Friday, November 6, 2015

Council President Ravi Bhalla expresses gratitude for the grassroots and voter participation


Dear Friends,

I write to express my gratitude to all of you who voted, volunteered, expressed support, and made your voice heard on Tuesday in a crucial election that sent a strong message: Hoboken is ready to continue to push forward and thrive rather than turn back to the problems of past. The election results this week are nothing less than a loud and clear mandate from the citizens of Hoboken that they support honest, competent, and hard working City Council Members who can work with Mayor Zimmer to keep moving our city forward.

I want to congratulate Councilman-Elect Michael DeFusco and Councilwoman-Elect Tiffanie Fisher, and look forward to working with them starting in January 2016.  They both ran great campaigns - not just by pointing out what needs to be changed but by also proposing viable solutions. They should be commended for their hard work and I know they'll make Hoboken proud.

I also want to extend congratulations to Councilman Peter Cunningham and Councilwoman Jen Giattino, who both fought hard, running an honest campaign based on their records.  In these elections too, the residents spoke and the message was clear: Hoboken wants honest, hard-working and effective Council Members to continue their good work for the community.

I also want to congratulate Dana Wefer on a great run for 4th Ward Councilwoman. Dana ran an idea-focused, positive campaign and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future as she continues to be a terrific chairwoman of the Hoboken Housing Authority Board!
While I am happy to hear Tom Kluepfel won his race for Board of Education, it is unfortunate that two great candidates, Sheillah Dallara and Addys Velez, did not succeed in their bids.  Both Sheillah and Addys are dedicated to our schools and the community, and I’m sure they will continue to be actively involved in making our public schools even better. Given the outcome of this Board of Education election, it is more critical than ever that we support our Superintendent, Christine Johnson, the Board Majority, attend Board of Education meetings, and make our voices heard.

I am also excited to have a new ally and a great representative from Hoboken serving us in Trenton. Annette Chaparro, who overwhelmingly was elected to the General Assembly, will be an absolutely fantastic representative for the 33rd District.  It is refreshing to know that Hoboken will finally have a partner in Trenton committed to working with Mayor Zimmer and advancing the interests of Hoboken.

Even though election season is over, our work is just beginning. Now that we will have a productive, positive council, I look forward to addressing the problems we face with common sense solutions. We need more green building and resiliency parks to fight flooding. We need smart development. We need to consider and implement more possible solutions to our parking problem. We need to fix our roads. And we need to do it soon!

In closing, please continue to stay involved in our community. We need residents to speak up all the time, not just during election season. Please, take an interest in the betterment of our community. Attend meetings. Provide feedback on projects. We need to hear from you in order to better our City. We need to know what residents want in order to make positive change. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at any time at 201-647-6090 or by email at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
Ravinder S. Bhalla 
City Council President