biggest employers and service providers, Hoboken University Medical Center needs our city’s support. My administration will not hide from these unpleasant facts as Dawn Zimmer has!

Parades and Festivals

Look, they’re fun, the young kids like them, they enhance and celebrate our cultures…I get it…BUT, there has got to be a better way to deal with them. In the last decade we’ve allowed some of these celebrations to become, shall we say, “a little too celebratory.”

The Council has refused to deal with this problem – they left it to the courts. This crowds the court schedule and shirks responsibility. As mayor, I would (1) raise the maximum fine for quality of life issues to $2,000 as allowed to by state statute, (2) ensure a strong police presence, (3) enforce zero tolerance, (4) and communicate better with NJT, about “booze trains” and other incentives toward public drunkenness.


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