Friday, December 8, 2017

FORMER COUNCILMAN CHRIS CAMPOS SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

Chris Campos, a former Hoboken City Councilman was sentenced earlier today to 30 months in federal prison in a livery car loan scheme running into the millions of dollars.

Chris Campos in better days at the Hoboken Elks in 2013 for a Hoboken mayoral forum.

Ted Sherman, who covers corruption in the Soprano State filed this story on NJ.com earlier:

The US Department of Justice, Southern District of New York issued the following release.


Former Hoboken City Council President Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For His Participation In A $7 Million Car Loan Scheme 

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that former Hoboken, New Jersey, City Council president and attorney CHRISTOPHER CAMPOS was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 30 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in car loans.  CAMPOS used approximately 20 straw buyers to purchase more than 200 new automobiles based on false representations that, among other things, the straw buyers would use the cars for their personal use when, in fact, CAMPOS and his co-conspirators obtained the vehicles in order to lease them as livery cabs.  After a week-long trial, CAMPOS was found guilty on June 22, 2017, of bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.  U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni presided over that trial and imposed today’s sentence.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “Christopher Campos, an attorney and former Hoboken City Council president, defrauded lenders out of millions of dollars.  He put up straw buyers to obtain loans for ‘personal use’ cars that in fact comprised a fleet of over 200 vehicles leased to livery drivers.  Campos has now received the significant sentence his crimes merit.”
            
According to the allegations contained in the Complaint, Indictment, and the evidence presented in Court during the trial:

Between approximately October 2012 and September 2013, CAMPOS and his co-conspirator Julio Alvarez, among others, orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently obtain new automobiles that they intended to lease to livery cab drivers.  In order to secure financing in connection with the purchase of these new cars, CAMPOS and other co-conspirators enlisted and aided individuals with good credit histories (“straw buyers”) to submit fraudulent car loan applications to numerous lenders.  In order to obtain the new vehicles, CAMPOS and other co-conspirators sent straw buyers to several car dealerships located throughout the New York City area, where dealership employees helped straw buyers submit fraudulent loan applications.  

The auto loan applications submitted by the straw buyers falsely represented that the vehicles would be used for the buyers’ personal use, rather than as part of the defendants’ leasing business.  In addition, in many cases, the car loan applications misrepresented personal information about the straw buyers, including their incomes and assets.  CAMPOS also caused financing applications to be sent to multiple financial institutions at the same time so that the lenders would not know that the straw buyers were incurring obligations to other lenders in connection with the purchase of multiple new automobiles.

In total, the scheme carried out by CAMPOS, Alvarez, and others involved approximately 20 straw buyers, the purchase of approximately 200 new vehicles, and ultimately resulted in lenders disbursing over $7,000,000 in fraudulently obtained car loans.  Most of those loans ultimately went into default. 

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Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Kim also thanked the National Insurance Crime Bureau (“NICB”), the New York Automobile Insurance Plan (“NYAIP”), and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for their substantial assistance in the investigation and trial.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Dina McLeod, Sagar K. Ravi, and Niketh Velamoor are in charge of the prosecution.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sign of the Times: Dashing through the Dough

It's happening.




Hoboken Housing Authority Meeting - December 14, 2017 - 220 Adams St. 


Oh and my friend Jimmy at City Hall.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hoboken Campaign $$$ Splash: Bhalla campaign exceeds half-a-million!

The post campaign election reports through NJ ELEC are beginning to become available and the numbers are going to bowl Hoboken over.

The first campaign to become available is the Bhalla Campaign and their campaign receipts are going to be tough to beat. The campaign splash of funds according to a breaking report on the Hoboken Resistance and Advocate show the Bhalla campaign report netting over $468,000.

In addition, the pro Bhalla PAC, Stronger Foundations spent over $70,000. The NJ PAC ran cable TV ads over the last week of the campaign urging Hoboken to vote for Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

The total expenditures in support of the Bhalla campaign efforts is over $538,000! 




The information was never disclosed during the campaign and further explains all the misinformation, personal attacks and yes, defamation noted during this campaign cycle. 

For more details on this breaking story please see:


Talking Ed Note: By way of comparison, Councilman Mike DeFusco is anticipated to show a campaign report in the ballpark of $400,000. City Council President Jen Giattino did a remarkable job in a grass roots four month standing start effort of approximately $155,000 the vast majority coming from Hoboken residents. Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano was largely self-funded and his amount should be in a similar vicinity.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Community meeting tonight on Northwest (BASF) Park

What: Communinty Meeting regarding the Design concepts for Northwest(BASF) Park at 12th and Adams
When: Tonight 11/29 from 7pm to 9pm 
Where: Wallace School cafeteria.  

A survey linked below seeks community input:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Grist for the Mill: Carmelo million dollar back door payoff through the HHA?

MSV EXCLUSIVE GRIST FOR THE MILL - MILLION DOLLAR GARCIA PAYOFF?



While the Ravi-Russo deal exclusively reported here last week generated most of the recent heat in Hoboken, now comes word of an almost seven figure payoff to Carmelo Garcia being prepared through the back door using the Hoboken Housing Authority.

The HHA is the federal housing agency in town left in financial straits after Garcia had seen the remainder of his contract as Executive Director of the agency terminated in August 2013. The agency as the City, the HHA board members, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Stan Grossbard and former HHA chair Jake Stuiver were all named defendants in the Garcia civil lawsuit.

Sources say a possible major payout in the form of a settlement may be up for a vote through the agency's board of commissioners. This even before Stan Grossbard, husband of the Mayor Zimmer was spotted by witnesses the other day walking with one of the HHA commissioners who was doing "a lot of listening."

Speculation of a possible settlement are rife as are the possible reasons. Grossbard's emails with former HHA chair Jake Stuiver are reportedly a concern among others for any rumored major payout.

In 2015, the Observer reported those emails obtained in discovery could be problematic where Grossbard discussed termination of Garcia's contract required before seeing the HHA procurement process reformed.

Carmelo Garcia who saw his initial 2013 civil complaint thrown out of court and the second mostly tossed may be back from the grave even while facing legal counterclaims of his own. The HHA had filed a detailed civil lawsuit against Garcia. Those allegations unlike Garcia's were specific and pointed to millions allegedly handed out in unapproved contracts to vendors who later made political contributions to his campaign coffers.

Who is proposed to pay the tab for this rumored settlement? Why it's the federal housing agency financially wrecked, the Hoboken Housing Authority. While Mayor Zimmer and the City of Hoboken were also named in the civil lawsuit, an exchange to clear the way releasing her, her husband and the City of Hoboken may all be part of the final mix.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her husband Stan Grossbard at a recent
City Council meeting are both named in the years long Carmelo Garcia
civil lawsuit. Is there a plan to use the HHA to make it go away?

The HHA consists of a seven member board of commissioners who could be asked to vote on a Garcia settlement. Among its more recent newly approved members: Barbara Reyes. It was Reyes, who spearhead the Carmelitos, a band of residents who would show up and raise a ruckus on his behalf. Last summer the City Council approved her to a seat on the HHA board after repeatedly voting down earlier attempts by Garcia to have her installed. Reyes also appeared as a deposed witness in testimony supporting Mister Carmelo while other HHA residents balked at doing so when they learned of the financial shenanigans uncovered after his departure.

Another member of the seven member board may already be lined up to vote for approval.  Earlier rumors said this HHA commissioner was promised a job by the incoming Administration before the November election. Will this board member recuse themselves voluntarily?

Another member of the earlier HHA board who voted to terminate the remainder of Carmelo Garcia's contract at the HHA is Councilman Dave Mello. Will the board attorney advise he not vote due to a personal conflict of interest having been named in the lawsuit? James Sanford among others may face a similar dilemma in participation.

Can someone give a shout out to HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson? His agency may be about to be walloped for almost a cool million.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for the 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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Almost a cool million for Carmelo, First Amendment trashing and the Ravi flyer suspects

What follows comes way of MSV's exclusive sourcing and the reasoned analysis/opinion gained in over eight years of reporting on Hoboken government, politics and corruption.

Here comes Mr. Carmelo now? 

Is a sweetheart of a Hoboken payoff for almost a cool million about to be made to Carmelo Garcia? That's what's being heard on the Mile Square streets after his squalid years long civil litigation and depositions finally took place with Mayor Dawn Zimmer preparing to exit office next month.

Carmelo Garcia: expecting Hoboken to show him the money?

Word of the almost seven figure settlement from non-governmental sources arose last week.  In late 2013, Carmelo Garcia filed what was seen by many as a political lawsuit after his contract at the Hoboken Housing Authority was terminated earlier that summer. He filed it against the City of Hoboken, Mayor Zimmer, her husband Stan Grossbard and the HHA. The complaint was thrown out of court on the first attempt, refiled and mostly thrown out on its second filing. It was later withdrawn and refiled a third time. The HHA would then file a civil lawsuit of its own making specific complaint against Garcia operating as its executive director.

Back in February, MSV had an encounter with Carmelo Garcia at the fundraiser of Councilman Mike DeFusco. He kept repeating the City needed to make him an offer in a settlement.

There are two council meetings left next month before Mayor Zimmer finishes her term. The City would keep secret from Hoboken residents paying the bill in a Garcia settlement much like the recent First Amendment case payout to Perry Belfiore who was kicked out of a council meeting chaired by Councilman Ravi Bhalla. (How would this differ from the secret slush fund discovered in Washington DC paying off sexual harassment victims? Talk amongst yourselves.)

In the 2015 Hoboken incident, Belfiore would see a payout settlement to him reportedly in the vicinity of $54,000. Another civil lawsuit originating from the same evening is pending filed by David Liebler. The story behind their being tossed by Bhalla on the orders of Mayor Zimmer broke on MSV exclusively last month.

A black cloud emerging over Hoboken City Hall and the mayor's office grows larger without a single block of Washington Street's repair completed. According to the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate website, Hoboken's Main St. reconstruction may be almost an entire year behind schedule. Other problems mount basic to the oath of office.

A hit is a hit. Hoboken dirty politics rears its power hungry head.

The top snippet on the Ravi Bhalla "attack" flyer days before the Hoboken November election.
More evidence and questions are surfacing how the flyer may have actually achieved its desired effect: electing Ravi Bhalla mayor.

The Ravi "attack" flyer is seeing more not less suspicion arising since the election earlier this month. At least five people paid to distribute the flyers in midtown Hoboken are captured on various video cameras. Thoughts of a rogue operative broadened into a theory by some pointing to the shadowy union PAC that backed Ravi Bhalla for mayor at the center. New evidence has been turned over to the Hoboken Police Department and their investigative efforts are continuing. Perhaps those taking a bow for the Hoboken election results are premature.

As one close political observer noted about the Ravi "attack" flyer; the distribution limited to an area of midtown in Hoboken on a Friday near sundown doesn't speak to the intent of your usual midnight flyer desirous to change voter minds. The limited distribution early that Friday was designed to be quickly found and generate maximum media publicity not deter voters across the Mile Square City from voting to elect Bhalla a third time to citywide office.

The ensuing publicity continued before and after the election with plenty of prime time TV coverage taking all of the air out of the room for competing mayoral candidates. Last week, another Bhalla is victim story appeared on CNN, the Leader in Fake News as Councilman Mike DeFusco might say. He's called coverage of the hit job flyer using his Bhalla campaign mailer fake news. No one can prove he's wrong.

The question of the flyer's intent was raised to MSV where the observer said, "Who was responsible for the flyer... its production, distribution and political manipulation? We know it wasn't a hate flyer... so who did it? Suddenly it's not of importance to those who spent four days being aggrieved by it. They want the HPD investigation stopped."

The observer was referencing Ravi Bhalla insiders who are publicly vocalizing the HPD investigation into the culprits behind the flyer be halted. Why do these Ravi people want to see justice denied? Those and other questions raise an interesting point about the true motives behind the flyer.

If you can't think of a motive, here's one from the union's website touting the NJ Transit mega development for downtown Hoboken. Who has a bigger investment in seeing that outcome with their choice sitting in the Hoboken mayor's chair come January?



While the whispers have been elevating in recent weeks about where the real evidence may lead, the pro construction unions are united from Trenton to Hoboken to see the proposed NJ Transit big development get rolling in the Mile Square City. Who's going to stop them? It won't be the politicians who embraced their support here and there. Expect lots of posturing and political crybaby tears coming to naught. And make way for the cranes!

Another attack on the First Amendment out of the mayor's office?

The First Amendment took it on the chin Election Day Weekend when a suspect action many believe originated out of the mayor's office with some shadowy legal advice instructed the Hoboken Police Department to inform the four major mayoral campaigns to cease and desist distributing political leaflets after the Ravi flyer appeared early Friday evening the day before.

Well, like the flyer itself, isn't that convenient?

Legal pushback from the Jen Giattino campaign Saturday quickly saw reversed the dictum and the political operation against the First Amendment in the Mile Square City quickly ended. Who thought up this latest in a series of First Amendment gaffes out of the mayor's office?

Mayor Dawn Zimmer only trusts Ravi Bhalla to follow through. No doubt.

What should be the penalty for those blatantly disregarding the oath of office swearing to uphold the NJ and US Constitution? Perhaps a military tribunal could help.


Talking Ed Note: The earlier story about the Ravi-Russo alliance to make Michael Russo the City Council President created indigestion for some on Thanksgiving as some inconvenient truth got out. Russo is prepared to be vote no. 3 on the council for Ravi Bhalla joining Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour.

MSV stands by the story as it became widely known with additional sourcing but would like complete details on their transactional deal and what they ordered for dessert.

MSV also stands by Election Day challenger work in an earlier story in the face of continued propaganda and defamation falsely claiming this editor was electioneering for anyone anywhere that day. A lying propagandist blown out of the water must publish a retraction.

Related: Hudson County View published a story Tuesday where Councilman Mike DeFusco states five of the suspected flyer distributors were identified. This confirms part of the MSV story from yesterday.

For the complete story, please see The Hudson County View:
http://hudsoncountyview.com/defusco-identities-of-5-suspects-in-terrorism-flyer-case-given-to-hoboken-pd/ 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Grist Special: Ravi Bhalla backs Michael Russo for Council President!

THIS IS A BREAKING SPECIAL THANKSGIVING GRIST FOR THE MILL EXCLUSIVE


MSV fired up the barbie one last time before the Thanksgiving feast to share this gristy chewable to mix with your cranberry sauce. You'll need something to wash this one down as it confirms what you've been told consistently through the election.

A source says Ravi Bhalla, the Hoboken mayoral-elect is pushing Councilman Michael Russo to succeed the highly respected Jen Giattino as Hoboken City Council President come January.

Rumors at the last council meeting of a deal between Russo and Ravi Bhalla began circulating almost immediately before the meeting had even finished.

Ravi Bhalla's choice for Hoboken City Council President: Michael Russo.

If the votes for such a move become available, it'll be reconfirmation on what MSV has stated, the Hoboken Reform Movement is kaput. Five of nine council member votes are required to approve the next chair.

There's no single member on the City Council who more represents the Old Guard and is antithetical to the Reform Movement than Michael Russo. He was the de facto leader of the Old Guard for years and gave the most agita to Mayor Zimmer in her two terms as mayor.

Of course Russo is infamous for appearing on FBI surveillance tape in 2009. The video became available after a series of reports exclusively appearing on MSV leading to their release.

In addition, John Allen is officially named by Mayor Zimmer as Chief of Staff who will remain on with the Bhalla administration. He was picked out of nowhere with no experience on any issue in Hoboken Reform to replace Councilman Dave Mello last summer. He however failed to win a council at-large seat and came like Bhalla from a politically connected law firm which rakes in millions in NJ government contracts.

You were all warned. Now prepare the roadway for the cranes to come in on behalf of NJ Transit!

Talking Ed Note: MSV believes the best choice who may see support from a council majority to become city council president is Ruben Ramos. Since his return to the council, Ramos has demonstrated a remarkable professionalism and maturity. It's not likely to have gone unnoticed by his colleagues.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In the aftermath of the fallout, born is the Hoboken Resistance

Reform is kaput. There's nothing more to say about the movement after more than eight years on MSV where the death knell saw one mayoral candidate member turn on another in a cynical divisive mission to exploit and wreck any challenge to the baton handoff last June before City Hall.

The nuclear fallout from injecting the poison of partisanship into Hoboken's non-partisan election and decimating Reform is past. The fallout is here. What's left? It must be a return by Hoboken citizens to a focus on government accountability.



The thousands of readers here are urged to read on and keep an eye on government to ensure maximum accountability. The telltale signs are already ripped from many's eyes as NJ Transit is revealed last night AFTER THE ELECTION making a move on the Dry Dock and downtown Hoboken with the outgoing Zimmer Administration. This, mere days after the election and a union connected PAC spent tens of thousands, maybe six figures to see Ravi Bhalla elected.

Don't say you weren't warned. 

In the end, Hoboken as any municipality gets the government it deserves.

Talking Ed Note: Time for some R&R heading to the hinterlands of the bluegrass state. In the interim, avoid the toxicity of lies, smears and defamation relied upon by those who enthusiastically condescend, lie and manipulate the reader from the cave. There's been far too much of it in this campaign season. As we know, scum on occasion rises and is often visible on the surface and some very scummy individuals placed their petty politics above all. Would you be surprised some don't even live in Hoboken?

The Hoboken Police have additional new evidence late yesterday and there's allegations of a local printer who has been used in midnight flyers in Hoboken possibly recently in this prior campaign. MSV has never had any connection to any political operation with midnight flyers but there's one toxic dark dank cave dweller website which is alleged to have one. All that evidence is now in the hands of the Hoboken police. Let the truth come to the fore!

See you on the backstretch but also see:

The Hoboken Resistance



Mike DeFusco asks for unity in face of being attacked as racist; Ravi Bhalla declines unless he "is absolved"

New Business last night opened the door to the fallout from the Hoboken mayoral campaign. Councilman Mike DeFusco took the floor asking Councilman Ravi Bhalla to come together as a community and stand together as they were both harmed in the last midnight flyer. He played voicemails on his phone lambasting him as a racist he said he had received that day.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla voiced regret for the attacks and declined to support DeFusco until the results of a police investigation saying he would "if he was absolved."

It further fueled the bad blood from the campaign and frustrated both DeFusco and Councilman Ruben Ramos who was astounded at what he was hearing. Mayoral-elect Bhalla brushed off his remarks as grandstanding.

Scroll ahead to the 1:57 and thirty five second mark:





Employee Communication


Talking Ed Note: Insight into the scorched earth victory? Certainly looks that way.

Ravi Bhalla: "We are non-partisan local officials"

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

In 2013, Ravi Bhalla declares partisan resolution request in Hoboken the effort of a 
"Democratic partisan hack aimed at a Republican Governor"

The Hoboken mayoral election is over and the fallout from the nuke deployed has only begun to rain down on the victims and the victors. Councilman Ravi Bhalla was successful in bringing all the advantage of outside money, a shadowy union connected PAC and establishment influence but lacking confidence for reasons unknown, introduced the poison of party partisanship into Hoboken's distinctly non-partisan municipal election.

With the mayor's success and support waning, the ultimate in destruction was launched to smear and do harm to the superb contributions of a critical reform legislator who was not only a friend to Reform but also a personal friend to Ravi Bhalla for over six years: council member Jen Giattino.

Back in 2013, the concept of partisan politics in Hoboken was anathema to the Reform Movement, its Big Tent philosophy of principles first not party partisanship and the resulting hard fought progress since 2009.

Here's an exchange of emails discussing a response to a Hoboken resident who wants to push a partisan resolution to expand Medicaid in the City Council in February 2013. Let the howls of hypocrisy ring in their jaded cynical ears.
On Feb 18, 2013, at 11:20 AM, Ravinder Bhalla <rbhalla@rsblawfirm.com> wrote:
This is a: Partisan (D’s v. R’s) subject in a resolution;
Where we are non-partisan local officials;
Being pushed by a Democratic partisan hack aimed at a Republican Governor.
Should Assemblyman Ramos be introducing this Resolution in the Assembly?
I’m sure you can tell I’m a bit suspicious about the motives here, since the Resolution itself will have zero impact on the outcome of its substance.  I understand we passed legislation urging more gun control at the last week, but that resolution was topical, did not specify a pending action to be taken but expressed a generic sentiment, and it was not aimed at a particular public official, but was sent to D’s and R’s at multiple levels of government.
Let me know if you have any input as to how to address this matter.
Thanks,
Ravi

The complete chain of emails follows unedited in reverse chronological order among Council members Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Stan Grossbard.

From: stan grossbard <stan@radiantcut.com>
Subject: Re: Resolution to urge Gov. Christie to expand Medicaid
Date: February 18, 2013 at 7:29:25 PM EST
To: Peter Cunningham <cunninghamforhoboken@gmail.com>
Cc: Jen Giattino <jengiattino6@gmail.com>, Ravinder Bhalla <rbhalla@rsblawfirm.com>

IMHO the provision in the CC rules re new business ought to be strictly enforced on all sides - ie in order to introduce non agenda items there must be a written statement setting out facts establishing exigent nature as defined in CC rules and the statement must either be accepted by the CC president or passed by a majority of the CC in order for a vote on the item to be permitted.  

It's hard to see the exigent nature of this - there's no such thing as a grandstanding emergency.  It seems to me that if it missed the deadline it must, by the CC rules, wait for the next meeting.  

On Feb 18, 2013, at 7:14 PM, Peter Cunningham wrote:
I agree with All your comments. I shot it down on the basis that it missed te deadline, if they want to bring it up in NB - fine. Councilmembers can or do as they wish.

Peter H. Cunningham
201-562-7071

On Feb 18, 2013, at 5:39 PM, Stan Grossbard <stan@radiantcut.com> wrote:
Think it may b time to say that its time for the cc to stop grandstanding on issues that have nothing to do with its job and start focusing on the jibs u were elected to do and then say you will be abstaining on all resolutions that involve national or statewide issues that involve matters over which the cc has no authority.  Let it pass 4-0.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Jen Giattino <jengiattino6@gmail.com> wrote:

I know this is nothing more than a political game.

Jen

Sent from my iPhone

Talking Ed Note: As stated during the election, the Reform Movement had worked through great effort and sacrifice under a Big Tent for years where all who adopted the principles were accepted no matter what party they were registered or Independents with no party.

The only aspect that changed was the cynical manipulation of voters for power in this last election. It worked seeing an election day victory with almost one-third of the vote last Tuesday. Thus is born, the new Hoboken political caste system.

Peter Cunningham: Here's to the victors and "one of the ugliest campaigns" in Hoboken history

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors, 

Tuesday night’s post-election results were sobering to many of us.  The message of hope we tried to deliver from our candidates for Mayor and Council was overshadowed by factors in which we had little control.  Given the short runway and limited funding sources at the start, we were severely handicapped, but felt strongly about overcoming these odds.  

With the exception of time, money, and party affiliation, I wouldn’t change a thing.  There are always parts of a campaign to tweak, but the major things were out of our control.  The Bhalla campaign knew that and took a bet which paid off.  Unfortunately, the overall result was one of the ugliest campaigns on record in Hoboken.  Even though we didn’t win, I am happy to congratulate the victors.  I hope our campaign message of inclusion, accountability, and constituent services will resonate as priorities with the Bhalla Administration.   My door is open to each of of the newly elected with any help I can give.   

Lastly, I extend my thanks to: my family and all of the other candidate families who also experienced the stress of a campaign day in and day out; Jen, Jim, Jason and Sal for being great candidates, our volunteers who demonstrated a commitment like none other, our Campaign Steering Committee, and above all, you the voters who believed in Jen and her team.  We love you for your support and hope to earn it again in the future.  



Councilman Peter Cunningham

Monday, November 13, 2017

Toxic "person of interest" identified in midnight flyers?

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

Hoboken Police obtain new evidence in midnight flyers investigation

Nancy Pincus claims innocence, fears DeFusco Campaign allegation/action


MSV can exclusively report the Hoboken Police Department has obtained critical new evidence in the midnight flyer attack on Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

The new evidence provides clarity in the ongoing investigation identifying new leads. Rumors of additional police interviews reportedly have taken place in recent days with more expected leading to a person of interest.

Two midnight flyers appeared in the last Hoboken mayoral campaign with one coming days before the election last Tuesday attempting to link Councilman Ravi Bhalla to terrorism. The flyer backfired leading to an astounding turnout of over 15,000 Hobokenites going to the polls. Fully a third sympathetically voted to elect Bhalla Hoboken's first Sikh mayor in a six person field.

An earlier midnight flyer against Mike DeFusco linked him to Old Guard politicos including the notorious Carmelo Garcia and former councilman Chris Campos who was convicted earlier this year of bank fraud. Another version of that midnight flyer appeared with the words "Crime Family."

The DeFusco campaign is furious about the flyers. Councilman Mike DeFusco denounced both in the strongest terms a week ago last Saturday. His campaign believes the flyers were detrimental to his campaign efforts when he came in second last Tuesday.

Additional frustration comes with reports of DeFusco's attempts to work with the Bhalla campaign to present a united front in the Hoboken community. His initial efforts to contact Ravi Bhalla on the terrorist flyer were reportedly ignored. Post election efforts to see a united front with a reward to identify who is behind the midnight flyer attacks were similarly rebuffed by the Bhalla camp. DeFusco's sister announced a GoFundMe over the weekend leading to conviction for the midnight flyer attacks against her brother and Ravi Bhalla seeing more than $6,400 pledged. 

Councilman Bhalla has instead been seen on a media blitz showing the midnight flyer directed against him on TV with DeFusco's name on it. The flyer is a hacked version of an earlier DeFusco campaign mailer further enflaming the first ward councilman.

Some suggest the lettering added is similar to the hack on the DeFusco "Crime" Family midnight flyer.



The weekend paper stated some people believe both flyers were created by the same parties. Al Sullivan wrote, "Some sources believe both flyers were designed by the same people... The second flyer aimed at Bhalla actually seems to have helped Bhalla by giving him a sympathy vote, which some believe it was intended to do."

Over the weekend, Nancy Pincus claimed innocence with the midnight flyers. She also claimed she was innocent of "creating" the DeFusco Crime Family flyer.

Sybil Cave toxicity has led to fears there the DeFusco campaign
may be planning action against Nancy Pincus.

Talking Ed Note: Nancy Pincus, the controversial and toxic avenger blogger at Sybil's Cave responded to an innocuous comment here fearful the DeFusco campaign is preparing action against her.

MSV does not add important story information by way of the comments section. Story information appears independently or by way of an update.

Last week, Nancy Pincus published an article alleging criminal activity by this editor in a Hoboken polling station. This is her second criminal allegation against MSV in recent weeks. An earlier story she published made an allegation of perjury. The Pincus allegation of voter poll criminality was completely crushed as MSV followed with  a breaking story of a major election violation uncovered by this editor. Nancy Pincus is revealed conspiring with the Russo Clan publishing a false and defamatory hit job. Last week, MSV publicly requested a retraction.

A comment late Friday about possible big news was not about Hoboken. The councilman has made his national partisan positions central to his mayoral candidacy. One can expect that to continue or as one independent observer noted about the recent media blitz by Bhalla, "He's already running for his next position."

MSV's reference late Friday in the comments section is connected to the rumors of wider unrelated Hoboken news. #TheStorm

Specific details of the newest evidence obtained by the Hoboken Police have been withheld to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sign of the Times: Anatomy of a Campaign Hit Job

The graphic below features a compilation of the hit jobs on a noble public servant, Jen Giattino. Congratulations to Ravi Bhalla and Dawn Zimmer for the successful smears against their ally and "friend" Jen Giattino.

What prompted it other than a leaked poll published on MSV?