Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Councilwoman Jen Giattino: "A thank you to those who quietly help"

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors,
St. Mary Advocates/Hoboken Thrift Shop at 536 Garden St. provides very inexpensive clothes, toys and other items for citizens of Hoboken who need them. Their proceeds (from sales) are used to support needy organizations and individuals. Items contributed to the Thrift store are tax deductible.
This year they have donated:
  • $7000  to Hoboken American Legion Post 107  to help with their construction of a building for homeless veterans
  • $5000 for the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance  
  • $5000 for HUMC ER privacy screens
  • $10000  for local student  scholarships in healthcare professions
  • $7000 to Shriner’s Children Hospital in Philadelphia
  • $1000 to Fight for Autism and $1000 to Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance
All of these funds were generated by the Thrift Store which is staffed by non-paid volunteers. So, next time you are walking by pop in and say hello, give thanks and shop.
It is so refreshing to have an organization in our town, that with little fanfare, does the right thing.

Digging into the mire on questions swirling around Hoboken voter fraud

Today, MSV digs into the archives and pulls out this gem, an exclusive interview with Frank "Pupie" Raia from October 2010.

The interview came in the heat of a highly contested fourth ward special election to fill then-Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer's vacated seat when she became acting mayor in Hoboken. Zimmer by law became acting mayor after the arrest and resignation in July 2009 of Peter Cammarano. He acted in the role for less than a month before his arrest at the hands of the FBI who with an informant taped him accepting $25,000 in bribes for zoning considerations in the Mile Square City.

After the 2010 fourth ward special council election, an investigation would finds its way to Trenton with the NJ Attorney General's Office but see no further action. Last week, the US Department of Justice announced an arrest connected to the 2013 Hoboken election for vote buying.

As for this gem of a story, it's simply radiant.

From the The Hudson Mile Square View archive, originally published October 28th, 2010.

MSV can confirm affidavits filed in NJ Superior Court name two well known Hoboken individuals alleging their involvement in a suspected vote-buying scheme on behalf of Tim Occhipinti.

Two individuals are named in the affidavits: Matt Calichio, who was mentioned earlier as possibly having problematic ties to the Occhipinti campaign on vote by mail transactions in the Hudson Reporter debate. 

The other is Frank Raia, the perennial candidate in Hoboken elections, most recently for Mayor last November as a suspect in another signed affidavit. 

Frank Raia denied any wrongdoing earlier today.

In an interview with MSV by phone, Frank Raia categorically denied he was involved in any way in vote by mail fraud.  "I don't know what the hell this is but they are playing with the wrong guy.  I can sue them all for defamation of character and sue them out of the town."

In a ripping tirade, Raia complained, "You haven't seen me knock on one door.  They are sore losers.  They should blame it (the election) on themselves."

Raia continued in a blistering rebuke of the charge in the complaint saying he knew nothing about it, "Whatever I've done, I've done for Dawn Zimmer, whatever they are accusing me of," he stated.  He then added ominously, "I will sue them all and drain all their money until they're homeless.  Go after someone else."

Raia ended by saying, "There will be repercussions if they play with me.  I put them (Mayor Zimmer and Mike Lenz) there. Without me, she wouldn't be in that chair (mayor's office.)  They will pay.  I will wipe them out.  Go and pick on somebody else.  They're desperate because they know they're going to lose."

Related: Over at the Hudson County View, John Heinis picks up on the public portion of the story where MSV left off yesterday and details more of the underwriting for the 2013 Let the People Decide political committee in Hoboken.

Monday, September 24, 2018

'Let the People Decide' on vote buying in Hoboken!


The 2013 Hoboken election is the target of an FBI investigation for alleged massive vote buying that became public with an arrest of an Old Guard foot soldier last week. The question on many lips, "when will the next shoe drop?"

The arrest ends mocking chatter into this year about the lack of any voter fraud arrest in Hoboken with the alleged illicit practice first uncovered by MSV back in 2010. That election saw an investigation find its way to the NJ Attorney General's Office but it quietly ended leaving many scratching their heads.

The scandal of vote buying in Hoboken became more rancid and epidemic after the 2010 voter fraud went unpunished. After the media publicity continued to expand beyond this website's reports, tactics altered to disguise and launder the alleged vote-buying operations typically in the fourth ward and senior buildings.

In the 2013 race, a two-fold pattern emerged. Some voters were being promised they would be paid for their votes only to be angered by a lack of payment as another campaign would see their "campaign worker" names listed far after the election with exact payments listed well into 2014.

Over $18,000 was reportedly spent by the 2013 "Let the People Decide" political committee for "campaign workers."

That NJ ELEC campaign report featuring eight pages of names almost invariably receiving $50 per person for their alleged campaign work but wasn't filed for more than a full year after Hoboken's 2013 election.

A sample of alleged "campaign workers" paid by the "Let the People Decide" political comittee in 2013.

The rest of this exclusive story is MSV Premium and will be sent to members by Tuesday.

Hoboken Proud 1-2-3 Kick Off Event Tonight!

Official release:

Please join Hoboken Proud for their Official Kick Off event tonight.  Grab a friend and meet the team!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hoboken House of Cards?

Outside of one of the best theme songs in the history of television, the House of Cards series can't be beaten in Hoboken's crashing deck.

Yesterday, years of outright vote buying arrogance came up against the law and as The Clash would say, "the law won." Alright, that might be on the premature side but the first arrest in the rampant abuse of Hoboken Housing Authority residents seeing their votes purchased at election time ran into a major stumbling block.

As Hoboken voter fraud is a delectable Mile Square City delight; (MSV holds a culinary degree since 2010), there's much to consider on this FBI arrest.

Here's a tidbit of what you've been missing if you weren't a regular MSV reader circa February 2014:

The majority of almost 290 ballots not making the final election certification were never mailed - instead the majority of those contested ballots were handled by "bearers" of the Let the People Decide political committee.

The end to the legal election challenge means there will be no undoing of the narrow 122 vote victory among almost 10,000 cast after the legal complaint was voluntarily dismissed by Charles Gormally, Director of Litigation for Brach Eichler.

Renee Steinhagen, Executive Director of New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, intervening on behalf of the Hoboken Fair Housing Authority expressed satisfaction the integrity of the election was preserved with the majority respected but added strong reservations on what had transpired leading into the court case saying, "It became apparent inconsistencies with rejected Vote by Mail ballots by the Let the People Decide campaign were mounting where irregularities and unlawful conduct were evident."

Steinhagen described the testimony heard in court as an "unlawful vote by mail scheme... that we all know has been in effect for at least the past four years, primarily in the fourth ward."


Talking Ed Note: There'll be more on all this but Horsey has to muster a gallop before Monday for our fine members of MSV Premium. For the rest, take a look at the link above.

As for fabricating Sybil's latest limp Manchurian Candidate push out of the mayor's office, stop laughing. Hey kid, Hoboken ain't a standup act and your buddy in the mayor's office isn't doing you any favors.

Smarten up!

Thursday, September 20, 2018



Hoboken Old Guard Vote-by-Mail soldier charged in promoting voter bribery scheme!

Official Department of Justice release:


NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey woman was arrested and charged today for promoting a voter bribery scheme by use of the U.S. mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 

Lizaida Camis, 55, of Hoboken, is charged by complaint with a violation of the Travel Act for causing the mails to be used to aid voter bribery contrary to New Jersey state law. She is scheduled to have her initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Under New Jersey law, registered voters are permitted to cast a ballot by mail rather than in person. To receive a mail-in ballot, voters must complete and submit to their county clerk’s office an Application for Vote By Mail Ballot (VBM Application). After the application is processed, voters receive a mail-in ballot. 

From October 2013 through November 2013, Camis agreed to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 each if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots for the November 2013 Hoboken municipal election. Camis provided these voters with VBM Applications and then delivered the completed applications to the Hudson County Clerk’s office. After the mail-in ballots were delivered to the voters, Camis went to their apartments and, in some cases, instructed the voters to vote for the candidates for whom Camis was working. Camis promised the voters that they would be paid $50 for casting their mail-in ballots and told them that they could pick up their checks after the election at an office on Jefferson Street in Hoboken. Bank records show that voters living in Hoboken received $50 checks from entities associated with the campaigns that employed Camis.

Camis faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, and special agents of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christina Scaringi, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Farrell of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Agarwal, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. 

The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This story is breaking hard!

The scene the night after the election at 520 Jefferson Street back on November 6th, 2013; the fulcrum of an alleged voter bribery scheme operation exclusively reported on MSV.

The following complaint filed against Liz "the Church Lady" Camis involving allegations of a voter bribery scheme using Vote by Mail ballots.

On November 6th, 2013, MSV exclusively filed this report on the alleged vote by mail bribery operation a day after the Hoboken election:

520 Jefferson St - payoffs for votes?

Another related MSV Exclusive from the same 2013 Hoboken election:

Hudson County homeless initiative

The following report comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View.

Councilwoman Jen Giattino offered this official release: "Reducing Homelessness Together"

Dear friends and neighbors,
Yesterday, New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced important steps to reducing homelessness across Hudson County.  This first-of-its-kind initiative brings together state, county and municipal teams and for-profit and non-profit organizations that will focus on: finding homes and supportive care for those currently homeless, expanding training and support services for those who are at risk of becoming homeless, and expanding local resources in ways that better allow communities to show their own compassion for their neighbors most in need.  The highlights of the initiatives, including those which our own Hoboken Homeless Task force helped secure, include:
  • $200,000 donated by Jersey City Medical University and $50,000 by Hoboken University Medical Center to fund housing and supportive care provided by Garden State Episcopal for those who have suffered chronic homelessness.  
  • 25 housing vouchers provided by the NJ Department of Community Affairs to be given to those who have suffered chronic homelessness – 20 to be identified by JCMU and 5 to be identified by HUMC 
  • $10,000 secured by MBS Housing, the owners of the building formerly known as the YMCA, to renovate space and open a food pantry open to all residents of Hoboken.
  • 8 donation meters to be located across Hoboken, similar to parking meters, as a vehicle for people to contribute towards efforts to help those who are homeless.  These meters are sponsored by Hudson Pride Center and donated by IPS Group.  These will be managed by United Way of Hudson County and funds raised will be given to Hoboken Homeless Shelter and other agencies providing supportive services.
  • A 10-year lease with EasterSeals NJ for their new Hudson County operations in Hoboken.  EasterSeals providing supportive employment and training will serve two of our area’s communities that are statistically at greater risk of becoming homeless – disabled adults and seniors.
I have been working with the Hoboken Homeless Shelter for over a decade and I am so proud to be a part of this effort as both the City Council liaison to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and a new member of the Hoboken Homeless Task Force.  I am thankful to all those who have made this happen and am hopeful that through these initiatives we will be able to bring homes to those without, keep people in their homes, and save lives.
Please feel to call or email me if you would like to hear more about this or anything else.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Introducing Hoboken Proud 1-2-3 for School Board!

Official release:

Meet Hoboken Proud 1-2-3!
Incumbents Tom Kluepfel and John Madigan have joined with district parent Malani Cademartori to form a three-member slate seeking election to the Hoboken Board of Education in November.
"This team will raise some eyebrows," says Tom.  Tom and John ran on opposing slates in 2015, but they’ve found common cause in strong support of the superintendent and forged a solid working relationship on behalf of the district.  Malani, an active advocate for the children of the district, will continue to protect and support the district and its recent achievements and is familiar with the issues facing the board.  John hopes this apolitical alliance will help unite the Hoboken community.  They believe this is an opportunity for all of Hoboken to come together and focus on what's best for all district kids.
Tom was elected to the Hoboken Board of Education in 2012 and reelected in 2015. In that time, he has served as chair of the Finance Committee and as president of the board for the past two-and-a-half years. Tom is a retired creative director. His wife is a special education teacher; they have two grown children.
John has served on the HBOE since 2015. He is a clerk in the William J. Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City. John's wife is an ICU nurse at Hoboken University Medical Center; they have two grown sons.
Malani is an active district parent, serves as the Calabro school’s PTO president for a second term, and was a main organizer of last year’s first ever district-wide PTO Harlem Wizards fundraising event.  She is an attorney and partner with a N.Y.C. law firm where she focuses on corporate reorganization and restructuring. She and her husband have two young daughters in the district.
Please join Hoboken Proud for their official Kick-Off event Monday, September 24.  Grab a friend and come meet the team!