Intended to inflict punishment for an earlier council appointment bringing back former councilman Anthony Soares to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, the new mayor finds himself in a quagmire of his own making.
Don't be confused; it's a quagmire. The City Council is taking only partial reins with three of seven regular seats to the Rent Leveling Board but for Ravi Bhalla it's another transgression where his focus lies: power.
Unfortunately for Ravi Bhalla and the obviously compromised Law Department, pigheaded and condescending "legal analysis" is not likely to change the tide where the ship of Hoboken is going with this board.
In 2009, the Hoboken City Council debated then opted to remove all appointing powers of the mayor on the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment. Then a councilman, Ravi Bhalla publicly endorsed the council actions and sanctioned it with his own vote joining the majority in the move.
This Horse is not a NJ municipal law expert but here we are with some of the same members in government who certainly did not forget that 2009 council action on the Hoboken Zoning Board. Councilman Peter Cunningham was working on the council with Ravi Bhalla when the Zoning Board seats became a council only appointment.