Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sign of the Times: Ravi Bhalla's repeated and failed selection for NJ Assembly

And the drum roll, please...

Mayor Ravi Bhalla's repeated and failed choice to replace NJ Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro was Rachel Hodes.


Rachel Hodes is an executive member of the Hoboken Democrat Committee and is recently married to Ravi Bhalla's second Chief of Staff Jason Freeman in the Hoboken mayor's office.

As reported in Politifax, Ravi Bhalla repeatedly tried to have his non-Hispanic choice replace the two-term incumbent Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro over Brian Stack's objections.

The first half of this story broke last week by Politifax and the second half courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Horsey.

It's a sign of the times.


Talking Ed Note: The City Council added to the agenda a budget amendment backed by four council members to reduce non-essential spending by $1,000,000 and lower Ravi Bhalla's proposed 3% tax increase to 1%.

The four council members: Tiffanie Fisher, Peter Cunningham, Mike DeFusco and Jen Giattino require one additional council vote for passage tomorrow night.

Previously, the City Council had asked Mayor Bhalla to hold off on the introduction of the budget so they could work together to lower non-essential spending. Those requests were ignored.

The three council members who are on the bubble leading into the Wednesday vote are Ruben Ramos, Vanessa Falco and Michael Russo. Council members Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour are anticipated to be backing Ravi Bhalla and his approximate 3% tax increase.

Hoboken awaits a pending 2019 tax increase from Hudson County later this spring. HudCo never fails to deliver - tax increases to the Mile Square City.

The budget amendment: http://hobokennj.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=1623&MediaPosition=&ID=2442&CssClass=