Currently retired from the office of Mayor of Hoboken, David Roberts served the city and its people throughout his 25-year political career. David Roberts received his first election to office in 1985, representing the 6th Ward on Hoboken's City Council. He achieved City Council presidency in 1995, and he served on the Council until his election to the mayorship in 2001. Mr. Roberts delivered his inaugural address on July 1, 2001, announcing his Master Plan for the city's improvement. He aimed to transform the city from a primarily industrial area to a lively, diverse community. The plan involved the implementation of programs aiding in the enhancement of parks, public facilities, and transportation. Approved by the Hoboken Planning Board in 2004, the plan has already led to many improvements in Hoboken public spaces, including the creation of 16 acres of park space along the New York Harbor waterfront. In addition to the conception and development of the Master Plan, Mr. Roberts spearheaded the transformation of St. Mary's Hospital into the vibrant Hoboken University Medical Center and coordinated the development of the Castle Point Historic District. For his accomplishments in office, David Roberts twice received the Lincoln Day Honor for lifetime achievement, as well as a joint legislative recognition from the State of New Jersey. In 2007, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities named him to the Elected Officials Hall of Fame, placing him among high-achieving public servants who held office for 20 or more years. Mr. Roberts has remained active in the Hoboken community since his retirement in 2009. He currently manages commercial and residential real estate in the city, including his family-owned restaurant, East LA. Married with three children, he holds membership in the Elks Lodge and the Saints Peter and Paul Parish.