Giattino, Bhalla endorse Hoboken Proud slate in board of education race


In two separate announcements, Hoboken Council members/mayoral candidates Jen Giattino and Ravi Bhalla have endorsed the Hoboken Proud slate in the local board of education race.

The Hoboken Proud board of education slate. Photo courtesy of their campaign.
The Hoboken Proud board of education slate. Photo courtesy of their campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I supported Sharyn and her running mates three years ago and I’ve been extremely pleased with the continued positive change in the Hoboken Public Schools,” Giattino, the city council president, said in a statement on Thursday.

“Hoboken Proud is certainly an appropriate reflection of how we should all feel about the job that’s being done by Superintendent Christine Johnson and the current Board of Education. I and my council running mates will proudly support this team in any way we can.”

Sharyn Angley, the current vice president of the BOE, is running with newcomers Melanie Tekirian and Chetali Khanna.

They face a challenge in the VOTE 134 Hoboken team, led by Trustee Peter Biancamano. He is running with Anne Marie Schreiber, the vice chair of the Elysian Charter School board, and Lauren Eagle – the co-founder of the Mile Square Early Learning Center St. Francis Parent Volunteer Group.

Trustee Mark McNamara is not seeking re-election and each candidate in the race is seeking a three-year term.

“As in past years, we are committed to ensuring parents and community leaders like Sharyn, Melanie, and Chetali with a true commitment to our schools are leading our School Board,” Bhalla, a city councilman-at-large, wrote in a Facebook post yesterday.

“All three are dedicated parents of children in our public schools and have a track record of active engagement and concrete success in making our school district better. I have no doubt that they will continue to do the same when elected.”

With the November 7th municipal elections, as well as the BOE contest, just over six weeks away, Giattino and Bhalla are the only mayoral candidates to get involved in the school board race – for now.

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  1. Ravi Bhalla didn’t support Sharyn Angley last time nor her slate “Parents for Progress.” At least this time he followed the leader City Council President Jen Giattino and endorsed her this time.

    Reform is looking for a much needed reboot and Jen Giattino is its champion for Hoboken mayor. Ravi Bhalla is a good candidate who will follow the leader Jen Giattino again.

    Jen Giattino is the most trusted council member being elected three times in six years by her council colleagues to lead the legislative body. Quite the endorsement as is fifth ward councilman Peter Cunningham and Tiffanie Fisher.

    Giattino is highly respected for her no nonsense straight forward answers, her work for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter long before she ran for office and her smart plans for commercial development, quality of life and community sustainability.


    • What exactly are her plans for commercial development? Voting NO on the parks along Jackson and the associated commercial development? Supporting a zoning chairman who would stop a log cabin from being approved even if it was Abe Lincoln’s?