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 in his position as a current Councilmember, 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

With the winter months behind us, I’m excited to share with you our summer schedule of free, outdoor activities! This year, we’re bringing back classics including Movies Under the Stars, Concerts and Theater in the Park, family fun activities, and…

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Last week was a historic week in the City of Hoboken! We introduced important policies affirming the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community, began the first steps to replace our multi-service center, and progressed on our Washington Street project. …

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Now, more than ever, it is important for cities to lead the way in promoting environmentally friendly policies that improve the quality of life for residents and also make our planet more sustainable. In celebration of Earth Week in Hoboken,…

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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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  • This Wednesday at 6 pm, the Army Corps of Engineers is holding an important public hearing on NY Waterway’s permit application to turn our waterfront at Union Dry Dock into a diesel oil refueling and maintenance station. Hoboken, we need you to come to this meeting and make our voices heard to oppose this plan!

Our City does not deserve a diesel oil refueling depot that poses a serious risk to our local environment. Our children at our parks and schools don’t deserve to have their health placed at risk by inhaling fumes from a refueling station. Residents don’t deserve to have thousands more boats crowding our waterway and preventing activities like paddle boarding and kayaking. Our local habitat doesn’t deserve to have its very existence threatened due to the serious environmental risks. And our community doesn’t deserve to have a refueling station along OUR waterfront that adds NO additional ferry service or reduces the price for Hoboken commuters taking the ferry.

What Hoboken DOES deserve is a waterfront park for all to enjoy, and I fully intend to follow through on this promise. But, in order to be successful, we need you to come out this Wednesday, July 18 at 6 pm to the public hearing at DeBaun Auditorium at Stevens (24 5th Street). The future of out waterfront is at stake. I hope you'll join me in making our voices heard.
  • It is disheartening that Hudson County approved a new contract with Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is a disgrace & an affront to our values as Americans. It does not reflect the will of the residents of #Hoboken or the County & I urge the Freeholder Board to initiate the 60 Day Opt-Out Clause NOW!
  • ‪This morning we hosted another meeting of the Homelessness Taskforce and our involved stakeholders. #Progress is being made and innovative solutions are being created to address the challenge across our city and county. ‬
  • In case you missed it, this summer we expanded our cultural affairs programming in the Southwest Park to include a new FREE concert series! On Tuesday, at 6:30 pm, come check out local artists pay tribute to the Grateful Dead’s album, American Beauty. This new concert series, in addition to our free fitness in the park classes, give residents fun and interactive ways to enjoy Hoboken’s newest park. Our Southwest Park concert series runs every Tuesday through August 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

A special thank you to our cultural affairs office, led by Geri Fallo, as well as Maxwell Feinstein from Silver Horse Sound for organizing the Southwest Park concert series. Also, thank you to D's Soul Full Cafe for providing food for the event.
  • ‪Proud to welcome 60 new employees to the City of Hoboken as we kicked off our Summer Youth Employment Program. These High School students will work on Green Infrastructure projects while also receiving weekly training workshops on life skills such as resume writing & financial literacy. ‬
  • ‪Great to spend a few hours with residents during Open Office Hours to discuss their concerns and suggestions for the city. Planning on hosting open office hours once a month moving forward. Make sure to swing by next time!! #Hoboken ‬
  • Proud to kick off the 4th Annual #TakeBacktheNight event last night in #Hoboken. Really great to see the students and organizers of @followstevens who are making their voices heard across our City.
  • This morning I signed an Executive Order and introduced a civil rights measure making the city of Hoboken the 1st municipality in State of NJ to require that all single occupancy bathrooms be #genderneutral. This is a great step forward for the LGBTQ+ community and our great city.
  • Transforming the last piece of our waterfront at Union Dry Dock into a public park and walkway is a major priority of my administration. Our waterfront is the true gem of Hoboken, and we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform this last piece of land into public, open space - just like the rest of our waterfront.

Unfortunately, we face a real threat with NJ Transit and NY Waterways teaming up to potentially take over this land for a refueling and heavy industrial ferry maintenance site, without adding any additional ferry service to Hoboken. And, I'm very concerned about the environmental impact of a maintenance and refueling site on our waterfront. 
That's why it's critical that you make your voices heard. Please join me for a community rally at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 20 at Maxwell Park that I'm hosting with local advocates and residents as we urge the State and NJ Transit to sideline this misguided effort.

At the end of the day, I'll never back down from standing up for our community, and preserving our waterfront for public use - not a heavy industrial refueling station without any tangible benefits for Hoboken - is something I will continue fighting for.

Thanks,

Ravi
  • Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining Councilwoman Emily Jabbour and the Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group (HSNPG) to celebrate Autism Awareness Day in Hoboken. It was wonderful to support and bring awareness to the needs of those in our community with autism. Special thanks also to Alexander Dallara, an eight year old Hoboken resident with autism who joined us, as well as award winning speaker Kerry Magro and Captain Rich England of the Hoboken Fire Department, who is coordinating Autism Sheild Training for Hoboken first responders. Thank you also to Sheillah Dallara and Megan Yavoich from HSNPG and the tremendous work they do for our children. To highlight autism awareness, we will continue to light up City Hall with blue lights for the rest of April.

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