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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  • ‪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
  • Thankful to be celebrating Valentine’s Day with our seniors this morning! Wished everyone lots of love, peace and joy on this day. Thanks to @engelvolkershoboken for hosting the breakfast and entertainment, and to Tom and Cosmo for always going above and beyond to make these days special for our seniors.
  • Proud to celebrate our City’s diversity and recognize the importance of Black History Month this morning at City Hall. Thank you to all who joined for our ceremony to raise the Pan-African flag.
  • At our State of the City tonight, it was a pleasure to be joined by two residents who are inspirations to us all, Satya Singh and Jack Silbert. Four years ago, Satya was diagnosed with cancer at just one year old.  Satya, with the strength of her mother, Raakhee and father, Agan, had to endure long hospital stays, hundreds of doctor visits, sleepless nights, and a six hour surgery to remove a tumor. She didn’t just beat back cancer, though. With the grace of God, Satya is now cancer free. Today, at the age of 5, she’s inspiring countless children across the country.  To give back, Satya and her parents have raised over half a million dollars towards childhood cancer research.

In 2016, Jack Silbert was living what we might describe as a “normal” life in Hoboken. He ran 5k races, had a passion for the local music scene, wrote about indie music, and enjoyed time out with his friends at our local bars. Unfortunately, tragedy struck for Jack, when his two legs were amputated below the knee due to health complications. Soon after, Jack understandably suffered from depression. But, after a while, Jack started focusing on the things he COULD change, as opposed to the things he couldn’t.

Jack now runs an program in Hoboken called “Don’t dis - disabilities” where he talks to children about the importance of understanding people for the quality of their character, and not through visible differences. Like Satya, Jack took life into his own hands, triumphed over his tragedy, and is now making our world a more accepting place.

Thank you to Jack and Satya for joining us for the State of the City and allowing me to highlight your selfless work for Hoboken.
  • Looking forward to @milesquaretheatre’s new production, I and You: “a sharp and funny drama about youth, hope and the connection between us” Grab your tickets now at milesquaretheatre.org - show opens January 30!

Mile Square Theater has done so much to enrich our arts community, and I’m proud they call Hoboken home. Thanks to Chris, Zabrina and the entire team for growing MST into a major destination and one of the top theatre programs in the entire state!
  • Nice to meet Ashley Mak today, a local resident and owner of @hudsonriverfitness, which is celebrating its two year anniversary in Hoboken. Every month, Ashley and his HRF team give back to the community by host a fundraiser or event for a charity. This past Saturday, they collected coats and clothes for the Hoboken Shelter. Thanks to Ashley and all of the members of Hudson River Fitness for making our city an even better (and healthier) place to call home!
  • When I was a Councilman, students from All Saints Episcopal Day School came to present at a City Council meeting their proposal to ban plastic bags in Hoboken. They began researching the issue in 2014, with multiple grades speaking before the Council and laying out the benefits to the environment. As an elected official, I heard them loud and clear, and thanked them for their efforts today. The students’ effective plastic bag campaign demonstrates that speaking out for positive change at any age can truly make a difference.

Thank you again to the All Saints students, Hoboken Green Team, Councilman Jim Doyle (the author of the ordinance), hMag, and all advocates for making this first day of the plastic bag ban possible!
  • Enjoyed marching with my family today at the #WomensMarchNYC in solidarity, power and progress with women and so many of our fellow Americans. 
Thank you to #ManaviEmpowers for joining the march today and all the incredible work you do! #WomensMarch #WomensMarch2019
  • ‪His birthday was a couple weeks ago, but Shabegh’s classmates at Elysian celebrated with cupcakes today. Couldn’t resist stopping by and joining him! Happy birthday month to my little guy!‬
  • ‪Thanks to @dontsithome and @jerseybikeshare for hosting a free reusable bag giveaway event tonight and helping us spread the word about Hoboken’s plastic bag ban starting on Jan 22. Reusable bags are a cost effective way to help the environment, can be used for years of shopping and fit more groceries!‬

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