Hoboken’s New Old Guard: The Ravi-Russo-Waiters Axis of Power

Hoboken on the brink as Ravi Bhalla unveils his New Old Guard
Mayor Ravi Bhalla brought Councilman Michael Russo as his special invited guest at this Hoboken Democratic
Committee meeting last year. It was exactly as foretold by in 2017.

At the last City Council meeting, Councilman Peter Cunningham after failing to interest Councilman Michael Russo with a reasonable compromise on free parking hours for residents on Washington Street remarked Russo is “carrying water” for the Administration.

It wasn’t met with kindness as a glimmer of the old Michael Russo returned with gusto. Less to decry the Ravi-Russo Alliance and more to complain his victory lap was eliminated when his resolution for four hours free parking on Washington Street for residents was summarily tabled. He whined to City Council President Jen Giattino. She bullied him. She casually responded he could find the bully when he looked in the mirror.

So the lines are drawn, out in the open and not merely for business sanity for long-suffering stores on Washington Street. The Ravi-Russo Alliance denied by Ravibots and his campaign denizens in the defunct swampy cave can rest easy. They’re no longer required to follow the hostess gaslighting the Hoboken public, distracting from important obvious facts and denying the obvious as told here after the Hoboken mayoral race in 2017.

The Ravi-Russo Alliance is in full swing. It’s out in the open.

Now the Ravi-Russo Alliance goes into high gear tonight looking to put loudmouth Patricia Waiters on the Rent Leveling and Stabilization Board. The whispers of a revolt and resignation threats on that board are growing louder as the potential disaster approaches. The threats are real. So is the outrage.

Observers inside and outside the legal community are equally aghast at the level of political cynicism exhibited by Mayor Ravi Bhalla. This hip anti-Semitism is the new thing. The legal exposure to put Patricia Waiters on that important board with what one attorney described as a “bomb thrower’s milieu” speaks for itself.

Additionally, they pointed to Ravi Bhalla’s own background as a rent board attorney further highlighting his utter lack of respect for anyone, outside of his political calculations and new Old Guard allies. Will the public turn out tonight to protest? No one wants to be screamed at and deemed racist.

That the City of Hoboken is being placed in legal jeopardy with serious board matters often involving contentious litigation makes the move all the more cynical. Politically it shows Ravi Bhalla moving further into the arms of Michael Russo and fourth ward councilman Ruben Ramos. Both will be pushing to get Waiters five of the required nine votes for approval tonight.

Ravi Bhalla has reason for embracing if not sprinting into bed with Russo. Should he be squeezed out of his most sought after prize for a congressional seat next year, he’ll be forced to seek re-election in 2021. Somewhere, former mayor Dawn Zimmer is hiding in a corner avoiding comment.

It’s unclear if Ravi Bhalla’s council allies Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour will follow him into the pit of damnation. Jabbour originally was under consideration for a trustee seat on a BoE ticket. Dawn Zimmer put her in the mix for a council at-large seat prior to her own withdrawal seeking a third term. Certainly, Jabbour didn’t sign up for this.

As for Hoboken’s once-proud Reform Movement, there’s not even a gravestone left standing. Ravi Bhalla kicked it over and a rain of urination is about to descend on it. If tonight goes as planned. Even if Waiters comes up short, the Ravi-Russo alliance is out in the open, once and for all.

Can you say Ravi-Beth Mason?

The new Old Guard is in charge led by Ravi Bhalla, Michael Russo, and a potential new council henchwoman ready to do dirty work at the public microphone as we head to the November elections.

It’s all going according to plan.

Remnants of Hoboken’s good government movement: City Council President Jen Giattino and Councilman Peter Cunningham. Ravi Bhalla is looking to cut the most cynical ugly deal and bury them with the memory of the Reform Movement in the upcoming November council ward races.

Talking Ed Note: This article of irrefutable truth is dedicated to DangCatfish. Get down there on the sewer floor and suck up your mess with the other RaviBots.

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