Hoboken Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla will be departing high-powered law firm Florio Perucci Steinhardt and Fader tomorrow, three days prior to being sworn in.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Leaving the firm is bittersweet as I will truly miss the partners, associates, staff members and clients who I have worked so closely with at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader over the past four years. I am so grateful to have been part of such a remarkable team,” Bhalla, a firm partner, said in a mass email sent out by FPSF.
“The entire firm is proud of Ravi and all of his accomplishments as an exceptional attorney and as a public servant. We will greatly miss him and we know the City of Hoboken will benefit greatly from his leadership,” said ex-Gov. James Florio, a co-founder and partner at the firm.
Last month, Bhalla won a hotly contested mayoral race against five other opponents, including three other elected officials.
The victory, historic since he will be the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey, didn’t come cheap: Hudson County View Â exclusively reported that it took over half a million dollars to propel Bhalla into the winner’s circle.
The Rochelle Park-based law firm gave the councilman-at-large some headaches during the election cycle, as chief rival Mike DeFusco, Hoboken’s 1st Ward councilman, alleged Bhalla had a conflict of interest Â on the Suez contract since the agency was a client of FPSF.
Bhalla ended up abstaining on the matter, but DeFusco later filed an ethics complaint Â against him for voting on the Hoboken Yard property in 2014, since the property is owned by NJ Transit – another FPSF client.
The Bhalla camp wrote off the complaint as a “desperate political stunt.”
The law firm formally changed their name Â at the end of last month, with Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli, Jr. taking the reigns from Paul Fader.
Fader, a former Englewood mayor, passed away less than two weeks later (h/t The Record).