Hoboken Council Pres. Ravi Bhalla hit with motor vehicle tickets; says: 'It's basically a misunderstanding'
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HOBOKEN -- Hoboken City Council President Ravi Bhalla said Wednesday that even though he received tickets from police Tuesday for driving with a suspended license and other alleged violations, it was due to a misunderstanding.

Bhalla said the tickets were for allegedly making an improper turn at a traffic signal, driving with a suspended license, driving with an expired license, and failure to exhibit insurance documentation.

Bhalla said that the more "serious summons," the suspended license situation, was the result of a miscommunication between the New York and New Jersey motor vehicle commissions. According to Bhalla, the New Jersey MVC did not receive the information that Bhalla had paid a parking ticket he received in New York City last September.

"I paid that New York City ticket in September 2011," said Bhalla, who is a local attorney. He said he obtained proof and was recently told that the ticket would be lifted.

Bhalla also said that his car was insured, and he simply did not have the documentation on him. He also denied an on-line report that his car was towed.

Bhalla also said that he was unaware that his license had expired. He said the expiration date was May 31.

"I hadn't realized [that] my license expired for 12 days," said Bhalla, "and that's also been renewed now."

Bhalla added that he would plead "not guilty" to the traffic signal ticket, and that he expected the other tickets to be dismissed.

"At the end of the day, [this] is based on a misunderstanding between the New York and New Jersey MVC's," said Bhalla. -Stephen LaMarca

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ParkAvStog
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June 18, 2012
I wouldnt think it would be hard to guess
ParkAvStog
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June 18, 2012
You bet your bippy.
Yanks1977
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June 17, 2012
I'd assume it had to come from someone very far into the know right, It made 3 web sites (411 patch HR) pretty quickly after it happened.

Love to see some speculation from you.
Yanks1977
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June 17, 2012
Nothing wrong with this being covered but I wonder who leaked it to the newspapers in the first place. I doubt the paper's will tell us but maybe you can tell us Grafix? Any guesses.
Grafix_Avenger
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June 18, 2012
Klaussen of H411 had it up first- he wrote it came from "my contact at City Hall". No doubt it was shopped around to local media the day it happened.

Who from the HPD leaked it to City Hall? Who knows.

Who leaked the Sacs arrest report to H411? Another unsolved mystery.
Yanks1977
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June 18, 2012
interesing, very interesing
Grafix_Avenger
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June 17, 2012
GA did indeed cover this one, and ordered a punishment for Bhalla:

http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/06/invasion-of-scandal-snatchers.html

One more thing: Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there!

Sending love out to our Dads wherever they are- here on Earth, in Heaven or the Other Place.
Smartyjones
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June 15, 2012
Sorry I've missed the low brow drama here about traffic tickets. Interviewed Ravi Bhalla and his suspension was reversed based on a paid ticket last year. The restoration also goes back to 2011.

There is a remaining matter of an alleged right on red. MSV doesn't deem it worth a new story after review.

But we understand if someone affiliated with reform sneezes and doesn't cover their nose, you get a story and your picture in a story right away.

Good times. Hoboken same as it ever was.

Some bigger news on a HHA member out for failing to fulfill federal course responsibility and the sudden passing of a great Hobokenite Steve Rofsky.

http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2012/06/steve-rofsky-humc-board-contributor.html

http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2012/06/sign-of-times-bounced-and-seething.html

CuriousGal
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June 15, 2012
Interesting...
WESTY
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June 14, 2012
I see a new anti-administration poster is working hard to try give this story some leggs.

I guess I should be flattered that my post have been so effective that WESTYY was created to harass.

I also see my the cyber stalker CommentGrader is back to do the same.
CommentGrader
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June 14, 2012
Hello my challenged friend WESTY:

Let's make this quick.

Besides the obvious misspelling, the sentence makes no sense. You should have written: "is working hard to try to give this story some legs" instead of "is working hard to try give this story some leggs."

As vaguely referenced above, leggs should be spelled legs.

The second sentence is troubling. "Post" should be "posts" in this situation.

"I also see my the cyber stalker CommentGrader is back to do the same." - Please read that aloud and tell me if that makes sense. The use of the word "the" is unnecessary here. Cyberstalker is one word.

By the way, how old are you? You write as if you either just had a stroke or you are in the 4th grade. Either way, I am the Batman of the Hoboken commenting community. I'm not the hero you deserve, but the hero you need. You offend victims of cyberstalking everywhere by trying to belittle me, someone who is simply doing the Hoboken community a favor by trying to improve the dialogue in a vile internet commenting world.

You know what? Hoboken deserves better than WESTY.

Final Grade: F
WESTY
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June 14, 2012
CommentGrader continues to offer no opinions other than to harass only my posts.

He has become the cyber equivlent of Beth Mason's employee Matt Calicchio.

WESTTY
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June 13, 2012
I wonder if the Horse blog or the other pro city hall blog will cover this story? They had a day of knowing about it and looked the other way and never asked 1 question or posted on the matter. Apparently With the subject of it being a close mayoral ally, we have to doubt it. It's been talked about for over a day now. They have repeated rumors about much less.

Funny how they constantly question credibility of Patch and this site when they believe a story is going uncovered (usually a non crucial story about a political enemy). But when there is a real story look who looks the other way?

They still have time to cover it. Horse and GA: We KNOW the facts. We KNOW most people have time to get their license renewed well in advance. Why were you silent when you know the parties in question and could have asked Ravi about this yesterday? Lucky we have real news sources or we would never know what was going on.

Before you write and say we are the mayor's opposition, your credibility is still in question but you can still redeem yourselves by posting something on this matter.
CommentGrader
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June 13, 2012
Dear Westy,

This comment...

Oh never mind, you're not the real WESTY.

Carry on everyone.

Sincerely,

The Watchdog

Keeping Hoboken's most insufferable commenter honest since a few weeks ago
ThisMeansWar
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June 14, 2012
Nobody needs "redemption" from you.

When you give the blogs ANY CREDIT WHATSOEVER for the digging, analysis, and light-shining they do where newspapers and Patch fear to tread, you can trumpet your little traffic story.

Until then YOUR CREDIBILITY IS STILL IN QUESTION.

And it's Ssssuuupppeeerrr Ssslllooowww credibility at that. Dooooooosh.
rtrux
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June 14, 2012
http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2012/06/day-in-life-encounter-with-beth-mason.html

posted yesterday, nitwit.
Smartyjones
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June 16, 2012
MSV interviewed the Council President. In the end, he faces a right on red ticket. No, not doing that story.

MSV has done far more important stories instead:

- the opening of an HHA seat

- the sudden passing of HMHA member Steve Rofsky.

http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2012/06/steve-rofsky-humc-board-contributor.html

Sorry, those are far more important along with our corruption coverage including stories on Beth and Ricky Mason's charity, the Mason Civic League.

Da Horsey, SmartyJones

The Hudson Mile Square View

http://hobokenhorse.com

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