Team Bhalla Unveils Its Quality of Life Improvement Plan
The Team Bhalla slate of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Councilman Jim Doyle, Councilwoman Emily Jabbour and Joe Quintero today put forward its plan for continuing to improve the quality of life in Hoboken.
“Building on the substantial improvements that we have implemented in Hoboken over the past 4 years, our quality of life plan is designed to make Hoboken an even better place to live and raise a family,” said Councilwoman Emily Jabbour.
The Team Bhalla Quality of Life Improvement Plan is outlined below:
Re-establish Office of Constituent Services: Team Bhalla plans to introduce legislation to reinstitute this office with a focus on rent stabilization, affordable housing, and flood resiliency (providing residents with the information and tools to help combat the effects of climate change).
Enhance the recreation department with additional staff and technology: Team Bhalla plans to allocate additional staff to keep up with the increased demand for recreational activities and increase communication with residents about recreation options, along with a new website that will centralize information to make it easier for families to navigate.
Take Vision Zero to the next step: Already, Vision Zero has made our streets safer, but we have much more to do to help target more intersections with safety upgrades, like 6th and Clinton. We plan to allocate additional funding for Vision Zero with a focus on each specific neighborhood, with a community-based effort to identify streets and sidewalks, and safety features such as raised crosswalks and flashing stop signs.
Enhance services for seniors: Our senior services are well utilized thanks in large part to our dedicated staff that go above and beyond. We should complement these services with additional physical fitness options and other opportunities such as for seniors to engage with younger members of our community, so even more of our seniors can enjoy their retirement.
Bring an on-demand bus service to Hoboken: To complement our HOP bus service, we will work with the Administration to bring an on-demand bus service to Hoboken, similar to Via in Jersey City, which operates like Uber and Lyft. We would like to see this service free for seniors and those with mobility issues.
Expand HOP service to weekends: Making the HOP free was a great first step, but we should also expand the hours of operation to weekends, as well as installing signage on where to catch the HOP to encourage more users.
New recreation center with pool and center for teens: We fully support Mayor Bhalla’s goal of a new recreation center that includes a pool – this is something Team Bhalla plans to make a reality. We also would like to see this center also include options for teens during after-school and weekends, something that we believe would be well utilized by our younger population.
Move forward with protected bike lanes: Safer streets also mean safer routes for residents, children, and families to bike around town, which also ends up reducing cars and traffic. Team Bhalla will work with the Administration to identify an appropriate North/South route, which will also preserve parking on those roads, for bike lanes that create safer lanes for both bicyclists and drivers.
Expand electric vehicle (EV) charging stations: Team Bhalla advocated for the first few EV charging stations that are now in Hoboken; we will work to substantially expand them across the City to make it easier to own an electric vehicle in Hoboken.