All six Hoboken mayoral candidates squared off at debate hosted by Hudson County View at the Mile Square Theatre this morning.
The debate, moderated by HCV’s John Heinis, featured lively discussion on a number of topics including keeping taxes stable, the Suez Water controversy, improving mass transit, the massive influx of campaign cash in this election, among much, much more.
An energetic 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco was ready to embrace combat, taking shots at his council colleagues Jen Giattino and Ravi Bhalla regularly, ensuring his administration would be accessible, progressive and proactive.
Activist Ronald Bautista was consistent in his message to alleviate traffic safety concerns throughout the city, also vowing to making Hoboken a fair and welcoming community.
Additionally, Council President Jen Giattino, one of two Republican candidates seeking the mayor’s seat, took a firm stance on a number of topics such as hiring a second director for the Department of Health and Human Services, given their vast coverage of city services.
In a similar vein, Freeholder Anthony Romano said Hoboken needs a true Department of Public Works and a more proactive relationship with the county to keep the streets clean.
Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla spoke about a number of potential administration initiatives, such as designating an arts district and declaring Hoboken a fair and welcoming community, similar to West New York.
Meanwhile, business owner Karen Nason, the other Republican candidate wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, more than willing to scuffle with Giattino and DeFusco over topics such as the Suez Water deal and talking about standing up and fighting for the little guy.
The debate, sponsored by Hoboken business owner Joe Branco, lasted for one hour and 43 minutes and was originally streamed live on our Facebook page.