In Hoboken, Bhalla running unopposed, 7 file to challenge his 3-person council-at-large slate


In Hoboken, Mayor Ravi Bhalla is running unopposed, with seven filing to challenge his three-person council at large slate, the city clerk’s office said.

From left to right: Hoboken Council-at-Large candidate Joe Quintero, Councilman-at-Large Jim Doyle, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

In total, Team Bhalla filed 4,342 petition signatures: 1,261 for Bhalla, Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour filed 1,128; Councilman-at-Large Jim Doyle submitted 953, and first time candidate Joe Quintero filed 1,000.

All citywide candidates needed to submit at least 431 valid petitions of nomination.

“We are pleased with the strong support we received from the Hoboken voters that we asked to sign our petition. It was a good start to the thousands of one-one-one conversations we will have with residents between now and Election Day,” Bhalla said in a statement.

Doyle was not initially expected to seek a third term, but hopped on the ticket after Dini Ajmani dropped out after just a few days earlier this month.

Team Bhalla will face a head-to-head challenge from a ticket that consists of Cheryl Fallick, Sheila Brennan, and Paul Presinzano, who were assisted by Councilwomen Tiffanie Fisher and Jen Giattino in collecting petitions.

The team submitted approximately 700 signatures a piece, according to the city clerk’s office.

Fallick and Brennan sit on the city’s Rent Leveling and Stabilization Board, while Fallick is recognized as being one of the city’s top housing advocates.

Brennan and Presinzano have never sought a council seat before, while Fallick ran in the 6th Ward back in 2003.

Other independent challengers include perennial candidate Pat Waiters, who is also running for a board of education seat, along with three first time candidates in Manny Rivera, Cindy Wiegand, and Ian Rintel.

Rivera could have trouble making the ballot with 454 signatures submitted, while Wiegand and Rintel dropped off 519 and 509, respectively.

Wiegand is a Hoboken Charter School parent who works for NBC, while Rintel owns Play! Hoboken, which announced last week that they would soon be setting aside hours for fully vaccinated patrons only.

Our Lady of Grace Church Church Rev. Alexander Santora had been highly critical of Team Bhalla recently, who was particularly annoyed with dogs barking at Church Square Park – which is across from the church – early in the morning.

While he picked up petitions of nomination, he did not submit any today, the clerk’s office noted.

Hoboken’s non-partisan municipal elections are on November 2nd.


  1. Great news!

    Team Bhalla thought they could run these guys uncontested but Hoboken has shown up in FORCE to express our displeasure with the administration and to get independent voices to represent us!

    Well done and congratulations to Cheryl, Paul, Sheila, Ian, Manny, Pat, and Cindy!


    • #AllWhiteTiffTick ::meow::

      It takes real courage to force others to do what you’re too afraid to do yourself. Councilpersons Fisher, Giattino and DeFusco surrendered a battlefield without even a fight. That’s the definition of cowardice, Cowards.

  2. It’s time to make Hoboken decent and not give Ravi power to urinate on Hoboken again.
    You think Ravi’s special interest buddies put out that Terror Flier without telling him?


    • Given your hatred of Mayor Bhalla, you must be really angry at the weenies on the Council who, instead of challenging him, are pathetically cowering behind their “independent” ticket. They’re not only afraid to run themselves, they’re even afraid to openly endorse the suckers they persuaded to run on their behalf.

      Even the mighty Hoboken Horse was afraid to run against big bad Bhalla. The great Smarty Jones never slunk away from a challenge like this glue factory reject

        • Ask Stanislaw which union. Everyone knows. They have been bragging about how they got Ravi installed. You know and maybe you’re just angry because your name is on the subpoena list.

          No reward for a hate crime against Hoboken!

          • 3rd time. put up or shut up. name names.

            if there’s a subpoena, there’s a news story. hcv and other real places will be covering it. but it it’s just more made up internet conspiracy theories from the same clowns who never produce anything else, it will just be your stupid unsupported comments here.

            which is it? don’t worry, we already know: you got nothing.

          • @which, don’t waste yr breathe, horse was revealed long ago as living in fantasy land and NEVER able to produce (impotent, you might say). Reminds me of Sidney Powell and Rudy G: “we have the evidence, it will be revealed soon! Dear Leader will be back in the White House in August! I mean, the fall! I mean, by the end of the year! You just watch!”

            he’s a bigger attention seeker than my cat.

  3. No support for this team when 3 of them hurt 26 City employees with forced retirements and terminations in May 2020. Others were demoted and took severe pay cuts. They have no compassion. New hires, raises and stipends since. Despicable actions. They should be ashamed to campaign in Hoboken.

          • roman claims everyone who doesn’t agree with him is a paid operative and a nazi-communist. this might be a new dope. hard to believe roman could give up his favorite crazy old manisms.

          • If there are any of Ravi’s operatives not properly listed here, let us give them all their due. Let’s show them the attention they need for their criminal corrupt Terror Flier hate crime boss Ravi. Ok, John A, Bleepjay the Forger, Jason the Dunce, Mark of Jersey City, Sybil of Hoboken Antifa, and Rob of Providence?

            Happy now? Enjoy!

          • Ah, so it thinks it is ‘talking’ with those six people on this message board. And it is ‘sharing’ this belief with its perceived audience of tens, hundreds, millions? Very interesting case of Dunning-Kruger. I hope it donates its brain to science to benefit understanding of this incurable cognitive disorder. I do think it’s best not to poke it, you are wasting your time.

            “So what explains this psychological effect? Are some people simply too dense, to be blunt, to know how dim-witted they are? Dunning and Kruger suggest that this phenomenon stems from what they refer to as a “dual burden.” People are not only incompetent; their incompetence robs them of the mental ability to realize just how inept they are.

            Incompetent people tend to:

            Overestimate their own skill levels
            Fail to recognize the genuine skill and expertise of other people
            Fail to recognize their own mistakes and lack of skill”