Friday, October 16, 2015

Council showdown and some blood spilled

The following report comes courtesy of John Heinis at the Hudson County View:

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition hosted their second debate, this time for City Council candidates in the 1st, 3rd (uncontested) and 4thWards, showcasing the bad blood between them as November 3 draws near.



For the rest of the Hudson County View, please see:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/2nd-hoboken-council-debate-showcases-bad-blood-in-1st-and-4th-wards/

Council President Ravi Bhalla updates park acquisition and election challenging

Council Pesident Ravi Bhalla announces:


There are a lot of exciting things happening in Hoboken this fall – here is a quick update!

Historic Progress of Park Acquisition 
During a recent City Council meeting, we moved one major step toward acquiring a six-acre property for what will be the largest park in the City of Hoboken.  The plan calls for the construction of Hoboken’s largest park between 12th and 13th streets between Adams and Madison streets. The park will also serve as a flood mitigation tool, with an underground water detention system to store at least 1 million gallons of storm water runoff in one of our more flood prone areas.  The plan will also alleviate parking in Hoboken, with a new municipal parking garage planned for one of the plots of land to be acquired.  This innovative plan addresses open space, parking and flooding all at once.  It is rare opportunity to shape the long-term future of our city for generations to come.  I hope you will support this plan.

Construction of Hoboken’s long-awaited southwest park (located near Observer Highway and Harrison Street) is scheduled to begin this fall. More information can be found here.

I am also continuing my work as co-chair of the Hoboken Citizens Advisory Group, which will provide feedback regarding how the community would like to see a $230 million grant spent to develop a plan to combat flooding in Hoboken. To receive updates from the state regarding this project, sign up here. For more information about the project, click here.

Be a Challenger: It’s the best way to help us win on Election Day!


As you may know, Election Day is November 3rd, and fast approaching!  First and foremost, I am requesting your help to serve as a “Challenger” for our candidates at the polling locations on November 3rd.  Please email me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com if you are willing to spend part or all of Election Day as a Challenger at a polling location.  This is a critical component of our Election Day efforts and a very, very important job, so I sincerely urge you to consider volunteering in this capacity.  Again, to find out more or to sign up, please contact me before Monday, October 19th.  Thank you!

In these local ward elections, representatives from each of your neighborhoods running for office to represent you. To see a map of the wards, click here.

I am proud to be supporting 1st Ward Candidate Michael DeFusco, 2nd Ward Candidate Tiffanie Fisher, 4th Ward Candidate Dana Wefer, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, and 6th Ward Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino. I believe having these smart, dedicated residents as colleagues on the City Council will allow Hoboken to truly thrive and continue to improve.  Especially in an expected low turnout year, your vote is extremely important. I hope you’ll help elect representatives who can best help move Hoboken forward and continue the great progress we’ve seen in the past few years.

Please see my letter here, which was published in the Hoboken Reporter this past weekend.

Other updates… 

As you probably noticed, many of our streets were re-paved in Hoboken throughout the last few months, and I was just as happy as you to see this completed. If you notice areas in need of repair, or see anything that needs to be done, please feel free to use our Hoboken311 website or app: http://www.hobokennj.org/311/.

I was also proud to be a part of the launch of Hudson Bike Share, Hoboken’s new bike share program, which is a new addition to the menu of transportation alternatives being provided by the City. For more information, click here.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with anything, feel free to call me at (201) 647-6090 or email me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com. You can also follow along with what I’m working on through Facebook, by liking my page here.

Sincerely,
Ravi S. Bhalla
City Council President
http://www.ravinderbhalla.com/

City Council debate - Round 2


Going mano a mano in the first ward, the fourth with an appearance from the unopposed third.
In the first ward match-up, a real donnybrook with Michael DeFusco highlighting Councilwoman Theresa Castellano's voting record time after time. This council debate was one big dust up.

Gloves came off and bombs were flying. This one was the most engaging in some time. More to come.