Sunday, June 13, 2010

Councilman Bhalla makes it official - in for Dem Chair

June 12, 2010 

Dear Hoboken Democratic Committeeperson:

Congratulations on your recent election as a Committeeperson of the Hoboken Democratic Committee (HDC). Many of us had spirited races, and every candidate for the HDC should be congratulated on their commitment to serving our community.

Now that the election is over, it is time for us to work together for the benefit of Hoboken and the Democratic Party. To this end, I am writing to respectfully request your support for my nomination for the position of Chairman of the HDC. As I enter my third year of service as a Committeeman, I have learned that we, as Committeepersons, are the eyes and ears of our local neighborhood. Our specialized knowledge of our local districts provides us the potential to work with local government officials to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. If elected Chair of the party, I will actively work with all of you to learn more about the concerns of your district, so we can address those concerns head on this year.

As Chair, I would also seek to expand the base of our party, by reaching out to those who are unaffiliated and even Republican, and seeking to increase the number of registered and active Democratic residents in Hoboken. There are many issues on every level of local government that impact all of us, irrespective of party affiliation. The Democratic Party of Hoboken will advance its own mission if we can demonstrate that we are improving the lives of all residents in Hoboken.

I thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you in the future. 

Ravi S. Bhalla

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Chair, Hoboken Democratic Committee
Honorable Dawn Zimmer Mayor, City of Hoboken

Here we go: game time

The meeting is less than an hour away and in order for the municipal garage to have a chance to stay where it is and give the town a potential release of its collective breath, the City Council will need six votes to protect both that option and also risk losing the property outright.

Cross your fingers the right thing will be done by enough for all of Hoboken.

You can watch the meeting live on the internet via the Hoboken Journal.  The Jolly Green Giant has a new gizmo for comments and people watching at home should enjoy it.

Grist for the Mill: 6th ward committee election sweep?

As tonight's critical vote for the municipal garage is about to take place, confirmation on the provisionals in the Hoboken Democratic Committee is reportedly so low, winners were notified of their victories late Friday by City Hall.

As reported here on Friday, provisional ballots were anticipated to be no more than a handful, possibly eight and not expected to impact the outcome of any of the Democratic Committee races.  Although the final numbers won't be confirmed until Monday, the mayor's Column B candidates are expected to take 40 seats easily surpassing the Michelle Russo led "Real Dems" group total of 32.

In the sixth ward, there's word it may be close to a complete sweep for the mayor or possibly 13 of 14 of the district's candidates going for Column B.  Two winners in the sixth ward were mistakenly claimed by Michelle Russo and in fact are backing Column B.  They were never with Column C!  More on that tomorrow.

MSV will have the full complete details of the Committee races including the ward by ward breakdown.

Councilman Nino Giacchi (pictured left) represents the sixth ward.