“Taken together, the slate represents the new energy, new ideas and public spiritedness we need on the City Council,” says Ravi Bhalla
Mayor Ravi Bhalla of Hoboken today unveiled his slate of Council candidates for the Fall Ward elections. The Team Bhalla slate of candidates are:
· First Ward: Migdalia Pagan-Milano. Migdalia is a lifelong resident who began working with the community as an assistant in the Cultural Affairs Department for the City for Hoboken. She was instrumental in organizing Hoboken’s first Pride week. Currently, Migdalia works in the newly reconstituted Department of Constituent Affairs where she effectively finds solutions to residents’ day to day issues.
· Second Ward: Nora Martínez DeBenedetto. Nora is a teacher at Kaplan Cooperative Preschool. She coordinates Art in the Park for the City of Hoboken and was a founding member and volunteer organizer of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market for ten years. She is also a lifelong resident of Hoboken.
· Fourth Ward: Lisa Sprengle. An attorney, accountant and a mom, Lisa currently works as the Controller for a large New York based company, actively involved in all aspects of the business large and small, including legal, finance, accounting, human resources and even store construction.
· Fifth Ward: Phil Cohen. A long-time community activist who has served on number of City and community boards, including the Zoning Board, Phil currently serves on the Rebuild by Design Citizens Advisory Group and as the Hoboken Democratic Party Chair. He is an attorney.
· Sixth Ward: Cristin Cricco Powell. A noted producer and director of television shows and documentaries, Cristin is an active supporter of the Hoboken Public Education Foundation and of reform candidates for Hoboken School Board. Cristin’s great-grandparents Robert and Raffaela Cricco helped build St. Ann’s Church.
“Taken together, this slate of candidates represent the new energy, new ideas and public spiritedness we need to keep moving Hoboken in the right direction,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “As Council members, I know Migdalia, Nora, Lisa, Phil and Cristin will put Hoboken first, working cooperatively to move our City forward, forgoing the political attacks and grandstanding that have too often sidetracked the current City Council.”
A kick-off event will be held at 10th & Willow on Tuesday evening. May 21 at 7:00 PM.
Ward 1: Migdalia Pagan-Milano works for the City’s newly resurrected Constituent Affairs department, where on a daily basis she works to assist residents with problems, such as noise pollution from the rail-yard, unaffordable rents and unsafe living conditions in the senior buildings. She recently assisted residents of Marineview in the refurbishing of their apartments in the wake of two recent fires.
Migdalia previously worked at the City’s Cultural Affairs Department where she helped organize city events such as the Arts and Music Festival and interacted regularly with business owners. She was one of the organizers of the first ever Hoboken Pride Week, collaborating with Hudson Pride Center and working to include all LGBTQ residents. Migdalia, a lifelong resident of Hoboken, resides in the First Ward with her wife, Lisa.
Ward 2: Nora Martínez DeBenedetto is a teacher at Kaplan Cooperative Preschool and the coordinator of the popular Art in the Park program for the City of Hoboken, which is now greatly expanded and running at capacity each summer with almost six hundred children enrolled.
Nora has served as a volunteer organizer of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market for ten years, where she was one of the founding members. In this capacity, she worked to bring Jersey Fresh produce to a neighborhood that was in need of more health food options and community events. A graduate of Syracuse University, Nora later received her Master’s Degree from New Jersey City University. She is a lifelong resident of Hoboken and the Second Ward, where she lives with her husband and young son.
Ward 4: Lisa Sprengle is an attorney, accountant and a mom. She is a business professional and a CPA, with a JD from Chicago Kent. Lisa currently works as the Controller for a large New York based company, actively involved in all aspects of the business large and small, including legal, finance, accounting, human resources and even store construction.
Her active involvement in her community began, as with many Hoboken moms, with her work for the HSA of her daughter’s school. She is committed to using her private sector legal and business experience to help Mayor Bhalla continue moving Hoboken forward, while ensuring that the 4th Ward is not left behind.
Ward 5: Phil Cohen has been an engaged volunteer in Hoboken’s civic life for nearly two decades. Phil is a member of the Citizens Advisory Group for the transformative $230 million Rebuild by Design project, working on the plan to implement protections for our City from rising tides and strengthening storms like Superstorm Sandy. He is a member of the Hoboken Library’s Space Search Committee working on identifying an uptown branch location to better serve our community. Phil is a 5th Ward Democratic Committeeperson who has been elected to serve the 5th Ward for more than a decade. Last year, he was elected by the Committee’s members to serve as Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party.
A graduate of Rutgers Law School, Phil is a practicing attorney in the New York office of an international law firm where he is a shareholder in the firm’s litigation practice. Phil and his wife Rebecca are proud to have raised their daughters, Madeline 23, and Anna 19, here in Hoboken.
Ward 6: In Cristin Cricco Powell’s 20 years as an executive producer and director of TV shows and documentaries, she’s worked with everyone from coal miners in West Virginia to civil rights icon Harry Belafonte. Leading teams and directing different (and sometimes difficult) personalities has honed her management skills, while running high stakes projects with fixed schedules and tight budgets has given her the ability to think outside the box for smart solutions to sudden problems.
Cristin is an active supporter of the Hoboken Public Education Foundation and has a soon-to-be 4th grader and kindergartener at Brandt. She is a firm believer that everyone in Hoboken is her neighbor. Cristin’s family has been in Hoboken since 1897. Her great-grandparents Robert and Raffaela Cricco helped build St. Ann’s Church, and her grandfather, Carl, Sr. and father, Carl, Jr. were much-loved surgeons in town.