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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  • My brother, Amar and I are so grateful for all the love and support our father, Ranbir has given us over the years. When he first came to the United States and enrolled at Penn State University, he was told when he arrived that he should cut his hair and shave his beard. My dad, not wanting to relinquish his identity, flatly refused. He eventually got his degree, and went on to own his own successful business while raising my brother and me. It’s because of him that we both are where we are today, and we’ll never forget that.

From all of the Bhallas, wishing all Hoboken fathers a Happy #fathersday!
  • The City of Hoboken is proud to stand with our local chapters of @momsdemand and @studentsdemand of Hudson County, who are raising awareness and taking action to combat gun violence. After learning that her PreK daughter participated in monthly lockdown drills, Hoboken's own @hobokenemily stepped up and founded the Hudson County Chapter of Moms Demand Action. Thanks to her advocacy, the Hoboken Police Department now distributes free gun locks with all permits issued. @jai.patel founded the Hudson County Chapter of Students Demand Action after organizing the Jersey City March for Our Lives in March of 2018. Now a student at Rutgers University, Jai works across the state to activate students fighting against gun violence in their communities.

Thank you to Emily, Jai, Eytan Stern Weber, and Pastor Elaine Ellis Thomas for helpings up to proclaim the first Friday in June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day as part of the #WearOrange movement. I’m proud to be a member of the Mayor's Against Illegal Guns initiative that's part of Everytown.
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to cut the ribbon on Madison Street Park, Hoboken’s newest and improved park! The new playground equipment, water feature, swings and more are a huge hit with the kids. Madison Street Park (3rd/Madison St) is now open for all to enjoy this summer!
  • We kicked off another special event for #pridemonth with a flag raising outside of City Hall. Paul Somerville and Allen Kratz, who have a long-standing history of fighting for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ populations, raised the Pride flag on behalf of the city. They of course have contributed a great deal to our City from Historical Preservation to Rebuild by Design, and many other causes. But we shouldn’t forget they fought for gay rights and equality for decades - not to generate headlines in the newspapers, but instead because it was simply the right thing to do. Thanks for taking part in today’s ceremony. #pridemonth2019🏳️‍🌈
  • We began #PrideMonth in Hoboken with some new crosswalks today! This was a wonderful idea from the City’s LGBTQ+ liaison, Laura Knittel, & spearheaded by Migdalia Pagan Milano and @hudsonpridecenter. Thank you to the volunteers and City staff, as well as Hoboken PD for spending over eight hours to carefully paint the colors of pride! #hobokencolorsofpride 🏳️‍🌈
  • Our new Madison Street Park is almost complete! The park will include new playground equipment for children of different ages, including a large slide that I’m sure will be a big hit. This upcoming week, the upgraded spray feature and safety surface will be installed to complete construction. Join us for the official grand opening on Saturday, June 8 at 9:30 am!
  • Stopped by Piccolo’s for lunch earlier this week, and caught up with one of my favorite longtime business owners, Patty. You can count on Patty for two things - to always speak honestly about what’s on his mind, and to make a killer cheesesteak. His father opened up Piccolo’s at 92 Clinton Street in 1955, and it has been a Hoboken favorite ever since.
  • The Hoboken Public Education Foundation gala is one of my favorite events of the year. I can’t say enough about the tremendous work Shirael Pollack and the entire board do for our public schools. Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday and supported the foundation!
  • The Bhalla family wishes all Hoboken moms a Happy #mothersday! I’m so blessed to have an incredible role model to our children in my wife Bindya, who is the rock that keeps our family together. I love her and my Mom so much and am fortunate to spend the day with them and the kids!
  • Very proud today to join artist @roigcollection to unveil his mural of one of my heroes growing up, Hoboken native Michael Chang - the first Asian American to win a grand slam. His grit and determination on the tennis court is artfully depicted by Ricardo, whose work is a source of pride and inspiration for our City. I am proud of the many talented artists in Hoboken, and look forward to working the newly formed Arts Advisory Committee we established today to identify additional projects to further beautify our City.

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