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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  • 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!

Best,

Ravi
  • #ThrowbackThursday to participating as a family in the first Women’s March in 2017. I’ve always tried to include my two children, Arza and Shabegh in acts of civic engagement, and I was so proud to have them by my side during the historic march. They were reminded of an important life lesson that day - that no matter your age, sex, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or other form of identity - we must always stand together for equality and justice.
  • ‪Had a great time with old and new friends at the City of Hoboken’s National Night Out. Thank you to Hoboken Police Department and Chief Ferrante for another fun night. Can’t wait until next year! #Hoboken #nationalnightout ‬
  • ‪Proud to kick off Hudson #Pride month in Hoboken with the raising of the Rainbow Flag 🏳️‍🌈. Thank you to @hudsonpridecenter for presenting me with the Evolution Award, I am truly humbled. I am eager to continue working with you in partnership to progress the #LGBTQ Community in Hoboken. ‬🌈
  • Taking your 🐕 to a local dog park this weekend? You’ll soon have 2 new options to choose from! We're moving forward with the final design for a brand new dog park to be located at 2nd and Hudson Street, as well as a temporary dog run at Harborside Park at 15th and Garden. Open space is important for residents, but also for our 🐶🐕. The new dog parks, along with our recent initiative to substantially increase fines for dog owners who don't pick up after their dogs, will also help prevent unwanted 💩 on our sidewalks - an important quality of life issue in our City.

We're also exploring other initiatives to help with the 💩 on our sidewalks, including additional bag stands, increased enforcement, and partnerships with various organizations that have approached my office. 🐩 🐕 🐶 
Photo via @hobokengirlblog
  • ‪It was an honor to welcome @mikiesherrill - the next Congresswoman in NJ11 to the City of #Hoboken. Mikie is a unique candidate - #Navy Vet, a former prosecutor, & a mother of four. She has the passion, knowledge, & drive to bring positive change for NJ to Washington. ‬#redtoblue #TeamMikie
  • A little over 6 months ago, I had the honor of being sworn in as Mayor. I’m pleased to share with you a recap of 25 major priorities we've accomplished together since taking office in January!

1. Declared Hoboken a Free and Welcoming City

2. Secured excellent AA+ credit rating for Hoboken from Standard & Poor's Global Ratings

3. Created new office of constituent affairs to address quality of life issues

4. Secured $1,000,000 in transportation funding from State (thank you Governor Phil Murphy!) 5. Advanced final design options for Hoboken's permanent Northwest Park

6. Improved quality of life and safety during "Leprecon" event with Hoboken Police Department One Police Plaza

7. Initiated Multi-Service Center renovation project to increase indoor recreation

8. Expanded Fitness in the Park to 6 locations, including the Southwest Park, Pier C and the temporary Northwest Park

9. Saw 10% reduction in crime in 2018 compared to first six months of 2017

10. Signed executive order to fund public art in Hoboken

11. Developed plans for two new dog parks at 2nd/Hudson and 15th/Garden

12. Launched new, user friendly government website: http://www.hobokennj.gov

13. Created official task force to address homelessness in Hoboken

14. Prevented Union Dry Dock from Chris Christie/NJ Transit takeover (fight is still ongoing!) 15. Finalized plans to renovate Madison Street Park with upgraded park equipment

16. Adopted budget with NO tax increase for 2018

17. Invested $5 million in water main upgrades, $2.2 million in road resurfacing

18. Developed plans for composting expansion for residents and businesses

19. Expanded hours for free tenant advocate service for Hoboken residents

20. Negotiated new plans for a hotel in downtown Hoboken with 60 foot height reduction 
21. Signed executive order ensuring paid parental leave

22. Supported LGTBQ+ community with gender neutral bathroom executive order

23. Expanded, free, summer concert series to Southwest Park

24. Signed into law regulations on single use plastic bags to improve our environment

25. Advanced $230 Million Rebuild by Design project
  • ‪Thank you to hundreds of #Hoboken residents who packed the public hearing tonight to share with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers why Hoboken’s waterfront, which belongs to the people, should not be a ferry depot. As your Mayor, I will do everything in my power to keep up the fight for Hoboken.‬
  • 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!

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