Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NJ.com: Hoboken mayor Ravi Bhalla censured for 'unethical' conduct by N.J. Supreme Court

NJ.com published a breaking story about Hoboken's mayor, Ravi Bhalla and it's not good.
From the late afternoon breaking story:


From the story:

Ravi's campaign spokesman has risen from the 2017 campaign grave to state:
"Ravi Bhalla accepts, but respectfully disagrees with the ruling," said Bhalla spokesman Rob Horowitz. 
The story ties into the pending ordinance up for a final vote on Ravi Bhalla's second job stating:
Wednesday's council action involves a proposed rewrite of the city code that would require the mayor to submit quarterly reports on any outside employment listing all income and a list of all clients and or contracts. Brian J. Aloia, Hoboken's corporation counsel, recommended to the council in a six-page memo that it not adopt the ordinance, calling the change "invalid and unenforceable."
Bhalla's critics on the council — there are six — have said they believe the mayor's part-time job with the Lavery firm raises potential conflict-of-interest issues.
Talking Ed Note: On behalf of all Hoboken good government advocates, Horsey says:
WE TOLD YA SO!

RAVI BHALLA CENSURED BY THE NJ SUPREME COURT

Grist for the Mill: Ravi to council: 'Shut up about my second job"

Tonight's City Council agenda features a second reading on a demand for transparency surrounding Mayor Ravi Bhalla's second job with the Republican land use law firm: Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen.

The law firm employment contract, effective back to February turned Hoboken on its ear with Bhalla's broken promise exposed to leave his previous law firm and make Hoboken his singular work focus.

The Corporation Counsel, Brian Aloia, a political contributor to the Bhalla for Mayor campaign approved a legal analysis on the City Council's transparency request calling it illegal.

As a result of that obvious conflict, no one's persuaded.

The City Council, undeterred, went ahead at its last meeting and approved the ordinance 7-2 on first reading seeking details on Bhalla's earnings to date and who his clients are. The only two council votes against transparency in the public interest were Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour. Both were running mates with Bhalla last November.

Ravi Bhalla is quite unhappy with this attention on his second job as he has been throughout. City Council members are on the receiving end of his alleged complaining phone calls today in a last-ditch bid to flip votes.

We get it Ravi, almighty dollar.

                


Talking Ed Note: The City Council should hold firm and seek the minimum transparency on Ravi Bhalla's second job. The public has a right to know, end of story.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com. All email is kept confidential and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson County Superior Court. In farm animals we trust.

Horse Sense: Going OG for the HHA

Or how many seats does it take to control the Hoboken Housing Authority Board?

Tonight is the last City Council meeting before summer recess. It's loaded for bear as the Nanny State Cometh. Businesses have it too easy in this small mile square municipality, courtesy of geography, so plastic bags must be banned in the Republic of Portlandia Hoboken.

Then there are the open seats on the HHA and fears by some about one jawboning accusation of racist as the tool to get an HHA board seat going back to the bad old Carmelo Garcia days. That little problem about the wild anti-Semitic statements at public meetings with doing "the right thing not the white thing," yeah, that's a problem too.

Which brings Hoboken to the latest First Amendment controversy as the Council President Ruben Ramos has decided one HHA commissioner has gone a bridge too far. Or rather, he's gone too far supporting the US Constitution and American law endorsing common sense with the run on the border.



Hoboken Housing Authority commissioner Hovie Forman shared the humorous thought above on his personal Facebook page. The concept of mocking the literal run on the border is apparently offensive and Ramos is calling for his seat to be vacated.


How Forman can't serve the HHA constituency is said in this typical jargon of code where upholding American law is overlooked even as elected officials swear to uphold the law, American law mind you, must go unsaid. Hoboken and by extension America must be a "welcoming city" to any illegal entrant for any reason. How else can you overthrow the local rabble who resist the globalist "progressive" light upon them? Get those voters here pronto!

No one will find odd the political class here or in Washington's swamp, both Republicans and Democrats are highly supportive of "transforming" American with a replacement population. It's not news but there's an industry with billions of dollars at stake annually. The cries of "for the children" are not actually supportive of the pre-election narrative.

The vast majority of children arriving on the US southern border are not entering with any parent. They are being used as a cover for drug cartel smugglers and worse, HUMAN TRAFFICKERS. Entire domestic business models are dependent on an industry where each child arriving in the US through illicit means is worth over $50,000 in related business.  

The industry dependent on this entire system of maintaining and increasing illegal immigration using children is deemed "Faith Based Immigration Services." Some would call it code for legalized human smuggling and of course, there's the slave labor benefit. Hard to distinguish who is the coyote on each side of the border.

If you abused kids inside the US like this, you'd be charged with child abuse and see the child removed. But there's an entire business model for this going on and it's dependent on the political racket which is dishonest and being resisted by a real resistance against the open borders rabble: the American people.

Hovie Forman is in the sights as a targeted local political flavor. Should he lose his board seat because he dared post a meme on his Facebook page in support of American law all local elected officials take an oath to uphold?

As if.

Two Hoboken Housing Authority seats are up for a vote tonight. The HHA board consist of seven members with four making a majority. There are already whispers with a desire to replace the board with a majority to then fire the current Executive Director Marc Recko.  He's had to take over an agency beset with financial problems and bring it back to life. This before a scam civil lawsuit saw a settlement of $700,000 to the former ED, Carmelo Garcia.

You know who is paying for most of that? The residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority. Not their insurance carrier, the HHA itself, the residents.

The more you know...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BREAKING: Councilwoman Emily Jabbour expected 5th vote blocking Eduardo Gonzalez's return to HHA

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


Fifth vote preventing Carmelo Garcia supporter Eduardo Gonzalez from returning to Hoboken Housing Authority Board found in Emily Jabbour

Hoboken good government council trio of Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher joined by Councilman Jim Doyle with fifth swing vote from Emily Jabbour expected to be decisive

Nancy Pincus of Sybil's Cave busted in another fabrication in latest attempt to denigrate good government trio in fanatical attack

A former Hoboken Housing Authority board member, Eduardo Gonzalez, who backed Carmelo Garcia in his controversial tenure as Executive Director of the HHA is expected to be rejected tomorrow in seeking another five-year term at the agency.

The fifth and decisive vote is anticipated from Councilwoman Emily Jabbour. The Hoboken City Council consists of nine members.

Gonzalez who also has been a failed candidate for the City Council, most recently in 2015 against Councilman Peter Cunningham in the fifth ward was a consistent rubber-stamp vote for Carmelo Garcia who led a controversial reign over the HHA and left it in financial tatters.

Earlier this year, Garcia cashed a settlement for $700,000 after filing several civil lawsuits against the HHA, City of Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, her husband Stan Grossbard, the HHA board and several of its members going back to 2013. The civil lawsuit alleging discrimination and "ethnic cleansing" was thrown out the first time, mostly on a second attempt and then refiled a third time before the payout was agreed.

Gonzalez publicly praised Garcia in a letter while an HHA commissioner calling the agency's financial standing solid. After Garcia saw his contract terminated in 2013, information withheld from the board showed its financial situation dire.

The Hoboken Housing Authority has been the scene of controversial efforts targeting its vulnerable population for vote harvesting over years and been the focus of federal law enforcement investigation in the last decade.

The vote harvest has often centered on the alleged purchase of HHA resident votes using Vote by Mail.

Council Vice President Jen Giattino along with Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher are sponsoring Aaron Lewitt for an HHA commissioner seat. (CL2)

Council President Ruben Ramos and Councilwoman Vanessa Falco are sponsoring Eduardo Gonzalez to another open HHA commissioner seat. (CL3)

Both sponsored candidates are found readily available on the City of Hoboken council documents page.

Nancy Pincus, busted again in latest false attacks on the good government council
trio of Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher.
She claimed yesterday they were voting for Eduardo Gonzalez to return
for another term on the HHA.
Where is her apology to the Hoboken public and her latest victims?

Talking Ed Note: Councilwoman Emily Jabbour was contacted by email earlier this morning for comment on this story. An update will be published with any response.

As common last year during and after the thorny Hoboken mayoral election, Nancy Pincus is busted in her latest fabrication against the good government trio on the council. 

She's "updated" her earlier story without providing any correction on her false allegations admitting Eduardo Gonzalez does not have the votes. Pincus falsely alleged Gonzalez would get approving votes from the good government council trio of Cunningham, Giattino and Fisher.

Where is the evidence for her allegations?

Pincus is now claiming her "sources" told her "Jen Giattino requested the agenda item" for Gonzalez. But Council Vice President Jen Giattino is sponsoring a different HHA commissioner candidate: Aaron Lewitt. Her administrative function working with council colleagues is not indicative of her vote. Why would Councilwoman Giattino ever consider voting for Eduardo Gonzalez as she is well aware of his track record on the HHA and reliable alliance with Carmelo Garcia? (Gonzalez was also on a council ticket with Carmelo Garcia who ran an ugly campaign against Jen Giattino for the sixth ward council seat in 2015.)

Of public interest, who fed Nancy Pincus this bizarre, twisted lie which she published without confirming with her victims and targets of her latest foaming attack? The "administrative" misinformation had to come out of Ravi Bhalla's mayoral office.

Did Nancy Pincus speak to Jen Giattino? Did she speak to Tiffanie Fisher? Did she speak to Peter Cunningham before she made her latest false allegation misinforming the public they were all voting for Eduardo Gonzalez? Of course not. No one in their right mind will speak to Nancy Pincus as she is busted yet again in her latest political operative lies and known not to be trusted.

Who told her Eduardo Gonzalez had the votes of Giattino, Fisher and Cunningham? Her "sources" are the political aides out of Ravi Bhalla's mayor's office; no confirmation on actual facts is required.


Where is Nancy Pincus' public apology to the Hoboken public and her latest victims?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer of indictments and escape from Hoboken

Even as the "Summer of Indictments" is arriving, Hoboken never wearies of drama, controversy and non-stop politicking.

Our colleague at the Hudson County View highlights the coming campaign to influence Hoboken voters on their decision revisiting runoff elections this November and how "rumors persist" Mayor Ravi Bhalla "has inquired about the possibility of joining" State Senator Brian Stack in the NJ legislature.

Reference is made to the NJ Assembly seat under Stack currently held by Hoboken's Annette Chaparro. She's publicly voiced interest in continuing for a two-year term beyond her existing one but the mayor's political aide made a point of saying nothing had been discussed with her.

Historically, HudCo municipal mayors choose who they would like to run for their respective NJ Assembly seats.

What if Ravi Bhalla chooses himself as many close political observers believe he's maintaining a top tier list of me, myself and I.

To offset the "persistent rumors" over months first published on MSV, some will point at the difference in salaries for Hoboken mayor and Assembly. However, most members of the NJ Assembly hold outside full-time employment.

Doesn't Ravi Bhalla already hold a second job with a prominent politically connected NJ land use law firm?

Imagine how much Bhalla could earn as a member of the NJ Assembly while generating unlimited fat commissions with that employment contract and/or another politically connected law firm.

On Wednesday, the Hoboken City Council will look to finalize an ordinance mandating Ravi Bhalla turn over details of his 2018 earnings from his second job and list the clients involved. Currently, it's Bhalla's political contributor leading the Corporation Counsel's office who is "overseeing" the matter for potential conflicts. It's more like Silence of the Expanding Ravi Bollards than transparency.

It's an Rx for more conflicts than the numerous ones seen in the recently released DOJ IG Report.

A storm is seen in the distance with the "Summer of Indictments," after the release of
the first IG Report last week. A second IG Report on FISA abuse is pending.

Talking Ed Note: For those interested in corruption, massive conflicts of interests and the operation how to make America a police state, the recently released DOJ IG Report from Michael Horowitz is mandatory reading. (The authors/investigators in the body of the report are select and distinct from the summary/conclusion. Expect more revelations on that front too.)

A quick search for the DOJ IG Report is found here:
https://www.scribd.com/document/381806566/IG-Report-on-FBI-and-DOJ-Handling-of-Clinton-Investigation

#TheStormisHere #TheStormIsUponThem #SummerOfIndictments

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday at Choco Pain

Official release:

 
Dear friends and neighbors:
Tuesday, June 19th from 730am-9am at Choco Pain at 15th and Washington.
COFFEE WITH A COP RETURNS TO THE 2nd WARD (BUT ALL INVITED)!  
Please join me as I host Mayor Bhalla, Hoboken Police Chief Ferrante, Captain Campbell, Lieutenant Miskulin, Sergeant Butler and Officer Montalvo on Tuesday morning for a great conversation and a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry from new to the 2nd Ward Choc O Pain Bakery.  
Come to discuss any and all public safety concerns you may have and / or thank our Hoboken Police for all that they do to ensure our safety.  Based upon feedback from last year's event at La Isla, we made it earlier this time at 730am (it started at 830 last time) so that you can stop by on your way to work or before or after taking your children to school.  As a council member, I would say that the number one issue I hear about the most are safety related concerns.  So if any of the following (or others) are areas where you have questions and / or would like to know more, please join us!  
  • safety and traffic enforcement at our intersections and cross walks
  • bicycle and pedestrian safety on our streets and sidewalks
  • package thefts  
  • parking garage thefts 
  • how they see and are handling our local opiod issues
  • the state of those homeless in our community
  • safe installation of car seats (a service HPD do that many do not know about)
 
At the same time, I also hear people tell me how lucky and how secure they feel in our community.  And this is because of our many public safety teams and in particular our Hoboken Police.  So even if you don't have any immediate concerns, please also join us to say hello, meet our Police Chief, introduce your children, or to just say thank you for keeping us all safe.

And as always, if you have any questions or want to discuss this or anything else, please feel free to call me at 201/208-1674.  Please also forward to anyone you know who might like to learn about this or other important updates!
 
TiffanieFisher
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
 
Engage. Inform. Advocate.
“More Voices are Better”

Friday, June 15, 2018

And the HudCo winners

The HudCo civil war is unofficially over but the payback for the insurrection will likely go on for years.  So, here are the winners who can count on benefiting as they hold the reins of the machine.



HudCo - the biggest winner is the machine itself. One party rule is assured for years to come with no significant challenge from anyone daring to show up on Line B. Transparency, good government initiatives and cutting taxes will never make it atop the agenda. Ever.

Amy DeGise - she broke the glass ceiling by winning the post of HudCo Democratic Chair. She's making some changes bringing on new faces as she gets underway but what real change will it mean? That's an open question but there's not going to be any significant change in the system's methodology. What's next for her? Her name is going to show up on something in an election.

Tom DeGise - the 18 years long County Executive is beaming with pride the family's political name will continue on and he's locked in for another term in office next year with no viable opposition. It's a HudCo tradition living on and on. He's making all the right calls and working with all the mayors to continue long-established relationships. Some calls will be returned slower than others. "Ravi, I just got your voicemail from last week.... No, we can't send you more police for SantaCon but you can get Westfield police with their double-overtime rates I hear."

Nick Sacco - the status quo means the song remains the same and Uncle Nick has an original album pressing of the Led Zepplin classic. He's vowed to play it every single day as he decides who's up and who's down. He'll be sorting this out for some time while he's rocking out. No longer on the Brian Stack birthday card list.

Ruben Ramos - the biggest factor in undercutting Ravi Bhalla's count out of the Hoboken Democratic Committee was his efforts reaching out to its members. He won't admit it but that's the word on the street and the double-digit numbers delivered proved significant. Combined with the dozens who defected in Jersey City, the Brian Stack insurrection was doomed from the start. The insiders all know it and now so do the readers here.

Mike DeFusco - reportedly worked supporting his council colleague Ruben Ramos in the HDC vote efforts. Making the effort as he did publicly puts him in the winners column. It also salves a bit of the pain with the phony "terror flyer" used against him in the closing days of the Hoboken mayoral election. Maybe Ravi Bhalla could have been a bit nicer to him after the election about that.  

Michael Russo - the ultimate Hoboken politician, it's Russo who put his chips on the counter and said "I do for you, you do for me" and is slated to win two chits. He's up to get County Freeholder and Executive Director of the North Hudson Community Action Corp. Oh wait.... Uncle Nick will remember Russo at Christmas and he's got the most gnarly bags of coal with his name on it.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Winners and Losers in the HudCo Civil War

With an annual budget more than half-a-billion strong, HudCo is a massive patronage slush fund where the trough keeps many fed.

Let's start with the losers because they are the ones who won't be getting their beaks wet, courtesy of HudCo.

Brian Stack - coexistence and a decade-long detente with his arch-rival Nick Sacco became untenable in his mind. He opted to go for the gold and seize the reins of the HudCo Democratic Chair as a path to winning the HudCo County Executive with his man (Steve Fulop) in 2019.

A massive mathematical error ensued as his main allies, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla did not hold his boss like control over their local Democratic committees. The results were fatal as Fulop saw dozens of key defections and Ravi Bhalla saw approximately 25% of the HDC refuse to toe the line.

Other HudCo municipalities had no problem turning opposition out as everyone agrees Brian Stack only takes care of Union City and Brian Stack. A gauntlet bussed in to create an atmosphere of intimidation had no discernible impact other than strengthening the resolve of Amy DeGise's voters. Like watching a Boss Hague black and white documentary on political bosses fast-forwarded to present Technicolor without the tools to back it up.

Stack has already thrown in the towel on the HudCo civil war and confirmed he isn't going to put up a candidate for HudCo County Executive without controlling the line. Vote Line A, Senator Bob Menendez hopes HudCo delivers numbers as he faces a tough re-election bid this November. That corruption thing.

Steve Fulop - The Jersey City mayor is taking a beating before and since the election and gets the bulk of the blame on a numerical basis for lost committee votes. MSV sources outside Hoboken detailed a number into triple figures of Jersey City Democratic Committee members who held their seats over years and were not closed to DeGise. Fulop had no way to force them to toe the line since there was going to be an actual election with voting machines and a curtain.

Combined with confirmed double-digit defectors in Hoboken, they guaranteed Stack's defeat. Fulop's name is mud in HudCo and his stock has fallen rapidly since he bowed out of the NJ governor's race last summer. He's gone from being HudCo's savior to reach the promised land of the Trenton trough to disfavored stepchild.

The words recall and vendetta come up most around his name along with inert. HudCo may allow him to bleed out and then see him go away. Either way, he's a nowhere man.

Ravi Bhalla - Mr. 32% redeemed himself with Brian Stack by diving into a losing cause and trying to produce his allotment of 60 votes for the boss' ascension. He got in the ballpark so Stack is happy but his HudCo boss won't be able to deliver on all aspects of the deal. No US Congress seat for Ravi after Albio Sires retires in two years but Brian will send his crew down in 2019 to help in the council ward races. Aspiring to be a party boss has its privileges.

The downside and it turned out to be a big one; among the magical 80 theoretical Hoboken Democratic Committee votes, double digits did not go along with the "Vote Stack for Ravi/Hoboken Plan." The question, "What has Stack done for Hoboken?" was answered with "A vote for Stack is good for Ravi" and that wasn't cutting it. For some, that was an incentive to get down to Kearny and vote Amy DeGise.

MSV confirms the Hoboken defectors numbered well over a dozen in the range of 20 or more of HDC voters who quietly showed up and went behind the curtain and rejected Boss Stack. Ravibots are trying to spin the failure as a victory. Well, let's give them one.
Ravi Bhalla adapted to HudCo like a fish tossed into water.  HudCo deals were cut so fast and furious in his first few months as mayor, no one among his former Reform allies recognizes him.

In his first few months as mayor, Ravi Bhalla concocted a second job with a NJ Republican land use law firm, cut deals with Michael Russo and then with the HudCo boss of bosses, Brian Stack.

Does Ravi even remember how to spell Reform?

John Allen - one of the two taxpayer paid political aides in the Hoboken mayor's office, he reportedly took the entire week off from working inside City Hall to try to help his boss see political dreams come true. It didn't work out but not because of any lack of effort. Ravi, at least give him a steak knife.

Sybil's Cave - what happens when you combine fanaticism with a cult of personality backing on a scale rivaling Brian Stack's Union City voters who get turkeys at Thanksgiving? It's Syb's dark and dank cave, operating beneath sewer level dishing out the insanity, feeding misinformation and lies swallowed lustily to a small group of rabble, political operatives and Bhalla insiders. The temper tantrum crybaby whining is so bad, the head cave-dweller is blaming the good government Councilwomen Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher for HudCo tax increases. One commenter even voiced a desire to drown Amy DeGise and was met with nothing approaching human decency in response.

Jim Doyle - sat back and watched Hoboken's upper level of government being turned into a HudCo party boss fiefdom without a murmur. Shades of the silence when he watched his former friend Councilwoman Jen Giattino trashed in a vicious Bhalla campaign assault last year. Et tu Jim?

Emily Jabbour - was being fast-tracked to replace Ravi Bhalla's early exit as mayor but that grooming will have to wait as the national candidate mayor will be among us for a while. Mommies against the Second Amendment in Hoboken can cool their jets. In the interim, read some George Orwell.

More to come.