Dawn Zimmer
Mayor of Hoboken, New jJersey
Dawn Zimmer
'Dawn Zimmer is the 38th mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. She was sworn in on November 6, 2009 after winning a special election to fill the remainder of Peter Cammarano's term. She had been serving as Acting Mayor since Cammarano's resignation on July 31, 2009 following his arrest on corruption charges. Zimmer is the first female mayor of Hoboken.
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Hoboken Residents Are Urged to Boil Water After Water Main Break
NYTimes - over 1 year
Mayor Dawn Zimmer said a large water main break on the city’s border with Jersey City was causing issues throughout Hoboken.
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Three Years After Sandy, Are Coastal Communities Safer?
NYTimes - over 1 year
Three years ago, Hurricane Sandy tore into the coast of New York and New Jersey destroying hundreds homes and business, costing more than 100 lives and tens of billions of dollars in damage, and bringing transit systems to a halt. It also revealed the area's stark lack of preparedness for such disasters, and increased vulnerability, as climate change grows more threatening. Is the region safer? What more needs to be done to protect coastal communities at risk of flooding? Responses: Retreat From the Waterfront Klaus H. Jacob, seismologist Learn to Live With the Water Dawn Zimmer, mayor, Hoboken, NJ Think Beyond Homes and Roads Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown Climate Center Adapt to the Future With Landscape Design Kate Orff, landscape architect Build a Storm Barrier ...
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Carepoint Health Opens Only Comprehensive Women's And Children's Centers In Hudson County
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
HUDSON COUNTY, N.J., May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, CarePoint Health CEO Dennis Kelly and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of CarePoint Health Medical Group's new Comprehensive Women's and Children's Center at 5 Marine View Plaza in Hoboken. Following the ribbon cutting, CarePoint Health hosted an open house that included guided tours, face painting, mini massages, live music, raffles and giveaways. CarePoint Health is a fully integrated healthcare system that provides quality, patient-focused healthcare to residents of Hudson County.
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3 New Jersey Officials Are Cleared of Coercion Against Hoboken Mayor
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The state’s top federal prosecutor closed his inquiry into claims that Christie administration officials threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief aid unless Mayor Dawn Zimmer approved a project backed by the governor.
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Hoboken Mayor Gets U.S. Flood Money in Awkward Ceremony With Christie
NYTimes - over 2 years
Mayor Dawn Zimmer was cheered by Hoboken receiving $230 million for a federal flood-prevention project, but she and Gov. Chris Christie avoided each other at the announcement.
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Chris Christie Investigators Issuing New Subpoenas In Bridgegate Probe
Huffington Post - about 3 years
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — At least a dozen new subpoenas were authorized Monday by a New Jersey legislative committee investigating a plot by aides to Gov. Chris Christie to create traffic gridlock on the George Washington Bridge, apparently for political retribution. The panel also agreed to take additional steps to enforce subpoenas to two key figures in the bridge scandal that is engulfing the administration of the Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate. Former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien and fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly have asserted their right against self-incrimination and refused to comply with the subpoenas. The panel on Monday voted to reject those objections and continue to seek most of the documents. Four Republicans on the panel abstained, saying they were not given ample time to review the complex Fifth Amendment arguments. Committee chairman John Wisniewski would not name the new subpoena recipients until they are served, pos ...
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Chris Christie Scandal May Hurt His Ability To Push Agenda
Huffington Post - about 3 years
BY ANGELA DELLI SANTI and GEOFF MULVIHILL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — This is the year Chris Christie was planning to be more than just New Jersey's governor. Yet it turns out that high-profile investigations into his administration and campaign operation in a political payback case could make advancing his agenda a challenge. Christie came off a decisive re-election victory in November already in the spotlight and with opportunities for some signature accomplishments. He became chairman of the Republican Governors Association, making him the chief fundraiser for the group in a year featuring 36 gubernatorial elections. His state hosted the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather locale. The stage was set for him to keep gaining exposure ahead of a possible 2016 presidential bid and to claim a mandate on imposing his policies at home in New Jersey. The spotlight has indeed intensified for Christie — but it's due to scandal. "This has become a major dist ...
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What Wildstein Fleeing a Sinking S.S. Christie Means for GOP
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference." With those words, Wildstein became the first rat to flee the sinking S.S. Christie, looking to make a deal. The Port Authority had cut off his legal aid, leaving him on the hook for his own legal defense in a high profile case, a recipe for desperation that creates space for a plea bargain. As if #Bridgegate weren't bad enough, he also has to contend with the potentially more serious Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's accusations that Sandy aid was being tied arbitrarily to approvals for private development contractors tied to the Christie Administration. All this is destroying Christ Christie as one of the biggest political power centers in the GOP, and damaging his narrative even if he is able to weather the short-term storm. This will have deep consequences, as Christie was an e ...
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No Smoking Guns Yet, But the Noose Is Tightening Around Chris Christie
Mother Jones - about 3 years
The New York Times is pretty clearly expending a lot of resources on the various Chris Christie scandals. So far they haven't produced any smoking guns, but they're sure digging up some stuff that doesn't look good for Team Christie. First up is a look at the Christie political team, which was apparently obsessed with winning votes in Democratic-leaning towns. This wasn't because the votes themselves were all that critical to Christie's 2012 reelection campaign, but because winning in these places "would validate the governor’s argument that he would be the most broadly appealing Republican choice for president in 2016": Staff members in the governor’s office created tabbed and color-coded dossiers on the mayors of each town — who their friends and enemies were, the policies and projects that were dear to them — that were bound in notebooks for the governor to review in his S.U.V. between events. ....Officially known as “intergovernmental affairs,” the operation was a key e ...
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Hoboken Mayor Is Said to Have Told of Threat
NYTimes - about 3 years
Federal authorities have interviewed witnesses who said Dawn Zimmer told them about Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s threat to withhold hurricane recovery funds if she did not support a development project.     
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Embattled NJ Governor Christie cancels inaugural party due to snowstorm
Yahoo News - about 3 years
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose administration has been caught in a traffic-related scandal for the past few weeks, canceled his inaugural celebration at Ellis Island on Tuesday night due to a winter storm. Christie, who easily won a second term in November, did not cancel the day's other events: an inaugural service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark and a swearing-in ceremony in the state capital of Trenton. The political tempest erupted this month with the release of emails that seemed to show aides purposely snarling traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, by closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York. Last week, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a Democrat and frequent Christie ally, claimed the governor's administration had linked the release of Superstorm Sandy relief funds to approval of a Hoboken development project.
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Who is Mayor Dawn Zimmer?
CNN - about 3 years
Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Dawn Zimmer is again embroiled in a controversy over redevelopment in her community. The first one helped get her elected mayor. The second has added fuel to the fire of scandal consuming the administration of Gov. Chris Christie, a possible presidential candidate.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dawn Zimmer
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015, various news articles pointed to documents showing a partnership with her spouse as an influential figure in her administration and Hoboken City government affairs.
    More Details Hide Details This prompted several residents to voice concerns at a subsequent City Council meeting, who were forcefully ejected by Hoboken Council president Bhalla.
    In letters dated May 1, 2015 to Guadagno, Constable and Ferzan the US Attorney wrote: "Based on the evidence developed during the investigation and our review of applicable law, we have concluded that no further action is warranted in this matter.
    More Details Hide Details Accordingly, the investigation of these allegations have been closed."
  • 2014
    Age 46
    An internal investigative was commissioned by the Christie administration and conducted by Randy Mastro of law firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher. Zimmer declined to participate. A report released in March 2014 said that Mayor Zimmer's allegations were, "in material respects, demonstrably false." and "whether intentional or not, it appears that Mayor Zimmer's subjective perception of events she has described do not reflect objective reality."
    More Details Hide Details Zimmer dismissed the report as "sadly predictable" and said she was still willing to repeat her allegations under oath, stating, "Randy Mastro could have written his report the day he was hired and saved the taxpayers the million dollars in fees." In editorials, the The Star-Ledger and The New York Times labeled the report a "whitewash". as did 56% of New Jersey voters in an April 2014 survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. After a 16-month investigation the US Attorney for NJ concluded that Zimmer's claims were unfounded.
    On January 18, 2014, Zimmer appeared on Up with Steve Kornacki, and said that Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Rich Constable had pressured her to support a Rockefeller Group development project in Hoboken in exchange for the city receiving additional federal Sandy relief aid.
    More Details Hide Details On January 20 she went on a CNN program and stated that a month earlier, Marc Ferzan, Director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding had also pressured her to support more development in exchange for federal Sandy recovery funds. Following her television appearances, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey met with Zimmer. They also interviewed two of her aides and five other potential witnesses. Zimmer stated: “As their investigation proceeds, they have asked me to refrain from giving any additional interviews and I am respecting their request.” The Christie administration officials categorically denied the allegations, a spokesman saying "It is very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political axe to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television." Zimmer said she had not come forward until after the so-called Bridgegate scandal (which had broke 10 days earlier) because she thought her claims would be not taken seriously. On January 31, the city acknowledged that it had received subpoenas from the US Attorney. In April 2014 the Hoboken City Council adopted a resolution which allowed the attorney handling the matter to waive attorney–client privilege, enabling him to speak to the US Attorney.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    On August 20, 2013 The Star-Ledger reporter Jenna Portnoy posted on Twitter that Zimmer had stated she would not endorse either major candidate in that November's race pitting Republican Christie against Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono.
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    Zimmer has been a strong proponent of same-sex marriage and publicly urged Governor Christie to change his position in opposition. On October 27, 2013 Zimmer performed the first same-sex marriage in Hoboken.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2010 Zimmer invited Governor Christie to speak in Hoboken in his first of a series of town hall meetings throughout the state supporting the 2% tax levy cap. She supported the property tax cap as the part of a package of legislation that includes changes to the arbitration process, shared services and the disciplinary process. "There is nothing partisan about being smart and responsible with money entrusted us by our citizens", Zimmer said. That September Christie was invited back to the city to speak at Elysian Charter School about his education reform agenda and the role of charter schools. Zimmer, whose two children attend Elysian Charter School, echoed concerns on the feasibility of funding charter schools, in light of the lack of state aid for facility-related expenses.
    In December 2013, Mayor Zimmer testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship on Thursday, December.
    More Details Hide Details She discussed the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on Hoboken and the challenges still faced with the recovery process. She met with Members of Congress to highlight the unmet needs of businesses and residents. She was invited to Geneva, Switzerland to present at UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Conference.
    In November 2013, President Obama named Zimmer to the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
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    Zimmer was re-elected as mayor along with her entire ticket in November 2013.
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    On September 9, 2013, she was recognized as "Hero of the Harbor" by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance for her work "to make her city a national model for preparedness, meeting with FEMA and state officials, urban planners, scientists and many others to create an 'integrated solution.'" For her leadership during Hurricane Sandy Mayor Zimmer was appointed to the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    In 2012 the Hudson Reporter named Zimmer as #3 in its list of Hudson County's 50 most influential people entities, behind North Bergen mayor Nicholas Sacco and Union City mayor Brian P. Stack.
    More Details Hide Details She was ranked #4 in 2013, and #5 in 2014.
    In 2012 Zimmer was widely acclaimed for leadership during the aftermath Hurricane Sandy.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    Mayor Zimmer played a significant role in privatizing Hoboken University Hospital (formerly St. Mary Hospital), and keeping it from closing in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The hospital—New Jersey's oldest—faced closure due to severe financial problems. The City of Hoboken had guaranteed $52 million of the hospital's debt, so its failure would have had been financially devastating for the city.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    Zimmer was sworn in as mayor on November 6, 2009, giving up her City Council seat.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Hoboken City had come under State Supervision due to an 11.7 million dollar budget deficit. By the end of her first term, Hoboken had a balanced budget, had cut taxes by 12%, and the city's bond rating had gone from BBB- to AA+, the second highest S&P rating.
    On November 3, 2009, she won a special election to fill the rest of Cammarano's mayoral term.
    More Details Hide Details In the special election, Zimmer faced six opponents: City Councilwoman Beth Mason, businessman Frank Raia, former Hoboken Municipal Court judge Kimberly Glatt, Hoboken Republican Club co-founder Nathan Brinkman, management consultant Everton A. Wilson, and former corrections officer Patricia Waiters. She finished with 43% of the vote, with Mason in second place with 23% and Raia in third place with 18%. As it was a special election, no runoff was required.
    On July 31, 2009, Cammarano resigned from office, and Zimmer was immediately sworn in as acting mayor.
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    Zimmer ran for Mayor of Hoboken in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to Peter Cammarano in the June runoff by 161 votes. On July 1, when Cammarano was sworn in as mayor, the City Council unanimously elected Zimmer as Council President. On July 23, 2009, Cammarano was arrested by the FBI as part of a major corruption and international money laundering conspiracy probe known as Operation Bid Rig. Cammarano was charged with accepting $25,000 in cash bribes from an undercover cooperating witness. The same witness approached Zimmer's campaign staff and was unsuccessful in setting up a meeting. She joined other local officials in calling for Cammarano's resignation.
    She was first elected mayor in a special election for the balance of Cammarano's term on November 6, 2009 and was re-elected mayor for another 4-year term in November 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, 2013 and 2014, she was ranked #3, #4 and #5, respectively, on The Hudson Reporter's list of the 50 most influential people in Hudson County.
    As president of the Hoboken City Council, she became acting mayor after incumbent Peter Cammarano's resignation on July 31, 2009 following his arrest on corruption charges.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmer is the first female mayor of Hoboken.
  • 2007
    Age 39
    In October 2007, Zimmer, as Hoboken's 4th Ward Councilwoman, supported a voter referendum to create an Open Space Trust Fund.
    More Details Hide Details Originally this fund could have been used to pay maintenance on existing parks but Councilwoman Zimmer and other Councilpeople voted to ensure that it would only be used for the acquisition of new space and the maintenance of new space.
    In 2007, she ran for Hoboken City Council in the 4th Ward against incumbent Christopher Campos.
    More Details Hide Details In the first election in May, neither candidate reached 50 percent, necessitating a runoff election. Zimmer outpolled Campos in the June runoff by eight votes, but Campos challenged the results, charging that absentee ballots were improperly handled. Zimmer in turn charged that Campos had received votes from non-residents. A second runoff was called in November, with Zimmer defeating Campos by a margin of 1,070 votes to 956.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    Zimmer became involved in civic life in Hoboken in 2006 when she joined the Southwest Parks Coalition Steering Committee to advocate for more park space in southwest Hoboken's 4th Ward.
    More Details Hide Details She also served as a board member of the Kaplan Cooperative Preschool and as secretary of the Parent Teacher Student Organization for the Elysian Charter School.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    She and her family moved to Hoboken from New York City in September 2002.
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  • 1990
    Age 22
    Zimmer taught English at a private language school in Japan from 1990 to 1993.
    More Details Hide Details She worked at Sumitomo Corporation of America doing internal and external communications for four years and in public relations specializing in crisis communications at Edelman Worldwide for three years. She has also worked as a family portrait photographer and as marketing director for her husband's jewelry business.
    Dawn Zimmer was born in Towson, Maryland, and raised in Laconia, New Hampshire. She is of German and Irish descent. She attended public schools and graduated cum laude in 1990 from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in history.
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  • 1977
    Age 9
    Zimmer is married to Stan Grossbard, who is President of the RCDC Corporation, a diamond manufacturing and wholesaling company that markets the Original Radiant Cut Diamond, which was invented in 1977 by his father, Henry Grossbard.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmer converted from Unitarianism to Judaism. Stan Grossbard and Dawn Zimmer have two children together.
  • 1968
    Age 0
    Born on April 16, 1968.
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