Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his team are supporting Marla Decker in the 2nd Ward council race where he’ll looked to unseat Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I love this community and want to see it thrive. As a City Councilperson, I will be a bridge builder and problem solver, forging solutions, not creating counterproductive divisions and engaging in political grandstanding,” Decker said in a statement.
She outlined her priorities as neighborhood safety and maintenance issues, ensuring that community feedback shapes the design of the planned park at Union Dry Dock, securing upgrades on the waterfront at the former Monarch site, curbing flooding through the implementation of Rebuild by Design and other measures, and keeping Hoboken on a fiscally responsible path.
Decker has previously served as president of the Hudson Tea Condo Association, the treasurer of the Hoboken Democratic Committee, and a volunteer of the Hoboken Public Education Foundation. She is also a lawyer by trade.
“I strongly support Marla Decker for 2nd Ward Council because she is the kind of pragmatic problem-solver we need on the City Council,” added Bhalla.
“Marla’s smarts, new energy and ability to find common ground will make her a tremendous asset on the Council, better enabling us to keep Hoboken moving in the right direction.”
Additionally, Council President Emily Jabbour, the founder of the Hudson County chapter of Moms Demand Action, noted that Decker has been an “effective and active volunteer” for the organization.
“Marla Decker’s talent for bringing people together, her pragmatic, common-sense approach to solving problems, and her dedication to bringing about quality of life improvements for residents of the 2nd Ward and throughout Hoboken are exactly what we need. I enthusiastically endorse Marla Decker for 2nd Ward Council,” she stated.
Her campaign kickoff is scheduled for June 14th at 7p.m. at City Bistro, located 56 14th St.
Fisher, Bhalla’s most vocal critic on the council, is seeking her third term in the non-partisan November 7th contest and announced her candidacy via an email blast on Friday.
1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco, who was first elected when Fisher was, has announced that he won’t run again, as HCV first reported, leaving Paul Presinzano as the only declared candidate in the downtown district for the time being.
4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, a former state assemblyman, declared he’d be seeking another term last month, while Liz Urtecho has emerged as a challenger to Cohen.
Although they haven’t made any formal announcements yet, both 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo and 6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino are both expected to seek re-election as well.