From 2001 to 2009, David Roberts served as the 36th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. Roberts, a Democrat, began his career representing the Sixth Ward on the Hoboken City Council in 1985. Following a decade of service, he became City Council President and held the post until he assumed mayoral duties in 2001. In recognition of his service on the City Council, David Roberts received a joint resolution from the New Jersey Legislature.
David Roberts initiated his career as Mayor by introducing the Hoboken Master Plan, which was approved by the city’s Planning Board in 2004 and remains in effect today. The overarching goal of the Master Plan has been to transition Hoboken from an industrial center to a more integrated community by way of more than 200 specific recommendations. Major accomplishments of the plan include creating a variety of new parks and establishing memorials for World War II and the 9/11 disaster. In addition, Roberts played an integral role in saving Hoboken University Medical Center, which became profitable in 2006.
While Mayor, Roberts also served as Chairman of the Hoboken Democratic Committee. For his contributions to the city, David Roberts garnered Lincoln Day honors on two occasions and was inducted into the Elected Officials’ Hall of Fame by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
Since retiring from politics, David Roberts has devoted much of his attention to managing commercial and residential properties in Hoboken. Roberts maintains involvement with several other local businesses as well, including his family-owned restaurant, East LA. A lifelong resident of the city, he contributes to a variety of charitable programs and has belonged to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Hoboken for more than three decades.