Saturday, May 14, 2011

Councilman Ravi Bhalla's bid for 33rd Assemblyman begins

Councilman Ravi Bhalla announces:

Dear Supporter,

First, I want to thank all of the candidates that ran on the Zimmer team’s slate of candidates, and congratulate Councilman Peter Cunningham and Councilwoman-electJennifer Giattino on their success. But really, all of the candidates and volunteers should hold their heads high and be proud. By working together, we ran a clean and fair campaign and delivered a Council Majority back to Mayor Zimmer!

I write you today to formally announce my candidacy to serve as a Member of the General Assembly for the 33rd Legislative District of New Jersey. The election is on June 7th and the 33rd Legislative District is comprised of Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City, and a substantial portion of downtown Jersey City.

Please attend our Volunteer Kickoff meeting this Sunday, May 15th at the Headquarters at 1st & Willow at 11:00AM. We will use this time to get the office in shape, discuss future plans, and distribute window signs and campaign flyers.
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I am running for Assembly because the voters in Hoboken and the entire district deserve a real alternative to the politics as usual in Hudson County. Important decisions are made behind closed doors by power brokers outside of Hoboken instead of where they should be: at the ballot box. I believe voters should be provided a real choice instead of hand-picked political patrons. And, I am proud to say Mayor Dawn Zimmer agrees completely. That's why she fully supports my candidacy.

As a city councilman, I have seen the consequences of the bad decisions our legislators make in Trenton at the local level. As an attorney-at-law, I have seen how the rights of average citizens, such as employees in the workplace and healthcare for working families and seniors, are continually trampled by special interests in our state capital. Hoboken needs qualified and talented public servants representing our interests both here at home and in our state capitol, and that is exactly why I am running.

There are three candidates vying for two seats in the 33rd District: incumbent Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Sean Connors, and myself. You can vote for any combination of 2 out of the 3 candidates, or you can vote for just me. Either way, we will be sending a message that we want a new direction in New Jersey.

However, you should know that I will not be running alone. We have a whole slate of Democratic Committee candidates under the slogan "Democrats for Honest Government." Our party needs reform, and by electing these candidates, you can make that change a reality.

Please also mark your calendar for our Campaign Kickoff/Fundraiser on May 24th at Hudson Tavern, 51 14th Street in Hoboken!
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If elected, I pledge to truly represent the interests of Hoboken’s residents, not those of the local party machine.


Ravi S. Bhalla
Candidate, General Assembly
33rd Legislative District ◦ 

5th ward Councilman Peter Cunningham expresses gratitude to constitutents

From the desk of Councilman Cunningham...

Dear Editor,

We did it – again!  I extend many thanks to everyone who came out and
voted this Tuesday to affirm that we are moving Hoboken forward.
Thankfully, we succeeded despite the continuous barrage of negative
campaign tactics by my opponents.  They tried to divide our community
by saying I was divisive and out of touch. But the voters, volunteers
and contributors from across the ward came out May 10th to recognize
our achievements by an overwhelming margin.  I am proud that we stayed
positive and remained focused on the issues that matter most: the
budget, our taxes, good government without corruption, and providing
new amenities to benefit all.  I am most proud of the diverse support
that I received throughout the entire Ward. Many of you know who you
are. I cannot thank you enough for the trust you have placed in me.

Do we still have a lot of work to do?  Of course we do.  And you can
be sure that I will get it done…done right and balanced, every step of
the way.

As usual, the campaign experience left an indelible mark. I learned so
much from the hundreds and hundreds of doors knocked on in the 5th
ward, and deeply appreciate all those who extended their endorsements,
from the Administration to the numerous leaders within our many
communities.  I was cautiously confident that we could do it on
Tuesday as we took a very calculated approach, and we executed our
plan; but was also mentally prepared for a runoff.  I am so pleased
that the election is over. Now, we can focus on passing the budget,
bringing taxes down, and delivering a higher level of service to our

I extend many thanks to all involved in the campaign, and recognize
that my family is the cornerstone to my success.  Thank you, thank
you, thank you!


Peter Cunningham
Councilman Fifth Ward

Eric Kurta extends heartfelt thanks in the 1st ward

Eric Kurta for Hoboken City Council - 1st Ward 
Dear ,

I cannot thank you enough for supporting my campaign for Hoboken City Council.  While we did not prevail on Tuesday, we can take comfort in the fact that we ran an honest and positive campaign on the issues affecting our ward and city.  I’m truly grateful to you and all the volunteers who handed out literature, made phone calls, knocked on doors, and motivated me to keep working hard day after day.  Your dedication and activism has truly made Hoboken a better place.

I’m also humbled by the fact that more than five hundred First Ward residents supported my candidacy on election day. I feel truly fortunate that so many residents placed their trust in me to be their city council representative. I couldn’t be happier for my friends, Jen Giattino and Peter Cunningham, who were victorious in their respective council elections and enabled the reform team, led by Mayor Dawn Zimmer, to regain control of the Hoboken City Council.  With a team firmly in place committed to honesty, accountability, and progressive new ideas, I’m confident that Hoboken will be in good hands for the foreseeable future.

Once again, I thank you for your support.

Your friend and neighbor,
Eric Kurta

Rami Pinchevsky thanks supporters, to initiate new 4th ward website

Rami Pinchevsky for Hoboken City Council
Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters, 
This spring, I had the unique opportunity to stand for office as a candidate for Hoboken's Fourth Ward Council Seat.  I want to thank all of you who made it possible for me to spread my vision for a better 4th Ward.  As a candidate, I was able to meet hundreds of incredible people who live in the 4th ward and make many new friends.  I ran because I wanted to make our corner of town a destination for families, create new parkland, and improve the lives of all residents.  My experience has strengthened my commitment to fight for these things and the benefit of ALL 4th Ward residents.  I hope that our current Councilman will put politics aside, eschew the advances of developers, and will always represent the best interests of the 4th ward. If he does, I will be his most ardent ally in moving Hoboken and 4th Ward ahead.

As the Democratic Committeeman for the 4th Ward, along with my wife Miriam, the Democratic Committeewoman, and as a member of the Planning Board, I will continue to be involved with our local community.  In these roles, I am committed to keeping you informed about how local politics and government services are affecting your day-to-day life and will be working hard to make our corner of town a little better.  Very soon, I will be launching a website that will contain news and information about the 4th ward.

Once again, my sincerest thanks to all of you who contributed to my campaign through your generous donations of time, money, and skills.  Together we can continue to move Hoboken ahead.   

Your friend and neighbor, 
Rami Pinchevsky