While both were presented atop a rosy bed of the successes his administration accomplished since he took office in July 2013, the issues remain part of an undercurrent of discontent.
Property owners have seen their estimated taxes jump, and, behind the scenes, cops are unhappy with the city’s doing away with a lucrative off-duty jobs program. Click here for more.
During last Wednesday’s Hoboken City Council meeting, several council members questioned Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s newly announced part-time position at a law firm, and also challenged his appointments to the Rent Leveling and Stabilization Board.
A week ago Friday, the law firm of Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C. announced that Bhalla had joined their Hackettstown-based firm in an “of counsel” role. Council members were concerned this could take away from the full-time job of mayor. They also noted that on Nov. 3, a week before he won the mayoralty, Bhalla said in an interview with hmag that he'd "be working full-time for the people of Hoboken, severing my employment with [his previous] law firm."
At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, the council majority passed a resolution urging Bhalla to answer questions about his employment and how it will affect running the city. Click here for more.
The ride-sharing service Uber celebrated the official opening of its new driver support center on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus on Feb. 20. Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members were on hand for the official ribbon cutting outside the specialized center, the first one in Secaucus and the only one in New Jersey.
First established in Hoboken in 2015, Uber said they moved the local office to Secaucus because it has ample space for the office and parking. The center expects to serve 2,000 drivers weekly, according to Uber spokesman Craig Ewer. Click here for more.