Thursday, April 24, 2014

GA: 'Cyber attack revealed in connection to the Hoboken SLAPP case'

Today was not going to be an ordinary day. There were some telltale indicators but sharing that with the 'darksiders' as Grafix Avenger endearingly calls them isn't in the cards.

Today GA announced news of a cyber attack and the culprit is most definitely not her cat.

She issued a public notice "anyone in possession of materials obtained illegally" will face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.


The hacker decided to quite literally interject in revealing themselves while she was writing a legal motion against the Hoboken SLAPP suit.

Wonder what is so scary about that Grafix Avenger legal motion for the hacker to expose themselves and run naked through her living room in the middle of the day yelling "Stop that right now!" figuratively speaking?

Let's just say the timing is nothing short of fascinating as Star Trek's Spock might say and answers may be available peering through the Locke, stock and barrel if one elects to connect the dots.




It's a good time to review your internet security. Once your personal privacy is compromised, you will not know what data is accessed, reviewed, watched and/or collected. Worse, the intruder can compromise all your documents, email and anything else indefinitely without your knowledge.

Until of course they decide to suddenly pop out of your closet, re: your internet connection and quite literally seize a Microsoft Word document you are writing an important legal motion opposing a politically inspired SLAPP suit.

The War on Speech in Hoboken has taken a dramatically new and dangerous turn for the worse.

Da Horsey's shield is up!
So is the Stable's firewall.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On tap: Special City Council meeting @ 7:00





Tonight's special meeting is focused on budget matters and waterfront surveillance equipment.
Here's the agenda:

SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL VOTE

1.* ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)
(sponsored by Councilman Bhalla and Councilman Cunningham) (Z
-287) (carried to May 7, 2014 city council meeting)

RESOLUTIONS
  1. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CY 2014 MUNICIPAL BUDGET TO BE READ BY TITLE ONLY (submitted by City Clerk’s office)
    PUBLIC HEARING ON THE CALENDAR YEAR 2014 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
    PUBLIC COMMENTS RESOLUTIONS(CONTINUED)

  2. RESOLUTION TO AMEND BUDGET (submitted by administration) (PULLED)

  3. RESOLUTION TO RESCIND A SERVICE CONTRACT WITH BIKE THE GREENWAY AS BIKE SHARE SERVICE OPERATOR TO THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, AS WELL AS THE CITY OF JERSEY CITY AND THE TOWNSHIP OF WEEHAWKEN (submitted by administration)
  1. RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE A SERVICE CONTRACT WITH NJ BIKESHARE, LLC/dba BIKE THE SKYLINE AS BIKE SHARE SERVICE OPERATOR TO THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, AS WELL AS THE CITY OF JERSEY CITY AND THE TOWNSHIP OF WEEHAWKEN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNDERLYING SHARED SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR BIKE SHARE SERVICES BETWEEN THE THREE MUNICIPALITIES, FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM, WITH A CITY COMMISSION OF 10% PROFIT SHARE PAYABLE TO THE THREE MUNICIPALITIES AFTER CAPITAL EXPENDITURES HAVE BEEN RECOUPED (submitted by administration)

  2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2014 BUDGET (submitted by administration)

  3. RESOLUTION AWARDING A CONTRACT TO MILLENNIUM COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC TO PURCHASE WATERFRONT SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE CONTRACT M-7000/A83083 IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $177,023.98 (submitted by administration)

  4. RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF OBTAINING A SECURITY CAMERA NETWORK ON HOBOKEN’S WATERFRONT (sponsored by Councilwoman Castellano and Councilman Russo) 

Mayor Zimmer letter to State investigative oversight committee explains SandyGate "nightmare"

MILE SQUARE VIEW HOBOKEN EXCLUSIVE FEATURE


Mayor's letter explains her fear in coming forward on SandyGate

A letter from Mayor Zimmer to the State investigative committee looking into the BridgeGate and SandyGate scandals addresses for the first time her reason for not going public sooner when she was allegedly pressured to approve the billion dollar Rockefeller project.

According to a Star Ledger story, Mayor Zimmer felt links between the governor and the US Attorneys Office would make coming forward "a nightmare."

The story says she discussed the dilemma when it first surfaced with Hoboken land use attorney Joe Maritziti. The Hoboken City Council recently voted its approval permitting the City attorney to waive attorney-client privilege so he could fully cooperate with a subpoena issued from the US Attorney's Office in Newark.

At the time of the incident with the Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, the mayor maintained notes in a  personal journal and additional entries were photographed and recently shared with the State investigative committee.

The story reveals an excerpt of the mayor's letter to the committee which says in part:

"I have now heard it from Lt. Gov. and Com. Constable," she says in apparent reference to the threats to her Sandy aid, which she says were made by both Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable.  "Yes – this is illegal.  I debated with Joe Marzati whether or not to go to US Attorney – we decided that Christie has friends throughout US Attorney's office - ..[therefore] not much chance in getting help from them & it could create a nightmare for us. A little scary to realize that there's nowhere to turn for help against this threat from Gov. Christie.  My best defense is to stand up to the bully – my beloved Gov who wants to run for president."

The mayor's letter also addresses a comment by Governor Christie he would like to have a bill making it illegal not to come forward and report misconduct. The mayor has alleged several members of the governor's administration pushed the Rockefeller project, linking it to Sandy aid.

In the letter, the mayor addressed her concerns in how such well intentioned legislation could backfire and have a "chilling effect" writing:


Councilman Michael Russo has publicly criticized the mayor for not coming forward and immediately reporting "a crime." His cousin, Councilwoman Terry Castellano agreed in the same council meeting saying the mayor should have reported the "bribe." 

But Councilman Jim Doyle corrected them saying a bribe has an element of self-interest which is not the case with the mayor's situation as she stood not to gain in any way personally in not immediately coming forward with the allegations as currently understood. (More likely Hoboken stood to lose with critical open Sandy aid requests weighing in the balance.)

Back in 2009, Councilman Russo was seen on FBI videotape agreeing to accept a series of bribes and instructed a Jersey City colleague to make out a $5,000 check to his "Russo for Hoboken" from FBI informant Solomon Dwek who was posing as a real estate developer. 

Russo claimed never to have received the check and he never reported it to the authorities. The FBI videotape was first released in Hoboken by MSV following its investigative stories on the matter after the release of "The Jersey Sting."

Better days: Governor Chris Christie came to Hoboken during the Sandy emergency and embraced Mayor Zimmer in an unannounced visit to the Elks. They won't be hugging it out again.


Talking Ed Note: Severe criticism questioning the mayor's allegations surrounding Sandy aid to Hoboken have been loud, crass and personal. As information continues to come to light, those allegations appear more credible not less.

A tip of the hat to Hoboken's Iron Lady is in order. Even from those of us who voted for Governor Christie not once but twice. Did any of us doing so wish to support corruption or the corrupt when we voted for the corruption busting governor?

No, but that's the crow we may yet have to eat if the allegations prove true.

Update: The full letter appeared in a WYNC story yesterday with entries from the mayor's journal:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hoboken BoE v. NJ Department of Education, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School





The complete legal filing by the Hoboken BoE vs. State of NJ DoE, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School.

Some highlights:

The filing includes original letters by the Superintendent objecting to the expansion of HoLa and "urged the DoE further study and analyze the issue of major demographic differences."

In Exhibit C, a reference to school performance demonstrate "de facto segregation" with BoE vs. Hoboken charters. A comparison between Connors and HoLA states the former has 3.9% white students vs. 60.6% at HoLa. Further comparison references a 76% minority population in the BoE district vs. 30% in 2011-2012.

In comparison, Jersey City is examined revealing a more consistent cross section of the overall student population in its charter schools.

Additional data documents differences in disabled, disadvantaged student populations and makes a request to "correct' the lottery process fueling the figures presented.

The legal question raised is on the determination made in HoLa's proposed expansion for seventh and eights grades over the next two years and claims the approval is not valid under NJ statute and the Commissioner of Eduction reassess both the renewal and expansion.

Funding is requested as part of the overall re-evaluation.

A claim is put forward the NJ DOE failed to address the "segregation effect and funding issues."

Talking Ed Note: It's unclear what remedies may be considered by the State's Department of Education. The broadest impact would come from a successful challenge to the existing lottery system for Hoboken charter schools.

The complete document is also available at the link.

Monday, April 21, 2014

BoE school district suing HoLa charter school on legal "technicality"

Earlier this month, the Hoboken BoE district filed a lawsuit against the two grade expansion of HoLA, the downtown Spanish immersion charter school.

The cold war between the BoE school district and Hoboken charter schools has gone red hot since the announcement last month dozens of layoffs were likely with a tax increase in its preliminary budget. There's no financial figures attached to that announcement and no additional details are available on the district website.

A legal complaint filed earlier this month challenges the charter school's expansion according to a Jersey Journal story filed the end of last week.

According to the story, the lawsuit is based on a technicality looking to reverse the approval of a state approved expansion for the seventh and eighth grades at HoLa. The sixth grade was approved previously and is slated to open next year. The two higher grades are scheduled to follow the year after.

From the Jersey Journal:




The story states the BoE district complains its bearing the weight of more minority students versus HoLa, what's been described as "the segregation affect" saying:

"The percentage of minority students at the bilingual school has been consistently about half that of the district’s for the past three years, the district states in its lawsuit."

The co-founder of HoLa called the lawsuit on the charter school an "attack" and "outrageous" while the BoE school district declined to comment. The story does add a comment via email from Hoboken Superintendent Mark Toback the lawsuit "is not an attack on HoLA Charter School or charter schools in general."

HoLa parents appeared at a BoE meeting to speak on behalf of that's school's
expansion. Now it's part of a legal battle opposed by the BoE earlier this month.

Talking Ed Note: It's not clear how this legal technicality will aid the BoE school district. The State has ample time to address the approval process with the added seventh and eight grades more than a year off.

The immediate result means the softening cold war between the BoE school district and HoLa goes red hot. Again.

Residential Parking Permit Renewal Process

Councilman Peter Cunningham announces:

Happy spring and happy holidays to all.

This weekend's local paper had a public service announcement for parking permit renewals for Hoboken residents.  Many of you may not be aware that renewals are on a rolling basis, not within the first quarter of the year as it had been for as long as we can remember.

April 2013 permits are to be renewed at this time.  To check on when your permit renewal is due, please login to www.hobokennj.org/hpuonline.  This is a GovOnline System where you login to create an account, view your updated contact info, or renew your permit.  You can also call 201-653-1919 to check on your renewal during the hours of M-F, 8:15am to 9:30pm; Sat from 9-1pm.  If you are not signed up to receive your renewal via email, you should receive a letter.  I advise that if you haven't renewed in over a year to do so as soon as possible.

As the new Chair of the Transportation and Parking Committee of the City Council, is our job to improve the policies of the Utility to create more parking for our residents with out jeopardizing pedestrian safety, and study traffic patterns to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows.  Obviously these are two lofty challenges.  There are many other initiatives being undertaken to assist in this endeavour, such as a Parking Master Plan.  

I am always open to hear suggestions, and questions and concerns.  Please pass this note along to your neighbors, and look forward to speaking with you soon.  Thanks, 

Peter Cunningham
cunninghamforhoboken@gmail.com

Sunday, April 20, 2014





He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.       

                                                    Matthew 28:6

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What happens when you "mess" with Vision 20/20 and "politicians"


MSV has previously written of evidence of direct threats made against Hoboken resident Jessica Coco. There's more to that story.




What you weren't told were the threats made against this editor.

The continuing political efforts surrounding the undocumented plan Vision 20/20 and the hostilities surrounding its lack of approval have led to numerous antagonistic actions, games being played and pawns pushed into the fray.

For the first time, MSV will make public the evidence of a threat directed against this editor.
It ended thusly:

You should hope that your home doesn't get vandalized like Ms. Coco's did. Don't mess with politicians. 

Things won't end well.

Complete details were turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Have a great holiday everyone.

MSV Exclusive: Carmelo Garcia's paid staff and accountability to the People

Carmelo Garcia and his important but controversial dual roles as HHA Executive Director and Assemblyman saw that issue arise this past week in both the HHA and last night's City Council meeting.

A question was posed to one of his staff members Patricia Waiters, when Councilman Ravi Bhalla asked if she was a paid staff member of Carmelo Garcia.

Waiters responded "no" and provided a long confusing dually confessed and obfuscated answer. She along with several others is in fact on the payroll of Assemblyman Garcia.  Councilman Ravi Bhalla finished requesting a legal opinion if it's appropriate to vote someone on as a HHA commissioner who is also a paid staff member of Assemblyman Garcia.

It's discussed near the end of public portion:


In the video, Waiters also claims among other problematic issues surrounding antisemitic remarks alleged at the Thursday HHA meeting to being harassed and said MSV was "chasing us" and "that's why we had him removed out of the meeting."  MSV categorically denies all the false allegations.

A complete transcript from the April HHA meeting will be made available to the public.

The following people are on the taxpayers payroll as paid aides to Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia:

Former Hoboken councilman and
former Hoboken resident                           Chris Campos - $40,000

Former Chief of Staff to former
Mayor Sal Vega of West New York           Daniel Ortega - $38,000

Communications professional:                  Frank Rosner - $15,000

Hoboken resident                                       Patricia Waiters - $10,000

Former Hoboken resident                          Nick Calicchio - $7,000


MSV is adding Patricia Waiters to the short list of public officials receiving taxpayer funds who will no longer be contacted on occasion for comment on issues of public concern. While she has called MSV a few months back seeking advice and she had been called once a month ago, there's been an obvious change in demeanor since her new job with Assemblyman Garcia.

After her appearance in City Council a month ago, a text conversation that evening ended with a question unanswered if she was being paid by Carmelo Garcia. A conversation followed the next day and she did admit she worked under him "for constituents." Told getting paid and doing work was no issue but that comments made outside of accepted political norms was problematic, Waiters would finally agree and the conversation ended on an up note.

None of that information however was reported until details could be verified.

It's not been an up note with the public remarks made before the HHA and City Council since.  MSV will allow the public to draw its own conclusions and stands by its first person account of the last HHA meeting a week ago.

The other person who is on the "no questions" list is fourth ward Democratic Committeeman Matt Calicchio who filed false charges claiming he was being "followed" by MSV after a single phone call asking about his upcoming trial. He however continues to approach MSV (from behind) or on the street and makes less than savory remarks which won't be printed here.

Those false charges were later thrown out of court.

Carmelo Garcia even as a public figure holding dual taxpayer paid public positions is the other person who is not contacted in any private setting. While there's no concern about his recording a conversation, there's been too much of the "woe is me" cries to do so without witnesses as in a question on a single public matter last year he refused to comment and threatened to file a complaint he was being harassed.

Since then, Garcia's filed frivolous lawsuits and it appears the aim is more of the same.

Anyone in the public, resident, constituent or citizen journalist has every right to ask elected and appointed officials a question in person, by phone or text. Doing so does not constitute "harassment."

Of course anyone has the right to comment here or contact MSV on any concern of public policy. That's the accountability to the public owed. Too bad some elected and paid government officials believe they are exceptions to that obvious fact.

As many people know, the Old Guard is using the courts as a tool of real intimidation in their personal politics of destruction. It's what some do who can't muster a rational argument.


Correction: MSV has written Carmelo Garcia is on the public taxpayer roles in three positions: HHA Executive Director, NJ Assemblyman and as an aide to Freeholder Anthony Romano.

The last position is no longer true as Garcia no longer holds that $5,000 position as aide to the Freeholder effective last fall. The position of aide to the Freeholder was one Garcia originally obtained through appointment of the former Freeholder, the late Maurice Fitzgibbons.

No Master Plan, zero transparency as Beth Mason pushes the Vision 20/20 scam

One of the aspects of Hoboken's changing political climate is the never say die mentality of those who stand in the way of not just good government but decent government. It's the shame of our City.

How else to explain this video of Councilwoman Beth Mason speaking on Vision 20/20? As has been pointed out numerous times, this monstrosity was thrust upon the Hoboken public and the unsuspecting residents of the HHA with zero transparency.

To date all the public has seen is a bunch of words and a glossy brochure.

A brochure.

To date, there is no Master Plan, this is a Master Scam being offered by an emperor with no clothes.

There's reference to mysterious support in Washington and New Orleans who it's claimed back the undocumented Vision 20/20 project. How or why anyone in New Orleans would back an undocumented massive redevelopment in New Jersey is not answered.

When the vaguest question on opposition to Vision 20/20 is asked, Mason offers not a single shred of illumination. There is no argument to the lack of a Master Plan or anything remotely resembling same to the Office of the Mayor, the City Council, the Hoboken Housing Authority or the Hoboken public at large.

How does one argue against criticism of an undocumented massive redevelopment of the HHA?

The first proposed structure turning over the management rights of the building featured a cool, clean one million dollars in profit.

The plan calls for well over a dozen more similar buildings with oversight rights removed and a fat subsidy, a PILOT of course courtesy of you the taxpayer.

Whatever happened to the promised tenant "Bill of Rights?" That too doesn't exist.

Shameless, absolutely shameless. Here's Beth Mason:


Video courtesy of Hudson County TV


Talking Ed Note: One commenter at HCTV is not amused by the "infomercial" without any credible information.

No kidding.
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