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


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

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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As you know, protecting the waterfront Union Dry Dock property from becoming a ferry refueling station continues to be a major priority. It is my strong preference for this to be turned into a public park, a plan that has…

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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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  • 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!‬
  • On National Law Enforcement Day, we give thanks to all members of the Hoboken Police Department and all law enforcement personnel for everything they do to keep our City safe each and every day. We are grateful for their dedicated service.
  • When I came into office, one of the first projects we began was an overhaul of Madison Street Park and I was incredibly proud today to break ground on it. After an extensive public engagement process in 2017, it was clear that the new park needed separate playground equipment for younger and older children, better safety features including a new playground surface, and better utilization of the play space. All of these features will be included in the renovated park, as well as added benches, new bathroom, upgraded swings, new spray feature and new shade structures, important quality of life upgrades for local residents and children.

Thank you to all of the residents who provided important feedback and helped us improve the plan, as well as Hudson County for the support with Open Space Trust funding, and Councilmembers Michael Russo and @hobokenemily for the support on the Council. Looking forward to the ribbon cutting of the park this spring!
  • Happy 7th Birthday to my son Shabegh Singh! He's growing bigger and brighter every year but he'll always be my little guy. Love you Shabegh!
  • From our family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! Looking forward to even greater things to come for Hoboken in 2019!
  • Congratulations to my friend, Councilwoman Emily Jabbour for the honor of being named by @hobokengirlblog as one of Hudson County’s women to watch in 2019! Emily is one of the most hardworking, intelligent, and compassionate people I’ve worked with over the past year. She is an incredible asset to our community, and is someone young girls can look up to who want to run for public office and make a difference.

Over the past 12 months, Emily has played a central role in making positive changes in Hoboken, helping me facilitate our new YMCA agreement and secure additional classroom space for our schools, lobby for pedestrian safety initiatives, and is the leading voice for open and transparent government on the Council.

Outside of City Hall, I admire Emily’s commitment to addressing gun violence as the founder of the Hudson County Chapter of @momsdemand. And on top of all her civic duties and professional responsibilities, Emily always finds time to be a loving mother to her two daughters.

Congratulations again to Emily, and thank you to Hoboken Girl for recognizing her!
  • Wishing all of Hoboken a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! -Arza, Shabegh, Bindya and Ravi

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