The City of Hoboken swore in Mayor Ravi Bhalla, as well as Council-at-Large members Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour, and Joe Quintero during a small ceremony on the steps of City Hall this afternoon.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Bhalla, who ran unopposed in November, in serving his second term, as is Jabbour. Meanwhile Doyle is heading into his third term, while Quintero was elected to the city council for the first time.
City Clerk James Farina administered the oaths of office, as required by city statute, at a ceremony limited to family due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to be sworn in for a second term as Hoboken Mayor. I’m looking forward to the next four years as we make Hoboken an even better place to live,” Bhalla said in a statement.
“Thank you to my family and all of the supporters who have been a part of this journey. I know that for Hoboken, the best is yet to come.”
He was sworn in with his hand on the Gutka, a book of Sikh scriptures and spiritual hymns.
“We are humbled and privileged to serve the residents of Hoboken on the city council. We are grateful to our community for giving us the opportunity to serve the public and are eager to continue tackling the many issues before us,” the at-large members said in a joint statement.
“Thanks to City Clerk James Farina for swearing us in today, and to the residents of our great city for putting their trust in us.”
Team Bhalla pulled off a clean sweep two months ago, with their council-at-large slate beating out seven opponents that included one other three-person team.