Uptown neighborhood meeting tonight

12/18/2008:

Whether you’re an uptown resident living in the 2nd Ward (third district) or not – an interesting meeting is taking place tonight at 7pm over at Turning Point (14th and Sinatra).

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Ward 2, District 3 Meeting

Hoboken holds non-partisan elections for Mayor and City Council, but also elects committee people to represent districts within wards in both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Most people don’t even know who their committee people are because most committee people don’t do much of anything. Democratic committeeman Ravinder “Ravi” Bhalla represents the 3rd district of the 2nd ward for the Democratic Party, and his Republican counterpart is Bill Tobias. The district includes The Shipyard and Sovereign buildings, as well as Hudson Tea and Applied Housing.

Whether it’s skyrocketing property taxes, traffic and pedestrian safety, noise complaints, parking fees or anything else on your mind…

Ravi wants you to know that he is holding a neighborhood meeting TONIGHT at 7pm at the Turning Point. The idea is to bring any concerns people have to their representatives at the city and state level. Attendees include State Senator Brian Stack who will discuss issues of concern on a state level and 2nd ward Councilwoman Beth Mason to discuss city level concerns.

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13 Comments on "Uptown neighborhood meeting tonight"

truth1
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truth1

Not discussed at this meeting, but seeing Sen.Stack reminded me of his policy of moving commission meetings to different neighborhoods. We should consider the same. Of course, when large attendance is reasonably expected, the venue should be changed to a location that can hold the citizens SAFELY and allow them to easily PARTICIPATE. I believe that this message is on theme with the neighborhood being an important part of the community. Again, Happy Holidays 😛

bmacqueens
Member

I met Ravi on the street a few weeks ago. He was very nice, the kind of person you can tell from first impressions is very smart. We’re lucky to have him in this town.

strand tramp
Member
strand tramp

no 9, the guy who filed the Madison Bar towel lawsuit is named hansdip singh bindra of union city. he has filed a number of lawsuits. it’s a living i guess?

truth1
Member
truth1

There was pertinent interactive discourse by the right-sized group who attended. The main direction ranged from the professionalization of the political aspects of State and local government to very specific local Hoboken issues. Some of which were: (1) Re-evaluation of property (pros & cons) and state legislation to help with impact of same such as ‘Senior Freeze”. (2) Voting difficulties experienced in Presidential election…selection and training of poll workers…ratio of voting machines to registered voters…the need for re-districting due to the new high volume buildings…large numbers of newly registered voters not being in the books and not having a back-up book. (3)traffic problems and stop signs for safety. (4) public access to records through computerization, including budgets, pilot and abatement contracts. (5) Impact of any loss to the $16 mil. that Hoboken currently receives in State Aid. That’s all folks that I can remember since I had another event to go to.
I should have taken notes since this session was like a graduate school for local government problems. Have a great Holiday Season 😛 Addendum: (6)Our governing body to set ‘benchmarks” for performance and operate our city in a more professional manner… 💡

Reformerus_Gianticus
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Reformerus_Gianticus

Ravi was at the board of Ed on Tuesday. He spent his own time to volunteer free legal advice to help the Board understand that the way they were handling this Hola initiative was wrought with legal problems. He seems to have Hoboken’s best interests at heart.

Of course, Jack Raslowski downplayed Ravi’s advice and defended the lawyer that slapped this schlock payola deal called Hola together in the first place.

Ravi left a good first impression on me.

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