Sunday, February 22, 2015

City Council President Bhalla: Attend special council meeting Monday night to support second flood pump

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I urge you to attend the Hoboken City Council Special Meeting on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., at City Hall (94 Washington St.), as we will address a critical issue that impacts all residents: flooding. 

We need six council votes on Monday night to fund a flood pump that would curb flooding in western Hoboken.  Please attend the Council meeting on Monday night and make your voice heard!  

In December, the entire City Council voted unanimously to support this pump. However, on Feb. 18, two council members flipped their vote. We didn't have the necessary votes last week, but we're hoping with the full council present and with strong support from the community, we will see six votes in support of this common sense solution.

There is a diversity of opinion about whether or not we should have a pump at the current location at all, and we need to hear from the entire community, especially those most directly impacted by flooding. 

Councilman Cunningham and I will be out in Hoboken this weekend helping spread the word about the meeting by distributing the attached flyers. Please spread the word and attend the council meeting on Monday if possible.

If you can't attend the meeting, I hope you will respond with written comments to  I have also attached below an informational flyer about this issue.  Please share it with your friends and neighbors.

For more information regarding the pump, please click here. 

I hope to hear from you or see you Monday night, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in City Hall. 


Ravinder S. Bhalla
City Council President


HHA advances: Charles Daglian out as legal counsel; Deputy ED appointed & new policing strategy

Lots of movement at last week's Hoboken Housing Authority meeting:

A) Ravon Anderson is appointed new Deputy Executive Director
B) Charles Daglian replaced as HHA counsel with Fitzman & Waterman

The video news report comes courtesy of John Heinis at The Hudson County View:

Police Chief Ken Ferrante spoke to residents about four recent arrests and a new strategy to combat crime. He said this new approach was an improvement over taking officers off the street to do paperwork for hours while a minor alleged crime would see no substantial improvement for residents.

(MSV will post the video when available.)