Thursday, June 7, 2018

Council President Ruben Ramos & Councilman Mike DeFusco: 'Time for transparency on Mayor Ravi Bhalla's second job'

Official release:

Statement from Council President Ruben Ramos and Councilman Mike DeFusco regarding their ordinance to mandate greater transparency regarding Mayor Ravi Bhalla's second job at a politically connected law firm:

“Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s decision to break a campaign promise and accept a second job at a politically connected law firm put Hoboken in an unprecedented position and opened the Mayor's Office to serious legal and ethical questions. We’ve given the Mayor four months to address the concerns presented but he has chosen to respond only with silence. This ordinance endeavors to bring transparency to the situation by ensuring that taxpayers know whether or not the Mayor’s second job is leading to any potential conflicts that could impact his official actions. 

Mayor Bhalla has a history of perceived conflicts related to his former employment at another major law firm that represents entities that do business with the city, as well as a current ethics violation that he is appealing using taxpayer resources. Given those facts as well as Corporation Counsel's previous failure to identify potential pay to play violations and his political support for Mayor Bhalla, we believe strongly that this measure is necessary to provide a new level of transparency and assurance to residents that the Mayor is acting only in the city's interest."

The ordinance passed on first reading at last night's Council meeting and will be voted on at a future meeting. 

Nanny State Cometh: Ravi Bhalla shovels plastic bag ban with special "exemption" he'll allow

City Council rolls over for Mayor Ravi Bhalla's plastic bag ban with special "exemption" he decides

The Hoboken City Council passes the vast majority of what the Ravi Bhalla Administration places before it but this time it may have gone too far.

Ravi Bhalla put up an ordinance to ban plastic bags in Hoboken. In addition to that Nanny State Wet Dream, he's added a poison pill. Only he can offer an exemption to the ordinance.

Can you say "special political contributors" three times in a row?

Talking Ed Note: The City Council passed Ravi Bhalla's ban the plastic bag ordinance on first reading by a vote of 9-0 proving that diversity only extends to colors and not thinking.

Conformity of thought is what we're seeing here with political correctness running amok tied with a bow of potential political corruption.

This Portlandia episode to Ban the bag was published by MSV on its YouTube channel in 2012. It's easily the most popular video exceeding over 309,000 views.

No one on the Hoboken City Council apparently has bothered to watch it. Common sense has escaped them as they kowtow to Ravi Bhalla and his mighty sword of political correctness, with a handy exemption he decides, don't ya know.

It must be a hard decision as we've all been told how plastic bags cause pelican cancer. You don't want to hurt the pelicans, never the pelicans.