Hoboken city officials Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, Council President Ruben Ramos, At-Large Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, 1st Ward Councilman Michael DeFusco, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher stood united Wednesday morning at the Hoboken Rail Yard Terminal in support of “Option 1,” also known as the "Integrated Option," a Rebuild by Design Flood Resistance wall that will run along the city’s southern border.
“My priority as Mayor is to protect the health and well-being of our residents,” said Bhalla. “If we can maintain the federally mandated schedule and budget for Rebuild by Design while constructing Option 1, the positive economic impacts on our community and throughout New Jersey will extend beyond the flood risk reduction measures. All parties need to come together to consider the decades-long effects of this decision.”
“I proudly sponsored a City Council resolution in April advocating against placing a wall along this corridor,” said Council President Ramos. “Placing the wall along this corridor would undermine the proposed critically important redevelopment of the Hoboken Rail Yards. We can not allow the Christie wall to suffocate one our city’s vital neighborhoods.”
The Council unanimously passed the resolution with on April 4.