Friday, August 29, 2014

Carmelo Garcia blames HHA Chair Dana Wefer for damning HUD report

Anatomy of a political rant with former HHA ED Carmelo Garcia 

The Hudson County View published its public portion video of Carmelo Garcia bitterly complaining about his termination Tuesday night at the Hoboken Housing Authority meeting along with some choice personal attacks.

Claiming his financial actions as Executive Director "transparent," Garcia starts with a rant but it addresses nothing of substance on two recent reports from the auditor and HUD showing a long list of serious problems in the HHA.

It's difficult to keep count exactly how many times Mister Carmelo calls the HHA Chair a liar. The repetition gets a little boring after a non-sequitur attack on HHA commissioner Dave Mello.

Of some interest however, Carmelo Garcia who saw his contractual services terminated in the Hoboken Housing Authority earlier this month is clearly angry about the audit findings published (here) in July. When he held sway with "sole appointing authority" for vendors, he didn't complain.

So who is he blaming for the audit findings from a firm he selected?

Garcia sounds livid a HUD report review of a sampled eight HHA contracts saw the light of day and the federal agency's public document has reached the public. That report was published in its entirety on MSV, "HUD Newark obliterates the reign of Carmelo Garcia."

Mister Carmelo is clearly angry the taxpayers have seen that report. He blames HHA Chair Dana Wefer for the public document finding its way... to the public. Garcia says the report is not available other than via an OPRA request and is sorely displeased the public saw it sooner. (OPRA request typically take a week or less.)

On an important material note, there's strong concern about HUD declaring another Garcia action illegal. While not totally clear in the video, it sounded like Carmelo Garcia, in one of his final acts granted a more than 100% increase for Applied Housing Section 8 housing and/or its voucher program.

When this surfaces, there's a reference by Chair Wefer the action was declared illegal by HUD. This immediately leads to Carmelo Garcia and at least one Carmelito crying in no small irony for the documentation.

One can expect that documentation is certainly not the end of reporting Hoboken will see by HUD on the HHA. Will that too be greeted with more crying and gnashing of teeth?

For now, we hear more of Carmelo Garcia threatening a third lawsuit. His first "ethnic cleansing" lawsuit was thrown out of Court on the first pass early this year.  His second almost saw the exact result as the first and most went into the trash heap. A third looks like it's legal charity work for an outcome more certain than not.

Talking Ed Note: Once again, Hoboken has a first row seat to valor in action. HHA Chair Dana Wefer suffers the fools gladly as she and the retooled agency go about the important business of repairing the damage to the agency and its residents.  At least two residents may be facing eviction due to some failed actions earlier. Sadly, they are used like so much political propaganda which goes absolutely nowhere.

Hoboken can expect to hear more on this as the story isn't over.

The original story is available at the Hudson County View:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Robert DiVincent named Interim Executive Director for HHA

At the Hoboken Housing Authority meeting Tuesday night on lower Jackson Street, a surprise guest made a visit during public portion. The proceedings were spontaneously disrupted as residents cheered his arrival.

The person entering the meeting room was Bob DiVincent. He was approved as interim director in an HHA agency agreement and board vote to act as the Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director. DiVincent served in the capacity prior to 2009 after the HHA found itself in a corruption scandal under former ED Troy Washington. DiVincent is currently the Executive Director of the West New York Housing Authority.

Residents in attendance clearly recall DiVincent's turnaround efforts and greeted him warmly. In this video, courtesy of John Heinis at the Hudson County View, DiVincent joins the HHA board and discusses his plans to get to the bottom of the existing problems and move the agency forward.

Also in the video is HHA resident and Carmelo Garcia backer Barbara Reyes. The three time failed HHA commissioner candidate complained about the added cost to the HHA since Carmelo Garcia's contract termination held a clause paying him for 120 days.

Talking Ed Note: Reyes is correct there is additional cost due to the clause in Carmelo Garcia's contract. In retrospect, the termination would have been better if not an additional penny been paid to Carmelo Garcia. The HHA board of commissioners could not fully know however the dire condition of the agency. A full assessment is underway involving both agency staff and Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

Based on what is coming to light in the HHA, Carmelo Garcia should return money to the agency.
In this instance, MSV finds itself in total agreement with Ms. Reyes as Garcia remains an excessive burden and cost to the agency.

Hoboken residents can however be grateful for Mr. DiVincent stepping up to the plate and West New York who came to an agreement to provide support to the HHA. The cost of Mr. DiVincent and Richard Fox who will return to a consultant management role is less than the cost of Carmelo Garcia's compensation package. West New York's additional support to the HHA is an added bonus.

The original story at the Hudson County View:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mayor Zimmer urges support of NJ legislation to qualify ridesharing and Uber in Hoboken

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Community: Statement From Mayor Zimmer Regarding Uber and Rideshare Services

Dear Horsey,

“Uber and similar companies offer a valuable transportation option that we want to make available to Hoboken residents and visitors,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Since April, I have been advocating to our State elected officials to ensure that this transportation option can operate safely and lawfully in our community. I am glad to hear that there is legislation pending before the State Senate and Assembly to address the issue. I urge the legislature to pass S2274/A3586 expeditiously so that we can safely and legally use these services which are so important to our residents. As mayor, I have an obligation to ensure the public safety of our community, and this new legislation addresses my concerns by ensuring that all drivers have safe driving and background records and proper levels of insurance in case of accidents.”

Mayor Zimmer’s letter to State legislators can be found at:

The legislation introduced to address this issue can be found at:

UberX and similar rideshare services in New Jersey use private vehicles for a commercial purpose but without a commercial license, which is against NJ Motor Vehicle Code Title 39 and Title 48 of the Revised Statutes. This is an issue that applies to these services across the entire State of New Jersey and is not specific to Hoboken.

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Hoboken uber alles

It's late August in Hoboken meaning it's time for yet another hot issue to strike. While many people are on vacation the 21st century has bumped square into Hoboken's regulated cab service squaring up against car sharing innovators.

Uber, a car service using the internet to match riders and drivers is stated as present in Hoboken, doing business and winning hearts and minds over the traditional regulated cab industry.

One is beloved and the other is not feeling the love. A story showed lots of controversy and much confusion on the matter yesterday. 

Apparently, state law has not caught up with the new car sharing innovation and there's some confusion about what is allowed within Hoboken on local destinations and beyond. 

Mayor Dawn Zimmer acted on the issue back in April asking state officials to look into the matter and act to update the laws to fully resolve the issue of who can rideshare in New Jersey. A letter to State Senator Brian Stack and the two Assemblyman requested updated transportation legislation to tackle the problem.

It's unclear currently what the trend is in New Jersey to level the playing field between a new, aggressive technology based car sharing firm and the traditional cab services who pay the City of Hoboken for the right to operate cabs in town and points beyond.

One thing is certain. In Hoboken, there's always hot issues and the taxi question is about to get red hot.
Hoboken ├╝ber alles.

The UBER car sharing service is making waves in Hoboken.
Statewide laws however have not addressed the concept and regulations.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Carmelo Garcia: 'HHA's massive mountain of problems due to everyone but me'

To the surprise of no Hoboken political observers, the former head of the Hoboken Housing Authority, Carmelo Garcia is pointing fingers at everyone and everything but himself for the mounting problems uncovered in the agency since his contract's termination earlier this month.

The latest scathing assessment came last week when the federal agency, Housing & Urban Development offered its report after a sample review of contracts under the former Executive Director.

On Thursday, the federal office overseeing the HHA, HUD Newark dropped its bomb with a review of eight contracts in a report made public late last week.  Coming behind the July audit findings published on MSV, the massive problems of the agency reveal a consistent pattern of mismanagement, incompetence, poorly led, trained and directed staff with the looming possibility of federal laws broken and corresponding criminal liability.

In the weekend paper, Carmelo Garcia facing the potential of exposure on every front sent an email pointing the finger at everyone excluding himself claiming that most of the problems were due to hurricanes and the HHA board's "obstructionism for the last two years" which "created these situations." 

Neither the independently assessed audit firm results released in July nor the HUD Newark report absolved Carmelo Garcia or found acceptable his claim using either Hurricane Irene or Hurricane Sandy for their conclusions saying he had clearly acted beyond the scope of procurement rules even taking into account any related emergencies.  

Garcia in addition to unilaterally extending and procuring services without following federally mandated procurement law compounded concerns earlier this year when MSV exclusively reported in addition to his unilateral procurement actions, he had taken thousands of dollars for his political committee last March from HHA vendors with no contracts.

Also blaming the disaster of HHA recordkeeping on the HHA board of commissioners, Garcia is silent to his prior insistence of total control of all HHA employees and "sole appointing authority" for contracts. The HHA board had no hand in day to day operations, an aspect Garcia was insistent remain under his sole control. The HHA board's powers under the controversial five year contract Garcia held permitted them only an up or down vote on contracts.

The finger was also pointed by Garcia to his own handpicked staff. In agency meetings earlier this year the former HHA Executive Director had begun asking his staff and Chief Financial Officer to answer a series of increasingly uncomfortable questions surrounding contracts, or the lack thereof and related operational matters. Those questions were mostly raised by HHA commissioner Dana Wefer who would be elected chair in the summer in a 5-2 vote.

To some observers, Garcia who always had answers if not plausible ones at the ready, resorting to calling on others was a sign of possible trouble. Garcia in his email attempted to defend missing records pointing to flooding as the reason. A failed software system was never brought back online forcing HHA staff to do everything manually.

In addition, another Garcia defense came from a familiar place. A thrice rejected HHA commissioner candidate Barbara Reyes, emailed a statement to the Hudson Reporter claiming federal 'Sequestration' cost the HHA "25-30 percent less monies." It's unclear why Garcia supporter Reyes emailed the Hudson Reporter making such a claim.  In 2013, the reform majority on the City Council rejected Reyes' approval to a seat on the seven member HHA Board of Commissioners on three separate occasions on a party line vote.

The termination of Garcia's contract earlier this month ends the major reservations by the public and Hoboken officials on the controversial proposed redevelopment in the HHA called Vision 20/20. The undocumented plan publicly appeared as a brochure several years ago but Garcia pushed it repeatedly to anyone who would listen and demanded time to present the glossy material in the Hoboken City Council. The request was repeatedly denied by former Council President Peter Cunningham.

The plan itself was never presented in any coherent legal form or Master Plan and saw strong skepticism by Mayor Zimmer, a majority of the Hoboken City Council and the public. The Old Guard council minority repeatedly insisted it be approved with no Master Plan or any legal documents reviewed with Councilwoman Beth Mason being the most vocal in demanding it be approved anyway.

Old Guard council frustrations in repeated foiled attempts to see Vision 20/20 approved last year led to ugly charges of racism on several occasions with reference to reform council members being like the Ku Klux Klan but the council majority refused to yield to the intimidation and rabid complaints of Carmelo Garcia's spokespeople in the HHA dubbed Carmelitos.

HHA Chair Dana Wefer recently spoke of using millions in available grants in the range of six million dollars to improve the existing buildings in the HHA impacting the most agency residents. After those improvements, Wefer has called for further action with replacing existing HHA buildings a priority.

Former contracted head of the HHA, Carmelo Garcia surprised no one emailing a response to the scathing indictment on his running the agency by the federal agency charged with oversight, HUD and blaming everyone except himself.
Known as "The Wire" in the NJ Assembly for his taping others, Mister Carmelo's rumored library collection may
be of interest to federal investigators. Or perhaps that's the hope to escape further trouble.

Talking Ed Note: The Old Guard council's repeated attempts to protect Carmelo Garcia's control over the HHA and maintain a pliant HHA board failed leading to a 2014 board led by HHA commissioner Dana Wefer acting with fiduciary oversight. The decisive changes came after the November 2013 election where Reform swept both the mayor's chair and three at-large council seats. 

The recent sequence of events exposing major issues in the HHA puts Carmelo Garcia's civil lawsuits in jeopardy. His first "ethnic cleansing" lawsuit was thrown out of Hudson County Superior Court last January. His second filing lacking the bizarre offensive claim was mostly thrown out of court as well. Any third attempt will be seriously weakened with the reports independent of the HHA board pointing to his culpability. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

HUD Newark obliterates the reign of Carmelo Garcia in scathing oversight letter

From the desk of Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer:

Attached please find HUD's letter to the HHA concerning the procurement review they conducted the week of July 28th. Attached and below is my statement on the letter.  

                            Update to the Community on Status of the Hoboken Housing Authority and HUD Procurement Review

Yesterday HUD released its report from the procurement review it conducted the week of July 28th.  As part of the procurement review, HUD sampled eight contracts and did a cursory inspection of HHA properties.   The report contains a major finding, which has prompted HUD to put the HHA on a “zero dollar threshold,” and ten observations. 

HUD found that the HHA has no comprehensive vendor log, that the procurement process was flawed in each of the eight contracts sampled, and that the sampled contracts constituted $3 million in “unjustified non-competitive procurement.”  It’s important to emphasize that these findings are just for the eight files HUD sampled.   Extrapolating this data to the whole of the HHA lays bare how dire the situation is. 

In addition to the procurement issues, the HUD report found that the HHA “lacks systematic and organized records keeping for all aspects of maintenance operation, including work orders, unit turnaround, preventative maintenance and annual inspections. “  HUD further found that there is a lack of institutional ability to manage the maintenance of a housing authority of this size.  HUD has informed the Board that due to the cumulative lack of maintenance to the HHA properties, the HHA is at high risk of receiving the designation “Troubled” this Fall when they come to do their full physical assessment.   This risk is compounded by the fact that the HHA lacks the funds to correct all the deficiencies before the physical inspection. 

To be sure, all of these problems are huge.  The strict zero dollar threshold imposed by HUD demonstrates the gravity of their findings.  However, all of these issues are also fixable.   And that’s what we’re going to do.  These issues did not develop overnight, and they are not going to be fixed overnight, especially considering the financial constraints the HHA is facing.  But, with the right management and a dedicated Board, the HHA will come out of this much stronger. 

The Board is having a Special Meeting Tuesday August 26th to formally enter into the shared services agreement with the West New York Housing Authority.  In addition, Mr. Fox will also continue his service to the HHA.   Together the staff and Board are going to put together the Corrective Action Plan to address HUD’s findings.  In addition, we are working on developing comprehensive procurement, personnel, and preventative maintenance policies that will be implemented by HHA management.   

The Board will keep all stakeholders apprised of what is going on with the HHA.  All are invited to come to our meetings and speak to the Board about their concerns, and hopes, for the HHA.  A year from now, the HHA will be on much better financial and physical footing.  We invite you to be a part of the recovery process.


Dana Wefer, Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority 


Talking Ed Note: And here is your penciled in but incomplete epitaph of one Carmelo Garcia, former Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director.

One can safely say that HUD does not "revere" Mr. Carmelo Garcia as he liked to so often tell others.

Counte$$ of Hoboken Beth Mason bequeaths another message to Hoboken

And now... more words descending from Counte$$ Beth Mason:

People of Hoboken, I come bearing greetings to you from me, myself, and I: Counte$$ Beth Mason, the high holy triumvirate trinity of the Mile Square!

As you my unwilling subjects are bound by law, custom and my SLAPP suits know, I am currently once again in ascendency and you who I reign over with benevolence are under my protection from the K-9 police dogs unleashed by the heinous Mayor Zimmer.

While the illegitimate mayor fraudulently holds the second floor chair at City Hall without my expressed authorization, many are confused with her insistence on balanced budgets, lower taxes, new and refurbished parks and stealing my money to stop your flooding.

What most do not know is she is secretly training a bevy of new Zimmerists dogs to attack Hoboken residents with further "ethnic cleansing" upon my great city. (I paid every goon around, it's mine.)

Even as I have mustered my minions to once and forever destroy that big toothed horse who has continually attempted to liberate my plantation, the Zimmerists and their mindless zombies dare to oppose me. (Whatever you do don't read any of that stuff on It's really bad and will give you hives and ebola. If you heard this in my earlier missal, that stuff is all true.)

The Bet Eagle has Landed?

Currently, I am working with my Old Guard friends to rally the people on my payroll and launch an attack on City Hall which will once and for all devastate and rid our land of the hated Zimmerists.

Then under my direction and edicts, we will deploy Vision 20/20 on the masses who will tremble before our mighty new develop or die marvel. See before you, a political architectural masterpiece, a prophecy come to fruition with more than double the size of the new revitalized Hoboken Housing Authority. (With a Sandy proof basement for mating jackals and their Zigsbee managed semitic females.)

Each floor of the new buildings will have a designated Masonista. Upon each and every election this captain will knock on every door and assist our voter filling out a voucher, who will then sign and collect a Vote by Mail ballot on their behalf. My personal goon Mongo will ensure the safe passage of our votes to be tallied not once but thrice.

In this way, those who are true Hoboken will regain their lofty status, lord it over the yuppie scum in our midst and rule over all of Old Hoboken who will bow down in fealty to our Old Guard mantle. Once again, you will know and kneel before my never ending maleficence.

I pay homage in your fealty to me. That's about $50 per vote or $140 per in street money. Someone has to do something about the leakage in my elections in this town. 

Please email me at and tell me you want to be in on my loot.

Let the peace of my vindictiveness be upon you all.

Original graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HHA Board to renew legal counsel RFP

At the regular scheduled Hoboken Housing Authority meeting held at City Hall last Thursday, a determination to restart the RFP process replacing existing counsel Charles Dalian will temporarily allow him to remain as a holdover.

The counsel position had been one of the foremost contentious issues going back two HHA chairs (two years) as the board rejected former HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia's insistence they repeatedly vote to approve his selection of Charles Daglian.  The HHA ED is a contracted position serving at the pleasure of the board.

Mr. Garcia attempted to install Daglian as official HHA counsel more than six times. Depending on how you count, a seventh attempt failed due to a lack of quorum when several HHA commissioners were out of town.

In the end, the stalemate between Garcia and a HHA board which refused to rubber-stamp his selection maintained the status quo as the former HHA Executive Director kept Daglian was carried in holdover status far longer than a one year contract approval.

The latest RFP process was called "flawed" by Chair Dana Wefer for numerous reasons. Among them, one firm  on the last RFP list was declared "a concern" when Wefer discovered the application came via Carmelo Garcia Assembly aide Chris Campos' fax number. 

Garcia had consistently demanded under his tenure he be "the sole appointing authority" on all contracts and employee matters. Some legal observers have stated this authority, one of many generous terms installed in Carmelo Garcia's controversial contract is not legal.

The Hudson County View recorded this video at last Thursday's meeting and filed this report.

Assembly aide Chris Campos who reportedly makes $40,000 under Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia responded with outrage to the questions of his participation in the process. According to HCV, Campos complained, "I find it shocking... there must be a more sinister plan here. What's the real issue?"

HHA Chair however differed simply calling the effort by Garcia's Assembly aide "extremely improper."

For the full HCV story, see the link:

Talking Ed Note: Was Carmelo Garcia about to steer the contract through his Assembly aide? Is that ethical or legal? The point is moot. There's a new sheriff in town and her name is Dana Wefer.

Politcos of many stripes in Hoboken and Hudson County are "blaming" the mayor for terminating Carmelo Garcia's contract. Mayor Zimmer however deserves none of the credit. It was HHA Chair Dana Wefer who requested and reviewed several contracts leading to a cascade of revelations all problematic to Carmelo Garcia's tenure and eventual termination.

Each time you poked under the covers, illicit activity was exposed. When HUD Newark, months after reports of procurement problems came to light on MSV decided to "sample" HHA contracts, the audit findings were already out and News 12 had jumped on another MSV story highlighting alleged possible kickbacks from HHA vendors to Carmelo Garcia's campaign committee. The same HHA vendors had no current contract with the HHA and had not been approved as required by the HHA's board.

After Carmelo Garcia's contract was terminated, HUD Newark revealed its contract sampling showed procurement problems for each and every one reviewed. An official report is expected.

The cascade at the HHA is expected to continue. On the list is the Section 8 voucher program, another problematic area HUD Washington holds a strong interest. Stay tuned.

Related: The MSV July story, "HHA audit findings spell TROUBLE for Carmelo Garcia."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Beth Mason splurges on latest screed of lies to Hoboken

Beth Mason launches screed of lies against HHA Board, the mayor and Da Horsey

It's summer, entering late August and for Hoboken residents it's a time of vacation, enjoying the great weather or merely spending quality time along the Mile Square's quaint river view promenade looking out on the Big City.

Then there's Beth Mason or rather her coterie of political operatives led by a fishy stank bottom feeder who pens most of her rancid "stuff" as here. It's on the whole regurgitated attacks designed for distraction mixed with cynical HHA exploitation. Why stop with the overwhelming truth in the HHA beginning to emerge? The Masonista creed is almost always to reach for the wallet and double down. Even if the Mason political operatives can't shoot straight, the Mason family checkbook is seen as the easy out, ace in the hole equalizer. (They just can't seem to hit a horse inside of a barn.)

This paper bag made with recycled paper courtesy of the latest from a vile Beth Mason mailer.

The Old Guard is displeased with the latest Reform advance getting to look behind the curtain in the Hoboken Housing Authority. In addition to an established semi-organized army of Vote-by-Mail captains and soldiers, there's a lot of bodies buried back there. It's a public humiliation about to get worse with further revelations of impropriety and malfeasance or worse adding to an already fetid pile of disclosures in recent months following the termination of Carmelo Garcia's contract.

For many, the feigned anger and obstructive political attacks on HHA board members has followed with silence and the anticipation of worse accompanied with the clinking of handcuffs. Even the pro Old Guard rag Hudson Reporter has begun distancing itself, burying the details of seven figure financial malfeasance in its weekend cover story. As MSV mentioned previously, the troubling numbers come in the million dollar variety.

According to reliable sources beginning to unravel the hidden financial condition of the agency, the HHA is overspent seven figures to date and projecting a three million dollar deficit in 2014. None of this is embarrassing to Beth Mason who fiddled with her ally Carmelo Garcia as the HHA was being figuratively burned to the ground. For Beth Mason, the personal politics of destruction is the watch word and her singular goal is political advancement, by hook, crook or family check.

The political promotion thing however hasn't worked out too well. Beth Mason has used the family checkbook donating tens of thousands to numerous NJ Democratic county committees, NJ candidates and media outlets in recent years all in the hope of purchasing a political promotion from lowly ward council member. She even purchased a prosecutor but that didn't obtain the desired results either.

Here it's August, in the bow wow days of a lovely summer and what arrives in resident's mailbox but this pugnacious purple plopping pillow fabrication fare which looks like it could have been dredged right off Mason sponsored Hate411 in its vitriolic heyday.

That would be pre-FBI Data Theft Ring raid which shut up familial Mason political operatives faster than you can say "Pentagon Papers" three times. Have you ever wondered why? Oh those pesky stolen mayor's office emails, who's inbox were they found in last? It's going to be so sad when an officer of the court must fulfill their legal obligation and turn over the file to a smiling, grateful US Attorney in Newark. At least there's no FBI open file of any prior interviews with Mason's boys of hate, right?

There's little doubt this latest political operation by Beth Mason or rather her family checkbook has fail written all over it. It's a particularly vile piece top to bottom and foretells the desperation the Mason brain trust feels for her dwindling political prospects. The uptown developer with financial ties to the HHA is not going to be motivated to turn out the tenant vote in 2015 for her and Beth Mason's very late pronouncements against the double crossing attempt to build the Monarch development has no one fooled, especially the vast majority of newly awakened residents in the Hudson Tea Building.

It's difficult to categorize which lies rise to the top or in this case the bottom where Mason and her political operatives dwell on a regular basis. Is it the implied use of K-9 police dogs against minority residents? Or is it the exploitative fabrication again referring to the HHA as "the plantation."

It all smells bad but that's how low Beth Mason is willing to go leading into her desperate bid to hold on to one of nine City Council seats scheduled for vote in November 2015?

November 2015? Yes, it's more than a year off but Beth Mason, unofficially topping the most despised in Hoboken list is opening up the family checkbook to try to find a way to overcome her massive negatives. The Old Guard poll in 2013 was so upside down negative for Beth Mason, it saw them put up Timmy Occhipinti even as a weighted anchor on a ticket they hoped would salvage at least a single but decisive council seat.

That alleged mole ridden election even looks far better today than this bottom feeding fish effort.

One quick aside. Here's a short video where Beth Mason's original public "planation" attack was countered in a City Council meeting where she first made it. As originally written and a staple atop the MSV homepage in the October 2010 story, "Tim's Street $$$ Time," MSV wrote:

For the Old Guard Machine operating in the playground in the back of the fourth ward, candidates may come and go but the plantation game stays the same. None dare call the practice of descending on the 4-4 at election time buying votes for a few quick bucks racist. Tim Occhipinti's campaign has tossed aside its earlier pronouncements and instead gone after MSV, the Hoboken Journal and Hoboken residents who back the law defending the integrity of local elections.  

Apparently in almost four years hence, no one has been able to teach Beth Mason the difference between a noun and an adjective. Perhaps one of her political operatives can buy her a vowel.

The quality of the video is due to Old Guard direction in 2010 to deter you from involvement:

Talking Ed Note: Least anyone forget, this HHA board of commissioners deserves meritorious awards for valor. The fabulous five: Dana Wefer, Dave Mello, Dave Dening, James Sanford and Judy Burrell withstood an ugly mob incited to do their worst to deliver on "concern" for public safety and see ended the proceedings.

MSV has never witnessed such a horrific meeting with several council members looking on in silent acquiescence as the meeting neared a full out riot. While the HHA special meeting was adjourned and pressure mounted on them to end it and leave with their tails between their legs, they did not. It would have been the far easier thing to do with Hoboken public safety urging the meeting's cancellation during the stoppage.

Last, Beth Mason and her Old Guard allies on and off the City Council owe the HHA board of commissioners starting with HHA Chair Dana Wefer an apology. Of course that won't happen. Beth Mason doesn't do decency or apologies, only lawsuits.

Related: Grafix Avenger posted a hilarious sendoff on the Beth Mason letter:
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