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Assemblyman Ruben Ramos To Run for Mayor

Ramos has announced he will challenge Mayor Dawn Zimmer in November.

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. will be challenging Mayor Dawn Zimmer in the November election, in hopes of becoming the 39th mayor of Hoboken.

Officially announcing his run on Thursday afternoon, Ramos said that "for years I’ve been an advocate for our city.

"Now more than ever, I believe Hoboken needs a leader with a clear vision for the city, a leader who is willing to work with all sides for solutions. For that reason, I am officially announcing my candidacy for mayor."

Local businessman and hMag co-founder Joe Mindak, Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner and Elysian Trustee Eduardo Gonzalez and Laura Miani, a member of the Stevens Cooperative School board will be Ramos' running mates.

Mindak, Miani and Gonzalez will be running to fill the three at-large seats on the City Council, currently occupied by councilmembers Ravi Bhalla and Dave Mello. The third at-large seat is vacant at the moment.

"We’re men and women of various backgrounds," Ramos said, "we’re parents, businessmen and community leaders working together on a vision for Hoboken's future."

On Wednesday, Ramos opened an account with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission for his campaign "Vision for Hoboken."

A mayoral run subsequently means that Ramos will not be seeking re-election as the assemblyman of the 33rd District, a seat he has held since 2008. In 2012, Ramos became chairman of the expansive Assembly Regulatory Oversight & Gaming Committee. 

It's still unclear who will take Ramos' seat, but Councilmembers Beth Mason and Michael Russo have expressed interest.

Ramos, a father of three, was born and raised in Hoboken and served on the city council for 10 years before moving on to the state Assembly.

"People ... are tired of one-sided politics and a failure to recognize or respect different points of view," Ramos said. He continued by promising that "I’ve been fighting for thoughtful and much needed reform and I will continue to do so as mayor."

During his time on the city council, he voted on matters including park development, the construction of the W Hotel and Maxwell Place Park. Ramos, the youngest elected official in the history of Hoboken and a cancer survivor, served as council president and at-large councilman from the Fourth Ward.

"There’s no single solution to the challenges in our community, and we want to have a conversation with the community about how we can make Hoboken a better place to live," Ramos said. "We’re not afraid to stand up and negotiate for Hoboken, even if it’s politically unpopular.”

As an assemblyman in Trenton, Ramos has sponsored legislation on many different topics, including green roofs to prevent flooding. Recently, he has called for hearings about the closure of the Pulaski Skyway and has opposed fare and toll hikes at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Ramos is the first candidate to formally announce a mayoral run against Zimmer.

pdq February 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Dear Editor: As election for Hoboken Mayor approaches, I would like to express my support for Mayor David Roberts and his slate of at-large council candidates, Ruben Ramos, Terry LaBruno and Peter Camarano. I believe that Mayor Roberts and his team have done a fine job leading the City over the last four years. Mayor Roberts is honest, hardworking and he commits himself every day to making Hoboken a better place to live and work. He has always been responsive to the needs of our residents and employees, and I believe he deserves a second term to continue to improve Hoboken. Thanks for your consideration of this letter and please come out and vote for Mayor Dave Roberts and his team on May 10th. Yours truly, Raul Morales Read more: Hudson Reporter - Join me and vote for Roberts his slate
ThisMeansWar February 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I haven't thrown any stones. I've asked about documented behavior. Wheeling, 575 paid "workers" for 1240 votes, etc. All of it on the record. That you want to characterize it as a personal attack is interesting, like Colbert telling us the facts have a liberal bias. I asked you 2 rhetorical questions. Here they are again. At this point, it probably doesn't matter whether you answer or not. But just know this. Everyone here *does* know the answers. These aren't questions seeking information we don't have. They're really questions about who you are. Namely, do you think the ends justify the means that will inevitably be used by the team Joe has joined. I think we have our answer. Since you feel that way, do you seriously think anyone is going to give you a name? *** Do you really think Tim Occhipinti had 575 paid "workers" when he got 1240 votes? Do you really think the people behind Ruben's campaign aren't planning to do the same thing for Joe - whether he manages to intellectually disassociate himself from it or not?
QJ201 February 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Ramos will be flogged with his own voting record.
Simon Dabkowski February 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I commend those that have a lot of passion for politics in Hoboken, just as long as that passion is used to express view points instead of resentment and hate. We've grown our business hMAG on passion and an optimistic view point of Hoboken. Whether you're a business owner or a resident its important to help promote this town, its beneficial to all of us; probably more so then ever because Hoboken has been getting quite a bit of media coverage. I say all of this because I know Joe to be an eternal optimist; someone who sees potential and good in people. I'll let Joe present himself and his ideas to those that know him and to those that will take the time to know him in the coming months as I'm just here to offer my support for him running for city council. Its important to respect the past, but its even more important to have a vision for the future, have an open dialogue with those that don't necessarily share your view points because if we all felt the same way about every issue in this town, politics wouldn't exist and I think we'd all be bored out of our mind.
ThisMeansWar February 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM
PDQ, I think you're right. The complaint about ill-treatment of members of the public had to do with the Dad's group at BOE when they didn't have insurance to use the pool. I can't think of an example of a member of the public being treated disrespectfully by the council - except the way Phil Cohen was treated last week. On the other hand, Jake Stuiver is treated like absolute dirt by the 'public' and says "thank you" to each one of them.
pdq February 23, 2013 at 02:20 AM
POG, filed a verified complaint against Mayor Roberts, Councilman Ramos and the City of Hoboken. The complaint sought to compel Roberts and Ramos to report to the City Council certain campaign contributions received by the Roberts Team, which allegedly violated the Ordinance, and to compel Roberts, Ramos and the City to enforce the Ordinance. Developers with No-Bid Redevelopment/Planning Contracts Contributions Dean Geibel, Metro Homes, LLC 4/20/2005 $10,400 Roberts Team Dean Geibel, Metro Homes, LLC 4/21/2005 $7,200 HDP Dean Geibel of Metro Stop, LLC has a no bid contract to develop 800 Jackson Street in the Tarragon and URSA are partners in various development projects in Northwest Redevelopment Area. Tarragon Realty Invstrs. 4/19/2005 -$10,400 - Roberts Team Arthur Garfield, Tarragon Realty Invstrs. 4/20/2005-$7,200 -HDP Michael Sciarra, URSA Development 4/14/2005-$10,400- Roberts Team Michael Sciarra, URSA Development 4/21/2005-$6,000-HDP Other No-Bid Contractors Steve Edwards, Business Governmental Insurance Agency $1,600 (4/12/2005) Woodbridge, James Caulfield, Fields Development Group (City contract via Marchetto-Caulfield Assocs.) $1,800 (5/6/2005) -- Sarkisian, Florio and Kenny $28,000 (5/5/05) via intermediary of Election Fund of Senator Kenny Roberts Team 7,200 (5/9/05) via Senator Kenny HDP 40,000 (5/16/05) via intermediary of Hudson Cty. Dem. Org. headed by Kenny-HDP
Brian Murray February 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
@ GA Ms. Pincus. To set the record straight. Move forward left literature at an unmanned table at Kiddeapalooza to provide information to attendees. HDG was not approached by Kids First to leave similar literature although Mr. Gold, Ms. Sobolov and Ms Minutillo of Kids First spent several hours at the event as compared to the five minutes Ines and Felice spent as they walked through the public park. The Hoboken Dads Group is not a political organization and has no affiliation with any group of hate. I personally denounce any group that uses or creates hateful propoganda. Does this mean I am denouncing you too ? Didn't you create the graphics that Joe denounced?
ThisMeansWar February 23, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Curious Colin, it was generous of you to admit your comment that the sea wall was "a transparent attempt to reward engineering firms cozy with the Governor" had no basis whatsoever. Now if you could only see that you have admitted to lying and continue doing it. By the way Curious, you must be kidding with that "disguise."
Scott M. Siegel February 23, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Let's also not forget the stream of perp walks!
JosephGoebbels February 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Oh, good girl! Daddy is so proud of you. But don't overuse the anti-semitism on the first day. Spread it out over the course of the campaign. Do try to sound a bit more like a new person though, dearest. Using the same snotty prep school princess repartee would be fine if you just wanted them to chase their tails. But when you stir the anti-semitic pot you must avoid letting anyone know that we're behind it. There will be time later for the Nazi truck. This time, I promise, we won't apologize for it. Your biggest fan, Joe G.
Ojo Rojo February 23, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Irrational people don't make reasonable deductions. Now go eat a twinkie.
Ojo Rojo February 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM
There is nothing slanderous about bringing up the campaign finance reports of the slate Ramos himself was a part of. Those contributions, those checks, that spending is all a matter of record and indisputable checks. You just don't like how bad it looks for the guy.
BruceD February 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Oh cASSandra, you always have the wittiest insight into everything. BTW, what slander has bandied about here today? Please let me know, I know so little about the subject.
xtreme February 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I'll take him seriously as candidate but given the track record of his time in the assembly (I've only known of him while he was there) I doubt he'd get my vote. His proposals make no logical sense. Does anyone know where I.can research his voting record from his time on the council?
Frank February 24, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I just want to wish Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Good Luck on his race for Mayor, he Truly is a Hobokenite through & through...with Mayor Zimmer all you get is a dead stare & that smirk of...I don't know what you're talking...She has cost the City so much money in lawsuits that, it's amazing that no one is screaming...Go Mr. Ramos, lets take Hoboken back...Peace ;-0
Jacko Cleamons February 24, 2013 at 07:00 PM
The Sierra Club doesn't like Zimmer's wall, so we should vote for Ramos? That one made me chuckle. Ramos was Council for 8 years during the rape and pillage of Hoboken by the Old Guard. Vote for him, never in a million years. And if this guy Mindak has 'opinions of his own' why is a 'running mate' of Ramos? Just on the fact of hitching his wagon to the vote buyer, patronage dealers Ramos represents, one can fairly conclude Mindak doesn't *actually* have much integrity.
CuriousReplacement February 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Blood diamonds, Curious Gal pal? They told us to tone down the anti-semitism at the meeting at 1200. You were there. Look, I need this pay check. Don't mess it up for the rest of us by saying every crazy thing that comes into your head. We're supposed to sound like newly engaged recent transplants to Hoboken. Like Mark Sterling at the top of this thread. Hopeful and positive were Beth's exact words. We're not supposed to sound like people who have been dragging the world's largest grudge around and are so full of hate that it doesn't matter who gets elected if Zimmer isn't killed in the process. Think about the rest of us for once, will ya?
PeoplePlease February 25, 2013 at 02:54 PM
There is no better time than now... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Register-To-Vote-Hoboken-NJ/237706182937615 Register to vote!!
PeoplePlease February 25, 2013 at 02:55 PM
google his assembly page...generally there are voting records there. You can also google voting records of nj assembly votes.
demosthenes February 25, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I have no idea if this is true, but a friend told me that Ramos and his team were relying on David Liebler and Gerald Halloran to do their messaging since Ruben's smart, experienced chief of staff had declined to be involved in his campaign. Ruben better raise some money in a hurry and get some professional help fast because to say these are not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed would be a serious understatement.
Grafix Avenger February 25, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The Hoboken Reporter buried the Ramos announcement on page 2 and 'disappeared' Al Sullivan's column online. Here's what's up (who is pulling the strings over there and why): http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2013/02/sully-insults-tim-hrcom-pulls-his-column.html
Grafix Avenger February 25, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Brian Murray, you posted this to me: " Didn't you create the graphics that Joe denounced?" Oh boy... "that Joe deounced." Right, on his Nazi Truck. So you are ADMITTING that your buddy, Hoboken Dads' Joe was behind the Nazi Truck! Well, we all knew it- but he's not man enough to fess up nor apologize. All of you are cowards. I've never heard you denounce your friend Joe for using a Nazi truck in his campaign. As for the graphic on Joe's Truck- I pulled it down off my website in 2010- on November 18, 2010 to be exact. The same day I apologized publicly and to our rabbis for having offended anyone. That takes character- which none of you have. No, your friends saved the image for 2 years, then REPUBLISHED IT, played it to the public- including kids. I denounce the use of that image by Move Forward, yet you ALLOWED your Kiddiepalooza event to become a Move Forward campaign event. And have never denounced the use of swastikas in the Move Forward campaign. THEIR choice to display on a video truck. Leave me out of it. Minutillo and Sobolov have kids, they did not hand out lit nor campaign. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/
ThisMeansWar February 25, 2013 at 04:48 PM
CuriousGal, You have libeled the mayor and governor with no evidence. You have made the Zimmers into blood diamond merchants with no evidence. You're just a rotten human being. I'm not sure why you are bothering to use a new name because everyone here knows who you are. That Zimmer/reform/blogger hatred follows you everywhere like a stench.
Timmy Dawgy February 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Ojo Rojo - Poopy is still poopy even if it looks like something other than poopy.
HobokenTownie February 25, 2013 at 06:16 PM
What is a real "Hobokenite"? Is that someone who believes to lax enforcement of local laws, graft, corruption and patronage? Someone who went to the finest public H.S. Hoboken has to offer? Seriously, the B n' R's are the ones who continue the losing battle and "us v. them" mentality. Russo's felon father was a real Hobokenite and Dave Robert was as well...thus your memory is somewhat off.
Outofcontrol February 26, 2013 at 03:08 AM
The Old Guard? Wasn't Ruben elected with Carol Marsh and Tony Soares? Wasn't he supported by the "Reformers"?
ThisMeansWar February 26, 2013 at 06:18 PM
You changed your name because I challenged you LIES? It doesn't matter which name you use, CuriousGal. Everyone knows who you are. Why don't you instead defend your LIES? You said the Zimmers made their money in blood diamonds. Defend that LIE. You said the intent of the sea wall was to benefit developers friendly to Christie. Defend that LIE. Only someone as nuts as you could explain how changing your name somehow makes all your LYING palatable.
cassandra February 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM
"Oh he did fight and beg and plead to keep his place in teh Assembly. However, he was cought drunk bragging about how he was going to knock off Congressmen Sires." Written by khoboken above; guess his definition of slander is different then mine
Timmy Dawgy February 27, 2013 at 07:01 PM
First, Zimmer. Unfortunately she had to spend some $$ in lawsuits because of all the messed up bull $hit that the past administrations created (yes I like"some" things Zimmer stands for/does and "some" Ramos does). And we all know how bad the past was here in Hoboken, hell just look at our wonderful police force still. LOL Although, if she wins another term, I hope she steps it up! Second, Mindak. If you do some research, stop assuming and actually be an "educated" voter, he seems to be a very solid guy. Starting to actually like him the more I hear and read about him. Looks like he has done more for this town than anyone else on the board now or running for it, and seems to be friends with both side of the Hoboken political BS world. Sh*t, maybe we should be voting for him for mayor! However, why he is running with Ramos is still something I guess he'll have to explain however, as long as he (Mindak) keeps doing all that positive stuff in town, I could care less who he is running with. (Jacko) Integrity is created by your actions, values, principles, not by who you run with. Third, Mr. Ramos. Hmm... seems to me he is stuck with the past biting his ass. Yet, we all know that the past doesn't make who you are today, so I hope he let's us all know where is stands today, now that he is older and (hopefully) wiser. And I hope it is not still with his past peep's beliefs.
Andy March 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Good. So maybe the truth about his corruption will finally come out.

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