Volume 8/Issue 3

  • #CharterStrong: Hundreds of NJ Parents Rally In Trenton In Support of Public Charter Schools
  • Hoboken Waterfront Hotel Redevelopment Project Moves Forward With Support From City Officials

#Charterstrong: Hundreds of nj parents rally in Trenton in support of public charter schools

On Monday, March 26, 2018,  500 parents descended on Trenton as part of the 4th Annual Parent Action Day – the largest and most successful event of its kind in support of New Jersey’s public charter schools.

The mass of parents and supporters held a rally in front of the State House where Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz, Senator Troy Singleton, Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor Marin, and Assemblyman Gary Schaer addressed the crowd.  The message for the rally was led by the Senate President, who stated, “Charters are one of the greatest opportunities for young people to get the education they deserve.  I’m with you.  Not just a little bit.  All in!”

Additionally, Assembly Education Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt and Senator Declan O’Scanlon spoke to the parents at a breakfast event. Parents and advocates also went to the State House and met with several legislators to express their continued support for their schools.

River Crossing Strategy Group worked with the, B4NJKids, KIPP NJ, JerseyCAN, New Jersey Charter Schools Association, and other advocacy organizations and participating charter schools to make the 2018 Parent Action Day a success.

#Hotel redevelopment project Moves forward with Support from City Officials

Over the last few weeks, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and members of the Hoboken City Council have taken steps toward approving a plan by Philadelphia-based KMS Development Partners (KMS) to build a new, full-service Hilton Hotel along the city’s iconic waterfront.

On the morning March 27th, Mayor Bhalla hosted a press conference to announce the City’s support for KMS’s plan to redevelop the existing US Postal Service property along Frank Sinatra Drive. Mayor Bhalla was joined by elected officials, Hoboken residents, waterfront activists and Dennis Martin, Principal at KMS Development Partners.

“This project will bring a world-class hotel to the City of Hoboken for the benefit of residents and visitors alike,” said Bhalla. “When I ran for Mayor I promised any hotel would be consistent with the height and scale of the Hoboken’s south waterfront, and with the character and charm of our community.  I’m very pleased that KMS agrees and I look forward to working with the City Council to move this project forward.”

A week later at the April 4th Hoboken City Council meeting, members of the City Council approved a resolution naming KMS Development Partners as the conditional designated redeveloper for the post office property.

KMS’s plan includes building a full-service Hilton Hotel on the underutilized parking lot behind the Post Office, while also substantially upgrading the Hoboken Post Office as an important landmark. This redevelopment project will generate an estimated $1.7 million in annual local tax revenue, will support 430 jobs by the ongoing operation of the hotel, will bring significant enhancements to the surrounding neighborhood and will create pedestrian access to the Hoboken’s waterfront. 

"We thank Mayor Bhalla, his Administration and the Members of the City Council for their help in moving this project forward. We would also like to thank our friends and supporters in the Hoboken community who have also played an integral role in advocating for this project. Because of this collaborative effort, we now have the opportunity to build a new hotel on the waterfront that all Hoboken residents can be proud of and deliver on the myriad of financial and community benefits that the hotel will create," said Dennis Martin, Principal at KMS Development Partners. 

RCSG has been working on behalf of KMS Development Partners in a community engagement and government affairs capacity to generate the public support needed to make this project a reality.