Mayor Ravi Bhalla

Mayor Ravi Bhalla

Ravi Bhalla was elected Mayor of Hoboken in November, 2017 out of a field of six candidates. Mayor Bhalla’s campaign championed issues he fought for as a two term Councilmember, including balanced development, open space initiatives, flood remediation, sensible spending, and other important topics facing the Hoboken community. Mayor Bhalla took office on January 1, 2018.

A true believer in the American dream, Mayor Bhalla is the first Sikh to hold elected office in New Jersey and is the first directly elected Sikh to become Mayor in the United States.

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The Issues

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One of my top priorities as Mayor will be to upgrade our infrastructure, fix our water mains, roads, sewers and piers and provide regular maintenance. I will ensure that we are better prepared for the intense storms that are predicted…

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I know firsthand the importance of holding the line on taxes and making fiscally responsible decisions. Before I became a Councilman, residents were all socked with an 80% municipal tax increase as a result of the reckless and irresponsible financial…

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We have the unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents by committing to make Hoboken more sustainable. We need to continue forward-thinking policies and legislation that will make our City greener, benefiting residents for both the short…

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Latest News

This upcoming Tuesday at 6:30 pm, I hope you can join me at my first Hoboken State of the City taking place at Stevens Institute of Technology (DeBaun Auditorium, 24 5th Street). I look forward to updating residents on our…

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After the most recent November elections, we’ve had many conversations about how we can get off the sidelines and make Hoboken even better.  A similar collective sentiment reverberated after the 2016 election of President Trump.  Back then – and now…

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I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! I’m thankful that we enter 2019 on a high note with the progress we’ve made together for Hoboken. From negotiating a new hotel deal…

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Meet Our Team

Ravi's at-large Council candidates are Councilman Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour

Together, Jim, Emily and John combine proven experience with new ideas and energy.

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  • Raised the Irish flag today at City Hall with @hobokenemily, Jimmy Farina and @rock star of Environmental Services, Pete Wehmeyer, then celebrated with seniors for our St. Patrick’s Day lunch. Thanks as always to Tom, Cosmo and all of the staff who make the day special for our seniors.

We are thankful for the contributions of Irish Americans in Hoboken, who helped build the foundation of our City in the 1800s. Looking forward to our upcoming Irish festival (details coming soon), where we’ll be hosting family friendly activities to celebrate Irish culture in our City.
  • We’re always looking to enhance our waterfront, and this year we’re planning substantial upgrades to our south waterfront walkway and bike paths. This will help improve our waterfront connectivity, increase pedestrian and bike safety measures, add trees and vegetation, and restore the walkway.

Please hold the date for a community meeting on April 30 at 6:30 pm at the Multi-Service Center (124 Grand Street) to provide input on the concept plans.
  • THANK YOU to the hundreds of residents who marched today to help #saveourwaterfront! And, to @hoboken_fbw for organizing this morning’s event. Together, we’ll connect the last piece of our waterfront as a public park for all to enjoy.

Video courtesy of FBW
  • ‪As we celebrate #WomensDay, I want to recognize all the women that work in City Hall to keep #Hoboken moving forward. Their contributions are immeasurable for Hoboken & I am so grateful of everything they do every day for our residents. Thank you! #BalancedForBetter ‬
  • Thrilled to announce that Hoboken is one step closer to building our five-acre Northwest Park, which will provide much needed open space amenities and flood resiliency to our City. This park will become a model for the rest of the State, with modern park features including an ice-skating rink, open lawn space, a pavilion, playground equipment, field space, among others, in addition to above and below ground flood infrastructure.

Thank you to the City Council for the 9-0 vote last night to move forward the ordinance to fund the construction of the park to second reading.
  • Thrilled to share the news that Hoboken will soon be installing up to 14 new electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a grant award from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection & @govmurphy! We want to make it easier for residents to own and main electric vehicles, which helps reduce air pollution and improve our environment. And, the new EV charging stations will allow us to transition our municipal fleet to include electric vehicles. Combating climate change while simultaneously improving the quality of life for residents is a win-win for our City.
  • Always a pleasure to participate in #readacrossamericaday at Connors School! Read my kids favorite Dr. Seuss book, Hop on Pop to second graders (dads love this book too!). Thanks to Dr. Pollins and Ms. Rodriguez for inviting me to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
  • Starting on Monday, Hoboken will now be offering FREE HOP bus service for residents! We want to make it easier to get around town on our HOP to shop, dine, or connect to public transportation without paying a fee. This is the first of several improvements we’ll be looking at for our local bus service, as we continue to expand alternative transportation options in Hoboken.

Need to know where to grab the HOP? Download the Smarttrax app, which gives real time location of the buses, which you can flag down for a ride.
  • It's up to cities to lead the way in enacting bold policies to combat the consequences of climate change. I'm proud to state, unequivocally, that Hoboken is up to the task. Beginning in April, Hoboken will begin purchasing our electricity for municipal operations from 100% clean, renewable sources including wind and solar.

Hoboken is now one of, if not the first municipality in the State to adopt this practice, and demonstrates that our City is at the forefront of taking on climate change.

And, not only are we upgrading to 100% renewable electricity (up from 18% in years past), but we're also saving taxpayer dollars.  In fact, we'll save approximately 9% in costs compared previous years.  In the coming months, my administration will launch a program to allow residents to purchase renewable electricity for their own homes for a competitive and potentially cheaper rate than currently offered.  This is a win-win for Hoboken - smarter energy use, while earning cost savings.
  • ‪Just picked up fresh flowers for my Valentines -  my Mom, my wife Bindya and daughter Arza, from Christina Andersen Floral Designs - among Hoboken's best! #shoplocal‬

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