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

On Friday, we reached a major milestone as the City officially reached an agreement with SUEZ for a new water service contract. This new contract will invest an unprecedented $33 million into upgrading our water main infrastructure over the next…

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Every day, I think about how fortunate I am to serve as Mayor of Hoboken. It is a privilege to work on your behalf as we move forward initiatives that make our City an even better place to live. I’m…

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I hope you’re enjoying the start to spring! I’m pleased to share with you a number of positive updates for our community, including progress for our Northwest Park, Union Dry Dock, repaving our roads, and more. Moving forward on Hoboken’s…

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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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  • Took time out of the day with my family to celebrate a very meaningful occasion, the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. Guru Nanak always preached a message of universal equality and peace for all of humankind. While Bindya, Arza, Shabegh, and my extended family recognize the occasion every year, today was an especially meaningful milestone where Sikhs came together in celebration at temples and gathering places worldwide. We traveled to Carteret for a service attended by Governor Phil Murphy, Senator Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin - thank you to all those who joined.
  • ‪Last year for Halloween, Shabegh was an Eagles football player, this year he’s going with the Jets (although today being Halloween, it’s okay to see ghosts). Arza went with a 70s girl. We’re now on the Hoboken trick-or-treat trail - from all of us, #HappyHalloween! 🎃👻
  • Before and after photos of our new rain garden curb extensions at 2nd and Clinton. The extensions provide three quality of life benefits all in one - 1) #VisionZero pedestrian safety improvements by reducing crossing distance in the street 2) green infrastructure absorbing rainwater 3) adds greenery to our streets🚶🌧🌳
  • Last night, the Hoboken community lost a figure larger than life in our friend, Vincent Wassman. Vinny dedicated his own life to giving back to his hometown and his country, most notably serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He had tremendous pride for Hoboken, and up until his last days, kept giving back to his community. I'm posting these pictures of Vinnie from just a couple weeks ago, at a ribbon cutting down the street from his home. Even though his health was declining, he couldn't say no to supporting a new local business opening up, which said so much about his character. More than anything,  Vinny was someone that you genuinely wanted to be around, from his common greeting - "how are you old friend" to his always upbeat outlook on life.

There were few people who cared as deeply for his city, neighbors and friends than Vinny, and we will always remember him. I offer my condolences to his family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers
  • Today is Bindya and my 15th wedding anniversary! I'm very grateful to have such a strong and loving life partner by my side all these years. We've had an incredible journey together. Thank you for being the best wife and mother and being so supportive every step of the way!
  • Great moment for Hoboken - we officially broke ground on our 5 acre Northwest Resiliency Park, which will become Hoboken's largest park AND New Jersey's largest resiliency park! It will become a national model for parks across the country, as it combines critical open space needs along with major infrastructure to reduce flooding. When constructed, the park will provide both active uses for residents of all ages, as well as passive space for relaxation and enjoyment.

I thank the many partners at all levels of government who have made this milestone possible, especially former Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the members of our team, and look forward to celebrating with residents when construction is complete!
  • Look at that form by Shabegh! The next Lionel Messi? Maybe! ⚽️ Thanks to the coaches and the Hoboken Recreation Department for all they do to make it an enjoyable time for the kids!
  • It was a pleasure to cut the ribbon cut on another small business to our mile square - congratulations to Thomas’ Ice Cream and owner Arvind Bhandari! Hoboken’s newest business at 2nd and Jefferson has some of the freshest 🍨 in the region made in house every day, in addition to 🍕 and already has a loyal local following. Welcome to Hoboken!🍦
  • Great news - we are officially moving forward with the acquisition of a vacant lot to double the size of our Southwest Park! This additional acre of land (Block 10) will provide much needed open space without any compromise or “tradeoff” of added residential density. Not only will the expanded park provide quality of life upgrades, it will also include infrastructure to further address flooding like the current SW Park. I look forward to working with our residents through a public process to design the expanded park.

THANK YOU to former Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the many community members who helped advocate for this successful park expansion!
  • How time flies - #firstdayofschool for Arza (7th grade) and Shabegh (2nd grade)! They were super excited to begin a new school year with their friends and classmates. Bindya and I are so proud of them! Wishing all our Hoboken children a happy and healthy school year!

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