Monday, January 1, 2018

Ravi Bhalla inaugurated as Hoboken mayor; risks federal funds in first executive action

Ravi Bhalla, a two term Hoboken City Councilman takes the helm as mayor of the Mile Square City being sworn-in at Hoboken High School.

NJ Senator Cory Booker performed the swearing in duties for Ravi Bhalla and council members Vanessa Falco, Emily Jabbour and Jim Doyle who will serve a second four year council term.

All four took an oath to uphold both the NJ and US Constitution.

Ravi Bhalla is sworn in as Hoboken mayor by NJ Senator Cory Booker.

Last November, Bhalla won a highly contested six way mayoral race with four major campaigns vying for the top office. In an election featuring mudslinging galore, Bhalla would come out on top pulling in less than 33% of the vote.

The Hudson County View attended the event and reported earlier on Bhalla's first executive action bucking US immigration law in favor of illegal aliens. Political observers question if this may cost Hoboken in federal funding.

In recent months, the US Attorney General's Office stated it will withhold funding for municipalities which fail to adhere to US law. Recently, federal funding approved $230 million for the Rebuild by Design project to make Hoboken and surrounding areas stronger against flooding.

Talking Ed Note: The Rebuild by Design funding was approved and released through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) headed by Dr. Ben Carson. Neither Ravi Bhalla nor former mayor Dawn Zimmer extended any thanks to him last year. Dr. Carson ran for US President in 2016 and was the only major African American candidate to do so.

The US Attorney General's Office has stated it will withhold federal law enforcement monies if local municipalities refuse to follow US law. It's unclear if there is any potential risk to Rebuild by Design funding.

Related: did a rare story on Hoboken and the Bhalla executive action. From the comments, it doesn't look like people are taking too well to the politically correct coded language between legal and illegal immigration.

Ruben Ramos to be elected Council President

2018 enters with big changes on the way. On New Year's afternoon, Ravi Bhalla will take the oath of office for mayor swearing to uphold the NJ and US Constitution at Hoboken High School. Shortly thereafter those documents will be nullified by executive fiat welcoming break-ins into the People's Republic of Hoboken

It may be difficult to find the PRH on a map of nations. It may be nestled somewhere between Iran and India but when it comes to federal funding, City Hall will change its tune on a dime bellowing "We're closer to Washington DC than Newark." This even as an official release from Hoboken City Hall proclaimed, "law enforcement resources will not be expended in the enforcement of federal immigration laws."

Laws what laws? Ask Kate Steinle; she's designated a "hater" by Hoboken City Hall even while dead and so is anyone who doesn't want to see a similar fate or expect as citizens a government to "provide for the common defense." Watch how Hoboken and the area loses common 2018 federal funding.

This Wednesday, a slightly reconstituted Hoboken City Council will seat two new council members: Emily Jabbour and Vanessa Falco. This won't alter much in the way of the order of business as the council has established a professional temperament and expectations light years since the bad old days. They'll be the usual crying, whining and lying at the Cave.  Oy vey, the drama and demand for sole power. No soup or board seats for you!

The Bhalla inauguration ran into a glitch not of its own making. It's the blasted parking notifications or the timely lack thereof. One parent out of town as many through the holidays received the bad news of their soon to be towed vehicle clearing out the area surrounding the high school. She wrote her tale of woe on Facebook:

In her departing shot, Dawn Zimmer veoted a 7-2 council approval for a November referendum where the Hoboken voters will decide after five years if they desire bringing back runoff elections. Couldn't she have tended to directing decent parking notifications to residents over the holidays? Playing partisan politics is all her rage. In January, expect a duplicated 7-2 vote giving the Hoboken voters the choice on runoff elections this November.

Come Wednesday, MSV exclusively reports City Council President Jen Giattino is expected to pass the gavel to former NJ Assemblyman and Fourth Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos. New leadership will mean compromise and collegiality on the nine member body. As part of this solidarity and political reality, expect the council to pass the nomination for council president in an unanimous vote.

Ramos ran for Hoboken mayor in 2013 in a remarkably positive mayoral bid against Mayor Zimmer and former councilman Tim Occhipinti. Unfortunately, the high minded standard didn't fare well in the 2017 version with Hoboken Reform obliterated and Councilman Ravi Bhalla seizing the win with less than a third of the vote.

Former NJ Assemblyman and Hoboken fourth ward councilman Ruben Ramos will ring in the New Year with his colleagues on Wednesday in the first council meeting of 2018.
Happy New Year Council President

The effectiveness of the new council leadership will be tested out of the gate as it looks to set its reorganization and vote to appoint several board seats. Up for selection, at least several important Zoning Board of Adjustment seats and possibly one seat on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Oddly, a resolution appeared for the latter pointing to a moral turpitude clause. Does that apply to life requiring surgeries when you have to dial in by phone?

How that clause got in there will not be seen by most but would be a good question for Corporation Counsel holdover Brian Aloia. He like other director level positions were whispered to remain as part of the back room deal announced last June between Dawn Zimmer and Ravi Bhalla.

The Hoboken Chief of Staff position however went to failed council candidate John Allen. If one back room deal between NJ political law firms fails; then find another.

Back room deals and how to elbow Congressman Albio Sires out of his seat are the watchwords for 2018. More on names to watch in 2018 below.

Happy New Year!

Talking Ed Note: Names you'll be hearing more of in 2018: Phil Murphy, Ravi Bhalla, Steve Sweeney, POTUS, Jeff Sessions, Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez, Andy McCabe, Susan Rice, Jim Comey, Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange, Huma Abedin, The Awan Brothers, Seth Rich, Anthony Weiner, Loretta Lynch, George Soros, Sally Yates, Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, Bill Priestap, James Baker and Robert Mueller.

Councilman Peter Cunningham: Development, fiscal integrity and QOL in 2018

Official release:

Happy New Year to all!!

Mayor Zimmer sent her last public service announcement about Christmas tree disposal.   Because little Christmas is Jan 6th, and many of you will not dispose of your tree until that is past, we will work with the coming Bhalla Administration to ensure an additional pick up option next week.  

We send Mayor Zimmer and her family our best wishes as she leaves the Mayor’s office and look forward to this historic inaugural event.  Hoboken will swear in our first Sikh Mayor and the first in New Jersey, Ravi Bhalla.  This is very exciting for our community!  
The first Council meeting of the New Year will be held on Wednesday.  We will focus primarily on reorganization of the City Council, certain board appointments and some regular city business.  There seems to be a lot of unnecessary nervous expectations on what's going to happen, what's expected and what it means for Hoboken.  My policy positions on development, fiscal integrity and quality of life to name a few have not changed.  Focusing on these issues plus addressing other matters of importance will continue with transparency and efforts to ensure conflict free decision making.

I am looking forward to addressing pressing economic development matters, such as the post office hotel project, western edge, and common sense quality of life initiatives around parking and transportation.

Please pass on to your friends and neighbors, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  And be safe this evening and good health into the New Year!  Thanks, Peter

Christmas Tree Disposal Information - Place Curbside Tues & Thurs after 9pm **Do Not Place in Plastic Bags**
For those disposing of Christmas trees:

1. Place tree at the curb on Tuesday and Thursday nights after 9:00pm for pickup on Wednesday and Friday. Trees will be picked up the next day during the day, not during overnight hours.

2. Trees are recycled into mulch: Remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree. ** DO NOT wrap tree or place in a plastic bag ** 

3. If you have questions or to report the location of a tree that has not been picked up by 5:00pm the following day, please call 201-420-2000 X3

Peter Cunningham