Monday, September 9, 2013 - 12:25pm
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As Superstorm Sandy bore down on the metropolitan region last October 28, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer told the mile-square, densely populated, flood-prone New Jersey city to expect a storm surge of historic proportions. She said public transportation and major streets would close and power would go out, and she asked residents to check on each other. "We may be looking at having to stay inside for the next couple of days," she warned. By the next day, with Sandy raging and half the city underwater, she had called in the National Guard to help rescue tens of thousands of people trapped by wild floods coursing with live wires and sewage. It was "the worst-case scenario," she said then.

Since that time, Mayor Zimmer has worked 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," as she said in February when she unveiled a $100 million resiliency proposal. For her extraordinary leadership before, during and after a time of crisis, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is being honored on October 1, 2013, by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance as a Hero of the Harbor.

Joining her as this year's Heroes of the Harbor are the General Contractors Association and NY1 News, both exemplary organizations whose members responded to Superstorm Sandy with steadiness and great courage -- NY1 delivering a constant flow of essential information to the drenched region, and the General Contractors for their stellar, unstinting work to rebuild and restore the shoreline.

Please join your friends and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance in saluting this year's Heroes of the Harbor. The party takes place at the Chelsea Piers' Lighthouse on October 1, with the annual Parade of Boats (and cocktail hour) beginning at 6pm and a lively awards ceremony and dinner beginning at 7pm.

For details and reservations, call Meaghan Collins at 212-935-9831, x103.

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