During storms and other extreme weather events, the City of Hoboken routinely experiences flooding and sewage backups. This is in part due to the city’s large number of roads, parking lots, housing developments, and buildings, all of which have impervious surface areas that do not absorb rain. Hoboken is one of seven cities taking part in the Prepared Together program. Through this program, the city is engaging with its citizens to plant trees and rain gardens, all with the goal of increasing the number of permeable surfaces that can absorb water. In addition, residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and students at Hoboken High/Middle School will be trained in green infrastructure installation and maintenance.
Hoboken has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2017, when Mayor Dawn Zimmer signed the Declaration of Service.
Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla
Ravi Bhalla was elected Hoboken’s 39th Mayor on November 7, 2017. Born and raised in New Jersey, Mayor Bhalla is a 17 year resident of Hoboken and eight year member of the Hoboken City Council. Ravi served as Council President from 2011-2012 and Council Vice-President from 2010-2011 and 2013-2014.