Ravinder S. Bhalla
Ravinder S. Bhalla was elected on June 9, 2009 as a Councilman-at-Large for the City of Hoboken. Mr. Bhalla was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides in Hoboken’s 2nd Ward, where he also serves a Democratic Committeeman for the 3rd District of the 2nd Ward. Mr. Bhalla is an attorney-at-law with a law practice in downtown Hoboken, where he practices in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, local government law and criminal defense in the federal and state courts of New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Bhalla received his undergraduate education from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in Political Psychology. Upon graduation, he attended the London School of Economics (L.S.E.) in the United Kingdom and received a Master of Science degree in Public Administration and Public Policy. Mr. Bhalla earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mr. Bhalla is admitted to practice in the state courts of New Jersey and New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Bhalla is married to Navneet K. Patwalia Bhalla, and they have one daughter, Arza K. Bhalla, aged 2.
On November 7, 2017, he was elected New Jersey's first Sikh mayor, as well as a Sikh mayor who wears a turban.
In 2017, Bhalla decided to run for a third term on the Hoboken City Council. When incumbent Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer decided not to run for reelection, Bhalla decided to run for mayor instead, and Zimmer endorsed his candidacy. During Bhalla's mayoral campaign, he advocated for response development, open-space initiatives, defending Hoboken's citizens' rights from the Trump administration, fiscal responsibility, holding the line on local taxes, and building a surplus for unanticipated city emergencies. Bhalla won the election with 33% of the vote; his first term of office will begin in 2018.
Ravi S. Bhalla has supported Sikhs throughout his legal career. He has supported Sikhs in certain extradition cases, employment discrimination cases, and issues of profiling. He has been a Civil and Human Rights lawyer for many clients throughout New Jersey.
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- Ravinder Bhalla
- City Clerks Office
- 94 Washington St.
- Hoboken, NJ 07030
In 2011, Ravi Bhalla also announced that he would run for the candidacy for the Legislature within the State of New Jersey, as a member of the assembly, in the 33rd District of New Jersey. The 33rd Legislative district includes Guttenberg, Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and West New York, as well as portions of Jersey City.