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

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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

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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  • Love this! Thank you to Michelle and the many residents for your generosity and thinking of our first responders. We are one community, and together we’ll get through this. #HobokenStrong
  • NEW: We’ve partnered with @helpmainstreet to compile a central list of Hoboken businesses with online gift cards. It’s an easy way to purchase multiple gift cards to lend a hand to our small business owners and employees. Visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/giftcards and please share with us!

Thank you to Nihal Mehta and his team for putting this together for us along with @hobokenemily. I recognize much more remains to be done for our businesses but this is a first step and easy way people can help while self-isolating.
  • If you are out of work due to COVID-19, @govmurphy and the State of New Jersey have launched a new website to help connect workers to jobs. If you’re looking for work, visit https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov. If you’re an employer in a critical field hiring, visit https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.
  • Despite these difficult times, I’m inspired by everyday acts of kindness and love for our community from so many residents. I want to highlight a local mom and artist, Sarah Reever, who created a coloring sheet for children to color and post in windows across the City. Her idea is to create a positive message for our kids, and demonstrate to them and the entire community, that we’ll get through this together. By continuing to self-isolate and social distance, we will all remain #HobokenStrong.
  • I know residents may not always like listening to me but my son Shabegh has a public service announcement on ways to stay safe
  • Hoboken is full of active residents, and healthy activity is certainly needed during our period of self-isolation. While I understand the temptation to spend time outside exercising, the safest method is to exercise indoors if at all possible. Many of our gyms and health clubs are offering online fitness classes which you can do from home. This is a win-win – providing our gyms and their employees some extra dollars since they are undoubtedly suffering, while remaining indoors. Please strongly consider this option and contact your local gym! This isn’t to say to remain indoors 24/7, 7 days a week – everyone needs fresh air – but it’s another way to limit your exposure to COVID-19.

We’ve observed a large number of residents jogging and walking outdoors on our waterfront, which at any other time would be welcome and encouraged. Given this, I’m asking residents that do choose to jog or walk outside, to do so in areas away from the waterfront if possible, and to go out early in the morning when less people are out. And, most importantly, to practice social distancing at all times and remain 6 feet away from anyone else.
  • The most important women in my life - my mom, wife, and daughter. I’m so proud that they have an ingrained sense of civic responsibility, and doing their part to participate in a calling for equal rights for women across the board. This #internationalwomensday, I’m thankful for the advocacy of so many generations continuing the fight for gender equity.
  • Read Across America Week is one of my favorite times of the year, no better way to spend it than with local Hoboken 🦸🏽‍♀️, Satya and reading her new 📚, “Super Satya Saves the Day” at Wallace School. The book, written by Hoboken resident @raakstarwrites, has an inspiring message about the power children and young girls have to achieve anything. (And you don’t need a superhero cape to do it!) On a personal note, this book is special to me because it features a Sikh family, like mine, on the cover. The diversity and inclusiveness of this story is reflective of Hoboken, where the story is set, and it’s exciting to see local business like @tonyboloneys, @iambakingmama and @littlecitybooks represented in the pages.
  • Historic news we announced today with @senatormenendez – Hoboken received $14 MILLION in federal grant money from FEMA to construct our Northwest Resiliency Park and upgrade our flooding infrastructure! When constructed, our Northwest Resiliency Park will become a national model for combatting heavy rain events with above ground green infrastructure as well as an underground water detention system to withhold nearly 2 million gallons of rain.

At its completion, the Northwest Resilience Park will reduce combined sewer overflows in Northwest Hoboken from 4 times a month to 4 times a year – a 90% decrease! Combined with amenities including an athletic field, open lawn, ice skating rink, playground equipment and more, the park will provide game-changing quality of life improvements for residents.
  • ‪Happy #ValentinesDay to all of Hoboken and especially my beautiful wife, Bindya! What I admire most is her unwavering commitment to our family and the incredible role model she is for Shabegh and Arza. She is the love of my life and I can’t wait to spend the evening with her, my mom and kids!‬

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