Also sworn in were Councilman Jim Doyle (re-elected on Bhalla's ticket), Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, and Councilwoman Vanessa Falco (the last of whom ran on Councilman Michael DeFusco's mayoral ticket. He was the runner up in the mayoral race.)
On his first day, Bhalla designated Hoboken a "Fair and Welcoming City." This is not as extensive as a "Sanctuary City" (as Jersey City and Union City are) but has some similar principles. Bhalla sent out this note to residents:
"This afternoon, as my first act in office as mayor, I signed an Executive Order designating Hoboken a Fair and Welcoming City, with the full support of Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante, leaders of the faith community in Hoboken, numerous elected officials, and local community activists. This order is intended to reflect the values of our country and the belief that we are all equal and entitled to dignity and respect.
"Among other things, this executive order means that the application of the law shall be equal in Hoboken irrespective of immigration status, as well as religion, nationality, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. This order, with Chief Ferrante’s support, also means that our Police Department will not expend resources enforcing civil immigration law, unless required to do so by state or federal law or a court order.
"As many are aware, the Hoboken we know and love today is a multicultural City, and today it sustained by immigrants and their [descendants]...."
For much more, watch for this weekend's Hoboken Reporter at the end of the week, in print over the weekend and then here at hudsonreporter.com.
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