The Hoboken City Council elected Councilman Michael Russo as council president and Councilwoman Emily Jabbour as Council vice president at their reorganization meeting on Jan. 5.
The council appointed their new leadership in the first meeting of the year, which was held virtually instead of a hybrid format due to COVID-19 concerns in the city. Russo and Jabbour will succeed Council members Ruben Ramos and Jen Giattino respectively; Ramos and Giattino were voted into the roles last year.
Russo rises to the council presidency as the representative of the 3rd Ward in Hoboken, which encompasses the midwest section of the city. He was first elected in 2003.
“I’m very excited to serve the city in the capacity as Council President” said Russo in a text message after the meeting. “Over the next few weeks I will be inviting my colleagues to meet and to discuss their legislative goals for the upcoming year.”
“I will facilitate excellent policy and streamline our process by finding consensus amount my council colleagues and the city administration,” he continued. “In doing so we will get back to the core value of serving the residents of Hoboken.”
Jabbour takes up the council vice presidency as a Councilwoman at-Large, having been first elected in 2017. She recently won reelection for a second term last year.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have a leadership role on the Council, having served for the last four years,” said Jabbour in a text message after the meeting.
“I offer my congratulations to Councilman Russo and Councilwoman Jabbour for achieving the role of Council President and Council Vice President,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a statement. “I look forward to working collaboratively with council leadership on improving the quality of life for Hoboken residents on a number of initiatives in the year ahead.”
The meeting was also the first public meeting with newly sworn-in Councilman Joe Quintero, who ran with Jabbour and Councilman Jim Doyle on Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s slate last year.