I want to let you know why I’m supporting Councilman Ravi Bhalla for Hoboken Mayor along with his Council team in the election on November 7.

My family has been in Hoboken for four generations, and I feel blessed to be raising a fifth generation here in my beloved hometown. I have a daughter in second grade and a son in Pre-K 3 at the Brandt School. I’m a staunch supporter of our schools, as is Councilman Bhalla.

Ravi has consistently supported candidates for Hoboken Board of Education who share our commitment to our public schools and good, honest government. In every election for the past several years Ravi, his wife Bindya, and more recently their children, were out on a street corner, pounding the pavement and campaigning for candidates devoted to keeping our schools moving forward. Ravi has also been a strong advocate for the Hoboken Public Education Foundation (HPEF), and has steadfastly supported their amazing work for our school district.

As a mom, I’m also impressed by Ravi’s thoughtful policy positions on education. While my son was fortunate enough to enter the popular Pre-K 3 program, I know that for others there’s a long waiting list. Ravi’s education plan includes supporting the Early Childhood Education by providing City facilities to help the program expand to meet the growing demand. I’m also pleased that Ravi’s plan calls for more investments by developers into our school system, which is extremely important as our younger population continues to expand.

As a family, Ravi and Bindya are invested in our schools and their success. Ravi’s wife, Bindya, was actively involved in the Parent Teacher Organization at the Brandt School, and as a Wallace mom worked with other parents and Superintendent Johnson to help develop the Passport to Learning after school program. My daughter absolutely loves “Passport”, and I love that Hoboken now has an enrichment program that offers everything from coding to Mandarin. Ravi and Bindya’s children have attended both the charter and public schools, and they understand and appreciate the value of all of our schools in our City.

In addition to his well thought out positions on education, Ravi has been a strong civil rights advocate his entire adult life, and as Mayor, will never shy away from fighting for the rights of Hoboken residents. Ravi is thoughtful, effective, and always approachable, all qualities that are important in Hoboken’s next Mayor.

I’m wholeheartedly supporting Ravi Bhalla and his Council team of Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour and John Allen and hope you will as well on Election Day, November 7. I know that he and his team will keep Hoboken moving forward.


Cristin Cricco-Powell