Mayor Fulop Announces Hiring of New Director of City Planning

Monday, February 13, 2017

Below is a press release from the City of Jersey City regarding the hiring of Annisia Cialone as its new Director of City Planning. Annisia is a former member of Harsimus Cove Association, where she served as a board member from 2010 to 2014.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 13, 2017

Contact:

Jennifer Morrill
Press Secretary
M: 201-376-0699
E: jenniferm@jcnj.org

Mayor Fulop Announces Hiring of New Director of City Planning - Urban Planning Professional and Longtime Jersey City Resident Annisia Cialone

Cialone Brings More than 16 Years Experience, Including Overseeing Large-Scale Urban Design & Strategic Master Planning Projects, Is an Active Member of Local Neighborhood Associations

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that the city has hired a new Planning Director, Annisia Cialone, who is both an urban planning professional with over 16 years of experience and a longtime Jersey City resident with a passion and dedication for her city.

Cialone has worked as a professional urban planner, urban designer, and architect for the past 16 years, with more than a decade at Perkins Eastman and EE&K Architects overseeing large-scale urban design and strategic master planning projects for both private and public clients. Projects have included the Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan, Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor Redevelopment Plan, the Together North Jersey Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, the Passaic Eastside Redevelopment Area Strategy, and the Island Park Revitalization & Transit Oriented Development Plan for revitalization following Hurricane Sandy, amongst many notable others.

Clients have included the NYC Economic Development Corporation, NJ Transit, NY State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the City of Hoboken, the City of Perth Amboy, the City of Passaic, Essex County, Rutgers University, Together North Jersey and Houston METRO, amongst others. Cialone received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union.

A resident of Jersey City for over 11 years, Cialone is an active member of the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association and the Harsimus Cove Association, where she served as a board member from 2010 to 2014. This week, Cialone will begin meeting with community group leaders and stakeholders.

"We couldn't be more excited to hire someone who has both the knowledge and experience that Annisia does, as well as the unique and personal understanding of our city, our community, our neighborhoods and our people," said Mayor Fulop. "Annisia will be joining our team at a time when the development of areas like Journal Square, Bergen Lafayette and West Side are beginning to take off, and her leadership of the Planning Department will be a tremendous asset."

The position of Planning Director was vacated last spring after the longtime and esteemed director, Bob Cotter, retired after more than 30 years of service with the city. The city advertised the position on the website and through professional planning associations, to have the greatest reach in the professional community.

"Resumes were sought from professional urban planners from across the country, with over 100 applicants, however, with Jersey City's talented community, Annisia's resume stood apart for both her outstanding credentials and invaluable community knowledge and investment," added Mayor Fulop.

"I couldn't be more excited for this professional opportunity and the chance to help shape the future of a city that I love dearly and have lived in with my family for eleven years," said Cialone. "This is truly a pivotal time for Jersey City and I am honored to be part of this team and appreciate the important role the community plays in this process."

Jersey City is currently in the midst of the greatest construction activity in its history, leading the state in construction starts, with 10,000 units under construction (including Journal Square for the first time in three decades) and another 17,000 approved. Construction has also begun on the state’s tallest building, at 950 feet, while at the same time development continues to move off the waterfront and throughout the city.

The director of Planning oversees a staff of 12 including professional planners who work with the city, developers, architects and community stakeholders to facilitate the growth and development of the city.

The Planning Director also plays a critical role preserving the diversity, history and texture of the city and works closely with the Zoning Board, Planning Board, and the Historic Preservation Commission.

All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary for Mayor Steven M. Fulop at jenniferm@jcnj.org or 201-376-0699.////

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