EXCLUSIVE: Cristin Cricco-Powell & Nora DeBenedetto received $500 contribution from Stronger Foundations PAC underwriter Local 825


As the Hoboken council ward campaign winds down to the polls opening Tuesday, new revelations about big development monies arriving to influence its outcome are coming to the fore.

Two of Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s council candidates, Nora DeBenedetto and Cristin Cricco-Powell endorsed last month by the powerful statewide big development PAC Stronger Foundations also received campaign contributions of $500 each from its underwriter, Local 825.

The revelations come behind an exclusive report here last Thursday, the Stronger Foundations PAC was running online ads on Facebook for Cristin Cricco Powell and Nora DeBenedetto along with Ravi Bhalla council candidates Migdalia Pagan-Milano and Phil Cohen.

Both of the $500 contributions are reported received on the exact same date for both Cristin Cricco Powell and Nora DeBenedetto last month, October 10th.

Yesterday, Hudson County View reported the Stronger Foundations PAC ceased its online ads for Cristin Cricco-Powell and Nora DeBenedetto.

Stronger Foundations PAC ads are continuing for its endorsed Ravi Bhalla candidates: Phil Cohen and Migdalia Pagan-Milano.

The Nora DeBenedetto campaign report shows a $500 contribution from Local 825, the underwriter
for the Stronger Foundations PAC. The PAC also sponsored online ads for her council election candidacy.

At the council ward forum, neither Cristin Cricco Powell nor Nora Debenedetto offered an answer if they were in favor of Ravi Bhalla’s proposed NJ Transit redevelopment plan ignoring the question if they were a yes or no.

Instead, they commented about their feeling on parameters of the massive development neither indicating they would be a “yes” vote or reject it with a “no” vote. Back in 2017 at an August fundraiser, Ravi Bhalla vowed to protect Hoboken from developers if he was elected mayor.

Last month, he presented for a final vote, his massive NJ Transit Redevelopment with no public notification nor any public meeting prior.

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