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


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

As you may know, Hoboken is currently under a contract dating back to 1994 with SUEZ to administer our water system. This outdated contract is embarrassingly insufficient to meet today’s water infrastructure needs in Hoboken. The contract provides no investments…

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I write to share this New York Times article about my childhood with my best friend, Gurbir S. Grewal (now New Jersey’s Attorney General), and my older brother Amardeep Singh, and our how our distinctly Sikh and American childhood shaped who…

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A little over six months ago, I had the honor of being sworn in as Mayor of Hoboken. Since then, we’ve made tremendous strides in making our City an even better place to live, work and play. Below is a…

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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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  • ‪Arza and Shabegh had a great time playing in Hoboken’s recreation soccer league! Thanks to all of the coaches and sponsors for making it happen. Shout out to all the moms and dads spending their Saturday taking their kids to the games!‬ ⚽️
  • ‪Great to meet this morning with businesses across #Hoboken that are taking the extra step to make a difference in our community. As the City has proclaimed Sept to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, these business owners have donated a portion of their sales to cancer organizations. 
  • ‪A great day for three new businesses opening on Washington Street! Excited to cut ribbons for The Max Challenge, Soul Curry, and Shaka Bowl today. Make sure you visit them!!‬
  • Enjoyed walking yesterday in a beautiful procession hosted by #Hoboken's Society of the Madonna de Martiri. Proud Hoboken is now officially a Sister City with #Molfetta, Italy! #history #culture #tradition
  • Honored to join Hudson County Sierra Club & The Climate Mobilization-Hoboken for the Hudson County Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice this morning.  Thank you to Director Jennifer Gonzalez for leading #Hoboken's climate change mitigation agenda. #WhyWeRise #ClimateJobsJustice
  • I’m pleased to share with you that on Wednesday, the Council authorized my request to seek proposals for a new contract and administrator of our water main system. In the coming weeks and months, the City will be considering new proposals for a water system administrator and contract that will provide much more substantial investments in replacing our aging water mains on a regular basis.

Hoboken is currently under a contract dating back to 1994 with SUEZ to administer our water system. This outdated contract is embarrassingly insufficient to meet today's water infrastructure needs in Hoboken. The contract provides no investments in replacing outdated water mains, with a paltry amount allocated to repairing water mains - but only when they are broken or in an emergency. 
Quite simply - this current contract with SUEZ is unacceptable to the City of Hoboken. 
In the past two years, the City of Hoboken has taken matters into its own hands has invested millions in water main upgrades, including the investment of over $17 million combined in the two budget cycles, and with $7 million for our Washington Street Project.

But, it is clear more needs to be done, and a new contract is a critical step in the right direction.
  • First day of school!! Arza is a 6th Grader now (can't believe it!) and the little guy is in 1st Grade now, growing up quick! #firstdayofschool
  • We’re pleased to host the Hoboken Pride Foam N’ Glow dance party Friday night at Sinatra Park - come join the fun! The dance party features live music, foam cannons, and more. Hoboken is an inclusive community and I’m thrilled to have this event here in our City. Thanks to the @hudsonpridecenter for partnering on this rescheduled event, which was originally a part of Hoboken’s first ever #pride🌈 week celebration.
  • ‪Had a great night with the residents of Marineview Plaza. We had a great discussion about their buildings, the community and our city and how we can continue to take steps forward, together. I am looking forward to continuing this conversation with other neighborhoods. #Hoboken‬
  • Hoboken neighbors & friends, here is a piece in today's New York Times about my upbringing in New Jersey as a Sikh American, along with my older brother (and next door neighbor) Amar, and my best friend, New Jersey's Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. 
I wanted to share this article (link in bio) with you because it provides rare personal insight into the uniquely New Jersey upbringing that shaped my core beliefs as an American, a Sikh and most proudly, as your Mayor. Hope to see you around soon!



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