Monday, January 4, 2016

Council President Ravi Bhalla: Let's get 2016 started off right


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a great holiday season. As 2016 begins, I wanted to provide you with a few brief updates on what’s happening in Hoboken.

Rebuild by Design Update

As many of you may be aware, through the advocacy efforts of Mayor Zimmer, last year Hoboken was awarded $230 million in federal funding to implement a plan to keep our City safe from the massive flooding we have seen in the past, including the terrible damage stemming from Hurricane Sandy. 

After the concept ideas were released, many residents expressed frustration about the possibility of flood walls in neighborhoods or along our waterfront. While I share this frustration regarding some of the concepts, the selection process legally requires a certain number of concepts to be presented. It is important to note that the State of New Jersey and federal government, not the City Council or the Mayor, will make the final decision on this plan.  This is why we need residents to be involved in the process and make their voices heard to decide which concepts are feasible and which ones are nonstarters.


If you have feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com. I would be happy to discuss these with you and keep you informed.

New Council Members Sworn In

Over the weekend, three new members of the City Council were sworn in to represent their respective neighborhoods. They are 1st Ward Councilman Michael DeFusco, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, and 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos. Councilman Michael Russo, Councilman Peter Cunningham, and Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino also were sworn in to continue to serve Hoboken’s 3rd, 5th, and 6th wards, respectively.

It is very important to know your local ward councilperson, and I hope you reach out to them to introduce yourself and let them know if you have any issues.  As an at-large Councilman and representative of the entire city, I can also assist with any problems.

I want to congratulate the new council members on their successful elections, and I look forward to working with them.

Other Updates

- For Christmas tree disposal, please remove all lights, ornaments, and other decorations and place the tree on the curb on Tuesday or Thursday night for pickup on Wednesday and Friday.

- Congratulations to the Hoboken High School Redwings football team on their state championship! Hoboken is hosting a parade for the team on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. The parade route is from the Elks Club (10th and Washington St.) to City Hall (94 Washington St.).

- I am hoping to hold a fundraiser this month and would greatly appreciate your support. Any donations would go toward my future election in 2017 as well as my outreach efforts as a councilman, whether it be sponsoring tables at events to register voters or updating and improving my means of communications. I want to spread the word about the positive changes we’ve seen in Hoboken over the past few years. Please consider making a donation online here.

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to e-mail me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com.

I am looking forward to serving the people of Hoboken in 2016!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Ravinder S. Bhalla
Hoboken Councilman-at-Large

Councilman Ravinder Bhalla