Friday, April 28, 2017

Preparing for the run...

According to a report yesterday on Insidernj, Councilman Mike DeFusco is preparing to launch his bid for a mayoral run next month. MSV addressed this same topic in yesterday's premium content.

Clifton, NJ based political operative Ryan Yacco is reportedly set to act as campaign manager.

According to the brief article, Ryan Yacco a former campaign manager of the 2011 Beth Mason council campaign was also listed as the "program director" of the Mason Civic League "charity" in an exclusive MSV report back in a June 2012 report.

The NJ based political operative is listed on his Linkedin page as a field/media consultant for his firm, Bluewater Operations.

Ryan Yacco, the northern NJ political operative of Bluewater Operations is reportedly making a return to Hoboken
as campaign manager of Councilman Mike DeFusco's pending bid for mayor. Here he's seen in at a Hoboken
City Council meeting years earlier filming a speaker at the microphone, former Councilman Mike Lenz.

Back in early 2014, monies that allegedly flowed through Bluewater Operations became a target of interest at the trial investigating Vote by Mail inconsistencies on the rent control ballot question in the Hoboken November 2013 election.

MSV exclusively reported Bluewater Operations through Yacco was targeted for a trial witness subpoena to testify on how the company managed over $20,000 from the Hoboken political committee, "Let the People Decide," backed by Frank "Pupie" Raia, opponents to the ballot question.

The civil trial soon after was short-circuited as the plaintiffs connected to big developer group MSTA threw in the towel and the narrow ballot question victory stood.

Bluewater Operations had received two payments of more than $20,000 from the Raia backed political committee. Some suspect the funds were part of a strategy to circumvent earlier investigative methods tying Vote by Mail operations to purchase votes mostly in the Hoboken Housing Authority and senior buildings.

In recent years, the questionable vote gathering methods in parts of Hoboken have seen interests from federal law enforcement. MSV reported the US Department of Justice having a presence in Hoboken during the 2013 election.

In 2011, MSV reported Bluewater Operations distributed $52,000 in street money on behalf of the Beth Mason campaign.

According to the Insidernj article, a DeFusco ticket would feature Cheryl Fallick and Tony Soares on his council at-large slate with former council candidate and HHA commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez as campaign treasurer. None have responded to requests for comment.

Update: Insidernj updated their story today saying neither Soares nor Fallick will be the council candidates on any DeFusco ticket.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Getting your Jihad on

It's almost that time.

The rest of this jihad is MSV Premium and will be sent out to members later today.
It's da bomb!

Councilman Jihad graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

About the bullying...

My Way Productions and the Hoboken Historical Museum Present

“Breaking The Silence”

(Hoboken, NJ)  My Way Productions and The Hoboken Historical Museum, present the screening of “Breaking The Silence” A short Anti-bullying Docu-fiction film by Anti-bullying activist and filmmaker Frank Gigante on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ.  The event will open with a violin performance dedicated to Tyler Clementi by violinist Anna Mancini. The Host for the event will be Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano.

There will be a Q & A and light refreshments following the screening featuring a cake made by Carlos Bakery for the event in support of the fight against bullying. Free Admission. Parking available at the Little man Parking Independence Garage.  (Shipyard Lane, at 12th St) The Parking lot Offers 3 hours of free parking with museum validation.

"Breaking The Silence"
An interview documentary that is a must see for parents and teens

Suicide on account of bullying is growing fast. Experts and victims of bullying share their thoughts on how we can stop this growing epidemic killing our kids.Joseph and Jane Clementi parents of the late Tyler Clementi participated in the film.The film is written by Frank Gigante & Kevin Shipp, - Exec producer Mike Sciarra, - Music : “Mother Love”, Tyler theme”, “Alone” Hope” and Ostinato” Composed by Manuele Carli Ballola. “Crying in the rain” written by Ken Cummings and Charlie Jones and is performed by Sicily.

Special guest for the evening will be Joseph and Jane Clementi (Tyler Clementi Foundation), Anti-Bullying Activist Sergeant First Class Gregory M Williams (New Jersey State police.)

Artie Pasquale (Actor - The Sopranos)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hamburglar strikes Hoboken?

In the words of that famous tax evader Bono, there's been a lot of talk, maybe too much talk about.....

Coming soon to a megadevelopment near you? Can Councilman Hamburglar D Variance his way into the mayor's office?
Mike DeFusco is taking lots of heat for promoting a lower Washington St. development in the guise of a burger joint.

Can one suffer the slings and arrows of a Shake Shack burger with an overgrown building, a permanent fixture courtesy of some beefy building variances?

Councilman Mike DeFusco, himself a veteran of the Zoning Board and a friend to D variance seeking developers everywhere finds himself in a peculiar pickle. Or did he say hold the pickle? It's getting difficult to keep up with the Hoboken melodrama as election season begins to take its toll on Mile Square residents who dare to put a toe in those waters.

The beatdown has been horrific on Grafix Avenger, utter savagery above and below the fold in the bountiful anonymous comment section. A Hamburglar Jihad is clearly begun, praise be upon him, and a twitter war has taken over after some selective blocking on Facebook. Another colleague caught a Love Shack whiff, was seduced and then discovered he'd been jilted.

Can't we all just get along? Or alternatively meet at the Love Shack where everyone can get together and revel in the Hamburglar.

Funky little shack; funky little shack with a big ass building to boot! 


Talking Ed Note: Is this any way to begin a mayoral campaign? Hey, it's more entertaining than reading an ELEC report with people from all around the country who can't help but write multiple thousand dollar checks.

They must be in a famished state seeking a vanilla shake and Hamburglar too.

Councilman Mike DeFusco Hamburglar graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Monday, April 24, 2017

Guest of the Stable William Bayard: 'Hoboken school choice policy ending'

As a parent of a soon to be kindergartener, the raging emotion of my peers has to do with the sudden decision by the school board to stop accepting "preference" choices in school applications. 

Whereas Hoboken used to be a school choice district, it now is not. The frustrating part of this move is there is no communication of what areas are sent to what schools. Nor is there a public acknowledgement of the strategy or change in policy. Just a very quiet decision and implementation. 

The downside is for families who live downtown and are subject to send their kids to Connors school which is decidedly the worst performing school in the district. 

Years past, parents would submit a few schools ranked in preference to send their child. That is removed from this years application and the town is moving people to "neighborhood" schools. They don't want to publish this anywhere or face the backlash. They also won't articulate what neighborhood streets would send to what school. 

As a Hoboken parent, all of this is very frustrating. 

William Bayard is a pseudonym. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

DeFusco eyeopener: $87,000 in 1st Quarter fundraising


Councilman Michael DeFusco scores major campaign fundraising coup with 87K in first quarter

In a shot across the bow to his once former ally and supporter in Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the first ward councilman backed up the earlier reports of a major fundraising coup in the first quarter in 2017.

Based on the above original copy filed with NJ ELEC earlier this week, Councilman DeFusco netted $87,838 in the first quarter ending last month.

The tally likely means a face-off will be expected this November for the mayor's seat and three at-large council seats. The results of the November election will hold major consequences for Hoboken governance.

The Hudson County View weighs in with more on this story:

Talking Ed Note: Monies from inside and outside Hoboken are seen in the report. Resident James Vance gave $1,000 but many other individuals mostly outside the Mile Square gave larger amounts.

NJ LGBT offered $500 and Union Local 169 gave $1500.

Among local business, realty with the union are represented among numerous people who live outside Hoboken with Jersey City represented with several individual donors.

Unrelated: The Clerk's Office lost the case earlier today on the Democratic Committee late filings in favor of Peter Biancamano and Ines Garcia Keim. The Old Guard is counting this as a victory since their 2-1 district uptown candidates will be unopposed on the ballot.

The candidates however will not be allowed to be slotted under Phil Murphy and the mayor's Democratic committee candidates on their line. No legal fees will be paid either. Some conclude the massive legal filing by well known lawyer Steve Kleinman meant this was another Beth Mason action.

BoE trustee Sheillah Dallara and her husband Aaron are bumped off the ballot as a result.

When Hoboken was "Delivered Vacant"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Taxes are going up

No, not in Hoboken but the biggest part of your tax bill will be raised again, courtesy of Hudson County.

Tom DeGise in an exclusive interview with MSV admits Hoboken will see another tax increase, courtesy of
Hudson County.

The rest of this story is MSV Premium and is out to members.

Related: The barbs are flying between the pending Zimmer-DeFusco mayoral camps:

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